World is the foundation upon which high fantasy stories are built, but it’s not always what drives the story forward. So, if you’d like to know the gritty details of the world of Fire of the Forebears, you’ll find it here!
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Evis is a largely unexplored world, although legends hold that the forebears came from forgotten lands over the sea. The novel Fire of the Forebears takes place in the country of Avaron.
Avaron is a country of dense forest, vast plains, rolling hills, and tall mountains.
Along the Cridian Bay and the nearby shoreline, the people subsist on fishing and the shipping of other goods. Lynavir is the haven for shipbuilding and the center for the shipping infrastructure.
The Feldland plains are home to herds of cattle and sheep, producing meat and wool, while the Au’dal plains are full of horses and horse raising families.
The Deorwynn Forest subsists on logging and fur trapping, and shipping other goods along the rivers. Likewise, the Rivemere forest also supports logging and river shipping. The Wynshire Waste on the other hand, while full of natural resources such as logs, furs, and stone, is a treacherous place which no one has managed to tame and turn a profit.
Mining for ores and coal occurs in the Saligen and Rohgen mountains, while stone quarying occurs in the Rohgens as well.
The foothills are difficult to access due to the rugged Rohgen mountains, and while the land is fertile and full of resources, it has been overrun by nostkyna.
Bored yet? I promise all of this is much more interesting to experience over the course of the narrative. This is a general, historical timeline of basic events that have occurred in Avaron since ‘the beginning of time’ to the present day…
A Timeline of Events
Year 1 – The forebears land on the Avaronian continent. The centaurs and Nostkynna have been warring with one another for generations, each fighting to gain control over the land. The humans initially stay out of it, and only attempt to survive in this new world.
Year 6 – The humans have been drawn into the conflict on the continent, with varying success. Some nostkynna have joined with the humans, some human settlements live in peace, some centaurs join with the humans.
Year 10 – The Solidarity bonds with the Crux.
Year 13 – Gallian founds the Fidelis. Ìsendorál is foraged.
Year 47 – The centaurs have grown wary of the powerful humans, both Fidelis and Vojak, and any Cenóri/Human alliances have deteriorated to be in name only, if anything at all.
Year 53 – The Solidarity are defeated. Gallian is killed by centaurs, as they balk at the idea of being ruled by humans. The Reconquest begins as centaurs attempt to reconquer the Avaronian continent under their own rule.
Year 55 – Hilderic I emerges as king over the humans due to his strength in battle and in his alliances with powerful people and the nostkynna. His rule is strict and bloody, but brings about an era of relative peace for humanity.
Year 60 – The humans and the nostkynna unite against the centaurs. The nostkynna ally with the humans in order to finally end their long-standing land feud with the centaurs.
Year 65 – The centaurs are driven out of Avaron.
Year 104 – Hilderic I is succeeded by his son, Hilderic II. Hilderic II maintains the style of rule established by his father.
Year 109 – The second war with the centaurs begins, as the centaurs attempt to regain the land they have lost in Avaron.
Year 114 – The centaurs are driven out again by the joint effort of the Fidelis, Nostkynna, and regular humans.
Year 116 – By this time nostkynna are, for the most part, accepted among the human population.
Year 121 – The University at Drosala is founded by the Fidelis order to train Fidelis and teach the common people in the matters of history, science, art, etc.
Year 136 – The Fidelis are widespread in Avaron.
Year 147 – Most of the trade guilds are founded by this point in time.
Year 158 – Hilderic II is succeeded by his son, Hilderic III, who is impulsive and power hungry. He puts pressure on the Fidelis and nostkynna, subtly driving them from places of comfort and power on society.
Year 169 – Hilderic III starts imposing heavy taxes, the draft, etc. His actions ultimately strain the relationship between humans and nostkynna, and the nostkynna begin to abandon more populated human areas.
Year 197 – Rebellion against Hilderic III, Dradge usurps the throne. Dradge loosens some of the more pressing restrictions placed by Hilderic III, but not all.
Year 199 – Triston is born.
Year 200 – Kura is born.
Year 206 – Queen Lyara is murdered. Dradge persecutes the Fidelis in retribution, driving out or imprisoning many and killing all those who resist.
Year 207 – The University at Drosala is closed.
Year 208 – Fidelis have essentially been driven from Avaron, and their memories persecuted.
Year 220 – The events recorded in Fire of the Forebears occur.