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Kara-Tur Timeline

By Paul Westermeyer

The following timeline was carefully compiled, but may be incorrect. In particular, I do not have access to the Horde boxed set. If anyone who has it could let me know if anything therein contradicts this timeline that would be great. Also, this is "official" in that it only contains events from the TSR products. I am working on a few events for my own campaign, but didn't want to muddy the waters for anyone wishing to make use of this.

Calender of Shou Lung

Dates are taken from the Year Zero, the reported ascendancy of Nung Fu. T'u Lung also uses the Shou method of record-keeping, to T'u Lung eyes, their nation is the logical continuation of the legacy of Nung Fu, with their northern neighbor no more than an abomination which has strayed from the true path and which will eventually stratify and crumble, leaving the dynamic nation of T'u Lung to reclaim Shou lands.

Calender of Wa

The Wa calendar is measured from the time of the first emperor of the Goshukara line. Emperors preceeding this date are only recorded by their era, name and year. For example, the marriage of Samon to the serpent was said to have occurred in the 23rd year of Kuni, during the reign of Emperor Nagazane.

Calender of Kozakura

The Kozakuran calender uses 60 year cycles to keep track of dates. The number before the slash is the cycle, the number after is the year of the cycle. So, 11/19 represents the 19th year of the 11th cycle, and is 619 years after the year 1/1. 1/1 is the ascension of the first human emperor, Mori.


The standard calender of the Dalelands in Western Faerun dates from the erection of the Standing Stone in the forest of Cormanthor. It is provided so interested DMs may cross reference this timeline with those available for the West. Lacking any concrete intersection point (a common event given a date on both calenders) I decided the date of the Kara-tur boxed set coincided with the date of the original, grey Forgotten Realms Boxed set. So, 1357 DR equates to 2607 in the Shou calender. The dates given for events in the Horde Wars have only been given DR dates in the official TSR material (unless the Horde Boxed Set, which I lack, has Shou calender dates for these events) so those dates are dependent upon the accuracy of my choice described above.

The dating format used below follows a pattern. The first date given is the year according to the Shou calender; the second is the date according to the Kozakuran calender, in paraenthesis; the third is according to the Calender of Wa, also in parenthesis and with the word "Wa"; the fourth and final date given is Dale reckoning, from faerun. DR is included so DMs may easily determine what is occuring at similar times in the west. Note the only the Shou calender and DR appear in all entries, Kozakuran and Waan dates are only provided when a given year contains entries for that nation.

Sample Date: 1177 (1/1) (345 Wa) (-73 DR):

Each entry is preceded by a note detailing the nation it most effects. Also, events are often described twice, once according to each of the nations involved. In some cases, notably dealing with Kozakuran interaction with Shou Lung and Wa, the timelines had conflicting dates. I have presented both dates, in that case, at the appropriate spot in the timeline for each version.


?? (1st year of Chisho Wa):

[Wa] The Sacred Wand and the Moonlight Arrow, emblems of the imperial office, are given to the Emperor Kochi by the Spirit of Wa, allowing him to establish the claim to the entire island of Wa.

?? (412th year of Chisho Wa):

[Wa] The Emperor Kochi dies. The War of the Spirits begins. The spirit folk are divided in their loyalties and split into two factions. One faction sides with the spirits while the other supports the humans. The korobokuru attempt to remain neutral, but eventually join the spirits. The hengeyokai take great delight in the resulting turmoil and manage to fight for both sides with equal abandon. In the end, the unity of Wa is destroyed and the island divides into petty clans engaged in fairly constant warfare. The Age of Kochi, Master of the Peach Tree, becomes a romantic ideal, which foreverafter drives the nobles to attempt the impossible task of ruling the entire island.

?? (1st Year of Koyo Wa):

[Wa] Emperor Kasada regains the Moonlit Arrow from the Spirit of Yakamashi Mountain and claims control of all Wa. The southern korobokuru support the claim against their northern brothers. Kasada is recognized as the first emperor since Kochi but refuses to name the era after him for fear of evil omens.

?? (23rd year of Kuni Wa):

[Wa] The wandering shukenja Samon is forced to seek shelter at a simple peasant's hut during a raging blizzard. There he becomes entranced with the peasant's beautiful daughter, a girl of obvious grace and breeding. During that night he forgets his vows and woos the daughter. For three nights he continues the courtship until by custom it is decreed they are married upon the third night. But with the dawn he discovers a great serpent coiled by his side the true form of his new bride. Maddened by horror and remorse, he flees into the mountains where his spirit is still sometimes seen.

0 (-1250 DR):

[Shou] Ascendency of Nung Fu, a simple peasant, who was invested with the Emblems of Authority by the semilegendary Nine Travelers.

120 (-1130 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Earliest record of the Black Leopard Cult. Cult history says that the Black Leopard and his followers are eternal and immortal, having advised the Nine Travelers when they ruled the lands of Kara-Tur. This is the earliest written mention of the cult, noting that it had temples all along the Fenghsintzu River. Its major temple was at Durkon.

221 (-1029 DR):

[Shou] Death of Nung Fu. His greatgrandson becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty (Dynasty of Might).

320 (-930 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The Black Leopard Cult reaches its zenith, the power of its kio ton mu (mystic witch doctors) held in more fear and reverence than that of the Shou Lung emperor in the lands of T'u Lung.

382 (-868 DR):

[Shou] Unification of the western provinces under the Emblems of Imperial Authority, the emperor's symbols of office.

395 (-855 DR):

[Shou] Crushing of the Sea Lords' Revolt in Karatin Province consolidates power beneath the Emblems of Imperial Authority.

408 (-842 DR):

[Shou] Seventh Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty declares "Gathering of Waters," an attempt to bring the land fed by all the major rivers in Shou Lung under the sway of the Emblems of Imperial Authority. Shou Lung armies invade the Fenghsintzu valley.

411 (-839 DR):

[Shou] Surrender of the Grey Owl Tribes in the north secures the present northern boundary of the empire.

413 (-837 DR):

[Shou] Agents of the emperor Chin discover the Impossible Palace of Silver Domes in the northeast of Arkarin Province.

414 (-836 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The Battle of Infinite Darkness, at the mouth of Fenghsintzu. Combined leadership of the southern tribes under the kio ton mu challenges the forces of General Wo Can. The entire battle is fought under the cover of darkness spells, and legends say that the kio ton mu summoned fell and dangerous beasts from the other side of the world to aid them. In the end, Wo Can's army routed the southern tribes. The great southern scholar Po Nih dies in this battle, struck by a spear as he was writing a report to send to the main temple of Durkon.

420 (-830 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Wo Can's forces destroy the temple of the Black Leopard Cult at Durkon. The records say that the temple itself was sunk to the lowest depths of the earth. The kio ton mu are said to have either been slain or fled to distant lands. One legend in particular states that a high priest journeyed unseen down the Fenghsintzu and made his way out to sea. This destruction of the Black Leopard cult's temple at the mouth of the Fenghsintzu River ends resistance in the southern provinces (later to become T'u Lung). The leader of the Black Leopard cult is not found and is rumored to have been destroyed by his own summoned crea tures.

435 (-815 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Shou Lung establishes the "18 Garrisons of T'u" in the T'u Lung lands. These military bases are instrumental in establishing Shou customs in the southern regions.

[Shou] The War of the Nobles begins.

440 (-810 DR):

[Shou] Teachings of the Path of Enlightment first appear in the stone bluffs above the mouth of the Hungtse River. The meter-high characters are blasted into the solid granite by reddish lightning during a firestorm witnessed throughout the continent. Though the skies are ablaze with light, the vegetation and people near the Hungtse are unharmed. The ancestors of the emperor are said initially to refute these teachings.

[Shou] The War of the Nobles ends, the bureaucracy comes into its own.

580 (-670 DR):

[Shou] The last Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty dies without heir. Defying his ancestors, he passes on the affairs of office to his wu jen advisor, a follower of the Path of Enlightenment. The advisor becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Ho (Peace) Dynasty.

581 (-669 DR):

[Shou/Tu] First Emperor Chin of the Ho Dynasty proclaims the "Organization of Thought," in which he seeks to make the Path of Enlightenment the only faith of Shou Lung. The Time of Contentions begins, as rival faiths battle each other in the bureaucracy, among the populace, and finally on battlefield as temple militias contest in small civil wars. In T'u Lung, the establishment of rival faiths and temples leads to some of the bloodiest fighting.

585-640 (-665 to -610 DR):

[Tabot] The "Years of Frost" in Tabot, during which 15 temple militias fled persecution in Shou Lung and journeyed into the mountains of what would become Tabot.

601 (-649 DR):

[Shou] The Impossible Palace of the Silver Domes disappears. That which remains is renamed "The Field of Burnished Bronze."

630 (-620 DR):

[Shou] The first Emperor Chin perishes mysteriously, along with his son. The grandson becomes the second Emperor Chin and announces "The Time of Sharing Meals." Temple militias are outlawed and religious freedom encouraged. The Path of Enlightenment remains the official religion.

646 (-604 DR):

[Tabot] An alliance of temple militias and lowland heathen citystates defeats an invasion of Ho Dynasty Shou Lung troops at the Battle of Tsagang. Following the battle the Peace Land Treaty between the monasteries and the lowland city states creates the land of Tabot.

703 (-547 DR):

[Shou] The first recorded appearance of the Giants in Grey, huge humanoid figures dressed in concealing grey cloaks and accompanied by thick fog. A massive earthquake destroys the province they are sighted in soon after their appearance.

830 (-420 DR):

[Shou] The last of the Ho Dynasty is humbled before the armies of the maritime Karatin Province. The warlord of that province ascends the throne the first Emperor Chin of the Hai(Ocean) Dynasty.

833 (1 Wa) (-417 DR):

[Wa] When the Kasada line collapses for lack of an heir, the regency is established while the search is commenced for a suitable relative. The Goshukara line is finally chosen and the first emperor of the Goshukara is enthroned.

835 (3 Wa) (-415 DR):

[Wa] The regent Toda no Nagamori attempts to overthrow the Emperor so as not to lose his power in the court. The conspiracy is discovered and all the plotters are slain or captured. The regent's family clan is scattered. Unable by custom to execute his ex-regent, the Emperor orders his wu jen to devise the most terrible fate they can conceive. They create the Cell of Perpetuity, where Toda no Nagamori languishes to this day.

856 (24 Wa) (-394 DR):

[Shou] Discovery of Wa by Cham Hag, the Mariner.

[Wa] An emissary of the King of the Western Lands (Shou Lung), Cham Ko Hag, arrives in Wa. He is brought before the Emperor Tsuba. Upon leaving he promises to return with gifts from the King of the Western Lands.

837 (-413 DR):

[Tabot] Failed invasion of Tabot by Shou Lung.

858 (-392 DR):

[Shou] The Giants in Grey sighted in the Imperial Compound.

859 (-391 DR):

[Shou] The first Emperor Chin and his household die from the Ivory Plague. The emperor's young grandson survives, as does the emperors sister. She masquerades as the emperor, aided in this ruse by the bureaucracy and various good spirits until the grandson is old enough rule. The emperor's sister then reveals her true identity and flees the city, never to be seen again. Her rule now recognized as that of the second Emperor Chin, and her grand nephew. the third Emperor Chin of the Hai dynasty. From this time on, if no male heirs are of age, it is custom for an able female heir to rule until a male heir comes of age. The ruler is referred to as emperor, regardless sex.

[Tabot] The Ivory Plague forces Shou Lung to abort another invasion of Tabot.

869 (-381 DR):

[Shou] The capital is moved to Kuo Te' lung.

894 (-356 DR):

[Tabot] An invasion by Shou Lung is intially very successful, conquering all of northern Tabot. At the Battle of Lokar Pass the Shou are defeated by the ragged Tabotan army backed by the five magical Crystalline Warriors of Ji . The day is called "Crystal Day" in Tabot and marked as a holy day in the monasteries.

935 (-315 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Hu Ling Do writes his famous Hsao Chronicles. His writings encourage a strong following of the Way in the south.

970 (138 Wa) (-280 DR):

[Shou] Pirate activities in the Cel estial Sea result in proclamation by sixth Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty of the "Scattering of Winds," demanding the warlords of Wa swear fealty to the emperor. They refuse, the emperor begins massing his fleet.

[Wa] The King of the Western Lands offends the Emperor of the Jade Throne Gok~mi when his emissaries demand the obeisance of all Wa. They brazenly suggest that the Emperor has encouraged the activity of the wako who have been preying on the Shou Lung coastline. Great Counselor of the Middle Nobunaga orders all but one of the impudent emissaries executed. The sole survivor is refused any reply and sent back to Shou Lung. The chroniclers record thsi as the beginning of the Omi War.

972 (140 Wa) (-278 DR):

[Wa] Hearing reports that the King of the Western Lands is amassing a fleet, the Great Counselor of the Middle Nobunaga begins preparations for the defense of Wa. The master ninja Fukio is dispatched to Shou Lung to report and be ready to strike. The coastal cities are fortified and a grand program of castle building is begun. These activities all place huge demands on the Imperial Treasury, and Nobunaga in turn places more and more of the burden on the local chieftain (promising land and reward when the war is over).

973 (141 Wa) (-277 DR):

[Wa] Eye of the Law Kaian sees the Palace of the Sea Lord in the deeps off Komei Bay. There he instructs the Lord of the Ocean towards the Path of Enlightment.

975 (143 Wa) (-275 DR):

[Shou] Multiple attacks against various strongholds of Wa result in the capture of the north and south. The sixth Emperor Chin moves against center with land armies and the col tion of his fleets.

[Wa] The Omi War begins in earnest as the King of the Western Lands invades Wa with his fleet of 100,000 ships. The fortifications of Nobunaga are strongest across the central part of Wa and these areas resist the invasion. However, the daimyo of the north and south, angered at Nobunaga's heavy taxation, betray their garrisons to the invaders. Shou Lung soldiers begin to march overland on the capital. In the north, only Nakamaru remains uncaptured, due to the cunning of General Yoshibei. Shou Lung forces settle in for a long sedge of the fortified manor that forms the city's main defence.

976 (144 Wa) (-274 DR):

[Shou] Death of the sixth Emperor Chin and his court in the battle of Wa. While the land forces overrun the Wa forces, the emperor's fleet runs aground on reefs hidden by the dweomercraft of the opposing lords' wu jen. The ship's pilot, a man named Rourke, recovers the emblems of Imperial Authority, but is slain upon return to the Imperial City. The Emblems disappear and Black Cycle of Years begins.

[Wa] The wu jen Kira and a confederation of sorcerers cunningly prepare a trap for the King of the Western Lands Chin, who is aboard his royal flagship. Through their spells they conceal a dangerous reef from all aboard. Driven forward by a summoned storm, the flagship breaks up on the rocks. Before the Emperor Chin's wu jen can whisk him away to safety, the ninja Fukio, in disguise and aboard the ship for two years, strikes. The Emperor Chin is slain. Almost immediately the most powerful Shou Lung generals leave Wa to battle for the Shou Lung throne. The Shou Lung forces are plunged into leaderless confusion. Fukio disappears in the shipwreck. Some claim he is dead, while others say Kira rewarded him with prolonged life and great powers for his services.

976 (144 Wa) (-273 DR):

[Wa] General Yoshibei breaks the siege of Nakamaru and reconquers the province. The Shou Lung governor of the north offers a truce with Yoshibei. Cut off from land communication with the south, Yoshibei accepts the truce and sets himself up as Sengokudaimyo (warlord) of the province. For the next 100 years or so, the island of Wa is wracked by sporadic warfare. At first it is between the nobles of Wa and the Shou Lung governors. Although the nobles are able to drive the governors and their troops back, they never fully defeat them. The men of Shou Lung recruit new troops from the countryside and defend their lands. With time they adopt more and more of the ways of Wa, until they are almost indistinguishable from their subjects. By the time the Emperors of Shou Lung return, their governors owe more allegiance to the Emperor and daimyos of Wa than they do to the Emperor of Shou Lung.

976-1025 (-273 to -225 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Cycle of Black Years. In T'u Lung, this was marked by continual invasions from the south, incursions by petty lords from the north, blights, floods on the Fenghsintzu, and crop failures. Only regions where the local feudal lords remain in power retain some semblance of order. It is from these feudal lords that the barons of the south take their mandate to rule. Here is the first mention in records of the Wai and Yang clans, which were to shape the recent history of the nation of T'u Lung.

980 (-270 DR):

[Shou] The Giants in Grey are reported throughout the known empire. Crops fail as a blight strikes the coastal lowlands.

985 (-265 DR):

[Shou] A criminal family in Kai Shan seizes control of their city, declaring their own sovereignty. Such city-states are common in the Black Cycle, but Kai Shan survives semi-independent to this day, as it aided and supported Wo Mai, a noble from a neighboring province, in his adventures.

1004 (-246 DR):

[Shou] The Impossible Palace of the Silver Domes reappears for a period of two weeks, then disappears.

1010 (-240 DR):

[Shou] End of the reign of the Copper Demon of Tros, who held a large section of the west in his thrall for eight years, ruling the land in a brutal fashion. The beast is slain by the Seven Heroes and the Seven Nonmen. Wo Mai is reported as one of the Heroes.

1025 (-225 DR):

[Shou] The Black Cycle of Years ends with the coronation of Wo Mai, a noble claiming descent from Nung Fu himself. Wo Mai recovers the Emblems of Imperial Authority from the crypts beneath the Imperial City, rallies the armies and other nobles, and crushes the rebellious outlying provinces. Wo Mai becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Kao (High) Dynasty.

1026 (-224 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Defeat of the last invading southern tribes by Shou Lung allows the empire to reestablish its control in the south. First mention of the Black Leopard Cult as a secret society working to aid peasants displaced by the warring forces.

1072 (240 Wa) (-178 DR):

[Shou] The second Emperor Chin on his ascendancy declares the "Spreading of Knowledge" also known as the "Opening of Wa." Wa survived the Black Cycle in a state of guerilla warfare against stranded Shou Lung governors. Orders are given to pacify and redirect the population in Shou Lung ways.

[Wa] Shou Lung forces return to Wa and begin the reconquest of the island. At first the new invaders attempt to command the old Shou Lung families still on the island. These families quickly discover that they lose power and importance under the new arrangement. Most refuse to cooperate and side with the various daimyo of Wa. Resistance is spirited but essentially futile. A century of warfare has destroyed the government of Wa, leaving the Emperor and the Great Ministers as little more than figureheads. Distrustful of and uncooperative with each other, the daimyo are easily broken by the organized forces of the invaders.

1175 (-75 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Descendents of the Ho Dynasty living in T'u Lung refuse to house the Emperor's troops and take control of the coastal city of Ausa. Shou troops spend four months reducing the city's defences and another two years tracking down and defeating the clan leaders. By imperial decree, most of the Ho clan is slain. Some members survive and reestablish the clan. Shou atrocities during this uprising were widely spread among the barons and population.

1177 (1/1) (-73 DR):

[Kozakura] Ascension of Mori, first emperor of the Kozakuran people.

1271 (2/34) (21 DR):

[Kozakura] PrinceMiki begins his campaigns to subjugate the northern korobokura

1282 (2/45) (32 DR):

[Kozakura] The northern Korobukura overwhelm Todaijo, the stronghold of Prince Miki. He and all his followers are slain. The korobokura cheiften Inoyep begins to recover lands lost to Prince Mikki.

1284 (2/47) (34 DR):

[Kozakura] The Emperor Itonin leads an army against the northern korobokura. In the midst of the campaign Inoyep is treacherously assassinated by Akarweop, one of his sub-chiefs. Itonin accepts Akarweop's peace offer. At the peace council, Akarweop and his allied chiefs are slain. Leadership of the northern korobokura is destroyed.

1310 (3/13) (60 DR):

[Kozakura] Chiro no Maasate establishes a Kozukuran colony on Tenmei.

1330 (80 DR):

[Shou] Invasion of the Horse Barbarians. The fifth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty routs them in the Battle of the Silver Grasslands.

1384 (134 DR):

[Shou] The mariner Wan Ko Hei discovers Kozakura, and is presented to Emperor Koshu at the Kozakuran capital at Fukama. Note discrepancy with Kozokuran date.

1490 (6/13) (240 DR):

[Kozakura] The last resistence of the northern korobokura is overcome. The northern provinces are formally declared part of the imperial lands.

1499 (6/22) (249 DR):

[Kozakura] The first envoys from Shou Lung arrive at the imperial capital of Fukama. Shou Lung histories refer to this as the "discovery" of Kozakura. See earlier entry for Shou dating discrepency.

1501 (669 Wa) (251 DR):

[Shou] The Wa warlords overthrow the rulership of their Shou Lung governors, destroying many things Shou Lung in the ensuing rebellion. Civil war rocks the island for more than 200 years before a stable government emerges, but the various petty warlords of Wa present a unified front against the "outland invaders."

[Wa] The Shou Lung are finally driven out of Wa by Nitta Shogoro, the Hidden Shogun. In the midst of the final battle, the Giants in Gray are seen watching the carnage. Shogoro proclaims this as a sign of doom for the Emperor Chin. After the victory, there is growing contention among the victors as Shogoro's sway over them weakens. By the end of the year the government has split into several factions.

1502 (670 Wa) (252 DR):

[Wa] Nitta Shogoro attempts to force the Empress Bishakammon to name him regent of Wa. His move is thwarted when the Great Minister of the Left refuses to recognize him and declares his support for the Empress' youngest son. The capital is divided into two camps and violent skirmishing breaks into open warfare.

1503 (671 Wa) (253 DR):

[Shou] The twelfth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty, faced with defeat in Wa, declares "The Unleashing of Shackles." Wa is recognized as an independent state, and the tattered remains of the Shou Lung Regiment of the Grey Blossom are withdrawn from Wa. Many monuments are erected in the capital declaring the wondrous nature of the emperor as the sage emancipator of noble foreign peoples.

[Wa] Emissaries from the Twelfth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty arrive with a proclamation declaring Wa as fellow states of Shou Lung and further lifting the burden of tribute from the inhabitants of that land. Further proclamations grant citizenship to any person of Wa wishing to settle in Shou Lung, provided that person can demonstrate Shou Lung ancestry. Trade agreements are also reached allowing for open ports between the two lands. Nakamaru is named as one of these and the Empress allows the establishment of a small Shou Lung community there. It is carefully guarded and watched, as the governor, a descendant of General Yoshibei, does not want the return of Shou Lung occupation. The commander of the Grey Blossom regiment petitions the governor for permission to remain in Wa. He has little desire to return to Shou Lung as the commander of a defeated army. Many of his men also petition to remain. These requests are granted and the Grey Blossom mercenary regiment is founded. Initially it is in the service of the governor of Nakamaru.

[Shou/Tu] The Nights of the Screaming Demons, a six-day span when major cities along the Fenghsintzu River are visited by great, roaring spirits that chase people from the streets. The next morning, several prominent bureaucrats are discovered missing. Those missing were noted for their incompetence and corruption, so their passing was noted only to make the other bureaucrats more responsive to the people's needs. The autobiography of a H'sin-to crime lord, published in 1545, links the Black Leopards to the Screaming Demons, but no other mention is made.

1562 (7/25) (312 DR):

[Kozakura] The korobokuran hero, Poiyopepoen, leads the remainder of his people in a great migration to Tenmei. There they settle in the deep woods, hidden well away from the small human settlements.

1583 (7/46) (333 DR):

[Kozakura] Under the guidance of Prince Sanetomo, the Prime Minister, Emperor Sentai begins the Great Land Reforms. Much property is redistributed and the status of korobokura and hengeyokai is formally defined as outside the Kozakuran government. the action sparks many fierce uprisings. the end result is the strengthening of Prince Sanetomo's family, the Honda.

1639 (8/42) (389 DR):

[Kozakura] the Way of Enlightenment is introduced to Kozakura.

1681 (9/24) (431 DR):

[Kozakura] Empress Jumei begins the construction of a new capital at Dojyu.

1755 (10/38) (505 DR):

[Kozakura] The Black Castle is founded by Aga in the Miyama province.

1761 (511 DR):

[Shou] The Sixteenth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty declares "The Revealing of Scrolls." The discussion of knowledge is encouraged, and many rival schools are established. The sciences of Astronomy, Alchemy, and Geomancy are in a golden age. Priests of the Path of Enlightenment are dispatched to the far reaches of the globe, setting up shrines as far away as Kozakura. (In Kozakura, the faith is known as the Way of Enlightment, much to the mutual embarrassment of Shou Lung followers of the Path of Enlightenment, and its rival faith, the Way).

1787 (11/21) (537 DR):

[Kozakura] The Black Castle is destroyed by Kinusake no Yori.

1800 (11/23) (550 DR):

[Kozakura] The village of Kuda is founded as the provincial capital of Miyama by Kinusake no Yori's grandson.

1810 (560 DR):

[Shou] The Impossible Palace of the Silver Domes reappears briefly, but disappears again before investigation may be made.

1831 (11/54) (581 DR):

[Kozakura] The Zakura Insurrection begins in the north against the empress. prince Sagi, half-brother of Emperor Toakimi, was persuaded by the Nagato family to rebel when the Honda family supported Princess Kodaiku after the death of her childless husband, Toakimi. The northern rebels established a separate capital at Senita. The northern court survives for 68 years. During this time 3 emperors are proclaimed by the rebels: Sagi (11/54), Gosagi (12/46), and Ouizu (12/59).

1878 (12/41) (628 DR):

[Kozakura] The Kanchi school of the Way of Enlightenment is founded.

1881 (631 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The Wasting Sickness sweeps the continent. In dealing with the emergency, local lords are granted more power in the bureaucracy, particularly in the hard-hit southern provinces. Thus more power falls into the hands of the local lords, for the first time since the destruction of the Ho clan in Ausa.

1889 (12/52) (639 DR):

[Kozakura] Suffering from the political and financial strain of the Zakura Insurrection, Empress Kodaiku is compelled to name Honda no okumi as regent for her young son, Bidamu. The Honda control of the imperial court is now complete.

1895 (645 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Incursion of jungle barbarians results in the appointment of a T'u Lung native as captain of a Shou Lung garrison post. Over the next 500 years more and more natives of the southern provinces come to the fore in the military.

1899 (13/2) (649 DR):

[Kozakura] The last stronghold of the Zakura Insurrection is captured. the war is officially ended and the rebel court destroyed.

1920 (670 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Invasion of the Southern Barbarians. An invasion of southern barbarians overruns the Wetpeng garrison and Kahgang Su. For the first time local forces outnumber those loyal to the emperor in the armies repelling the invasion. The invasion ends suddenIy and the barbarian forces retreat. The cause of the retreat is unknown, but guessed to be the death or other loss of the barbarian's charismatic leader. Many of the clan militias and mercenary forces formed during this invasion remain in place after this time.

2011 (761 DR):

[Shou] The Impossible Palace reappears, then disappears again with a party of investigators inside.

2036 (15/19) (786 DR):

[Kozakura] The Konjo school is introduced to Kozakura.

2050 (800 DR):

[Shou] The last ruler of the Kao Dynasty and his family perish in a fire that sweeps the old Imperial City. His third cousin Ton Bor becomes the first emperor of the La (Wax) Dynasty. The reigns of this emperor and those that follow in his dynasty are controlled by rival factions and secret societies, and the name of the dynasty has been given to it by the successor Kuo Dynasty to reflect the malleability of its rulers. (Its own name was Yin [Silver] , but that name has been eradicated from all tomes in the empire, and only survives in records in Kozakura and other lesser states.):

2053 (803 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The Yang clan takes control of the Tyu Ton garrison, replacing Shou troops with those loyal to Yang. There is widespread feeling that the La Dynasty is insufficient for the task of controlling an empire, and most garrisons are infiltrated by secret societies, including the Black Leopards, who make a resurgence during this time.

2055 (15/38) (805 DR):

[Kozakura] Ichiro the Swordsman fights his first duel at the age of ten. In the next 83 years, he becomes the foremost swordsman of Kozakura. Legnds maintains he was the finest swordsman who ever lived or ever will live. Living the life of a wastrel and vagabond, he is never beaten in a duel. Shortly before his death, it is said he achieved his ultimate goal, making the perfect weapon, infusing it with the very essence of his life. It is the Breath-Floating-Sword and it has never been found.

2061 (1229 Wa) (811 DR):

[Wa] Hidegari legusa sails from Wa with a fleet of 1,000 ships. He lands on the southwestern tip of Shinkoku and immediately secures the provinces as a base of operations. Initial resistance to the invasion is thwarted when Hidegari persuades several daimyo of the area to join his army. The winter season forestalls further reinforcements from Wa and conquest stalls in the south. By the next spring, the Kozakurans have stabilized the front and no more progress can be made. Iegusa appoints the Nakori, Tokuma, and Tsuburaya families as governors of the conquered provinces. Raiding continues along the border for many years. Hidegari legusa returns to Wa. (note dating disceprency):

2062 (1230 Wa) (812 DR):

[Wa] Hidegari legusa launches the Orchid Fleet, a combined force of ships from Wa and southern Shinkoku. His plan is to strike at the capital of Kozakura, but his fleet is intercepted at sea by Honda no Mototsune. During a fierce storm that Hidegari's sorcerers are unable to control, a bloody hand-to-hand battle is fought. His ship ablaze and his men dead or dying, Hidegari's ship disappears into a sudden fog. Thereafter, his gruesome ghosl ship is said to be seen on occasion by sailors.(note dating disceprency):

2063 (1231Wa) (813 DR):

[Wa] The Kozakuran leader, Honda no Mototsune, reclaims the southern provinces of Shinkoku. After several months of warfare, the Nakori clan is forced to retreat to Wa. At the same time Shiro Tokuma deserts his command, a blot which hangs over his descendants for the centuries that follow. Likewise stained is the Shinkoku branch of the Tsurabaya who are forced to swear allegiance to Honda no Mototsune. (note dating disceprency):

2161 (17/24) (911 DR):

[Kozakura] An invasion fleet from Wa commanded by Hidegari Iegusa lands on the southwestern tip of Shinkoku, conquering several provinces. the shogunate organizes a counterattack, but the effort is hampered by the defection of several southern lords. After the intial battles both sides are unable to make further progress. raiding along the borders of the occupied provinces becomes a common practice of the Kozakuran families in the area. (note dating discrepency).

2172 (17/35) (922 DR):

[Kozakura] Hidegaris Iegusa attempts to break the deadlock in the Southern War by invading the Dai plain from the sea. the regent, Honda no Mototsune, launches a force onto the Inland Sea. In the midst of a great storm raised by Mototsune's sorcerers, the two navies meet. For two days a fierce hand-to-hand battle rages across the decks of over 300 ships. In the end, his ship ablaze and most of his men dead, Iegusa refuses to surrender or leave his ship. With Iegusa dead and his army broken Mototsune begins the recapture of the occupied southern provinces.

2173 (17/36) (923 DR):

[Kozakura] The Great Hunt begins in the southern provinces. As the survivors of Iegusa's naval expedition return to their conquered territories, fell creatures and oppresses peasents exact a horrible revenge on the stragglers. many villages overthrow their oppressors and proclaim their freedom. As Mototsune's army arrives, many of these communities refuse to give up their independence. Mototsune savagely destroys these rebellious hyakusho (non-samurai classes), leaving a wake of devastation behind him.

2181 (17/44) (931 DR):

[Kozakura] Honda Mototsune completes the reconquest of the southern provinces.

2190 (1358 Wa) (940 DR):

[Wa] Great Teacher Saizu (later known as Saizu the Immortal) appears over the capital standing on a cloud. Upon his landing spot is built a huge temple. Saizu begins his teachings of the Winter Sect of the Path of Enlightenment.

2198 (18/1) (948 DR):

[Kozakura] Dorumijii Monastery built in Miyama province.

2201 (18/4) (951 DR):

[Kozakura] Konjo Monastery built in Miyama province.

2238 (988 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Wai Fu Hong leads a group of cities in revolt against imperial taxes. Instead of reprisal, the throne negotiates, concentrating instead on not spreading the news of the revolt. T'u Lung nobles (as they think themselves now, a separate entity from the corrupt northerners) are encouraged by the perceived weakness of the imperial court.

2285 (19/28) (1035 DR):

[Kozakura] Prompted by the weakness of the imperial court the Hojo family precipitates the Tennu War. the country splits between supporters of the emperor, under control of the Honda family, and the Hoja cause.

2289 (19/32) (1039 DR):

[Kozakura] Hojo forces win Battle of Kurisammyaku, conquering Miyama province. The emperor Sago is assasinated.

2294 (1044 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Two of the concubines of the thirteenth Emperor Chin of the La Dynasty give birth within hours of each other (the emperor is otherwise less and without heir). Factions gather over the succession.

2296 (19/39) (1046 DR):

[Kozakura] Under the authority of the puppet Emperor Showaji, the Hojo family assumes the title shogun. Although fighting continues sporadically for many years the Tennu War is considered to have ended. The power of the Honda family is broken. Most of its members are exiled or executed, the few that remain have their power carefully restricted.

2297 (19/40) (1047 DR):

[Kozakura] the Bakufu (Shogun's capital) is officially declared at Gifu. Most of the lords of Kozakura present themselves to the Hojo shogun there. Those who do not come are considered enemies of the shogunate.

2310 (1060 DR):

[Shou/Tu] Last Emperor of the La Dynasty takes ill, but refuses to name an heir to the throne, fearing that he might meet an untimely end if he did. The southern lords begin mobilizing their armies and those remaining southern garrisons loyal to the Shou are overthrown.

2312 (1062 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The seventh and last emperor Chin of the La Dynasty dies without recognizing either son as heir. The provincial armies and bureaucrats favor Shin Lu, while the southern nobles and courtiers back the malleable Shin Gisen. War breaks out and the La Castle and the new Imperial Capital are burned.

2315 (1065 DR):

[Shou/Tu] The Battle of Crimson Wheat. Shin Ginsen's forces are destroyed, but the victorious Shin Lu's forces are too weak to pursue. Lu returns to the old capital with theEmblems of Imperial Authority and becomes the first Emperor Chin Kuo (Nation) Dynasty. His first directive is to offer to supporters of Ginsen "The Choice of Blades' or flee to the south to the stronghold by Shin Ginsen's nobles. Most chose to flee south.

2316 (1066 DR):

[Shou] Shin Ginsen is proclaimed Emperor in Chia Wan Ch'uan, and recognized as the first Emperor of the Lui (Green) Dynasty. Shou Lung attempts to put down the uprising fails, in the first of the Uncountable Wars between the two countries, which continue for the next 250 years.

[Tu] Shin Ginsen is made the first emperor of the Lui Dynasty, forming the respected nation of T'u Lung. Shou Lung forces invade T'u Lung but are repulsed. Shou Lung calls these invasions over the next 250 years the Uncountable Wars, but T'u Lung refers to them as the Major Incursions of The Northern Barbarians in their texts. The writings out of the T'u Lung provinces from this point on refer to Shou Lung as a corrupt empire on the verge of internal collapse. The powerful families in T'u Lung, backing the new emperor, are the Tan, Ho, Wai, and Yang families. They extend their power over the next 40 years.

2317 (1067 DR):

[Tu] In order to repel the Shou invaders, Emperor Lui (Shin Ginsen) appeals to the secret societies, declaring an amnesty for those organizations that had been previously banned by the Shou, provided they send troops to help in the First Incursion. The combined force, called "The Might of the South," routes the northerners at the Battle of Feng Wa Crossing and the Stand of Ninto. The Black Leopard Cult, while neither the largest nor the most popular force on the field, is well represented.

[Tabot] The High Lord of Oceans, a six year old boy, single handedly overthrows the nobles of Tabot and establishes the government as it is known today. The nobles are stripped of their power and reduced to titles and small estates in their former territories. The Council kashag is formed to advise the High Lord of Oceans, composed of one monk and 3 lay peasents. the High Lord of oceans ruled for 82 years, then chose a worthy successor and disappeared into the mountains.

2335 (20/18) (1085 DR):

[Kozakura] Gizu Hanashi is appointed shugo of Toyaki province. All provinces are now directly or indirectly under Hojo control. the country is unified under a shogun.

2356 (1106 DR):

[Tu] In order to strengthen the ties between the emperor and the barons, Emperor Shin Ginsen marries his eldest daughter, Shin Do, to the scion of the Wai Clan, Wai Long Hwa. The festivities were scheduled for high summer but were pushed back by the 15th Incursion, so the wedding occurred in the winter, an unlucky time according to court seers.

2358 (1108 DR):

[Tu] Shin Ginsen dies in a hunting accident. His son, Shin Rokan, becomes the second emperor of the Lui Dynasty. Shin Rokan proves to be a less capable commander than his father, for while he blunts the Shou attacks in the 16th Incursion at the Battle of the Blood Plains, he loses a significant portion of the northern territories in the process. The various baronial clans rumble in dissent.

2366 (1116 DR):

[Tu] Shin Rokan proposes to remove the power of the armies from the barons, increase taxes to pay for the new forces, and demand of all an oath of loyalty to the Lui dynasty above all. He is assassinated by Wai Long Hwa, who proclaims himself Emperor. The Ho and Tan families form an alliance and secede, as does the Yang Clan. This is the beginning of the "Three Kingdoms" period of T'u Lung history There are fewer Shou Lung incursions during this period as the corrupt northerners send diplomatic missions to first one, then the other, then the third kingdom, hoping to weaken all and eventually reabsorb them into the Shou empire.

2384 (1134 DR):

[Shou] Shin Lu dies after 70 years on the throne, and is given the deific name of Ying (Eagle). Shin's son becomes the second Emperor Chin

[Tu] The hated Shin Lu, emperor of Shou Lung, dies of old age. A meeting to celebrate the death among representatives of the Three Kingdoms ends in poison. treachery, and assassination. None of the leaders of the kingdoms attended the celebration.

2390 (1140 DR):

[Shou] The second Emperor dies of old age and is given the deific name of Tz'u Wei (Hedgehog). His grandson takes the throne as the Emperor Chin.

2392 (21/15) (1142 DR):

[Kozakura] The wu jen Ch'u tei Zao and Goboro the Lame engage in a murderous duel of sorcery. So great are their powers that one stands atop Mount Kaza and the other on the neighboring peaks of Dagoryama. For an entire the sky in the area is changed to a horrid violet-green. The villages, fields, and forest between the two are burned to cinders. the 237-year-old feud apparently ends with the climatic explosion of the peak of Mount Kaza. the site is now called Broken-Dish-Mountain for the shape of the remaining mount. No bodies are found, so it is difficult to say if the feud ended or is postponed.

2398 (1148 DR):

[Tu] The Three Kingdoms are reunited. Wai Long Hwa is officially recognized as the third emperor of the Lui Dynasty. The Ho and Tan families are defeated in the war, though still powerful. The Yang family is given autonomous control of its lands in a diplomatic settlemeet. The Maki Clan, a group of upstart barons, gains power during this time by supporting Wai.

2399 (1149 DR):

[Tu] The third emperor demands an oath of loyalty to the throne and to the barons who support it, and taxes heavily to support his rebuilding programs.

2403 (1153 DR):

[Tu] The 29th Incursion of the Shou Lung. During this incursion the city of Balanzia is attacked and its walls breached for the sixth time. Incurring an ancient curse, the inhabitants of the city go mad and abandon the city.

2404 (1572 Wa) (1154 DR):

[Wa] The Tokiryo War is fought. Although only a short skirmish in this long period of warfare, it marks the beginning of the rise of the Matasuuri clan. By the end of the war, the Matasuuri and the Loyal Families have conquered the small provinces of the north. However, the various lords still do not cooperate towards further ends. The Matasuuri begin a slow effort to unite the north.

2408 (1158 DR):

[Tu] Wai Long dies in his sleep and is succeeded by his son, Wai Long Sun, the fourth emperor in the Lui Dynasty.

2419 (1169 DR):

[Tu] Jo He Ting, a potter of Chedoru, creates a set of magic bowls for the imperial court. These eight bowls bestow clear thought on those who eat from them, but only for an hour after they are used.

2423 (1173 DR):

[Tu] The bowls provide no protection from poison, however, and Wai Long Sun dies after eating poisoned rice from the bowls while seeking an answer to the problem of what to do about ambitious relatives. Wai Long Sun's cousin, Wai Chu Doang, becomes the fifth emperor of the Lui Dynasty. He uses the oath of loyalty to raise large, powerful armies, both to contain the baronial clans and to fight Shou Lung. His heavy-handed military solutions to domestic problems earn his reign the name "The Law of Fists."

2430 (1180 DR):

[Shou] The third Emperor dies and is given the deific name (Panther). He is succeeded by his wife, who rules as the fourth Emperor Chin until his son comes of age.

2432 (1182 DR):

[Shou] The fourth Emperor steps down and retires to a monastery. Upon her death 30 years later she is given the deific name Yeh (Nightingale). Her son becomes fifth Emperor Chin.

2444 (22/7) (1194 DR):

[Kozakura] The career of Ichi the Highwayman ends in his death.

2456 (1624 Wa) (1206 DR):

[Shou] The fifth Emperor Chin distinguishes himself in battle against pirates of the Celestial Sea, sacking several havens of the pirates, including the one located on Akari. Wa, also hurt by pirate raids, recognizes Shou Lung claims to small islands in the Celestial Sea.

[Wa] Pirate activity in the Celestial Sea has become quite troublesome after several years of petty raiding. Approached by envoys of Shou Lung, the Shogun agrees to a joint expedition against the wako. The Shogun's contribution is limited since the wako are unofficially protected by Wa nobles. To appease the Fifth Emperor Chin of the Lui Dynasty the Shogun signs over several small islands in the sea south of Wa.

2469 (1219 DR):

[Tu] The 41st Incursion. Wai Chu Doang leads his troops in the Battle of Tan. They are routed, and the emperor is chased into the Thai Salt Flats and slain by Shou assassins. Wai Chu Cor, the emperor's only son, turns back the incursion, but dies of wounds suffered in the Battle of Steaming Horses before he can ascend the throne. Wai Chu Doang's grandson, Wai Juku A'ti, becomes the sixth emperor of T'u Lung.

2479 (1647 Wa) (1229 DR):

[Wa] The Matasuuri clan, having consolidated several of the smaller provinces of the north, is offered the opportunity to ally with the Makino clan, who are at this time the most powerful daimyo of Wa. The pact is sealed and under the generalship of Matasuuri Shogoro the process of unification is begun. The Matasuuri become the strong right arm of the Makino.

2484 (22/47) (1234 DR):

[Kozakura] Dorumiji Monastery destroyed by hostile sohei.

2493 (1661 Wa) (1243 DR):

[Wa] Upon the instructions of Matasuuri Shogoro, Makino Mansaku, the power of the Makino clan is struck down by ninja. Matasuuri begins the Summer March on the capital. Upon reaching a plain outside of Tomo, the Matasuuri army is faced by a coalition of other daimyo. The battle goes badly for the Matasuuri and they are forced to retreat behind the defences of Tomo. The enemy lays siege to the town.

2494 (1662 Wa) (1244 DR):

[Wa] : Matasuuri Shogoro manages to convince the daimyo of southern Wa to march on the lands of the central daimyo who are currently besieging him at Tomo. The enemy is distracted and weakened, enabling Shogoro to bring in reinforcements and break the siege. He spends the rest of the summer consolidating his position in the Tomo region.

2495 (1663 Wa) (1245 DR):

[Wa] In the middle of winter, Matasuuri Shogoro makes the unprecedented move of beginning a campaign. Catching his enemies off-guard, he reaches the capital in force and demands his recognition as shogun. Armed with his official title, Shogoro persuades many daimyo to ally themselves with him. He faces his last major resistance at the battle of Shido Plain. Although there are several years of campaigns after this, Wa is officially considered under the rule of the new shogun.

2500 (1250 DR):

[Shou] The fifth Emperor Chin dies in a hunting accident. His grandson becomes the sixth Emperor Chin. The deceased emperor is given the deific name Yeh T'u (Hare), giving rise to speculation that he was assassinated by a jealous relative.

2511 (1261 DR):

[Tu] Wai Juku A'ti dies when an evil spirit steals his soul. Shou Lung wu jen are suspected, and Shou natives are persecuted, though later evidence indicates that a rival family or cult was responsible. The eldest son, Wai Chi Con, dies in a sailing accident soon afterward, and the second son, the weaker Wai Lo Yan, becomes the seventh emperor of T'u Lung. Wai Lo Yan is young and sickly, taken to fevers and fits for most of his reign. Court politicians and baronial clans prosper through intrigue during this period.

2543 (1293 DR):

[Shou] The sixth Emperor Chin dies of old age, and is given the deific name Ch'uan (Dog) for his faithful service to the memories of his forbearers. His son becomes the seventh Emperor Chin.

2555 (1305 DR):

[Tu] Wai Lo Yan proves to be one of the most long-lived and competent of the Lui Dynasty, lasting 44 years before passing on from a particularly vicious fever. His only direct descendent is a daughter. Under tradition dating back to Shou Lung, the daughter would be made emperor, but the T'u Lung nobles bristle at the thought. Instead, the daughter is made regent until Wai Gada Sinzu, Wai Lo Yan's nephew (through a younger sister) comes of age. The daughter was named Wai Yeh Ying, but is only remembered officially as Wai Lo Yan's Daughter in texts. Her reign is called "The Regency."

2558 (1308 DR):

[Tu] Wai Gada Sinzu, the nephew, takes the throne as the eighth emperor of the Lui Dynasty. Wai Yeh Yin disappears soon after. Diplomatic overtures with Shou Lung are made, stabilizing the border and ending the major incursions (though armed forces of the Shou continue to invade, usually seeking criminals of the state who flee south to sanctuary). The Shou consider these wars to beuncountable, but T'u Lung official histories identify no fewer than 74 separate invasions (Shou Lung scholars dispute these figures).

2561 (1311 DR):

[Shou] The seventh Emperor Chin dies mysteriously in his sleep. He is given the deific name Hsiao (Owl). His son becomes the eighth Emperor Chin of the Eighth Dynasty of Shou Lung.

2586 (1754 Wa) (1336 DR):

[Wa] Matasuuri Nagahide becomes the new shogun. Foreign traders are ordered to leave the country. Unauthorized interaction with foreigners is declared illiegal.

2587 (1755 Wa) (1337 DR):

[Wa] Government forces slaughter thousands at Juzimura Castle, which had been seized by a coalition of displaced ronin and radical worshippers of Chauntea. After the seige is broken, the government denounces Chuantea as an illegal deity. Worship of Chuantea is declared an offence punishable by execution.

2588 (1338 DR):

[Horse Plains] Yamun Khahan of Clan Hoekun conquers the Commani tribe, beginning his rise to power.

2589 (1757 Wa) (1339 DR):

[Shou] The Eighth Emperor Chin announces the "Gathering of Pearls" as a goal of his reign. Plans are set in motion to recover lost artifacts and books. Excavations begin in cities that have been noted as capitals. Old territories to the north and west are brought back under imperial control. Contacts with Wa and Kozakura are expanded. The nobles of T'u Lung fear that this is an attempt to isolate their nation in the world.

[Wa] New contacts are made between the countries of Wa and Shou Lung. Restrictions limitting contact with foreigners are somewhat relaxed. The port city of Akkaido expands foreign trade.

[Tu] The perfidy of the Shou is revealed when their emperor declares the "Gathering of Pearls," at first glance a gathering of knowledge, but in reality a subtle attempt to further isolate T'u Lung from the rest of the civilized world. In response, T'u Lung opens its doors to traders and establishes diplomatic missions to Tabat, Wa, and Kozakura.

2592 (24/35) (1760 Wa) (1342 DR):

[Wa] A bitter feud between Funada Toragi and Funada Kazuo erupts, reaching a bitter conclusion. Lord Kazuo contrives evidence that his brother is planning to support a nephew of the shogun in a coup. The shogun orders Toragi and several other lords executed and exiles his nephew to the Island of One Thousand Pines. The coup, while it had been discussed, was far from a reality at the time.

[Kozakura] The Hojo War begins.

2598 (24/41) (1348 DR):

[Kozakura] The Battle of Norinoshima ends the Hojo War with the defeat of the Hojo forces.

2599 (1349 DR):

[Shou] The Puissant Department of Joyful Rediscovery charges the Ko family with the task of turning Akari Island into a maritime colony and forward base for his Magnificent and Just Majesty's Fleet.

2601 (1769 Wa) (1351 DR):

[Wa] The shogunate orders daimyos to raise the moral standards in their provinces. Known and suspected adulteres are executed, waitresses are banned from teahouses, and luxury items are forbidden to the lower classes.

2602 (1770 Wa) (1352 DR):

[Tu] After the birth of two daughters (who cannot take the throne, save as regents), Wai Gada Sinzu's wife gives birth to twin sons, named Wai Anku and Wai Soreti. Various factions, families, and cults begin taking sides, sending gifts to one son or the other.

[Shou] The events of OA6 take place.

[Wa] The events of OA7 take place.

[Horse Plains] Yamun Khahan turns his armies on the caravans of the Golden Way.

2607 (24/50) (1775 Wa) (1357 DR):

Kara-Tur Boxed set correct to this date.

[Shou] The events of the module OA3 take place.

[Wa] The events of the adventure OA4 take place.

[Kozakura] The events of OA1 take place.

[Tu] An outpost of the Black Leopard Cult is found and destroyed on Akari Island. This is believed to be an offshoot of the sect founded by the high priest who escaped down the Fenghsintzu river. When the news arrives in Pendir Chao and H'sin-to, there are massive parades and demonstrations by followers of the Black Leopard, who understand that a group of Shou Lung merchants brought in outside mercenaries to destroy the surviving cultists.

2608 (1358 DR):

[Tu] The events of the adventure OA5 take place.

[Kara-tur] Time of Troubles. For three months in the summer magical and natural chaos ensues, none are able to divine the cause. Then, suddenly, the chaos disappears, though it does leae its mark in the form of wild and dead magic zones scattered throughout the lands. Interestingly, during this period the Temples are unable to contact the Immortals, and afterwords none are willing to discuss this amazing event.

2609 (1359 DR):

[Semphar] Hubadai, Yamun Khahan's son conquers Semphar in his father's name.

[Shou] The Tuigan breech the Dragonwall and invade Shou Lung. After a hard fought campaign a truce is declared, in exchange for the lives of the ministers of War and State Yamun Khahan departs from Shou Lung. The Minister of State Security is discovered to be a traitor, working for the Tuigan. The Mandrinate goes into an uproar as no less then three of the Emperor's top ministerpositions are left open.

[Khazari] Khazari's Prince Ogandi sues for peace following a Tuigan victory at the battle of Manass.

2610 (24/53) (1360 DR):

[Kozakura] The events of OA2 take place.

Below is an update of the Kara-tur timeline, including some events from the Hordelands, Koryo, and a hypothetical starting date for the Takanaka War in Kozakura, as well as a description of module events for OA6&7. the events of OA1&2 are not important enough to warrent inclusion in the timeline, but I don't have access to OA#3,4,&5. If there are "national" events depicted in those modules, I for one would appreciate a write up from someone who has them:):

In general, the dates below are not as firm as those given in the earlier version, The events had no firm dates given, so I had to extrapolate from the text.

c221-580: (-1029 DR to -670 DR):

[Hordelands] During the Li Dynasty the Shou warriors seize the lands from the Koryaz mountains to the Rusj River, and the mountains of Khazari. Later, the Kalmyks arise out of the Hagga Shan and drive the Shou back into the heart of the Chukei Plateu. Khazari rebels in this period of Shou weakness and proclaims its independence. The Kalmyk's squabbling prevents further successes, and the Copper Demon of Tros appears and seizes the eastern portion of the Kalmyk empire. The remaining Kalmyks split into two groups, those north of the Kora Shan and those south of it.

631 (-619 DR):

[Shou] The Imperial Capital moves from Hsi-Feng to Hai Sheng (now renamed Kirin).

c1025-1100: (-225 to -150 DR):

[Hordelands] The fall of the Copper Demon of Tros marks the resurgence of the Shou. The Northern Kalmyks become a vassal state of the Shou, as do Khazari, Solon, and Semphar. The Southern Kalmyks, now called the Suren, continue to resist but are steadily pushed west where they struggle against the realm of Raumathar.

c1100-1330: (-150 to 80 DR ):

[Hordelands] Narfell and Raumather destroy each other in "The Great Conflagration". The Suren take advantage of this to drive the Raumatharans from the Steppe. Continuing there advance the barbarian horde overwhelms most of modern Narfell before they are stopped.

1330 (80 DR):

[Shou] Invasion of the Horse Barbarians. The fifth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty routs them in the Battle of the Silver Grasslands.

[Hordelands] The Suren conquer the weakened outlying states of the Shou. Khazari and Ra-Khati are overwhelmed, Semphar is cut off from Shou Lung and establishes its own independence. The Suren tribes again bicker, they soon lose control of their conquests.

2589 (1757 Wa) (1339 DR):

[Shou] The Eighth Emperor Chin announces the "Gathering of Pearls" as a goal of his reign. Plans are set in motion to recover lost artifacts and books. Excavations begin in cities that have been noted as capitals. Old territories to the north and west are brought back under imperial control. Contacts with Wa and Kozakura are expanded. The nobles of T'u Lung fear that this is an attempt to isolate their nation in the world.

[Wa] New contacts are made between the countries of Wa and Shou Lung. Restrictions limitting contact with foreigners are somewhat relaxed. The port city of Akkaido expands foreign trade.

[Tu] The perfidy of the Shou is revealed when their emperor declares the "Gathering of Pearls," at first glance a gathering of knowledge, but in reality a subtle attempt to further isolate T'u Lung from the rest of the civilized world. In response, T'u Lung opens its doors to traders and establishes diplomatic missions to Tabat, Wa, and Kozakura.

[Koryo] The King of Silla conquers the neighboring kingdoms of Koguryo and Saishu, uniting the Choson penisula.

2602 (1770 Wa) (1352 DR):

[Shou] The events of OA6 take place.

[Shou] Mysterious warriors from the jungle raid the province of Chu' Yuan. When the province's Governor Kawabi is unable to halt the raids the Emperor sends General Goyat Nagumo to aid him. Later in the year General Nagumo and Governor Kawabi fight a pitched battle, Governor Kawabi flees to the south and General Nagumo follows him. Taking their armies with them they disappear from Shou Lung and are not heard from again.

[Wa] The events of OA7 take place.

[Wa] The Fochu peninsula is plagued by yellow clouds tainting the atmosphere and yellow poison fouling the waterways. The taint is traced to the machinations of a powerful Wu jen named Za-Jikku, but his plot is foiled by a band of brave gaijen heroes.

[Horse Plains] Yamun Khahan turns his armies on the caravans of the Golden Way.

2604 (1354 DR):

[Koryo] The King of Silla musters a fleet to invade the hated Kozukurans. His fleet is destroyed by a tsunami, and the resulting turmoil enabled one of his generals, Wanang Sun, to overthrow him and unite the factions of Choson into the Kingdom of Koryo.

2608 (1358 DR):

[Tu] The events of the adventure OA5 take place.

[Kara-tur] Time of Troubles. For three months in the summer magical and natural chaos ensues, none are able to divine the cause. Then, suddenly, the chaos disappears, though it does leae its mark in the form of wild and dead magic zones scattered throughout the lands. Interestingly, during this period the Temples and shukenja are unable to contact the Nine Immortals, and afterwords none are willing to discuss this amazing event.

[Kozakura] Following the Time of Troubles the Shikken, Takenaka Okawa, refuses to step down when the young Shogun, Hojo Kawabuko, turned 18. Instead he attempts to force the young Shogun into early retirement. Dissatisfied with the Shikken's performance during the Time of Troubles Okawa's brother, Takenaka Sugawara, rejects the Okawa's plan and musters his forces on the Shogun's behalf, the Shikken musters his own forces. The two armies meet in Oie province, in the subsequent battle Sugawara is victorious, and his armies march towards Gifu. Sugawara was thwarted, however, when his brother managed to secure the aid of Hojo Todahiro (the exiled shogun from the Hojo war) and Gokammu, the Retired Emperor. After a confused three day battle all of the factions retreat towards their home provinces and a protracted civil war begins to fester in Kozakura, with no faction able to gain a significent military or diplomatic advantage. Kozukura thus passes into chaos.


Kara-Tur Boxed Set

Horde Boxed Set

FR 12 Horde Campaign

OA1 Swords of the Daimyo

OA2 Night of the Seven Swords

OA3 Ochimo, the Spirit Warrior

OA4 Blood of the Yakuza

OA5 Mad Monkey vs The Dragon Claw

OA6 Ronin Challenge

OA7 Test of the Samurai

I would like to extend a special thanks to:

"Andrew J. Stott"



for their help in acquiring the needed materials for these timelines.

Without their help the timelines wouldn't have happened.

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