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Timeline of Athas

Most of the events listed here were drawn from a timeline originally posted to the Dark Sun Mailing List by Kevin Melka, then the head of the Dark Sun line at TSR.

Given the setting reset in the Dark Sun 4, it's possible that all or none of these events have actually occured.

1st World's Age the year of Ral's Fury (Free Year: -14578)

Creation of the King's Age calendar by the nature-masters based on the rotation of Athas's two moons. Originally titled "World's Age." Original calendar uses "Ocean" instead of "Silt," and "Island" instead of "Desert."

4th World's Age the year of Enemy's Agitation (Free Year: -14327)

Evil elemental clerics form an alliance with the nature-benders.

4th World's Age the year of Ocean's Slumber (Free Year: -14295)

Discovery of the nature-benders, corrupt nature-masters who experiment with life in immoral ways.

4th World's Age the year of King's Slumber (Free Year: -14274)

First appearance of elemental clerics on Athas.

7th World's Age the year of Island's Agitation (Free Year: -14103)

War between the nature-masters and the nature-benders until Ral's Vengeance of this age. In the end, the nature-benders are defeated along with their cleric allies.

8th World's Age the year of Ral's Defiance (Free Year: -14028)

Nature-masters of Ty'agi attempt to expand the lifeforce of the ocean and accidentally create the Brown Tide-which brings about the end of the Blue Age.

8th World's Age the year of Friend's Reverence (Free Year: -14027)

Surviving nature-masters create the Pristine Tower to destroy the Brown Tide. This action changes the sun from blue to yellow, destroying the halfling civilization and bringing about The Rebirth.

8th World's Age the year of Island's Agitation (Free Year: -14026)

The new races of The Rebirth - humans, gnomes, dwarves, elves, and others - appear across the face of Athas. Great cities such as Tyr, Bodach, and Guistenal are founded to house the new races. Last use of "Island" and "Ocean" on the World's Age Calendar. Beginning of the Green Age.

8th World's Age the year of Guthay's Fury (Free Year: -14018)

First use of psionic powers by the races of The Rebirth.

8th World's Age the year of King's Slumber (Free Year: -13966)

Ruler of the rhul-thraun, High Lord Rhan Thes-onel, leaves the Jagged Cliffs to locate any rhulisti remaining on Athas. He never returns.

9th King's Age the year of Ral's Fury (Free Year: -13962)

\"World's Age\" changed to King's Age by the rules of various cities. Dates remain the same.

9th King's Age the year of Ral's Vengeance (Free Year: -13918)

First reported sighting of the Messenger by a Tyrian astronomer. The comet appears every 45 years until the 190th King's Age/Enemy's Slumber when the cycle is mysteriously broken.

11th King's Age the year of Enemy's Fury (Free Year: -13766)

Birth of Rajaat the War-Bringer.

55th King's Age the year of Ral's Reverence (Free Year: -10387)

66th King's Age the year of Wind's Defiance (Free Year: -9569)

Mareet, ruler of Saragar, is visited by a time-traveler from the future. He tells the king an appending doom to Athas before disappearing. Obsessed with the warning, Mareet orders his most powerful psionicists to breach the time stream and determine the n ature of the warning. They are later join...

66th King's Age the year of Desert's Slumber (Free Year: -9549)

The psionicists breach the time barrier and learn of the impending Cleansing Wars, Rajaat, and defiling magic. Mareet wants to warn all of Athas, but the psionicists disagree and take control of their leader. The three use their formidable powers to shield Saragar from the rest of the world. The ...

78th King's Age the year of Friend's Slumber (Free Year: -8604)

Current ruler of Urik persecutes the kreen and orders the death of all their kind in the city. Many thri-kreen across the land leave the cities to live in the wild. Migration of thri-kreen from the west comes to a halt.

81st King's Age the year of Silt's Agitation (Free Year: -8377)

Rajaat arrives at the base of the Jagged Cliffs where he conduits experiments with the powers of life for the next 200 years.

84th King's Age the year of King's Defiance (Free Year: -8169)

After nearly two centuries of experiments Rajaat discovers the basics of magic, but is nearly killed in the process. After recovering he leaves the Jagged Cliffs and travels to the Pristine Tower to refine the magic process, creating defiling and preserving magic. The Time of Magic begins.

87th King's Age the year of Ral's Slumber (Free Year: -7890)

An unknown disaster befalls the city of Celik, which casts it into ruins. Survivors blame the ordeal on the reckless use of psionics.

123rd King's Age the year of Wind's Fury (Free Year: -5114)

The feral halfling scout Too'lane discovers the Last Tree atop a mountain in the Forest Ridge. This ancient living artifact's location is kept secret by the halflings.

125th King's Age the year of Guthay's Reverence (Free Year: -4976)

After three eons of study, Rajaat emerges from the Pristine Tower to teach magic to the Rebirth races. He teaches preserving magic openly, and defiling magic in secret to those of "questionable" character. For the next 1,500 years Rajaat studies how magic interacts with the Rebirth races, and dec...

134th King's Age the year of King's Agitation (Free Year: -4275)

Rajaat begins a jihad against the preservers of Athas for the next thousand years. Preservers across the land go into hiding while fighting a losing battle against the followers of Rajaat.

144th King's Age the year of Priest's Contemplation (Free Year: -3531)

Rajaat sends all but a few of his students away. Using the power of the Pristine Tower and the mysterious Dark Lens Rajaat creates his Champions. Each Champion is ordered to eliminate one specific race from the face of Athas in an effort to bring about the return of the Blue Age. The Cleansing Wa...

147th King's Age the year of King's Slumber (Free Year: -3263)

Sacha of Arala, 1st Champion of Rajaat eliminates the last of the kobolds from the face of Athas.

155th King's Age the year of Ral's Defiance (Free Year: -2709)

Daskinor Goblin Death, 14th Champion of Rajaat exterminates the last goblin from the face of Athas

155th King's Age the year of Ral's Slumber (Free Year: -2654)

Wyan of Bodach, 12th Champion of Rajaat obliterates the last pixie from the land.

156th King's Age the year of Friend's Contemplation (Free Year: -2642)

Uyness of Waverly (later known as Abalach-Re), 5th Champion of Rajaat slaughters the last of the orcs from the face of Athas.

160th King's Age the year of Guthay's Defiance (Free Year: -2303)

Kalak, 2nd Champion of Rajaat kills the last of the ogres of Athas.

160th King's Age the year of Ral's Reverence (Free Year: -2302)

Gallard (later known as Nibenay), 6th Champion of Rajaat massacres the last of Athas's gnomes.

160th King's Age the year of Ral's Reverence (Free Year: -2302)

Keltis, Lizard Man Executioner arrives at Saragar despite the powers of the Mind Lords. The Mind Lord's cleverness hides the entire population of lizard men from the Champion, and he soon leaves the Last Sea.

160th King's Age the year of Desert's Reverence (Free Year: -2267)

The First Sorcerer orders the defiler Qwith to explore the workings of the Inner Planes as a possible means of power.

160th King's Age the year of Wind's Fury (Free Year: -2265)

The great cities of Ebe, Waverly, and Arala are swallowed by the expanding Silt Sea, though later it recedes from Waverly. The nearby city of Bodach is spared, but becomes surrounded by silt.

160th King's Age the year of Mountain's Vengeance (Free Year: -2263)

The warlord Irikos, the left hand of Rajaat, sacks the city of Bodach-but is killed at the conclusion of the battle. His sword (a creation of Rajaat's), the Silencer, is lost for 2,000 years.

161st King's Age the year of Ral's Fury (Free Year: -2258)

Infuriated at her lack of progress, Rajaat turns research of the Inner Planes over to Qwith's subordinates. Shortly after an accident of unknown origins opens a gate to the Inner Planes, and obsidian flows across the land for hundreds of miles in each dir ection until the gate is closed by the Se...

161st King's Age the year of Silt's Agitation (Free Year: -2217)

All life across the obsidian plain is obliterated except for the Seventh Tree, which becomes immune to defiling magic. Soon after the undead defiler Gretch discovers necromantic magic to replace the loss of defiling magic. Necromancer magic is born.

162nd King's Age the year of Friend's Reverence (Free Year: -2169)

Keltis (later known as Oronis), 10th Champion of Rajaat believes he exterminates the last of the lizard men. In reality several tribes survive, protected by the Mind Lords.

162nd King's Age the year of Wind's Slumber (Free Year: -2122)

Tectuktitlay, 9th Champion of Rajaat destroys the last wemics on Athas.

163rd King's Age the year of King's Vengeance (Free Year: -2053)

Myron of Yorum is replaced as Troll Scorcher by Manu of Deche, later known as Hamanu of Urik. He is given the sword the Scorcher, created by Rajaat, to complete his task.

164th King's Age the year of Friend's Contemplation (Free Year: -2026)

Hamanu, replaced 4th Champion of Rajaat, kills Windreaver-the last troll of Athas and king of his people.

164th King's Age the year of Desert's Vengeance (Free Year: -2025)

Rkard, the last dwarven king of Kemalok, is slain by Borys of Ebe in mortal combat-though Borys himself is gravely injured. The Champion's attendants spirit him from the battlefield leaving his sword, the Scourge, still buried in the dwarf's chest. Before he can retrieve the sword, Hamanu tells B...

164th King's Age the year of Friend's Fury (Free Year: -1971)

Lead by Abalach-Re of Raam, the sorcerer-kings storm Guistenal and kill Dregoth, Ravager of Giants just before he is to become a 30th-level Dragon. The battle destroys the city, the land, and most of its population. Afterwards, Hamanu throws the Scorcher into the Silt Sea. With the aid of his hig...

165th King's Age the year of Wind's Defiance (Free Year: -1946)

Borys emerges from his insanity and learns Rajaat's prison is on the verge of collapse. Soon after he collects a levy of 1,000 slaves from each sorcerer-king, using their lifeforce to reseal the First Sorcerer's prison on a yearly basis.

167th King's Age the year of Enemy's Agitation (Free Year: -1776)

The sorcerer-kings call for a jihad against the druids of Athas. For the next three centuries the blood of druids across the land stains the sands red in what would be known as the Eradication.

167th King's Age the year of Ral's Agitation (Free Year: -1741)

In an attempt to increase her power, Sielba, Queen of Yaramuke attacks Urik. Hamanu easily defeats her army and personally slays the sorcerer-queen. On the heels of victory, Urik's army sacks Yaramuke and burns the city to the ground. To appease the Drago n's wrath for killing a sorcerer-queen, H...

167th King's Age the year of Silt's Defiance (Free Year: -1722)

Borys uses the booty gained from Yaramuke to build Ur Draxa, which becomes the greatest city on all of Athas. At the center of the city Borys places the Black Sphere for him and his city to protect.

168th King's Age the year of Desert's Fury (Free Year: -1684)

After years of study Dregoth finally deciphers halfling records found in the caverns beneath Guistenal. The end result is the creation of the first generation dray, which Dregoth deems a failure and banishes to Kragmorta.

168th King's Age the year of Friend's Defiance (Free Year: -1652)

The thri-kreen prophet Ka'Cha begins the first of several journeys across the Tablelands to spread the word of peace and enlightenment to the thri-kreen, as well as other races.

168th King's Age the year of Guthay's Agitation (Free Year: -1643)

After several more failures Dregoth succeeds in his experiments, and the second generation of dray are created in his own image.

170th King's Age the year of Guthay's Slumber (Free Year: -1555)

Dregoth, Ravager of Giants, discovers the planar gate. After a decade of research, he uses the device to travel the Outer Planes of existence for the next 19 centuries.

170th King's Age the year of Wind's Slumber (Free Year: -1506)

After being nearly wiped from the face of Athas, the remaining druids of the land go into hiding for the next 1,000 years to a secret location in the Forest Ridge.

171st King's Age the year of Silt's Reverence (Free Year: -1469)

Daskinor Goblin Death slips into insanity following this year's levy, and builds an army to slay the Dragon upon his return the following year. Borys learns of his plot, and not needing the levy to maintain Rajaat's prison never returns. Keltis, Lizard Man Executioner, has an attack of conscience...

174th King's Age the year of King's Contemplation (Free Year: -1228)

In an effort to increase his power, Kalid-Ma attempts to further his dragon metamorphosis to a power near that of Borys of Ebe. The attempt is successful, but his mind is destroyed in the process. The dragon that was Kalid-Ma destroys his city of Kalidnay and begins to move into the rest of the T...

177th King's Age the year of Guthay's Reverence (Free Year: -972)

A powerful Druid named Tehnik creates the four artifacts known as the Hearts of the Drake, and dies in the process.

179th King's Age the year of Silt's Defiance (Free Year: -798)

Tarandas of Raam, a powerful psionicist and teacher throughout the Tyr Region, disappears without a trace. Her students insist she has ventured beyond her mastery of the Way into realms unseen by lesser beings.

183rd King's Age the year of Guthay's Fury (Free Year: -543)

With the aid of a wizard named Besteren, Oronis (formerly known as Keltis) develops the preserver metamorphosis spell to counter Rajaat's vile magic. The spell nearly kills him, but in the end Oronis emerges as Athas's first avangion.

184th King's Age the year of King's Fury (Free Year: -480)

Oronis gives the preserver metamorphosis spell to a preserver/psionicist named Nerad, who becomes Athas's second avangion.

184th King's Age the year of Wind's Fury (Free Year: -417)

After revealing himself to the Veiled Alliance of Tyr, Nerad is discovered by King Kalak-who in turn contacts the Dragon. Borys later kills Nerad south of Tyr. In his grief, Oronis hides all copies of the preserver metamorphosis spell.

187th King's Age the year of Ral's Vengeance (Free Year: -212)

The Silencer is uncovered by an elf named Rimmon in the ruins of Bodach, who uses its power to lead her bandit tribe against the city-state of Balic. She is easily defeated by Andropinis, but the Silencer is again lost.

189th King's Age the year of Mountain's Slumber (Free Year: -85)

The Obsidian Man is discovered in the mines of Urik. After returning the artifact to Urik, the sinister device activates and nearly kills Hamanu before he learns to control it with a golden circlet.

189th King's Age the year of King's Defiance (Free Year: -84)

An unnamed psionicist discovers the presence of the psurlons, a powerful psionic race of worm-like creatures, on the Astral Plane. With their own world being destroyed a millennia before, a few psurlons migrate to Athas where the psionic nature of the world makes them potent enemies.

189th King's Age the year of Enemy's Agitation (Free Year: -82)

The Scorcher is recovered from the belly of a silt horror by an ex-gladiator named Vorr. Soon after Vorr disappears in the Valley of Trevain.

189th King's Age the year of King's Agitation (Free Year: -40)

Andropinis of Balic fails to come up with 1,000 slaves for the year's levy, presenting the Dragon with only 900. In his anger Borys levels a portion of the city and takes the remainder levy from among Andropinis' templars. For the next several years the sorcerer-king of Balic does extensive slave...

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Vengeance (Free Year: -2)

A templar of Urik removes the golden circlet from the head of the Obsidian Man, which animates and kills him. The artifact is later traced through the streets of Urik, but disappears into the desert.

190th King's Age the year of Desert's Slumber (Free Year: -1)

After years of investigation into the death of Nerad, a preserver/psionicist named Korgunard learns of Oronis of Kurn. Though reluctant to have another death on his hands, Oronis gives him the preserver metamorphosis spell-but does not allow him to retain a copy.

190th King's Age the year of Priest's Defiance (Free Year: 1)

King Kalak of Tyr is slain by the Heartwood Spear through the combined efforts of Rikus, Agis, Neeva, Tithian, and Sadira. Tithian becomes the next king of Tyr and frees all slaves. Tyr adopts the Free Year calendar.

190th King's Age the year of Wind's Reverence (Free Year: 2)

Hamanu of Urik send his army to capture the iron mines of Tyr from the upstart king. In response Rikus forms the Crimson Legion and defeats the approaching army while wielding the Scourge of Rkard and the Belt of Kings. Afterwards Rikus takes the Crimson Legion to sack Urik in search of the Book ...

190th King's Age the year of Wind's Reverence (Free Year: 2)

King Andropinis pays an extra 1,000 slaves to make up for Tyr's share of the levy.

190th King's Age the year of Wind's Reverence (Free Year: 2)

Aided by the Veiled Alliance of Urik, Korgunard becomes Athas's third avangion.

190th King's Age the year of Dragon's Agitation (Free Year: 3)

In an effort to protect Tyr from the Dragon, Sadira seeks out the Pristine Tower and its ancient magic. In return for her pledge to slay the Borys of Ebe the shadow giants of the Pristine Tower transform her into the Sun Wizard, giving her power akin to that of a sorcerer-king.

190th King's Age the year of Dragon's Agitation (Free Year: 3)

Avoiding Tyr, the Dragon attempts to take his yearly levy from the dwarven city of Kled. In the end he is driven off by Sadira and Rikus bearing his old sword the Scourge. During the battle Neeva gives birth to her mul son Rkard, named for the dwarven king who battled Borys 2,000 year ago.

190th King's Age the year of Dragon's Agitation (Free Year: 3)

For the next several years King Tithian of Tyr secretly supplies the Dragon with a levy of 1,000 slaves captured from outlying villages.

190th King's Age the year of Mountain's Fury (Free Year: 4)

The ancient artifact the Psionatrix is activated by the Order, a powerful organization of psionic purists, nullifying psionics across the Tablelands and causing thri-kreen to be driven into an insane frenzy. The avangion Korgunard is slain while trying to convince members of the Order to deactiva...

190th King's Age the year of Silt's Vengeance (Free Year: 6)

Lead by Queen Trinth, the Githyanki of the Astral Plane discover a way to safely breaches the Gray and invaded Athas from the Black Spine mountains. The githyanki's plans are foiled by a group of heroes that travel through the portal and kill the queen. With Trinth dead, the portal collapses.

190th King's Age the year of Enemy's Slumber (Free Year: 7)

The comet known as the Messenger fails to appear at the prescribe time, and many across the Tablelands take it as a sign of a forthcoming doom.

190th King's Age the year of Ral's Reverence (Free Year: 9)

Armed with information stolen from the dwarves of Kled, Tithian learns of the location of the hidden Dark Lens-with which he can become a sorcerer-king. Agis of Asticles catches up with him and reluctantly aids him in his quest. After the pair retrieve the Dark Lens, Tithian kills Agis.

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Agitation (Free Year: 10)

Dregoth returns to New Guistenal from the Outer Planes with aspirations of becoming a god. Unsure of the condition of Athas he sends his templars to the surface to learn the state of the Tyr region, learning too late the events that lead to the death of several fellow Champions.

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Agitation (Free Year: 10)

Sadira kills Abalach-Re with the broken tip of the Scourge of Rkard on the Ivory Plain. The sorcerer-queen's body is completely consumed by a black ooze leaking from the broken tip.

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Agitation (Free Year: 10)

Rikus of Tyr breaks the Scourge of Rkard a second time, this time in the snout of the Dragon. The sword again issues forth a black ichor that completely consumes Borys of Ebe.

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Agitation (Free Year: 10)

Tithian uses the Dark Lens to free Rajaat's substance from the Black Sphere, causing his essence to also be released from the Hollow. After 2,000 years of imprisonment the First Sorcerer is once again free. The result of escaping his prison destroys much of Ur Draxa in a grand explosion.

190th King's Age the year of Friend's Agitation (Free Year: 10)

In the ruins of Ur Draxa Rajaat battles his former Champions. Rajaat imprisons Andropinis of Balic in the Black, then grabs the Dark Lens from Tectuktitlay of Draj and crushes the sorcerer-king's skull. The remaining Champions scatter while Sadira steals the Dark Lens and heads for the Ring of Fi...

190th King's Age the year of Desert's Fury (Free Year: 11)

The Wanderer discovers the lost halflings, the rhul-thaun, of the Jagged Cliff.

190th King's Age the year of Priest's Contemplation (Free Year: 12)

After leaving the Jagged Cliffs, the Wanderer travels north and learns of the Last Sea. There he discovers the bizarre land of the Mind Lords.

190th King's Age the year of Priest's Contemplation (Free Year: 12)

The Coruscation begins, the Day of Light prophesied by the dray when the blood of a thousand unbelievers runs in rivers at the feet of Dregoth. This sign is to bring about the coming of a new age where Dregoth is supreme.