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The Timeline Predicament


Two points are involved, perhaps more in the end, with getting this timeline together. The first of which was deciding how much time should pass before it was believable the first war occurred. As mentioned before, this world is not an Adam and Eve like society where it started with two people and from those two people all of mortal kind stems. The first conflict is between two races of people; the Sylvan, the children of Danu, and the Sidhe, the children of Erebh. The Sidhe are in essence created in secret and hidden from the rest of the world, so their procreation can be watched and managed with absolute care. With that evil kept secret, the other races can be watched as well, though not in the same way. Regardless, there is nothing hampering their procreation. And since they are not like Adam and Eve, they are placed in numerous places within each world, to grow in many realms. So, with roughly 150 years, I hope it is believable but I still wonder.

The next point of worry is the statement in the story that, within the world of Demeteria, the Ageless Empire lasted for 1,000 years. So I have to struggle into stretching the timeline out to make it believable for a few hundred years of history prior to the Empire’s rise, a few hundred years after for the unification of the Elves into their new nation, and the final lead in to the current timeline of the story in Repeating History. Once I have the elven part of the timeline fleshed out, I’ll have to work on the human end again, and fix their end to match the Elf timeline, but that will, in the end, include pretty much doubling the content I already have there, which will be rough. And then of course, there’s the nearly 2,000 years of Dwarven civil conflict that weaves in and out of it, and blends with both human and elven histories. Both Elven and Dwarven are in the works at the moment, but I will be focusing on the Elves first.

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Timeline: The First War Ever


The First War Ever is basically a lead in to the Last War Ever. Biblical implications abound. Well, to put it plainly, one of the creators disliked what was done in creation, and felt he could do better, so he made his own creation, and in fact if you look at it clearly, he does do at the very least the same thing, on his own.

The first war is a multi-positioned war, pitting the Dwarves, Humans, and Sylvan against the Giants and the Sidhe. It does not simply take place on one world, but across an entire cosmos, and I am endeavoring to cover the timeline of this event through each world’s perspective. The only constant between each world is the Giants are sealed in arcane slumber, the Sylvan and Sidhe fight each other to a unified extinction, Humans lose their knowledge of magic, and then, life carries on in its different ways depending on the world in question.

The Sylvan wrote two “biblical” texts amidst the worlds, called the Tome of Wisdom and the Tome of Truth. One tells of the events of creation and one tells of their perceived prophecy of their demise, but also of their endeavors to stop it. I haven’t written these texts out. I mean, I don’t think I could hold to Blizzard’s means of writing prophecy much less biblical level.

And, at the End of Days, Wisdom shall be lost
as Justice falls upon the world of men.
Valor shall turn to Wrath
and all Hope will be swallowed by Despair.
Death, at last, shall spread its wings over all
as Fate lies shattered forever.

And, at the End of Days,
the first sign shall appear in the Heavens.
Justice shall fall upon the world of men.
The armies of Light and Shadow
shall clash across the fields of eternity.

I have some ideas regarding … unique names or titles that could be twisted into euphemism and metaphor, but to write something like this, I doubt I ever could make it seem as poetic or prophetic; the kind of thing the people in the story would spend decades, centuries, lifetimes debating its meaning.

And of course, I still debate with whether or not the years are believable enough for my timeline. As promised, here’s some shots of what I have so far regarding the beginning of the world and its first war.

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Demeteria is one of my worlds, and so this is the timeline for how the first war played out, in general view, there, as well as the general beginning timeline that affects all worlds in the cosmos. You’ll see my Elven Calendar in use in the timeline. See this post for my developing of that calendar.

 

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Timey Whimy Liney Whiny


Here comes the shocker, I know nothing about Dr. Who. Just have friends who say Timey Whimy a lot, so I’ve picked it up.

Anyway, onto seriousness. As I’ve mentioned, I worked on some World Building stuff through Writing.com, and of that stuff, a Timeline was a part of it. I had always wanted to build up a time line, to show specifically the past events I mention of the history of Haven in my writing. However, with working on the timeline I looked, of course, at things that also pre-date Haven and things that have nothing to do with the Human’s regions of the worlds. However, I did work on Haven’s history mostly for the purposes of the Writing.com class and preparation in world building.

I got 640 years into the history of Haven, when I stared at a single line of the timeline and my jaw dropped. The line was simply … “Elena Outridge is born.” Now, why is that a problem. Well, I mentioned this on my tumblr site, so those that watch there are going to see it again, but now that I’m trying to force myself to be more adamant about blogging, I have this site and tumblr linked up so that both display the same post as I make them, mainly to reach more people, but also to see just how many people see it. Is my tumblr site getting more attention or this one?

Well, anyway, another character in my story mentions that a specific empire lasted for 1,000 years. So, not reaching 1,000 years yet was one problem. The other problem was that Elena is in the same story. She’s of a long-living race, so it’s not an issue if she lives to be 400+ years old, but she’s supposed to still be young when she meets Alek, the main character of that story where it is mentioned the empire lasted for 1,000 years. With that being said, it is not just a matter of reaching the year 1,000, because obviously, the world was not created with an empire in power, not the empire had to rise to power. And how long does that take? How long does it take for the people placed on the world in the moment of creation to reach a population capable of waging war on each other? So it’s possible I’m looking at not just reaching 1,000, but adding 1,000 years to the timeline. With the thought of adding 1,000 years in between what I already had for Haven came to me, I had a moment of lost enthusiasm and motivation to continue.

However, I’m still at it. I have taken my focus off of Haven though. The Empire in question is an Empire forged by a group of Elves. It does not have any baring on the history of Haven, and the Elves were not at odds with the humans of Haven, but simply, one characters tells Alek, a human of Haven, about the empire the Elves had. It is part of his education and training to be a soldier, so it is something I need to flesh out since he will be learning about it. The first thing I did was look at creation and that question I asked just a moment ago. How long would it take for the people of creation to grow into civilizations large enough to wage war upon each other? This is not an Adam & Eve style creation, because there are more than just humans in my worlds. There’s Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Trolls, Dragons, and various other minor races. More importantly, the Elves and Dwarves are divided into subcategories or subspecies based upon certain things. For the Dwarves, they are divided among the different forms of stone and mineral that they come from. Elves are divided among the different terrain styles or terrain fixtures where they live. Thus, there are Iron Dwarves, Stone Dwarves, Obsidian Dwarves, etc. and Forest Elves, Sand Elves, Snow Elves, etc. So, these worlds follow a multiple Adam & Eve style of creation. There are multiple locations, or centers of civilization, where two of each are placed. Even without only two people being the beginning, there was still the wonder of how fast these groups could grow. I wagered 100 years, and pushed that first war back an extra 100 years than I had previously. Then, from the end of that war, I followed from there and began the history of the Elves and the Ageless Empire.

It is going slowly, as coming up with 1,000+ years of history is daunting to say the least. Especially about a group I had never made any specifics about except in regards to their fall. However, I did add a couple facts to work with when I made the calendar I mentioned in a previous post. Two of the months are, like in the Gregorian Calendar, named for two figures in regards to Elven History. Where in the Gregorian it is July named for Julius Caesar and August named for Augustus Caesar, I have Hyandime and Raenime named for Raenir ael’Sylvere, the man who led the Gray Elf Nation that would become the Ageless Empire when he finally drove the Orcs away, and Hyandur Silverleaf, the man who had united the various Elven sub-races into a unified nation after the Ageless Empire’s fall had scattered them. For now, I focus on the Empire’s rise, as I have not even reached that point yet.

In the next post about timelines, I will share some screenshots of what I’m working on, as I fill my head up with names that will live and die in the space of 20 lines of text, perhaps.

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