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History of the City

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Founding - 111230 The Lenshi Period
Timeline of Joranit

Pre-Dawn: Founded during the Lesser Ice of the Kargzanti period

Dawn: Ruled by their own Lenshi sub-king. The Dawn came in the Solar year 111000.

50: Old City finished.

223: Greenword expansion reaches city walls.

225: Rapid influx of people from Pelanda. The city experiences the first Art Era. Quarter of Statues built.

230: Argentium Thri'ile. Joranit conquered by Naveria.

247: Year without Summer.

274: Second Art Era.

330: Conquered by Dara Happa.

375: Birth of Nysalor. Growth of Spolites.

428: Joranit re-fortified in Dara Happan style. Dara Happan Quarter built.

430: Merchant Quarter and The Slope built.

440: Ziggurat completed.

450: Fall of Nysalor

621: First Spolite King comes to the throne in Karresh.

653: Joranit conquered by Spolites. Black Tower built. Dark Gate built. Genesis of the Carmanian Quarter.

736: City rebels against Spolites. Spolites driven from city and then region. Founding of the Kingdom of Karasal.

825: First Korer War.

850: The EWF attacks Dara Happa.

871: Second Korer War. Throne of Karasal moves to Graclodont.

878: The Dragon Sun is Emperor in Dara Happa.

910: Emperor Karvanyar defeats Dragon Sun. Liberation of Dara Happa begins.

918: Fleet of Wolf Pirates arrives in Joranit. Destroyed the next year.

920-940: Age of Exploration

930: Third Korer War.

940-950: Age of Settlement.

1019: Karasal and Twice Blessed joined through marriage. Southern Karasal annexed by Darsen as part of the Darsen Revival.

1070: Korer conquered by Emperor Kewetdevsus. Joranit joins Twice Blessed.

1120: Dragonkill

1160: Joranit throws off Twice Blessed and joins Darsen in the Old Ones Alliance.

1169: Old Ones Alliance joins Carmania

1220 (0/0): Birth of the Goddess

1238 (0/18): Elz Ast falls to Lunars. Karasal surrendered to the Goddess. 1st Manumission in Karasal.

1247 (0/27): Apotheosis of the Goddess.

1260 (1/13): Satrap created his palace and nobles quarter to demonstrate his power and art.

1304 (2/3): Salt-Diamond Incident. Sultan of Karasal expells all Twice Blessed peoples and seized their lands.

1330 (2/29): Sultan slain in his palace by Eolian traitor.

1332-42 (2/31): Empty Conquest

1375 (3/20): The coming of Sheng.

1378 (3/23): Sheng appears before Joranit and accepts tribute. And troops?

1460(4/51): SS defeated

1461: Battle of Carantes

1462: Nomads routed and withdraw from Karasal.

5/2: nomads gone

1506 (5/43): Nights of Horror. FinEstu house decimated at Nights of Horror. RastarIning house seizes control

6/32: Robustus granted Sultan of Karasal trade monopoly from east to west. Rumoured to have done it to spite Sultan of Oronin who had defied him.

The Star Captain Joran was a hero of the Lenshi Nation during the Dominion of Kargzant - called by others the Silver Age. Joran foresaw a great
Map of Joranit in 50ST
Joranit n 50 ST
danger for his people and sought a safe refuge for them. He pinioned NourTar the Giant with his spear creating the walls that protect, the fields that nourish and the springs the warm what is now the city of Joranit. He built the Ramp and led his tribe over the walls.

Several times during the Silver Age the Lesser Ice assailed Joranit and several time Joran threw them down from the Prow using his power and that of NourTar. The Lesser Ice was the name of a great host of uz, giants and hollri that attacked the coast when the new light of Kargzant rose.

Joran was slainf by Urgak the Younger on the headland while defending his people from the ice troll's attack. Joran's cousin Kalikos fell from the sky and smote Urgak slaying him there.

Map of Joranit in 225 ST
Joranit in 225 ST

The Jorani elected Jastan Son of Joran to replace his father. Jastan was a wise leader who showed his people how to catch the Kentryan Whale. The herds grew and the people prospered.

By 111050 the Old City has been built and walled in. Prow Keep became the first fortress within the outer walls.

The Greenwood expansion reached the walls of Joranit in 111223. The city saw rapid growth between 111220 and 111225 with Pelandan refugees fleeing the rapidly moving forests. The new residents built the Quarter of Statues.

111230 - 111330 The Naverian Period
In 111230 the cream of the Lenshi noble families were slain in battle against the southern barbarians. Cerrugreg the Just was the Red King of Naveria. His armies marched north and subjugated Darsen and Joranit. Court records from the time say that 10,000 slaves were used to bridge the Chasm and built a ramp over the walls. Prow Keep was rebuilt in the Naverian style and a Red King installed to rule the city.

The Naverians cut through the wall near Fishertown and built the Ox Gate there. Until then, the only way into the city had been over The Ramp, which was steep and difficult for wagons.

In the reign of Red King Syros came the Year with no Summer. The winter's snows had only just melted from the fields around the city when the first storm of winter came howling across the White Sea to blanket the newly planted fields yet again. That year was a hard one for the Karasali with many hollri attacks and many hungry people.

In 111274 the Red King NalReanus sponsored many carvers and artists to at his court. He built an amphitheatre in the Quarter of Statues, public baths below the headland and staged chariot races on the plain.

111330 - 111653 The Dara Happan Period

Map of Joranit in 650ST
Joranit in 650ST

In 111330, Emperor Erraibdavu the Conqueror seized upon a minor diplomatic confrontation to declare war on Naveria. The Emperor marched into Karasal, his phalanxes crushed the Naverian host and then laid siege to Joranit. A ferocious battle was fought outside the harbour and the Dara Happan galleys, led by Veragash the Snapper of Alkoth, routed the Karasali. After a long siege Erriabdavu sent the Quartz Phalanx over the great walls and sacked the city.

By 111428 the Gbaji wars were going poorly for the Empire. Emperor Anirestyu began a fortification programme for every city in the realm. In Joranit, he ordered new towers built on the outer walls and a breakwater to ward the harbour. The Overseer built the Dara Happan Quarter, started the ziggurat to Yelm, and moved into his new palace on the plain. By 111430 city's fortifications has been completed. A rapidly growing population required more housing and the Overseer created The Slope for the poor and the Merchant Quarter for the traders. The ziggurat was finished in 111440.

With the fall of Nysalor and the subjugation of the Empire by the barbarians, Joranit was largely left alone. No enemy host marched into Karasal, no foreigner sat on the Overseer's throne, and few tax collectors came from Raibanth. The Overseer extended his influence throughout the coastal plain and managed to largely protect the Karasali from those chaotic times.

111653 - 111736 The Spolite Period
In 111653 the Empire of Gloom flowed across Peloria and enveloped Joranit. With the aid of their dark magic the Spolites passed around the walls and seized the city in the night. Lord Brevascar the Northron was the first Spolite Overseer. His first action was to bury the old Overseer alive and then sack the Dara Happan Quarter. Lord Brevascar built the Black Tower from which he ruled all of Karasal in the King's name. To facilitate the movement of the Gloom's forces, Brevascar carved the Dark Gate through the basalt of the walls.

The years of the occupation were not kind ones to Joranit. Many of the city's riches were plundered, her people taken to fight in the Empire's wars and her daughters sacrificed on the bloody altars of Gloom.

111736 - 111871 The Karasal Period

In 111736 the people of Joranit threw off the dark oppression of Spol. Karas Brightface led the revolt during the Spolite High Holy Day. The ceremonies ended with the Overseer sacrificed upon his own altar and his band of Knight-Killers burned in their barracks. When the fires had been put out, Karas ascended the ancient throne of Joran and Jastan and took up the Staff of Rule.

Karas rebuilt Anirestyu's gate on the Ramp turning it into a forbidding gate-keep. The king invited the Shield of Peldre, the military leader of that city to Joranit to create a proper phalanx - the Kentryan Wall - to serve his kingdom.

Under Karas and his successors Joranit flourished again. Trade from east and west poured into the harbour and his kingdom expanded at the expense of the collapsing Spolites. His final victory came at Graclodont where his Harpooners scattered the Spolite horse and the Kentryan Wall smashed their centre.

In 111825 the Dara Happan ally, Korer invaded Karasal and besieged Joranit. Their siege failed when King Tiras the Kraken defeated their fleet and broke the blockade. Unfortunately the eastern half of the kingdom was lost. In 111870 war broke out again between Korer and Karasal when the Trader Princes of Birin took to pirating Jorani whalers. Fighting raged across the entire kingdom. This time King Falkersh the Unready couldn't break the Korer naval blockade - even the Kraken failed after a priest of Horriblis Primus defeated it - and the city surrendered after a siege of 99 days.

The city was again briefly besieged in 111930 by Karasali troops but stood resolute.

111871 - 112070 The Korer Period
Korer was a kingdom of sailors and fishermen from the Thunder Delta and long considered Joranit the kingdom's most valuable treasure. The Koreri welcomed all people to trade in their realm and Joranit's markets flourished again.

The Koreri were also afflicted with a national case of wanderlust. People and ships from Korer and Joranit explored the shores and islands of the White Sea. Karasali traders penetrated deep into the Pentan tundra establishing trade with the fearsome Kotun demi-giants. Some captains, sailing ever further north, claimed to have reached the land of the Luatha.

The merchants and explorers of Joranit set up many settlements on the coasts of the White Sea. White Harbour, where the Cold Line reaches the sea is one of them. Giant's Swing on the Erecheneg River is another.

In 111918 a trading fleet from the Ygg Isles arrived and the people marvelled at their wolf ships. In 111920 the Ygg Islanders were destroyed in a sea battle off of Keravero after plundering Bavero and Surkenimero.

In 112066 the Khordavic phalanxes once again marched through Karasal and the kingdom of Korer fell to Emperor Kewetdevsus's armies. This time, the Quartz Phalanx failed to storm the walls of Joranit and the shifting of NourTar the Giant made the Dara Happans happy with the eastern portion of the region.

112070 - 112160 The Twice Blessed Period
With the fall of Korer in 112070 Joranit again found itself under siege. The priests of Joran took hold of Joran's Spear and twisted it. NourTar cried out and shifted beneath the earth frightening the Dara Happans. They signed pacts of peace with the Jorani and contented themselves with holding the hinterlands. Remembering the aid provided by Twice Blessed during the siege, the Jorani joined the new kingdom. With the Empire distracted warring with Carmania, the armies of Twice Blessed cleared the Dara Happans from the Joranit hinterlands.

The Age of War, though not directly involving Twice Blessed, was a lean time for Joranit. Trade stopped flowing as the two great empires clashed for over three generations. Joranit's traditional markets on the Oslir and Acros were barred them by Birini galleys, their markets in Dolebury and the Sweet Sea were barred by Carmanian barges. The only commodities that interested the rest of Peloria were Kotuni mercenaries and Jorani whale oil.

The Dragonkill was a disaster, unprecedented in Pelorian history. And it provided an opportunity for those realms still strong to profit from those weakened.

Or so the theory went.

Over a period of ten years Twice Blessed sent many raiders and invaders into Dara Happa with little success. Emperor Alenvus held off the invaders, captured the raiders and managed to expand his realm in every other direction at the same time.

In 112157, A procession of Darseni Grandmothers passed through Karasal. Kamada the Furious was a Darseni seer who foresaw great changes in the area. They met with the leaders in city and town. They spoke with the priests and the priestesses. Finally, they passed through Joranit and then into the White Sea. When they returned all of the leaders in Karasal rose up and announced their allegiance to the Deneron Council. The Overseer of Joranit was named King of Karasal once again and joined with Darsen and Naveria in the Old Ones Alliance. The hosts of Twice Blessed were evicted, the Circle of Elders was invited to return to their tundra and the people all turned to their temples.

112160 - 112169 The Old Ones Alliance
The brief period of the Old Ones Alliance was one of deep religious rediscovery. The heroes of the realm travelled deep into the hero planes and rediscovered many lost myths and lores. People still speak of the whaling season in 112168 as the most abundant in history.

In 112162 Kamada's visions became reality as the Carmanian Empire enacted an old ritual called the Carmanian March. The Old Alliance watched impotent as the Carmanian conquered a wide swath of territory and split them from Dara Happa. In 112167 the Dara Happans destroyed the Carmanian host.

In 112169 Joranit lost its sovereignty for the last time. The Alliance called on the Carmanians to help them against a ravaging Dara Happan host. The Carmanians were quick to respond.

112169 - 112238 The Carmanian Period

Map of Joranit in 130ST
Joranit in 1230 ST

Shah Cartavar was a monster and his forces ravaged Karasal in a manner reminiscent of the Spolites. His Overseer took over the old Spolite Quarter and refurbished the Black Tower turning it into a Carmanian keep. Unlike the Spolites, the Carmanians did not deface the local temples, instead building their own in the Carmanian Quarter.

Joranit was happy to see the death of Cartavar and the ascension of Bisoshan the Great. Bisoshan's rise led to a new era of prosperity for Joranit, trade flowed freely again from the Sweet Sea to the Acros, from the White Sea to the Oronin. Karasali merchants penetrated down the Janube and returned with tales of Sog City and the wizardry of the far west. Fronelan traders made the long journey to Joranit and eagerly established markets in the city. Soon Fronelan chargers were sold next to Kotun slaves.

The chapter houses of Malakinus and St Crocher date from this period; the former brought with the conquering armies, the latter with the Fronelan traders.

An old thing reappeared in the world in 112220; the Living Rufelza was reborn into the body of a street waif and led a liberating army out of Rinliddi to sweep across Carmania.

112238 - Now The Lunar Period

Map of Joranit in 1250
Joranit in 1250ST

In 112238 the last Carmanian host in Karasal was defeated by the Lunars before the gates of Elz Ast. The people of Joranit took to the streets to welcome Teelo Estarra as She strode through the city. She declared all of the city's slaves to be freedmen; this is now called the 1st Manumission. Many of those freed slaves joined the Select and helped found the Lunar Quarter. Many more joined the Goddess' army and marched to war for Her.

The Lunar made many changes to Joranit. They founded a quarter for the Select. They razed much of the Carmanian Quarter, leaving little more than a ghetto, and built a new palace to house Marorlus FinEstu, the new Satrap of Karasal. Before the palace the new nobles, those created by Our Father and Yelmgatha built their compounds. The FinEstu built a stadium before the walls and the area about it became known as the New City. The Lunars built a new fortress on the harbour - called the Military Quarter - to house their garrisons and their warships.

Joranit knew prosperity like never before. Not only did the trade flow but it was now the centre of administration and rule for a vast slice of the Empire. Tradesmen and clerks flooded into the city. The New Nobles built grand palaces for themselves while the old nobles did their best to keep pace. Eolian mercenaries passed through and the Empire based several regiments in the Military Quarter, both recruiting centres and training establishments.

New gods were introduced and old ones resurrected. The Empire's sorcerers, the Makabeans, took over the Prow Keep to be their administrative centre and junior college.

Goddess rises…

In 112304 the Salt Diamond incident caused the Eolian trade to be suspended and many of the old nobles lost their holdings in when the Satrap DemiTros FinEstu seized everything belonging to anybody from Twice Blessed. Thirty years later, the aged Satrap lay dead, killed by an Eolian merchant. Three hundred Jorani died in the resulting purges, ordered by AtheraKrus, DemiTros' son and heir.



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January 12, 2002

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