Algolian Expanded Timeline
The first colonists, fleeing the tyranny of the Old Empire and pursued by the Aggendi, crash land on Algol at the site of the present day City of the Black Tower. Dr. Kallicar, an Elomani geneticist of some note who was among the colonists, appropriates an old Imperial relay station in the outer system, in order to study some of the aggendi corpses safely away from the colony site.
The Aggendi find & destroy the original colony site, scattering the few survivors across Algol. Kallicar’s lab was also blitzed in the attack. Thinking it was the Empire, Dr. Kallicar and his young daughter Attican flee in an escape pod, taking with them the only samples of a regeneration serum developed from aggendi physiology. This serum would allow the two not only to survive, but to extend their life span by several centuries.
Having given up hope of rescue planetside, a group of survivors under the leadership of Dr. Kallicar, found the First City in the jungle some 600 kilometers south-southeast of the crash site, on the site of what is now the city of Kallicar. The founders of the First City are dedicated to the preservation of knowledge and the taming of the land.
Kallicar and a number of his followers venture back to the burned-out hulk of the Sentai (the colony ship, now known as the Black Tower) to salvage some of its technology and formulate a defense against the possible return of the aggendi. Their efforts would result in the creation of the Great Barrier, which isolated the continent of Muria from the rest of Algol.
The Great Quake destroys much of the First City, and before it can recover, the barbarian tribes of Muria, superstitious and terrified by the Quake, overrun and destroy the rest. Dr. Kallicar is killed in the riots, and the remaining citizens scatter to the mountains. The First City falls, taking with it almost all of Algol’s civilization, knowledge, and science. The Age of Darkness begins.
The Algolian Bronze Age. Civilization begins to re-emerge. (The planet as a whole reaches tech level 3)
Early Kargan and Elaran civilizations first encounter each other during exploration missions. Peaceful trade is established. Algolian unified calendar is created.
A volcanic eruption along the borders of Muria causes the failure of a seven kilometer section of the Ancient force field which had long isolated the legendary island. This allows the Kargans and Elarans their first contact with the Murians in millennia. At this point, neither group is substantially more advanced than the other, and trade agreements are quickly established.
Friendly relations between the Kargans and Elarans first begin to deteriorate. The exact reasons for this remain uncertain.
The First Kargan/Elaran War begins. The conflict would continue for more than a century, with most of the fighting occurring on Murian soil.
The legendary Murian mage/scholar Attican, presumably in response to the growing hostilities among the people, emerges from her long seclusion. She and her followers found the city of Kallicar on the ruins of the First City, and begin the task of rediscovering the lost technologies and knowledge of their ancestors.
Attican and her band of mage followers rediscover the “Black Tower,” the burned out hulk of the original colony ship, deep in the Murian jungle. The site had been deserted for centuries due to legends of a deadly curse on the area. The curse was actually little more than residual radiation from the Aggendi attack, now long since dissipated.
Attican and her followers form the Brotherhood of Kallicar, dedicated to studying the ancient technologies found in the Black Tower. Their early efforts give them a boost into the Steam Age (tech level 4. from this point onward, the Brotherhood can be assumed to be one tech level ahead of the rest of Algol)
The Brotherhood of Kallicar use the advanced technologies they have rediscovered, as well as their own formidable mental powers, to drive all non-Murians off the Murian continent, and reestablish the Great Barrier. The Murian Age of Isolation begins.
Kargan and Elaran scientists first realize that the Ice Age is coming.
The bulk of Algol enters the Steam Age (tech level 4). Muria, of course, has already advanced well beyond this.
Karga and Elara enter open warfare for the first time in almost 200 years. The Second great Kargan/Elaran war, which would become a long series of skirmishes over the next 57 years, begins.
Officially recognized starting date of the Algolian Ice Age.
The Murian high mage/priestess Meilan leaves Muria with a group of acolytes, in an ill fated attempt to bring the benefits of Murian civilization to the less enlightened inhabitants of Algol. The expedition is lost without a trace, and Lady Attican decrees that no further attempts are to be made.
The continent of Elara is finally conquered by the Kargan Alliance. The Kargan occupation of Elara begins.
Osmeron Ettin III, king of Koriel in Elara, leads his people in a revolt against the Kargan occupational forces, which soon spreads to the other Elaran Kingdoms.
The Kargans are driven out of Elara. King Osmeron is crowned king over all the seven Elaran kingdoms, uniting them for the first time under a single government. The Elaran Federated Kingdoms are founded.
The Kargans achieve the first successful manned space flight. (Some Kargan historians place the date three years earlier, on the assumption that returning the pilot alive is not necessarily required to call the flight a “success.”)
A Murian magus named Arkon Verian Leaves Muria in defiance of Attican’s decree, determined to bring order to the chaos among the barbarian tribes, through whatever means necessary. His means include peace through superior firepower. Lady Attican soon dispatches Dr. Citan Uzuki, her friend of many years and Arkon Verian’s teacher, to deal with the problem.
Arkon Verian shows up in the Kargan Imperial Court, offering his services to the highest bidder. That honor goes to an ambitious young nobleman named Torrian Korax.
The Ettarran techno-gypsies construct the first fancarrier in the archipelago. Essentially a mobile arcology, this innovation allows the Ettarrans far greater security without sacrificing the mobility they so prize.
Lord Torrian Korax of Kardak becomes emperor of the Kargan Empire after killing the former emperor, Gerian II, with his own war knife. Within a year, assisted by the renegade Murian Arkon Verian, Korax forcibly unifies all the remaining independent Karg states under Kamas Korax and declares himself emperor over all of Karga, thus forming the greater Kargan Empire. He plans to retake Elara just as swiftly.
Arkon’s intervention in Karga, and later that of Dr. Citan Uzuki in Elara, drag Algol kicking and screaming into the Nuclear Age (tech level 5) through the application of Murian technologies.
The first Kargan Mektons appear. After Dr. Citan restores the balance of power by giving Elara the same nucleonic missile technology that Arkon had given Karga, Arkon is forced to take more drastic measures. Using scaled-down applications of the well known (to him) technologies of Muria’s Excalibur Mektons, Arkon designs Alogl’s first mass-production Mekton: the Goram Mark I.
Using their new technology, the Kargans blitz the city of Koriel, destroying the seat of Elaran government with minimal resistance. King Osmeron escapes, but his wife is killed in the destruction of the palace, and his daughter is injured. This attack marks the beginning of the First Mekton War. The Brotherhood of Kallicar views this as a perversion of their most sacred technologies, but remains undecided about what to do about it..
Karga achieves the first successful manned landing on the largest moon, Dion (Once again, “successful” here is a relative term, since none of the crew made it back alive).
Several members of Karga’s Steel Brotherhood, dissatisfied with The Imperium’s war policies, which they view as being too soft, splinter off to form the Axis. They are in favor of a “total war” policy and devote their considerable resources to bringing it about through whatever means necessary.
An Elite group of Elaran commandos led by Dr. Citan Uzuki of Muria, and including King Osmeron’s teenage daughter, Princess Ymri, as well as Prince Kerion Aziray of Kalia, stage a desperate raid on Arkon Verian’s factory in Tarkas. They succeed in stealing the prototype for the Headhunter, giving Mekton technology to Elara and restoring the balance of power once more.
Karga invades the Archipelago, attacking the formerly neutral Ettarrans for possession of the equatorial islands, seen by many as the only safe refuge from the coming ice age.
To better defend themselves, the ten largest Ettarran trading families band together and elect a representative assembly. This grouping would soon grow to become the Archipelagan Alliance.
A battered Elara responds to Karga’s “criminal act of aggression,” stepping in to defend the Ettarrans. With the involvement of the Ettarrans, the First Mekton War becomes known as The Archipelago War.
The Battle of Kandar: Kargan forces lay seige to the Elaran City of Kandar. Cut off and outnumbered 100-1, the defending 24th Light Mechanized Guard, under the command of Kamir Kadann, manage to hold the Kargan forces off for ten bloody days until reinforcements can arrive.
The Six Week Hell; due to simultaneous attacks on their carriers, Kargan and Elaran mekton units are both stranded without support on a small island in the Archipelago. This led to a long, grueling battle for survival against the enemy and the local wildlife as they waited for support to arrive, some six weeks later.
Emil Dremmond, eldest son of the Duke of Tarna, finds a way through Muria’s great barrier, and becomes the first outsider to set foot on Murian soil in almost 300 years. The young Elaran nobleman made the pilgrimmage in the hope that Muria could help him develop his considerable psionic potential. As heir to the duchy, he feels that such abilities would better enable him to lead his people and defend his homeland from Kargan agression.
The Lady Attican, for reasons of her own, decides to grant his request, despite her own laws against providing such knowledge to outsiders
Battle of Arcadia; Kargan mektons travel deep within Elaran territory in an attempt to destroy the arcology/dam of Arcadia, which provides power for most of Loriel province. The Elaran defenders manage to hold them off until reinforcements can arrive from nearby Keor, successfully repelling the invaders. The retreating Kargan forces are finally trapped and destroyed in the Mirion pass.
First Elaran moon landing on Dion. The Elaran science team takes over the Kargans’ old base camp. Karga responds to this “invasion” by sending a strike team to eliminate the Elaran team. Unfortunately, the strike team’s shuttle crashes into the base camp while attempting to land, thereby dooming both groups.
The Crystal Palace is completed in Orlo Bay, between the cities of Arcol and Loriel. The ornate structure becomes the new center of government for Elara.
Elara develops the first computer networks, ushering in the Information Age (tech level 6).
Lord Roland Duel of Muria, a Templar Knight of the First Temple, and pilot of one of Muria’s immense Excalibur mecha, petitions Lady Attican to allow the Templar Knights to leave Muria. In an impassioned speech before the Elders of Muria in the great hall of the Black Tower, he denounces the violence brought about in the outside world by the introduction of Murian technology. He demands that the elders recognize Muria’s accountability for the wars going on outside the Barrier, and insists that this is precisely the type of evil which the Templars have trained so long to fight. In the end, the Murian Elders refuse his request, but Lady Attican is impressed by the young knight’s strength of conviction. She grants that he alone may be allowed to take his Excalibur outside the Barrier if he should wish to do so. Roland accepts her proposal and departs Muria to embark on a lonely quest. He would appear many times in the later years of the Archipelago War, his towering white Excalibur appearing just in time to turn the tide on a hopeless battle or lend support to a just cause, usually departing as mysteriously as he had arrived.
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The Battle of the Crystal Palace; A Kargan force led by Xoniver Ebonflack attacks the new seat of Elaran government. The bold and unauthorized attack is largely a test of an experimental new Kargan mekton, the Deathbird, which incorporates a number of new technologies. The attack is successfully repelled by Lathrin Darkmoor’s elite Night Hunter squadron, but the Deathbird escapes capture. Ironically, it is piloted by one of Darkmoor’s own squadron, Lt. Karen Falis, who had been captured and brainwashed by Ebonflack.
The Battle of Lurin; The Night Hunters track Ebonflack’s forces to the tiny Archipelagan island of Lurin. There, Captain Darkmoor infiltrates a hidden Kargan factory in an attempt to rescue Lt. Falis. In the process, he successfully sabotages the Kargan’s newest prototype mekton, the Shadowstorm 2. The battle ends in an explosive confrontation high above the island between Ebonflack in his Artimis, and Darkmoor in the Shairt Delta. Ebonflack barely survived the fight, but the destruction of the factory and his defeat led to the vendetta which would eventually cost him his career and leave him with an Imperial death mark on his head. Karen Falis also survived the attack, but in a comatose state from which she never awakened.
The Elaran island city of Fiora, center of government for Tarna province, is completely leveled by Kargan nucleonic missiles in an unprovoked attack. Almost the entire royal family of Tarna is lost in the attack. The one known survivor, 24 year old Emil Dremmond, quietly abandons his training in Muria and disappears upon hearing the news.
A neutral Dion base is established by the Unified Space Alliance, a privately funded group of neutral scientists.
King Osmeron of Elara dies of natural causes. Princess Ymri, reluctantly leaves her military service in Elara’s elite Grey Hunter Squadron to assume the throne. The extremely popular “warrior queen” proves to be a much needed inspiration to the Elaran fighting spirit.
Snowfall on Kalia signals the end of the Archipelago War by making it clear that even the Archipelago is not safe from the coming ice age, and that fighting over it is pointless.
Queen Ymri of Elara weds Prince Kerion Aziray of Kalia. Since Elaran law prevents foreign nationals from holding the throne, Kerion is given the title of Prince Consort. Thus, he can be married to Ymri, yet have no claim to the throne in the event of her death.
The end of the Murian Age of Isolation. Muria drops its force field and proposes the plans for the solar array satellites. This marks the beginning of the period known as The Murian Peace.
Doctor Tal returns to Muria. Along with him go Lathrin Darkmoor and Karen Falis. It is Lathrin’s hope that Murian science may hold a cure for Karen’s comatose condition.
Lord Emil Dremmond, formerly of Fiora, resurfaces and assumes leadership of the Axis, shifting their focus to an international scope. Having grown enormously in power by this time, the Axis now instigates conflicts for it’s own benefit as much as for Karga’s. Dremmond plans to conquer both Elara and Karga by playing them against each other. Dremmond is, at this point, dangerously unstable if not completely insane. He seizes control largely through the use of some of Muria’s “forbidden” psionic disciplines, and his working knowledge of Murian science.
Sunlight 1 becomes operational. The United Algol Alliance (UAA) is formed to administrate and protect the Sunlight stations. A few months later, Karga brings online the first fully self-sustaining space colony. The colony is named Jaral, after a legendary Kargan hero who ascended to the heavens to challenge the gods.
The Elaran Peace Faction is formed, in the interest of working out a nonmilitary solution to the cold war with karga.
An Aggendi scout ship discovered by construction crews on Dion. It is buried in an ancient lava flow, but still alive. Before it is destroyed, it sends out a powerful psionic signal to deep space, which is detected by many of Algol’s most powerful psionics. Dr. Citan and many others view it as a warning of things to come.
Arkon Verian is murdered on Dion in a plot secretly masterminded by Lord Falmak Kynis of Karga, with assistance from Lord Dremmond.
The Murian Peace ends when Muria withdraws from the UAA and reestablishes its force field.
Former Kargan ace mechapilot Xoniver Ebonflack, now exiled and working for the Axis, stages a coup in Lord Dremmond’s absence, giving him sole control of the Axis and all its resources.
Lord Falmak Kynis moves ahead with his plans to remove Emperor Korax from power, following the assassination of Arkon Verian. Gathering several other Kamas under his banner and striking a deal with the New Axis to bolster his numbers
Lord Delaney in Elara also begins cementing his power base in order to take the Elaran throne from Queen Ymri before her child can be born.
A massive burst of radiation is recorded from the edge of the solar system, preceding it was a message from Larani Kynis and the Rimfire calling for Algol to unify. However damage from the battles in space with Dremmond made the message garbled and unclear, coupled with the radiation burst and none are certain if the Rimfire will every return to Algol
With the help of other Murian Idealists Dr. Citan’s daughter Shion Uzuki escapes Muria and acquires the Murian mechcarrier Scinfaxi as well as numerous UAA personnel files to begin making an organization to keep the world from tearing itself apart.
Falmak Kynis with Axis backing initiates his attacks on Korax held territory, the annual Althing in Karga is cancelled for the first time in centuries, battle lines are drawn; the Kargan Civil War begins.
Shion acquires pilots and the last hyper-advanced ExSentinel mektons for her organization. Announcing her group as FIREWATCH, she sends them out to harry Kynis’ forces facing down and defeating The O in battle.