Though Avlis as a world is only four thousand years old, it has a rich history. That history is detailed in the sections on the right. A brief overview can be gained from the timeline shown below:
The Epochs of History
The history of Avlis can be divided into 8 major epics as given below.
The Age of Spirits – 2000 P.O.D. – 1085 P.O.D.
Avlis is populated by nature spirits, who roam the world and create flora and fauna, living in peace. No mortal races are present, and the Supreme is worshipped in peace by the innocent nature spirits that he created.
The Age of the Gods – 1080 P.O.D. – 600 P.O.D.
The Great Nine and the Negerai-Prime are in a perpetual state of conflict, with their divine armies waging war across all of Negaria.
Time of The Dawning – 500 P.O.D. – 100 P.O.D.
The early history of mortal races on Avlis from after the Nine have left the world and repopulated it with their own races, to the opening stages of the Great War. Many of the first nations are formed in this era, as well as the creation of the Underdark demonlords. The Demonspawn War takes place between 300 P.O.D. to 200 P.O.D., while the First Fairy War takes place between 200 P.O.D. to 100 P.O.D.
The Great War – 100 P.O.D. – Y.O.D.
The Great War remains the greatest conflict fought between mortal races on Avlis, involving the great ancient orc empire of Dobrekan and the great alliance between T’Nanshi, Galdos and the fey races. Waging for nearly a century, the war eventually ends with the catastrophic Orcish Destruction which kills 1/5th of the world’s population and reduces much of the world into anarchy for several decades.
The Age of Peace – Y.O.D. – 275 O.D.
The immediate post war era saw the rise of new powers in Avlis, with the formation of the First Kurathene Empire and formation of the M’Chekian Union. T’Nanshi and Galdos gradually retreat into their home territories to lick their wounds from the war, while the orcs struggle to survive on the western coast of Negaria. Many of the lesser gods are conceived in this period, including the twins Dre'Ana and Dra'Nar, also Senath, Hurine and Berryn.
The Age of Immortals – 275 O.D. – 1825 O.D.
This era was dominated by the presence of two great immortal rulers: Joral Kuras of the Second Kurathene Empire and the great Bandit King The’ton of Dubunat. Most of the politics of this era involved the two immortal rulers, and both rulers made repeated attempts to hem in the other, leading to the creation of colonial city-states like the Seven Cities. However, despite the tension between the two immortals, the era was known for its relative prosperity and stability.
The Age of Darkness – 1825 O.D. – 2148 O.D.
The era immediately after the death of Joral Kuras was one filled with strife and conflict. Some notable conflicts of this era include the centuries long M’Chek-T’Nanshi War, the three Tri-Fief Wars, the Drotid-T’Nanshi Conflict, and the Second Fairy War. The Age of Strife coincided with the rise of the Seven Cities Confederation as the greatest center of culture on Negaria, a position it would occupy for the next five hundred years.
The Age of Rebirth – 2148 O.D. – 2587 O.D. (A1 Era)
The Age of Rebirth was a period of rebuilding from the ravages of the wars that had struck during the Age of Strife. It was a time of change and revival, with the rise of the Fourth Kurathene Empire, the nations of M’Chek and Elysia, and the first great contact with the continent of Khanjar Kuro. While there was an absence of great power wars between the nations, this period also recorded the Second and Third Demonspawn Wars, the first against M’Chek and the second against both Deglos and Galdos, leaving a lasting legacy of unequal revival between various nations.
Ongoing Player Actions
2050 A.O.D. forward.
Since the Avlis servers are live games where the meaning of time and the flow of time have real impact on character actions and events, it is important to realize that there are two "times" to think about when it comes to the game: Real-life time, and In-game time.
In-game time passes more quickly than Real-life time. The rate at which In-game time passes on the Avlis servers has changed over the years a couple times.
1 June 2002 - The Avlis servers went live. The In-game year was approximately 2050 A.O.D (though likely more accurately it was 2066).
In-game time passed at a rate of 2 Real-life minutes = 1 Avlis In-game hour. Thus, 1 Real-life Year = 30 Avlis In-game Years.
13 June 2005 - The rate of time passage was slowed to 4 Real-life minutes = 1 Avlis In-game hour. Thus, 1 Real-life Year = 15 Avlis In-game Years. The server year was 2169 A.O.D. as of September 2006.
9 July 2010 - The rate of time passage was further slowed to 20 Real-life minutes = 1 Avlis In-game hour. Thus, 1 Real-life Year = 3 Avlis in-game Years. As of 7 April 2017, the year was 2253 A.O.D.
See also: Date Translation thread.
See also: Time Change Announcement.
Time period of Avlis Campaign 1 & 2 notes. Valok tries to enter world and is foiled. The Equalizer and Champion orders are formed. Angadar is rumored to have taken on the mantle of Deceit & Trickery upon the death of the goddess Tianna, killed by Mikon. Andrinor becomes a deity and takes the mantle of Magic and starts his church.
Time period of Avlis Campaign 0, where the players tried to get Angadar's daughter Jade away from Hell. The destruction of the Avariel city of Toostan, and most of the Avariel race. Drangonari elves take a portion of Drotid as their own.
Angadar's ascension to godhood.
The Age of Darkness
Death of Kuras, collapse of the Kurathene Empire. Nemeril banishes O'Ma from the world with the "Godslayer". Angadar takes the Godslayer from Nemeril and rescues O'Ma, and returns the weapon to O'Ma for safe keeping.
The Age of Darkness. Not much is known about this period. Legend has it that the all-powerful counterpart to the Eternal Spark, the Black Dagger, was found and a god was destroyed with it. This is rumored to have touched off a devastating war between the gods and their followers.
The Age of Peace
Beginning of Age of Peace.... many of the newer minor gods and minor races were created during this time. Immortals ran rampant.
The Great War
Great War is just ending up. Mikon creates the evil dragons to enter the fray.
Battle of Nireth Cove fought in T'Nanshi.
The Great War begins when Orcs attack the warring fairy factions.
The Fairy War
The Fairy War starts.
Time of the Dawning
300 to 225 P.O.D.
The Demonspawn Wars take place.
The nine major gods finish creating their races. (Time of the Dawning)
Age of the Gods
The Negerai is destroyed.
The nine warriors and Negerai become greater gods and start fighting.
The spirits roaming Avlis are being slowly wiped out by the Tanar'ri infestation. This angers The Supreme, and he decides to free the nine warriors in an effort to save the world.
Avlis is at peace. Nature gods roam.
The Supreme creates Avlis. (The Age of the Gods)