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Iobaria Timeline

-5293 AR Earthfall. End of the cyclops Koloran Empire
-3923 AR Pit of Gormuz opens in central Casmaron
-1281 AR Taldor founded by Lost Azlanti and primitive native humans
-632  AR Tarrasque, Spawn of Rovagug, destroys Ninshabur. Some hidden force turns the creature west across the Tovrus and into Avistan.1
700s AR Ulfen explorers traverse eastward along the polar ice, founding settlements in northern Mendev and along the northern coast of the Lake of Mists and Veils.2
752 AR Ulfens found Okormirr.
753 AR Okormirran explorers discover the Koloran Roads and begin building Orlov among an old ruined cyclops city.
764 AR Orlov becomes larger than Okormirr.3
780 AR Founding of Orost.
788 AR Founding of Antoll.
795 AR Founding of Lenusya.
809 AR Founding of Mishkar.
818 AR Founding of Kirrosuli.
846 AR The Ulfen explorer Grenalf founds Kirya upon a cyclops ruin.
905 AR Iobar, son of Kjell of Orlov, conquers all challengers. He unites all territories under his own banner, claiming as "Iobaria" all lands from the Icewall north of Mendev to the Castrovin Sea. The Issian shore of the Lake of Mists and Veils, also, had colonies which answered to Iobar.4 Kridorn founded on the Castrovin Sea; but at first stagnates as a minor fishing town, due to the pirates.5
937 AR Iobar I fights the pirates at the Battle of Kridorn, and is killed. Iobar's son Hrugil repels the pirate fleets from the east, spending the rest of his rule improving Iobaria's fleets, intent on eradicating the powerful mercenary pirate and corsair fleets of the northwestern Castrovin Sea.
975 AR Kridorn rises to become a port city.
1080 AR Hroran and Kridorthrost founded in this year of plenty.
1106 AR The first recorded major plague, the Tearplague, scours all settlements between the Norinor and Finadar.6
1240 AR Human settlers claim cyclops ruins in Caemorin, dubbing the settlement Mavradia.
1412 AR Founding of Zradnirras.
1442 AR Struggle against Hoofwood natives.7
1466 AR Hoofwood subdued after a 24 year struggle. Founding of Vurnirn.8
1528 AR Founding of Mirnbay.
1574 AR Something exposed from logging in Orostgard kills all humans in Kirya.9
1634 AR The necromancer Otyb the Undying sets loose the Chardeath. This sees many spontaneously combust in high fevers. The flames lead to the eradication of a third of all Iobarian settlements. At the time, none knew of Otyb's involvement.
1717 AR The red and blue great wyrms, Shrodniar and Voldmannasein, clash over Fangard. Some force from the forest depths strike Voldmannasein dead, while Shrodnair crashes near Antoll. Strange glyphs are discovered, burnt into the blue dragon, scarring even his bones.
1869 AR The Chardeath discovered to be the work of Otyb.10
1900 AR The centaur tribes of the Caemorin unite under the banner of Errindayn the Seer, sacking Mirnbay and destroying numerous humanoid settlements.
1986 AR Errindayn the Seer dies mysteriously after an unnaturally long life. The centaurs of the region abandon their warlike ways.
2108 AR Mirnbay refounded and defenses significantly reinforced. Centaurs barred from the city for more than 400 years.
2500s AR Centaurs allowed back in Mirnbay.
2546 AR Ohjar's Plague kills a third of all male centaurs, orcs, and humans across the land in a mere 8 months.
2602 AR Humans and some native centaur tribes ally together to form the realm of Zastel in eastern Iobaria, its capital in Mavradia.
2654 AR Iobaria begins the Reclamation Wars against Zastel.
2686 AR Zastel reconquered and returned to Iobarian rule.
2742 AR The Choking Death. A respiratory plague suffocates more than 40% of Iobaria's adult population over the course of 8 months. The plague spreads west out of Iobaria (carried to Avistan by refugees) and devastates human populations in northeastern Avistan over the next 6 years.
2767 AR The Native Plaguestrife: Various druid sects, guilds, and politicians fan flames against those they deem "non-native Iobarians" by claiming no plagues ever happened until folk started coming east from Avistan. Skirmishes and vendettas weaken the power bases of many for decades.
2920 AR Earthquake rocks Taldor, Qadira, and central Casmaron. Coastal settlements along the northwestern Castrovin all damaged or destroyed by tidal waves.
3000s Exodus. At least three separate waves of refugees abandon Iobaria over this century to settle other colonial lands to the west and south (mostly Issia and Mendev) or new domains east of the Castrovin Sea.
3150 AR The Pestilentropy infected many nomads and settlers in central Iobaria, causing fevers and madness ultimately leading to death by overexertion or by the blades of those its victims imagine to be their foes. The disease or its manic side effects destroy more than half of Iobaria's farms, villages, crops, and cattle, leading to a decade of lean harvests and starvation for the region. This devastation and the lack of support for the people leads to the final dissolution of Old Iobarian rule.
Late 3100s Following the fall of Old Iobaria, the barbarian warlord Kostchtchie claims the northeastern Dvezda Marches as his personal kingdom. He seeks out Baba Yaga, demanding she grant him immortality. She does so, at the cost of stealing part of his soul and transforming him into a deformed giant. In shame, Kostchtchie flees to the Outer Rifts and supplants Sithhud as the demon lord of frost.11 Baba Yaga constructs the great monument of Artrosa to keep watch over Kostchtchie's former domain.12
3212 AR Three warlords (one of Issian descent) and their allies band together to restore the nation of Iobaria. Rallying to banners and flags of Old Iobaria, support for New Iobaria rose quickly with their reclamation of Orlov from foreign factions and their local pawns. The Restoration War lasts for nearly a century before New Iobaria officially exists and rules its lands.
3283 AR House Arjal and House Korya betray allied House Narkys, sacrificing its leaders and troops to dragons of the mountains and wilds, their newer allies.
3304 AR The Restoration War over, King Irral I turns control and demesne of all the old cyclops ruins to their white and red dragon allies. Humans maintain a presence in some of the less-ruined constructions, notably the watchtower Fralros.
3312 AR - 3679 AR This era is generally regarded as the height of New Iobaria. The city of Antoll is capital during this period.
3679 AR The Great Horde. The cyclops Burlor retrieves the Crown of Mirim and the Perobov Maul from Dirrinir.13 With these artifacts he gathers a collection of ogre, giant, and cyclops tribes, and rampages across Iobaria. Siege, and burning, of Fralros.14 These monsters remain a threat long after the death of Burlor beneath the hooves of more than 25 tribes of centaurs.
3870 AR The human rulers turn to treachery, leading to strife and the eventual rising of a single faction (really, clan) to dominate Iobaria, forcing many enemies and former allies to flee west into Brevoy. New Iobaria will last 800 more years.15
4000 AR Amid the blizzards of a long and particularly harsh winter, frost giants from the Ice Steppes invade New Iobaria, pillaging and murdering. They reach Orlov before being repelled.
4388 AR Snowfall cuts Hroran off from communications. On spring, everyone is gone without trace.14
4400 AR Volod founded, to replace Hroran.16
4499 AR Iobarian Choral the Conqueror unites Rostland and Issia into Brevoy.
4519 AR The Drakeplague kills more than 60% of the dragon population within 3 months. Dragons enter Mavradia seeking a cure, and fight amongst themselves, ruining a third of the city.9 The silver dragon Cithaythren and Finadar druids perform a ritual to end the plague before it spreads beyond Iobaria, at the cost of that dragon's life. This disaster is commonly credited with weakening New Iobaria until its end in the early 4600s.17
4606 AR Death of Aroden. Worldwound opens.
4606 AR - 4622 AR Sarkorian barbarians flee the expanding Worldwound. Many native Mendevians of Iobarian and Issian ancestry flee before them back to Iobaria.18 A number of Sarkorian tribes cross the polar ice to Iobaria.
4607 AR Skirmishes and battles among Sarkorian refugees, native insurgents, and Iobarian troops begin the second fall of Iobaria with the loss of Mavradia to rebel forces.19
4607 AR - 4659 AR Battles and rebellions continue.20 An unnamed plague turns Mavradia's survivors into "mindless gelatinous creatures that preyed on all others".9 Mishkar, abandoned by Iobarians, is refounded by Varisians and Taldans.21
4622 AR The First Crusade. Mendev transforms from a cultural extension of Iobaria and Issia, into the Crusading Kingdom.
4651 AR "Plague of boils and bone-aches" hits Franax. In desperation the townsmen burn down 80% of their own town. The shipworks move to Orlov.14
4659 AR New Iobaria reduced to the now-isolated cities of Kridorn, Mirnbay, and Orlov, each of whose rulers now claims to be the true ruler and heir of Iobaria due to blood ties to the dead kings.
4667 AR Red Revolution of Galt; many Galtan nobles flee north and eventually arrive in Kridorn.
4699 AR Royal House Rogarvia, descended from Iobarian warlords, disappears. House Surtova assumes power in Brevoy.



  1. This implies that the Tarrasque had reached the Pharrus River before turning back.Steven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.
  2. Iobaria would return to claim Mendev and Issia as colonies.
  3. On 753 AR.Steven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.
  4. On Mendev's status as "colony":
  5. The initial edition of this timeline asserted that, in 975 AR, it was "not a minor fishing town".
  6. Did Orosknir flare up?
  7. On 1466 AR.Steven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.
  8. Steven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Steven Schend. Iobaria Gazetteer” in The Varnhold Vanishing, 60. Paizo Inc., 2010
  10. On 1634 ARSteven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.
  11. Tim Hitchcock. “Maiden, Mother, Crone” in Maiden, Mother, Crone, 7. Paizo Inc., 2013
  12. Tim Hitchcock. “The Dvezda Marches” in Maiden, Mother, Crone, 72. Paizo Inc., 2013
  13. Steven Schend. Iobaria Gazetteer” in The Varnhold Vanishing, 58. Paizo Inc., 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Steven Schend. Iobaria Gazetteer” in The Varnhold Vanishing, 59. Paizo Inc., 2010
  15. Steven Schend. Iobaria Gazetteer” in The Varnhold Vanishing, 56. Paizo Inc., 2010
  16. Steven Schend. Iobaria Gazetteer” in The Varnhold Vanishing, 61. Paizo Inc., 2010
  17. Varnhold has the actual end "800 years" after 3870; but it associates the Drakeplague with the end, so the empire was likely a formality over the rest of the 4500s.
  18. This is a guess.
  19. Perhaps aided by Fangard giants?
  20. Initial timeline: "over the next five decades"
  21. Deduced from:
  22. Steven Schend and F. Wesley Schneider. (May 27, 2010). Kingmaker: Iobarian Timeline, Paizo Blog.