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I'm considering putting together a Jonstown book on Ralios and I'm putting together a history of Ralios combined with some bits of homebrew to fill in gaps and spice up the play dynamic.

I am taking all comments and criticism!

Recent Ralian History

Anything in Italics is not strictly canon, but is placed to infill gaps.

This history goes from when grandparents are at adulthood until the adulthood of the player characters. 

1561 - Grandparent is born.
1582 - Grandparent comes of age, parent is born. Marost is seized by Naskorion.
1595 - The Partanites attack a gathering of the Ancient Beasts Society in a raid called the Beast Butchery. The Count of Jorglaban’s brother is one of those killed in the raid.
1597 - Fleet of Jorglaban is sunken and the ruler of Tinaros is lost at the bottom of Lake Felster along with his regalia. His widow sacrifices her three children to get revenge and they say she lay with the Devil. Soon, Argin Terror is born.
1599 - Fleet of Partan is sunken by the Estali league. Rumours spread that this was done at the exact moment that Argin Terror uttered his first word.
1600 - Partan is razed by the Estali League. Rumours spread that this was done at the exact moment that Argin Terror took his first step.
1604 - Parent comes of age, character is born.
1605 - Surantyr the Non-Heretic overcomes magical ordeals atop Top of the World Mountains and experiences the Chariot of Lightning revelations.
1608 - Surantyr becomes master of Valantia.
1610 - Jarabolos is conquered by the Duke of Naskorion.
1611 - Surantyr conquers Fiesive and unifies Otkorion.
1613 - Kadesos (a city known for the quality of its kafl leaf) is conquered by the Duke of Naskorion.
1615 - Seshnela controls Dangim after the count is killed and replaced with a rival member of his family by the King of Seshnela.
1616 - Utorost is conquered by Naskorion
1617 - The Guild of Chaos Monks began their uprising in Dainmol.
1619 - The city of Dainmol is retaken by the Prince.
1619 - The army of Sentanos is destroyed by Surantyr's forces after the Hero Garundyer of the Seven Storms liberates Siglolf Cloudcrusher. This battle is thereafter known as the Battle of Falling Stones.
1621 - Meime the Tournament King marries Ingye the Queen of Galin. Scandalously, they are actually in love.
1621 - Great Winter, Year One. The Seventh Malkioni Council occurs. Surantyr the Non-Heretic is amongst those summoned and is severely injured before making his escape. At the same time, the Dangans perform a ritual to bind / harm Orlanth at Hreler Amali. One or both of these events causes Orlanth's magic to become greatly weakened in Ralios.
1622 - The trolls of Guhan complete a magical ceremony generations in the making. They move across Ralios with the help of the Argan Argar Chain although they are helped and hindered by humans all along the way.
1622 - Great Winter, Year Two. It is broken by a small group performing the Lightbringer ritual at Hreler Amali.
1623 - King Guilmarn invades Safelster to eliminate all Arkati.
1624 - Broo invasion from Dorastor into Karia. Hezel Darong is a new Chaos deity worshipped by their powerful shaman.
1624 - The Duke of Naskorion is wed in a ritual that takes place in utter darkness. Those few men who are invited must crawl on their hands and knees to find their place. It is said that he has married a powerful troll-wife.
1625 - Argin Terror performs a great ritual that Taps all Chaotic beings within Tinaros. For a brief moment, Tinaros is completely free of Chaos, before the energy flows forth transforming Tinaros into the City of Terror.
1625 - The Safelstran states finally unify and fight back against King Guilmarn, revealing new secrets of Arkat as they do so. During a battle at Dangk, Archon Foyalfine of Azilos betrays the alliance at a critical moment, leaving Guilmarn weakened but undefeated and the forces of Safelster scattered.
1625 - The Duke of Naskorion declares that he is allied with Guhan and Halikiv and titles himself the Stygian Emperor in a ritual that transforms him into a troll.

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The 1621/22 Great Winter bypasses Ralios, although it experiences highly unusual wind and weather patterrns. The disappearance of Orlanth's Ring can be noticed all over the world.

 

The rise of the Proven Appearance of Arkat movement in Sentanos should be worked into that. The dates might have to be invented, though.

The antics of the talar of Borin might be another entry.

 

All of this centers mostly on Safelster, ignoring the barbarians around it. There should be some Garundyer and Aruzban Ironarm news.

Telling how it is excessive verbis

 

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On 7/19/2021 at 5:53 AM, Prince of Cinders said:

I'm considering putting together a Jonstown book on Ralios and I'm putting together a history of Ralios combined with some bits of homebrew to fill in gaps and spice up the play dynamic.

I am taking all comments and criticism!

Recent Ralian History

Anything in Italics is not strictly canon, but is placed to infill gaps.

This history goes from when grandparents are at adulthood until the adulthood of the player characters. 

1561 - Grandparent is born.
1582 - Grandparent comes of age, parent is born. Marost is seized by Naskorion.
1595 - The Partanites attack a gathering of the Ancient Beasts Society in a raid called the Beast Butchery. The Count of Jorglaban’s brother is one of those killed in the raid.
1597 - Fleet of Jorglaban is sunken and the ruler of Tinaros is lost at the bottom of Lake Felster along with his regalia. His widow sacrifices her three children to get revenge and they say she lay with the Devil. Soon, Argin Terror is born.
1599 - Fleet of Partan is sunken by the Estali league. Rumours spread that this was done at the exact moment that Argin Terror uttered his first word.
1600 - Partan is razed by the Estali League. Rumours spread that this was done at the exact moment that Argin Terror took his first step.
1604 - Parent comes of age, character is born.
1605 - Surantyr the Non-Heretic overcomes magical ordeals atop Top of the World Mountains and experiences the Chariot of Lightning revelations.
1608 - Surantyr becomes master of Valantia.
1610 - Jarabolos is conquered by the Duke of Naskorion.
1611 - Surantyr conquers Fiesive and unifies Otkorion.
1613 - Kadesos (a city known for the quality of its kafl leaf) is conquered by the Duke of Naskorion.
1615 - Seshnela controls Dangim after the count is killed and replaced with a rival member of his family by the King of Seshnela.
1616 - Utorost is conquered by Naskorion
1617 - The Guild of Chaos Monks began their uprising in Dainmol.
1619 - The city of Dainmol is retaken by the Prince.
1619 - The army of Sentanos is destroyed by Surantyr's forces after the Hero Garundyer of the Seven Storms liberates Siglolf Cloudcrusher. This battle is thereafter known as the Battle of Falling Stones.
1621 - Meime the Tournament King marries Ingye the Queen of Galin. Scandalously, they are actually in love.
1621 - Great Winter, Year One. The Seventh Malkioni Council occurs. Surantyr the Non-Heretic is amongst those summoned and is severely injured before making his escape. At the same time, the Dangans perform a ritual to bind / harm Orlanth at Hreler Amali. One or both of these events causes Orlanth's magic to become greatly weakened in Ralios.
1622 - The trolls of Guhan complete a magical ceremony generations in the making. They move across Ralios with the help of the Argan Argar Chain although they are helped and hindered by humans all along the way.
1622 - Great Winter, Year Two. It is broken by a small group performing the Lightbringer ritual at Hreler Amali.
1623 - King Guilmarn invades Safelster to eliminate all Arkati.
1624 - Broo invasion from Dorastor into Karia. Hezel Darong is a new Chaos deity worshipped by their powerful shaman.
1624 - The Duke of Naskorion is wed in a ritual that takes place in utter darkness. Those few men who are invited must crawl on their hands and knees to find their place. It is said that he has married a powerful troll-wife.
1625 - Argin Terror performs a great ritual that Taps all Chaotic beings within Tinaros. For a brief moment, Tinaros is completely free of Chaos, before the energy flows forth transforming Tinaros into the City of Terror.
1625 - The Safelstran states finally unify and fight back against King Guilmarn, revealing new secrets of Arkat as they do so. During a battle at Dangk, Archon Foyalfine of Azilos betrays the alliance at a critical moment, leaving Guilmarn weakened but undefeated and the forces of Safelster scattered.
1625 - The Duke of Naskorion declares that he is allied with Guhan and Halikiv and titles himself the Stygian Emperor in a ritual that transforms him into a troll.

I hope you continue with your project of writing this book for the Jonstown compendium. Ralios has always been my favorite region of Glorantha. It is well documented and the hero wars provide tons of opportunities. Of course the return of Arkat is the main subject. As far as the many Arkats I believe Argin Terror has a role to play in this, perhaps as the chaotic version of Arkat.  

I gets really interesting when the Arkats flee to Ardinyar in Lankst for protection against Seshnela. Ardinyar is a great hero of Orlanthi Lankst and is allied with Otkorion who houses the Chariot of Lightning Sect. IMO the Orlanthi of Ralios are so much more interesting than those of Dragon Pass. The huge tribe of Lankst and the henotheists of Otkorion are awesome. 

The struggle between this alliance of Arkats and Orlanthi against the King of the West in Seshnela will probably be the main event! Ardinyar is latter hailed as the king of Ralios but the fate of the new Archons is not as clear. To finally unite Safelster and revive the Stygian Empire would be a great event. 

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On 7/19/2021 at 5:53 AM, Prince of Cinders said:

1622 - The trolls of Guhan complete a magical ceremony generations in the making. They move across Ralios with the help of the Argan Argar Chain although they are helped and hindered by humans all along the way.

This is the starting point of the Swarm.  Per the Guide p.183: "The Swarm Comes to Dagori Inkarth
In 1623, a great swarm of thousands of trolls, trollkin, Dehori, and insects of every variety crosses over the Western Rockwoods from Halikiv and enters Dragon Pass. The swarm includes Mistress Race trolls and carries exotic foodstuffs and artifacts from Guhan and Halikiv."

So, not just trolls moving across, but a great swarm of insects large and small.  There are likely to be locust swarms, trolls riding giant mantises, giant ants cut swaths across ripe fields of grain, destructive beetles, etc.  I'm sure the Swarm took varied paths, not one big migration.  Probably traveled by night with farmers rising in the morning to find great devastated fields.

(As a side thought: I wonder if the completion of the magical ritual in 1622 aligns with the breaking of the Great Winter???)

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On 7/19/2021 at 7:18 PM, jajagappa said:

Also the Boat Planet rises in Seaseason 1624 and that will be visible.  Whether Ralians assisted, opposed, or were just surprise by it may vary.

Yes, if you start in 1625 anywhere, there will have been a lot of stuff visibly going on in the Sky recently - Orlanth's ring disappearing, then three stars rising there instead. The Boat Planet reappearing, and finally Orlanth's Ring rising in all its full ancient glory of 11 stars. The final one is bound to be a superb omen for any Orlanthi.

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