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This is a consolidated timeline of the events in Creation, as best we can figure out. All years are by the Realm calendar.


The Prehistoric Age

All time before the end of the Primordial War is considered "before history". (Lands of Creation, pp. 10-11).

Year 0 (very roughly RY -4,500)

  • Primordials surrender during Calibration.
  • Four Primordials remain free: Gaia, Autochthon and two others.
  • SheWhoLivesInHerName burns away "nine out of every 10 important things" in the instants before her imprisonment.

Ochre Fountain Era (Year 1-109)

Year 1

Year 9

Year 17

Year 100

  • Merela decrees the establishment of a central government for all Creation in Meru. (Lands of Creation, pg. 11)

Year 101

Year 108

Year 109

  • Meru War ends with compromise, creating the Deliberative, but with Merela still as queen. (Lands of Creation, pg. 13)
  • Deliberative demands Autochthon sanction the Jadeborn, or else the Deliberative would go to war against them. The Great Maker responds by placing the GreatGeas upon the Jadeborn. (Lands of Creation, pg. 13)

First Deliberative Era (Year 110-652)

Year 110

Year 111

Year 121

  • Autochthon departs Creation, creating Autochthonia. (Lands of Creation, pg. 13)
  • The Autochthonian calendar, which calculates years "in the same fashion as the Old Realm", begins. So, in the timeline within Autochthonia, "the current year", corresponding to RY 768, "is 4878"; however, see notes in the section below on the Time of Cascading Years. (Autochthonians, pg. 24).

Year 124

Year 230

  • Thesis's student Sonah founds the Sonan School of Sorcery. (Lands of Creation, pg. 13)

Year 449

circa Year 550 (roughly RY -3,900)

  • Ascension Day, when the lesser elemental dragons were elevated to the status of gods.

Year 594

Year 639

Year 652

The Unfurling Horizon Era (Year 653-1215)

Year 653

Year 700

  • Leelah's student Derja founds the Derjan School of Sorcery. (Lands of Creation, pg. 15)

Year 834

Year 1039

Year 1107

circa Year 1110

Year 1129

Year 1130

Year 1199

Year 1205

Year 1215

The Shining Reflection Era (Year 1216-1721)

Year 1238

circa Year 1300

  • Solar fashion dictates wearing and using items only made by ones self. (Lands of Creation, pg. 15)
  • Directional languages (e.g. earthtongue, flametongue, etc.) intentionally developed, replacing Old Realm in mortal lands. Languages included built-in thaumaturgical prayers, acting to stabilize Creation. (Lands of Creation, pg. 15)

Year 1439

  • Chone transfers all students to Halleus, ceases teaching sorcery, shifts focus to magitech engineering. (Lands of Creation, pg. 15)

circa Year 1650 (roughly RY -2,800)

  • The Kukla becomes the first greater elemental dragon and is promptly bound by the Unconquered Sun.

Year 1676

Year 1721

  • 14th Ascending Wood: Death of Facet Raven, the first solar to die of old age. (Lands of Creation, pg. 15)

The Thousand Struggles Era (Year 1722-2543)

Year 1734

Year 1762

Year 1807

Year 1827

  • Just after Calibration, a solar circle called the WhiteJadeFeatherSociety violate oaths to attack rivals within Meru. Within six months, Deliberative attendance ends, with many fleeing Meru entirely. (Lands of Creation, pg. 16)

Year 1946

  • Snow Period begins, where no celestial exalted fight one another, despite constant expectation of conflict. (Lands of Creation, pg. 17)

Year 1983

  • Hano's student Devon founds the Devonian School of Sorcery. (Lands of Creation, pg. 17)

Year 2046

Time of Cascading Years (Year 2325-2543)

Year 2325

  • Time becomes subjective, with different locations experiencing different durations. This era is measured from when this time split started to when it ended and time become universally applied again. Convention holds that this period is "officially counted" as 217 years long, but this a mostly arbitrary decision based on the time reference of the historians doing the labeling. To some, the period lasts a single afternoon. Within this section, each subjective timeline will be referenced independently, using "Cascading Years" (CY) as a subjective measurement from when this era begins. (Lands of Creation, pg. 17)

Heaven's timeline

Merela's timline

Autochthonian timeline

While no official word exists on how Autochthonia experiences this timeline, it seems likely, being Elsewhere, that they experience it the same way that Heaven does: with no time passing. Since the Autochthonian time line is the only canonical one that spans the First Age to the present in a known number of years, this assumption will be used in the rest of this document when trying to determine the relation between First Age dates and RY 0. It is also assumed that Realm historians "officially" count the duration of the Time of Cascading years as 217 years. Naturally, events currently reckoned to have happened "3000 years ago" depend significantly on what timeline you are looking through.

In any case, if these assumption are true, the following relations exist:

Event First Age Autochthonia Realm
History begins 0 -121 -4448
Autochthon leaves Creation 121 0 -4327
Start of Time of Cascading Years 2325 2204 -2123
End of Time of Cascading Years 2543 2204 -1906
Realm Begins 4449 4110 0
Present 5217 4878 768

Year 2543

  • All survivors of this era, including Dragon-Blooded, all remember personally performing some notable task that restores Creation to its rightful configuration. (Lands of Creation, pg. 17)
  • Souls of 73 celestial exalted who died during the era, including Halleus, reincarnate. (Lands of Creation, pg. 18)

The Second Deliberative Era

Year 2544

  • The Period of Long Silence begins, where few exalted conflicts occur and not much research either. (Lands of Creation, pg. 18)

Year 2626

Year 2678

Year 2730

Year 2758

Year 2931

  • Devon incinerates his books, retires from public life and gifts his sorcerous academy at Sperimin to Hano's student Salina. (Lands of Creation, pg. 19)
  • Salina founds Salinan School of Sorcery. (Lands of Creation, pg. 19)

Year 3125

  • Hano's student Silur founds the Silurian School of Sorcery, ostensibly to revive the traditions of Brigid. (Lands of Creation, pg. 19)

Year 3193

Era of Dreams (Year 3204-3516)

Year 3204

Year 3255

Year 3275

Year 3280

  • Anonymous Silurian sorcerer begins distributing the Abscissic Guide to summoning demons. (Lands of Creation, pg. 19)

Year 3366

Year 3491

Year 3493

Year 3494

Year 3516 (roughly RY -933)

circa RY -800

  • The Unconquered Sun gets angry at the Solar Deliberative and turns his face from the Solar Exalted.

Usurpation & Shogunate

circa RY -750

  • The Usurpation, followed by "decades" of war to exterminate the Solars. (Exalted, p. 11)

circa RY -700

circa RY -405

  • Swan Dragon becomes Censor for the South from "345 years after the Usurpation up until the last days of the Contagion". His tenure is at least "a few hundred years". (Houses of the Bull God, pg. 102)

circa RY -5

  • The arrival of the Great Contagion. Based on the description events between this and the founding of the Realm (Exalted, pp. 11-12), this probably happened only a few years before RY 0.

RY -1

The Second Age

RY 0

Also known as The Year of Seven Tigers.

RY 12

RY 20

RY 38

RY 40

RY 45

  • Realm agents make first contact with Scavenger Lands cities, persuading some to swear fealty to the Empress; most cities refuse. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 47

  • First invasion of the Scavenger Lands by the Realm. The invading force is the Fourth Imperial Legion. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 52

RY 53

  • Fourth Imperial Legion withdraws from the Scavenger Lands to its allied cities on the coast. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 69

RY 75

  • Second Realm invasion of the Scavenger Lands begins, with four legions as the invasion force. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
    • Lookshy besieged by Realm forces (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
    • Nexus occupied by Realm forces; Realm forces are pushed out after several weeks. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 76

  • Realm invasion of the Scavenger Lands continues. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
    • Siege of Lookshy lifted by use of a First Age weapon. (This probably creates the shadowland of Mourning Field, in which case we know that Lookshy was besieged by the Sixth and Ninth Legions.) (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
    • Seventh Legion forces march to Great Forks -- or at least, to the conjunction of the Yellow River and the Rolling River where Great Forks will be founded in RY 278 -- and destroy the Fourth Imperial Legion there. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
  • Realm forces withdraw from the Scavenger Lands. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 83

  • Realm ships raid merchant vessels of the Scavenger Lands, resulting in privateer campaigns against the Realm by those lands. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)

RY 88

  • Third and final invasion of the Scavenger Lands by the Realm, with seven legions. Seventh Legion forces are scattered, but units from Melevhil and Nathir tie up Realm forces. The invaders are harrassed by guerrilla forces. (Scavenger Sons, p. 66)
  • Brem Marst stuck in the Lap, studies with the Counters. (Manacle and Coin, p. 13)

RY 89

RY 95

RY 99

RY 103

RY 104-109

  • Coastal states of the Scavenger lands join the League of Many Rivers. (Scavenger Sons, p. 67)

RY 114

RY 117

RY 139

RY 146

RY 174

RY 176

RY 179

RY 211

RY 223

  • By this year, most of the Threshold -- those nations on the shore of the Inland Sea -- is under Realm control. Exceptions include the Scavenger Lands and a few others. (Exalted: The Dragon-Blooded, p. 25)

RY 244

RY 263

RY 265

  • Tensions between the Laris and Velen districts in the Scavenger Lands erupt into a brief war. (Scavenger Sons, p. 67)

RY 270

RY 278

RY 281

RY 299

RY 301

  • The Realm sends an expedition into the Scavenger Lands, which is quickly crushed by Seventh Legion Forces. (Scavenger Sons, p. 67)

RY 303

RY 318

RY 326

RY 335

RY 364

RY 370

RY 371

RY 393

RY 416

RY 418

RY 435

  • Arczeckhi Hordes invade the Scavenger Lands; are turned back by Guild mercenaries, Lookshy forces, and Hundred Kingdoms soldiers. (Scavenger Sons, p. 67)

RY 465

RY 547

  • Fair Folk invade the Hundred Kingdoms; the League of Many Rivers alliance collapses under the assault. (Scavenger Sons, pp. 64-65, 67)

RY 554

  • Fair Folk are finally driven from the Hundred Kingdoms. (Scavenger Sons, pp. 65, 67)

RY 557

  • The Confederation of Rivers is created by the major cities of the Scavenger Lands. (Scavenger Sons, pp. 65, 67)

RY 563

  • Beginning of the war between the Fair Folk nobles Slulura and Yseult, in the Northeast. Lasts until RY 568. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 60)

RY 568

  • Creation of the stone forest of the Proving Ground ends the war between Slulura and Yseult. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 65)

RY 591

RY 707

RY 708

  • House V'neef is founded. V'neef may have been born this year, but it seems more likely that she was already an adult when the house was founded. (Exalted: The Dragon-Blooded, pp. 27, 84-87)

RY 748

  • The Realm foments a coup d'etat in Thorns. (Scavenger Sons, pp. 65, 67)

RY 750

RY 754

  • Thorns is defeated by the Confederation of Rivers at Mishaka. (Scavenger Sons, pp. 65, 67)

RY 757

RY 761

Resplendent Air

  • The Bull of the North attacks the Rokan-jin and Talinin tribes, leading to the war between him and the Realm (specifically the Tepet legions). This war lasts until Ascending Earth RY 764. (Kingdom of Halta, pp. 38-41)

RY 762

Ascending Water

  • War between the Bull of the North and northeastern tribes escalates; the Linowan enter the fray against the Bull. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 38)

RY 763

Descending Earth

  • Linowans request aid from the Realm in their war with the Bull of the North. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 38)

Descending Wood

  • The Tepet legions join the Linowan in their war with the Bull of the North. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 38)

Resplendent Fire

  • The Bull of the North commits completely to the war between his forces and the Realm in the Northeast. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 38)


RY 764

Ascending Air

  • Battle of Krellen Ford (Kingdom of Halta, p. 39)
  • The Bull of the North's forces retreat from Krellen Ford, but devastate their Tepet pursuers after receving reinforcements. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 39)

Resplendent Air

Ascending Water

Resplendent Water

  • Tepet forces begin retreat from the Bull of the North. (Kingdom of Halt, p. 41)

Ascending Earth

  • Last of the Tepet legions in the Northeast are destroyed in the Battle of Futile Blood. (Kingdom of Halta, p. 41)

RY 766

  • According to Scavenger Sons, p. 19, this is the earliest that the Bull of the North is mentioned, uniting the icewalker tribes. Obviously, this contradicts information in the Kingdom of Halta sourcebook, which has him waging war in the northeast, south of the Linowan Nation, between 761 and 764. See Discussions/BullOfTheNorth for more on this.

RY 768

Present year.

Approximate dates for other time keeping systems:

Year of the Shogunate: 1468

Elder Reckoning: 5317

And the Future!

The events chronicled in this section are only quasi canonical, based on the timeline outlined in Time of Tumult, weather they will or will not happen in your game is up to the ST and the involvement or lack of same of your characters. Be advised that any or all of what follows may be considered spoilers, you have been warned.

RY 770

Gem falls to the Locust Crusade, its people are slaughtered or enslaved by the Yugashites.

RY 771

The Lap is besieged by the Yugashites, however their grasp of creations's trade networks and siege craft is rudimentary at best and they leave Port Rawar open and active as a trading point for the city for "several months".

RY 772

Faced with starvation and plague the people of The Lap turn on the Realm garrison and sell them out to the Yugashite army. The Lap negotiates terms of surrender and is absorbed into Yugash's territorial possessions in creation.

RY 773

The Realm counter attacks against the Yugashite forces, but fails due to their superior technology and it's own internal divisions thanks to the looming Realm Civil War. The Yugashite Army may respond in force against An-Teng as a reprisal.

(Further than this this author knows of no official timeline data.)