Dragon Wars

The Dragon Wars were several global military conflicts between the various dragon factions that occurred between 103 BeA and 209 BeA throughout Erion.

In the late Tiralan Age, most dragons lived without much conflict between each other. They lived entirely in isolation, away from all people and creatures, leaving only to feed and occasionally socialize. Once the primitive descendants of today’s modern-day humanoid races began to explore the wilderness, they made contact with the dragons; this first contact is where the Beloran Age starts. Some dragons welcomed the frightened explorers; others killed trespassers without a second thought. Still others showed no curiosity towards the little people at all. The more benevolent dragons taught the early humans, dwarves, elves, and others their language, and helped them develop the first agrarian communities; these races advanced quickly under the tutelage of dragons. The humanoids in turn began to worship the dragons as deities.

The surlier dragons that initially roasted guests to a crisp began to grow jealous of the power that their kinder cousins were accumulating. These dragons flew out into the countryside in search of communities of lesser races that had not yet made friendly contact with dragonkind. The dragons intimidated these communities into worship, and ruled over the primordial peoples as tyrants, eventually developing nations of their own that rivaled those of the good dragons’.

The dragons that did not care at all about the primordial people continued to live in isolation.

Thirsty for more power, the evil dragons attacked the long-standing kingdoms of their kinder cousins in 103 BeA. The good dragons, mostly being pacifists, did not tutor their people in the arts of war and were almost completely wiped out, offering little to no resistance; indeed, their people, after years of hearing their dragon masters’ pacifist doctrines, barely knew what war or hate was. Only a few good kingdoms survived, most notably that of Aristarius, who was wise enough to teach his people when, why, and how war should be fought.

Once the evil dragons had picked off as many easy targets as they could, they began to turn on each other in 112 BeA. The few remaining good dragon kingdoms united together to defend themselves against their hostile neighbors. Together, they were able to at least repel attacks by the evil dragons, but the war continued to be a stalemate for decades. In the meantime, millions of humanoid lives worldwide were lost, and battlefields usually turned the land into barren wastes.

Frustrated by the lack of progress, Aristarius and his dragon allies decided that the only way to turn the tide in the war was to enlist the dragons who had so far stayed neutral. Aristarius personally spearheaded the diplomatic mission in 138 BeA. The neutrals’ initial reactions to the negotiations were frosty, but once they understood the scope of the devastation, many joined the cause of the good dragons a year later.

With many neutral dragons bolstering their forces, the good dragons finally got off of the defensive and started to attack the evil dragons’ kingdoms one at a time. By BeA 144, four evil dragon kingdoms had fallen. The evil dragons recognized the combined forces of the good dragons and the neutral dragons as a threat, and the nine remaining evil kingdoms united in BeA 145(at least for the war’s duration).

Against their united enemy, the good dragons found themselves in yet another stalemate; hostilities flared up and simmered down for the next six decades. In 206 BeA, the evil kingdoms grew desperate and decided to appeal to extradimensional forces for assistance. The devils gladly joined on their side, if the dragons’ subjects would sell their souls. The dragons agreed, knowing that with the addition of the devils, the war would be over within a matter of years. The devils drew up a contract, and by 207 BeA tens of millions of the evil kingdoms’ subjects had their fates sealed. The devils joined the evil dragons in combat, and together they were able to overwhelmingly crush the forces of the good and neutral dragons. It seemed like the century-long war would soon be over.

In mid-208 BeA, something completely unexpected happened. The devils withdrew from the war, and took with them the millions of soldiers whose souls were theirs. The evil dragons were outraged, but the devils pointed out that, in their contract, there was no length of time specified for their participation, and that the devils would receive their payment in souls at the time of their withdrawal from the conflict. In their haste to recruit the devils, the dragons had merely skimmed the epically massive contract that the devils had drawn up, and did not notice these few lines sandwiched between pages of legalese. The devils’ scheme to exploit the dragons for tens of millions of mortal souls was a complete success.

With almost three-quarters of their armies missing, the evil dragons’ forces were almost equal in number to the remaining good/neutral dragons’ forces. However, the inkling of morale that the evil dragons’ soldiers had was suddenly shattered by the sudden deaths of millions of their comrades. Soldiers defected to the side of good/neutral en masse, and by BeA 209, the evil dragons made their last stand at the future site of Herodion. Aristarius and his armies routed the dragons, but left them with an inch of life left.

It was at this point that Aristarius announced the history-changing First Proclamation: no dragon may ever reign over any non-draconic kingdom, so that a Dragon War would never be fought again. Aristarius announced his intention to unite all dragons under one kingdom, later to be known as Khondraka, but allowed the dragons to remain autonomous so long as they do not violate any of his Proclamations.

Dragon Wars

Erion Xilano