From ancient legends about the origin of the world to the recent battles to repel the Dark Hordes, the history of the Amethyst Sea is a rich tapestry of stories about courageous heroes, nefarious villains, worldchanging disasters, and epic triumphs. How then does one go about telling such a grand and sweeping tale?
In this recounting of the region’s history, we’ve taken our lead from the scholars of Winterkeep. When they put pen to paper to create the now famous Codex Historica, they organized the past into a succession of ages. Each age was named according to the primary power or event of that period. These divisions have become the standard means of identifying broad periods of time in the lands around the Amethyst Sea, so we’ve decided to use them here as well.
One challenge scholars face when attempting to compile a complete history of Aetaltis is that there are so many different records of the past. Each relates stories and events in a slightly different way, making it a challenge to separate legend from truth. The following are the primary historical records that exist in the lands surrounding the Amethyst Sea.
Nearly everything the people of the Amethyst Sea know about the Age of Enaros and the Age of Dawn comes from a collection of ancient texts known as the Enarosian Scrolls. It is said that the scrolls were written by the holy avatars of Toletren, Enaros of knowledge. Except for a small fragment of an original scroll locked deep within the vaults of Winterkeep, copies are all that exist today. The largest and oldest surviving collection of these copies is stored in the Silver Tower in Selenthea.
Although the original scrolls are lost, the people of the Amethyst Sea generally accept the information contained in the copies as the true word of the Enaros. There is no question in the minds of believers that what the scrolls describe is the absolute truth.
There are a few heretical scholars who dare to suggest that the scrolls are actually mythical stories written by priests during the Age of Magic. If this were proven true, it would throw much of what is known about the world into doubt. Naturally, all such allegations have been stoutly rebuffed and in some cases, firmly silenced.
Loresongs of the Fey
The fey record their history in the form of songs. Each song tells a different part of the historical record, and only when certain songs are performed together does one achieve a full understanding of the events they describe. Even then, a listener must be specially trained to understand these ancient melodies. No written form of the Loresongs exists and all attempts to write them down with any semblance of accuracy have failed.
The dwarves maintained a detailed, albeit dry, record of dwarven history that went all the way back to their settlement of the Deeplands. Unfortunately, most of these texts were lost during the Age of Darkness, left behind as the dwarves fled their homes, and only a few volumes have been recovered.
The halfling hearthtales are traditional stories told by halflings at night around their hearth fires for as long as any of them can remember. The tales often contain rare accounts of people and events long lost to other historical records. Unfortunately, the halfling tendency to embellish makes the accuracy of these stories suspect.
Cheebatan Merchant Rolls
Since the first cheebatan merchant houses were established after the Alliance’s arrival, the cheebats have maintained detailed records of every transfer of property and financial transaction in which they’ve participated. While the rolls are more ledger than historical text, the detailed nature of these records, combined with the notes, comments, and annotations added by the cheebatan bookkeepers, allow a fair amount of historical information to be gleaned from their pages.
The Atlan Alliance Library at Atlanor maintained a complete and detailed record of the history of the Alliance’s time on Aetaltis. Unfortunately, the destruction of Atlanor during the Cataclysm and the difficulty in reaching the remnants of the island capital have prevented the recovery of these valuable texts. The only surviving volumes are those that were in personal libraries on the mainland at the time of Atlanor’s destruction. The Silver Circle in Selenthea owns the largest known collection of these tomes.
Holy Symbol of Toletron, Enaros of Knowledge (Art by Ashley MacKenzie)