Kodo History


(Happenings within PC's lifetime).


(Campaign begins - War in Andar finished almost 1 year ago.)


Utuchekulu Invitation
Wahibreteni, Mansa of Utuchekulu-land, sent many emissaries to the people south of the mountains. They were seeking brave adventurers to help the utuchekulu fight the many enemies in the jungles and to help them reclaim their ancestral homes in the mountains. (AA 153).
War in Andar Ends
War in Andar finished with the Shoguns having taken control.


Shoguns Invaded Andar
Andar was ttacked from a force its weak king (Rechan IV) did not see coming. Soldier constructs (warforged) led by noble warriors (samurai) and supported by elemental-focused casters (shugenja) smashed the Andaran army and marched to its capital. King Rechan IV was captured and executed (not to the dismay of many subjects).


Kodo Looked West
Recent talk among the ruling Mages of Kodo suggested to expand west into the steppes and make farmers out of the Shombe (AA 151). Scouting parties were sent to infiltrate Shombe culture and test the viability of this idea.


Undead Risings
The Marak’ka dead began rising as mummies. Invitations for adventurers were issued by the JamIkadi to put an end to this.


Tasloi Migrations
After increased hunting raids by the utuchekulu, many tasloi abandoned their homes in the Tarangoni Jungle and moved into several northern forests on the other side of the Blackscar Mountains. The people there could do little and conceded some of their forest homes, but the tasloi remain persecuted if found outside of them.
Amazonia's Spirit
Rumours persisted that the ghost of Amazonia had been appearing before the jamIkadi of Shembu and was none too pleased with its current state. JamIkadi Nyathera had been sitting upon the ceremonial throne in court that is usually only used to swear in a new queen. She spoke of expanding the realm and bringing all inhabitants under her rule.
Tuslan Disappearances
Members of the Tuslan minority (in Shembu) began disappearing under mysterious circumstances. (This continues today). (AA Nibomay 149).
Heir of the Mgini?
JamIkadi Nyathera of Shembu claimed her recently born son was the heir to the Barony of Mgini (which includes the Valley of Obelisks). (From Bashar’ka - see AA p142).


Orc rebellion & Subjugation in Shembu
The orcs of Shembu rose up against the human rulers of their lands and this finished with similar results as in the Zantuli Wastes. The orcs here were also defeated and from now on regarded as citizens, but a definitive underclass.


Orcs Conceded to Centaurs in Zantuli Wastes
The recently banished centaurs quickly made the Zantuli Wastes their home and accepted the surrender of the major orcs tribes in their area. From this time the orcs are regarded as an underclass of the centaur tribes, further alienating the dwarves of the region from the centaurs (who they previously had little to do with anyway).


Kodo Increased Defenses Along Andar Border
Kodo established more towers and placed forces along its border with Andar, expecting trouble.


Centaurs Banished from Shembu
A feud erupted between the ruling Marak’ka jamIkadi of Shembu and the centaurs. (There had been good relations with the centaurs up until this point – especially with the underclass Tuslans of the land). Much to the disappointment of the Tuslans, the centaurs were banished from the JamIkadi’s lands.


Last of the High Mupatas
Wakumo of the Valley of the Frogs was assassinated in his sleep (and there has been no High Mupata to rule over Blackscar since).


Mounted Horde of the East
Horse-mounted raiders wreaked havoc throughout northeastern Andar and the kingdom could do little to stop them. Strangely the attacks just stopped after two years. (Bandits/Mongols joined the orientals?).


Weak Ruler of Andar - Rechan IV - Crowned King
Following the death of his father in the war against Kodo, the boastful King Rechan IV took the throne, thus ensuring that Andar did not recover from the war rapidly, as more money was spent on the nobles and military, rather than on arcane defenses, that most advisers stated was necessary.



Crusade in the Name of the Overpower
To show it was again a force to be reckoned with, Kodo went to war with Andar. It was a crusade against the establishment of the standard pantheon, because the people of Kodo believed the Overpower to be the only true deity, whereas the Andarans believed in many deities and had spread their faith amongst the Akado. Andar won the war but at a great cost. From this time, it too realised it needed arcane defences, as up until now very few Andarans knew arcane magic.


High Mupata of the Blackscar Valleys
Adoso of Jolo crowns himself High Mupata of Blackscar and brings most of the valleys under his control. Upon his death (in 732) civil war erupted (and continues to today) with various times of having a high king and times without.


Fall of Nerath
The large human empire, far to the south of Kodo (and original home of the Andarans) is overthrown by hordes of orcs, goblins, demons, and – some say – a secret curse. Contact with the region of Kodo ceased. (R&C 18).


Floods and Restoration of the Magocracy (end of Kodo Dark Age)
Immense floods ravage the region and many settlements are destroyed. Once again floods provide the catalyst for the removal of the evil humanoids. The floods reduce the numbers of goblins and other invaders, allowing the people of Kodo to recover. Whilst not an all-encompassing nation, the Magocracy is reignited with the help of the newly arrived illumians. Its make up is more like a confederate of unified city-states.


Arrival of the Illumians
The first illumian cabals arrive and establish themselves in Kodo.


Goblin Hordes
Anarchy reigned in the lands of Kodo 540-680 (The Kodo Dark Age). After 70 years of infighting goblin hordes swept in from the south and united the brayhan tribes to help fight the humans. These two races have maintained a strong presence in the area since. Other smaller groups of humanoids also established territories both in and around Kodo during this time. The people in the Blackscar valleys formed their own feudal governments based upon the Andaran system.
Raising Elirhondas
The illumians begin their fabled city in the Shadowfell (RD 80).


Sack of the Library of the Sublime
Githyanki sack the illumian library in the Astral Sea. (RD 79).


Return of the Hobgoblins
Hobgoblins invade the two westernmost valleys of the Blackscar Mts from the north (modern day Mgini). In a final battle in the Valley of Obelisks the hero General Balfaso ‘The Betrayed’ led his warriors to victory but lost his life. Great barrows now mark the site in the west of the valley. (Dungeon 16, p38).


Dwarves Abandon Krokarr
Dwarves used to mine the hills of Krokarr alongside dragonborn, but this year the dwarves left the Valley of Obelisks and have been rare in those parts since. The reason they left is unknown.


Fall of the Kodo Empire and the Overpower (Beginning of the Kodo Dark Age)
Just like the arcane-power-mad tieflings before them the people of Kodo ruined their own empire as the internal feuding and battles brought down the last strong leaders of the realm.
Many people turned away from the Overpower and blamed it for the arcane disasters. The Overpower went into hiding deep in the woods. The people of the north adopted the pantheon of the Andarans over this time and its popularity quickly spread to all border areas and amongst the underclass (non-arcane wielders) of Kodo itself.


Taramuid Ascends
The first illumian becomes a god. (RD 78).


Illumian Cabals Scatter
The illumians, fearing their secrets will be discovered, scatter across the globe in cabals. (RD 78). They don’t reach the region of Kodo for almost another 200 years.


Ritual of Words Made Flesh
Tarmuid performs the ritual to form the first Illumians on a distant isle to the SE. (RD 78).


Kodo Decadence & Establishment of the Holy Realm of Andar
A sad time for the Magocracy of Kodo, as arcane lords began to show little constraint in the use of their magic. Internal feuds within Kodo allowed the Andarans to spread and form the basis of their kingdom with no opposition.


Arrival of the Andarans (and Steel)
The pale Andarans arrive by sea. Relations were not initially good with the locals, but due to sheer numbers arriving and their steel items, little could be done to stop the Andaran settlement. Kodo conceded the lands east of the Gola River. The practice of metal-working, especially in regards to heavy armor spreads amongst the Akado. The Akado of the Blackscar Valleys take more readily to the armoured Andarans, as the people there valued a warrior culture rather than the magic-focused culture of the south. Tribal elders are upset by the replacement of the sacred bronze weapons however.


Failed Rebellion in the North and Beginning of the Magocracy
The people of the north rise up against the arcane society seeking to overthrow the magical ideals and return the land to tribal lords. The rebellion fails miserably and only consolidates a more regimented hierarchy of government calling itself the Magocracy of Kodo.


Return of the Eladrin
The eladrin of the forests returned from hiding (most likely in the Feywild) and shared their arcane secrets with the Akado. Kodo is now a realm set upon the path of arcane mastery and its rulers from this time on have been users of this power source.


Beginning of the Kodo Empire (and Iron Age)
After the fall of the orcs, the humans now ruled their own lands. This was the beginning of the Kodo Empire. However, soon those in the north began working with iron – this was considered taboo by Akadoans and created a schism in the people. The people of the north were also not fond of the casual use of arcane magic, so moved further north over time as they became the minority. These were the first settlers of the Blackscar Mountains.



Bajak the Plunderer
Officer Barjak of Khun-drukar discovered Gyrand Diamonmer’s tomb beneath the city and secretly steals the legendary Celestial Soulhammer…he goes on to make a noteworthy mercenary captain. (Dungeon 142 p63).


Magic Turned Upon the Kosans
The repressed people of Kodo, along with the help of Ibisils, built up sizable numbers of wizards, having learnt this arcane art from the Kosans and used it to perpetuate the downfall of the orcs.


Battle of Slaughtergarde
A demon prince, Mu-Tahn Laa, transposed his Abyssal fortress into the world in what was to become the Valley of Obelisks. The forces of good had gathered to meet his arrival and the obelisks they erected syphoned Mu-Tahn Laa’s power away. In the final battle Slaughtergarde exploded – this was heard across the continent. A secret network of good was established to watch the crater that was left at the site. (Shattered Gates of the Slaughtergarde adv Campaign Guide p3).


Discovery of the 'Bright Mountain King'
The dwarven hero Gyrand Diamonmer (who carried the fabled dwarven relic, the “Celestial Soulhammer”) discovered the cavern where gems had ‘leeched’ in from the Elemental Chaos. He later sealed it in stone so no-one would come looking for the vast riches. (Dungeon 142 p63).


Cataclysm of Chaos
In an event where the region came into close contact with the Elemental Chaos severe floods and earthquakes caused massive landslides in the mountains and washed most of the Kosan settlements away in the river valleys below. This severely weakened the orcs.
These earthquakes also drove the utuchekulu from their homes and they moved into the jungles to the north.
A spill into the Tormar Mountains also created caverns of unsurpassed gem deposits. (Dungeon 142 p63).


Shembu Settled
Fleeing from the Kosan orcs the first human inhabitants, led by Amazonia, arrived in the Shembu Scrub. (Combination of Nibomay 149 & Marak’ka Land 147 founding histories).


Founding of the Kosan Empire
Orc hordes from the northern mountain valleys conquer the Water People using great magic and establish the Kosan Empire across present day Andar, The Blackscar Mountains and eastern Kodo. The Water People’s failure to embrace arcane magic cost them dearly. (See Kosa Time AA 18).


The Mud Sorcerers
Around this time cabals mixing ancient magics of the Water people with the newly learnt warlock powers arose and got their name for combining the magic favoured by the Water People and the Earth People (Akadoans – learnt from the tieflings). They developed their own esoteric runes and were famed for crafting great labyrinths in the northern reaches of Kodo.


The Boha Rebellion
The Boha rebelled against the ruling Water People. In desperation they summoned demons with their newly gained arcane powers (learnt from tieflings), but this act apparently destroyed the Boha in the process. The Boha people simply vanished from the world.


Tiefling Refugees
Refugee tieflings bring warlock powers to the Water People (who mostly shun them at first, but the underclass Akado take to them readily).


Battle for Razortear
The final battle in the final war (War of Ruin) between Arkhosia and Bael Turath comes to a bloody end after a 10 year siege. Shortly after both empires were in ruins. (R&C 44).


Arkhosia and Bael Turath War
The wars between dragonborn empire Arkhosia and the tiefling empire Bael Turath (all just west of map) began and lasted several decades. (R&C 24, 44)


Water People Expansion (into Andar & Realm of the Twin Queens) & Contact with Arkhosia
The Water People spread throughout the Kodo basin into present day Andar and northwest through the great forests. On their way to discovering the dragonborn empire Arkhosia (where their advance halted) they overthrew the dying eladrin Realm of the Twin Queens. (R&C 34). The repressed Akado were actually curious of the eladrin and regretted their masters taking over their lands. The Akado remained arcane-curious throughout their existence.


Ritual of the Tieflings
The nobles of Bael Turath enter into bargains with devils and are transformed into the tiefling race. (R&C 44).

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Hobgoblin and Shombe Migrations
The hordes of hobgoblins from present day Andar and beyond (hence their slight oriental outlook) moved into the lands of the Water People and they let them settle the northern valleys (present day Blackscar). Even though most continued through the mountains and moved further northward, the hobgoblins in the Blackscar Mountains today are the ancestors of these migrators.
Also at this time the people that would become the Shombe were forced to leave the Water People’s lands and migrate west to the steppes and plains they inhabit to this day. (AA 150).


Water People Bronze Age
Beginning of the bronze age for the Water People (Ancient Egyptians). They cast down the demon-worshipping, lizard-like Angarliss that dominated the region. The Water People ruled over the lesser Earth People (Akado & Boha).

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