The timeline is an attempt to organize the most important events. It is divided into eras and goes back to the first signs of civilization on the planet. Descriptions of each event will hopefully be kept short and simple, but over-elaboration is likely.
ca. 600 years ago
After the outbreak of a deadly plague, the surviving humans escape on board a ship to the mainland. There they encounter the Exekians, who proceed to kill or capture all the humans they can find.
ca. 202 years ago
The Old Exekian Empire rules most of the planet. For centuries, they have kept generations of humans as slaves.
In the copper mines of Red Mountain, an Exekian overseer is injured by a dislodged iron ore, which burns his skin. Several human slaves witness the event, among them a young Erasmus Stirling. Having discovered the Exekians' weakness, the humans in the mine rise up against their captors and March to the Forge, heading north into the Duat (previously thought to be inhospitable) where they begin making iron weapons.
Word travels throughout the Empire, and an underground trade of iron tools and weapons begins. Slaves use them to rebel against their Exekian masters and escape captivity. The Empire attempts to quell the revolts, but is largely unsuccessful.
ca. 200 years ago ("Year Zero")
Armies of escaped slaves have developed in the wilderness of Duat, eventually forming what will become the city of Io. They are united under the banner of Erasmus and declare war on the Empire. Launching an assault on the capital, the soldiers kill the Emperor and raze the city. Over the next two centuries, the humans will kill or drive most of the Exekians south into the Shadowlands.
Reign of King Erasmus I
Reign of Cassius I
Cassius was known as a great military leader who conquered most of the city-states, making them part of Musatei.
Reign of John Flynn
John Flynn was a mediator who sought to strengthen relations between the newly founded human city of Zemar and Musatei. He was assassinated by his mistress.
Reign of Elric
Nearly killed as a child by his own mother, Elric was raised by his deformed father. He was known for his kind nature and compassion, but his good intentions often backfired. His was the longest reign in Musatei history; he outlived both of his children.
Reign of Nicholas Zuan
Born in Zemar, Nicholas ruled both his homeland and Musatei, but showed favor to the former. Since he had no children and was reviled in Musatei, his cousin took the throne upon his death.
Reign of Cassius II
Having gone into hiding out of fear that Nicholas would have him killed, Cassius II assumed the throne upon his cousin's death. His reign was relatively uneventful, save that he was known for having been a poor father to his children.
Reign of Letholdus III
The last surviving child of Cassius II, Letholdus III orchestrated the deaths of his siblings and their families in his quest for purification of the royal line. Paranoid and cruel, he imprisoned and tortured his wife, believing she had been unfaithful to him, and was obsessed with his own warped ideas of purity. He is best remembered for having conquered the free city of Kronos by way of merciless brutality.
Reign of Lucien
The son of Letholdus III, Lucien's reign was the shortest in Musatei history. He sought to make as little mark as possible, and allowed his domineering wife Enid to rule in his stead. He fathered one son, Tristan, who became his successor.
Reign of King Tristan
Vormundism is founded by the prophet Vor. He rapidly gain followers, most of them soldiers, and is soon considered a threat. Among his followers are a teenaged Gavin Zosimus and the former Exekian prince Kemet.
Tristan is assassinated by Drusus Rolfe. Rolfe is slain by Lord Gavin Zosimus. Tristan's eldest son Aldous ascends the throne.
Reign of King Aldous
Prince Claudius Stirling contests Aldous' right to the throne on the grounds that they are twins, and therefore share a birthright. His claims garner support, and before the end of the year the War of Succession breaks out.
In an attempt to gain more allies, Claudius declares that if he becomes king, he will end the persecution of the Vormunds and the Exekians. Lord Gavin Zosimus, who has kept his religion a secret for over fifteen years, joins Claudius.
After the disastrous Battle of Undagh, which resulted in the death of Lord Zosimus, Claudius goes into hiding.
Aldous takes the Zosimus family hostage and destroys their estate. Lady Melissa Zosimus and her two children, Laura and Galahad, are split up. Melissa and Galahad are later presumed dead; Laura is taken to Castle Vallon for safekeeping.
Aldous arrests Helen, who is revealed to have been spying for Claudius. Under torture, she reveals he is living under the alias "William Harding" in a remote village.
Claudius is captured and brought in chains before Aldous. Aldous tortures and humiliates Claudius before sentencing him to death.
Helen becomes a permanent prisoner of the crown. She prohibited from leaving Castle Vallon without special permission from the king, and he forbids her from marrying, making any children she might have automatically illegitimate.
The Fifth Exekian War is instigated by Aldous, who hopes to eradicate the Exekians once and for all. He brings the pregnant Queen Laura with him. During a battle, Laura gives birth to a stillborn son and subsequently "discovers" John.
Upon Aldous' return, Laura shows him John, claiming that Akhen is punishing Aldous for warring without reason, and begs him to retreat. When he refuses, she initiates a revolt among the soldiers, forcing Aldous to call off the invasion.
A period of peace occurs in Wallachia. Richard is born nine months later. Nechtan joins forces with Zimreon, officially forming the Clan, and the New Exekian Empire participates in small-scale battles with them.
Eleanor is born.
Laura dies. Aldous sends John to the tower.
Hans Liu, the second bastard child of Richard and Karen, is born.
Aldous dies of an infected arrow wound due to an accident while hunting.
Reign of King Richard
Richard is crowned king. He is married to Wilhelmina Sutherland, with whom he has a son, Tobias. His attempts to divorce Mina, marry his mistress Karen Liu, and legitimize his bastards Kai and Hans are thwarted by the Council. As promised, he also sets John free.