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PostSubject: History of Krynn   Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:42 am

Creation

Takhisis, the head god of evil, duped her brothers into condoning the creation of the World of Krynn, which was forged by Reorx. Once the world was created, Chaos, father of the Gods, spread his influence amongst them and caused the gods to go to war. Paladine created the elves, Takhisis created the Ogres, and Gilean created the humans. Paladine, the head god of good, gave the souls physical bodies. Gilean, head god of neutrality, gave them free will, while Takhisis cursed the races with mortality. Reorx shared his knowledge of metal forging with some humans; however they did not honour him for sharing their new skill. Reorx cursed these humans by making them as short as him, and stripped them of their forging skill but leaving their desire to invent, which created Gnomes. The Graygem, which contained Chaos himself, fell to Krynn due to the gnomes meddling. A wizard named Gargath found the Graygem and took it to his castle. The gnomes followed him there and went to war for the gem. During the battle the wild magic of Chaos warped the Gnomes into the other races of Krynn. That is how the Kender, Dwarves, Minotaurs, etc. came to be.
See also: Creation (Dragonlance)
[edit] History

The majority of the history of Krynn is actually the history of Ansalon, as it is the most well-known continent. The history of Krynn is measured in the following time periods: PC, or Prae Cataclius, meaning before the Cataclysm, AC, or Alt Cataclius, meaning after the Cataclysm, and SC, or Secundus Cataclius, the time period after the Chaos War. It is also divided into five Ages, the Age of Starbirth, the Age of Dreams, the Age of Might, the Age of Despair, and the Age of Mortals. The Age of Starbirth saw the creation of the world and the formation of the first races.

The Age of Dreams contains the First Dragon War, fought by the elves under Silvanos Goldeneye against the evil dragons. The elves prevailed against the evil dragons using magical stones that were lost after the war. Kender, minotaurs, and dwarves begin to settle, however the dwarves disturb the magical stones and unleash the evil dragons again. This begins the Second Dragon War, which is ended by the great power of several mages, however this power scars the land of Ansalon. These mages learn the law of magic and form the Wizards of High Sorcery and the Towers of High Sorcery. After this war, the Kinslayer War is fought, and Qualinesti is founded. Later, the Rose Rebellion is led against the Empire of Ergoth and Solamnia is founded by Vinas Solamnus. In addition, Istar is founded in this Age. The Third Dragon War erupts, leading to the great sacrifice by Huma Dragonbane to keep Takhisis away from the world.

The Age of Might sees the rise of Istar. Paladine holds great stock in the relatively new nation. Istar grows and begins trading, growing stronger and stronger until it is a major world power. Istar fights with several nations in protest to their growing power. The Kingpriest begins rulership of Istar and declares itself the moral center of the world. Istar begins to lose sight of the balance between good and evil and tries to eradicate evil in the world. Mages are persecuted by the Kingpriest, and they are forced to retreat to the Tower of Wayreth. Soon, the Kingpriest demands from the gods the power they gave to Huma Dragonbane in hopes of destroying all evil. The gods grow angry and they hurl a fiery mountain at Ansalon, an event known as the Cataclysm.

The Age of Despair is a time of famine and of evil. Nations descend into squalor, and the Knights of Solamnia become a dishonored group. Takhisis readies herself to launch the War of the Lance upon Ansalon. When the War of the Lance erupts, the Heroes of the Lance fight back against Takhisis, leading to the defeat of her armies at several fronts and her total defeat at Neraka when Berem, the Everman and the secret to either Takhisis's final defeat or success, is allowed to die. After the War, Raistlin Majere begins his plans to ascend to godhood and this culminates in the destruction of Palanthas. Also, the Knights of Takhisis are formed by Ariakan. The Chaos War erupts and in its terrible wake the Age of Mortals begins.

The Age of Mortals sees the appearance of the Dragon Overlords, a group of incredibly large and powerful dragons who take control of the lands of Ansalon. With the loss of traditional arcane and clerical magic, Palin Majere establishes sorcery and Goldmoon establishes Mysticism. Years later, the War of Souls comes to Ansalon where it is discovered that Takhisis stole the world from the other gods in order to become the sole god. Several Overlords die during this time, including Malys the Red, the greatest of the Overlords, and Beryl the Green, the ruler of Qualinesti and the areas around it, and Khellendros the Blue, ruler of the lands around Solamnia. Takhisis herself is killed because she has been stripped of her immortality, and Paladine also descends into mortality. At the current time setting of the novels, the world of Krynn is still reeling from the War of Souls.
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[edit] Krynn's Sky

There are three moons on the planet of Krynn, and each is the face of one of the gods of magic. They chose not to put themselves in stars or planets, but to be as close to Krynn as possible so as to watch it. Wizards of High Sorcery draw power from these moons and their respective gods. The moons are the silver moon Solinari, representing the god of good magic, the red moon Lunitari, representing the goddess of neutral magic, and the black moon Nuitari, representing the god of evil magic. Nuitari as a moon is little known; it can only be seen by those who use it for their magic. Most people believe in only two moons, Solinari and Lunitari.

The other gods are represented in the sky by constellations. When the gods walk on Krynn their constellations disappear from the sky.

During the three decades between the Second Cataclysm and the War of Souls, the sky was different and there was also only one moon and no godly constellations, because Takhisis stole the world from the other gods and took it to a different part of the universe.
See also: Night Sky of Krynn
[edit] Lands

The most well known land mass of Krynn is Ansalon, a continent far to the south and the main setting of the novels. The continent is surrounded by ocean on the north, east, and west sides, and on the south by the huge mass of Icereach, a frigid and mostly unexplored wasteland. Ansalon was once a single intact continent, but the Cataclysm shattered the continent, sinking the northeastern section of it and sending many chunks of Ansalon scattering as islands, including the once great Empire of Ergoth, which was not only separated from the mainland, but split into two. North of Ansalon is the Dragon Isles, the home of the metallic dragons. Far to the east is the island Ithin'carthia, homeland of the blue-skinned "brutes", or Tarmaks first introduced in Dragons of Summer Flame. To the north and east of Ansalon is Taladas, once the home of the very evil nation of Aurim, the "Anti-Istar". The Cataclysm melted the land where Aurim was, leaving a giant lake of molten rock. Far to the north and west of Ansalon is the mysterious Adlatum. The subterranean continent of Chorane lies deep under the surface of Icereach, and little is known about this underground land.
See also: List of Dragonlance locations
[edit] Religion in the world
Main article: List of Dragonlance deities

There are seven gods and goddesses for each alignment of good, evil, and neutral, including the three gods of magic.

There are also several "other" gods, worshipped by barbarian clans. They are usually one of the true gods being worshipped under a different identity. An example of this is in Khur where they worship the Condor Lord. The symbol of Sargonas is a condor and he is the god of vengeance. They do not realize they follow the same god as the minotaurs.


According to writings, out of the chaos the Highgod appeared, and designed a world. He wrote his thoughts in the Tobril, the book of all knowledge. To achieve his plans, he created beings similar to himself called gods, who though powerful, were not as great as the Highgod. Of all the gods who were created, Chaos was the greatest. His fellow gods who were created included Takhisis, Queen of Dragons, Paladine, King of Dragons, and Gilean. The Highgod gave the Tobril to Gilean and taught him never to relinquish it. He became the Keeper of the Tobril, also known as the Keeper of the Book[who?].
Chaos's Interference

The Highgod's position at this point is mysterious; little is known[vague]. Chaos became obsessed with ruling the universe and tried to create the world designed by the Highgod in his own image. This was not possible since evil could not create but just destroy or corrupt. Trying to change the Tobril to his making, Chaos was eventually defeated by Paladine and his siblings and forced to wander in the Beyond. While there, he persuaded himself that he in truth was the creator of the universe and the father of the gods. He fashioned himself the title Chaos, Father of All and of Nothing. Although defeated, Chaos was far from beaten. He eventually created a dominance in which he saw himself as the father to the gods. The gods could not truly defeat Chaos since he fed off of the disorder and chaos existing in the universe. But they separated themselves from him and existed in a certain alternate dimension[original research?].

Before Chaos had been eventually defeated, he planted a seed of his evil into one of the three siblings, Takhisis. Takhisis became perverted like Chaos and became the leading evil deity in the universe.

The three siblings, Paladine, Gilean, and Takhisis, each saw that in order to gain power, they had to implement the plan set out by the Highgod in the Tobril[who?]. Nevertheless, they were scared of Chaos enough to think twice about defying him.
More Gods

By this time, many fellow gods had also joined the three siblings and the other gods created by the Highgod. Many of them included: Majere, Mishakal, Branchala, Sirrion, Reorx, Chislev, Zivilyn, Shinare, Sargonnas, Morgion, Chemosh, and Hiddukel. Many others also crossed over from the Beyond, but are considered lesser beings[who?]. Each of these gods took sides in the three orders: Good, Neutrality, and Evil. Paladine became the leader for the good gods, Gilean took over the neutral gods, and Takhisis took control of the evil gods. Many gods chose consorts and some gods were created as the children. Paladine and Mishakal gave birth to Kiri-Jolith, Habbakuk, and Solinari. Gilean, though his consort is unknown, is the father of Lunitari. And Takhisis and Sargonnas birthed Zeboim and Nuitari[original research?].
The Creation of the World

Unknown to Chaos, Takhisis asked support from her fellow gods to create the world without taking Chaos's permission[who?]. She tricked her two siblings by telling them that, by creating a world, the spirits which had been merely placidly existing in the universe would have some purpose. Paladine wanted the spirits to have bodies to be free under the side of good. Gilean wanted the let the spirits choose between the sides of good and evil to see what happened to them. Takhisis, however, wanted to make slaves of the spirits to give herself more power.

To create the world, the three siblings called for help, and Reorx, the forge, answered with the ability to fashion what they required. Out of gods, Reorx created a hammer, and with it, began ordering the chaos, creating the stars, and the world of Krynn[original research?].

When Chaos found out about the "plaything" of his children, he grew angry due to their rebelliousness. In order to punish them, he created the dragons who he gave the gifts of long-life, natural magical ability, and breath weapons. Takhisis grew possessive of them and corrupted them, creating the dragons of evil, also known as the chromatic dragons (red, blue, white, black and green)[original research?].

Paladine was saddened by the loss and with the help of Reorx created statues of the lost dragons with metal. Paladine decided to give them life, creating the dragons of good, also known as the metallic dragons (gold, silver, brass, bronze and copper)[original research?].
The All-Dragons War

The All-Dragons War was a great war fought between Takhisis's corrupted dragons, the Chromatic Dragons (red, white, blue, black, and green) and Paladine's Metallic Dragons (gold, silver, bronze, brass, and copper), created to counter Takhisis. The war ravaged the world of Krynn and the gods withdrew as to not destroy it completely. Upon withdrawing, they noticed the stars and grew covetous of them[original research?].
All-Saints War

The All-Saints War had begun over how the spirits in the heavens should be ruled, and horrible storms ravaged the world of Krynn until the Highgod interceded. Paladine pledged to nevermore enter the world in his full glory. The High God, the true father of the gods, broke the fighting and told the gods they were all to create life and bless the creatures with one gift. The gods of good grant them the gift of desire to control, the god of evil the gift of ambition, and the gods of neutrality the gift of free will. This led to the creation of elves, humans, and ogres, the first life on Krynn. In addition, the gods of magic were born at the end of the War[original research?].



The world of Krynn was forged by the god Reorx, who had been asked to by Takhisis, the head god of evil. Takhisis had duped her brothers into condoning this, and once Reorx created the world, Chaos, a much more powerful god than any of the others, spread his influence amongst them and caused the gods to war. After a terrible war, the gods created life and each gave their creation a gift; Paladine, head god of good, gave the gift of desire to control, Gilean, head god of neutrality, gave the gift of free will, and Takhisis gave the gift of ambition. The gods each created a race then, each one exhibiting the trait that their god gave creation the strongest; Paladine, the elves, Gilean, the humans, and Takhisis, the ogres. Chaos also created the animals, and gave the world dragons, the most powerful of all races. Reorx taught some humans the ability of metal forging; however, they did not honor him in their pride of their new skill. Reorx cursed them and made them as short as him, and stripping them of their skill but leaving their desire to invent, thus creating the gnomes. Soon, the Graygem, a gem containing the mighty Chaos himself, was forged, and in a time, the gem perverted gnomes into dwarves and kender. Paladine was actually the one to create the Metalic Dragons, but Takhisis out of jealousy went and corrupted the the first metalic dragons. Paladine was saddened by this and created a second generation of metalic dragons.

See also: Creation

Krynn's SkyEdit

There are three moons on the planet of Krynn, and each is the face of one of the gods of magic. They chose not to put themselves in stars or planets, but to be as close to Krynn as possible so as to watch it. Wizards of High Sorcery draw power from these moons and their respective gods. The moons are the white moon Solinari, representing the god of good magic, the red moon Lunitari, representing the god of neutral magic, and the black moon Nuitari, representing the god of evil magic. Nuitari as a moon is little known; it can only be seen by those who use it for their magic. Most people believe in only two moons, Solinari and Lunitari.

In addition, the other gods of evil and of good have a constellation representing them, whereas the other gods of neutrality, aside from Gilean, who has a constellation, have planets.

During the three decades between the Second Cataclysm and the War of Souls, a single pale white moon was the only moon of Krynn. In addition, all the stars had changed.

See also: Night Sky of Krynn

LandsEdit

The major land mass of Krynn is Ansalon, a continent far to the south and the main setting of the novels. The continent is surrounded by ocean on the north, east, and west sides, and on the south by the huge mass of Icereach, a frigid and mostly unexplored wasteland. Ansalon was once intact as one continent, but the Cataclysm shattered the continent, sinking the northeastern section of it and sending many chunks of Ansalon scattering as islands, including the once great Empire of Ergoth, which was not only seperated from the mainland, but split into two. North of Ansalon is the Dragon Isles, the home of the good dragons.

See also: List of Dragonlance locations

HistoryEdit

The majority of the history of Krynn is actually the history of Ansalon, as it is the most well-known continent. The history of Krynn is measured in the following time periods: PC, or Prae Cataclius, meaning before the Cataclysm, AC, or Alt Cataclius, meaning after the Cataclysm, and SC, or Secundus Cataclius, a time period that overlaps AC and means the time after the Chaos War. It is also divided into five Ages, the Age of Starbirth, the Age of Dreams, the Age of Might, the Age of Despair, and the Age of Mortals. The Age of Starbirth saw the creation of the world and the formation of the first races.

The Age of Dreams contains the First Dragon War fought by the elves under Silvanos Goldeneye against the evil dragons. The elves prevailed against the evil dragons using magical stones that were lost after the war. Kender, minotaurs, and dwarves begin to settle, however the dwarves disturb the magical stones and unleash the evil dragons again. This begins the Second Dragon War, which is ended by the great power of several mages, however this power scars the land of Ansalon. These mages learn the law of magic and form the Wizards of High Sorcery and the Towers of High Sorcery. After this war, the Kinslayer War is fought, and Qualinesti is founded. Later, the Rose Rebellion is led against the Empire of Ergoth and Solamnia is founded by Vinas Solamnus. In addition, Istar is founded in this Age. The Third Dragon War erupts, leading to the great sacrifice by Huma Dragonbane to keep Takhisis away from the world.

The Age of Might sees the rise of Istar. Paladine holds great stock in the relatively new nation. Istar grows and begins trading, growing stronger and stronger until it is a major world power. Istar fights with several nations in protest to their growing power. The Kingpriest begins rulership of Istar and declares itself the moral center of the world. Istar begins to lose sight of the balance between good and evil and tries to eradicate evil in the world. Mages are persecuted by the Kingpriest, and they are forced to retreat to the Tower of Wayreth. Soon, the Kingpriest demands from the gods the power they gave to Huma Dragonbane in hopes of destroying all evil. The gods grow angry and they hurl a fiery mountain at Ansalon, an event known as the Cataclysm.

The Age of Despair is a time of famine and of evil. Nations descend into squalor, and the Knights of Solamnia become a dishonored group. Takhisis readies herself to launch the War of the Lance upon Ansalon. When the War of the Lance erupts, the Heroes of the Lance fight back against Takhisis, leading to the defeat of her armies at several fronts and her total defeat at Neraka when Berem, the Everman and the secret to either Takhisis's final defeat or success, is allowed to die. After the War, Raistlin Majere begins his plans to ascend to godhood and this culminates in the destruction of Palanthas. Also, the Knights of Takhisis are formed by Ariakan. The Chaos War erupts and in its terrible wake the Age of Mortals begins.

The Age of Mortals sees the appearance of the Dragon Overlords, a group of incredibly large and powerful dragons who take control of the lands of Ansalon. With the loss of traditional arcane and clerical magic, Palin Majere establishes sorcery and Goldmoon establishes Mysticism. Years later, the War of Souls comes to Ansalon where it is discover Takhisis stole the world from the other gods in order to become the sole god. Several Overlords die during this time, including Malys the Red, the greatest of the Overlords, and Beryl the Green, the ruler of Qualinesti and the areas arround it, and Khellendros the Blue, ruler of the lands around Solamnia. Takhisis herself is killed because she has been stripped of her immortality, and Paladine also descends into mortality. At the current time setting of the novels, the world of Krynn is still reeling from the War of Souls.
Religion Edit

See also: Deities

There are seven Gods and Goddesses for each alignment of good, evil, and neutral, including the three gods of magic, each of which corresponds to a different moon. Solinari influences good magic, Lunitari influences neutral, and Nuitari influences black magic. There are also several "pagan" gods, worshipped by barbarian clans. These gods hold no real power or sway over the people of Krynn. They are merely imposters of one form or another.

References

Amber and Ashes
The Annotated Dragonlance Chronicles
The Annotated Dragonlance Legends
Dragons of a Fallen Sun
Dragons of a Lost Star
Dragons of Summer Flame
Dragons of a Vanished Moon
The Legend of Huma
Night of Blood
Tasslehoff's Map Pouch, "The Continent of Ansalon" map
Towers of High Sorcery

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