This is the history of the continent upon which our D&D game is. Don't use this history for too many RP-ing purposes, for most likely your character won't know much of it.
The Age of Founders
1: The Days of Primal Savagery are over, and the first texts of the world are written. The continent of Alaria is ruled at this time by strange beings known simply as the Founders. Nobody knows what they looked like, for no images of them remain, but some say they were the absolute perfect image of a just being. According to High Elven legend, the Founders descended upon the earth from the sky during a great time of savagery, and with the waves of their hands made peace amongst the simply people. They brought them together and taught them the ways of civilization, at a price they were willing to pay: Absolute devotion and servitude to the Founders. The primary races of this time are the Aarakocra, Giants, Gnolls, and Yuan-Ti. Meanwhile, Dragons were granted the continent of Celestos as their domain by the great god Io, and legends speak of the mighty empire that remains there, where Dragons do not kill one another and live in splendid harmony.
386: A portal opens upon the mortal world from a strange dimension, and out spill a thousand floating vessels of a new race: These are the Illithids, ancient beings with strong psychic powers. They immediately declare war upon the Founders as battles rage across Alaria. The Founders struggled against the might of the Illithids, who took many of the lower races and destroyd their minds, turning them into dull thralls. The Illithids begin what one would call a calendar in this year as well.
410: After twenty-four years of violence, the leading arcane masters of the Founders gathered in their ancient, nameless citadel and called upon beings from another dimension, the Obyriths and Tanar'ri. They explode from the altars of summoning in the citadel and would have destroyed the entire Founder empire had their wizards not quickly placed spells of command on these demons, forcing them to bow down to their own orders. And so they did, for the demons were sent in extreme force against the lllithids, and by the end of the year these now-named Mind Flayers had been purged from all but the darkest corners of the world, and the domains underground. The Founders rejoiced in their victory but when they attempted to banish the demons back to their dimension, the spells failed, for the arcane masters who had called upon them had drained their own vitality with such a ritual, as well as their spells of command. Though they would live for thousands of years to come, these wizards had no magical power left in their bodies to banish the demons, and so the Founders made a great cage of adamantium and enchanted it with spells of warding, and therein they cast the demons and sealed the cage forevermore, a massive block of metal guarded by beasts.
c. 1400: About a thousand years passed without notice of danger in the world, and the Founders reigned in peace. During this time they studied much and taught it to their servants. They discovered new ranges of magic, programs of breeding that they used to good effect in creating animals of splendid or even savage form, made contact with the Dragons of Celestos, and even made portals to the mystical Realm of Faerie, where they discovered the fey and made a pact of friendship with them. Their empire remained splendid as all these advances were made, and the Founders sought to eventually rise up as gods. This was an age of amazement.
c. 1750: The Founders, now trusting in some of their people, grant the Gnolls a client kingdom in the north of Alaria, which they call Raccash. The Gnolls are the most loyal servants of the Founders and answer whenever called upon. Meanwhile, the first Dragon to enter Alaria, a silver called Jiarastikaztir, begins a formal alliance with the Founders, yet the Dragons continue to be wary, for their friends seek power through domination.
1878: There is continued peace in the world, but now a collection of humans are given a client kingdom which now remains forgotten. They remain loyal to the Founders yet exercise their unofficial freedom happily.
c. 2100: After about three hundred and fifty years of having their own kingdom, the Gnolls are trusted well enough for the Founders to test their loyalty. One rampaging demon they could handle, so they carefully extracted one of the demons from the Adamantium Prison and moved it to Raccash, where they constructed a smaller cage for it, and entrusted the guarding of the demon to the Gnolls, who keep it secure. The demon's name is Yeenoghu
.c. 2250: A hundred and fifty years of imprisonment later, Yeenoghu manages to make conversation with some of the Gnolls, and even begins to win their respect. Eventually, it convinces them to make a deal; Yeenoghu will teach them unknown magics that shall make them equals to the Founders in exchange for releasing the demon lord, which will also result in the appreciation of the other Tanar'ri whom Yeenoghu ruled over, making them valuable allies in a rebellion against the Founders. The Gnolls, corrupted by the thought of power, agreed as Yeenoghu immediately enveloped the Raccash in pestilence and famine, and enslaved the Gnolls. He set for the Adamantium Prison in order to free the other demons and destroy the Founders, but the latter discovered this and set massive defences of natural and magical make against the Beast of Butchery. The Founders hold fast against Yeenoghu but eventually fail as a crecive is broken in the Prison by Yeenoghu's vicious three-headed flail, and a horde of demons swarm out. They destroy the Founder army before making back for Raccash, where Yeenoghu begins to form his own army to fully free the all the demons of the Adamantium Prison and finally take on the Founders in the unnamed citadel.
c. 2275: For fifteen years, the Founders tried to penetrate Raccash but the spells cast by Yeenoghu against them work and more come back in ashes than alive. But finally, the Tanar'ri break the barriers and storm from Raccash to the Founder's citadel, and lay siege to it. The Founders defend it well but the demons begin to break through their walls. However, a reinforcement arrives in the form of fifty Dragons from Celestos, initially diplomats on their journey to a discussion with the Founders, but upon seeing Yeenoghu and his demonic horde, they rushed to the fight. Out of them, seven of the Dragons are killed. Although they do stop Yeenoghu for a time, the Founders are then hard-pressed by the betrayal of their Orc servants, who had returned to the worship of their ancient god Gruumsh and chose to fight both Founder and demon. For fifteen more days the battle raged on, the Founders set upon from two sides, the Dragons who lived wounded and forced to flee back to Celestos. On the sixteenth morning, the demons made their final charge, breaking the adamantium gate of the citadel and making their way to the tower where the Founder's ancient, arcane magicians remained. Just as the first demons began to enter the tower, the arcane masters, old and weak, saw the destruction occuring in their city and felt immense bursts of fear and rage, and through this channeled great and vicious raw magical energy that disintegrated all but the toughest demons where they stood. With barely a fiftieth of their army left after that attack, the Tanar'ri tried to stay in battle but the cheering Founders fought them off, and the great Founder champion Galan'i'niltormizar fought Yeenoghu in a massive duel before the broken gates of the citadel, and dealt him a blow with his enchanted sword that banished Yeenoghu to the Abyss. The aftershocks of the wave of magic met the Adamantium Prison and the magic of the Founders crashed into that of the demons, and the Obyriths and Tanar'ri who were still imprisoned were all destroyed by such a reaction. The Orcs fled to Raccash where they were taken in by the now-helpless Gnolls, who were quickly set up upon by the Founders and their kingdom was wiped off the map, those that survived being dragged to the citadel in chains, to rebuild it. The Orcs scattered and hid in the corners of the continent, but some stayed behind in Raccash and became the Desert Orcs, who still live there today.
c. 2280: Five years later, the Founders marched upon the kingdom of humans that they had sanctioned and, fearing a rebellion much like that of the Gnolls, destroyed it and enslaved the humans as well.
c. 2300: The unnamed citadel of the Founders is rebuilt into even more splendor than before, but all the lower races are brought into chains as the once-just and honorable race began to become decadent and corrupt. Thus the 5,500 Years of Domination begin.
7805: In the slave mines of Iltan'jorr'zalapharo, two twins are born to a human woman called Stemalia. She calls them Heironeous and Hextor, ancient names of the early days of mankind. Little does she know the deeds they will perform.
7815: Heironeous and Hextor are selected for their strength, honor, and tenacity to be the cupbearers of the Founder champion Galan'i'niltormizar, who is now a fat and corrupt nobleman. During their five years of service, now-famous stories of their exploits are told by humans as part of a long legacy. They generally follow the same plot of a mistake being made by the two brothers, and when confronted, Hextor denies his partaking, fearing retribution if he confesses. However, Heironeous confesses and is respected for his humble personality, and tries to teach this to Hextor.
7820: Impressed by the twin's fighting skill, Galan'i'niltormizar orders them to fight each other to the first blood; the winner shall be his sworn shield (or bodyguard), the loser shall be sent back to the mines. Heironeous wishes not for his brother to be doomed and tries to let him win, but his superior prowess in battle gets the better of him and he overpowers Hextor. The latter broods in the mines, as he is confronted by a strange cloaked figure who helps him in his dangerous life underground.
7821: Heironeous is trained to be a paladin, a champion of divine valor, yet he also learns of the terror and intimidation that the Founders use to keep their servants in line. He is uncertain of his people's fate. Meanwhile Hextor learns of the identity of the figure who has been aiding him; an aspect of Asmodeus, the god of tyranny and domination, and the Lord of the Nine Hells. Hextor is corrupted by his teachings and begins to talk of treason against the Founders in the mines.
7822: Heironeous fights goblins in the Winterbole Forest, and meets the Wood Elves of the Hometree, a carefully concealed yet massive part of a huge forest then in the western part of Alaria. He learns of the unspoken plans of rebellion against the Founders and learns more of their horror. Hextor learns that his father is Asmodeus, who came to earth in a human-like form, and upon this revelation his half-fiend powers awaken. He is gifted with a Hellblade, a mighty falchion forged of infernal metals by Asmodeus himself. Hextor begins to plan the escape from Iltan'jorr'zalapharo.
7823: Heironeous is ordered to kill a human slave whom he had been friends with in childhood as a final induction into the ranks of the paladins. He refuses, believing that it is not emobdying the goals of what he wished to become. That night, he is confronted by Galan'i'niltormizar who attempts to kill him, considering Heironeous rebel material, but the human warrior lightly wounds his master and escapes, fleeing Founder guards, but near the edge of a forest he is wounded by an arrow and falls. However, Wood Elves rescue him and kill the Founders chasing him. Meanwhile, Hextor amasses simple weapons for his rebel army and breaks out of Iltan'jorr'zalapharo, and then escapes south where he calls upon Asmodeus, pleading for a proper army to wage war against the Founders. Asmodeus tells him that he must wait and remain vigilant. Hextor agrees, ever faithful in his father. Heironeous is brought by the Wood Elves to the Hometree, where he learns many races are preparing for rebellion. He is sent to complete his paladin training with the ancient High Elf blademaster Caladhir. He also discovers the whereabouts of his father, the escaped slave Unthar.
7824: Right before spring, Hextor prays to Asmodeus begging for the army he has been pleading to have, but receives no answers. Furious, he curses his father for betraying him and flees from the small camp where the escapes slaves have been hiding. While huddling in fear, he is confronted by an aspect of a new god who has taken an interest in him; Zarus, an ancient deity of mankind. He convinces Hextor that to be betrayed by Asmodeus was foretold and expected, but the former had greater things to accomplish if he were to fulfill his destiny. Zarus tells him that humans are the superior race, and they should unite together against not only the Founders, but all other races who must be subjected. He teaches Hextor words of persuasion that can alter a person's opinion, and sends him to travel amongst humans and tell them of Zarus' power, and how with Zarus' blessing mankind shall triumph. Hextor finally has the army he wishes for. Meanwhile, Heironeous is inducted finally as a paladin and becomes a key member of the rebellion against the Founders. In the autumn, the Founders learn of the rebellion and they send a force of goblinoid and reptilian slaves led by a powerful Founder mage-warrior to search for their location. They fail to locate the base but are ambushed by a party of rebels led by Heironeous, who duels and beheads the Founder commander after the latter refuses an offer to be spared.
7825: Heironeus and the rebels begin their march, attacking settlements of Founders slowly on their way west to the citadel. Most of the Founder's slaves join the force, and for every member of their army that dies, two more become part of the rebellion. Meanwhile Hextor and his new army defeat a small force led by a Founder who they interrogate. The Founder is broken and teaches them information about his people's magic. Hextor uses it to summon several lesser Tanar'ri to aid his army, and a tribe of trolls join in as well. By now the Founder government has finally begun to pay attention to these two rebellions and begins to form a proper army. Meanwhile, the High Elf Caladhir marches with a large force of his people from the north to confront another Founder army. The main Founder force, commanded by Galan'i'niltormizar, first sets out to fight Heironeous, and defeats the rebel army at the Battle of Krazta-klishin. Heironeous is wounded and Unthar is killed, but the former and about two-thirds of the rebels escape and flee to Raccash, too far away from the Hometree. Luckily the dwelling of the Wood Elves is protected by powerful warding magic and is unidentifiable by the Founder army. At the same time as this battle occurs, Caladhir and the High Elves miss the Founder guard force and run into the army of Hextor, and they fight an inconclusive battle at Dalavhran in which Hextor is wounded but slays Caladhir in single combat. Heironeus and the rebels wander Raccash throughout the summer until they find a small port near the coast, populated by reptilian beings now known as draconians. Heironeus learns of the Dragons of Celestos and considers journeying to their continent to seek their aid in the rebellion. He prepares a ship for the journey and christens it the "Liberation". With a group of rebels accompanying him, he sets sail west to seek out Celestos, but before doing so he bades farewell to an elf maiden called Eilvanna, sister to the primary Wood Elf chieftain.
7826: Hextor regroups his army after a considerable number of casualties dealt by the High Elves, who retreat to their homeland, and more humans gather around them. Eventually, the army under Galan'i'niltormizar marches upon Hextor's force as they clash at the town of Istor; a pyrrhic victory for Hextor, who kills Galan'i'niltormizar but loses more men. However, after the Founder members of the army flee, the slaves they commanded join Hextor's force and make it even stronger. In the summer, Heironeus reaches a mysterious land, which soon prooves to be Celestos, for it is almost entirely populated by Dragons. The paladin seeks out the aid of their leader, a god-emperor son of Io called Bahamut, who remembers the kindness that other races had given Dragons in the past, and thus calls upon his kin. Thus the First Flight of Dragons occurs, as within the course of a few days the Host of Bahamut reaches Alaria and prepares to defeat the corrupt Founders. The Founder government decrees that all humans must be rounded up and executed; this merely inflames humanity's hatred of them more. The Dragons and Heironeus' army march on the unnamed citadel just as Hextor is, the latter with an army solely of humans, demons, and troll mercenaries and a train of slaves of other races. The hear of an army with Dragons also marching and Hextor makes a deal with the Founders that he will call a truce with them and fight alongside them against Heironeus, then retreat for a year without war. The Founders, fearing the Dragons, agree. Finally Heironeus and Bahamut make their attack, and the dreadfully climatic Battle of War and Wings occurs. The Founders are near defeat when Hextor turns on them and massacres every last one before turning his force against Heironeus and Bahamut. As armies clash for hours, the two half-brothers confront each other, neither knowing the other was a general until now, for the first time in six years. They duel, Heironeus attempting to bring the good back in Hextor who uses all his hatred and Zarus-blessed skill to overpower his brother. Heironeus is knocked down by a blow from Hextor's falchion and he struggles to retrive his fallen longsword; Hextor grasps him by the throat but Heironeus makes a frantic kick which forces his brother to drop him, and the paladin grasps his sword and severs Hextor's sword arm at the elbow. The half-devil warlord falls down in pain, but Heironeus spares his life and casts a spell of warding around the wounded Hextor, protecting him from harm as his army is destroyed. The battle is won but Hextor is not to be found. However, in many armies that serve evil, there are cults that believe Hextor is alive, and that he was protected not be Heironeus but by his patron, Zarus, who took him to his domain in the Astral Plane and grafted a forged arm to his wound, and with a loyal exarch on his side, Zarus has ascended to the ranks of greater godhood, and now Hextor is a lesser deity of law and domination who preaches not only his own hatred of non-humans but also the teachings of his master god. Anyway, after the Battle of War and Wings, the unnamed citadel of the Founders, abandoned after Hextor destroyed their race, is torn down as Heironeus and Bahamut form an alliance, then though Bahamut returns to Celestos, a large amount of the Dragons remain on Alaria under the commant of Bahamut's lieutenant, Arazhiloktaz. Heironeus officially liberates the free peoples of Alaria as they scatter across the continent and begin the founding of many nations. The age of Founders is almost over.