Shadows over Tyner
Empire of Light
Recorded history before the fall of the Empire of Light is rare and incomplete. The Empire was founded some 3,000 years ago when the Eladrin and Dwarves united to fight a growing threat to both of their peoples, the dragons. Over the next millennium, the Empire battled the dragons, eventually driving them back into their mountain keeps, where the Army of Light could eliminate them one by one.
At some point after the Empire declared the war over, an event that shook the foundations of all of Tan’risi took place; the Empire of Light collapsed. Many events are supposed to have taken place at the fall of the Empire and many new races and monsters, such as the dragonborn, tieflings, and shardminds. There is no recorded chronicle of this time, leading many scholars to believe that society simply collapsed in some great crisis that even the Empire was powerless to stop. Others argue that the Empire’s constituent kingdoms, with no common enemy to unite them, renewed their ancient rivalries and the Empire destroyed itself.
There are many reminders of the Empire’s glory days all around Tan’risi. The great cities of the Empire were taken over by the growing human kingdoms and small ruins dot the landscape. The great mountain towers and keeps that kept the dragons at bay were taken over by the goblin races and the gnolls.
It is believed that some of the ancient races like the Eladrin may have some records about the Empire, but they are not very forthcoming with the information.