Partial Timeline of the Empyraeum.

 

In the year 25 BE (before Empyraeum), Alexander the Great left Babylon after recovering from a major illness. It is claimed that an Indian holy man, who had joined his retinue after the pacification of said country brought Alexander back from the banks of the Styx.

 

By 21 BE, the army of Alexander had arrived at the base of a mountain known locally as 'Sagarmatha', the Great Mother Mountain, in a high and frozen land far to the East. Sagarmatha is said by many to be the tallest mountain in the world. Alexander vanishes inside of this mountain for one hundred days and, when he emerges, he is not alone. First, come three-hundred giants clad in the golden armour of a dragon; their armour blazing golden in the sun, their heads bearing helms alike to a snarling dragon. Following them, ten thousand great soldiers in black and silver plate which covers them entirely; the Dracograth and the Kalshodar. Soldiers who arrived as normal men but are now changed by means unknown.

 

20 BE, Alexander and his new army; millions of 'regular irregulars', as they as jokingly called, following his new soldiers - called the Kalshodar and Dracograth reach the Far Eastern Sea. They look upon Ippon in distance not knowing it is there.

 

By 15 BE they have reached the Pillars of Hercules; Iberia, Greece, and all nations of the Mediterranean saw their force coming and almost all surrendered without a fight. Many observers note that this is becoming an increasingly common sight in the wake of the army. There is rumour this is even Alexander's desire, for a "bloodless conquest".

 

12 BE, the army reaches Avalon, known to locally as Bryttan, a long and brutal campaign of guerrilla warfare and war of attrition begins. It is noted that that the Bryttons are either the bravest soldiers Alexander has faced or simply the most stubborn or maybe even stupid. No-one can decide which. After two years of bloody struggle (most of the blood is not from the invader's side), Bryttan submits to Hegemony and declares Alexander honorary chief druid. Alexandria-Upon-Thames is built in his honour. 

 

10 BE; The nearby island of Eire turns out to be as difficult to convince the benefits of membership of the Hegemony as Bryttan was. A further year of what is described as "bloody annoying" fighting is required before the High Kings of each County meet and decided to offer the Heg√®mon no more resistance.

 

The army travels back and mops up any remaining resistance along the way. As has been Alexander's practise to date, garrisons and token forces are left behind at strategic points. Small forces of Kalshodar are added to these garrisons for further reinforcement. Large numbers of younger tribes people from both islands calmour to join the army, further sweeling the returning force.

 

In the year which is later to become 1 EA (Empyraen Age), Alexander names Alexandria the First in Egypt as his capital and begins to consolidate the Empyraeum officially. The former army argot is formalised into Empyraen Standard Greek. The Empyraen Senate is elected and sits for the very first time. Work on the Pharos of Alexandria is begun.

 

102 EA, work on the Great Library of Alexandria starts. The Pharos is completed and its torch lit for the first time. 

 

311 EA, rumours of a major rebellion surface in the region locally known as Judea. Rebels appear to be gathering around a charismatic prophet who claims to be the son of their One God and the man who free them from subjugation. Alexander decides to take no risks and heads there personally with one hundred Kalshodar and ten Dracograth. When they arrive, they find the region curiously quiet. Alexander meets with the supposed rebel leader Jeshua be Josef and determines him to be no rebel but a great holy man and philosopher. The two become great friends.

 

315 EA, several Judamen, locals of the region of Judea murder Jeshua ben Josef calling his friendship with Alexander a betrayal to his people. The men attempt to flee to the ocean, seeking refuge outside of the Hegemony. They are very swiftly caught and returned to Alexandria for justice. All five are publically executed. Several followers of Jeshua ben Josef, coming to be known as Kristomen comment that Jeshua would not have wanted such vengeance. Alexander is contrite and returns to Alexandria. He goes into seclusion upon his return.

 

317 EA, Alexander vanishes from his audience chamber in Alexandria within the presence of two very unimaginative Dracograth. Searches of the palace, the fortress, and the city find no trace of him. His closest friends and advisors decide to keep his absence quiet as they have no idea for how long he will be absent. They are certain he is not dead. No body or even blood was found. No ransom demands were made. They are sure he will be back any moment.

 

None suspect it will be close to two thousand years until they see him again...