• -1377 DR
  • Using powerful Imaskari artifacts unearthed in the ruins of Thakos, the artificer Tan Chin assassinates the Sapphire Empress Kwan Ying and assumes the throne of Shou Lung. The new emperor renames Ten Mor Shou to Kuo Meilan, after his consort. »

  • -1365 DR
  • Using the Jade Mirror, Emperor Tan Chin and his friend Kar Wuan trick Pao Hu Jen the Guardian into flying to the lands of the horse barbarians where they transform the dragon into the Great Dragonwall of Shou Lung. »

  • -1289 DR
  • The immortal Chih Shih leads a revolt against Tan Chin and drives the emperor from Kuo Meilan, ending the Second Age of Shou Lung. Fleeing to Raurin, Tan Chin begins searching for lost Imaskari artifacts. »

  • -1029 DR
  • Death of Nung Fu. His great-grandson becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty (Dynasty of Might) in Shou Lung. »

  • -842 DR
  • Seventh Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty declares the Gathering of Waters, an attempt to bring the land fed by all the major rivers in Shou Lung under the sway of the Emblems of Imperial Authority. Shou Lung armies invade the Fenghsintzu Valley. »

  • -837 DR
  • Agents of Emperor Chin discovers the Impossible Palace of Silver Domes in the northern part of Arkarin Province in Shou Lung. »

  • -670 DR [Year of Unfurled Sails]
  • The last Emperor Chin of the Li Dynasty in Shou Lung dies without an heir. Defying his ancestors, he passes on the affairs of office to his wu jen advisor, a follower of the Path of Enlightenment. The advisor becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Ho (Peace) Dynasty. »

  • -669 DR [Year of Summer Frosts]
  • First Emporer Chin of the Ho Dyansty proclaims the Organization of Thought, in which he seeks to make the Path of Enlightenment the only faith of Shou Lung. The Time of Contentions begins, as rival faiths battle each other in the bureaucracy, among the populace, and finally on the battlefield as temple militias contest in small civil wars. »

  • -620 DR [Year of Noble Souls]
  • In Shou Lung, the first Emporer Chin of the Ho Dynasty perishes mysteriously, along with his son. The grandson becomes the second Emperor Chin and announces the Time of Sharing Meals. Temple militias are outlawed and religious freedom encouraged. The Time of Contentions ends, and the Path of Enlightenment is established as the official faith of Shou Lung. This edict is less effective in the south, bu the Path of Enlightenment becomes the major faith over the next thousand years. »

  • -420 DR [Year of Manacles]
  • In Shou Lung, the last of the Ho Dynasty is humbled before the armies of the maritime Karatin Province. The warlord of that province ascends the throne as the first Emperor Chin of the Hai (Ocean) Dynasty. »

  • -391 DR [Year of Squalid Scarecrows]
  • In Shou Lung, the first Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty and his household die from the Ivory Plague. The emperor's young grandson survives, as does the emperor's sister. She masquerades as the emperor, aided in this ruse by the bureaucracy and various good spirits, until the grandson is old enough to rule. The emperor's sister then reveals her true identity and flees the city, never to be seen again. Her rule is now recognized as that of the second Emperor Chin, and her grandnephew is considered the third Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty. From this time on, if no male heirs are of age, it is custom for a suitable female heir to rule until a male heir comes of age. The ruler is referred to as emperor, regardless of sex. »

  • -280 DR [Year of the Impudent Kin]
  • In Shou Lung, pirate activites in the Celestial Sea result in proclamation by the sixth Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty of the Scattering of Winds, demanding that the warlords of the island of Wa swear fealty to the emperor. They refuse, and the emperor begins massing his fleet. »

  • -275 DR [Year of the Grinning Pack]
  • Multiple attacks by Shou Lung against the various strongholds of Wa result in capture of the north and south. The sixth Emperor Chin moves against the center with land armies and the collection of his fleets. »

  • Cycle of Black Years
  • -274 DR to -225 DR
    Death of the sixth and last Emperor Chin of the Hai Dynasty of Shou Lung and his court in the last battle of Wa. The Shou Lung land armies overrun the Wa forces, but the emperor's fleet runs aground on reefs hidden by the dweomercraft of the opposing warlords' wu jen. The ship's pilot, a gaijin named Rourke, recovers the Emblems of Imperial Authority but is slain upon return to the Imperial City. The Emblems disappear.

    In T'u Lung, this period is marked by continual invasions from the south, incursions by petty lords from the north, blights, floods on the Fenghsintzu, and crop failures. Only regions where the local feudal lords remain in power retain some semblance of order. It is from these feudal lords that the barons of the south take their mandate to rule. Here is the first mention in records of the Wai and Yang clans, which were to shape the recent history of the nation. »

  • -225 DR [Year of the Golden Staff]
  • The Black Cycle of Years ends in Shou Lung with the coronation of Wo Mai, a noble claiming descent from Nung Fu himself. Wo Mai recovers the Emblems of Imperial Authority from the crypts beneath the Imperial City, rallies the armies and other nobles, and crushes the rebellious outlying provinces. Wo Mai becomes the first Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty. »

  • -178 DR [Year of the Cold Quarrel]
  • In Shou Lung, the second Emperor Chin on his ascendancy declares the Spreading of Knowledge, also known as the Opening of Wa. Orders are given to pacify and redirect the population of Wa in Shou Lung ways. Distrustful of each other and weakened by a century of war, the daimyos of Wa are easy prey. The Order of the Snake secretly assists with the invasion. Some of the order's members refuse to participate in the betrayal and form their own faction called the Order of the Mouse. Small in number, the Order of the Mouse is unable to rally support and retires to the wilderness, where it covertly attempts to thwart the efforts of the Order of the Snake. »

  • 80 DR [Year of the Mordant Blight]
  • Battle of the Silver Grasslands
    Invasion of the Horse Barbarians (Tuigan). The fifth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty and an army made up mostly of T'u Lung troops rout the invaders in the Battle of the Silver Grasslands. »

  • 253 DR [Year of Somber Smiles]
  • The twelfth Emperor Chin of Shou Lung's Kao Dynasty, faced with defeat in Wa, declares The Unleashing of Shackles. Wa is recognized as an independent state, and the tattered remains of the Shou Lung Regiment of the Grey Blossom are withdrawn from Wa. Many monuments are erected in the capital declaring the wondrous nature of the sage emancipator of noble foreign people. »

  • 511 DR [Year of the Fortress Scoured]
  • The Sixteenth Emperor Chin of the Kao Dynasty in Shou Lung declares The Revealing of Scrolls. The discussion of knowledge is encouraged, and many rival schools are established. The sciences of astronomy, alchemy, and geomancy are in a golden age. Priests of the Path of Enlightenment are dispatched to the far reaches of the globe, setting up shrines as far away as Kozakura. (In Kozakura, the faith is known as the Way of Enlightenment, much to the mutual embarrassment of Shou Lung followers of the Path of Enlightenment, and its rival faith, the Way). »

  • 1044 DR [Year of Singing Shards]
  • Two of the concubines of the thirteenth Emperor Chin of the La Dynasty in Shou Lung give birth within hours of each other. Otherwise childless and without heir, factions begin gathering over the succession. Southern courtiers ally with the infant Shin Gisen, while the bureaucracy and army support the "twin" Shin Lu. »

  • 1060 DR [Year of Fantastic Spectacle]
  • The Last Emporer Chin of the La Dynasty in Shou Lung takes ill, but refuses to name an heir to the throne, fearing that he might meet an untimely end if he did. The southern lords in Tu Lung begin mobilizing their armies, and those southern garrisons that have remained loyal to the Shou are overthrown. »