The Rise of the Runelords
Ages of Golarion
Age of Darkness
Timeline : -5300 A.R. to -4500 A.R.
The Age of Darkness was a thousand year period in which the sun was blocked by ash knocked into the atmosphere by Earthfall in -5293 A.R. and ending in -4294 A.R. During this age the Orcs emerged from their subterranean homeland fleeing the Dwarves who later also took their first footsteps on the surface world. The blocking of the sun allowed Zon-Kuthon to return to Golarion and claim an item from the First Vault due to a deal made with Abadar.
Age of Anguish
Timeline : -4500 A.R. to -3500 A.R.
The Age of Anguish was a roughly eight hundred year period originating in -4294 AR when the skies finally cleared of the dust from the Earthfall. This age is characterized by the conflicts of primitive peoples in a desperate struggle for survival and domination in a world left shattered by the Age of Darkness. The end of the Age of Anguish was marked by the founding of the Osirion civilization in circa -3472 A.R.
Age of Destiny
Timeline : -3500 A.R. to -1 A.R.
The Age of Destiny began circa -3470 A.R. with the founding of the Osiriani civilization and spanned three and half millennia until the founding of the great city of Absalom. The rise and fall of Osirion was witnessed at the early period of the Age of Destiny, though many other civilizations were to rise after Osirion fell into decline. Notable mentions include the founding of Taldor by the descendants of Lost Azlant and of the Lands of the Linnorm Kings. Wars during this age include the Nex-Geb War and the tarrasque invasion of -632 A.R.
Age of Enthronement
Timeline : 1 A.R. to 4605 A.R.
The Age of Enthronement began with the founding of Absalom and it’s inception is also the starting point for the Absalom Reckoning dating system. The Age of Enthronement spans the years from 1 A.R. until 4606 A.R. when Aroden, the god of humanity, died. This age is characterised by the emergence of a number of gods who ascend to divinity through the Test of the Starstone. Gods to survive the test are Aroden in 1 A.R., Norgorber in 1983 A.R., Cayden Cailean in 2765 A.R. and Iomedae in 3832 A.R. The nations of Andoran and Cheliax were founded as expansion from the kingdom of Taldor. The Oath Wars raged across northwest Garund between 2498 A.R. and 2560 A.R. as the churches of Nethys, Norgorber and Sarenrae vied for dominance. The Whispering Tyrant arose in 3203 A.R. invoking the Shining Crusade in 3754 A.R. which burned for three quarters of a century and ended with the founding of Lastwall to defend against the return of the lich king. In 4305 A.R. Cheliax began an extended period of expansion annexing lands in Molthune and Varisia which would become known as the Everwar.
Age of Lost Omens
Timeline : 4606 A.R. to present
Golarion is now in what is being called the Age of Lost Omens. It began in 4606 A.R. with the death of the god Aroden and continues to the present. Aroden himself had prophesied thousands of years ago that he would return on the cusp of mankind’s greatest triumph. His priests and followers calculated the supposed exact time of this event and prepared for it with lavish pomp. On the prophesied date, instead of his return all contact to the god was lost and the world was devastated by terrible storms and other calamities. Since then no major prophecy has come true.
Current Campaign Year
Timeline: 4707 A.R., Rova (September)