The Second Age of Aithar

A mere three centuries after the dawn of the Second Age, turmoil erupted within the land. The High King’s tentative hold upon the Dominion broke. The Realm's holdings, spread across a continent at peace, one without many standing armies, and the fracturing took place almost bloodlessly. The process was begun by the independently minded humans, and followed by the other nations. Westeron redeclared its own line of Kings, as did the Aquatic Elves of the coastal Kingdom of the Sea, the Stonehall Dwarves, and the denizens of the Vale. The Gnomes reinstated the Fraust Directorate. While the Halflings of Flarent never outright rebelled, the Halflings had never really been ruled by much of anyone, being rather overlooked at most times.

As each nation strove for its own independence, the Woodland King simply let them go. Many of his consituents resented this loose-handed grip that allowed the Dominion to crumble. Factions grew up inside the elves of the Realm, where before had been unity.

The new nations vied for war, peace, and trade with one another. These kingdoms individually grew, rose, and fell over the course of the Second Age. More clans and societies rose up. The worship of the new gods, the Lord of Light and the Bringer of Shadows, was brought over from the continent of Draconista. The Elves and other denizens of that ravaged continent fled, before the Elven Kingdoms there really began to dwindle and vanish under the oppressive advances of the terrible Spider Throne of Vecna.

A momentous event occurred when the Draconistan Wood Elves came across the oceans to the Woodland Realm in Aithar. A ceremony was performed within a month of their arrival, under the full moon, and the royal lines of both clans were united, a quick measure to enfold the Wood Elves into one harmonious clan. The Realm now incorporated every immigrant Elf from Draconista as well as their own descendants.

During this time, the races of Aithar began again to clash with one another with a vengeance, bringing hatred that would last in the form of uneasy racial tensions for centuries to come. But again, cooler minds of most of the leaders prevailed, limiting these tensions to skirmishes and conflicts without outright battles. Peaceful transitions of power from generation to generation in most of the nations of Aithar caused the onset of a time of peace, ushering in the Third Age. This relative peace lasted for centuries, broken only by a few, scattered, and small conflicts.