Alerar's history begins after the War of the Tap. See Ancient History [Link] for information predating that time.
The "Rise Against Ignorance" -- CP 1 to CP 150
With Raiaera still recovering from the War of the Tap, a faction rises within the empire that opposed and distrusted both the Thayne and the Eternal Tap. Though such views had existed for a millennium, the Tap's shattering and the war's unprecedented destruction breaths new life into the movement, which calls itself "Rise Against Ignorance". It gains increasing support among the population, but fails to strongly influence Raiaera's entrenched, traditionalist-dominated political structure.
The Time of Persecution -- CP 150 to CP 350
As this new movement grows in influence, the traditionalists increase their efforts to suppress it. Viewed as apostates for their vocal distrust of Thayne worship and as threats to Raiaera, many members are arrested and 're-educated'. This persecution only increases the faction's influence. Members of Rise Against Ignorance begin calling themselves the New Elves.
Elven Schism -- CP 350 to 470
Growing tensions reach a breaking point and civil war erupts between the New Elves movement and Raiaera's traditionalist government. It begins with riots, periods of martial law, and countless arrests. Eventually, the New Elves movement gains enough resources to arm themselves and fight back in earnest. They use assassins to eliminate powerful Bards who would have otherwise used their magic in battle.
In the end, the New Elves, unable to continue a protracted war against Raiaera, flee west in a mass exodus. They take a full third of the elven population with them as well as large portions of the empire's remaining wealth. They cross the Mountains of Twilight and settle the land they would later name Alerar.
Wars of Possession -- CP 470 to CP 538
Embittered and hardened from decades of war, the exiled elves sweep across the western half of the continent, exterminating or subjugating several human tribes. The New Elves' incursion eventually rouses the dwarves from their strongholds resulting in several battles spread across the region over the course of thirty years. In CP 548, the dwarf leaders, seeing no profit in an all-out war against the militant elven intruders, make peace. The two sides sign the Treaty of Congruity, which preserves the dwarves' mountain cities but surrenders the flatlands. Perhaps more importantly, it also establishes trade and security relations between the two powers that laid the foundation for the state Alerar a half century later.
The First City -- CP 538 to CP 582
Upon the banks of the Glaith River, the greatest visionaries among the new elves conceive of a great city that, they claimed, would someday rival Eluriand. New elf architects enlisted master dwarf artisans and, with the labor of thousands of human slaves, the great city of Ettermire was built.
Founding of Alerar -- CP 582 to CP 624
The dark elves and dwarves ratify the Alerar Pact, cementing the two groups into a single country. Alerar quickly expands across the western reaches of the continent. They also engage in a number of minor conflicts with their hated Raiaeran kin, each bloodier than the last. Only the demons' emergence would prevent all-out war between the two countries.
Demon Wars -- CP 624 to CP 837
The Alerians perhaps suffered worse but persevered better than Salvar, Corone, or Raiaera. With their military focused almost exclusively on the east, toward their hated Raiaeran rivals, the demons' attack from the south caught the young country off-guard. Most of Alerar was swiftly washed away in a tide of fire and blood. Fortunately, harsh life in Alerar had hardened the dark elves and dwarves, who retreated to fortified cities and ancient mountain holds to wait out the storm and gather their strength.
These were the darkest times in Alerian history. For two centuries, the populace could scarcely venture outside their walls and untold dark elves and dwarves starved. Though they launched many attacks against strategic demon targets, they could not meet the numerically superior invaders in open battle. In the final years of the war, as the demons suffered major defeats in Salvar and Corone, the Alerians finally marched from their strongholds in force and drove the remaining demons from their lands, but at great cost.
Consolidation Period -- CP 837 to CP 1230
With the demons driven out, the Alerian elves emerge from their cities, though the ordeal changed them into the dark elves known today. Dark of skin, hardier, and more resistant to magic than their Raiaeran kin, the cause of this change is still not fully understood. Many scholars suspect a combination of being disconnected from the Tap, experimenting with Dwarf blood, and exposure to demonic magic. The full significance of the change would not become realized for many years.
During this period, Alerar rebuilds like the rest of the known world. A soldier named Elrohir Fararil, who had led the Alerian forces during the final years of the Demon Wars eventually takes full control of the country's government, establishing a dynasty. During his reign, he builds new harbors and cities. He also oversees the construction of the Spires in Ettermire, where he housed the aristocracy made up of hand-picked families. He gained a reputation for inciting squabbles amongst his nobles, both to weed out weakness and keep them too busy to threaten his rule.
The New Elves -- CP 1230 to CP 1400
King Elrohir Fararil dies of old age, at the approximate age of 500, the first prominent dark elf to die that way since the schism (all others had died in battle or of other causes up until this point). Some despair the decline of their elven longevity, but this only serves to foster a more "now" oriented (by elf standards) cultural shift in Alerar.
As a consolation of sorts, the same changes that decreased the dark elves' longevity made them somewhat physically tougher than the Raiaeran elves, more resistant to magic, and able to reproduce more quickly. Many Alerians begin calling themselves New Elves, seeing themselves as the next step in Alerian evolution. A new fascination with machinery, artifice, and alchemy takes hold.
Elrohir Fararil II assumes his father's throne.
Succession Period -- CP 1400 to CP 1500
Elrohir II dies in a border skirmish with a Raiaeran patrol. His daughter, Vorathi Fararil assumes the throne after her siblings all suffer various misfortunes or public embarrassments that render them too discredited or dead to challenge her ascension.
Aggression Period -- CP 1500 to CP 1801
As a queen, Vorathi proves both ruthless and devastatingly charismatic. She rules Alerar with an iron fist, but the people love her for it, much to the chagrin of many nobles. Under her rule, the Alerian technological revolution steadily continues.
To gain further political sway among the populace, she turns attention toward Raiaera, setting dark elf passions ablaze with desire for revenge. She leads Alerar into several wars, some small and some large. While Alerar makes no lasting gains in Raiaera, they succeed in destroying all high elf outposts in Alerar and severely strain Raiaera's resources, thus diminishing its power and influence.
Assassination of Vorathi -- CP 1801 to CP 1808
Queen Vorathi Fararil dies in CP 1800, her assassin allegedly her own eldest son. The Grafs band together to remove him. The dead queen's remaining two children, a son and daughter, are considered still too young to rule. Thus, High Graf Edar'axa is named Regent. During his first year, he oversees the expansion of Alerar's navy and becomes the first Alerian ruler to make foreign recruits high ranking military officers -- one notable example was the renowned commander called Thoracis.
The next year, Edar'axa leads Alerar in another war against Raiaera. This time, the Alerian forces push all the way to the Raiaeran capital of Eluriand before their advance ground to a halt. However, during peace negotiations, he secures several concessions from his enemies, most notably exclusive shipping lanes in the Raiaeran Sea.
By 1808, it becomes clear that Edar'axa has no intention of vacating the throne. Despite only divisive support from the nobility, he declares himself king.
Age of Expansion -- CP 1808 to Present
As much of the rest of the known world tore itself apart in wars, Alerar expanded its power and now sets its sights on distant, exotic lands as well as their ancestral enemies.