The Age of Sorrows

The Age of Sorrows also known as the Second Age of Man is so named for the fall from the First Age, when the mighty Solar Exalted served the gods as righteous kings, before the death-curse of the Primordials drove them mad. In wiping them out, the Dragon-Blooded who now rule may have saved the world, but the wonder of it died with its previous masters. Magic and strange technology still coexist, but it is a lesser thing, and the Dragon-Blooded find themselves struggling: when the Scarlet Empress ascended to the throne, she quelled the Great Contagion and the march of Chaos, but the many deaths changed the shape of the world, and wore holes in small parts of it, Shadowlands where the living and the dead mingle.

Nor did the plague come from nothing—the most infuriated ghosts of the Solar Exalted made deals with the Neverborn, dead Primordials that they themselves killed. In exchange for their names and their assistance in tearing down the whole of the world into nothing, the Neverborn would replace the power that they lost with their deaths, and give them the tools to take their own revenge.

The Age of Sorrows seems to be drawing to a close—the exaltation of new Solar Exalted has begun. The oldest Sidereals are reaching the ends of their lives. According to some sources, the Dragon-Blooded Scarlet Empress, seeking greater power, has (whether intentionally or not) sold herself to demons, and is to be wed to the one of the Yozis—the Primordials who chose imprisonment over death. All of these things together, and the effects thereof, are forcing matters to come to a head.

The Age of Sorrows can be roughly divided into a number of eras, as follows:

Year Era
1-49 The Dying Embers Era
50-167 The Early Shogunate Era
168-224 The Era of Two Shoguns
225-496 The Shining Justice Era
496 – 573 The Blood War Era
574 – 644 The Late Shogunate Era
645-649 The Dying Black Era
650-749 The Imperial Era
750-1068 The Era of the Coin
1069-1412 The Restless Sleep Era
1413-1426 The Falling Leaves Era

The Age of Sorrows

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