BIE (Before Imperial Era):
A team of Vedran scientists
led by master sage Rochinda discovers the slipstream, ushering
in a new age of faster than light space travel. Rochinda
foresees the slipstream being used for the peaceful exploration
and colonization of other worlds.
0 CY (Coronation Year, later Commonwealth Year):
Huascar nax Yoweri's campaign of conquest across the Six
Galaxies culminates in the foundation of the Vedran Empire,
with Huascar's mate Yoweri I named Empress. Over the centuries,
the Empire grows from 2,000 worlds to nearly a million,
including colonies, outposts and drifttowns and Yoweri's
personal retainers form the nucleus of the High Guard.
High Guard ship falls into the hands of the Kaldera,
who use it to reverse-engineer slipstream technology.
The Kaldera Alliance is formed to resist Vedran encroachment.
Over the next decade, the Alliance successfully pushes the
Empire out of the Lesser Magellanic Cloud.
The Kaldera war ends with the High Guard conquest and occupation
of Kalderash and dissolution of the Alliance.
Jeath homeworld is absorbed into the Vedran Empire.
Vedran Empress Yoweri XXIII dies without producing a female
heir, triggering the War of Succession. The war lasts 60
years and devastates more than 1,000 worlds.
The High Guard conquers Ugroth,
the Perseid homeworld. Once absorbed, the industrious Perseids
quickly rise to important positions in the Imperial bureaucracy.
Makrai VII is peacefully
absorbed into the Empire.
THE AGE OF REFORM