This Day in History: Janras
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This day in history for the month of Janras…

1 Janras, 1 AF: This marks the beginning of the After Fall calendar, established by King Renoir du Saniel I after the Fall. Although the final battle was concluded several months prior, King Renoir elected to start the AF calendar at the start of the next local New Year, to minimize confusion. This also marked the end of the Sol Standard calendar which had been used by the Solar Alliance up until that point.

2 Janras, AF 47: Inspired by references in pre-Fall texts, Jorgen Sarlson of Saernis City develops the lensatic compass, which greatly aids in navigation and ultimately paves the way for the re-exploration of Terranis over the following centuries.

3 Janras, AF 887: The sailing vessel Intrepid, while traveling the South Sea, disappears without a trace. No evidence of the vessel was ever found. Popular rumor at the time suggests it was caught in the whirlpool of a massive underwater creature opening its mouth. Although sea levels were observed to have suddenly dropped slightly at the same time, and there was a global drought for years, no other evidence of this creature was ever found.

4 Janras, AF 472: The Battle of the Frozen River. The armies of Doramor, under general Iacton Belfield, take advantage of a cold snap that froze the Mendis River to cross its icy surface and launch a surprise attack on the forces of Aranok the Ravager. The resulting victory becomes one of the most decisive battles of the Second Barbarian Wars.

5 Janras, AF 912: Bartholomew Smithson of Doramor develops the crossbow, an improved ranged weapon. Although his prototype lacks the durability and force to be truly useful, further improvement of the design over the next several years creates a viable version that begins to see use among the militaries of Terranis over the following decades.

6 Janras, AF 610: Birth of King Charles V of Saniel.

7 Janras, AF 370: The Shattering. During one of the coldest winters in Terranis’ history, one of the two bridges connecting to Doramor City suddenly shatters, causing dozens to fall to their death, and costing millions to repair. The resultant rebuilding does lead to new advances in construction techniques and materials used, however.

8 Janras, AF 401: Death of Emperor Wei Xiu Di of the Weijin Empire, from sickness at the age of 65. A brief dispute over the throne ensues between his two oldest sons, before it passes to Wei Len, the elder.

9 Janras: Yuletide/Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year is celebrated across Terranis in a variety of regional and cultural holidays. For example, the druid clans celebrate with ritual bonfires, while public music concerts are a common feature in Doramor. Craft festivals are a staple of the Weijin celebration.

10 Janras, AF 686: Birth of Grand Baron Manfred Wagner, who would lead the gremium of Korneth from 702 to 741.

11 Janras, AF 1002: During the cold winter night, stargazers all across the Weijin Empire and northern Doramor report seeing a number of stars moving at unnatural speeds. Although attempts are made to view the objects with telescopes, the telescopes used are either too weak or the objects are moving too fast to be tracked. Their exact nature remains unknown, and they are not seen again.

12 Janras, AF 201: Birth of King Adrian I of Doramor. First child of the legendary Lucilia Doramor and her husband Tinamer, Adrian continued the campaigns of his parents and greatly expanded the borders of Doramor, while also laying the political groundwork for what would eventually become the Terranis Union.

14 Janras, AF 861: Birth of King Charles VI of Saniel. Currently, he holds the record for the shortest reign of Saniel, only being king for just over five years before dying in battle.

15 Janras: Feast of St. Mirelus. A holy day for Ascensionists, the day is marked by early evening services to observe the saint’s sacrifices during the Dragon War, typically followed by a large dinner with one’s family.

16 Janras, AF 789: Death of King Tinamer VI of Doramor, after a 47 year reign. His wife, Queen Elise II would abdicate the following year, turning the Diarchy over to their eldest daughter, Queen Miranda I.

17 Janras, AF 381: Battle of Frostrock Pass. On the island of Daeldren, forces of Saniel launch a surprise assault against Doramor, scoring a major victory in the Bastion Wars.

18 Janras, AF 382: After nearly ten years of research, Hallmar Olafson of Saernis publishes his theory of electromagnetism, which becomes the definitive work on the topic for centuries.

19 Janras, AF 323: Birth of Emperor Wei Li Xin. He would ascend the throne at the age of 19 and lead the Empire during much of the Bastion Wars.

20 Janras, AF 384: Death of Emperor Wei Li Xin, ostensibly to natural causes, although rumors abounded of poison, as he collapsed shortly after drinking a bottle of Korneth wine which had been gifted to him the day previously during his birthday celebrations.

21 Janras, AF 451: Birth of King Tinamer IV of Doramor. He would ascend the throne at 21 and lead Doramor during the latter days of the Second Barbarian Wars.

22 Janras, AF 276: Battle of Three Roads. The armies of Saniel and Kaldoris engage in battle near a vital trade-route junction north of the Starfall Desert. Due to an effective flanking attack, Saniel is ultimately victorious in the battle, and begins to march on Kaldoris proper as part of the Tritanium War.

23 Janras, AF 672: Sven Lindberg of Saernis publishes a paper establishing the concept of bacteria, revolutionizing medical and biological science.

24 Janras, AF 811: Winter’s Veil. A series of unusually strong storms leads to every known city in Terranis to be covered in anywhere from 3 to 12 inches of snow. This is the only known occurrence of this event.

25-26 Janras, AF 996: The Narseim Raids. One of the most politically controversial decisions made in the history of Doramor. A deep-rooted shartu infestation is discovered across southern Doramor, centered around the city of Narseim. King Tinamer VIII leads the military force to purge the shapeshifting creatures, but, because it is impossible to tell human from monster, he orders every city and town to be utterly destroyed. The resultant political backlash causes civil unrest for over a decade.

27-28 Janras: Yuki Matsuri. A winter festival held in the Weijin Empire for two days at the end of Janras to celebrate the impending end of winter and to provide distraction from the bitter cold. Paper lanterns are lit by the hundreds, if not thousands, and hung all over most villages in the Empire, and community-wide shared meals are typical. In recent decades, fireworks and ice skating have become common activities as well.