Note: All dates are relative to the start of campaign. Annotations are adapted from the prologue to the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturlson.
- Unknown (~13.7 bya?) – In the beginning God created heaven and earth and all those things which are in them.
- 40,000 ya – Last of all, two of human kind, Man and Woman, from whom the races are descended.
- 40 to 15,000 ya – And their offspring multiplied among themselves and were scattered. But as time passed, the races of men became unlike in nature: some were good and believed on the right; but many more turned after the lusts of the world and slighted God’s oath.
- 15,000 ya – Wherefore, God drowned mankind in a swelling of the sea, and all living things, save them alone that were in the ark with Noi Lameksson. After Noi’s flood eight of mankind remained alive, who peopled the earth; and the races descended from them.
- 15 to 1,000 ya – And it was even as before: when the earth was full of folk and inhabited of many, then all the multitude of mankind began to love greed, wealth, and worldly honor, but neglected the worship of God. Now accordingly it came to so evil a pass that they would not name God; and who then could tell their sons of God’s mighty wonders? Thus it happened that they lost the name of God; and throughout the wilderness of the world the man was not found who could distinguish in aught the trace of his Creator. But not the less did God bestow upon them the gifts of the earth: wealth and happiness, for their enjoyment in the world; He increased also their wisdom, so that they knew all earthly matters, and every phase of whatsoever they might see in the air and on the earth.
- 1,000 ya to Present – Following the dispersion of those who had attempted the erection of the Tower of Babel, mankind once again populated the world, now forming different nations and peoples based on languages and lines of family descent. The world is dangerous, but city-states are powerful enough to exert some degree of order over their immediate sphere, and travel along the trade routes is reasonably commonplace.
This is a time of burgeoning prosperity and opportunity. A time when opportunistic heroes can, through battle, alliances, and (sometimes) deceit, build a small empire, especially when the Lord is on their side. (from Testament: Roleplaying in the Biblical Era)