Evolution timeline

The evolution of Bellaria *

In the annals of time, a tale unfolds, woven into the very fabric of our fantastical Bellaria through the quill of ages past – Aldricus Manus

In the primordial embrace of the Great Sea, life stirred in its most elemental form. From the tiniest of oceanic denizens to the colossal leviathans, the stage of existence was set. Here, in the depths of the ancient waters, the arcaparticles of magic are believed to have taken their first breath, shaping the mystic wonders that would grace our world.

Emerging from the aqueous cradle, the Garden Age saw life’s embrace of the land. Verdant landscapes unfurled, adorned with a profusion of plant life, and an insect realm flourished in harmony. It was an age of growth, where the interconnected tapestry of flora and fauna began to manifest. In the Eden, the full spectrum of life’s evolution unfurled across the terrestrial canvas. From the humblest of mice to the grandeur of elephants, creatures of all sizes traversed the land. The animal kingdom flourished, bearing witness to the boundless creative power of the world. With the dawning of intellect, the Age of Man was heralded. Gifted with knowledge, embarked on a path of awakening. It was an era marked by discovery, toolcraft, and the beginnings of civilization as man learned to tame the wilderness and shape their own destiny.

At the zenith of our world’s evolution came the Age of Kingdoms. Here, the foundations of great civilizations were laid. Cities rose, empires flourished, and mankind’s capacity for governance and culture reached its pinnacle. Art, science, and the forging of empires painted a vibrant tableau across the annals of history. This tale, transcribed in the ink of eras long past, unveils the epic journey of life’s emergence from the deep, the harmony of nature, the grandeur of beasts, the dawn of humanity’s intellect, and the flourishing of civilization. Such is the saga of our fantastical Earth, etched in the scrolls of time, a testament to the wonders that have graced our world throughout the ages.

The Age of Kingdoms
The pinnacle of the world’s evolution saw the establishment of great civilizations and kingdoms. Humanity’s capacity for organization, governance, and culture blossomed, leading to the creation of cities, empires, and the foundations of society as we know it. This age was marked by the rise of art, science, and the forging of empires.

The Age of Man
This age marked the emergence of the first early thinking creatures. With the gift of intelligence and the spark of self-awareness, they embarked on a journey of its own. The Age of Man was characterized by innovation, toolmaking, and the beginnings of civilization as they learned to harness the world around them.

The Eden
In the Eden Age, the world saw the evolution of all animals, from the tiniest mouse to the mightiest elephant. The diversity of creatures and their adaptation to different environments was a testament to the world’s capacity for creation. The Eden Age celebrated the majesty of the animal kingdom.

  1. The Great Migration of Grazers: Herds of herbivorous creatures embarked on epic migrations, shaping the landscape with their movements and sustaining populations of carnivorous predators.

  2. The Ever-Blooming Meadows: Meadows of perpetual bloom existed, where flowers flourished in every season, creating landscapes of unending beauty.

  3. The Formation of Fossil Beds: Ancient lakes and swamps became natural traps for preserving the remains of prehistoric creatures, leading to the creation of fossil beds that would one day reveal the world’s history.

  4. The Luminous Stones: Special stones found in secluded caves emitted a gentle, soothing light, attracting both creatures and travelers, the discovery of arcanite.

  5. The Clan Gatherings: Social animals, such as elephants and wolves, formed close-knit family clans that demonstrated complex social hierarchies and strong bonds of kinship.

  6. The Shapeshifting Guardians: Guardians of the land, known as “Shapekeepers,” could assume the forms of different animals to protect the natural world.

  7. The Ascendant Dragons: Dragons, the epitome of power and majesty, soared the skies and were revered as symbols of wisdom and guardianship.

  8. The Timeless Rain: Massive floods reshaped the land, carving out the earth and giving birth to vast valleys.

  9. The Gentle Earthquakes: Beneath the earth’s surface, sentient beings known as “Terraquakers” shifted tectonic plates to create fertile lands and majestic mountains.

  10. The Guardian of the Cosmic Bridge: A mythical creature, the “Stellarguard,” was said to watch over the celestial bridge, connecting the mortal world to the realm of the stars, guiding those who dared to cross.

The Garden
As life ventured onto land, the Garden Age witnessed the rise of lush vegetation and teeming insect populations. This age was a period of harmony between flora and fauna, where the balance of nature flourished. It marked the growth and diversification of plant life and the insects that depended on it.

The Emergence of Enchanted Flora: Magical plants with unique properties and mystical abilities sprouted during the Garden age, adding an element of wonder to the landscape.

Insect Hiveminds: Insects developed intricate hivemind societies, forming telepathic connections and collaborating on a grand scale to build vast, living structures.

The Sentient Forest: Certain trees and plants gained sentience and the ability to communicate with other species, becoming wise guardians of the land.

The Feywild Portal: A portal to the Feywild, a realm of enchantment and whimsy, opened within a particularly ancient and secluded grove, leading to intriguing interdimensional encounters.

The Elemental Bloom: Elemental creatures of earth, air, fire, and water manifested in the form of sentient, mobile flora, each with unique elemental abilities.

Insect Alchemy: Insects developed alchemical talents, using their secretions and substances to create magical elixirs and potions.

The Luminous Canopy: Gigantic luminescent plants, known as “Skyblossoms,” grew to great heights, lighting up the night.

Photosynthetic Magic: Certain plants harnessed arca particles to cast protective spells over their surroundings, creating natural sanctuaries guarded by magical barriers.

Herbivorous Elemental Beasts: Elemental creatures in the form of colossal, peaceful herbivores roamed the forests, nurturing the land with their presence.

The Harmony of Songbirds: Singing birds developed magical melodies that could heal, soothe, or awaken dormant powers in other creatures, leading to unique symbiotic relationships between birds and various species.

The Great Sea
In the primordial soup of the ancient oceans, life began its wondrous journey. From microscopic organisms to colossal sea beasts, this age witnessed the emergence of a myriad of creatures. It is also believed that deep within the depths of the Great Sea, the very first arcane particles of magic came into existence, shaping the future of the world.

The First Spark of Life: In the depths of the Great Sea, the very first microscopic organisms emerged from the primordial soup, marking the inception of life on Earth.

The Rise of Ancient Leviathans: Over eons, enormous sea creatures evolved, including colossal marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, dominating the prehistoric oceans.

The Birth of the Arcane Cortex: In the profound depths of the Great Sea, the enigmatic arcaparticles, the very wellspring of all magic, are harnessed for the very first time by the proto-creatures dwelling in the abyss.

The Great Migration: Massive shoals of fish embarked on epic migratory journeys, shaping the patterns of life in the Great Sea and influencing the evolutionary paths of various species.

The First Amphibians: Some aquatic life forms began venturing onto land, laying the groundwork for the transition from sea to land in the ages to come.

The Emergence of Coral Reefs: Vibrant coral reefs formed, providing shelter and sustenance for countless marine species, and serving as important ecosystems in the Great Sea.

The Enigmatic Deep-Sea Creatures: In the mysterious abyssal depths, bizarre and otherworldly creatures adapted to survive in extreme conditions, adding to the ever-expanding diversity of life.

The Formation of Underwater Volcanoes: Underwater volcanic activity created new landscapes and altered the chemistry of the Great Sea, impacting marine life and ecosystems.

The Extinction Events: Periodic cataclysmic events, such as asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions, led to mass extinctions, reshaping the composition of life in the Great Sea.

The Evolution of Ancient Plankton: Microscopic plankton species evolved and thrived, serving as a fundamental food source for many marine creatures and

* The timeline of evolution, as seen by the scholars of Bellaria, may contain errors and could undergo changes or improvements over time.