History and its study have a place of special, practically religious, importance to the people of The World. Covering thousands of years, the history of The World is generally seen as being categorized into three Ages. The study of history has been a major focus of political and academic institutions for as long as anyone knows, and the interpretation of history has had an impact on law and culture.
The earliest part of The World’s history, The First Age, is largely a mystery. No reliable records exist from this period, only myth and legend.
The earliest known historic document which could be called a reliable primary source is an account of the Orc’s first arrival on The Mainland, and marks the beginning of The Second Age, a period most known for almost constant warfare between the central races of The Mainland and the expanding forces of Orcs from the southwest, Wild Elves from The Grand Forest, Goblinoids from The Central Marshlands, and the races of The Underdark; conflicts which went on periodically for centuries but were finally ended by the cetral races unifying (for a time).
The Third Age, which began with the withdrawal of the Drow, is the contemporary era, which has seen cities, towns, hamlets etc fall under the control of various strongholds, leading to the early stages of the formation of kingdoms.
Studying History and Historical Canon
The study of history has always been a field of importance and prominence, and has been overseen for the the last 500 years by The Consortium for the Preservation of History, The World’s largest and most powerful academic institution. The Consortium defines the official boundries between the ages, and historical canon.
Historical canon is the correct, accepted and acceptable version of history; the Consorium does not permit alternative interpratations of history, and historians trying to present a view in opposition to canon face sever penalties (though thankfully torture and public execution haven’t been widely practiced since The Second Age).