A History of the Events of the Land of Allaria, Collected, Composed, and Published by Niolar of the Aldarion, in the Elf-city of Uldian
Book One: Concerning the Age of Stone, Wherein the Dwarves and the Dragons awoke and met in Battle, and Wherein the Dwarf Zellon brought the Dwarves to the Ghavloch
It was in the year before 1 AS when the Dwarves first awoke. The seven tribes of the Duerghav, as they call themselves (roughly meaning "Stone-man"), are the Ingotium, the Zirigathor, the Talulians, the Qara'qesum, the Rakhzan, the Lieli, and the Mnrogoulotk. Each is lead by their Duerzann, their clan chieftain, of which the title is hereditary. Each clan chieftain is a direct descendant of the first of their clan to have awoken in Allanon. However, all Dwarves also hold their allegiance to the Duerzellon, which in the Common Tongue means "lord of the people" (The Dwarven word duer can mean either "man" or "the people", as it is an informal word for the Dwarven species itself). When the Duerzellon dies, a great congress of all the Duerzann is held, wherein a new Duerzellon is chosenj from the Duerzann based on votes from all free Duerghav. Sometmes, one Duerzann withdraws from the election to support another who has greater promise.
The first Duerzellon was Zellon, the first Dwarf to awaken. When the other Duerghav awoke, Zellon asked them to accept him as their chieftain until they found a proper home, for in the mountains of Fialoch, where the Duerghav awoke, other creatures awoke as well: The Dovarh, as they called themselves. In the tongue of the Dwarves, they were named the Ologhav, which roughly translates to, "stone-skin". In the tongue of the Elves, they were named "Drogor", or "firetongue", while in the Common Tongue they have been called Dragons. The Duerghav and the Dovarh fought a long war for thirty-three years. In 33 AS, Zellon made his plea and promised to lead the Dwarven people to a land where they could live in peace. The tribes of the Duerghav all agreed and hailed Zellon as their lord. His name now means "lord" in the Dwarven tongue and is worshipped as a god now. Zellon led his people out of the mountains into the plains east of Fialoch, leaving the Dragons who considered themselves victors of the war. The Dovarh, content with their home, then settled down into a long, slow sleep that would last throughout the Age of Stone.
Meanwhile, Zellon and the Duerghav travelled for two years throughout the Plain of Ebreon, which is called "Zellongambr", or "Plains of Zellon" in the Dwarven tongue, and in 36 AS they found their way to the White Mountains, which in Elvish are called Gaelglir and in Dwarven by their own name of "stone-mountains", or Ghavloch. There, the Dwarves began to rebuild their kingdom under the eye of Zellon. Ten years to the day after the Finding of Ghavloch, in 46 AS, Zellon announced that his work was done and he would no longer be needed as lord of the Duerghav. Unhappy with his resignation, the Dwarves pleaded with him to be their ruler. After much convincing by the Duerzann, Zellon agreed and was crowned the first Duerzellon of the Duerghav. For another century and a half, Zellon would rule the Dwarves. Very few times did the Duerghav meet the Dovarh again, and most of those times the Duerghav would fall. Never did any Dwarves return to Fialoch, which means "fire-mountains", and in the Dragon tongue is called "Dovarhaurung", or "Home of the Dragons". The Ghavloch were colonized all along the range, and eventually seven great Dwarf-holds were built, each for it's tribe and bearing it's name.
In 141 AS, in the 95th year of Duerzellon Zellon's reign, a great ship landed on the Hook Peninsula of Allanon, bearing scouts from the Elven island kingdom of Cuivenaldar, or "Home of the Elves". These Elves built a small colony on the shore of the Hook Peninsula that they named "Jalad", or "Hook". Though they lived there happily for a year, in 142 AS the Dwarves learned of them. Zellon, who was busy with the construction of a great mine underneath the Ingotium holdfast, asked the chieftain of the Qara'qesum tribe to meet with the Elves and ask them of their purpose in Allanon. When Duerzann Eliba'gahra of the Qara'qesum and his Dwarven army first beheld the Elves, they named them the "Duertakh" or "Tall-men", for they were the tallest of the humanoids. The Elves met Eliba'gahra at Jalad and explained that their people, the Aldar, were suffering in Cuivenaldar of a great plague, and would be forced to flee soon. Fearing that the Aldar would bring the plague with them, Eliba'gahra and his warriors attacked the colonists and slew them all. This act is commonly regarded as the beginning of the end of the Age of Stone, as in 145 AS, a great fleet under the command of High King Tyrion of the Aldar landed at Jalad and, learning of the deaths of their scouts, declared war on the Duerghav, ending the Age of Stone and bringing about the Age of Storms.
Book Two: Concerning the Age of Storms, Wherein the War between the Dwarves and Elves was fought and Zellon was Lost in the Lake of Battle, and Also Wherein the Elven kingdom Erupted into Civil War
In 145 AS, the great fleet of the Aldar landed upon Jalad. Their High King, Tyrion Lindelion (his surname means "gold-blade, for his golden sword which later became the hereditary blade of the Kings of the Aldarion), was in his three-hundred and twenty-eighth year of age and his one-hundred and thirteenth year of rule, and was reknown as a just king. However, Tyrion mistook the Duerghav for servants of evil and declared war on them. Zellon, believing the Aldar as servants of evil, declared war as well and began the fortifications of the White Mountains. Mining deep into the ground, the Dwarves discovered great batches of mithril, the Dwarven-steel that was found in only two parts of the world: Fialoch and Ghavloch. It had been discovered a few times by the Dwarves in their old home, but only the rich bore it, and Zellon's war axe, Birgamist (which means "Death-song"), was amde entirely of mithril. It is now a relic and hereditary weapon of the Duerzellon to this day.
Using the great lodes of mithril, the Duerghav all built walls around each tribe's holdfast made of the steel, and their champions wore armor and bore weapons made of them as well. Also, the Duerghav trained a proper army, calling upon all the strong men of the Dwarven peoples as militia. As a standing army, there were the Lirjor, or Longspears, of which a company of three hundred each was stationed in each holdfast of the Dwarves. These warriors were trained in using great spears longer than themselves to fight against the heavy cavalry of the Aldar. In total, around 35,000 Dwarven soldiers mobilized for the Duerghav-Aldar War. The Aldar consisted of a total 200,000 peoples, all arriving in their huge fleet to flee the plague that was in Cuivenaldar, but only some 50,000 were fighters. Most of the rest were either women or too young or old to go into battle.
In Year One of the Age of Storms, the two kingdoms, with the Aldar establishing a realm on the coast around Jalad, set out with their great hosts and met between the Elven kingdom and the Ghavloch, off a small lake, where the two armies met and battles in the summer. For almost two days the two sought to gain an upper hand, clashing for what seemed like forever. The Elves outnumbered the Dwarves, but the Duerghav were more skilled at the time and bore better armor, for the great arms and armor of the Aldar that is well known and used by the Aldarion had yet to evolve. Still, both forces were evenly matched, until finally on the second day of battle, when the Elves were trapped at the coast of the lake and tried to swim across and flee, Zellon and his bodyguard intercepted Tyrion, and the two kings dueled. Eventually, Tyrion overpowered Zellon but was shot in the shoulder by a Dwarven dart and was forced to retreat. When the Dwarves looked at the carnage in the water, they could not find Zellon, and after three days of searching following the retreat of the Aldar, they decided that, as Zellon was lying in the water wounded, the gods rose him up to live among them. Even now, Zellon is hailed as a god who gave the Dwarves their freedom, and is invoked before every battle.
After this conflict, the lake where Zellon fell is known as Zellonzaror, meaning "water of Zellon", and the name is one of few names for a location that is internationally accepted and has no other translation. Since losses were great to both sides, the Elves attempted to form a truce. The Dwarves, however, without a leader, were divided and left the treaty untouched long enough for Tyrion to believe they had refused. In 3 AoS, the priest Brock, a Dwarf who had seen the migration from Fialoch to Ghavloch, came form claiming to have had a vision of Zellon speaking to him, instructing him to assign a leader via a series of elections. Aforementioned is the process of electing a Duerzellon. Brock's instructions were as such, and eventually Ovrock, a nephew of Brock and Duerzann of the Ignotium, was elected. Promising peace, Ovrock personally travelled to Jalad with none but a bodyguard of 20, and at the gates of the Elven city of Cuiven Doru (or "New home" in Elvish) asked to be admitted to sign the peace treaty. Tyrion accepted and asked for a neutral location to sign the treaty. Ovrock suggested the Brown Hills, north of Jalad, and Tyrion met him on the first day of 4 AoS, when the Ovrockian Treaty was signed (note that is was just called "The Treaty" at the time), and whenever two factions sign peace in neutral territory, in Allaria it is known as Ovrockian.
In 6 AoS, after much rebuilding, the Dwarves and Elves began to meet each other in peace once more, and Ovrock and Tyrion began to aid each other in the reconstructing of their civilizations. In fact, a family of Elves was sent to live in the Dwarven mountains, and a family of Duerghav were sent to the Elven realms. There each family lives, the Elves taking Dwarven names and their house being called the Yollghav, or "Stone-friends", whereas the Dwarves in the Elven lands take Elven names and are called the "Aldartion", or "Aldar-friends". Even today these families serve as ambassadors who follow the tradition of their adopted culture and tie the two races together.
It was in the year 10 AoS when the Elves first began to restudy magic. This rare usage of energy that is known in the Common Tongue as magic is still mysterious and it's source still has yet to be found. The Aldar had learnt of it before, in their home of Cuivenaldar, but when the great plague that few of them speak of came, they lost all learning of the art. One of those last mages to keep books of spells was Tyrion's eldest son and heir, Malion, who was only 79 when his father set sail with all the unaffected Aldar to Allaria. Determined to find the secret source of magic, Malion and two companions travelled with stealth to the Fialoch mountains, where they infiltrated the hidden fortresses of the dragons. There, amidst a ruined Dwarf temple, Malion discovered an ancient tome written in a language unknown to him. A few words had been written in Dwarven, however, but only legible to he could understand these two terms: "Source" and "Spell". Believing that the earliest Dwarves had either mastered or witnessed some form of magic, Malion brought the book home to Jalad, where he would continue to study it for the next century.