Beginning of the Blight
Organized under Zazikel, the darkspawn poured out of mountains south of the Anderfels. The city of Hossberg was hit first with the defenders slaughtered down to nearly one man before the Wardens managed to get word out.
The darkspawn also emerged on the western ranges and moved east, eventually overrunning the entire Thedas. As a result the Tevinter Imperium abandoned the Anderfels in order better protect their core territories.
The darkspawn were better prepared for the Grey Wardens than during the previous Blight, and the first attacks on the surface resulted in the utter destruction of Nordbotten—the very place where the Grey Wardens first appeared on the battlefield during the First Blight, as a pointed message to their nemesis.
Battle of Cumberland
Learning about the Blight, Orlesian emperor Drakon enlisted the help of the mages and permitted them to use their full power against the darkspawn, leading to the signing of the Nevarran Accord with the Inquisition in 1:20, and the founding of the Circle of Magi, the Templar Order, and the Seekers of Truth.
The mages proved to be essential allies in battle, and the Orlesian army under Drakon's brilliant command won a series of significant victories culminated in 1:16 in the destruction of a massive horde during the Battle of Cumberland.
Throughout the entire time, the elves of the Dales remained neutral and unhelpful. Tensions between humans and elves became especially high when the Orlesian city of Montsimmard was nearly destroyed by the darkspawn in 1:25 while the elven army watched nearby.
Although they failed to sack the city, the amount of resources required to keep the city from being overrun greatly weakened the Imperium.
Siege of Weisshaupt
The Orlesian armies marched northwards and relieved the Siege of Weisshaupt Fortress when the fortress was about to break. The Wardens were so impressed with Drakon that they converted to the Chantry. The united forces moved further north to salvage what was left of the Anderfels, leading to its conversion to the Chantry and annexation by the Orlesian Empire later that year. Drakon initially wanted to conquer the weakened Tevinter, but then the emperor decided to aid the Grey Wardens instead.
In 1:45 Emperor Drakon died of old age and was succeeded by his son Kordillus II. Unlike his father, Kordillus II did little to strengthen anyone's position in the face of the Blight, and by the time it came to an end, entire villages had been destroyed and many lives lost. He didn't possess his father's political savvy either, and in 1:65 Anderfels declared its independence.
The darkspawn besieged Weisshaupt in 1:33. The Grey Wardens held their ground, but without enough supplies and with the darkspawn horde on their doorstep increasing, it would have been only a matter of time before even the elite Grey Wardens succumbed to hunger or exhaustion. On the other hand, Emperor Drakon wanted to conquer the weakened Tevinter, but he decided to aid the Grey Wardens instead.
Unification of Alamarri
In 1:40 the Alamarri warrior Hafter united the tribes in the Fereldan Valley against the darkspawn. He first defeated the darkspawn armies, and in 1:50, the combined forces of Chasind and Avvar who were hoping to use the Blight for their advantage. Hafter was named the first teyrn of the Alamarri.
Battles in the Western Approach
The Western Approach was the site of several major battles during the Second Blight, and the Wardens built many fortresses in the area to face the darkspawn. The hordes swarmed out of the great chasm to the south named the Abyssal Rift. Adamant Fortress, built by dwarves and used as a Grey Warden outpost, soon became a symbol of the Grey Warden's courage and skill.
Battle of Starkhaven
In 1:95, the last battle of the Second Blight was fought at Starkhaven with a human army led by the Wardens. The Wardens had planned a trap for Zazikel in Starkhaven, but found out that the Archdemon had somehow been aware of the assault, and they found themselves surrounded by darkspawn instead. Both sides suffered heavy losses, but Zazikel was finally slain by the Grey Warden Corin. His mage lover and fellow Warden Neriah sacrificed herself, using her own body to shield Corin from an emissary's bolt. She died instantly, but allowed Corin to cut his way through the darkspawn and plunge his blade into the Archdemon, killing both himself and the beast, thus ending the Second Blight.
With the slaying of the Archdemon, the darkspawn were forced underground. The following period became known as the Rebuilding. Trade, culture and religion flourished, and the next age was named Glory, predicting a grand rebirth of the world. Many believed the Second Blight to be the last.
While the newly formed Chantry was overshadowed by the Blight, it continued to spread rapidly throughout the next hundred years. Despite the glorious triumph of the Orlesians in many battles, the Orlesian empire began its slow decline. The Anderfels remained independent.
- Corin, Grey Warden
- Neriah, Grey Warden
- Kordillus Drakon, first Emperor of Orlais
- Kordillus II, second Emperor of Orlais
- Hafter, Teyrn of the Alamarri
- Galineus, Tevinter Lord and General
- The sources differ on what city was sacked by the darkspawn during initial attack. The World of Thedas states that it was Hossberg, while Traveller's Guide and Dragon Age RPG mention that it was Nordbotten.
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