Draconic Prophecy

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The Dragons of Eberron study what is called Draconic Prophecy. They believe the Prophecy tells history, both past and future and spend their lifetimes trying to decipher it. They can see the signs of Prophecy in almost anything, but the most recent large scale manifestation of this has been dragonmarks appearing on the humanoid races.

The first dragonmarks appeared as the Mark of Hospitality on the halflings of the Talenta Plains 3200 years ago. Shortly after, the Mark of Shadow and the Mark of Death appeared on the elves of Aerenal. Over the next 2000 years, 10 more regular dragonmarks and thousands of aberrant ones appeared. The Mark of Death was completely wiped out, leading House Phiarlan to relocate to Khorvaire because of their fear they might be next. Since then, dragonmarks have only appeared in Khorvaire.

About 1500 years ago, the War of the Mark was fought between the dragonmarked Houses and people with aberrant marks. The Houses won the war and established The Twelve, a sort of council of the dragonmarked Houses. They agreed to hunt prevent the rise of aberrant dragonmarks and prevent intermarriage of the houses, among other things.

About 1000 years ago, King Galifar of Karrnath waged a war to unite Khorvaire and received the help of The Twelve in exchange for their permanent neutrality. Once the Kingdom of Galifar was created, rules were put in place preventing the Houses from owning land other than their enclaves and limiting the size of their enclaves. In addition, King Galifar established the Arcane Congress as a counterweight to The Twelve. In 894 YK, King Jarot died and Galifar was plunged into a 100 year long civil war called The Last War. The Twelve was convinced to support Karrnath for a time, but the Houses individually tried to maintain a semblance of neutrality. In 972 YK, House Thuranni split off from House Phiarlan due to irreconcilable differences. In 994 YK, Cyre was destroyed by The Mourning, as was much of House Cannith's holdings.

It is as of yet unknown what the dragonmarks have to do with Draconic Prophecy.

Known words of Draconic Prophecy:

"Four at the brink of the desolation stand as one against the tempest's roar."

-As found on a Mark of Prophecy on the Day of Mourning.

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