Timeline since the first Gate.
p. -5 PE Rapid change in climate across Yoruve; with temperatures dropping quickly. Glaciers roll south, with snow and ice swallowing the northern lands. Northerners move south en mass, invading the warmer lands to escape the cold. Rumours of things in the snow out of legend and myth abound. Emperor Culmintine is warned by his magi that the majority of Yoruve will be covered in ice in less than a decade.
-4 PE Druids from the island of Calantia claim that the queen of Summer has been slain, and that Winter is conquering Yoruve. Countless theories, mystical, religious and scientific crop up to explain, and the ice continues to grind south. The Emperor calls representatives from all the territories to council to formulate a plan. In the ensuing debates, several representatives are killed and the emperor is wounded.p.