The Ashen Holocaust is a period in Dylaeran history from 10908 to 10925 when Divinity legalized and encouraged the killing of dragons.
The New King
Emmanuel took control of the throne in 10849. Considering himself a historical purist of some scholarly renown he sought to build upon the kind of Divinity that the first king Adonai had built. His first few years in power saw a feverish political campaign to bolster a global sense of pride and loyalty to both the nation of Karkira and Divinity as a whole.
While dragons had become less of influence since the fall of the Five Kingdoms, there were a few who continued to act in an advisory role to a handful of noble families. Other parts of the world employed or otherwise included the creatures in their societies. Most dragons however at this time preferred a nomadic solitary and would rarely interact with anyone.
Over the following decades Emmanuel began to dwell on the dragons. To him they were simply beasts. Savage creatures that ruled an untamed world before the righteous light of Divinity brought about a real civilization. The more Emmanuel reflected on that belief the more it consumed him. He began to pass laws, began to limit the dragons and even instigate conflicts by luring unknowing expeditions into claimed territories. The smear campaign became so successful that in 10908 Emmanuel declared purification of the dragon threat and was met with an uproar of support.
A Cruel Reward
In the beginning scores of would be adventurers stormed the world looking to kill the wild dragons of Dylaera. The hunts were so successful that many of the weaker creatures died by the hundreds. Stronger dragons were able to repel many without effort and so on Crequien 17th, 10913 following the death of both Giton and Bartholomew after their confrontation, Emmanuel began offer a reward. At first it was the promise of gold, then in desperation he broke Divine law. Emmanuel offered immortality to anyone who could kill an elder dragon(this would be changed within the year to mean any dragon as there were only less than 300 in existence).
Seasoned adventurers took to the challenge hoping to make a name for themselves. Angels of the most notable houses took the promise of immortality as a sign of unparalleled value to the family reputation. Others of common birth or lower would take to this reward to prove something to society or varying personal matters.
Those Who Fought For Dragons
While nations around the world followed the will of Divinity and their king, the stories of people who stood up to the hunters bot the history books. Akyrie practically united under an opposing banner of hundreds of tribes, packs, and villages. Human settlements in places like Setah would harbour and mislead hunters. Even angels, some of whom had become distraught over their actions fought to save the dwindling dragons. Emmanuel's son, Lucifer rallied against his father politically and championed for an end to the holocaust. His efforts failed and in the end the arch angel was banished.
In 10921 an army led by a ghirout named Lillian Sonara waged a moderately successful campaign against Karkira. She bolstered her forces and attacked from Jericho, Eden, and the seas to the east. The army was defeated in 10924 but it gave enough momentum for Aurora's assault in 10925.
The Last Dragons of Dylaera
By the year 10924 only sixty-five dragons remained. Primarily from the Line of Aurora, these scattered remnants included two of her children, and Fifty-six grandchildren.