By convention, this history will list dates according to the Ahne Calendar, which begins (starting with Year 1) with the coronation of Den Rin-Ahn as kahlnáhk (high king) over Ahneben Years prior are marked as s.A. (só ni Ahn), akin to the usage of B.C. in Earth history.

Early Ahneben

The Ahne people, who took their name from their word for their world, i Áhne , first emerge in written records roughly 3000 s.A. They began as various separate tribes, which gradually coalesced into a number of kingdoms (e kahlnos), each ruled by a king (kahlok, though this word later came to mean something more like a lord), by around 1000 s.A. The number of kingdoms varied from as few as three (from 546-492 s.A., when the land was divided between the rulers of X, Y, and Z until the death of the ruler of Z, which sparked a succession war, leading to a similar unrest in neighboring Y, which caused further political divides) to as many as thirteen (from 263-142 s.A., known as the Age of Thirteen Kings). At the time of Den Rin-Ahn's birth, there were five kingdoms.

Around the same time as the emergence of the Ahne people, we have records of the related Bhelmek people, related linguistically and (arguably) ethnically, though they seem to have been distinct peoples at least as early as 2957 s.A., the date of a famous stone inscription making reference to the "King of Bhelmek" making peace with the "King of Tol-Antin." Tol-Antin was the name of a very long-lived Ahne kingdom (the family Rin-Antin claims descent from this ancient line of kings).

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