Because only the Barbarian "Lightbringers" count time from the Dawn (or, at least, they are the most famous ones to do so). The Dara Happans count from the beginning of the world (or, at least, from the enthronement of Yelm). 111,221 YS, when Yelm Reascended into the heavens, is "the Dawn" according to the Theyalans. Before the Dawn includes the Golden Age, the Storm Age, the greater & Lesser Darknesses, etc. etc..
If you can find a copy of the Glorious ReAscent of Yelm, that will give you the grand sweep of Dara Happan "history".
He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad R. Sabatini, Scaramouche
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