the reason they don't add up is because all of those things are completely unrelated.
1) the deadlands aren't the reason that battleon and willowshire aren't accessible right now. it's simply because book 3 battleon and book 3 willowshire haven't been made yet. besides, there were defendable points during the black winter war, meaning they they're STILL hospitable. there's no lore reason as to why we can't go to them in book 3. same goes for deadlands, it's just that up until book 3, they were nothing more than backstory. it just that NOW it's been coded into the game. besides, sulen 'eska didn't exist on the map in-game before book 3. that doesn't it didn't exist lore-wise before then. a forest village of wind elves doesn't just pop up out of nowhere in the span of 5 years. especially one so established, and cultured. also, it specifically says the "northern reaches" of the deadlands are desolate and inhospitable, not all of it. battleon and willowshire are respectively in the southern and middle area, not the north.
2) remember, even in book 1 Frydae was CENTURIES old. the drakath he was referring to wouldn't be the one WE know. if you look at the valtrith storyline, in the quest where you find serenity's diary from when she was still a valtrith herself, it talks about the drakath FAMILY from 600 years before the events of dragonfable.
(Page 1) I hate it here. I hate my family. Why couldn't I have been a Valorous? We're supposed to hate them because the dragons favored them and then Lord Valorous disappeared with their gift... I bet he went on an adventure! He went to save a town from the Night Knight Pugs Frydae or the Goddess Arkana! He's probably been trapped in a dungeon or under a spell for the last 400 years... one day he'll come back with the dragon's gift and I won't have to be afraid anymore. He'll save me and all the townspeople from my family and we'll go and stop the Drakath's, and the Frydae's, and the Darkspyre's. and the Duat's and all the fighting will finally be over....
3&4) canonically, the hero has been frozen for around 5 years, but again, completely unrelated to the deadlands.
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