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Set in the very distant future in a world very unlike our own built upon the ashes of Boston v2, this story takes the reader through the cataclysms that changed the world and everything that...

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Initial Essay pertaining to Book I of the Great Tome Of Our Ancestors.

Written by Professor N.Q.Davidson of Lektah University, Nue Praadmire.

Dated 24th o'Apris, 1569 p.r.

It is clear that the first Book of our great tome refers to the world as it was before the Great Evil Times (otherwise known as the Age of Light).

Let's break down the book into it's verses and study what they might mean.

"Book I - Part 1"

Once, many many years ago, the world was a very different place.

Wild things were at the mercy of men, and great towers cast shadows across the land and stood as a legacy to the determination and creativity of mankind.

The dust of the moon was crushed beneath our feet, and the very Earth trembled as we clawed at it to release her lodes of Gold and Iron.

We were masters of our universe, smug in the knowledge that our actions were beyond reproach.

Those were the days when men could dream and dreams became real, when magic was commonplace and where no danger was too great to be overcome.

How proud man was.

How far he had to fall.

This passage begins very clearly by telling us that at the time it was written the world was very different, and speaks of the strengths and power of mankind.

At that time the most powerful creatures on earth were sharks, alligators, lions, bears, etc. None of the predators we see today were around. Archaeological evidence suggests that all of these creatures were completely at our mercy... in fact many were endangered as part of the great extinctions of that era.

The passage also describes how the dust of the moon was crushed beneath our feet, which I believe means that the surface of the moon (which we now know to be a crumbling grey powder covered in craters and utterly uninhabitable) was actually walked on - perhaps even lived on - by mankind.  Another interpretation used to be that the moon itself was part of the earth and was some how flung into orbit around us after or during the Great Evil Times, however we now know that the moon is far, far older than even mankind itself.

The reference to trembling Earth and lodes of Gold and Iron I believe refers to our prowess at mining.  In those times the Earth's riches were still in the ground, and were extracted in huge mining operations... the scars of which can be found around the world.  Astounding as it is, it was actually more efficient and less expensive for our Ancestors to extract raw materials from the Earth itself and smelt them into new refined materials than it was to recycle existing materials.  The magic and power they had at their disposal must have been truly awe-inspiring, and yet our Ancestors appeared totally without love and direction in the way they yielded their mighty powers.

The passage then generalises about our might and superiority, speaking about our powers and magic and our total control over our environment, and observing that all this would change and we were not invulnerable afterall.

"Book I, part 2"

Men warred. Men delighted in finding ever grander ways of hurting each other and taking what was not theirs to take, and much of mankinds magic was made to this end.

Including the Stone in the Tree... great pillars of ash and fire brought forth at the command of Kings and Daemons.

But so great was the Stone Tree that men feared it... men who feared nothing feared the death brought by the Stone of Heat and Light, but the magic could not be undone, and more Stone Tree seeds were planted throughout the world, waiting to blossom and kill all who looked upon them.

Until the Kings and Daemons themselves began to fear their own creations, and yet still the Stone Tree seeds kept multiplying until none among them knew what to do with them all.

And the Kings and the Daemons talked and feared and cried and wailed, wishing the Stone Trees would be gone and begging that it could be so.

This entry is a particularly interesting one because it speaks about the actual trigger of the Great Evil Times, but the things it describes are very vague and difficult to understand.

It speaks how men were very war-like in those times (despite their incredible achievements and grand society), and that one of the things this war-like tendency lead them to conjure up was something referred to as a Stone Tree, or a Stone In The Tree, and later on a Great Tree of Stone (in a much later book).  It is difficult to misinterpret this... it refers to a huge tree made of stone, which grew and blossomed in a very short amount of time (days, hours even?) and from it shone great light, heat, and ash fell from it.  It also talks later about the great noise these stone-trees made, and how anyone that looked upon a Stone Tree in full bloom would instantly perish.

These Stone Trees must surely have been truly magnificent in their horror.

These Stone Trees were under the control of "Kings and Daemons" - who were the shattered rulers of the time.  Men of power and influence who controlled individual nations.  Presumably the Daemons refer to "bad rulers" or rulers of nations that opposed our own, at that time... the texts are non-specific about this.

The texts then speak about how these Stone Trees were so mighty and powerful that they caused great fear even in people that had nothing to fear, and the Trees grew out of control.  It doesn't speak about blossoming or blooming or deaths from the Stone Trees, so presumably the seed reference means that only the seeds multiplied by the Stone Trees were never called forth by the "Kings and Daemons" but were used instead as some kind of threat or intimidation device.

Eventually they became so out of control and plentiful that the "Kings and Daemons" themselves began to be concerned by it, and seek help in removing this threat device from their world... presumably because of the death and destruction that would happen if they bloomed without the command of the "Kings and Daemons" (men of power / leaders).

"Book I, part 3"

But many were Men of Magic - the Sierncemen - in the DreamTime, and Kings and Daemons were of power, but the Siencemen were those who dreamed the magic into the hands of the Kings and Daemons.

It was the Siencemen who dreamed the Stone Trees, and the Sciencemen who answered the cries of the Kings and Daemons.

The Siencemen knew that the power of the Stone Tree was not just its fire, but also its Great Noise.

The men of magic decided to use the Stone in the Tree to make a Great Noise to call forth the very heartbeat of the Earth itself and hear the Earth answer the call of the Stone Tree. By doing this they would look into the soul of the Earth and know what lived there.

And so almost all of the Stone Tree seeds were gathered and given to the Siencemen, and yet the Kings and Daemons kept some to cause each other fear.

And the Siencemen took the Stone Tree seeds to a great southern land of ice and snow and buried them, ready to call them forth at a precise moment and listen to the echo they made on the soul of the Earth.

This paragraph refers to the "saviors" that answer the call of the leaders of the world... it refers to this obscure group of men who possess particularly strong Magic of Old as a range of names, including "Men of Magic", "Sierncemen", "Sciencemen", and "Siencemen".  We now interpret this as being unsure multiple spelling of the name "Science Men" or "Men of Science" - science being the name the Ancestors used for Magic of Old, at the time.

These Men of Science provide the leaders of the world with a solution for all of the yet-to-blossom Stone Tree seeds... they propose that they are used not for their heat and light (and death) but instead for their "great noise" to provoke a response from Earth Herself... using this great noise to look inside the Earth's soul.  This has been interpreted a number of ways throughout the ages, but the most prominent interpretation is that the noise of the Stone Trees (a vast number of them, all at once) was used to look deep within the Earth in much the same way as a Grub Mouse taps a log to hear what is inside to hunt its prey, or a bat squeals in the night to see where it is flying.  This is a type of sense that mankind doesn't have but which some animals posses, and it is proposed that the Men of Science were able to use this huge noise made by the Stone Trees to see inside the vast caverns of fire and molten metal that exist within the Earth.  Why, exactly, is not specified in the Tome, and indeed the entire theory has been questioned in many different ways.

Almost all of the Stone Tree seeds were given to the Science Men, but a few were kept by the leaders of the world, so that they retained some of the fear of the threat of controlling them to bloom, by the sound of it.  Men of power rarely give it up if they're not forced to.

The last verse tells how the Science Men took the Stone Tree seeds and buried them in south pole, which at that time was very cold and icy and uninhabited.

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Book III - part 3

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Book III - part 3

The Reconciliation

The next days dawn brought with it dawn of the knowledge that everything that was before was no more.

Then the sickness of green that spread across our sky at night began to draw together in ripples and then great waves of Darkness and Light.

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And the people began to build fortresses of their homes to keep out the evil among us, because the men that fought them in our midst were too afraid.

And so the evil among us took and grew.

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Book III - part 2 (continued)

The Reconciliation...

And the men that fought fire were afraid to fight these fires, because they burned under the fierce gaze of Sol, who burned and seared his anger and attention on us, while we cowered inside and waited till He went.

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So fires burned while people hid inside from Sol and the evil among them conspired to emerge new and dangerous in the night-time.

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And they came when Sol left, and they forced their way into many places they did not belong, and took and broke many things that were not theirs to.

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And the men that fought these evil among us were afraid to fight them this night, because they could no longer speak to each other or to their Kings and Generals, so they hid as they had hid all day.

So the evil among us took, and grew, as they had taken and done unto Earth before this.

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Book III - part 2

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Reconciliation...

But the day of the first day brought with it a terrible and horrifying truth.

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Sol bore down upon us with unshielded scald

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and our energy of Tricity was stripped from us by the very veins that held it being ripped out of our midst in flame and sparkle

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Sol let our domestic lightning become wild, and it was angry and caused many fires as it screamed to be free at last.

And in this way we were plunged into darkness and fear.

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The Reconciliation...

The Shield of the Earth was supported by great invisible pillars at both far ends of the world,

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and the Stone Trees that bloomed in unison at one end utterly smashed that pillar and the other which is tied in opposite with it was crushed equally,

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bringing our Mothers Shield down on us in just one short day...

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a day that lasted three days and three nights,

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but the night was of a sickening green day...

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the daemons trapped at the poles were free to flee across the sky and swollow up the Earth.

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Book II - part 6

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In the DreamTime...

For in those times our Tricity Energy which was so powerful and important to our village it had been birthed beneath a shield given to us in secret by the Earth to protect us from the wrath of Sol's angry menace.

This shield was of the energy of magnatism, that which can hold items of steel against the Earths crush with no means beyond Her magic.

In those days it stretched far into the heavens, in a great shield around all of Her like a cloak, and with it She protected and nurtured us and our Energy.

But this shield was weak... it crumbled over time as it had done so many times before us, and we knew but did not care... and we ignored the greatest gift the Earth had given us... that of keeping the malice of Sol away from our Great Energy Tricity.

But we beat at her with the Great Noise of our Stone Trees, all in unison, with a voice that never had She heard before, so that we could peer into her soul, and the Great Noise broke her shield and the malice of Sol came crashing through where before we were protected.

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Book II - part 5

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In the DreamTime...

So the Earth was uffended by our greed and lack of courage, and She began to consider how best to Reconcile with us, her children.

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And as we did the men of magic of sierncehood took the seeds of the Stone Trees and buried them in a perfect ring, stretching across the entire southern land of snow and ice and lifelessness.

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And the ring had of it 3 rows and one seed at every 1000 marks on the ring, so that a tremendous chain gave Earth a crown where the ring was always being watched by Sol.

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And then the Kings and Daemons said unto the siercemen - "Show us the Stone Trees how they can speak to the heart of Earth and bring us a better eye through which to see into her soul". And though many that were not of magic and even some that were warned we would anger our Mother, the Kings and Daemons cared not, and the proclamation went forth.

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And the sierncemen did as the Kings and Daemons commanded, and brought the drums to the very door of the heart of the Earth.

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And when the drums of man beat upon the doors to Her soul then a great and terrible evil that had been waiting to undo us was unleashed upon our world.

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Book II - part 4

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In the DreamTime...

The trisity - our most devine powerful energy - came to us of the place where it sprang into being...

In vast engines of energy and dreams we cast our dreams into creating ever more dirty and undignified ways to give to us Light more powerfully and easily than even the Sol Himself could pour His might upon us.

And so we found we could take even from Sol and the Earth and the Light and we became to see ourselves as masters rather than children in our thirst for ever more fantastic dreams.

So the Earth and Sol spoke about it behind their never stopping love, worried for themselves or for us we do not yet know...

And they spoke of how we were powerful and fast and grew mighty every day, and yet were not ready.

And they conspired to keep us quieter... lest we drew attention to ourselves. They spoke of a Reconciliation, where we would all have to make ammends for the disbalance that was our last creation.

And yet still we grew and took.

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The magic of sierncemen was many but much of it stemmed from the trisity - as domestic bolts of lightning - which was the life blood of the village... flowing in the great veins of all places.

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The tricity magic was a Great Power which was used by men to bring forth a great many dreams into being. This magic was terrible in both its beauty and its horror, and was used to dream light, heat, move great objects of power, turn wheels, and all manner of dreams become of it.

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Tricity drove our dreams, and without it we were lost and alone in the dark and the cold, where the wild things could huddle us and harm us.

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The tricity was lost to us during the Reconciliation... without it everything we knew and dreamed was taken away from us and we became as savages.

All of our dreams stemmed from what was lost.

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Book II - part 3

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In the DreamTime...

And we took more as we grew, until we were taking more than the Earth wanted to give, more than She could give, and yet still we kept taking and growing, ever more and more.

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And yet still Her love and gifts were unconditional, and She heaved in labour and struggled to keep our ever greater needs met.

And still we took.

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Book II - part 2

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In the DreamTime...

And the Earth was green, and good, and gave love to us unconditionally with her bounty of all things living, dead, past and present, all for our harvest just by dreaming it to be.

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So we took.

And we grew.

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Book II - part 1

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In the DreamTime...

The world we knew was not what we see before us today... it was as bright at night as it is during the day, with the night always within reach but never giving us sanctuary from the Light completely...

In these times we lived as one terrible village of immense proportions.

And in this village was divided unto many other villages of ever smaller size until the final village of all was each of us. And yet we were one.

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Of the grandest oldest part of our village, great towers of magesty and beauty graced the clouds and scraped the belly of the sky.

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And many days and weeks distance to the edge of this village of old, where even the mighty towers' shadows did not travel to meet... nothing between us and the Light, were the open fields...

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And here we nurtured our needs into existance, dreaming forth food and clothes and bedding and water from the every Earth and the Light.

(Thanks to Towncrafter for helping me phrase the last two verses in this entry)

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Book I - part 3

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In the DreamTime...

But many were Men of Magic - the Sierncemen - in the DreamTime, and Kings and Daemons were of power, but the Siencemen were those who dreamed the magic into the hands of the Kings and Daemons.

It was the Siencemen who dreamed the Stone Trees, and the Sciencemen who answered the cries of the Kings and Daemons.

The Siencemen knew that the power of the Stone Tree was not just its fire, but also its Great Noise.

The men of magic decided to use the Stone in the Tree to make a Great Noise to call forth the very heartbeat of the Earth itself and hear the Earth answer the call of the Stone Tree. By doing this they would look into the soul of the Earth and know what lived there.

And so almost all of the Stone Tree seeds were gathered and given to the Siencemen, and yet the Kings and Daemons kept some to cause each other fear.

And the Siencemen took the Stone Tree seeds to a great southern land of ice and snow and buried them, ready to call them forth at a precise moment and listen to the echo they made on the soul of the Earth.

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Book I - part 2

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Book I - part 2

In the DreamTime...

Men warred. Men delighted in finding ever grander ways of hurting each other and taking what was not theirs to take, and much of mankinds magic was made to this end.

Including the Stone in the Tree... great pillars of ash and fire brought forth at the command of Kings and Daemons.

But so great was the Stone Tree that men feared it... men who feared nothing feared the death brought by the Stone of Heat and Light, but the magic could not be undone, and more Stone Tree seeds were planted throughout the world, waiting to blossom and kill all who looked upon them.

Until the Kings and Daemons themselves began to fear their own creations, and yet still the Stone Tree seeds kept multiplying until none among them knew what to do with them all.

And the Kings and the Daemons talked and feared and cried and wailed, wishing the Stone Trees would be gone and begging that it could be so.

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Book I - part 1

In the DreamTime...

Once, many many years ago, the world was a very different place.

Wild things were at the mercy of men, and great towers cast shadows across the land and stood as a legacy to the determination and creativity of mankind.

The dust of the moon was crushed beneath our feet, and the very Earth trembled as we clawed at it to release her lodes of Gold and Iron.

We were masters of our universe, smug in the knowledge that our actions were beyond reproach.

Those were the days when men could dream and dreams became real, when magic was commonplace and where no danger was too great to be overcome.

How proud man was.

How far he had to fall.

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