The First History of the New World

Written by Huxley Wizzlesprocket, this pamphlet outlines a brief history of the world with an emphasis on the events of the Apocalypse. The full text is below.

“Twenty-two years ago the world changed as The Apocalypse began. The planet was torn apart over three years as the righteous fury and indignation of supreme beings ripped the world apart. In the years leading up to The Apocalypse the planet had become more and more divided, not by race, but by religion. The governments of the world had long been co-opted by the religious, but after the so called holy war was declared the semi-autonomous nature of many communities faded into imperialistic control by the religious elite. The holy war itself is said to have begun when the followers of the Olympic pantheon condemned the Asgardian and Pharonic pantheons approximately thirty years B.A. (Before Apocalypse), shortly thereafter the other major pantheons followed suit. However, the followers of Mt. Olympus claim it was the followers of Re who first declared war. The lesser religions were all but demolished in the years after the onset of hostilities as the larger religions adopted a “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” mentality. The hostilities grew in occurrence and size over the years, until the world was caught in an all out war between the three orders.

The religious mainly referred to each other based on the traditional name for their pantheon. As an example, a follower of the Pharonic religion would likely call his opponents either Asgardians or Olympians. In turn, they would call the original believer a Pharoh. However, only the Asgardians would identify themselves by these same names. The Olympians and Pharoes feel that it is the height of arrogance to presume that they could ever reach the level of the gods, and so will not refer to themselves as such, but instead nearly always identify themselves by the specific deity they serve among their pantheon. As mentioned, the Asgardians have no issue with this presumption, feeling that it is their spiritual obligation to act as much like their revere gods as possible so that they may join them in Valhalla. They believe that by calling themselves Asgardians they make themselves closer to the gods they worship.

In terms of territory the Asgardians controlled Taingrimm, the great northern island chain, while the great continent Sothaeim was mainly split between the Olympians and the Pharaohs. The Olympians mainly in the west and the Pharaohs in the east. These territories led the individual religions to each claim a hemisphere as their own. The Asgardians claimed the north, the Olympians the west and the Pharaohs the east. These overlapping territories led to violence occurring predominantly in the areas one would expect if you overlayed Komzi’s Overlap (perhaps better known to you as a Venn Diagram) onto a world map, or Atlas if you are Olympian. In fact, the World Scar comprises the entire area where these circles of influence overlap. Even now, few dare to approach this infamous stretch of land that hosted the first and the last battle of immortals on this plane. Even those who dare to traverse the planes themselves regard entering the scar as a dangerous proposition due to the constantly shifting nature of the area. It is a widely spread rumor that no one can survive for more than a few minutes in the scar, though no one has truly tested this, at least as not as far as I know.

They say that the World Scar was formed in the final week of the apocalypse. The fervor of the religious had grown over nearly three years of continuous war as the sides ripped into each other from every direction they could manage. No side was prepared when their lords and ladies, the very gods they worshipped, began appearing on the battlefield themselves, aiding their favorites and sabotaging the enemy for five days, over which it is estimated each force was cut in half. Still they waged on with even greater fervor for their supposed saviors as the devastation grew to new heights. Nevertheless, it was the sixth day that was the most unnerving. Suddenly the gods and goddesses were gone. The religious were once again left to defend themselves without hope of divine intervention. Frightened by the devastation already visited upon them, and without the perceived protection of their gods each side fled from the battle to nurse their wounds before beginning anew. It is said that the most zealous men and women from each side stayed behind, to continue their fight and prove themselves to their gods.

Then came the final day of the Apocalypse. On the last day no one is sure what happened at the World Scar. The prevailing theory is that there were no survivors from the prime armies of the Holy Triumvirate (as the three major religions have come to be known since the Apocalypse). Still, most people who managed to live through the Apocalypse remember very clearly where they were and what they were doing on the Final Day. At dawn the sky and earth tore open all around the World Scar, engulfing the area in fire and ice, lightning and water, divine radiance and the darkness of death itself. This continued until sunset, or at least that is the most widely accepted opinion as it was dark when the maelstrom finally subsided, and was visible from all of Sothaeim and Taingrimm. After the maelstrom had subsided most people felt that the war must be close to an end if not over, if for no other reason than the tremendous loss of life. None of them were prepared for the aftershock that arrived only a few hours after the maelstrom had eased. An explosion ripped out from the scar, leveling natural and artificial structures and reaping through any it crossed. Accounts of the explosion vary wildly, and no one is exactly sure what it was or how it traveled. The only consistent part of the story is that it came from the direction of the World Scar. Curiously the explosion seemed to be shaped around certain areas, but no one is exactly sure why or even where all of these areas are.

In the twenty years since then the Holy Triumvirate has been devastated, but is still intact. Each religion has undergone major changes due to infighting and power squabbles as a result of most of the religious elite being caught up in the devastation of the Apocalypse. These issues have seen their territories shrink and become less well defined. The emergence of new sects, both within and outside of the major religions has also compromised the power of the big three. The Asgardian’s split has been the largest by far. However, the traditionalists are still allied with the only new sect, the Valhallans, who believe that the tales of their gods on the battlefield are evidence that Ragnarok is coming and that the devastation of the world was to clear away the weak so that those who remain can prove their worth to join Odin and Thor on the battlefield. The splits in the Pharonic and Olympic religions have been less pronounced but more numerous and more secretive. Both the Pharaohs and the Olympians try to put on a united front, but most outsiders agree that they are greatly diminished in purpose as well as power after the Apocalypse. Of greater interest are the newer sects, of which there are nearly countless variations, all seeking to explain the appearance of all three pantheons of gods and goddesses on the battlefield and the events of the last days of the Apocalypse. Among these new sects are, for the first time in decades, the first admitted disbelievers. Individuals and small groups who feel that all of religion is a sham. They believe that there are no gods and that the devastated world they inhabit is the result of the greed and envy of powerful, religious extremists.

The fractured religions are fitting for the landscape which has been divided into huge swathes of terrain which is still wracked by death and decay, to contrast with the smaller patches that are still healthy and fruitful. This has led to the abandonment of many of the pre-Apocalypse cities that managed to survive. How many cities are still fully intact and populated is a matter of some disagreement among us survivors, as well as how many new cities have been formed in the last twenty years. I can only assure you that Tionbas, from where I have compiled and collected this attempt at preserving our history, is still standing and that our existence outside of any major faction lines has led us to become a highly varied, if somewhat tense, society. In our streets Pharaohs and Olympians share roads with many of the new sects, who nearly outnumber those of the old orders now. We struggle to produce the food we need to survive and to protect our walls from the warlords that have amassed small armies in the areas around us. If we did not work together we surely would have fallen by now and become caught up in the violence and treachery that travelers always mention when describing the outside world. I always encourage these travelers to stay here, in our safe and burgeoning community, but many do not listen, and some of our youth even adventure off with them. What they can see in the outside world I do not know, it seems a place overrun with the death and despair we fight against daily here in Tionbas.”

The First History of the New World

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