Some Snippets from The World

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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Tue 29 May 2018, 23:42


First in a series of biographies of the most powerful women in The World is Yesseraê Willunnô, Empress of Auntimoany.
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by eldin raigmore » Wed 30 May 2018, 05:36

Cool!😎 beyond words!
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

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Second in a series of biographies of the most powerful women in The World: Serendârzhan, Greatqueen of Harathalliê.
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Wed 06 Jun 2018, 21:56


Elsewhere Dwimmery

Somewhere deep in the ancient Archives of the venerable city of Alexandria upon Pyaro lies a device. A strange thing of coloured metal and, and ... stone? No, not stone. It's too warm to the touch. And it's very light to the touch.

As a matter of fact, the Archives of the City contain several such devices, each jealously guarded by the priesthoods of its associated god. Even in this age of impending doom, scholars of the Empire seek ever and anon to figure out what these strange gifts of the gods are and what they do. Others wonder where they actually came from and how they came to rest upon the deep altars of the Archives.

A very few, philosophers mostly, ask questions like "if the things came from the gods, why don't they do anything?"

If the philosophers of the City spent a bit more time combing the arcane records of the Great Library, rather than just arguing with each other in its shady porticoes, perhaps they'd be able to piece together something approaching an answer. You see, an unusual occurence happened at an ancillary Gate some fourteen thousand years ago in the vicinity of western Phazzanea, where some dutiful though sadly long forgotten scribe made a record of the event.

Two armies of competing proto-Archaic Empires were in the region, one of which was almost certainly Atelantean, and were advancing on one another when of a sudden...

The powerful orange glow, like the Sun as he lowers upon the face of Gea, appeared in the space between the rapidly closing warriors.

The men were all brought up short by the shimmering, glittery light. From within the glowing light were heard subdued voices as of Men, though none knew what language they were speaking. At first no people of any sort could be seen, then in an instant, the voices became loud and many powerful gods appeared in the gleaming light bearing strange devices. One held aloft a brilliant and dazzling gem, glowing many colors from within a golden basket; another carried polished metal wands and a third bore a basket that issued forth a vapor like that of a mighty dragon.

The first called out mighty Words of command and a much brighter greenish light appeared before them, as if it were a Gate into one of their heavens. Without pausing so much as an instant, the lot of them tumbled through the Gate's green light. As the last one passed out of sight, their voices faded again; and then the two gateways of shimmering light faded and were gone.

Neither army moved and no man spoke. Every warrior was riveted to the spot, stunned and amazed by what they had witnessed. At last, the two leaders of the men approached one another at the place of the translocation of the gods. The men had already decided that no good could come of fighting on ground visited by the gods, and they began to disperse. The leaders had to accept the men's truce and parted ways.

One of the leaders, of the western faction, had seen a strange metallic object on the spot where the gods had passed through the world from one heaven to another and had the presence of mind to pick it up. It glinted in his hand as he returned to face the backs of his retreating men. He had no sense of what it could be or why it had been dropped. Was it an accident, or did the gods want for him to find it at that time? Who were these strange and talkative gods and what were they doing?


Atelis was the name of that leader of the western faction, and his star was just about to rise, though little he could comprehend what the strange glowing box was capable of. For indeed the shining object Atelis picked up was a device of great power, and it soon brought great power and prestige to its new owner, who through the help of his brothers, both wise and learned priests, he became able to read the texts displayed upon its face and he understood the tongue of the gods.

Atelis was an ambitious man, living in an age when the ancient empire of Atelante was in decline, and her colonies were rising to prominence. The land that would one time bear the name Chemia was home to Atelis and his family, and it was not long that his godly knowledge allowed him to seize control of the newly forming kingdom. He learned much of the arts of alchemy, metal working, medicine and many other arts beside. This first pharaoh of the Chemians became a great man, but his heir was weak. After Atelis's death, the heir was unable to maintain control of the Artifact, and it passed into the hands of the priesthood of Imhotep, the healer.

In time, Chemia became a technotheocracy; while the pharaoh continued to wield considerable authority in the land, real power was wielded by the college of chief priests, especially those of Thoth, the god of writing, Imhotep, the god of healing and Nefertem, the god of alchemy. For a very long while, the priests were able to study the texts displayed upon the face of the gods' device, and their understanding of the world increased in great strides. Armies of scribes spent weeks and months in the cool of a deep temple complex copying and expounding upon the arcane wisdom of the gods.

At last, the power of the device itself seemed to wane, as if the voice and wisdom of the gods were fading from the world. The scribes redoubled their efforts at copying and translating -- but the chief priests became anxious. What would happen when the device no longer spoke godly knowledge to them? How would their learning advance; and there were still very many gaps in their understanding of what they had already learned.

At last, the device's display became so dim as to be unreadable, and the high priest of Imhotep declared that the voice of the gods would no longer speak through the device unless Chemia undertook a renewed worship of the gods. Perhaps through the ceaseless prayers of the people and the intercession of pharaohs past, the gods would again speak. It did not take long for Chemian science, never too secure in its foundations and never thoroughly understanding of the alien texts displayed in the device, to devolve into a mish-mash of garbled myths and legends and magical mumbojumbo.

In time, those early priests of Atelante and Chemia became deified in the lore of the people and the ancient history was forgotten. The device itself, now long dark, is still revered as a cult object, jealously guarded by priests that no longer know what their ancestors had once done with it. It now rests hidden in a deep dark subterranean shrine, far, far away from the light of day that, ironically, would activate the photocells on the object's surface, thus recharging its power cells. Yet Chemia went forth into darkness darkened by their ignorance of the object that had given them much light.

None can now fathom what the future might hold for this device. Will some intrepid scholar wrest it from the clutches of an ignorant and benighted priesthood? Will its secret be at last revealed?

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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by eldin raigmore » Thu 07 Jun 2018, 11:19

A great story! Sounds kinda familiar-ish, a bit?
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Thu 07 Jun 2018, 18:25

eldin raigmore wrote:
Thu 07 Jun 2018, 11:19
A great story! Sounds kinda familiar-ish, a bit?
Indeed! Here we see the waning century of the once mighty Atelantean Empire in its death throes and its last grasping wars with its colonies of the Middle World. This event takes place in what is now called Phazzanea, along the southern coasts of the Midworld Sea, where two sparring colonial armies of proto-Chemians are squabbling over the carcass of their ancestral empire in the regions along the mighty Pyaro River. If you were thinking "ah, the pre-history of Kemeteia-Misser", then give yourself a tiger nut sweet for paying attention in lecture!
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by eldin raigmore » Thu 07 Jun 2018, 23:40

Actually on Conworlds.fun Science , on Tue Oct 06 2015 at 4:48am, you posted on the “what conditions would support a permanent human settlement?” Thread.
That post looks like the seed or embryo of this one.
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Fri 08 Jun 2018, 00:33

eldin raigmore wrote:
Thu 07 Jun 2018, 23:40
Actually on Conworlds.fun Science , on Tue Oct 06 2015 at 4:48am, you posted on the “what conditions would support a permanent human settlement?” Thread.
That post looks like the seed or embryo of this one.
Ah, on that you are correct my friend!
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by elemtilas » Tue 03 Jul 2018, 02:46


The Curious Rights of Man

Citizens of Auntimoany, living in a house in a town or city, have the free right to lavanderment, the right to attach
a clothesline to their neighbour's house or building, usually across a street or lane. Within reason, such folk are also
free from the tax or fee of lavanderage, which is levied on households that have several attachments on their neighbor's
house.

According to an Act of Parliament, The Right to Air (1743), "The Free Right of the householder (a free Citizen
of the Empire) to keep, maintain and use a cord of rope for the purpose of airing the freshly laundered linens, naps,
bedclothes, tunics, capes or other articles of outer clothing of that household without fee or let of the household to
which the cord be attached shall not be infringed upon.

The privilege of double or treble lavanderment, whereby two or three stays are made fast to the other house, may
be granted by the leave of the landlord of that house and the tenant thereof. The fee of lavanderage of one half
daler each month shall be rendered upon the meridies (the 15th of the month) and payed equally to the landlord
and the tenant thereof.

The penalty for withholding the rightful lavanderage due the landlord shall not exceed seven dalers. The penalty for
assessing false lavanderage upon ones neighbor shall not exceed fourteen dalers."


So, in Auntimoany, you have the right to freshly air dried laundry, but apparently you can't air out your underwear in
such a public manner!
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Re: Some Snippets from The World

Post by eldin raigmore » Tue 03 Jul 2018, 11:44

That’s their version of the 2nd Amendment? [:)]
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