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 Posted: May 13 2016, 03:50 PM
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Pre-Historic
The Early 400s
Saint Antistia's Monastery
Present Day


Overview

Welcome to Emeria's historical reference page. Below, you will find valuable information about the world of Emeria, from its rudimentary past to its glorious present day state. While this is not required reading for new members, it is a helpful resource for experienced RP who wish to add more depth to their gaming experience.

So read on, friend, and discover what life on the planet Emeria is really like!


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Pre-History

Little is known about this period of Emerian history, but some spoken histories still exist in remote corners of the world. It is said that before Emerian humans lived together in vast cities, they were hunters and gatherers. Before they farmed, they scavenged for food in the forests and rivers. These pre-historic humans inhabited caves and hollow tree stumps, and their lives were dirty, full of danger, and very short.

The old tales say that it was the angels who brought civilization to man. That one day, the clouds parted, and a celestial being descended. He brought Knowledge with him, and taught the humans how to make fire and craft better weapons, to wear the furs of their prey as clothing to better tolerate winter's icy grasp, and encouraged them to cultivate the plants from which they gathered berries and nuts.

No one knows for certain when that happened, but remnants of that former race of man still exist in the form of cave paintings, crude clay pots, jewelry made from bone fragments, and other artifacts which are sometimes unearthed at plowing time. However, historians have estimated that the date of that heavenly visit was approximately 800 years ago, and they dubbed that period of time beforehand as Before Enlivening, or B.E. for short. They say that man probably lived as many as a half millennium before then, or approximately 500 B. E. until the angel arrived with his knowledge.

At this time, no one knows what lived on the planet before 500 B.E. Artifacts from that time period have yet to be discovered.


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The Early 400s

From 0 After Enlivening, or A. E., man continued to grow and prosper at an alarming rate, thanks to the knowledge brought down by the angels - but we won't cover every year in detail. Suffice it to say that by the year 400, humans were living in fabricated buildings rather than caves, they had dramatically increased their farming and livestock husbandry skills, and they had also established a religion centered around the angel who had granted them Knowledge four centuries prior.

In other areas, however, civilization in the year 400 had not advanced very far. In terms of medical science, no one even knew that germs existed. The idea that there were living organisms that were so small they couldn't be seen with the naked eye would have been met with, at the very least, a great deal of skepticism. Consequently, sanitation was not very well developed. Men and women lived cheek by jowl in dirty, dank buildings. They dumped their chamber pots, food waste and other refuse directly into the streets, and taking regular baths was unheard-of!

When it came to civil rights, most folk had none. They served as serfs or slaves, and where men who weren't nobles had very little rights for themselves, women had even less. They could not hold a title or operate a business, they could not learn a trade, and they most certainly were not permitted to hold a weapon! Women were child bearers, farm laborers and house cleaners - no more.

Perhaps that was why, in 421 A.E., when one formerly-unknown peasant woman claimed she could see the true hearts of men, so many of her fellows were outraged.

The woman's name was Antistia, and hers was an ability granted her by the angels - or so she claimed. Supposedly, she could hear the truth in a man's heart even if his lips spoke otherwise. But such was the way of the world that some men wanted to remain ignorant of lies, while others sought the truth above all else. She developed a small following, those who could put aside the fact that she was a woman, when presented with her uncanny ability to ferret out truth in all things. Whether it was a little white lie, or a man hiding a murder, Antistia always knew, and she claimed that angels told her so.


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Antistia's Rise to Fame

In 436 A.E., Antisita had garnered the attention of nobles and even royalty. Against all opposition, her skills and truth-seeking had been noticed by those of rank, and she earned a place at the right hand of a King. Initially, Antistia served King Gylbarde II in legal matters, normally those involving subjects that claimed they were unable to pay taxes or who were caught up in petty squabbles. But it wasn't until Antistia began to hear disturbing things about her King that she ever doubted her position.

Among other, less disturbing truths she learned about him, Antistia began to hear more and more gruesome things. She had overlooked the small bribes, the platitudes uttered to his subjects, or the fact that he had not remained loyal to his wife. But in 438 A.E., when Antistia learned that Gylbarde was planning on sending thousand of his troops into a death trap simply for the sake of cutting military spending, she was outraged.

Antistia's Martyrdom

Word of her discovery spread quickly. Antistia sought assistance from every leader, every religious figure and every moneyed tradesman she could find. Something had to be done about the traitorous King Gylbarde II before those men could be sent needlessly to their deaths. But some of the men she approached were still loyal to Gylbarde, and they immediately reported this news to their King. And King Gylbarde, outraged, ordered Antistia captured.

He had no trouble taking the woman captive: she was an unarmed woman, leading a band of peaceful followers - he was a King who commanded armies which numbered in the thousands. And no sooner had he captured her, than Antistia was tortured, put on public display, and executed there. He poured molten silver into the woman's eyes and ears so that she might never see or hear the angels again, and he proclaimed that any man or woman who professed to have the same abilities as she would be put to the same death.

Saint Antistia's Monastery

Antistia's followers were understandably outraged by their leader's death. In 439 A.E., they declared the woman a martyr - friend of the angels, beloved of god - and dedicated themselves to her. The monastery dedicated to her martyrdom was built in secret, in a secluded mountain valley on the southern border of the continent. It took forty years to complete, and when the last stone was laid in 479 A.E., they dubbed the massive building Saint Antistia's Monastery, a safe haven for all those - men AND women - who had been Gifted strange abilities by the angels.

In honor of Antistia's memory, the men and women who followed her claimed the Alchemical symbol for Silver as their sigil, and they called those with Gifts from the angels "Argents".


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Present Day

Thankfully, much has changed since Antistia's martyrdom. In just over three hundred years, Emerian humans have grown considerably. Instead of only castles or keeps, homes and businesses are now constructed with stone as opposed to the wattle-and-daub buildings of before. Streets are paved and equipped with gutters, which channel run-off away from the feet of travelers. A rudimentary plumbing system was invented using aqueducts, sewers and latrines, with public fountains in city squares provided for those who could not afford to buy a direct connection for their home kitchen.

Medicine advanced, too, which in turn granted longer, healthier lifespans to most of Emeria. While the healers may not have fully understood bacteria and viruses, they DID know that sanitation played a big part in eradicating disease, in addition to better diets, clean drinking water, and efficient disposal of human waste.

And, thanks to the efforts of those first followers of Antistia, women gained a significant bonus to their civil rights. Now, women could own businesses and property, become warriors or tradeswomen, and more. Seeing a woman in a position of power no longer sent men into a frenzy - and they proved they were just as capable as men were in a wide variety of skill sets. There is still some discrimination taking place, especially from the elderly and in countries where belief systems vary. But for the most part, in the year 813 A.E., women and men are very nearly equal.


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