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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2010, 09:08:11 pm »
Vantry History: Death From Above, Below, Everywhere

   "Sometimes I silently worry to myself that something is against my Kingdom. Something wants to bring it down. Maybe it's simple paranoia. But what else can explain a three-front war erupting within a decade? The Corrupted (at that time, most Li'Gra held the belief that the Dar'Gra were in fact Li'Gra who had become twisted by some demonic force) from the trees, the worms from below, and now, those buzzing beasts in the sky, striking from nowhere and returning to nowhere. The buzzers strange. They never eat any of our dead, and they never take any valuables. It's as if they just come for amusement about tearing apart the helpless land-walkers. One of the insane survivors thought he heard them counting their kills, trying to outdo one another. But to do so is to be intelligent, and to be intelligent is to work together, like Li'Gra... it's impossible for these buzzers to think beyond murder.

   "Then again... we've tried taming the buzzers and the worms, both failures. Nothing that is mere animal has ever resisted our control. The obvious conclusion is that they are, in fact, intelligent... but it's an impossibility. I cannot call something which kills for fun or eats anything that moves 'intelligent'. They are undeserving of the term. Moving onto my main journal entry's point... Flyers have discovered one of the buzzer Hives. Apparently they live on the great crystal trees, high above the ground. General Fran wants to strike them immediately with as many Flyer platoons as we have remaining, hoping to drive the Hive out of the area long enough to reinforce our position on the ground. It's suicidal, but Fran always did want a glorious death. Maybe he'll get one. I approved his proposal. As my Kingdom burns around me, what reason is there to prolong the pain?" - Li'Gra King Erie's Journal, 3-7-109.

General Fran is perhaps one of the most infamous characters of Li'Gra history. Known for leading charges against Jergo "Quake Waves" and soaring directly into Milute Swarms, his glory is overshadowed by the fact that he was always envious of the Crown, and by later discoveries that he had been heavily involved in illegal services within the Kingdom. Conspiracy theories abound that Fran someone lured both the Jergo and Milute to the Kingdom, in order to take his eventual place as Emperor, but such theories are unfounded. The Jergo themselves admit to simply thinking the Li'Gra tasted nice, while the Milute have never spoken about their reasons for razing Li'Gran city after Li'Gran city. The only known truth about the Milute during the second century is that they first attacked at the beginning of 109 Li, and maintained a strict hit-and-run doctrine of warfare. Or, to be more accurate, slash-and-fly.

With so many pressures from the outside world, it was only a matter of time before the Kingdom dissolved into chaos, a chaos which only one Li'Gra could possibly think to take advantage of; Fran. General Fran succeeded in his mad attack on the Milute Hive, catching the entire Hive off-guard;they had never been attacked in their own territory. With the pure element of surprise, Fran managed to scramble a Hive mind into terror, eventually managing to force the Milute to collectively agree that they needed to haul ass as far away from this lunatic land-walker as their wings would take them. But it must be said that Fran did have some serious courage, or foolishness, as he landed within the Hive itself, dismounted from his Scrah, and proceeded to hunt down and kill the Hive Queen with his bare hands. He brought her head back on a stake, declaring, " Kill the Queen; Kill the Hive! " Unfortunately, many of the confused Milute decided that the best place to run was towards the Kingdom capital, and returned amid flames and bodies. From there, history becomes sketchy. Some say he discovered King Erie dead, others say he offed him while he was injured, and still others say that Erie committed suicide, unable to watch his Kingdom burn around him. The important thing is that General Fran was quickly promoted to Iron-Fisted Emperor Fran, and he laid down the laws that saved the "Kingdom", really an Empire,(what was left of it) from all three species.

Perhaps the most important thing Emperor Fran did was establish contact with the Ragta, when all other Li'Gra would've dismissed them as a electrical idiots. With the Ragta's assistance, Fran managed to decipher the most effective method of Milute destruction; Magnetic Disorientation. The Ragta passively knew that the Milute and their ancestors had relied upon the unique magnetic fields generated around Ahm's sky-shield supports to know how to return home. Fran managed to convince the Ragta to manipulate the magnetic crystals within the supports to disband entire Milute Hives, their individuals sent wandering confused through the atmosphere, in the first display of Ahmical Warfare;Warfare based on manipulation of Ahm. (What Fran didn't realize what that the Ragta had actually requested Ahm change its magnetic crystals in the supports, with a kind of irony;Milute individuals eventually found Hives of their own. Fran was in fact multiplying the strength of the Milute, though he had moved their forces farther away from the Empire's borders. As with all Ahmical Warfare, there's always that bite-you-in-the-ass catch that Ahm manages to get into every agreement between itself and Ragta, though the Ragta care not what happens to the outer world. Whether or not this catch is one Ahm engineered itself, or a natural byproduct of the ecosystem of Ahm, doesn't matter. In reality, Ahm has never assisted either species to gain an advantage over the others.)

Peaceful at last, the Empire grew slowly, reclaiming lost land, until it returned to its former glory.(Constant skirmishes with the "Corrupted", Worms, and Buzzers excluded.) Though, their time as the only "superpower" on Ahm was soon to end, as one Dar'Gra was on a quest to unite the various clans under one banner.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2010, 10:58:59 am »
Rough drafts uploaded on first post.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2010, 11:41:21 am »
They look even better than I imagined! I'm really looking forward to more history.
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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2010, 03:56:00 pm »
Vantry History: The Rise of the Dar'Gra Dominion and the Fall of both Empire and Dominion

   "Grak likes to crush the puny Stillskins. More so than any other Dar'Gra, and that makes him especially well equipped in our ongoing war with the Stillskins. Their ability to command beasts is only more confirmation that they are against the Forests and Nature, and their Voice must be silenced. We already made our Covenant with Nature when the first Dar'Gra cut off his tongue, so that no beast may lose its Voice to obey him. Nature affirms our Crusade against the Stillskins by the hordes of the Worms that attack the Stillskins from below, and the swarms of the Buzzers that attack them from above. Therefore, Nature wants us to attack as well, and her Will must be done. Grak seeks to unify the Tribes into a fighting force, to finally finish the Stillskins, but we can only do so together. Together, they have held out against us, but if we are together, we will finish the job. Join Grak, join us, join the Dominion, brothers and sisters, and Nature's Will will finally be done!" - A Dominion Propaganda Speaker

The Dar'Gra known only as "Grak" is a mysterious figure in their history. For every realistic portrayal of Grak, there are ten unrealistic ones. Sorting the truth from the myth is a difficult job. The only certainty is that Grak was born in the Southern Jungles, to a powerful Dar'Gra chief who, when he died, gave his power to Grak. Grak then systematically led the tribe to diplomatically assimilate or conquer every other tribe in the Southern Forests and Jungles. From there, he spread his territory through the Empire-controlled plains separating the Northern Forests and Jungles from the Southern, and then assimilated all the tribes there. In a great pincer movement, Grak used the combined force of North and South to hammer the Empire's walls.

Even with Fran's leadership, the Empire fell from power, withdrawing to a few Fortress Cities, whose walls rose extremely high into the air. Imprisoned by both their own defensive walls and the Dar'Gra waiting outside, the Empire became nothing more than a few city-states. Ironically, this caused the Jergo and Milute to shift focus to the Dar'Gra, but the Dar'Gra were much more accustomed to actually fighting "stupid" animals. They used their immense ability to shift color quickly to confuse and disorient the Milute, while setting up ambushes for the Jergo by using bait animals. With time, Grak effectively conquered Ahm's surface, his Dominion spreading across every acre of land on the Continent, leaving only a few islands outside of the Dominion's control by 187 Li.

However, like all empires, the Dominion would crumble eventually, as the Dar'Gra, not caring about advancing technology, would be beaten again by the "Stillskins" in the technological arms race between the two cousin species. By 301 Li, the combined effort of Ragta and Li'Gra(The Ragta's extensive crystalline tunnels protected them from the Jergo, and allowed them to stay in contact with the Fortress Cities) led to the discovery of both Rifling and Gunpowder. With their weapons, far advanced beyond their time, their warriors trained until they could fire their firearms blind and still hit a target. However, the rifles weren't repeating, and they still needed minutes to be reloaded, so the Li'Gra resorted to column tactics to stage attacks, and melee training was still a priority for the troops. But the Flyer Brigades became godly, able to attack from the sky at a distance, remain safe to reload, and simple continue to attack, even continue additional pre-loaded rifles. But when the Fortress Cities pushed out and met each other's forces, instead of patting each other on the back, they exchanged lead in the first internal fights of the Li'Gra. The same occurred for the Dominion, which fell apart without Grak, who had died of old age decades before, to lead them in this time of adversity, splintering into dozens of smaller nations. It's no surprise that the Jergo ate well for many years afterwords.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2010, 08:28:34 pm »
Vantry History: The "Dark" Times

   "The buzzers, they're everywhere now. The Ragta say that old Emperor Fran did this. That by separating their hives, he merely increased their numbers tenfold. They also say it's heavily straining Ahm's ecosystem, pushing it to the limit, but they just keep reproducing. So many of them... Most families hide beneath the ground now, not daring to leave our shoddy tunnels. In order to keep the worms out, we've had to line the tunnels and burrows with thick iron plating... Thankfully though, the buzzers seem to return home en masse at some point to sleep, at all once, so we can run out and harvest any food we can find. But, if we try to plant fields, the damned things land and slice up the soil with their wings. I don't know why they do it, it's almost intelligent, as if they know we use the fields for growing food, and just want to make our life harder. Messengers(brave Li' and Dar'Gra who run messages between the various Burrow Cities when the Milute return to their Hive Cities to sleep, an incredibly dangerous profession) tell us that it's the same everywhere; Li' and Dar'Gra hiding beneath the ground. Thankfully though, we've finally dropped our old superstitions about the Dar'Gra being some kind of corrupted demon, and they've mostly dropped their hate of us, due to our shared enemy which patrols the skies of both forest and grassland. Ahm... life is hard. Do something to crush these beasts, I beg you!" - Journal Entry of an unknown Li'Gra, 308 Li

305 was an extremely fateful year for the Vantry as a whole, showcasing the sudden growth of the already heavily expanded Hive Cities, resulting in the wholesale slaughter of every other sentient by the Milute Ultra-Swarms. Called the "Dark" Times, the Ultra-Swarms would often block out the light of Ahm as the descended on city after city. Even with gunpowder and rifles, the Li'Gra fell almost immediately, reduced to huddling around fires in deep burrows, along with their Dar'Gra brethren, while they continuously fought after Jergo invasion after Jergo invasion into the Burrow Cities. Life expectancy for the Li' and Dar'Gra was just long enough to reproduce and raise cubs for a few years, then usually die via Milute or Jergo. Consequently, many young Li' and Dar'Gra found themselves taking care of the orphans of their fallen relatives, stretching close familial bonds out across multiple cousins and removed cousins. The shared terror and harsh life of the Li' and Dar'Gra forced them to put to rest their old blood feuds, and actually give cooperation between the two cousin races a chance.

After a decade of this punishment, one could say that the Li'Gra's prayer above was answered, as Ahm scrambled the minds of many of the Milute Hive Cities, using such intense electro-magnetic fields to cause the mass death of most of the Hives, the Milute simply falling over onto the ground or out of the sky. However, in return, Ahm also decided to jump start the Milute' technology progression, as they were severely far behind in comparison to the Li'Gra, putting thoughts into the Hive Minds about new technologies with the same fields. At the same time, the Jergo, unable to feast as they once had, reduced in numbers. With Milute and Jergo populations lowered, the stage was set for a Golden Age of 'Gra progressiveness.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2010, 06:57:40 pm »
Ahm

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This is the physical map of Ahm.
The brown is mountains, the lighter brown is higher mountains.
The light green is grassland/plains, while the darker green is jungle/forest.
The blue is deep water, the light blue is shallow water.
The darkish sand is higher desert, while the lighter sand is lower desert/dunes.

-Labeled map to come later.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2010, 06:59:03 pm »
Very interesting. I'm hoping to see the labeled map soon.
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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2010, 07:01:02 pm »
I spent about seven hours on that one, making it mostly by "hand" on computer, and several other hours drawing it up literally by hand. The labeled shouldn't be too hard, it's just a matter of placing high-contrast names over stuff.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2010, 05:01:59 pm »
Vantry History: The Vantry-Milute War

   "315 was only a temporary end to the Dark Times. This is a fact that I realized, so I always pressed the government to expand, expand, expand the military. See, my family had certain amounts of dirt on the various council members that bound them around my little finger. But we were prepared for the War that I knew was coming, the big one. It was going to make the dark times look like a tiny bug in comparison. Before it happened though, the Industrial Revolution happened, and soon we were building watermill-factories everywhere, assembling weapons for no obvious reason at the time. One of the journalists coined the term 'Military-Industrial-Governmental' complex. I kind of liked this idea, it made me feel like I was doing something. But when all hell broke out, this particular journalist disappeared. Had him thrown in the river with cement on his body. We didn't need dissenters then, and we certainly don't need them now.

   "The Milute came down like a vibrating hammer, wielding actual technology instead of just their useless wings. I made them useless. I went down to the Ragta Tunnels, and reasoned with them. They knew what the Milute were up to, but wouldn't say what, just that it was going to be bad for the 'Gra. They said some stupid crap like 'Ahm sees your point, and grants you some of its flesh.' Stupid. But the Ragta paid up with Ragtan Alloy, some crystalline stuff that looks like the crystalline trunks supporting the sky. Super hard, super light. Perfect for armor. Perfect for stopping Milute wings and just about anything else they could throw at us. Ultimately, they had to get lucky with their puny arrows, and later, guns, by hitting the joints that weren't covered with armor. But for each one of us they take down, we killed a few hundred of them. There just happened to be a hell of lot more of them. But, by Ahm, we tore each and every Milute we could find apart.
" - General Jag Fran, descendant of Emperor Fran, 401 Li

The V-M War, or the 'War to End All Wars,' as some Vantry called it. The Vantry had been officially formed at the end of the Dark Times in 315 Li under the Vantry Council, a well-meaning but thoroughly controlled false government. The Frans were the ones who actually ran the show, particularly Jag. Jag was a perfect case of paranoia, always alert and aware, as well as a serious xenophobe. But as a Li'-Dar'Gra hybrid, he only hated the Jergo and Milute, like most 'Gra, though he often struggled with his Li'Gra heritage, unable to shift his skin color at will, but also unable to command non-sentients, he was left with the worst of both species. Perhaps his exclusion in childhood from most activities led to his near-insanity.

When the V-M War broke up, Jag was right at the front lines, blowing Milute out of the sky, and then sticking grenades in the corpses. And no one could do anything about what the General wanted to do. The Milute did what they could with their primitive technology, but they advanced quickly, even taking the Ragtan Armor from 'Gra corpses when they got the chance. They also became much craftier and diabolic in their planning, instead of Swarm Rushing the front.

Jag was also the General who first instituted the Patriot Act, which was really the exact opposite of what it would seem to mean. If you spoke out against the government, you either got killed, thrown in jail until the end of war, or given a rifle and a clip and told to serve as cannon fodder. Before Jag, the military was comparatively a bunch of sissies. After him, they were all bloodthirsty grizzled veterans looking to kill as many Xenos as they could. Boot Camp's kill rate, and it was a kill rate, was approximately 25%. Every fourth 'Gra died in Boot Camp, but they had no choice in whether or not to fight. However, every 'Gra that lived through it was changed forever. They were hardly even 'Gra anymore, more like terrifying demons with superior weaponry and armor, as well as strategic and tactical training. From then on, there were no true 'officers' in the Vantry military, only the current leaders, and every soldier was trained to replace their leader if, usually when, he had to.

The V-M War lasted 85 years, ending with the surrender of the Milute to the Vantry. This became known as the 'Great Shock,' because before it, no 'Gra believed the Milute to be truely intelligent. It was one thing to throw some stones or fire a gun, any animal with training could do that. It was quite another thing to surrender, something no animal did. Jag didn't want to accept the surrender, but he died late in 401, before the terms of surrender were finished. With Jag out of the way, only his young son Yag could do anything, but he was too young to understand the concept of blackmail, so the councilors were free to integrate the Milute into the Vantry.

However, the supposed thousand-year peace after the V-M War was not to be, as the mysteriously absent Jergo hid below the ground, being greatly influenced by the Roots of Ahm.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2010, 08:13:00 pm »
Wow, this is detailed. It'll take me a while to read.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2010, 10:35:41 pm »
Vantry History: The Long Peace and the Vantry-Jergo War

((For those who haven't realized it yet, I'm trying to complete their history before moving onto other things.))

   "We Frans have always anticipated the eventual war with the Jergo. It was inevitable. Our two species could not permanently exist without one subjugating the other. And so, we maintained the military, standing at the ready for what we knew would come. Whether it would be tommorow, the next year, or the next decade, didn't matter, only the fact that it was going to occur eventually, and we silently realized how devastating it would be. The Milute were one thing. You can see Milute coming from miles away. You can't see the Jergo right under your foot in the dirt.

   "What we didn't anticipate though, was that the Jergo were intelligent. That was the one thing we never saw coming, besides the fact that they somehow advanced to building complex machines during the Long Peace. Well. Not just any complex machines, F'in robotic war suits. How in Ahm's name they ever pulled that stunt off, I'll never know. I just know they build up their little suits, and we tear them down, though at a much higher cost to our own people. The old kill ratio was 1:100 in the V-M War. In the V-J War, it has dropped to 1:2. Most of the Generals constantly have hissy fits about the low ratio compared to the V-M War, but what do you expect? We were fighting bows and arrows during V-M. In the V-J, we're fighting an enemy that both tunnels beneath us, rolls over us in armored vehicles, and stomps on our skulls with their mecha suits. All the way, taking the time to eat our dead for food. For everyone of us they kill, we feed dozens of them. They even integrated our ammunition into their weapons. In short, we are their supplies. Cutting their supply lines doesn't accomplish anything, with all the underground warfare we go through, all the tunnels we collapse, we never realize how futile it all is to attempt to starve an enemy which runs on our flesh and ammo." - General Yag Fran, State of the Vantry Address, 492 Li.

In truth, the 'Long Peace' wasn't very long at all. The Vantry had expected a millenia of peace. They got less than a century.

In 489, the Jergo executed their 'Blitzkrieg of Extermination' on the Vantry cities, tunneling up from beneath in a sweeping lightning strike that wiped out almost 10% of the Vantry population in hours. The old horror stories of people being dragged into holes from the old days of the Jergo attacks quickly resurfaced, in greater numbers. The general Vantry populance remembered that the Jergo existed, and they were terrified once more. Millions were made off 'suicide pills' to be taken if a Jergo got hold of a Vantry, so they wouldn't have to endure the horrible death of being eaten alive. The Jergo took as many prisoners as they could, but no Vantry prisoner ever returned to normal life. So, the Vantry Military responded in kind; 'No Mercy' they spouted at the Jergo mechanized infantry that made its inevitable way to the 'front,' as more infantry and tanks drilled their way to the surface in 'home' territory.

The hardest fought war of the Vantry is also the most difficult to describe. Times were hectic, even for the Ragta historians. So many deaths, so many stories, all occurring in one relatively short amount of time confused even the Ragta. In the chaos, most events were lost. Even the Military doesn't remember exactly how they fought the Jergo, as most of their papers and records were burned as the Jergo laid siege to the military headquarters that constantly moved. What is definitive though, is that the Military gave up on trying to maintain either a ground or air-based headquarters, as the Jergo burned the ground attempts, and shot the air attempts out of the sky. So, they settled for the construction of Sanctuary, later to named as the capitol, Vantry Prime, on the sky-shield's underside. Sanctuary, or Vantry Prime, became the seat of power of the government very quickly, as well as the residence of every Vantry who could afford its safety, even if it wasn't very roomy at the time. 'Find Safety on the Sky' was its advertising slogan.

Somehow, the Vantry managed to defeat the Jergo through a combination of sheer determination and will, tactics, strategy, and nuclear weapons. Mostly nuclear weapons. They constructed them in Sanctuary, and delivered them by Drill-Missile deep into the Jergo Foundries, irradiating much of the underground, but also ripping out the hearts of the Jergo. Once the first nuke hit its target, it was a downhill slide for the Jergo, culminating in their surrender to the Vantry, and assimilation as well, in 699 Li.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2010, 10:50:30 pm »
The Vantry System of Time

The Vantry, in all their wisdom, realized that their year was incredibly short compared to many other planets'. Their year, lasting only ~62 of their 'days', 80 of our's, was over very quickly. They knew that it would be almost pointless to count the years individually, as they would just pile up into some rather large numbers, rather quickly. So, a 'Li Year' is equivalent to five 'regular' years, ~310 of their 'days', 400 of our's. So, when counting their regular years, they say 1.4 Li Years, the equivalent of 7 regular Vantry years.

Interestingly, the Vantry have no months, only a count of the days from the last New Year's. So, for instance, they would write 76-234.8 to be read as, 'The 76th day of 234 Li, plus 4 regular years.'

For example, the V-J War lasted from 489 Li to 699 Li, 210 Li years. In actuality, it lasted 1050 regular Vantry years.

Building up from Li Years, they count the rest of time normally, centuries, millennia, etc.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2010, 10:55:23 pm »
Interesting! I'm hooked on your histories so far, can't wait for more!

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2010, 08:30:16 pm »
Vantry History: Ahm's Retribution and Message

   "What is God? God is hard to quantify. Some say its omnipotence. Others think it's the ability to manipulate anything in the universe. We have used the word 'God' to describe many things, the fastest computer, the fastest runner, the best anything. But when I say God, I mean the synonym, 'Creator.' Ahm is our Creator, our Parent. But all Parents must occasionally punish their Children. So it was with the Retribution. We had to be shown the error of our ways, but nothing less than the Retribution would've awakened us to the Truth; That Ahm is God." - The Book of Ahm, Chapter 1: Arguments for Ahm's Godhood, Verse 2

After the surrender of the Jergo, the Vantry thought they had it made. They'd officially conquered the world and every intelligent species on it, what could be left?

The first sign of trouble was when the Ragta suddenly disappeared, like animals running away before an earthquake or tsunami occurs. Curious Vantry investigated the entrances to their tunnels, only to find them sealed, and not sealed lightly, sealed with many meters of Ragtan Alloy. Sonic readings taken of the ground revealed the tunnels had multiple seals, and the Ragta had assembled in the deepest parts of the tunnels. Readings of Ahm's electrical 'heart beats' were oddly high, and increasing. Vantry scientists warned that something big was going to happen, it was obvious, the signs were everywhere. Alarmists said that Sanctuary needed to be evacuated, immediately. The government scoffed at this idea, despite some scans indicating the crystal above it was cracking. Ahm's crystal never cracks, except on purpose or if the Vantry drill into it.

Perhaps on purpose, Ahm chose 700 Li for its retribution, the year that would forever be known as the 'End of N.B.C. Warfare'. On New Years,' the sky-shield opened up and unleashed hell, figuratively. All across Ahm, over the Vantry cities, the shy-shield, which stopped the heat of Tapnam from turning the surface into a molten sea, decided to stop doing its job. New Years parties everywhere were burned to a cinder, irradiated, and turned into plasma as the sky-shield metaphorically said "Burn baby burn," as it let the full force of Tapnam's light shine onto the cities. Within moments, the cities were showered with gamma and UV rays, and the searing brightness of 100% of Tapnam's light. Within minutes, entire cities melted and even exploded under the punishing glare, as solids suddenly converted to plasma in a matter of seconds. The searing hot wind from these blasts propagated across the surface of Ahm, killing millions more in the rural areas. As those in Sanctuary watched this all happen, the cracks above them suddenly connected, and they fell from the top of the world to the ground. After exactly three minutes, it was all over, and the Vantry had had their population reduced by ~75%.

It took weeks for the ground where the cities once were to cool, eventually solidifying into a glassy black surface similar to obsidian. But survivors later found that at the center of the once-largest city of Tarpur stood a massive crystalline square pyramid that seemed to be decorated with wavy lines. However, when a ballsier survivor thought he'd walk up to the pyramid instead of cower in fear, he discovered that each side contained the same message, but in different languages. One was in 'Gra, one in Milute, one in Jergo, and another in a language unlike anything he'd seen before. This survivor, a Li'Gra previously known by the name 'Davin Jule', became known as the 'Prophet'. He spent the remainder of his lifetime spreading Ahm's Message, as part of the self-written Book of Ahm. Boiled down, the Message's most important saying is, "Life is sacred. When you destroy life with your mechanical montrosities and factory-abominations and your weapons of mass destruction, you destroy me. When you try to destroy me, I will destroy you. I made you. I can end you. Fix yourselves or suffer the consequences." Suffice to say, the Message is actually incredibly long, thus the need for a gaint crystalline square pyramid.

Skeptics exist to this day, but Ahm's Message remains in the center of the obsidian wasteland once known as Tarpur, read by pilgrims every hour of every day, as a reminder of what happens when you destroy Ahm's ecosystem. From that day onward, the Vantry were as environmental as possible, growing their very cities from Ahm's 'flesh'.

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Re: [AC]The Vantry
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2010, 09:00:39 pm »
Damn, that's pretty harsh. Well, at least this forced them into becoming eco-friendly. It's kind of like Earth unleashing earthquakes and tsunamis on New York, Tokyo, Beijing, etc. and shining heavenly light on Copenhagen, then spelling out "BE NICE TO ME OR I WILL KILL YOU ALL" in the ground.
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