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The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« on: October 31, 2010, 08:41:28 pm »
The Course of History: Mili Nunti
An Unseen Guide

For billions of years, the twin worlds of Athera and Venera swirled around each other, slowly orbiting the star to be called Magnus. Crystalline life, one of the rarest forms of life, had arisen on them, and annihilated simpler life. Yet, this was not by accident, nor coincidence, as the doctrines of evolution might hold. It was by the action of an ancient artificial satellite locked between the two worlds that the crystal came to dominate.

There was no record or knowledge of its existence anywhere in the galaxy. It appeared as the twin worlds form, and it would promptly disappear once its mission was complete. It seeded Athera and Venera with crystalline life, and by some unknown power stored within its hull, orchestrated the extinction of ordinary carbon life. This entity, though without a formal name, would be called many things by the Mili Nunti, most of them simply meaning "God," and it would decide their course of history. Cloaked, hidden from prying Nunti eyes, it was still ever present, its actions felt across the worlds.

Now, its efforts had begun to yield fruits, as the Mili Nunti arose in tribal gatherings across Athera. Venera was another story, a story for later, but an important piece of the puzzle, thought the God. Its first choice now was to decide which Nunti were to be favored: Those who made their homes within the ice, or those who wandered the surface as nomads?



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Re: The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 07:40:33 pm »
Oh Give Me a Home...

The Age of River Tribes: ?? - 42 A.S.(After Steel)

The God made its choice, and once more, using its strange and unseen powers, directed the thousands of skirmishes and conflicts to be biased towards the Ice-Dwellers. Though the Nomads had many victories, the Dwellers had far, far more, until it became obvious that those who made permanent homes where to become the dominant form of civilization. However, this conclusion was not without loss, as it had come about from thousands of years of unrecorded yet mythic warfare that would be forever remembered by the Mili Nunti. While the Nomadic territories receded from the boundaries of the Dwellers, they would continue to not give up their land easily, despite certain defeat.

With the passage of the years, hundreds of strong tribes came to dominate their regions, until Athera's melt water rivers were completely covered by Nunti territory. These tribes, then through brute force or simple diplomacy, were absorbed into the stronger river tribes. These tribes were generally peaceful with each other for millennia, the primary reasons for this being the difficulty with which it took for a tribal Nuntus to kill another tribal, and the major problem of coordinating offensives. Earlier, tribes had simply restrained one another until the other succumbed to starvation, and agreed to join them.

That all changed with the strangely early perfection of Nunti steel metallurgy. The main reason the Mili Nunti developed steel so early is their ability to manipulate electromagnetic fields. A few very intelligent Nunti (perhaps with some assistance from the Entity), determined that iron generally responded best to the Nunti "Will" (they didn't realize they were controlling electromagnetic fields). With the assistance of the Entity, they also determined that they could "push" the discolored portions out of the iron, yielding close-to-pure iron, though over a rather long period of time in which the metalsmiths were incredibly focused. Once the iron was purified, it was simply a matter of heating it by use of the plentiful and massive volcanoes on Athera to be formed into weapons, knowledge that descended from copper and bronze working from earlier pursuits.

The first Nunti to realize steel's potential was a very intelligent metalsmith called Janaekus. His first test of a steel sword was killing his apprentice, who hadn't been good for much else anyway. Janaekus knew then what kind of power he held in his hand, and used fear to ascend to Chief of his tribe, killing those who stood in his way, including the earlier Chief. His fellow tribals bowed before his might, and they began a massive campaign against the neighboring tribes, with Janaekus's goal of dominating all lands. Apparently, Janaekus was also quite the military genius, as he managed to overcome the previous issues of massive coordinated offensives through use of symbols to denote orders, laying the groundwork for later knowledge of writing.

They rolled over every tribe that resisted, picking up more soldiers from the conquered tribes as they went, rolling a snowball of destruction. It wasn't until the Janaeks ran into a tribal coalition called the Eneri that anyone managed to stand up to their numerous and powerful forces, as the Eneri had also perfected steel weaponry, while also mastering basic concepts of defensive positions, knowledge gained from a war with another previous but far weaker aggressor.

In the defensive tunnels of the Eneri, the forces under the Nuntus named Merata encountered the Janaek forces which were in fact led by Janaekus himself. The two sides collided into each other in the tight quarters of the tunnels, in a pivotal battle that would define the rest of the war, the two greatest leaders of each side warring upon each other. Here, and now, the Eneri could put an end to the Janaek expansion, or the Janaek could gain even more momentum by conquering the Eneri, fueling their war machine for many more years.

The Entity watched closely, and considered within its own mind which side to favor.

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Re: The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010, 02:47:28 pm »
They that take the sword...

The Age of the Coalition: 42 A.S. - 92 A.S.

The Janaeks and Eneri met deep below the surface of the great global ice sheet. They fought for months, striking, falling back, repelling the enemy, again and again. This kept occurring until the Eneri figured out the Janaek forces were held together by officers that killed any slave that tried to escape, and began targeting these slave-controllers. A concentrated push, led by Merata, punched through the Janaek lines, and reached Janaekus's fortified position. Janaekus and his guards were taken by surprise by how fiercely the Eneri fought.

All seemed lost for the Janaeks, but then Janaekus seemed to sense this as well, and suddenly knelt before Merata, surrendering. Janaekus commended Merata for his strength, and the determination of the Eneri in the face of unlikely odds. The Janaek leader offered to absorb Janaek into the Eneri Coalition. Merata heavily considered Janaekus's proposal before taking it, and in an instant, combined the strength of the two greatest tribes on Athera. The Eneri Chiefs themselves were merely glad to have avoided a lengthy war with the Janaeks, and to have gained the added protection of Janaek forces.

But unknown to them, the ever-clever Janaekus had hatched a plan to usurp control of the Eneri Coalition, slowly, but surely. The main reasons he surrendered were that there were whispers of revolt and dissension in the conquered Janaek lands, and Janaekus would've been completely unable to put them all down. However, by changing control of the lands from the ruthless Janaek form of government, to the democratic government of the Eneri, the subjugated peoples were even happy to be a part of such a glorious Coalition, thereby remaining, somewhat, a part of the Janaek. Janaekus also knew that his army couldn't continually march on new lands, and the great majority of slave-soldiers were beginning to become unruly in the face of the Eneri forces, instead of crushing ramshackle tribals who only wielded stones. As a part of the Eneri, they too were more content to remain in the military, though many returned to their lands.

Janaekus, representing the now-reduced Janaek tribe, was allowed to remain in power, voicing his opinions in the Court of Chiefs. However, he tried to appear moderate at this time, as to be seen as an extremist power-monger would damage his reputation within the Eneri. It was also around this time that Janaekus Harvested his first child, Kamael, from the primary Eneri Ancestor Tree and began to teach the young Nuntus his knowledge. The choice to Harvest from the Eneri stock was political in two respects; firstly, Mili Nunti are notorious for being biased towards Brethren(Other Nunti from the same Tree), so they would more easily follow Kamael than Janaekus, and secondly, to Harvest a child from an Eneri tree was a show of good will towards the Eneri.

Patiently, Janaekus began to corrupt the Coalition Chiefs, realizing that Mili Nunti were incredibly susceptible to greater power, especially those already in power. Within three decades of Janaekus's efforts, the Court of Chiefs became known as the Imperial Round, the Chiefs changing from the leaders of their tribe, to representatives of their territories, known as Regals. The independence of the Tribes was obliterated, now known as Territories who had Sub-Regals as governors.

This corrupted state of the Eneri remained, with Janaekus slowly increasing the corruption of the Coalition, now known as the World Power. Eventually, the terror of the World Power became such that its people became furious with it. Sensing his chance, Janaekus sparked a revolution, through which he ascended to power as Emperor. The Imperial Round dissolved, all the Nunti of the lands cheered for his Majesty, having forgotten how he had once led the greatest enemy of the Eneri to their homelands. Reigning as Emperor, Janaekus was to rule as with an iron-fist, though less so than the Imperial Round had ruled, and Janaekus realized when to strike fear and when to spread reward. He seemed truly destined to forge one of the most glorious civilizations out of the Empire, with or without the assistance of the Entity, which carefully watched from above.

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Re: The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010, 08:22:12 pm »
...shall perish with the sword.

The Golden Age of Janaekus: 92 A.S. - 271 A.S.

Under the Emperor's leadership, the Empire expanded its borders greatly, absorbing tribe after tribe, and dozens of new inventions appeared from the scholars of the Imperial Academy, the only organization of its kind, at that time, on Athera. The increased expansion was fueled by the discovery of the usefulness of road networks and the wheel itself, with cart designs flourishing. It was then that true cities began to slowly appear, the result of crossroads more often than not, and the greatest city of them all was the capital, situated within the old Eneri tribe borders, called Janae. By design, all roads spread outward from Janae, the absolute hub of trade within the Empire.

Technology exploded forward with the funding of the Emperor, and the centralization of research at the Academy. Though Janaekus could be said to have been hard ruler, he was not in no way a fool, and understand the importance of technological edge long before other Nunti did. Advanced metallurgy, mathematics, conceptual physics, writing, architecture, dozens of arts, etc. Every few weeks, it seemed a scholar discovered something new, or an entire new field of research.

Most of these technologies were purely civilian, but many heavily benefited the armies of the Empire. Steel body armor, hardened bows and arrows designed to generate enough force to smash through a Nuntus, the beginnings of explosive weapons, etc. However, eventually there came a point where Janaekus realized the Empire couldn't grow further outward, a point where the military was stretched far too thin. Nomad attacks from the surface were becoming common, and there was little reason to expand further. Janaekus, unlike later rulers, knew when to change course, and so he pulled the armies back slightly, reducing the Empire's size, and sparing enough troops to easily repel the Nomads.

Even without the Entity's help(Janaekus had never had it anyway beyond the invention of steel), Janaekus managed to maintain a Golden Age for his people throughout his reign, until his death in 271 A.S., around the age of 306. Janaekus was one of the longest-lived Nunti in history. Buried in the Tomb of the Great Emperor, his tomb has remained shut for millennia, undisturbed even by later conquerors of Janae. Legend says that that first successful Nomad conqueror, Meratha, bowed before the great doors of the Tomb, and said later why he dared not touch it, "I do not believe any Nuntus would dare to disrespect the Emperor, partially out of awe for his Majesty, and partially out of superstitious fear of the consequences of opening the Tomb."

Kamael followed in his Harvester's footsteps, ascending to power at the somewhat old age of 229. His rule was to mark the descent of the Empire.

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Re: The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 12:23:50 am »
Burn, Baby, Burn

The Decline and Fall of the Empire: 271 A.S. - 337 A.S.

Kamael, the only heir to Janaekus, took the throne upon his Harvester's death in 271 A.S. It was, perhaps, the only known ascension in history wherein the heir did not kill the ruler in order to take the throne. Then again, maybe Janaekus had Kamael on an incredibly tight leash. Whatever happened, Kamael took the throne at the rather old age of 229, which was in itself an omen. He never was able to live up to the expectations of his Harvester, far less so at administrative duties.

Unfortunately, or, perhaps fortunately, Kamael died naturally and quite suddenly at the age of 231, having held the throne hardly two years. Kamael, unlike Janaekus, and most other Nunti, had been quite fruitful. He had managed to harvest not two, but three children. Janaekus nor Kamael had ever outlined what was to be done in a situation with three potential heirs. Janaekus had ruled the the firstborn of the two would be heir, but had never made any law specifically concerning three heirs. Of course, the firstborn heir based his claim to the throne on the idea that Janaekus meant the firstborn of any amount, while the second and third tried to play lawyer and say there was no specific law saying the firstborn automatically became heir.

Of course, this conflict eventually led to violence, with the firstborn, Kanae, killing the secondborn, Denarus, during the night. This infuriated the thirdborn, Saria, who publicly challenged Kanae to a duel. In the middle of Central Janae, the two fought with hundreds of Nunti watching. Ultimately, Saria thrust his sword through the Core of a prone Kanae, taking his place that moment as Emperor. But his celebration was to be short-lived, as Kanae had arranged with a military friend to kill Saria if Saria won. Suddenly, an arrow from a soldier in the ground cut its way through Saria's torso, and the next Emperor fell to the ground, lifeless. The crowd was stunned. The Empire was without an Emperor. Slowly, they fell upon the soldier, killing and tearing apart his body, before beginning to spread the news of a leaderless Empire throughout the lands, as well as panic.

This confusion lasted about six months, with a massive power vacuum forming. Ultimately though, the General of the Army, Meriti(Child of Merata), forced himself onto the throne to keep the peace. Somehow, the Nomads had managed to use the six months of confusion to push hard into Empire territory, creating pockets of barbarian-controlled tunnels, though their efforts were remarkably organized. Meriti's primary concern throughout his reign was to push the Nomads back to the surface, and to keep them there, with declining levels of success. Meriti, though knowledgeable in the ways of war, was not so wise in the ways of administration. He mostly left the administrating to his advisors, and led the armies. Unfortunately, his advisors were greedy and corrupt, and slowly ran the Empire into the ground until their 'termination' in 316 A.S., when Meriti realized how useless they were.

The Empire was continually dealt blow after blow by a strangely organized and strategic Nomad force, which had the Imperial Armies running circles trying to deal with all of the coordinated offensives. The offensives suddenly ramped up in intensity around 319 A.S., the Nomads seemed to sense that the Empire's government was damaged, indicating there were spies within the Empire, but Meriti could do nothing about this without committing investigations into every citizen, an impossibility.

The final turning point, and the point where the Empire began a free-fall of destruction, was 328 A.S. The Nomads managed to dig a tunnel to Janae, and flooded the city. It was then that the Nomad leader, Meratha, revealed himself. Meratha was, in fact, also a child of Merata, one which had been taken during a Nomad raid on Merata's old home. He had now returned as the Nomad Chief of the Nomads around the Empire. Meratha knew full well who Meriti was, and the two stared at each other as Meratha's army pillaged Janae, the army ordered not to touch the Palace or Tomb. Meriti eventually confronted Meratha in front of the Palace. It is unknown what was said, but the conversation ended with Meratha's sword breaking through Meriti's chest.

As Meriti had no heir, and Meratha was technically Meriti's brother, Meratha took the throne of the Empire, in a most peculiar turn of events. He later revealed his reasoning for wanting the throne was to end the Nomad-Dweller Wars permanently, by merging a faction of Nomads into the Empire itself. Plus he probably also wanted the power. Most Nunti would.

In any case, the "merger" of Nomad and Dweller didn't work out too well, and the Generals of the Army didn't take kindly to having a "Savage" as Emperor. The Nomads meant to integrate into civilized society, more often than not, ended up raiding the villages they were sent to. It took only a few months before the people were in open revolt against the Nomad Emperor, with the Generals at the head. Meratha was unprepared for this, and was shortly slaughtered by the counterattack on Janae. Once more a power vacuum formed, but this time the many Generals fought amongst themselves using their individual armies. Many were killed, and nothing was solved, except that the Empire was broken apart into a number of military territories governed by a different General.

From here on out, chaos and near-constant warfare strained Imperial society, until after almost 19 years of constant civil war, the Generals were themselves overthrown. Tired of the problems that concentrated power brought, the people spent a few years trying to decide how to govern themselves, but no one could seem to agree on anything or even who was to be agreed with to form the new government. The Empire shortly dissolved back into separate tribes, though friendly, trading tribes, ending a period of grand civilization for the Mili Nunti.

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Re: The Course of History: Mili Nunti
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2010, 02:06:36 pm »
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

The Age of Order: 337 A.S. - 519 A.S.

The self-destruction of the Empire was a blessing to Athera. Before its destruction, the Empire had fiercely guarded its technological and cultural secrets from the rest of the world, viewing those who lived beyond the borders as savages unworthy to receive Imperial Knowledge. But with a broken Empire, the old "borders" disappeared. Knowledge flowed outwards in a great tsunami from the remnants of the Empires, following routes of trade, paths of exploration, lines of communication between tribes. Within a few short centuries, the myths of the Imperials had become ingrained in the collective consciousness of the Mili Nunti, all across Athera, and the Imperial Knowledge revolutionized the planet. Cities began to grow across Athera, and with the incredible hard work of Nunti as well as no oceans to block exploration, a massive global network of tunnel-roads was established to connect cities everywhere.

The Age of Order was, perhaps, one of the few times in history where the Mili Nunti approached global unity.

One particular achievement was of a wanderer named Calipmunid, who walked across the whole of Athera, becoming the first Nuntus to consciously circle the globe. Calipmunid had been an Imperial Scholar at the then-defunct Academy, whom had always held a peculiar interest in the peoples of savage lands. When the Empire fell, he took his vast wealth of knowledge, and wandered Athera, spreading information and speaking whenever possible. Modern historians have actually managed to trace Calipmunid's path across Athera, by observing how his knowledge flowed outwards from his path, suddenly transforming tribal society wherever he went, and then those tribals told the tribe a few kilometers over.

When Calipmunid arrived back at the steps of the Academy, seven years had passed, and the Academy had been mostly sacked of all its value by raiders. What he saw pained him greatly, greatly enough to cause him to work to reestablish the Academy. Traveling once more throughout the lands, Calipmunid rounded up the old Imperial Scholars, and managed to convince the tribal remnants of the Empire to fund the Academy as a joint venture. But Calipmunid was not purely content to simply rebuild the Academy.

Calipmunid rebuilt the Imperial Academy as "The Academy of Athera." Under his guidance, the Academy spent centuries accumulating the entirety of the known knowledge of the Mili Nunti, centralizing this knowledge within thousands of books held within its vault-like libraries. In a short amount of time, he even managed to transform the Academy into something of a city-state, spreading its zone of control outwards, until it encompassed all of Old Janae in a monolithic academic estate. The Academy became the global institute of knowledge, where any Nunti could apply to become a Scholar and be taught all that he wished to learn, making the Academy the first organization to take on a true university function, and every Nunti who had any hopes of intellectual success dreamed of being accepted. Yet Calipmunid was still not content.

Calipmunid, after years of thought, founded the Order of Academics. Every Nuntus in the Order was sworn to protect the Academy, and to spread knowledge whenever possible, to all those who would listen, without fee. Knowledge, in the eyes of Calipmunid and the Academics, was the harvestright of every Nuntus. The Order's ultimate objective was the betterment of all Mili Nunti.

The Order spread its connections across Athera, establishing Baeks(Offices, Churches, that kind of thing) across Athera. In Baeks, settled Academics would speak multiple times throughout the day on various subjects, lecturing and teaching any who decided to join in. The Order, through Baeks, also created the first global courier network, so that letters might be carried across Athera quickly, further breaking down the barriers between tribes.

After a few Academics suggested to Calipmunid that much might be gained through offering dedicated basic-knowledge teaching services to Nunti, the Baeks increased in size, offering extraordinary low-cost schooling to any who could pay the small fees. By doing so, the Order had managed to create an education system and spread it across Athera, in less than a decade.

Feeling particularly confident above the almost unbelievable success of the Order, Calipmunid set about organizing a global judicial system to rule on disputes across the planet, so that pointless wars could be avoided whenever possible. Trained Judges were sent to the Baeks, and the Order waited patiently for news of success. It came quickly. A Judge on the other side of Athera had managed to defuse the situation between two very powerful tribes which had been squabbling over land, avoiding another war between the two that would've caused thousands of deaths. With collective back-patting, the Order had gained a reputation as a serious mediator, and tribes began coming before the Academic Courts to try to solve their issues.

Calipmunid, at the solid old age of 261, had finally begun to feel content that he had accomplished his mission, but there was one final thing on his list he'd yet to do: Tame the Nomads. Sending Academics before the Nomad tribes, Calipmunid had them negotiate as best they could to try to civilize the Nomads, and to teach them basic, non-weaponry technologies that would let them build cities on the surface, and pave surface roads, among other things. He quietly waited for news from his subordinates on their success or failure.