From: VDONGEN@??????.??????????.nl Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 09:39:46 +0100 (MET) Subject: Re: Nilespace recent history
This is the most recent part of the history of Nilespace. I posted the earlier history last month. As stated then, history of Nilespace can be separated into myths and reality, because some pharao's chose to let history be rewritten a few times. Most details of recent history are only available for planet Ra at this time, because this is (the isolated planet) where our (at that time) groundling campaign started off. Half of the credits go to Erik Timmers. More about Nilespace to come... (thanks, all those who have reacted and gave some new ideas). Hans van Dongen (vdongen@??????.??????????.nl) > -1765 Myth: the Nubians conquer Egyptia and keep it for a hundred years Real Nilespace: tension exists between Egyptia and Nubia; the death of the strong pharao Amon Chepri III, and the weakness of his successor Amon Chepri IV cause that Nubia can conquer large parts of the Egyptian empire, among which at first the Egyptian colonies at Ra as well. A huge war in the crystal sphere brings the sphere to a sort of Middle Ages. The knowledge of spelljamming technology gets lost; Ra is once again unreachable. Real Ra: Nubians take over the government from teh Egyptians. They rule the space trade routes; a blockade finally breaks the resistance. After about the year -1700 no more ships come (return) from space; people at Ra think that the gods destroyed the people out in space. In reality however, all ships are confiscated for war purposes. Gradually the Nubians lose the base of their power, but another 40 years are necessary to drive them back to their own territories (up to -1661). > -1661 Myth: two sons of Amon Chepri IV fight for the crown after their father's death. They divide the empire. Real Ra: the two rulers of the Egyptian colonies start to call themselves pharaos. This leads to forgery of the history-writing, to justify their respective dynasties. -1645 planar travel leads the drow to Ra -1574 to -1559 Myth: "War of the Spiders". The neogi are forgotten in myth; the drow get the blame. Real Nilespace: the Egyptian war with the Nubians continues. Nobody pays attention to a new race from a far crystal sphere, looking for a place to live: the neogi. The neogi manage to find someone who can still show them the way to the (almost empty) Ra planet. The neogi buy their way around defending armies. Real Ra: the neogi set foot on Ra and find a natural ally (the drow) to lead the people into slavery. The drow see the neogi as followers of their deity Lolth. During 15 years together they try to conquer Ra. The united armies of all other races can't do a thing; they are beaten hopelessly. The (remains of their) spelljammer fleet is destroyed except for only a few ships. The situation changes when the neogi cheat the drow and the former allies start to fight amongst themselves. After -1559 the neogi on the planet are all destroyed; the drow are driven deep below ground. > -1498 Myth 1: "Dwarven War I": the dwarves are beaten honorably. Myth 2: old dwarvish sources speak about gods fighting along the side of the Egyptians. Real Nilespace: the dark Middle Ages. Real Ra: the colonies have spread until reaching dwarven territory. The xenophobous dwarves start a massive war against the colonies. The Egyptians (humans, halflings, orcs, and aarakocra) use their last remnant of spelljammer technology to finish the war. The dwarves have to do serious consessions. -1100 Myth: the seven plagues of the shpynx. Real Ra: the seven plagues of the shpynx. -1097 Myth: exodus of a group of humans through the sea. Real Ra: exodus of a group of people over the sea. about -800 Myth: "Dwarven War II". Real Ra: again war with the dwarves. about -700 Myth: "Dwarven War III". Real Ra: another war with the dwarves. -110 to 18 Real space: "The First Inhuman War". -79 Real Ra: a group of orcs if fleeing from the Elven Imperial Fleet to a crustal sphere of which they found references in some old writings (Nilespace). They head straight to the center of the sphere, until their spelljammer helm refuses to work (Desert Sargasso). They crash on a large planet where they are treated very hospitable by a culture where humans and orcs live together peacefully (Egyptia). -78 Real Ra: The Elven Imperial Fleet has followed the orcs and finds them on Ra. The elves try to destroy the orcs but the orcs get help from others (humans, halflings, Egyptian orcs, etc.), because these people only know neutral orcs while the only organized elves they know are evil. For reasons yet unknown the Elven Imperial Fleet have forgotten their patrole to Nilespace and all elven ships are destroyed in the subsequent war. The elves are stuck on Ra and found Phillistia. -31 Real space: tinker gnomes start traveling the spaceways (dangerously). -20 Real Ra: the northern pharao of Ra conquers Phillistia. 0-300 Myth: Aten is censored out of the mythology. Real Ra: the northern and the southern colonies have grown such as to meet each other's borders. Because one of the pharao's is also a follower of Aten (the forbidden god), war breaks out. This war will drag along for ages, even though the successor of the Aten-follower re-establishes the old deities. High war taxes and too little attention for the outer regions make that cities and countries decome more independent. The power of both pharaos decreases. Sjema [the island where the groundling campaign has started] is colonized by both pharaos and becomes the center of war affairs, while most of the rest of their empires is being lost. 0 is the start of the counting of years, as the war breaks out. about 300 Myth: Phillistia thrown out of the Egyptian empire by the pharao. Real Ra: Phillistia freedom war against the northern pharao. 400 Real Sjema: foundation of the Dwarven Liberation Movement (DLM). 883 Real Krynnspace: "War of the Lance". 887 Real space: "The Second Inhuman War". 889 Real Realmspace: the avatars come. Real Nilespace: gradual recovery from the Middle Ages. Real Sjema: start of the groundling campaign. 891 (now) Real Ra: spelljammers (e.g., tinker gnomes) start reaching Ra again. ?