“Aras, Vrassas ir, khur Tyisici, Erineas cujide.”
|Category: Left-wing Utopia|
Regional Influence: Apprentice
Location: the South Pacific
It is believed that the Khera Artid lasted in one form or another from around 3,500 BCE until about 2,000 BCE, when the influence of their mountain-dwelling neighbours gradually brought their distinctive way of life to an end.
Khera (or Massim) Terakhod, or the Age (or people) of the Stone, is the Erinoran name for the civilisation, or civilisations, which developed in Erinor’s Southern mountain range, known in Erinoran as Khardar Nwikear, the Black Mountains. Evidence of their existence first appears in strata dated to around 2,800 BCE.
This was a civilisation well adapted to high altitude living, with the remains of Massim Terakhod in this region showing signs of micro-evolution towards larger lung capacity and a heavier frame capable of carrying more muscle weight for warmth and the strenuous activity of climbing. It is also supposed that they could have had up to four pints more blood than most modern humans.
Sometime around 2,000 BCE, the Massim Terakhod began to expand out of the mountains, utilising wood in their architecture to a much greater extent and invading territory long controlled by the Massim Artid. Historians believe this may be the result of a spike in population growth as a result of new agricultural techniques, and a corresponding need for greater territory.
This began an unprecedented period of sporadic conflict between the Massim Terakhod and the Massim Artid, lasting approximately 100-200 years, but this is not the most significant detail historically. Despite the obvious tension between the two civilisations, this period of clashes is actually characterised most obviously by a merging of cultures. In all areas, from architecture to agriculture, religion to warfare, the Massim Artid and Massim Terakhod began to resemble one another until, by around 1,700 BCE, there was only one culture left in the Southern Erinoran basin, neither wholly one, nor the other, but with the strongest aspects of both and ready to take control of the entire basin.