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The One-Winged Rainbow Shark of Erinor

“Aras, Vrassas ir, khur Tyisici, Erineas cujide.”

Category: Left-wing Utopia
Civil Rights:
Excellent
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Excellent

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the South Pacific

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A Brief History of Erinor - Kheri Artid ir Terakhod - The First Erinoran Civilisations

The earliest known civilisation to flourish in the Erinoran basin was born in the rainforest around 3,500 BCE, starting near the tributaries of the the Qassar Syiranad and spreading, first along its banks and then deeper into the forest. By around 3,000 BCE, this civilisation, known as Khera (or Massim) Artid, the Age (or people) of Wood, after its principal building material, covered much of the South-Eastern Erinoran basin. Evidence of roads, bridges and plazas have been uncovered in deforested areas and soil samples across this region have shown that the Massim Artid heavily altered the composition of the topsoil, spreading the more nutrient rich volcanic soil from closer to the mountains, to better enable them to manage the forest and grow food.

A deforested area reveals ancient secrets.

Theirs was a diverse culture, made up of discrete Erinoran tribes, each with their own distinct, yet related language, bound together throughout the rainforest by an efficient infrastructure and a simple, yet effective administration. †They produced no ceramics, but carved pots and idols out of wood.

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 Erinorís 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.

An ancient stone gateway of the Massim Terakhod, found on an arid plateau in the Khardar Nwikear.

The Massim Terakhod, were the first people to build complex structures out of stone in the Erinoran basin region and their architecture became increasingly sophisticated from about 2,500BCE, with evidence of elaborate temple and government compounds built on the mountain terraces. Their agriculture was also very sophisticated, with many terraces cut out of the mountain slips and the rich volcanic soil made as productive as possible with irrigation channels and artificial pools. Their art consisted mostly of carved stone images and artefacts of bronze and may also have included elaborate textiles.

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.

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