“Aras, Vrassas ir, khur Tyisici, Erineas cujide.”
|Category: Left-wing Utopia|
Regional Influence: Apprentice
Location: the South Pacific
There is evidence of many changes during this period, of possible civil wars, as well as conflict with the nomadic Serevan people of the coast and the impact of new technologies. All of this means that the era may not have consisted of a single dynasty or type of government, but there is no evidence of discontinuity and so historians and archaeologists tend to class this as a single, if diverse civilisation. It was not until nearly 1,000 BCE, however, that the feature which has given this era its name enters the scene, for it appears to be that around this time the ancient Erinorans began mining the foothills of the Khardar Nwikhear and the Khardar Tyavod and discovered vast seams of gold.
At first, the precious metal work is limited to crude objects and coinage, but the Massim Varsad seemed to develop skill with gold and also silver very rapidly and some particularly fine gold jugs and religious icons have been dated back to as early as 900 BCE. From this point onwards the amount of gold used by this society increases dramatically, such that it was even used to cover masonry in the administrative and religious capital we know today as Cata Varsea, the Golden City, built high on a series of plateaus in the Khardar Tyavod, overlooking modern-day Ciria.
From what we understand of late Khera Varsad culture, they had a rich and complex mythology, including deities resembling some of the more prominent Revanim from Revara scripture. A particularly striking fresco preserved in the ruins of Cata Varsea shows a figure resembling the leader of the Revanim, Ratyano, fending off demonic creatures with a large bladed weapon. Whilst it certainly wasnít a sword at this stage in Erinoran history, the similarity with the legend of Anturin Sicaren is pronounced.
Evidence has also been uncovered to support the theory that the ethnic Erinoran Massim Varsad subdued the mainland Serevan population for a considerable period of time, as long as a century and a half before their decline in the fourth century CE. During this period, it seems that Serevans may have been used as slaves to build monumental structures, as well as suffering as part of entertainments and religious festivals. The island Serevans managed to hold off an Erinoran invasion owing to their considerable maritime skill and the Erinoransí appear to have been lacking in this area. Indeed, there is no evidence from any of the remains of neighbouring civilisations that the Erinorans explored beyond the Erinoran basin, or across the sea. Only the Serevans appeared to look beyond this admittedly rich region, although how far their influence expanded has never been definitively proven. What is known is that Serevan ships raided Erinoran acquisitions on the coast regularly and, indeed, during the decline of Khera Varsad began to reclaim their lost territory.
Astonishingly, Khera Varsad lasted from 1,700 BCE until its decline and disintegration in the late fourth century CE, and would most likely have lasted much longer were it not for the catastrophic event which took place in the year 346: the explosive eruption of Erinorís most infamous volcano, Khardo Nyaveo, the Ashen Mountain.