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Pre-HistoryEdit

The Audal race began as a species of bipedal, armed herbivores on the planet of Midsaan. Coloured cyan to blend in with their blue surroundings, although green and purple developed as a part of mating displays, the Audals were a weak species. Constantly hunted by predators, the Audals became fast and agile creatures, developing their brains to quickly identify escape routes. They also began to develop wings on their backs, allowing short glides to escape from mountainous areas. Gradually, the Audals became expert climbers, rushing up trees to either acquire food or escape from those who attempted to devour them. As such, Audals developed long fingers and wide, clawed toes.

The minds of the Audals evolved with their bodies. Their need to find good escape routes and hiding places caused considerable neurological development. Many Audals began to realize the effectiveness of travelling in groups, as a group of Audals was able to overpower most predators. Eventually, some Audals began picking up items across the landscape, such as sticks, rocks, and seashells, to use as extremely basic weapons.

The first Audals to create fire did so in the middle of a rare Midsaan storm. Lightning created a blaze close to a group of Audals escaping a predator. Realizing the heat and pain of fire, one brave member of the group set their stick alight, and after repelling the attack, created a small fire. Soon, use of fire would spread across Midsaan. Audal tribes began to form, most of them nomadic. True tools, such as basic spears, clubs and slings, were created. Clothing, typically little more than animal hide or plant leaves tied together sap-coated flexible sticks, was also invented around this time.

SettlementEdit

Audal tribes were typically nomadic, venturing from place to place to gather fruit needed to survive. However, a few of these tribes discovered that it was possible to plant seeds and grow them in a controlled position. This began agriculture on Midsaan. On the continent of Malzmo, edible fruits were rare and often grew on large trees, making it impossible for primitive Audals to grow them with any reliability. Instead, Malzmoans began growing another crop- Heashoeb. An orange cereal grass, Heashoeb grew quickly, but a large amount of land was required to grow it any amount able to feed a substantial population. A such, the Malzmoan tribes began rapid expansion to develop farmland for their Heashoeb. This, combined with competition over the large fruit trees, began the use of weapons as a method of claiming land owned by other tribes. In a sense, war began between tribes, as smaller villages began to die out to the larger, militaristic ones.

The development of Audal agriculture on the continent of Venata was a completely different story. The Venatans had access to Zants, a kind of avian creature notable for laying nutritious eggs. Over time, Venatans domesticated the creatures, and used them as a food source. Seaweed was also a common food source. However, the true foundation of Venatan farming was the Coyot Fruitflower, a fast growing plant with nutritious orange fruit. Venata had an abundance of food supplies, and as such competition was rare. Venatans instead focused on developing technology, art and metallurgy.

The smallest continent on Midsaan, Soniego, was also inhabited by Audals. Rather than plant, the Soniegoans relied on gardens of fungi for a permanent food supply. Most notably, the Phogaruba Fungus, a mushroom-like organism with edible spores and caps, became the continental staple crop. In addition, the Soniegoans relied heavily on sending fishing boats to gather additional seaweed from deep water. Because of this, the first ships beyond canoes were created by Audals from Soniego.

Rise of EmpiresEdit

From the various civilisations developing on the continents, dominant powers began to arise. In Malzmo, a powerful empire grew in the west. Having an advantage in having claimed one of the most fertile regions to grow Heashoeb on the entire planet of Midsaan, and an area rich in large fruit trees, an empire began to develop. Thanks to plentiful food, a population explosion began. However, this began to strain food supplies, and so this fledgling empire began campaigns of conquest. Gradually, it adopted a unique policy at the time. Instead of outright taking over or razing nearby kingdoms and tribes, this empire instead assumed command of them, treating them as part of its territory but not truly conquering it. In exchange for leaving the land mostly unharmed, this empire demanded tribute, and a vast amount of it. Most of its vassals and tributaries considered this much better than being wiped out, and so agreed to provide the food, slaves, and other valuable supplies. This became known as the Dovera Empire.

The Dovera Empire's huge amount of resources and manpower led to technological innovation. Metallurgy of bronze, then of iron was discovered in its lifetime. However, the Dovera Empire's use of vassals had its weaknesses- it soon become too massive to manage effectively. Vassal states would often squabble with others, or attempt to rebel from the Dovera Emire and become independent. The Dovera military was thinly stretched, and soon, civil war loomed. It was not an internal affair that truly sparked the fall of the Dovera however. Rather, it was the expansion of eastern Malzmoan states. These kingdoms warred often in a state of perpetual expansion and thirst for more power, more territory, and more glory. Westward expansion had forced many smaller tribes to become nomadic and flee further and further west, setting off a chain reaction of tribal migration to avoid being destroyed. Many of these nomads eventually made their way to Dovera territory, and the inability of the Dovera Emire's armies to defend outer vassal states led to a civil war. The Dovera Empire crumbled, but many of its ideas and ideals survived in the wake of its ruination.

On the continent of Venata, empires also began to rise. Rather than competing for territory through conquest, they instead competed for influence through trade. Two major Venatan powers emerged. They were the Brygo Empire and the Queendom of Leonal. The former was a large oligarchy, dominated by the rich. The latter was a matriarchal monarchy. A complex system of alliances, trade routes, agreements and other diplomatic arrangements began to develop. All sides involved wanted to maintain its stability. As such, little more than border conflicts occurred as Venata progressed through the ages, its pair of major powers changing little. Complacency, some would go so far as to call it stagnation, had overtaken Venata.

Soniego, unlike Malzmo or Venata, had very few small states. It did however have three large territories, although their exact nature changed often. The Soniegoans began to explore the sea. Fleet warfare became very important to them, as islands were captured by various empires. In these times, 25 years was the longest one regime would rule an empire, before being usurped, declining rapidly or having a massive civil war. Adaptability was seen as key to success in Soniegoan society.

Continents ConnectEdit

Several Soniegoan nations continue expanding outward from their island colonies, taking over more and more territory and resources. One exploration fleet comes across what appears to be a large island. However, the discovery of advanced technology startles the explorers. What they initially believed to be another island was actually the continent of Malzmo. The discovery of a large, civilised region prompts Soniegoans to begin trading with as many Malazmoan empires as possible. Wealth flows into Soniego. Empires there become more stable as a result of this economic boom. More fleets are created, and sent out to commence more trade. Exchanges also give Malzmoans knowledge of intercontinental ships, and naval warfare now had increased importance.

Later on, Venata is discovered by Soniegoan ships. Soniego sells materials from both its own continent, and Malzmo, gaining huge amounts of money and resources in the process. This sudden burst of imports also breaks the wavering balance of the continent. Stability begins to vanish, as static empires begin to be pressured more and more by considerably more dynamic actors. The fragile balance of power is gone, as a new era of trade and intervention spreads across Venata. Soniego becomes the dominant continent, and a driving force of change across the world.

However, Malzmoans begin sending fleets of their own. One such fleet makes contact with Venata. The Malzmoans have had millennia of conflict in their past, with advanced weaponry and brutal tactics being employed on a regular basis. On the other hand, Venatans have had a tranquil life, focused much more on political influence than military power. The Malzmoans decide to begin attacking Venata, carving out chunks of lands for them to rule over. Colonies soon overtake much of the once peaceful continent. Isolationism and xenophobia become common in the remaining native empires, the ones strong enough to resist the Malzmoan advance. Malzmo, now with direct access to Venatan resources, drastically reduces trade with Soniego, and the Venatans become unwilling and in many cases unable to continue trade. The wealthy continent begins to lose its dominance, the very basis of its rise collapsing.

Malzmoan DominationEdit

With colonies on Venata established, the Malzmoans turned their attention to Soniego. Rather than trying to take the mainland, Malzmoan empires instead focused on conquering the various island territories Soniegoans had claimed. They also rapidly began weaponising any technology they could get their hands on. The most notable of these technologies was rockets, invented in Soniego centuries prior but used primarily for ceremonial purposes. Rocket technology sparked innovation in siege weapons. Soon, walls became inadequate to defend against rocket weaponry, and the pace of sieges increased drastically.

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