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Shared Universe Intro

Shared Universe Intro

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An introduction to the shared universe that encompasses Finding Sanctuary, Bird of Paradise, and McCloud's Daughters.
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An introduction to the shared universe that encompasses Finding Sanctuary, Bird of Paradise, and McCloud's Daughters.
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Published by: Leafblade on Jan 17, 2009
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06/17/2009

 
Ancient History
In the beginning, there were the creatures of light and darkness,and they were without form in the void. Yet they took such forms aspleased them, when they came into our cosmos.In those days, eons before our time, there were others in ourGalaxy and beyond --- the Old Galactics and the species they hadnurtured. They were all material beings, and they lived for materialends. The creatures of light and darkness were not so, but were of pureessence from beyond our space and beyond our time, and limited byneither. Matter and energy as we know them were novelties to them,who had known nothing new from time out of mind, and some amongthem were intrigued -- enough to take on the outward form of speciesnative to our universe – to go among them and study them at closehand, they reasoned. A few went further.“Why not be composed of atoms and molecules?” they asked, andthey made it so.But they had failed to reckon that they would become imprisonedby matter and energy and subject to their laws. Although they were yetnearly immortal compared to the beings of this cosmos, although theycould still change their shapes in ways unknown to those beings, theyraged against what they saw as a cruel twist of fate. Those who had not joined them in this enterprise were terrified,and retreated to their own continuum, abandoning their brethren totheir fate. Those left behind in our continuum were further enraged at
 
their abandonment. Driven by the fury of their own momentum, theyset themselves up as gods -- cruel gods who treated the nativesentient species, even the Old Galactics, as their playthings. The OldGalactics were able to flee, closing the wormholes of their escapebehind them. The others suffered. The new gods manipulated them, turning some into monsters, andplayed them against each other in malicious games, as if theirsuffering could somehow expiate that of their tormentors. But it wasnot enough; some of the gods became insane and destroyedthemselves and each other in wars the like of which had never beenseen before, taking with them countless lives and destroying entirecivilizations. Others survived by suppressing memories of who theywere and whence they had come, and what they had lost. Thus endedthe Second Ancient Years, which came before the First Ancient Yearsbut were lost to all knowledge of those who came after. Yet in those who survived into the First Ancient Years, some dimsense of their immense past led them to seek transcendence indifferent ways, and to lend some portion of that transcendence tohundreds of new and promising life forms that arose across a dozengalaxies -- helping them to evolve into truly sentient beings. Theseancient ones of the First Ancient Years, these survivors of the SecondAncient Years, came to be known as the Galen and the Elders. They had forgotten much, remembered much, and learned --perhaps too little and too late. And so it began again, the First AncientWar, a new war on a new stage, but still a conflict of the creatures of light and darkness….While we know little about the other races the Galen and Eldersenabled, we do know that the Galen came to Earth more than a million
 
years ago and breathed sentience into the great apes, creating a newrace called
Homo Sapiens Sapiens
. But they ignored Earth for nearly aneon after that, distracted by the war with the Elders.It was the Elders who first sought to influence the evolution of humanity, working selectively with ancient peoples in Asia andelsewhere to improve the powers of the mind through scientificmethods. Their science became so advanced that its practitioners,called the Diaboli, often explained it to others as mere 'magic'. The so-called witches and sorcerers of the ancient occult were enhanced byElder blood. They were able to read the thoughts of others, and evenchange them, and they have at times been a very powerful force onEarth. They were given more subtle differences as well. The Diaboli donot have a uniform look but a great many of them have green eyes. They were meant to be able to blend in almost anywhere. They havegenerally higher intelligence than normal humanity and a predilectiontowards the abstract and theoretical. They generally distrust authorityand have trouble working together in large groups. Most weretransported to other worlds, especially New Atlantis. The Galen, too, returned to Earth in classical times, engaging ingenetic manipulation of human stock to create prototypesuperhumans. These became known as the Proto-Supremis (or Protos). They were the gods of human mythology, with the Egyptian, Greek,Roman, and Norse cultures being the most familiar to most of those inthe West. Indeed, Protos were involved in a hundred Terrancivilizations. Such seemingly legendary figures as Gilgamesh, Hercules, Thor, Vainamoinen, Hiawatha, Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Odin and manyothers were in fact Protos.

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