The History of ManaGuenne
It begins with the act of creation, the birth of the land and all living things by the Moon. How long ago? There is no measure, a hundred thousand, a million years ago? There are no true records of the first age of the world. In a world lacking the rigidity of our own there is no true concept of time, just of times past.
The first Age
In the first age Men and Giants lived as the beast kin do now. Small tribes, worshipping the God and Goddess, and the spirits of the natural world. In the stories it is the Herdsmen who teach men of fire, how to craft from stone, and to find copper and tin within the earth. But some humans suggest this was not the way, that humans already had these skills when they met the race of giants. There is little history from this time, but many stories, as the people of Managuenne love stories. Ja the lazy hunter, Ma’o the woman with many fathers, Go the giant with gas, Ka’P the hunter who dared fire an arrow at a handmaiden. The stories number in their thousands. And in the libraries of the church are great collections of catechisms from this time, stories of the God and Goddess, the Herdsmen, the handmaidens and their entanglement with the lives of mortals. The ancient stories of Managuenne would not seem that different from those of ancient earth.
How long this period lasted is unknown. At some time the art of crafting bronze arose, as did pottery and stone craft. The giants began to craft great stone buildings, gates, bridges and temples. Men and giant alike crafted from bronze. Great cities and factions arose.
The second Age: The Age of Bronze
Not unlike the age of bronze on terra, the age of bronze in ancient Managuenne was a great leap forward in technology, culture and civilization. The Herdsmen created vast building projects of mortorless fitted stone, fortresses, ziggurats, and great gates. The advent of metalsmithing led to wondrous works of art created in precious metals. Men and giants gathered together in great cities and alliances, vying for the attention of the God and Goddess. Great wars were fought. Terrible wars were fought. Armies staggering in size vied with one another for supremacy. The temples of one city would be raised to be greater than the next, the cities of other nations would cover their temples in gold, their neighbors would come with great armies and slaughter them, take their gold for their own temples. Competing texts of the cults of the Sun and Moon are written and destroyed. Millions die under the bronze spear.
The third Age: The Age of Kings
From this maelstrom rose the first great king of all of the lands of Managuenne. From one of the numerous city states arose a great leader who with the might of armies and the power of the priests and priestesses conquered his neighbors, and from there his power grew, until at his death, at the age of 12000 his influence, spread over the vast majority of all the lands, and all the cities of Managuenne. His name is lost to history, he is simply known as ‘The Sun King’. And thus began the dynasty of the Sun Kings. Each living thousands of years, their accomplishments overlap and conflict with one another as each was known by the same name, the same royal symbols, the same heritage. The first Sun Kings son created a great city and the center of Managuenne, around the great gyre, centralizing power. The third spread the influence of the empire further conquering the last remaining city-states of the known lands. The fourth canonized the church, establishing the modern principles upon which the church is founded. The fifth the rule of law. The sixth waged war upon far away lands. But as the legends mix, tavern story with church canon, there is but one Sun King. That there were many men that held this title seems obvious but what one did and another did becomes irrelevant. The Age of the Kings is the golden era of Managuenne. The great wars between religious factions end. The church is united under one canon, with many cults. The city-states bow to one authority; that of Sun City, The throne of the Sun King. A reign of law. A reign of internal peace. A reign of order. This period lasted many tens of thousands of years, perhaps even hundreds of thousands. Each Sun King lived for thousands of years and their numbers were uncountable.
The Forth Age: The Age of the Sun King
The final Sun King is said to have been the greatest of them all. There are more stories from this era than all other previous eras. The last Sun King was said to have been a Half-Pint, a man of great appetites, handsome beyond measure, a gourmet, and a man of the ladies. He waged war upon the lands of the Sidhe. He fought in the last great terrible war with the giants of the northlands, before the glaciers swallowed the tundra of the northlands. The priests of his era were said to wield the very heat and power of the sun. The priestesses to be able lift the living from the dead. He created the great highway system. He built many of the surviving great work projects. The temple at Holy valley. The Bridge of winds. He was have said to have fathered 14000 children on countless women. And he was the last. The last Sun King. There are many stories of his undoing. The details of his finals days, who committed the final act, what finally undid his empire are multiple. What all accounts agree upon is that like the Sun God the last Sun King was a great adulterer. And eventually his wife grew tired of his infidelities. She poisoned him. She stabbed him in the heart with a magic spear. She castrated him with a knife blessed by the high priest. The chief of the Herdsmen cut off his head under her direction. In the end he died, and at her end. The queen and her supporters, many of them her sons and daughters then attempted to seize the throne. But factions quickly rose up, his countless sons all vying for the throne and civil war ensued. Ultimately the queen and her supporters were killed, the feuding princes subdued and the church became the defacto ruler of Sun City. The era of the Sun Kings had ended.
The Fifth Age: The Modern Era
It has been twenty thousands years since the Sun King reigned in Sun City. Nearly a thousand different crown princes vie for control of Sun City. None gaining complete control. It has been thousands of years since the last significant civil war. Battles are now fought politically. Within Sun City factions dissolve, arise and recede. The significant crown princes all hold control over aspects of the empire, a section mines, a geographic area, guarding a stretch of holy highway. The empire itself has shrunk, now the city states of the western plains answer to no prince. The eastern mist lands are wild. A loose faction patrols the Shield lands. Much of the residents of the great city are occupied with fashion, parties and the gossip of the day. The empire is whole yet rudderless. The herdsmen ignore the world of men, contenting themselves with their flocks and they way of life they have held for countless millennia. Yet in the stories the power of the great heroes, the warriors, priest and priestesses is greater than any contemporary. The exaggeration of tales? Or is the power of the church fading? From the heart of the empire stories of lassitude and decadence. From the borderlands, raiders of foreign races, the rise of barbarism. Is the land of Managuenne in recession. Is the power of the great empire fading? Yet still, it has been twenty thousand years and little has changed in the empire. Life century by century goes by as it for millennia. Fashions change, political leaders come and go but the life of Managuenne goes on.
The History of ManaGuenne