History of Urf
The first great civilization
of humankind on planet Urf was obliterated when their great capital
Atlantis became buried under a mile of ice after a displacement
of the planetary crust. After that it took humankind almost another
100,000 years to reassert themselves and when they did it was a
shabby, short-lived and disorganized affair. This second dawn was
marked by the building of the three great pyramids at Giza but It
took a full seven thousand more years after that before they were
even capable a sustaining a basic internet. Following this, however,
their technology did begin to develop more rapidly and it wasnt
long before the necessary brain implants were introduced to again
link human minds together.
Following this, war eventually became a
thing of the past. Governments were disbanded and the running of
the planet was left in the hands of the corporations. The division
between rich and poor continued to increase, but on the whole people
were content to live in this state of peaceful anarchy. As nations
dissolved and distances shortened, humankind became increasingly
homogenized in a world undivided by race but also lacking in any
cultural or moral boundaries.
In its boredom, humankind now began to use
radiation to manipulate their own DNA. designer babies and cloning
became commonplace. The same techniques were used on plants and
animals to improve every aspect of life. Of course this tinkering
resulted in an increasing rate of genetic mutation requiring even
greater intervention on the part of man; a vicious cycle that rapidly
spiraled out of control.
Pollution got steadily worse, market forces
alone proved insufficient to turn the economy away from its dependence
on oil. By the time the environment had deteriorated enough to provide
a significant impetus for change it was far too late to do anything
much about it. Infertility and extinction began to rise at an exponential
rate. the fragile balance of life had been tipped and the planet
rapidly deteriorated into a toxic wasteland.
Civilization gradually regressed as once
more nations rose based on geographical boundaries. Fighting broke
out as each blamed the other for the mess, the ultimate inevitable
result being a chemical nuclear war that literally blew the globe
apart. somehow, some way, some human and animal life did remain
on the ravaged planets surface. These vestiges of humanity
were split into tiny isolated pockets.
Over the next several thousand years most
of these groups descended into an animal-like state of existence.
This, coupled with the already high rate of mutation made even worse
by high levels of radiation, eventually led to humankinds
evolution into many new and different species.
Meanwhile the wealthiest elite who had anticipated
the catastrophe in ample time had retreated into vast private bunkers
below ground where they planned to remain until they could reclaim
the surface - for many generations if necessary. It didn't work,
they soon fell into a state of extreme decadence, becoming increasingly
reliant on their highly developed technology. It was only a few
hundred years before they found they could only reproduce through
cloning. Much later, continuing scientific experimentation upon
their own bodies and the evolution of cybernetics lead them to become
little more than interconnected brains encased in metal and plastic.
Eventually they lost any will to retain humanoid form at all, merging
into one great machine mind. It is out of the fevered dreams of
this bio-mechanical collective unconscious that the gods began to
take shape, as distorted yet corporeal representations of human
archetypes, somehow much much greater than the gibbering lump of
cerebellum that had created them.
Perhaps humankind had created the gods out
of desperate necessity, or maybe they are something older still,
a species that had once created humans as vessels to house themselves
from which they were now free. Even they do not know. What that
did know was that it was somehow down to them to redeem the human
So they created machines to return to the
planets surface and begin the reconstruction process. Thus
the third great civilization of mankind began .
The robots led the many new species of humankind
up from the brink of oblivion, nursing them back into various states
of sentience and, over many tens of thousands of years, into a new
Peace and harmony reigned for so many millennia
that a quiet complacency took hold and so it was when, at the peak
of their power they developed the solar harness. it was a device
intended to provide a permanent and almost inexhaustible supply
of energy from the nuclear reactions of the sun itself. It was a
glorious achievement but fatally flawed. The reactor was designed
to last as long as the sun itself, but once in place it would be
impossible to remove. it had been functioning for several thousand
years before the gods realized that it was causing power to drain
from the star at an exponential rate. reducing its remaining lifespan
to a few hundred thousand years. Now there was only one thing to
do if they were to avoid ultimate extinction in the void of space,
they had to move to another star!
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