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The Antiquity Era, or simply The Antiquity, is the period of history between the end of the Ancient Era with the Zestoric Meteor Strike in 550 BCE, and the fall of the Alarican Empire in 500 CE. The term Antiquity Era is not to be confused with the Ancient Era, the Era that preceded the Antiquity Era.
Divided in to the Early, Middle, and Late Antiquity, the era is characterised by the fall of the Calidum Empire in 364 BCE and the rise and Golden Age of the Pylosan Empire in 496 BCE, the Zestoric War in 350 BCE, and the rise and fall of the Alarican Empire from 1 to 500 CE in Oranland. In Hesterath, it is marked by the fall of the Cheng dynasty, and the beginning of the Warring States Period in the lowlands, and the emergence of the Jukso people in the Kharankhui Highlands. In the Domicas, the Antiquity is characterized by the abandonment of the Creek city-states, and in the Central Domicas, with the beginning of the Yectun civilisation.
- 1 Early Antiquity
- 2 Middle Antiquity
- 3 Late Antiquity
- 4 Culture
- 5 Timeline
- 6 Maps
The Early Antiquity is the time period within the Antiquity Era between the Zestoric Meteor Strike in 550 BCE and the fall of the Calidum Empire in 364 BCE. The time period is often thought as the recovery for civilisations in the Zestoric.
The beginning of the Early Antiquity in Hesterath is characterized by the end of the Cheng-Quan Civil War in 548 BCE with the fall of the Cheng dynasty and the beginning of the Warring States Period where countless small factions fought against one another resulting in the deaths of millions of people soldiers and civilians alike. This period of time lasted until 522 BCE when one of the warring factions sucessfully united the warring states and establishing the Qiu dynasty. The Qiu were the first civilisation in Hesterath to develop a navy and from the 4th to 2nd century, would operate a network of trade routes streching from Pylos to modern day XXX in Trimeshia otherwise known as the Tongxi Network.
Around 430 BCE, the Jukso people emerged on the Kharankhui Highlands in modern day XXX. They were nomadic, and their ethnicities, cultures and languages in Jukso territory were fluid and changed frequently. The use of horses to herd and migrate also started during the Iron Age.
Meanwhile, in Plevapotamia, Iserlon collapsed after the death of Qargon II in 421 BCE. As he did not have a heir or any close relations to anyone, a power vacuum occurred and many of his officals and minister signed an agreement called the Iren Agreement which splitted Iserlon between the officals and ministers into seperate states the most well known of which is the Kingdom of Nivena. Peace didn't last long as in 369 BCE, war would break out between the former Iserlonian states for reasons still unknown today.
The Creek city-states were started to be abandoned around 500 BCE. Although reasons for the abandonment is unknown, it is theorized that it is due to droughts in the region that became more common in this period of time.
In the central region of the Domicas, the Yectun people are believed to have begun around 480 BCE. They may have been the first civilisation in the area to develop a true writing system independently without Creek inflluence. Their first settlements appeared some time around the 3rd century BCE along the XXX river.
Oranland and northern Naphtora
The Early Antiquity in Oranland and northern Naphtora starts with the fallout of the Zestoric Meteor Strike. Most Calidum colonies in the Zestoric were destroyed by the tidal waves that had resulted in the meteor strike, due to there geographical location on low land and their proximity to the coast. The Herito river is said by XXX to have rose approximately 1.3 metres above its original water level after the meteor strike and did not sink back down until 430 BCE. In Pylos, nearly all coastal settlements were destroyed, most notably, the city of Akihi which was rediscovered on the seabed of the Zestoric in 1967. Evidence shows that the king of Pylos, Trypho II was killed in a tidal wave in this period of time as he was at sea for unknown reasons as of today. The meteor was catastrophic and nearly caused the collapse of all Zestoric civilization, and would have set back technology thousands of years if they had. The event eventually led to the invention of the telescope in 490 BCE and the invention of the observatory in 250 BCE.
With the destruction of nearly all Calidum colonies, tribes from inland Oranland came to the coast and settled on the former colonies of the Calidum Empire. Most notable of them were the Veragons of modern day XXX which settled on the XXX Peninsula and the Renhulls of Hesterlon which settled in XXX. The Oranland tribes eventually formed small kingdoms along the coasts and rivers such as the XXX and XXX around the 4th century BCE.
In 496 BCE, the Pylosan civilisation, after 54 years without a ruler, king Remansete VII was crowned king of Neo-Pylos, the successor of the Kingdom of Pylos. He ushered in a new era of prosperity for Pylos, advancing the civilisation in technology such as the telescope and an early version of the gastraphetes, in architecture such as the Hydros Lighthouse, and many other aspects. The coronation of Remansete VII is known by many historians today as the beginning of the Pylosan Golden Age.
In 450 BCE, Calidum fell into chaos and was divided into 12 factions that vied for control over what remained of the Calidum Empire. The conflict lasted for 86 years until Calidum was invaded by Pylos in 364 BCE marking the end of the Calidum dominance in the Zestoric Sea and the end of the Early Antiquity in Oranland and northern Naphtora.
Oranland and Naphtora
With the fall of the Calidum Empire at the beginning of the Middle Antiquity, Neo-Pylos became the dominant force in the Zestoric. After 364 BCE, Neo-Pylosan influence and control in the Zestoric would go unmatched until the late half of the 1st century BCE. The dominance of Neo-Pylos and the Zestoric is what present day historians refer to as the Pylosan Imperial Age. They set up new colonies in the Zestoric and outside of it much like the Calidums did before.
Additionally, remains of Pylosan Pottery has been discovered in Plevapotamia and the Hesterath lowlands in the year 1998 and 2000 respectively, dating back tfo this period. This would mean that Neo-Pylosan had some knowledge of Hesterath before the Destruction of Odius in year 0.
In 283 BCE, the city of Odius was ordered by Telamon II to be built on what is today the city of Neo-Odius in XXX. The city was finished in 214 BCE and according to XXX historians, "held many ancient knowledge in their vast libraries and archives that has since been lost to time".
In central Naphtora, the Tomerian people emerged around the 1st century BCE around the XXX lake. It is one of the only culture in Naphtora to develop independently without Pylosan influence. However, little is known about the culture during much of the Antiquity Era.
Also in the 1st century BCE, the Alarico people in the modern day island of XXX under the leadership of Noemon, overthrew Pylosan control from the island establishing the Kingdom of Alarico in 49 BCE. Under Pylosan cultural influence, the Alarico were excellent seafarers with some historians believing they were more skilled then the Pylosan. In 48 BCE, a Pylosan invasion failed to take over the island. This prompted the start of the 1st Zestoric War in Hunyo of 47 BCE. Under the leadership of Noemon, Alarico defeated the Pylosan navy in 44 BCE forcing the Pylosan Empire to surrender in Tebax that year. 44 BCE marked the beginning of the fall of the Pylosan Empire.
In 7 BCE, with the death of Telamon III, war broke out again between Pylos and Alarico. The war which was known as the 2nd Zestoric War lasted for 8 years and included the destruction of Odius in year 0 and the assimilation of Pylosan territory into the new Alarican Empire in Enero of 1 CE.
The war in Iserlon decimated them. With death tolls estimated in the tens of millions, what remains of Iserlon fell into anarchy as governments destroyed themselves. At around 280 BCE, the Jukso people from the Kharankhui Highlands wandered to southern Plevapotamia and managed to destroy the Iserlonian states there. They settled on the upper Exore river, and by 270 BCE a functioning society had been established by the Jukso in the region, forming what is now known as the Juksan Empire.
The Qiu dynasty met its end in 221 BCE when a coup d'etat occured in the dynastic capital of Haishu, deposing the king and establishing the Xin dynasty. However, the dynasty did not last long, as the king of Xin, King Wen banned all religion including Kaoism and Weilism. In 199 BCE, a rebellion known as the Haidao Rebellion occured throughout Xin, eventually toppling the government in 173 BCE and establishing the Zhang dynasty. They expanded the Tongxi Network to western Hesterath and Oranland and opened sea trade routes that some historians believed stretched all the way to eastern Flonesia.
In the Eyoseoul Peninsula, the Yeongman Hwagug was founded by the Council of Janglos in 196 BCE. The Janglos were a group of chiefs from the native tribes that inhabited the area. They agreed to united into a single government body under the threat of a Xin invasion from the north.
The Horaito civilisation appeared in Horapon around the mid 1st century BCE, with heavy Zhang and Eyoseoul influence. Horaito adopted many Eyoseoul and Zhang cultural aspects such as achitecture, writing, language, and religion. The first settlement in Horapon was founded according to Zhang historians in 43 BCE, and the first fully fledged state in 10 BCE.
Around 290 BCE, the first nation state appeared in the Domicas in the central region. They emerged from the Yectun culture as a union of 4 tribes, thus getting the name Quadran Federation. They expanded to around 24 tribes by 120 BCE, and 39 in year 0. The Quadran Federation began with the rise or organized fishing communities from 540 BCE onwards. Along with a sophisticated maritime society came the construction of large monuments, which likely existed as community centres.
The end of the Pylosan Empire did not bring peace to the new Alarican Empire. The former Pylosan colonies were attacked by Oranland tribes during the span of the 2nd Zestoric War, leaving many of them in ruins. The emperor, otherwise known as the meomphera, Noeman II decided to conduct counterattacks and reclaim the lost colonies, sparking the 3rd Zestoric War in 4 CE lasting for 3 years. The war resulted in the Alarican total dominance over the Zestoric Sea and most of Oranland, Influencing the tribes that lived there. Historians believe that without Alarican influence, writing, language, and culture of most of Oranland would be dramatically different.
Throughout the Alarican Empire, residential architecture ranged from very modest houses to mansions. A number of Alarican founded cities had monumental structures. Many contained fountains with fresh drinking-water supplied by hundreds of kilometres of aqueducts, theatres, gymnasiums, bath complexes which sometimes included libraries and shops, marketplaces, and occasionally functional sewers.
The Alaricans were unaware of their northern neighbours and did not wish to bypass the Limu mountain range and thus was cut of from Hesterath. However, they had contact with some Naphtoran tribes as seen by many Naphtoran goods in many Alarican cities. This had led to believe that Alarico was not as closed of as most people were led to believe, and had conducted frequent trades with their southern neighbours instead of their northern ones. These trades lasted from the end of the 3rd Zestoric War to the height of the Oranish attacks at around 450 CE. In 180 CE, the Alarican Empire during the reign of Darius I colonized some of Alabon, and later in 250 CE, conquered most of southern Alabon. Although their occupation of Alabon was brief, as they were kicked out in 270 BCE, it had a huge impact on the language of the continent and served as the foundation for the Neragese language that more than XXX% of Gentu use today.
From the 4th to early 5th century CE, the Empire faced many challenges in the form of attacks from native Oranland tribes from the northern region. These attacks eventually led to the downfall of the empire in 500 CE as many tribes migrated and settled on former Alarican territory replacing them by the so-called barbarian kingdoms. A remnant of the empire survived in Pylos which formed the Dardonan Empire in 496 CE. This marked the end of the Antiquity and the beginning of the Middle Era, and the loss of countless technologies, many which are still unknown to humanity today.
In central Naphtora, the first permanent settlements known as the Djanae-Harano appears. They were located in the XXX River Valley and is the oldest urbanized centers and the best-known archaeology site in central Naphtora. The cities are known to have been occupied from 5 to around 1880. The cities is believed to have been abandoned due to the Naphtoran Conquest.
In the Kukan Peninsula, the Kuk people appeared around 400 CE and mysteriously vanished around 1100 CE. The civilisation's social system is thought to have been highly advanced. The Kuk civilisation was considered to be the earliest central Naphtoran producer of life-sized Terracotta which have been discovered by archaeologists in 1958. the Kuk also used iron smelting that may have been independently developed.
From 50 to 100 CE, the Juksan Empire conquered the rest of the former Iserlon states. The Jukso people then adopted Plecanism as its primary religion in 107 CE. In 123 CE, Uransat the Conqueror came to power in the empire, and, as his name suggests, he conquered the rest of the Plevapotamian region. But he didn't stop there, he then conquered the highlands in a campaign from 136 to 144 CE. By the time of his death in 159 CE, the Juksan Empire streched from the eastern region of the Kharankhui Highlands to the north of the Limu mountain range. Juksan influence upon the language, religion, architecture, philosophy, law and government of nations around the world lasts to this day.
In northern Hesterath, in the span of 12 decades from 110 to 230 CE, the Hextern people divided into three groups, the Hernslav, who settled in the northwest; the Bensvric, who settled in the north and northeast; and the Trimerian people who settled in Trimeshia. All three cultures were known for building large Obelisks which they would build their settlements around. Although their usage is still obscure to us today, it is theorized it was used as a beacon for travellers to find the settlements easier.
In Horapon, the Eakogawa appeared in 220 CE after a period of warring states lasting from 204 to 220. The Eakogawa emerged victorious under the leadership of Hamakawa. The Eakogawa was ruled under an early form of Feudalism: there was the king at the top; and below him were the Chiji who ruled over a small portion of land within Eakogawa and paid tributes such as crops anually; below the Chiji were the Heitai who were essentially knights or mayors who assisted the Chiji and the king in times of conflict, and helped enforce law in their respective lands; and finally at the bottom of the hierarchy were the peasantry who worked the fields or other manual labour.
In North Domica, the Teraphe people appears along the rivers that flow from the XXX mountain range around 10 CE. They were often mound builders and were responsible for the creation of over 100 mound sites. The XXX River was a core area in the development of long-distance trade and culture. Following the Teraphe people, successive complex cultures such as the Hoperis emerged in the Southwest of the continent around 400 CE. Before that, many mound builder societies, retained a hunter gatherer form of subsistence.
In the central Domicas, the Quadran Federation had expanded to around 78 tribes and by 200 CE had a formidable navy and army that went unchallenged until their collapse in 982 CE. In 456 CE the Federation splited into two warring factions: the Nepholatls in the north and the Trisolans in the south. They fought against each other for 4 decades before the destruction of Techuitl, the capital of Nepholatl in 498 CE. In addition, the war saw the first ever use of the bow and arrow in the Domicas.
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Art in the Antiquity Era refers to the many types of art produced by the advanced cultures and societies with some form of writing, such as those of Zhang, Jukso, Eakogawa, Alarico, Quadran, Teraphe, Iserlon, and Walivia. The material used in art depends on where and when it is made such as the fact that most art in the Hesterath lowlands are made of copper and bronze, and that Domican art are usually carved out of stone.
Antiquity Era literature comprises religious and scientific documents, tales, poetry and plays, royal edicts and declarations, and other forms of writing that were recorded on a variety of media, including stone, stone tablets, papyri, palm leaves, and metal. Before the spread of writing, oral literature did not always survive well, though some texts and fragments have persisted. One can conclude that an unknown number of written works too have likely not survived the ravages of time and are therefore lost.
Science and technology
During the growth of civilizations during the Antiquity Era, their technology was the result from advances in engineering during the time period. These advances in the history of technology stimulated societies to adopt new ways of living and governance.
in the Antiquity Era, as historian XXX puts it: "The spiritual foundations of humanity were laid simultaneously and independently. These are the foundations upon which humanity still subsists today." Intellectual historian XXX has summarized this period as the foundation time of many of humanity's most influential philosophical traditions, including the resurgance of Plecanism in Jukso controlled Plevapotamia, Hafanism in the Alarican Empire, Weilism and Kaoism in the Hesterath lowlands, and Ervanism in central Domica. These ideas would become institutionalized in time – note for example the Qiu dynasty's role in the spread of Kaoism.
The historical roots of Plecanism in Plevapotamia date back to two ancient traditions in the Ancient Era: Sauran tradition and Isorlon tradition. Plevapotamian philosophy begins with the Endus where questions related to laws of nature, the origin of the universe and the place of man in it are asked.