OK so I finished my science fiction novel just before starting school again. 348 pages. I spread these kinds of explanatory reference chapters throughout the book so that people can understand what’s going on. They are to be read as if from a future text written to explain these times. Given the limitations of the blog editor (and not wanting to go into the html and try to format it for hours) I moved all the footnotes to the end. Also, the chapter number is to be taken as it was from that future text. In my novel, this actually appears as chapter 9.
Anyway, enjoy reading.
The Compendium of Universal History
A study of religious and political conflict and the effect of comparative eschatology of Pre-Naerian Empires
During the Pre-Naerian period two competing prophetic texts and eschatologies were used by men to vie for control of known space. The religion behind each eschatology consisted of a mythological messianic figure around whom hope and eternal favor was sought. The historical spread of these religions had some cultural biases that they exploited.
Both of these religions grew from a common monotheistic myth. This myth was based on a single god that created and destroyed at will. That god created the universe and under his watch individuals had to prove their worth and goodness daily. This proto-religion started on planet Naerius but now that religion is lost to time. Naerius is a mountainous and rocky planet with great storms and extreme changes in weather which inspired this belief in a fickle lord of the universe.
One of the competing religions had a messianic figure who was cast as a mythological divine sacrifice. His tenure in the universe was marked by his rejection rather than acceptance of temporal authority. There was no physical conquest but rather spiritual and intellectual. This religion was so closely identified with its messianic figure that it had the eponymous name “Dol-Tarprush” or “Dol our sacrifice” in Albion.
Dol descended from the stars to Naerius and during a period of off world hegemony preaching his new form of human interaction based on love of others and self-sacrifice. Dol was a strangely charismatic figure and caused more trouble by avoiding direct confrontation with authority than by indicting it. Eventually he could no longer avoid a confrontation with authority and in an epic battle in which his crazed followers attempted to protect him, he was captured and killed in a gruesomely slow and painful way. He was slowly tortured and eviscerated. Long ago, the people of Naerius aligned themselves with “Dol-Tarprush”.
His death was broadcast into every direction of known space as an example to all what fate awaited them. Of course the opposite of the desired effect happened. Whereas his death should have been the end of his religion, it continued to spread initially under the radar of temporal authority through the close by Raslavon system and eventually to the Albion system across several other systems.
Dolism’s spread was rapid through races in which religious life and secular life were somewhat separated and more personal. In these systems there was a common thread of viewing both religious and secular authority with some degree of skepticism. Although each pervaded a person’s life, and somewhat controlled it, the two were never merged in any of those systems into the rule of a theocrat. In fact the philosophical view in those systems was such that it was healthy that the two opposed each other…each giving way to the other in a time or event that was appropriate.
Several centuries later1, and in direct response to Dol’s death, a separate movement arose on the Barsifi home world. The name of that religion from the ancient tongue from which it arose was “Khardish” roughly translated into Albion as “submission”. The mythological figure who led this movement of cleansing was Ramesh, who was fully human but whose actions and victories seemed to portend divine backing.
After seeing the transmission of Dol’s death, Ramesh was so affected that in a dream that night he saw a vision of many super-beings sitting at a table and giving him the mission to cleanse the universe of its barbarity and particularly Naerius. In his dream, the super-beings who were organized somewhat in a pantheon, ordered him to have the universe submit to their will. Hence the name “Khardish” or submission.
The revelation was provided to him by the pantheon of 20 beings the head of which identified himself as the source of the monotheistic belief. He noted that the other 19 were of his race, but only he had authority over creation. The others interacted with the creation but could only affect the outcome of events but not create or destroy directly.
Ramesh, awaking from his dream, began to scribble down what he had seen and the message to creation. “Submit or be conquered” was the first message. Each night for 14 nights, Ramesh was given new insight into the history of the universe and the desires of the creator and of the members of his race. He compiled these revelations in a book call Yeraz. He carried this book into battle and was virtually invincible. He led his horde of conquering races across the quadrant and enveloped Naerius. 2
At this point the Raslavon empire had begun to form and seeing that the cradle of their religion was about to be taken, they fought a great battle with the Barsifi, each claiming divine recognition for their deeds.
Ramesh was stopped here. This wave of conquest spanned the latter part of his life, and at the pinnacle of his power when he was just about to take the seed of iniquity (Naerius) and cleanse it, he disappeared without a trace. Khardish philosophers of the subsequent era opined that he was assumed into the pantheon awaiting for a situation in which to return.
Successive generations of followers watched the Barsifi influence slowly drained until once again they were contained in their own space. In the power vacuum, the Darjiki race became ascendant and fought wars under the banner of Khardish with Raslavon. Naerius passed back and forth between their empires for many centuries having only sporadic self rule.
The unique nature of the Darjiki was that they attempted to separate secular rule with Khardish. In all the systems in which Khardish was the prevailing religion, the Darjiki were viewed as blasphemers or at least usurpers of Ramesh’s religion. To these traditionalists, religion and secular authority were one and the same and the Darjiki system a blight.
In both the collected sayings of Dol, and the revelations given to Ramesh, there is a similar eschatology. In different allegory, they speak of a three generation war, in which Naerius would be the center of conflict and field of Armageddon. Both eschatologies dealt with the return of an object to Naerius which we assume was to change interstellar relations amongst the warring clans.
Albion philosophers for centuries had argued these two prophecies were of the same myth. The interpretation of both stories say it would take 3 successive generations of one family, a patriarch who would attempt to return home but gain power outside of Naerius. He would pass the mantle of return to his son and he also would fail to return but take another great power down, and finally a grandson who wuld restore order in the galaxy on his father’s death and retake his rightful place.
This would normally be sufficient mythological and eschatological information to explain many of the things that were reported to have happened during the period known as the “Urtaric peace”. From writings of that era we see the evidence of belief that a force was unleashed by the 3rd of 3 as he was known, Adam Willem Urtaru, Emperor of the Known Universe. The legend of the time was that Emperor Urtaru placed a sacred object in its lair and by this his rule was sanctified and peace was spread.3
The involvement of the far off Albion Empire in the ascendance of the Urtaru clan to power was another historical curiosity. The Albion philosophers at the time had determined from their readings of Dol’s and Ramesh’s works that there was an active temporal power which would carry the prophesied hero back to his home-world. They of course convinced themselves that they were that power, and this is why they insinuated themselves in the tribulations and wars between the various empires far away from their home system. Trade, diplomacy, religion, and war were all tools at their disposal to affect the return which they believed would benefit them as a race.
1 The several century delay in transmission and reception was due to the ancient radio frequency broadcast used widely at the time. Our modern message accelerating spatial synaptic technology had not been invented.
2Interstellar travel and our modern methods of communication seemed to arise at this time amongst the various systems. Anthropologist and Historians today still ponder how a technology could become manifest across the universe in diverse systems concurrently. Earlier historians of this era consider this a miracle, although more recent works of Prof. Theodore Barsanti (published in 25487) attempt to dispute any miraculous intervention.
3 We know now from the historians and diarists of the era that what was truly unleashed was a reorganization of the various smaller empires which he conquered within a short time of taking power.