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    Drakonian Civilizations (YEAR ONE)

    OH SHIT IT'S A DRAKON IMPULSIVELY STARTS A GAME BECAUSE AN IDEA TOOK HIM EPISODE

    On the first non-day, there was Drakon, the Dragon of Creation.
    On the second non-day, Drakon breathed fire, and it became the world.
    On the third non-day, the world cooled, and it became cold.

    On the fourth non-day, sprung forth Man.
    On the fifth non-day, Drakon breathed fire a second time, it became the sun.
    On the sixth non-day, Drakon breathed only relief, from whence came the moon.

    That was the end of the non-days, and the beginning of days.
    Man marched in a great herd, grouped in their families and Tribes.
    They were led by the strongest, tallest of them all, and they called him Chieftain.

    The Chieftain led the Man-herd for 365 days.


    The Year is One.



    Players essentially guide their Tribe to survival until the year 2020 by selecting 1 of 3 randomly chosen human advancements to solve their current dilemma. Think of it as the Internet webgame NationStates but you know, cooler. To get started, post your Tribe's name and leader (optional) and your first choice as a Tribe (more on that soon). First player to sign up is de-facto Chieftain of the Man-herd, and has 2 influence points.

    The Chieftain is the first Great Leader of Man, and he can call for a vote at any time to fast-forward the game by a maximum of 100 years. The Chieftain has 2 votes (proportionate to influence points.) A majority is needed from all players to fast-forward. Players have no ability to control what happens during fast-forwards, but their Tribes will not die out, making fast-forwards useful in crises.

    This game will not always be straight. Random events may include fantasy or science fiction tropes. It's possible but highly improbable that your Tribe stumbles on alien technology, etc.


    Choose 1 of the following options. Making a different decision than the Chieftain means leaving the Man-herd and striking out on your own.

    The Man-herd has arrived upon a great river, with wide plains suitable for the rearing of crops. There is plenty of fish and game to hunt, and the Tribes begin to deliberate on whether they should end their great ranging and settle here.

    1. Deity: Your Tribe worships Aaos, God of Endings. You must build boats to sail the great river. [Become Seafarers]
    2. Culture: You will settle this land. [Become Agrarians]
    3. Stirrup: What use is a field if one does not ride? [Become Nomads]





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    We are the men of the North-by-North-West tribe. Our leader, the great and powerful Urg has brought us to this place to grow strong!

    Urg choose to build boats and sail the great river!

    (Advantage of being at work til really late pays off on games that start late )

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    We are the Grob, and we are many! Our Chieftan is the great Rif!

    We will ride into the sunset, on our feet or our mounts.

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    So they came upon the land and saw fertile soil and plentiful bounty, such was the delight of the people that they would split from their brothers and sisters, choosing to settle the land in honor of their god, but always remembering the tale of the heated spear. The tribe came to know themselves as the Akrin people, their leader adopting another title, she would be known as the breaker of chain- Morrigan.

    "My Lord! We're surrounded!!"
    "Excellent! Now we can attack in any direction"


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    We are the Gar-Phoo. Our chieftan is Who'me.
    This land is in our bones. We have settled here and farm this fertile soil.

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    The majority of the man-herd follows their Great Chieftain south, building boats to sail down the great river. Urg sniffs the air and finds it moist with the coming of a great storm. The time for a decision has come.

    @scythes

    Hurricane: So be it. Only the strong will survive.
    Offerings: The God of your people, Aaos, will protect you - but an offering to Him must be made.
    Race: We will see who is the swifter - the storm, or our boats!

    The Grob shake their head in dismay at their queer boat-building cousins, and ride west with their horses. Many days later they come to a large body of water from which the horses would not drink. The Tribe has encountered the sea.

    @theonelogician

    Coast: Perhaps we were not meant to roam further. The Tribe will settle here.
    Vision: Rif struck down by a vision - but of what?
    Music: And so you have reached the end of the world! All that is left to do is to sing and be merry!

    The Akrin People settled upon the land, with their cousins the Gar-Phoo settling a respectful distance away. There, they sowed crops and reaped its bounty, and all was well. On occasion, they would wonder about Urg's people, who had sailed south, and the Grob, who rode west. The coming year was fruitful for the Akrin people, and saw them develop...

    @General 40

    Music: Times are good and spirits are high.
    Husbandry: As we tamed the land, so shall we tame the animals.
    Law: With bounty comes property, with property comes theft.

    The Gar-Phoo settled not far from the Akrin people but already their paths were diverging irrevocably. Like the Akrin, the Gar-Phoo prospered, but the path of their civilization took different turns... or did it?

    @Gary M

    Husbandry: As we tamed the land, so shall we tame the animals.
    Roads: The Akrin across the river have different crops than we do. With some kind of dirt road, we could trade with them.
    Coven: The need to anticipate weather in an agricultural society produces strange creatures. Wise-women appear in the Tribe.

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    Urg peers, steely eyed, into the storm on the horizon and calls for his shaman. "Larth, speak to the Aaos, command him to brush aside this storm so that my people can continue," he says. "The gods only answer the strong, so do not simply ask him as a mewling child would, but command him! If Aaos demands a sacrifice then give him a child from the tribe. Show him we are not men worth trifling with!" Urg then turns and stares into the storm again, seemingly willing it to dissipate.

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    So the Akrin people saw sheep upon the land afar and led them home, taking also cows and such, things were good.

    Husbandry: As we tamed the land, so shall we tame the animals.

    "My Lord! We're surrounded!!"
    "Excellent! Now we can attack in any direction"


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    Some say the gods whispered that night, others that Rif had far too much to drink. Whatever the case, Rif saw something.

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    Over time, a few indivuduals, usually many summers old, learned to tell season to season changes and could tell in advance when the rains would come and when the sun would burn hot. This skill was passed on to others.
    They became revered in the tribe as crops yielded greater harvests and all benefited.
    Coven

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    Larth of the North-North-West Tribe shook his skull-rattle, bellowed the dead-horn, threw his dice, and cut his palm, letting the blood drip into the great river as a tribute to Aaos, God of Endings. The moist winds blew harder. Larth turned and sought one of the newborn babes. As he wrested it from its pleading mother and prepared to drown it in the river, a great beast bounded upon the shore opposite Urg and his ships.

    In its maw was a sable - an animal native to the frozen north the man-herd fled from. Its color was the red of flame, the color of Aaos. The monstrous black beast locked eyes with Urg, and seemed to bow its forelegs to the Great Chieftain, letting the sable fall into the river, all the while looking deep into Urg's eyes. The moment the sable hit the waters, the wind stilled, and 3 thunderbolts blinded the man-herd. When they could see again, the beast was gone and the waters stilled.

    The Tribe sailed south without further issue, and came upon a rugged brown land, full of game and patches of oasis. A good land. A strong land. This land Urg claimed as his own. The river poured in from the north, and the sea beckoned to the east. A good place to build a home, for when the Tribe becomes weary of sailing and require safe harbor.

    While on the arduous voyage south, Larth wove a great banner of the Black Beast Upon the River, and made it the banner of the North-North-West Tribe.


    @scythes

    Music: Eat, sing! Be merry, for this land is ours!
    Magic: Urg concludes that he defeated the storm through sheer will, bending even the power of a God to him.
    Holy Book: Aaos is a benevolent God, and deserves to be worshiped far and wide.

    The Akrin People worked their land, and eventually worked to taming the wild animals that were useful to them. Dogs, goats, cows, anything that could be milked, sheared or be rendered of benefit to their agriculture. However, as their flocks and fields grew, so did foreign attraction to these holdings grow as well. Out of the East came a horde of slant-eyed tribes called the Quan. They brought their God with them. Peking, the Great Duck.

    @General 40

    Neighbours: Morrigan points them to lands which these Quan may settle.
    Theocracy: If Morrigan adopted Peking as the God of her people, perhaps she may claim sovereignty over these Quan.
    Holy Book: The Akrin People did not worship a particular patron God, but it seems that they will need to in order to overcome these newcomers.

    Rif screamed, for the pain was great and the vision heady. He saw a great tiger bounding forward with a sable red as the dawn, and just like that... it became clear where Rif must go.

    As his men rode to their destiny, Rif's wife sewed his vision and made it his people's banner.


    @theonelogician

    Magic: Rif felt the pain recede and power rise. With this power, Rif will cleave the sea open for his riders.
    Garden: The Tiger was bounding towards a fertile land, even more bountiful than the land Morrigan and and Who'me settled. All was green and all was good.
    Holy Book: The Tiger is a hunter supreme. May it lead the Grob to hunting grounds and worthy prey!

    It transpired that many days in this fertile land bred strange folk which could sense the future of the skies, whether it wept or shone. Soon, these wise-women became influential in Gar-Phoo society, and the Tribe began a development wholly their own...

    @Gary M

    Language: The wise-woman cants and incantations have paved the way for a unique language for the Gar-Phoo. And with it perhaps, writing too...
    Garden: The wise-women speak of a place where all the clouds and sun embraced only light enough for things to thrive and grow. Land ripe for taking.
    Law: As farmers come to the wise-women for wisdom, so too were they eventually called to arbitrate disputes. A code of law was about to be born.

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    Rif felt words flow from his mouth as he spoke of the Tiger, the Hunter. Let it lead the Grob to great hunts and the thrill of the chase!

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    Urg decides he will have this land for himself and declares it home to him and his tribe by planting his banner. He has also found his true calling.... using his will power and inner strength to make gods now before him and dissipate even the mightiest of storms. While his tribe begins building a town he shuts himself away to hone his new found powers.

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    The Akrin people gave gifts to their new friends and welcomed them kindly, showing them favorable lands should they wish to settle, mean while people began to question who was the first to think of milking cows?

    Neighbours: Morrigan points them to lands which these Quan may settle.

    "My Lord! We're surrounded!!"
    "Excellent! Now we can attack in any direction"


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    To help preserve the their teachings and wisdom for future generations, the wise women started to make markings on various things.
    First bark, but this soon broke or rotted if not kept properly.
    Whome and the council of elders pondered the problem.
    At one particular council meeting the servants brought in small clay bowls filled with drink. Most were plain but two, made by one particular member of the tribe had been decorated with scratches and patterns.
    That was it. If the wise women would make their marks in damp clay which could be dried, their wisdom would be remembered for generations!
    Thus, it was decided that the markings should be made in small clay slabs.
    This was both more durable that bark, but also more fragile in that they could be smashed.
    But, it was easier to wrap the tablets in thick blankets or layers of leaves to protect them than keep the bark.
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    The Tiger's message was clear, and it guided the Grob west, where they were able to live out their nomadic way of life, where animals were plentiful and the hunt nevertheless challenging. As the Grob became the masters of the grasslands, their society became more complex.

    @theonelogician

    Despotism: Rif proven to be a strong and powerful chief. As the tribe prospers Rif can begin to set them on a path where the strong rule and the weak submit.
    Husbandry: The Grob has become adept horse-riders. It is time to tame other animals to meet the tribe's needs.
    Coven: The visions Rif received must not be forgotten - those who are deemed worthy must carry on the word.

    As the Grob were trampling westward, the North-by-Northwest tribe has built a bustling town, with boats ranging out for fish and brief adventures. Urg however, has shut himself in a hut, incoherent with the power coursing through his veins. Knowledge burst within him, and through the aether sprang forth knowledge of...

    @scythes

    Music: Pleasing sounds to lift the spirit and define a tribe.
    Language: A tongue wholly his own may speed his understanding of magic.
    Mathematics: It appears that the true mystery of the world... is numbers.

    The Quan settled to the north of the Akrin people. Morrigan was worried of these newcomers. They were easily 3 times the number of her own tribe, and could, if they chose to, overwhelm the Akrin easily. It did surprise her therefore, to learn in the coming months that the Quan were very eager to deal with their new neighbors.

    In any case, Morrigan had a standard made, and planted it on the outskirts of her lands, marking it as hers.


    @General 40

    Currency: Barter has ceased to become an acceptable mode of trade as more and more goods exchanges hands between neighbors.
    Magic: The Quan has brought their strange lore with them, and share them openly.
    Holy Book: Peking, the God of the Quan, certainly does have its merits...

    The Gar-Phoo to the south also maintained cordial relations with the Akrin, and through them, the Quan. Their life across the great river seemed to have given them a different language compared to their neighbors, something which has caused much comment - what were they drinking down there? The Gar-Phoo were only going to get more queer from here on, and their neighbors called them the wild horses - which soon found their way to their banners.

    @Gary M

    Mathematics: As 'culture' seeps into agriculture, the tribe begins formulating calculations to aid them in the planting and reaping.
    Philosophy: With a language all their own, the Gar-Phoo have begun to engage in philosophical thought. A keystone of progress, or fancy nonsense?
    Empower: The wise-women have proven to be a font of knowledge for the tribe. They claim to be able to use their wisdom to make crops grow faster, bigger.

    THE YEAR IS TWO.


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    Let us learn from the other animals, charting their traits, their paths, and their uses.

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    Knowledge burst within him, and through the aether sprang forth knowledge of.... language. Urg's eyes opened wide and he knew his tribe must have their own language so he turns to the task of teaching them his new tongue. Knowing his inner power will increase he pours all of his efforts into this task!

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    With the writing down of the knowledge of weather, crop harvests increased beyond simple self-sufficiency, to a state where the volume needed to be tallied.
    At first the attempts were simple, a sheaf, some sheaves.
    Then names were given to a single sheaf, to a pair sheaves and so on.
    The tribe worked out that they could tally all their crops more easily by adding totals from all the field together rather than have to tally each sheaf of corn separately.
    From there some worked solely on the 'numbers' as they became known, making further discoveries about the world around them.

    Mathematics.

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