Parthan Time Line

1. IMARU ERA

Naeja had mothered many great Divinities who resided in the Eternal Realms. Many had helped her to control the natural forces of the world. She went to her first children and commanded them to work together to create the perfect race, which she would give the ambition and proliferation to expand over the lands of the world. So it was, that all the Divinities poured the greatest parts of their personalities into this race, the Humans.

Naeja set them throughout the lands and they began their fast and powerful rise to domination. Many cultures and civilizations have risen and fallen throughout their history. (Duneimen page)

So she went to each of her godly children and had them put a bit of themselves into the human nature. So it was that they became the most versatile of all the races, and spread quickly across the world, from arctic to desert and jungle. (Races page)

She then set them upon the Mortal World in a land made fertile and beautiful by Gelthena. (Religions page)

Based on the above, and the descriptions of the Princes who answered Calla's challenges, we can surmise the following:
1. Humanity had already performed its Diaspora by the time this challenge occurred.
2. The Imaru civilization was a union of distinct tribes.
3. The Imaru civilization was centered geographically (but not politically or even culturally) around Kal-Kamora.
4. The Parthans, or "proto-Parthans", or people who would go on to become Parthans (whatever we want to refer to them as) were part of this civilization.

After the fall of Imaru, the first great realm of man, the human race spread over the world. Eventually they did not know their own brethren when they again met them, and this often led to war. (Religions page)

This confuses matters, though… at least to me. Based on the Princes' descriptions, the Imaru were already spread at least from present-day Parthus/western Moar in the west, to present-day Gand in the east, to presend-day Ryosha in the south, and as far north as northern Rona? Which means that there could not have been much of a spread subsequently.

What if the Imaru civilization was centered in the heart of what used to be Kal-Kamora? Meaning, the lands encircled by the mountains (and as far south as the modern-day Kamoran coastline). It would mean that the tribes would not have been as distinct, but it allows for a subsequent spread and physical evolution. I'm also not sure how I feel about a pre-"Bronze Age" culture that is so spread out and yet cohesive.

2. THE AGE OF HEROES

It's stated above the the civilizations as we know them know not of their common Imaru origins (or, if they do, it's highly incomplete knowledge muddled by myths and fiction).

So, we can assume that the Archaic Era (rough draft name) of the Parthans begins after the tribe of the Imaru Parnus and Gallius came from completed its migration to present-day Parthus.

They found themselves in a world much harsher than that they had known before, and soon the fight for survival replaced any other discontent. Man descended into tribes and clans, and migrated with the seasons, hunting into the farthest reaches of the land. (Religions page)

We can surmise that the environment was responsible for the cultural memory loss of the proto-Parthans. This is the time when the nature deities that predate both the Age of Philosophy and the Parthan Order taught the proto-Parthans their various skills and instilled in them their culture, rituals, etc.

At some point in here the Parthans angered Sturmgar, and so he sent Titans of the Sea to flood the lands of Parthus. This is when Verosia and Shur-Tahn became seperated and when Parthans began to move more in-land.

To be honest, I see this more as an act to punish the proto-Ryoshans. It separates them from Verosia, which seens to affect them more than the Parthans. I don't know, that's just how it strikes me. The Parthans would have feared Sturmgar for it all the same.

During this time many Parthan heroes will go on great quests and adventures and will establish new civilizations around Southern Verosia and the islands off-shore. They claim that the Moariks will descend from some of these people, and so too will the Ganniards and J'mirans. This isn't entirely true, of course, but it is their explanation for these cultures. (Parthan page, by you, which I have transcribed to my own The Parthan Order page)

I picture this time as being much like in early Greco-Roman myth.

The hypothesized time-period of many of the ancient Greek myths spans between 1400-1100 B.C. This is when you have Perseus' mom being exiled with her unborn son (of Zeus), Heracles completing his 12 Labors, Agamemnon ruling out of Mycenae, Nestor the Centaur teaching various young heroes such as Achilles and Jason, the great heroes competing for Helen's hand in marriage, etc. It largely ends with the Iliad/Odyssey; the transition of myth to more-or-less history occurs with the Return of the Heracleidae. This was an event that scholars to this day cannot confirm whether is based in myth, in history, or in both. The Spartans were *convinced* that they hailed from the grandsons and great-grandsons of Heracles and their companions, and that it was that military expedition to reclaim areas of the Peloponnesse (the lands denied to Heracles' heirs after the hero's death) that led to the creation of their state.

I picture kind of a similar transition between the "Archaic Era" and the "Age of Philosophy" that Salix and her children bring about.

I imagine the many petty kings, local chiefs, and warlords that rule Parthus as being similar to the characters we see during the mythical Greek era. Equal parts brave, bold, and ruthless, they rule by dint of prowess and cunning, but are just as likely to be praised as they are to be feared. Achilles, for example, is the pre-eminent hero of Greek mythology but his lover, Briseis, was the kidnapped daughter of a priest, kept as a slave. Agamemnon was known for his greed and jealous streaks; he had Hector's infant son killed after Troy was sacked and took his widow as his own trophy "bride" back to Mycenae. Theseus saved Athens, but spurned Ariadne, who had helped him escape Crete and the Labyrinth, and ended up kidnapping a teenage Helen on account of her looks—while in his seventies/eighties. Helen's brothers, the Dioskouri (Castor and Pollux) were famed for their bravery and for rescuing Helen from Theseus, but they were also notorious cattle-rustlers on their own time.

So you have this kind of Parthus before Salix arrived. The Kal-Kamorans would have found them backward, greedy, mercenary and lustful people… much like the Trojans disdained the Achaians as somewhat-barbaric foes.

2. THE AGE OF PHILOSOPHY

Now the The Kal-Kamorans were rising in power, … The Kal-Kamorans then began strong arming the cultures around them, including many of the Parthan peoples. … The Parthan people are subjugated, and as part of their tribute they must send ten young men and women from each civilization to the Kamorans to serve as slaves (and some say sacrifices and for the rites performed by Horaptuh). … During this time the Kamorans had a great influence on the development of the Parthan people. The Kamoran gods of culture found a people of great intellect and potential in the Parthans and so inspired the creation of the city states. These Kamoran gods began to be worshipped in Parthus: Salix, Kionanthus, and Horaptuh. (Parthan page)

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I always imagined that the migration of Salix, Kionanthos, Ariston and Artageros (and the minor deities allied with them) brought about the Age of Philosophy, which in turn attracted the Kamorans to attack.

Also, you have Salix being married off to Torinos as opposed to Strathose. I didn't remember that change.

This is what I had in mind:
Isati came to Ahad-Amal and bore him three children: Horaptuh, Sata, and Salix.

Sata was a vain and powerful warrior who sought fame through the destruction of monstrous beasts. Horaptuh was fascinated by the quest for knowledge, and soon began to study magic. Such practices had been strictly forbidden by the gods, though, and so he was exiled into the desert. Salix shared Horaptuh's intellect, but surpassed him in wisdom and devoted herself to the law of truth.

Salix was thus chosen by Isati to be betrothed to Strathose, the Cloud Titan, who also loved music and philosophy. Their son came to be known Ariston, the Sky Lord. Ariston was great and well-loved, for he was handsome and powerful. He recognized that he and his mother would never be at home with the Kamoran deities anymore than they could live forever with the Titans. Thus, he journeyed far and abroad to find a new path.

In Parthus he found a people who were daring and brave, but who struggled against the world. They were without letters, arts, or knowledge, and were ruled as much by petty warlords as they were by the predations of monsters. He came among them and fathered a generation of demigods who rose to champion the Parthan race. Ariston brought his progeny and their followers before his mother, and she approved of them. These Parthans were given gifts from Salix and her divine family: Kionanthos gave them letters, writing, and the ways of remembering their deeds; Artageros taught them the ways of trade and coin; Anthrus showed them the means by which to make tools, and Elletaria taught them how to make great works. Finally, Salix gave them laws and the desire for justice, so that Ariston's children and their followers could live together in harmony.

These Parthans went and created the Great Citadels, which endure to this day, and for which their descendants are so famous. Their first leaders were called Lawgivers and Philosophers, and the epoch they ruled during was called "the Age of Philosophy". (The Pillars of the Citadels page)

This is followed by the Kamoran conquest. We then get into the bit of the Hostages being taken to serve the Kal-Kamoran imperial household, Memnos orchestrating the revolt of Parthus, etc.

Mind you, I don't mind if we switch out Strathose for Torinos. We just need to come up with a different reason for their union.

Let me know of what you think of the above, and we can press to the next phase.

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