Sea People History

Terrestrial species know very little about the history of the Sea People. This posting will therefore be divided into two sections; the upper one being information available to interested terrestrial people, and the lower one being history known to the Sea People themselves.


General

The Sea People were one of the original races, alongside the Lek’re. It is generally accepted that the sea people were given dominion over the oceans while the Lek’re were given dominion over the land.

Ancient History

Unknown; early civilizations were likely nomadic, and the movements of tides have long since destroyed any traces.

The Silver Age (The Old Lek’re Empire)

The vast civilization of the Lek’re Empire was most likely mirrored in sea person civilization, and there are mentions of at least three independent civilizations existing at this time; the kingdom of Ceatus, located in the shallow sea between the northern and southern continents; the kingdom of Archus, located in the western ocean off the shores of the northern continent; and the kingdom of Isurus, located in the eastern ocean off the shores of the southern continent. These civilizations all appeared to have contact and trade with the on-shore city-states, and presumably with each other as well. There are indications that the Sea People so controlled the oceans at this time that trade between continents was reliant upon their goodwill.

The Great Lek’re War

While the origins of the war remain a mystery, it is apparent that the Sea People nations were involved, given accounts of ships sunk or denied passage, and a survivor’s record of an attack on a coastal town. It is also possible that war broke out between the three kingdoms.

The Ten Days of Fire

One of the surviving accounts of the Ten Days of Fire was written by a citizen of Isurus, in which he writes of the earth shaking the sea into a stormy froth, of islands collapsing beneath the waves, of undersea volcanoes erupting, and of fire and ash raining down from the skies. It appears likely from his account that the kingdom of Isurus was destroyed, and that Ceatus was also likely destroyed.

The Dark Years

Immediately following the Ten Days of Fire, all contact between the Sea People and the terrestrial species was ended. Verbally-passed stories of the Sea People indicate that the shallow seas were choked with poison from the land and unstable from undersea seismic activity. Many lived further out to sea in small hunter-gatherer groups, and a few of the fortunate found islands stable enough to rebuild on. Gradually, they made their way back towards the land, and re-connected with the terrestrial species. At this time, the Sea People were splintered into a series of tribes.

The Modern Era

During this period, the Sea People began to establish new colonies, many of which were along the eastern coasts of the northern and southern continents, particularly in a large archapelago. The colonies established trade relations with neighboring countries, but mostly avoided the terrestrial wars. Some minor wars were fought between the Sea People until Aquirra was founded.


Ancient History

The Sea People are the children of Kisui and Fushar, and are born of the waves. Many early tribes lived in shallow seas, traveling between safe bays and islands after fish, and occasionally exploring inland along major rivers.

The first permanent settlements were built surrounding islands, away from the interference of terrestrial species. These would grow into the earliest nations, and many wars were fought over the richest areas, as well as wars between those of different inclinations.

The Silver Age

There were four great kingdoms during the Silver Age; Ceatus, located in the shallow sea between the northern and southern continents; Archus, located in the western ocean off the shores of the northern continent; Isurus, located in the eastern ocean off the shores of the southern continent, and Mura, off the far-eastern coast of the northern continent. The land and oceans were different then, and the dangers of the deep encroached less upon the kingdoms of the Sea People. Through magic, great cities grew beneath the waves, some rising up to the surface on the backs of islands. Trade between the kingdoms, and with the Lek’re city-states brought wealth to the Sea People, and led to a time of great prosperity; of art, science, and magic.

The Great Lek’re War

Initially, it was no care for the Sea People; there had been wars among the terrestrials before, and they did not reach beneath the waves. This war was different, and the forces of evil themselves pulled the great kingdoms into battle with each other, and with the land-dwellers. Many of the same horrors which visited the land scoured the seas as well, and all of the creations of the Silver Age were destroyed in the wake of powerful magics.

The Ten Days of Fire

The Ten Days of Fire destroyed any remaining vestige of the old kingdoms; it is believed that all the citizens of Mura perished when it was condemned beyond the deep. Survivors of other kingdoms were forced to flee to deeper waters to survive the chaotic forces of the shallow seas.

The Dark Years

This was a time of terror for the Sea People. They lived as their ancestors had in nomadic tribes, but were deprived the relative safety of shallow seas and save harbors. They faced the dangers of the deep ocean, and many who survived the Ten Days of Fire were killed in violent storms or by the great sea monsters of the open ocean. Those who found small islands clung to their strongholds with tenacity, and while some welcomed additions to their tribes, others clashed violently for the sparse resources.

Some few of the Sea People survived by fleeing up rivers, and led a quieter existence in freshwater homes.

Towards the end of the Dark Years, some tribes began to find that the seas fled years before had become livable again, and began a gradual movement back into safer waters.

The Modern Era

The returning tribes re-built along islands and protected reefs, tending to draw together for strength as resources became richer. As the colonies grew, they began to trade with the terrestrial nations, and occasionally, to war with each other to jockey for power and position. Eventually, a pact of peace was made, and Aquirra was founded; a great realm in which all the Sea People of the ocean could exist.

Some Sea People who had lived in freshwater remained in their river homes, and shunned the construction of Aquirra. They live apart from both the terrestrial races, and from their cousins in the oceans.

Sea People History

Tygris Faye