History and Major Events on Zekira
Here is a brief timeline of events. For more specific information about
Area and City Zone foundings, look in the Lands portion of the book. This
area contains events including population increase and certain births.
Other events include famous backstabbings and race results, things which
most Zekiran children are taught.
Since this culture has existed with higher technology for its entire
history, very few things have gone unrecorded. There are still well-preserved
images and motion pictures of early colonization processes, thoguh they
have had to be cleaned and restored several times in the ten thousand
Zekirans love recording things, and are fascinated by history - most
of them would rather read about it than create their own, in fact. Those
who do make history, those who create a shattering new invention or discover
a wild new locale, are often looked upon as true heroes. They are forever
memorialized in the history books of Zekiran schools - and often found
in sculpture, tapestry, film and paint as well as musty old journals.
Prior to "Year Zero" the colony ships sent from their
home world had been in transit for nearly 12 generations, never having
mastered faster than light travel.
Year Zero Colony ship arrives on Zekira, spending the three months
prior to landing studying and making detailed mapwork with satellite photos,
and computing the best areas to populate. It is while they are still in
orbit that the native Neres population notices the new star and makes
quite a big deal of it.
First Four cities are created with the landing parties: Mada, Jokan, Nakani
and Lisar. The populations of the cities are distributed proportionate
to the size of the continent, however that doesn't last long.
Population of Mada and Nakani are 220K, while Lisar is 170K, and Jokan
is 230K, each of these splits almost immediately into a dozen or more
small populations, the Colonization begins!
1 The Colonization Age begins! A huge new world, with a slow-breeding,
long lived population
Bred individuals are more rare, but the Breeding
shows more dramatically due to the "normal" being as normal
as it is.
12 Aecos born -- first of the New Zekirans, not Bred in the slightest,
but everyone knows who he was.
30 The first actual Status Laws are passed, which set out the distinct
differences between each. At this time, there are very few differences
between FreeWorkers and FreeLand Holders, there is little to say about
High Holders until they get into the actual swing of Holding (they cannot
Own, yet, merely Bond!), and there is no Suzerain Status.
105 Most of the Areas of each Land are set up, however not all of them
have actual cities in them, merely some small villages or farmsteads.
150 After thinking about it, and having so many people getting land Held
in such large measures, High Holders are now entitled to Own stock as
well as Bond people. This is shortly followed by a massive increase of
Bred Slaves being sold out. Also while they were at it, the lawgivers
examined the Worker vs Land Holder issue, but decided that the laws ought
200 Most of the Breeders' Laws are enacted, deciding rudamentary divisions
of Degree, but they are mainly based on the secondary Status of the Breeder,
and little else.
250 Population of Zekira reaches 1 million.
500 Breeder/Membayar Charsfa delivers a paper at the Breeders Convention
which firmly establishes all Degrees of Breeding and Healing as separate
Status from their birth. This paper is met with only small amounts of
resistance from those who were used to Owning (3rd Degree) without having
any further training in their field.
800 The end of the Colonization Age..
801 The Golden Age
Genetics begin to flex themselves after
this point. Special mutations and powers are now beginning to show up,
much more so than during the Colonization.
804 The now-yearly Championships of Steed racing start circling the globe,
there being just barely enough courses to support such things, but many
Steeds to race.
878 During one of those Steed Races, a certain High Mistress Zafram (a
descendant of Charsfa) hosts a party, however she doesn't bother showing
up to it, since she's just bet for the first time (and last) on a Worker
and his beat-up old mare Toss the Bones. At 300 to 1 odds, and with perhaps
only another two dozen individuals insane or foolish enough to have bet
on him, Worker Kelkey and Toss the Bones manage to place 3rd in the race.
Zafram helps Kelkey celebrate. Later, she dies in childbirth.
919 Zafram and Kelkey's daughter Zekrel becomes well known as a sculptor.
Well enough that a greedy Owner named Bhez orchestrates a huge windfall
in her works' value. By killing her in 928.
1019 The first Suzerain status laws are passed across the whole world,
just for a certain Enohshai and his Membayar Company What Wants To Own.
The status is adopted by hundreds of people suddenly, it was no surprise
that many lawmakers sprang at the chance to Own as well as Bond so soon.
1115 The famous Bayaran Renta versus Lord Zrkee Zhkaahaa case in Eren
causes a new set of laws regarding placement of qualified Bayaran in appropriate
jobs rather than an arbitrary work load.
1300 Population of Zekira reaches 3 million.
1359 In the then-unZoned Wivir area, a renegade Slave community goes into
an uproar when Master Toko threatened to bring them back to their Lords.
However, one of Toko's contemporaries successfully argued for a new "squatters
law" which makes it possible for renegades of any prior Status to
establish their Freedom after 20 years. Before then, if their Owner or
the law catches up to them, they're still guilty, but after that point
they are considered "explorers and homesteaders".
1787 New crops of native coffee-bean like plants called Zpara take hold
in the flatlands of Bohata, from overhead the whole of the green Area
becomes spotted with the brilliant red color of the plants.
1792 Genius architecht High Mistress Toshu is commissioned to create the
new Osini Center, to celebrate the beautiful coastal city Zone festival.
It still stands in modern times, and is used today just as it was then:
as a Steed Race observation dome and party house for the extremely rich.
(Or, lots and lots of Workers.)
2000 Two cities for Two Thousand. The twin cities of Hisai and Teklel
are Zoned this year, each competing still for the title of "most
beautiful Zerin city".
2120 Ruins in Curra/Polaen/Umtl are rediscovered, it is estimated that
they had remained undisturbed since -4500 or before. At first they are
used only as a tourist site, but then private Owners bought it and continue
to Hold it (Mailala is a descendant of these people).
2242 Teklel's Steed course "River Rage" is one of the earliest
very dangerous over-water races to be put permanently onto the Championship
2400 The end of the Golden Age.
2401 The Age of Exploration
There is much land and lots of
brave, hardy souls to explore it. More frequent mutations and powers are
beginning to show up, and people with more than just one strong power
each as well.
2500 Population of Zekira reaches 6 million.
2599 Astenoh, Animal Master, born
Born to Lord Ankite and BeastLady Stanoh, BeastMistress Astenoh is one
of the first Zekirans who can manipulate the native animals successfully,
rather than the ones which came with the colonists. This is a remarkable
leap in splicing technology - who would know that she's part Ferilon?
2718 Rook becomes a surprisingly in-vogue area to breed Steeds with big
scoop-shaped bat-like wings. These Steeds dominate high-altitude and pulling/lifting
competitions for generations to come.
2880 The remains of the orbiting Colony ships are officially destroyed
by pre-planned systems, long after they had been gutted and used up by
the colonists. There was some amount of debate as to why they'd done so
in this particular year, it was decided that the colony-ships time-pieces
were set to the original world's, and left it at that. By this year, no
one misses them.
3000 By this time, dozens of small communities are vying for Zoning. Just
because they haven't got population over 2000 doesn't mean that major
cities don't exist at least in name by this point.
3075 Chorr, Slave, dies
Born to Worker Eshamis and Slave Halat. Both were closely used by Breed
Lord Lataen, who then used Chorr as the base stock for nearly eighty offspring.
Exhausted, Chorr tried to escape several times during her long life (she
was born in 2850) bu in the end died bringing one last child into the
3088 Several of Chorr's offspring who had been Raised or Freed during
her life begin discussing things with their legal councilors. The first
portions of the Slave Abuse Act is put into law within 10 years: that
no female Slave may be Bred more than an arbitrary number of times in
her expected lifetime - this number varies by Area and sometimes by Zone,
but is usually no more than 30.
3200 Population of Zekira reaches 10 million.
3346 The first spliced offspring (Human and Animal) is made, to a rousing
chorus of kill it! While mutations had run through Tuned individuals for
centuries which emulate fur and animal-like features, this is the first
time anyone had taken a native animal (in this case a Hern Rat of all
things) and lumped in its useful size and hardiness. It would take another
few generations of other more subtle splicing to effect the positive attitude
reflected in the modern era.
3423 Land Master Sh'ndavay climbs Star Peak, the highest mountain in Ka.
He hated it so much up there, so he said, that he didn't even bother claiming
the Land as his own - it's much too cold! Instead, he grounded down at
the somewhat more sedate Emer, and the city's population doubled in less
than three decades, enough to Zone.
3647 Ri'iri is founded with a number of Breeders, High Holders and hundreds
of Bayaran and Slaves. They work on the layout of the city, such as it
is, and the place has become known still for its Breeding, Steeding and
3839 What has become one of the largest cities in the world, Telva is
founded. The locale seems to have been perfect for a wide variety of uses:
Steeding is popular and easy with the good lands, winds and race courses,
while farming and homesteading in the rolling hills to the south has been
popular since long before this founding day. Telva's first City President
spot was also the first shared by two people! High Mistress Pahvo and
Lord Raiyahn both recieved exactly the same number of popular votes, and
most of their higher status friends couldn't decide on who should take
the spot. They married three decades later.
4000 Population 25 million. Most Areas have at least 2 or 3 Zoned
cities in them, others more than that.
4193 This is the first time anyone looked up and noticed that there was
a third moon. Apparently, like the other two, this one was a captured
asteroid that wandered too close. If the Zekiran population had been paying
attention to the Neres folks, they'd have noticed it a lot earlier. But
this event provokes the next event...
4200 The first and only Neres natives reach a populated area (Kiran/Emosah/Vin)
but since it's also a desert area they are unlikely to have wanted to
stay in the first place. They are driven out by a very brave contingent
of FreeWorkers, who then become Free Land Holders shortly thereafter.
4473 For the first time in the colonist's history, there is an attempt
to harness the giant storm system which traverses the Rainbow Sea and
over the continents of Tana and Zerin, thus Vimit and other smaller plains
towns begin using wind-farming.
4530 Some of the first "Show Wing" Steeds are bred with features
found on native insects. Their wings are so delicate that several of them
had to be put down - this is one of the only known times that euthanizing
a Steed is encouraged because of the pain the animals were in after a
4712 Kyan Jernaeka, Membayar, Born
4750 Kyan Jernaeka masters the waters between Kirun and Qimira, establishing
the first water-based traffic since the colonists landed.
4750-4825 Jernaeka sires at least 30 offspring, being the "in demand"
Breeder of that century; also it is noted in many history books that nearly
1/10th of the births recorded were of children named Kyan, Kyani, or variants.
The family name of Jernaeka is still in use, by his distant relatives.
5000 Last communication out from colony on Zekira is sent to stars. The
satellite structure then turns on the planet and keeps track only of surface
and major solar activity.
5001 The Age of Exploration ends, and the new Classical Age begins.
Major population centers are peaking. Most of the habits and trends of
this age are being revitalized in the so-called "modern" age
later. All breeding is beginning to resemble modern era trends.
Population of Zekira reaches 34 million.
5414 Saxxon Born Yes, we have a winnah! Saxxon is most likely the first
fully and naturally immortal Zekiran, cursed with toxic skin and extreme
powers as well as frightening good looks. These are to say the least a
bad combination when Breeding under non-clinical settings. He doesn't
seem to care, siring at least half a dozen children with one particular
self-healing young woman several hundred years later - at the same time
inadvertently founding most of the major dark-skinned dangerous genetic
lines of the modern era. He does that again several times for the rest
of the known history of Zekira - including after everyone is also immortal.
5780 Saxxon begins taking over large plots of land in Dorel and Ertin,
ever so slowly he begins to realize that he's not growing old. After 6000,
historical documents regarding events on large scale and the random occurances
around the world are most likely written by him either under a new name
or without any kind of credit. A collector of odd knowledge, ironies and
fantastic tales, Saxxon becomes quite the historian before politics and
personal involvement require more attention.
6000 Population of Zekira reaches a stable 43 million, Lendau is the first
individual city to reach 1 million.
6253 With the nearness to hop from the mountains of the east to the city
of Pesht to the west, J'mao is ideal for those young upstarts and loud
people of the world. J'mao is about the loudest place in the world, a
nexus of communication and information technology. It always will be known
as the center of Modern Communication.
6720 Diamonds, in the mountains behind Ist. That's really all that needs
to be said, huh? They're still in there, people are still coming to find
that out for themselves.
6990 The earliest known encounter between a Zekiran and the crystaline
substance known as "Deadhead" which inhibits psionic ability.
Land Master Ahan stumbled across what he had hoped would be a new minable
ore. His sensing ability stops working while in the presence of this substance,
and he attempted to keep this knowledge to himself - which worked pretty
well until he fell to his death in a sinkhole that had formed, (without
his ground sensing powers) holding an armload of the crystals.
7261 The largest racing upset in decades pays off for then-FreeLand Holder
Tailengel. He had no inkling that his bet would pay off so much, and when
the Steed "Turn That Noise Down" won at 350:1 no one was surprised
tohear LandMaster Tailengel's response: "I've never bet in my life,
how about that? I won?"
7332 The nicest marble in the world suddenly shows up in the form of Fi'ir's
mines, whole sheets of the beautiful white and black stone (along with
the vibrant green and blood red versions) are exposed when a bizarre earthquake
exposes the vein.
7599 Torrential rains and gale force winds beat the Kiran coastline off
Black Point, exposing a whole lot more "black" in the form of
the ancient volcanic glass which the beach was named after. Shortly, the
industry of obsidian sheets for panes of fashionable glassworks starts
up, shipping them all over the world.
7804 Adden's great-ancestor Dieros wins the first Tenet-Kua cross country
flight race by a lead of almost two days, on the Steed "Mighty",
who becomes the winningest Steed of the century.
7829 Mad composer Dulath creates his symphony of Wind and Harmonies of
the Wings, while in Ama, blowing a lot of money on his huge wind collecting
musical devices, but then making a whole lot more when the recordings
skyrocket in popularity. He called these half-mile long pieces of crystal
and metal "wind chimes"... others called them monstrosities,
noise machines, and other less than raving reviews.
7854 Zogan is the location of an incredibly gristly murder scene: the
entire family and all the Slaves living in High Mistress Jeris' large
estate are gassed to death when the "mood candles" normally
used to enhance fertility began belching out toxic fumes. The candles
had been made by the notoriously insane Breeder Maish Myuah, who had also
been responsible for several other awful deaths before and after this.
He was Exiled soon after his crimes were linked to him.
7978 Membayar have a hard time believing their ears when they are told
by the courts in Coori that their Bonds must only be kept for a maximum
of two years per term. This is almost unheard of to Memayar, most other
cities have betting and natural disasters that keep people Bayaran for
more than 10 years! Coori's Bond law is the shortest term in the world,
for this reason. But, the law has never been challenged - mostly because
it is always possible to assign more than one "term" to a Bayaran.
8000 Population of Zekira is 60 million.
Celebrating 8 thousand years of civilization, several small townships
are granted Zoning: Nev in Bohata, Kelen in Ka, Voket in Laiarta, Nuris
in Imaa, Tam in Mi'a, and Craus in Wo'ad. These all have populations in
the 20 thousands, and most of them rarely get bigger than that, notably
8039 In Eftel, the first laws regarding Generation Bayaran are seeded
when a third generation Bond begins to question her Grandfather's debt
to the agency she's working for. Bayaran Veeveh must remain in her Status
for another decade, but her intelligent discussions and patient self-teaching
made her quite a name when such things were mostly unspoken. She becomes
a very secure and able Membayar herself after paying off her 'damnable
8651 By mentioning a High Holder's distressingly long tail at his first
Holder party, Rhajamko forever doomed himself to ridicule and low Status
8660 L'vezh, Bayaran, Born
Speaking of tails, this one's got a real long one! Early in the 4-armed
mutation range, about 4000 years before, the very first Naga-shaped mutant
came around, well it hadn't happened again until this year. L'vezh was
the offspring of a tailed male and a 4-armed female, and this sparked
the whole controversy about inherited genetics and the arm/tail connection.
8830 Etan, Breeder, Born
Etan appeared out of nowhere, apparently, and became known for his smart
mouth and eager business deals. Later on, of course, he's found his way
through the Breeding cycles and is known much better for keeping the lid
on his Cloning projects. His first exile is his last, apparently, because
after experimenting on not only himself but his own offspring, he vanishes
from public sight and psionic sight too.
9000 Population of Zekira is 70 million.
The end of the Classic Age, and the start of what is termed the Modern
Era. This era is where most play should be focused, as all the charts
and prices are made to reflect the time between 9k and 11k.
9000-9500 Many popular lines of Breeding stock start to show up. It is
the first time in the history of Zekira other than Kyan Jernaeka's line
in the 5 thousands when true family lineage begins to make a very big
difference in how people are treated, their Status, and who Breeds with
them. Also, technology which had been disused during the Classic Age is
beginning to be fashionable again, and due to the huge number of Steed
races, shows and other events which must be broadcast almost daily, the
first World Broadcast Net starts on the vid. Formerly, until 9245, there
had been large numbers of local stations, perhaps Area wide broadcasts.
Now, using the satelite technology still at their disposal, the World
at Large is able to view every race in the world whenever they wish! This
is shortly followed, in 9303, by the use of the first World Betting Network.
What a surprise. No surprise too that shortly after that, in 9305, Membayar
are having a field day with all the new income!
9730 Population of Zekira is boosted by the fact that now Breeders are
unafraid to actually work with nearly-defective cells, and for the first
time in history a number of so-called infertile people have contributed
Population is 85 million for this reason.
9956 Viridia, Breeder, Born
9970 Vinet, Membayar, Born
Viridia and Vinet are half-sisters, Vinet mothers a different half of
the important Animal Masters, Slaves and Membayar of the world while her
sister takes care of the Breeders and such.
9972 At 16 years old, Viridia gets her Breeding Degree, because she's
arguably the most brilliant Breeder of the millennium.
9999 Viridia and Etan meet, and don't really get along. Viridia's clear
opinion of the cloned man is that he ought to lay down and die. However,
she begins searching for ways to avoid the psionic wear and tear he offers
her, and her family line is devoted to this task. Etan does not know this,
to the present day.
10050 Tresis Arregon, Rogue, Born
10060 Marad, Owner, Born
Marad is a pretty good stock for Breeding, and he knows it, so there are
actually a good number of Marad-named children of this era, not all of
them as good looking as those who become Mirage's ancestors.
10183 Tresis and Etan meet for the first time and discuss things, privately,
about the world and what they're going to do with it after they've taken
10185 Jonbyer, Breeder, Born
...And who Etan and Tresis have to make to achieve their goals. By the
time Jonbyer has gotten his 6th Degree in Breeding he's already killed
three young men, and is busy creating many more for his later enjoyment.
10211 Morgontain, Breeder, Born
10226 Tresis is gone to Neres now, bored and insane. You don't want to
know what he's been doing before now, other than plotting with Etan. Actually,
his closest relatives will always remember him fondly. As the guy who
raped his mother and waited for her to give up her child to him...
10229 Viridia and Etan argue for a very long time about who is going to
produce the next best thing since buttered toast... It is possible that
the introduction of Rigesh to their chosen line was a compromise between
the two camps, a weakness to the psionics that either side provide.
10230 Darkhanis Paveh, Breeder/High Holder, Born
Darkhanis was indeed Bred by Jonbyer, however all of his training and
instruction was initiated by Viridia, of course.
10285 Vanya Sengihr, Breeder, Born
Vanya should have been Bred by his uncle Darkhanis. This fact has irked
Darkhanisall his life, but he never once told his nephew the truth of
the matter. Vanya's parents, Darkhanis' brother Sengihr and wife Inilla,
were murdered by Jonbyer, along with a host of others along the next 30
years. Vanya is only one of the few survivors of Jonbyer's madness, and
is certainly one of the most prime examples of being victimized by cruelty.
However his genetics are, shall we say, far superior to most. By the time
the Outsiders are reborn, he among them, his genes (along with Marad/Mirage,
Kshau and a few others) comprise a huge percentage of the viable population!
10298 Mirage, High Holder, Born
It seems that her ancestress does protect those who are worthy, even in
the afterlife, Mirage collects spirits when she is a child, and Latelenae
is one of them. That's Tresis' mother, in case you're wondering. They're
10323 Jonbyer found guilty of amazing badness and is exiled. The mere
mention of this Breeder's name is forbidden in any of the higher-status
groups who were Bred by him, and it is often seen as a great shame or
task to overcome having been created by him. An exersize in group therapy
Orn is the last of the "boys" and is offered FreeWorker status,
he takes it, and steals an awful lot of stuff from Jonbyer's labs as well,
setting himself up for Breeding and whatever else he can offer. Within
a little over a hundred years he's a High Owner.
10346 Ten, Slave (at first) Born
Boredom and madness begin taking a toll on Vanya, and because he has easy
access to both Engell and Aeroch samples he demands them as payment for
an assortment of awful things done to prisoners (yes, Aeroch enlists his
help in subduing certain people before they make it to their legal trials...)
and Ten is the result. Ostensibly, Vanya complains constantly that Ten
is so far from perfect as to be an embarrassment, but in reality it is
a desperation tact that allows him to beg for sanity. He never abuses
Ten the way that Jonbyer did him, but mentally it's another story. Ten
never forgives his creator for the way he'd thought of him, but never
quite stops adoring him either.
10406 Morgontain Dies -- a memorial service is attended by approximately
10000 people... many she'd Bred, or their offspring, Hunters, and Steed
Racers. A small number of her projects, offspring and Slaves or Bonds
received her Hunt Park, steed racing areas and breeding facilities. All
the rest of Morgontain's stuff went to the many of her myriad children
and friends, nothing more than 5LU to any of them, however. She did leave
specific cell samples to specific Breeders.
10450 Engell tries bringing Tresis home, sending Vanya to Neres to do
it. You did know that Tresis is his grandfather, didn't you? Now you do.
High Owner Status finally approved in Tana, at which point many Owners
10451 With the help of Vionn and Juvon, Vanya brings Tresis to Fi'ir,
quits Alabaster, and sells off all Fi'ir Holds.
10452 Vanya expands the Behat Homestead to a fully functional Breeding
and Interrogation lab, working solo.
With them both on the same continent, Tresis has a little more contact
with his old buddy Etan, who starts it up again with Archie and the race
for domination... this time with some of the existing breeders and new
10465-480 High Owner Status adopted in Zerin, Kiran and Curra, and from
here on out people may be born into it.
10650 Breeders allowed to specialize without adding a Status, and may
be born into their raw Breeder status after this point without the need
for a secondary Status. Healer, Psyche Healers and Psionic Healers are
all established as offshoots.
11000 Population of Zekira is estimated at 102 million, Neres native
population is decreasing rapidly.
11001 Archeria begins activating the clones to start this process all
11000-13000 The Age of Specialization has begun in earnest. The
new Breeding category of B6a has been instituted, though many normal Breeders
never hear of it. The amazing results of this Breeding allow for such
special people to be created that many of them are never shown off in
public. They often cannot breed with normal people due to
physical needs. (You try breeding with a completely electric being!)