History is ephemeral. It is a creation of the mind and a corrupted interpretation of the past. That people lived and events happened, there can be no doubt, but the order in which they happened, and their relative significance can never truly be known, but by the gods.
Audulphus Sampo Guierro, from Repudiation of Time
History has often been used as a weapon by men; more powerful than an army, more insidious than an assassin. It has been wielded to great effect, destroying civilizations whilst preserving others in the face of ruin.
There are as many views on history as their are minds that undertake its perusal, but it can be commonly agreed that there are three major chronicles that seek to create a narrative covering the entirety of human existence. Each of the three see the world through their own unique lens, and each has its own methods for compiling their account. It is this mixture of perspective and purpose that creates the critical differences and so gives teeth to history.
The first and most accessible of the great chronicles is the Chronicles of Mann. It is widely circulated throughout the world but is heartily criticized by Vintara and the Lucidian church for being inaccurate at recording the ‘truth’ of many events. The Chronicles of Mann were written, and continue to be written at the University of Mann on the Isle of Mann. The Chronicles use a linear calendar, called the Kaladonian Cycle, that is said to have started the day the Kaladonins left the great ancient city of Zakhara. Thus, the Chronicles have, perhaps, the most exhaustive and authoritative account of the sundering of the thirteen tribes. Much of the Lucidian Chronicles are derivative of the chronicles of Mann.
The second of the great chronicles is a shadowy account, often hinted at, but rarely seen by those outside of the enigmatic Caliphate of Dreloria. The Drelorians are one of the most ethnically pure of all the tribes of man. They count their existence in an unbroken line to the creation of mankind in the sacred land of Byblios. The Mysteries is an account that has been assembled for countless generations. It is a compilation of several archives worth of texts that have provided the Drelorians with one of the richest sources of first hand material in the world of man. Though The Mysteries is massive in its scale, it is incredibly self-centric in its outlook. Like Drelorian culture in general it has been closed off to the outside world, offering only the most puzzling of explanations of events beyond the borders of the caliphate.
Despite that, The Mysteries are a critical piece of Drelorian identity and an excellent example of how powerful history can be. While the Myvolin were able to overcome the Drelorians militarily and rule them for nearly four centuries, they were never able to crush the their idea of self. Myvolin officials ruthlessly hunted down Drelorian texts, but most of the vast collection was hidden away, and even added to throughout the hard years of occupation. Once the iron hand of the Myvolin had been removed, it was through The Mysteries that Drelorian civilization was able to swiftly repair itself and once more arm itself against the outside world.
The Drelorian calendar isn’t based on the rotation of the sun; but, on the alignment of distant stars that contain the mysteries of the known world. So the dates of The Mysteries are based on nine 602 day years followed by one 603 day year. As the longest running historical record and calendar the Delorians are loath to adopt a new linear system.
The newest of the chronicles, is that of the Lucidians. The monastic Order of the Lucidian Brothers has been tasked with compiling a new account that seeks to find the church’s place in history. To that aim, the Brothers have come to break time into several different segments. Each era outlines the rise and fall of a specific section of antiquity. Through this method of accounting they hope to impress upon the world that the newest era is one that will see the inevitable ascent of the Lucidian Church and its dominance in the domains of man. The brothers count this new age as starting with the Fall of Ran Adin and continuing forward as the many nations of man, now freed from the cruel bonds of empire have made their separate destinies. In their account, history has defined the rise and the destruction of the Myvolin. It relegates that mighty empire to the middens of time and offers a fresh start to the former slaves who have made much of their growing place in the world.
Though each of these three versions of history can largely agree on the relative dates of events, it is the measure of their significance and continued consequences that set them apart. For them it is the struggle to create a version of time that can justify their perspectives and perhaps offer a motive to keep striving through the long passages of time.