Earth or Terra is a groundling world located in the Unknown Regions. Although most of the galactic community doesn't realize it, it was the first world Titans visited and colonized in the Galaxy. Before the Titans disappeared, it housed a large number of Titan facilities, including famous ones in Atlantis, Gizeh and Mu (also known as R'lyeh). After the Titan Apocalypse, a number of native and Titan-implanted races fought for domination, culminating in a cataclysm that destroyed most of them and paved the way for human dominance of Earth. Up to present day Earth has very little knowledge of outer space, aether-sailing or other cultures out there, but the sporadic alien visits are making it slowly realize they are not alone in the universe. Earth has no formal diplomatic relationship with any Gnadra Accords signatories, making contact and trade with it extremely rare.
Around 100,000 years ago, Earth was a primitive world inhabited by a few sentient races, most of which are nearly or completely extinct by 1875 AD. What those races were is unknown, but we know among them were trolls, naga and a race of large simians called “girallons” by modern day humans. Even the naga of that age were mostly resembling other worlds’ aberration class naga, being far more serpent-like than any half-human-looking modern day naga.
In that ancient era, the Titans arrived to the Milky Way from another galaxy and for unknown reasons, decided to take Earth as their capital for this galaxy. They built a series of large complexes which may have been facilities or towns, or both. The names Titans had for those complexes cannot be deciphered to this day but are currently known after the names of later places nearby. They are Atlantis, Thule, Gizeh, Tunguska, Jeju, Shangri-La, Lemuria, Mu, Aztlan, Palenque and El Dorado, as well as another complex in the Antarctic, of which 1875 humans know only from maps uncovered in Titan artifacts.
For thousands of years, Titans were assisted in their endeavors by uncountable numbers of stone and metal golems of various forms. From Earth, Titans spread across the Galaxy and explored many planets that would at a later point bear intelligent life. Living in a utopian, post-singularity society, Titans avoided leaving a large blueprint on Earth, as settling it was never their primary goal. Unfortunately, around 77,000 years ago, their tireless pursuit of science led to them opening a portal to another dimension, home of the Elder Things, gods of chaos and madness from beyond our universe. One of these creatures, known as Cthulhu, emerged on Earth and cursed the Titan stone golems into flesh creatures to more easily corrupt their minds and turn them against the Titans.
The cataclysm spread all across the Galaxy, wiping out most of the Titans. Some of the remaining survivors devised a plan that ultimately sealed off the alien beings back in their dimension. Even though the portals couldn't be destroyed completely, they were sealed with powerful technology and enchantments, with the one holding Cthulhu being located in the Mu facility, now known as R’lyeh. What happened to the remaining Titans after that is unknown, as they vanish from record at the same time as the Elder Things.
Age of Atlantis
Earth was left behind for the now fleshy descendants of the Titans' former golem servitors, among them humans, dwarves, sphinxes and oni. In the following millennia, a scramble for the remains of Titan technology began, with many races recovering various tiny pieces of their knowledge. Based on those scraps of technology and magic, many new civilizations arose, eventually culminating in a period known as Age of Atlantis.
Over 15,000 years ago, humans lived on only a relatively small piece of Earth, most of the planet occupied by other races, some of Titanic and some of native origin. As the former golems were still remembered as invaders and usurpers to the native races, mutual hatred arose. Even the Titanic races couldn’t work together, leading to an early period of war and chaos. During this era, the demon king Mara took one of his first mortal incarnations as the oni warlord Raijin. His most famous contemporaries were the human Atlas, the founder of Atlantis and the sphinx Hapi whose image would later be worshiped as a god by the Egyptians.
Eventually, a small number of powerful civilizations arose, among them the human Atlantis, competing with the elven, sphinx and oni nations across the globe. Atlantis became a despotic, corrupt state that shunned everything non-human and sought to wipe out every non-human from Earth. Around 12,000 years ago, they uncovered a Titan superweapon in the ruins of the original Atlantis and attempted to use it. Whether due to their incompetence or elven sabotage, or even intended use, the weapon severely backfired and caused a global catastrophe that reshaped Earth. Most of the non-humans were wiped out as intended, although Atlantis itself was shattered and thrown to the bottom of the ocean.
The Hyperborean Age
Majority of the human race evacuated Atlantis in time and invaded Europe and Africa, taking over the remains of elven and sphinx civilizations, eventually taking on some cultural traits of theirs. Soon afterwards, they spread into Asia where they adapted the oni and naga ruins for their own use. For the longest time, the most populous non-human races on Earth remained elves, who kept to the forests and away from human persecution, dwarves and trolls who retreated underground, and naga who remained within their ancient temples, scheming.
Over the following seven thousand years, humans forgot their original ideology and non-human races became a subject of myth and superstition. Elves became “forest spirits”, dwarves and trolls became strange underground creatures and naga started breeding with humans to produce hybrids that could infiltrate human civilization and take back their native homeworld.
The last major threat to humanity was the giants. Once centered around the Mu facility, they spread from the now shattered continent, and flourished almost as much as humans, however remained primitive. Over 6000 years ago, the giants all over the world mobilized and the ensuing conflicts were remembered as the Gigantomachy. In the end, giants were nearly wiped out and would become extinct within the next thousand years.
Birth of Modern Human Civilization
Humans remained nomadic over the so-called Hyperborean Age. At its outset, ca 5000 years ago, they began settling in some of the areas formerly occupied by the non-human civilizations and taking the remnants of their culture for their own, giving rise to, among others, Ancient Egypt and China. Some mixed the knowledge they learned from the ruins with their original slant, creating other civilizations such as Sumer. In this era, the non-human races were still present at non-trivial quantities and were quickly demonized, leading to a total annihilation of Earth's remaining lamassu. In Egypt, to the contrary, sphinxes were nearly worshiped for the "wisdom of the ages", although they were still relegated to living in oases and secluded settlements where they couldn't mix with humans.
Throughout the Bronze Age, humanity was slowly rediscovering magic. Although most "elder races" were reluctant to teach humans magic, some knowledge unavoidably bled through. At this early stage, the poorly understood magical disciplines were melded together and used inefficiently, leading to Greek heroes mixing divine magic with their fighting prowess or to Egyptian priest-mages. This is also when most of currently remembered Earth gods arose and subsequently influenced the evolution of humanity.
The Iron Age was brought by a selection of nomadic tribes in the Western Mediterranean discovering elven iron smelting techniques. These tribes banded together and, often dubbed the Sea Peoples, raided the Eastern Mediterranean, collapsing the civilizations established there, but also bringing iron technology there. After the centuries of chaos caused by their raids passed, human civilization emerged stronger and more organized, beginning the continuous link of civilization lasting until today.
Besides China and India which continued their development, Iron Age Earth's most prominent civilizations were Greece and Rome (and to a lesser extent, Egypt). Greece became known as an abode of philosophy, but soon also of war, as a ruler from nearby Macedon conquered a much bigger Persian Empire, and promptly died to dark magic. Soon afterwards, Rome turned from a city-state to a country-sized state, to an empire which conquered a continent-sized area, almost all of the world known to them at the time.
The most striking development of Iron Age was the slow decline of humanity's belief in gods. Greek gods, which were the most prominent pantheon at the time, became known for their mistreatment of humans and the faith waned. A previously obscure local deity then arose to quick fame through a single prophet's sacrifice and the subsequent religion, Christianity, shaped much of Earth's following history.
The Iron Age is often said to end with the fall of Roman Empire at the hands of invading barbarian hordes from the north. Despite this, continuity of civilization was not broken, but the reshaped Europe lived in the shadow of fear of the failures of their past and turned to religion, ushering an age of religious fervor and superstition.
The Middle Ages
//Middle Ages with magic in it, including prominent mage houses and persecution of magic//
Age of Reason
//The Age of "Reason" when Abrahamic religions nearly wiped out magic. 1500-1800//
//19th century on this Earth, including new advances in technology and rediscovery of some forgotten magic//
According to common galactic terminology, there are six continents and three oceans on Earth. The continents are Eurasia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia and Antarctica, although Earth natives count Europe and Asia as separate continents for cultural reasons. The oceans are according to both terms the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. Humans are dominant on all continents except the uninhabited Antarctica.
Eurasia is the largest and politically most important continent on Earth. The western subcontinent of Europe gave rise to most of Earth's current major political powers, including the British Empire, United States of America, Germany, France and Russia, among others. Asia claims some of the oldest cultures on post-Atlantis Earth, including still-extant China.
Africa is one of the most technologically primitive continents on 19th century Earth, consisting mostly of small, tribal states or unclaimed territories but the major powers from Europe are slowly advancing into Africa.
North America is one of the two post-colonial continents on Earth, being mostly occupied by descendants of colonists from Europe who proclaim their independence from the mother states. The most important state here is United States of America, a rising power and a former colony of the British Empire.
South America is another post-colonial continent, mostly divided between various former colonies of Spain and Portugal, two former major powers of Earth, now greatly reduced in power. After some of the recent revelations, Brazil, a state from South America, has taken an especially keen interest in the Aether and outer space.
Together with Oceania, Australia contains a large number of islands which are being slowly colonized by the major powers from Europe. Australia itself, the smallest continent on Earth, is currently ruled entirely by the British Empire. Many of the especially remote islands still contain active traces of ancient magic and technology, or become refuges for outlaws and criminals.
Currently uninhabited and the least explored continent on Earth, Antarctica is unpleasantly cold and home to very few varieties of life.
Earth's underworld is known as Hollow Earth. Although most of the ancient passages are now buried or otherwise severed, a few passages, including one in Iceland, are rumored to still exist. Commonly believed to be the realm of the dead, Hollow Earth is in fact mainly populated by dwarves, trolls, troglodytes and a sub-race of darkness-adjusted humans called Cimmerians who harbor deep hatred of surface humans for an ancient grudge, but lack organization to act on their hatreds. In deeper layers, a jungle lit by a point of elemental fire harbors more troglodytes, girallons as well as a primitive sect of humanoid nagas.
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