Atlantis Jan 10, 2016 22:49:50 GMT
Post by R. El on Jan 10, 2016 22:49:50 GMT
(Please note, that as an insular society, Atlantean history, culture and the like is not that well known. Most of this subject matter is not common knowledge, history especially. Therefore, only Atlanteans, Lemurians or Barbarians/Free Peoples have reason to know most of this information. What is known about Atlantis is primarily from World War II and onward.)
(El has taken extreme liberties with Atlantis/Atlantean culture as the source material is lacking or counter-intuitive, and almost all of this is her original content.)
Links to section later.
(El has taken extreme liberties with Atlantis/Atlantean culture as the source material is lacking or counter-intuitive, and almost all of this is her original content.)
Links to section later.
Atlantis, the floating and legendary city, widely considered one of the greatest and most advanced civilizations of all time, is toppled amidst civil strife. The city crashes into the sea off the coast of Antarctica, leaving its marvels untouched for time beyond measure.
Some homo-mermani welcome visitors
A Proto Homo-Mermanus settlement sends out scouts to investigate great metal that rocked the seas nearby. They make contact with Svartalfar survivors amidst the wreckage of the Reaver. The survivors are few in number, only those that survived the initial crash and were adept enough with magic to form protective barriers from the pressure and cycle air from the sea are there to meet the homo-mermani, who welcome them into their home. Breeding between the peoples occurs. There exists a small number of those who still have genetic links to the svartalfar today.
~6,000 to ~3,500 BCE
Atlantis is founded, Lemuria forms, and conflict between the two nations shapes the Free Peoples
Poseidon, Greek God of the Sea, approaches one of the largest settlements of homo-mermanus and chooses from them a citizen named Kamuu, who he deems "worthy" of his favor. Surprisingly, it is not given to the established leadership. From there, he rallies nearby settlements and tribes and spurs the amalgamation toward the city of Atlantis. He charges them with putting use to the ruins, revitalizing them, making the technology work again, and names Kamuu Lord of the Seven Seas. Kamuu is to unify all homo-mermanus under the authority of Atlantis and Poseidon.
The task is challenging. While none of the homo-mermani gathered directly by His hand would dare oppose Poseidon, few outsiders believe in the missive. This eventually leads to the creation of the Trident, adamantium-alloyed artifact that wields many powers as mark of Poseidon's favor. This helps, but the process is slow and takes nearly a millennia due to the size of the ocean.
In the thousand years, the god Set gathers His own forces loyal to Him and forges the Serpent's Crown, which is given to His High Priest(ess) for safe-keeping as a mark of His favor and a bridge to Him. The area with the greatest number of His followers is known as Lemuria, and is founded on the ruins of a similarly ancient city.
The larger Kingdom, Atlantis manages to envelop and eventually consume Lemuria. Though most eventually adapt to their new culture, resistance remains. Still feeling it is their destiny to control the seven seas in the name of their god, Atlantis brutally quashes resistance, which only creates more resistance still. After a few hundred years in the fold, the Lemurians revolt and call upon black magics courtesy of their deity that result in the formation of the Mariana Trench. Tens of thousands of Atlanteans die.
Many more Atlantean soldiers, fatigued by the ongoing rebellion and war, rally and claim territories at the farthest points of the ocean from the Capitol. Weak from the war and crippling loss, Atlantis is unable to combat Lemuria and the rebel states, and rolls back the active occupation of some of its territories.
Lemuria becomes an actual nation and expands its holdings. The rebel states take no active system of governance, but seem to be ruled by militaristic power. The patron deity of these states quickly becomes Ares, who provides them with protection for the defiance of Poseidon's will and the betrayal of His kingdom. They become known as the Barbarians, though they call themselves the Free Peoples.
~2,500 to ~2,000 BCE
Trade with the Mediterranean occurs, and conflict with Lemuria is renewed, Atlantis finds an ally in Asgard
Atlantis establishes trade with the Mediterranean, who venerate many of the same gods, but trade is fleeting. After only four years, relations with the surface fall apart when Queen Shara's eight year old son, the crown Prince Terek goes missing. An investigation finds that the boy stowed away on a vessel bound for the Mediterranean, a vessel that went missing before it reached port. Divination reveals that the ship was seized by Set-loyal Egyptian forces, and Terek no more.
Stricken mad with grief, Queen Shara renews open warfare with Lemuria and withdraws trade posts with the surfacers. But the four years prove enough to sew tales of Atlantis across the region. Some artifacts and bits of technology survive, and may still exist in the region or in the hands of private collectors.
Word reaches Asgard of Atlantis' ongoing conflict with Lemuria. No friends of Set, Borr, King of Asgard decides to aid the Atlanteans through the trade of resources and information. An ongoing alliance is formed, and for the next five-hundred years, trade and contact between the groups persists. Lemuria's iron-grip on the Pacific ocean is rolled back, until they only hold half of it. The expansion of Atlantean territory is exhausting, however, and eventually a treaty is struck between Atlantis and Lemuria. Lemuria holds the same borders for the next thousand years until new conflict emerges.
Atlantis goes to war with the Barbarians, employs fel magic to its advantage, cripples an opportunistic Lemuria and enters a 'Golden Age'
An expansionist King named Feron seeks to recapture the glory of Atlantis during the peak of its power. He declares war on the Free Peoples whose borders have gradually been expanding in areas with little to no population. A heavily militaristic people, the Barbarians prove themselves to be more than capable. What was originally slated to be a war that would last little more than a couple years becomes decades long. Casualties on both sides reach the high thousands, but Atlantis' continual ability to supply its troops with food begins to give them the advantage.
Before the war can be ended, the Lemurians attack a busy and battle-fatigued Atlantis with tremendous success. Entire settlements are swallowed whole, and the Lemurian borders expand thirty percent in as little as two weeks. Unable to cope with a battle on two fronts, Feron calls upon the powers of one of his most powerful sorcerers, a witch named Qelaris, who was said to have been the daughter of Hecate. Working black magics, Qelaris bound the bloodline of the barbarian leader Xerun to Feron's life. For as long as the spell was maintained, if Feron died, so too did Xerun and every member of his family.
Left with no choice, the conflict came to an end. Both Barbarian and Atlantean soldier fought alongside one another to force back the Lemurians. With two armies working against Lemuria, the Kingdom of Set is left in ruin. The Capitol is destroyed and the Serpent's Crown is lost. A new treaty takes place, as Atlantis is unable to maintain extended occupation with its fatigued forces. This begins a long-standing cold war with the crippled nation of Lemuria.
With Lemuria fought to a standstill, the Barbarian nations expect their release and an honorable end of conflict. Instead, the elderly Feron bides his time and asks Qelaris to bind the lives of Xerun and his line to various crustaceans. The deed is done, and Feron waits for Atlantis to recover. Though it cannot maintain the massive territories of a populated Lemuria, it can easily maintain the territories of the Barbarians.
After five years of a tentatively peaceful agreement with the Barbarians, Feron kills the creatures whose lives are bound to Xerun and his line, and move on the Barbarian territories. Seventy-percent of the Barbarian territories are claimed for Atlantis. Feron becomes known as 'the Caitiff' to the Barbarians and cements the perception amongst the Free Peoples that Atlanteans are cowardly, opportunistic, and rely heavily on magic. A reputation that only worsens when Qelaris is named heir of Feron.
The decision is met with controversy as Feron had three children from his line, but she goes unchallenged. Though Qelaris claims the throne under unusual circumstances that some suspect were the conditions for her aid of Feron, Qelaris proves a queen as powerful as she is savvy. This establishes the precedence that the monarchs may name anyone as their successor.
Eventually, Qelaris' and Feron's line intermarry.
1 to 410 CE
Politics cause the Greek Pantheon to alienate its followers
For roughly four centuries, the Greek Pantheon finds itself paralyzed with in-fighting. Zeus makes an unprecedented grab for power and the other deities oppose Him, resulting in little to no presence on earth for an extended period. When the Greeks return, Rome has all but abandoned them. Many Gods choose to back the Barbarians that later sack Rome, but the gamble doesn't pay off. Rather than maintain Rome, the Barbarians plunge the continent into a dark age and do not back the continued worship of the Pantheon. Worship exists in pockets, but continues to dwindle, and the deities are weakened considerably compared to the power they once held. More in-fighting occurs. Appearances of the deities on earth become less and less, until Atlantis sees the majority of the Greek pantheon's appearances.
The current King is made from unusual circumstances
The first human-Atlantean hybrid is conceived as the result of an affair between the Princess Fen and the American human Captain Leonard McKenzie. Captain McKenzie does not live long enough to find that his paramour is pregnant. When the Princess Fen gives birth on February 22nd, 1916, the birth of her son Namor is met with controversy. He looks more human than Atlantean and is called "the Pale Crab".
The royal family is killed, and Atlantis goes to war
A depth-charge over the Capitol destroys the Palace and results in the death of Emperor Thakorr and the Princess Fen. Namor is forced to seize power and declares war on the surface. While the war is encouraged, many are reluctant to see a half-human take the throne. Eventually Namor's aggressions are channeled by a human named Betty Dean, who convinces him to attack the Axis Powers at align himself with the Allied Forces. Later he becomes a part of a World War II force known as the Invaders.
In 1944, Namor marries Betty Dean. The decision shocks Atlantis and furthers contempt for his reign, though eventually the kingdom warms to her and their young King.
When the war is concluded, Atlantean forces return to their respective homes. Namor continues engaging in trade and diplomatic activity with the surface, going so far as to send out diplomats, ambassadors and found a company to further some of his goals. This is largely considered a waste of time by Atlanteans, for even as their opinion of their new King and Queen improves, their opinion of surfacers continues to lessen as pollution and overfishing increase.
A queen dies, and Atlantis invades
Betty Dean dies. The Kingdom of Atlantis goes into mourning for the passing of the queen they came to love and respect. Only three months later, the Ixtoc Oil Spill happens, resulting in the death of thousands of Atlanteans and the destruction of countless numbers of marine animals. Namor invades the surface and keeps the war going for a year strong, claiming large swathes of territory. Eventually, through diplomatic activities of Betty's surviving sister, the invasion is ended.
Namor and Atlantis refuse to return the Falkland Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
A new alliance topside
After the Chitauri Invasion of New York, Atlantis becomes an ally to SHIELD and pledges ten-thousand of its troops to aid the surface in the event of another Chitauri attack.
April 19th, 2015
Genetic experimentation is exposed
After one of his citizens escapes, Namor learns of a facility in Los Angeles that has abducted and experimented on his people. Distraught, the King moves to destroy the facility and all of the humans inside. His investigation after the fact provides little in way of information, as the facility is owned by a shell corporation.
July 15th, 2015
An unparalleled and well-coordinated attack on the Capitol of Atlantis takes place
While having a casual luncheon on the surface, Namor is dosed with a semi-functional version of the Cure for Atlantean mutants. Though it is not even close to perfected, it is functional enough to strip him of his abilities for three days.
Inside of the same period of time, the Capitol is attacked by the forces of the largest of the Barbarian tribes and Lemuria. Through a combination of treachery and infiltration, the automated defenses along the wall are compromised, and only half are functional. Similarly, the golden barrier that envelops the city has been strategically unwoven in places, granting access to the highest level of Atlantis, where the watchtowers and palace reside. Llyra, the High Priestess and Queen of Lemuria, Attuma, the Warlord-Leader of the Barbarians, and a third party known as Kamar enter the Courtyard of the Palace with thirty of their most elite soldiers.
Overwhelmed by the unexpected attack, Lady Dorma organizes the defenses of the Palace. Lady Dorma's rallying of the guard and her own spies and sorcerers proves enough to neutralize many of the enemy's elite, and she is able to land a palpable hit on Llyra. Untrusting of Llyra, Attuma betrays the alliance between the Lemurians and the Barbarians and grievously injures the High Priestess. In the midst of all of this chaos, Kamar and his elite slip inside of the Palace, unnoticed.
At the same time, Aquaria bolsters the Atlantean troops and attacks the massive army beyond the wall. Aquaria is able to neutralize two Mutate Creatures the enemies had in their ploy, and concentrates enemy fire long enough for several of the turrets to be repaired. Word soon reaches Aquaria of the attack on the Palace and she falls back to aid her cousin.
Aquaria's arrival to the Courtyard earns the focus of Attuma, and it seems the two are slated to fight. While his attentions are elsewhere, Attuma is flanked by the human guest of Namor, Victoria Matthews, who electrocutes the Warlord so severely that he and his men are forced to retreat.
There is a four hour lull in the aggressions while the enemies regroup and collect themselves, save for the constant fight beyond the wall. The barrier around the eastern wall is weakened, and some enemy forces manage to get inside the city and kill more Atlantean soldiers and residents. In this lull, the recovered Llyra gets access to the Vault where many civilians and government officials for Atlantis have been placed for safety. She separates out the Council of Elders, who she gives to Kamar, knowing that they can name Kamar King and strip Namor's control of the Trident.
Kamar takes the Council to the Throne Room and kills one member to force the others to cooperate.
Lady Dorma and Victoria hear news of the Vault's failure to comply with the hourly all clear check-in. Dorma gathers what forces she can and marches on the Vault after sending word to Aquaria. Once inside the Vault, she is greeted with an illusion that makes the Lemurian ambush easy. Many of the Atlantean guard are killed, and when the Lemurians are finally dispatched, Llyra drops the illusion, revealing that she has bound the civilians in magic and is holding them as hostage. After a brief exchange, Dorma uses her ability with illusion to craft a very careful glamour and gets the jump on Llyra which forces her hold on the civilians to slip. Both Dorma and Victoria exploit this, and Llyra is rendered unconscious before she is dragged into the shadows by her master Set.
Aquaria, patrolling the Palace for enemy soldiers, is attacked by Attuma after learning from a messenger than the Vaults have been infiltrated. The two engage in one-on-one combat, where she learns that the Barbarians had no idea that Namor would be on the surface while the attack happened. He also theorizes the reason for the attack on the Vaults. After heavy combat and grievous injuries on both sides, Attuma retreats and leaves Aquaria to find the Council of Elders.
In this time, the depowered Namor arrives, courtesy of Clint Barton and a SHIELD prototype jet. Using the Trident, he assaults many enemy troops and makes his way to the Palace, where he feels his hold on the Trident slip. Knowing that the ritual can only be performed in the Throne room, he meets Kamar head on, and forces him back long enough for the Council of Elders to retreat. In this time he notices an unusual family resemblance between himself and Kamar, who alleges that Namor is his Father.
The two battle, and though the power of the Trident is great, Kamar's mutant abilities prove too much. Before he can fall, Aquaria attacks Kamar and weakens him. Weakened herself, however, Aquaria collapses and leaves an enraged Namor to dispatch his son. Using the hydrokinetic abilities of the trident, Namor rips out Kamar's gills and skewers him with the adamantium prongs.
With Attuma's forces on full retreat, Namor organizes an attack on the lingering Lemurian forces and begins to extract the dead and dying from the rubble and assesses damage, all the while formulating counter-attacks.
July to November 2015
War rages with the Barbarians and Lemurians and another enemy appears
The Atlantean forces roll back the Barbarians to the very farthest edges of the ocean, and fight Lemuria, which is in disarray as their High Priestess and Queen, Llyra is still missing. After months of fevered warfare, Atlantis not only topples Lemuria, but holds the territory and claims it as its own. Lemurians that do not bend the knee and swear allegiance to Atlantis are killed.
November 22nd marks the full defeat of Lemuria. Once the city is conquered, Namor has access to Llyra's private chambers where he learns that she and the Babarians were not alone in their plot. The surface nation known as Triji played an integral role as well.
Two years prior, Triji's stagnant economy had them approach Namor for approval on offshore drilling. Namor refused, earning the ire of the Trijian officials. In turn, these officials were approached by Llyra and told that they would be granted the permits if they helped create a cure for Namor and attacked him while he was on the surface. The deal was struck.
Enraged at the revelation of new information, Namor's attention turns topside.
November 26th, 2015
An ultimatum is given
After months away from the public eye and even his company, Namor addresses the UN. He divulges the situation in full and tells Triji of his intent to go to war. War can be negated, however, if those complicit in the arrangement turn themselves over for trial in Atlantean courts. They are given thirty-six hours to comply.
The beginning of aggressions with Triji
(Update this later once plot is concluded)