The Scavenger Gods

A History of the Fifth Age

Note: All years have been converted to CR (Chronicler Reckoning) to reflect the major method of recorded history. All dates prior to 0 CR are “pre-historic” and largely based on oral traditions, myth, conjecture, and reconstruction from discovered artifacts.

Year (CR) Events
2142 The Cat-folk emperor Prospero is born.
2160s Prospero comes to power and begins building a great Cat-folk army in the north—forming three legions: The Dragon Hunters, the Rat Hunters, and the Man Hunters.
2170s The Tardigrades begin studying the arts of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, and begin building complex underground bunkers.
Prospero’s Cat-folk armies invade and occupy the Myconid kindgom. They establish a formal system of markets throughout their controlled territory.
The xenophobic Pangolins sever their treaties with the Dragons and the Drowned.
The Penguin Mafia forms and takes control of the penguin capital city of Kashmir. (corrupt -1)
The Lord of Dragons carves a deep lake and river in the north-west, near the lands of the Penguins.
The Monarus begin mining for metals and salt in the lands just north of the Salt Flats.
The dragon king, Kur is reborn.
2180s The Drowned develop the arts of Blood Magic. An accident in their early research causes all of the rivers, lakes, and seas of the world to become extremely iron-rich, taking on the color and consistency of blood.
The Tardigrades begin selling the water-purification systems that they had developed from living near to the Great Salt Lake to the other nations.
The Monarus and the Tardigrades form a trade alliance. The Monarus expand their rail-lines to allow the Tardigrade water filtration technology to get to a wider market faster.
The Tardigrade King, Extremius is born.
The Cat-folk armies conquer the Morlocks city of Tarn, but are stopped outside the capital of Subos.
The Myconids develop advanced skill at working with magnetism, and create a magnet-based system for de-ironizing water as a competitor to the Tardigrade product.
2190s The Chronicler is driven insane by absorbing too much metal-tainted water.
The Penguins willingly join the Catamarok Empire, inviting the Cat-folk into their cities.
Prospero officially convenes the Catamarok Imperial Senate as the governing/legislating body of the empire.
The Catamarok empire strikes south, conquering the cities of Aamuh, Arga, and their ancient homeland of Keshyyk and the Misty Valleys.
The Cat-folk begin developing a strong racial and national identity after the reconquest of Keshyyk (Cat-Zion).
Prospero encourages other races conquered by the Catamarok empire to culturally assimilate, creating the first truly cosmopolitan society.
The Penguins begin developing firearms, including a unique chamber-loading mechanism.
The Penguin Mafia expands its reach to all cities in the Catamarok Empire.
2200s The armies of the Drowned, aided by the Dragons, turn on the Pangolins, driving them out of the ancient city of Karna.
The Undead-Dragon alliance invites Prospero into Karna and agree to join the empire, giving the Cat-folk access to the Drowned navy and the experience of the undead bureaucrats.
Yaxa, Dictator of the Monarus, pens the “Art of War”, the seminal book of military strategy.
The Cat-folk incorporate the sunken cities of Venit and Contravene into their empire with the aid of the Drowned and the Aamuh.
The Monarus begin massing an army along the edge of the Ice Spires in anticipation of a Cat-folk invasion from the west.
Prospero discovers the ruins of Karga, explores the Spire, and discovers “messages from the inevitables” (Corrupt Prospero -2).
The Kraken King begins secretly massing an army of the Drowned in Contravene.
2210s The Aamuh build the refuge city of Sharur in the deepest part of The Trench. They uses the volcanic vents at the bottom of the Trench to power the city with geothermal energy.
The Pangolins, deposed from their rulership of Karna and the surrounding lands, begin an insurgent war against the Catamarok Empire. They quickly become adept at the creation of improvised explosive devices.
A massive Solar Flare wipes out all of the Monarus electrical infrastructure.
Deprived of their mundane electrical systems, the Monarus develop electrical magic to keep their society running.
One of The Fleet falls from the sky, crashing into the Ice Spires and carving a vast chasm, known as the Forbidden Valley, directly between the massing Monarus and Cat-folk armies.
From the corpse of the fallen Fleet rise numerous massive beings of stone and shadow, The Colossi.
Yaxa breeds a new race of tiny, moth-like Monarus, specialized in intrigue and spycraft.
Not to be outdone by his neighbor, the Tardigrade King Extremius engineers the Vectors (a race of bloated mosquito-like creatures) from Poxlom DNA extracted from remains found in the swamps outside of Karna.
2220s Dormin, “God-King of the Colossi” builds the Shrine of Worship in the Forbidden Valley and founds the Adamantine Order, dedicated to encouraging other races to worship the Colossi.
After limited observation, it becomes clear to most other races that, with the exception of the Adamant Order, the Colossi are so immense as to be completely apathetic to the existence of the smaller races and their works—wandering where they will, and stepping on whatever is in their path.
The Aamuh from Sharur dominate the Kraken King in Contravene and take control of the Drowned armies for their own purposes.
The Titans begin reproducing at an alarming rate.
2230s The Great Mountain ceases its flow of lava and begin belching forth Octarine, the very essence of magic. The air around the mountain becomes thick, with almost-tangible magical energy.
The Cat-folk develop a virulent disease that leaves all infected with it sterile.
Sam III, Lord of the Giant Eagles, begins training his people in anti-feline combat tactics.
Prospero’s armies march into the Forbidden Valley and kill many of the Colossi, scattering the rest and trapping Dormin within his Shrine of Worship.
Prospero and the Cat-folk armies then march into Salt Flats, conquering both the Tardigrades and Monarus.
The Kraken King’s armies make landfall, conquering the cities of Aamuh, Keshyyk, and Karna. They leave the citizens untouched, but force all Cat-folk out of positions of power—leading to the infamous Defenestration of Karna.
The Leviathan returns from whatever depths he had been lurking in, now in the form of a gigantic, aquatic version of one of The Fleet (like an island-sized manta ray).
2240s The Maples help the Morlocks liberate Tarn from the Cat-folk and introduce their concept of “Worker’s Rights” to the Morlocks. The Morlocks quickly adapt Maple ideology into a political system, forming a Socialist Union from the cities of Tarn, Subos, and the Maple city of Acer.
A group of Aethersmyths begin harness Octarine from the Great Mountain as a new source of fuel.
A great earthquake cleaves the land just east of the Ice Spires, starting just south of the Forbidden Valley, and almost dividing the southern continent in twain. The blood-red waters of the sea quickly rush in to fill the void, creating the Titan’s Gulf.
The disease afflicting the cat-folk spreads to the point where every last member of that species is rendered sterile. The very last Cat-folk generation is born.
The aging Cat-folk generals, lead by Prospero begin a Penguin-based bombardment of The Trench, destroying the city of Sharur.
The Giant Eagles invade and raze the cities of Kashmir and Silk on the northern coast.
The Aamuh who escaped Sharur form the Manchurian Party and begin working their way into positions of power and influence throughout the remains of the Catamarok Empire.
2250s A failed experiment by Tardigrade Aethersmyths results in a giant explosion of Octarine, animating and granting sentience to their clockwork creations—creating the Spriggans.
A group of the first Spriggans, known as The Builders go into hiding and dedicate themselves to creating more of their kind.
The Giant Eagles invade the Union capital of Tarn, but are beaten back by the combined forces of the Maples and Morlocks.
The Supreme Leader of the Pangolins, Ayattolah Manis, begins encouraging his followers to launch a series of terrorist attacks throughout the south.
The armies of the Drowned march against the north.
Forseeing the coming of the undead, the Giant Eagles make peace with the Morlock-Maple Union and the two nations combine their forces.
The Drowned march on Tarn, Subos, Acer, and Eirbeck, crushing the Union’s armies and forcing the Maples, Morlocks, and Eagles to assimilate back into the empire.
The Catfolk, believing the Drowned to be fully committed in the north, send the bulk of their armies to Karna to restablish their order, but are completely wiped out by the remaining armies of the Drowned defending the city.
Rosencrantz, Don of the Penguins, begins building a secret army on the floating city of Innsmouth (built on the back of one of The Fleet).
2260s A rain of meteorites fall onto the Salt Flats. The ensuing fires that engulfed the area are a strange, otherworldy shade of orange. Within the affected area vegetation grows large, but tasteless, animals are driven mad and deformed into grotesque shapes, and the people go insane or die one by one.
In response to Don Rosencrantz continued massing of armies, a group known as the Purists arise among the Penguins, determined to return Penguin society to its roots and break the hold of the Mafia.
The Penguin purists found the city of Portsmouth on another of The Fleet, using it as a hub for airship transit throughout the empire.
Pangolin insurgents take control of the city of Keshyyk.
The Myconid queen, Zuggtmoy overthrows the Cat-folk control in the city of Mxyzptlk, and begins encouraging her people to study the arts of Necromancy.
A Penguin smuggler sails out into the northern sea, with a bag of holding full of contraband and accidentally sails into the Black Hole, causing the hole to collapse and unleashing Wild Magic into the world.
2270s The Aamuh have a religious restoration, resulting the the formation of the new Church of the Enigmatic Piscine.
An army of Myconid Necromancers marches into Tarn and usurps control of the undead army massed there.
An aging Prospero travels to the Shrine of Worship and learns Shadow Magic from Dolmin. The two then work collaboratively to develop “Light Magic”. Prospero becomes even more corrupt from his contact with the Colossi (corrupt Prospero -1).
The Giant Eagles re-take the city of Eirbeck from the Drowned and the Empire.
Don Rosencrantz’s Penguin army airdrops into Eirbeck on the heals of the Eagles, only to find that the Eagles, forseeing their potential destruction, immediately capitulate and swear allegiance to the Penguin Don.
Don Rosencrantz is influenced by the Purists to declare a new Penguin Nation (with the Eagles included of course), built upon The Fleet. There is a resurgence of Penguin culture apart from the Empire and the Mafia (purify penguins +1).
The Monarus begin trying to harness the powers unleashed by the Rain of Fire and the Black Hole, mastering the arts of Wild Magic.
Prospero and the old Cat-folk generals and senators make an alliance with the Aamuh, arranging for a peaceful transition of power in the remaining Empire in exchange for Aamuh teaching the dying Cat-folk the secrets of eternal life…
The Vectors launch an assault on the Pangolins in Keshyyk, but are swatted.
The Cat-folk and Drowned armies continue to fight over Karna for many years, with neither side gaining the upper hand. The city is effectively divided in half, cats in the north, undead in the south, with ongoing sectarian violence, and the other inhabitants of the city caught in the middle.
2280 The Empire discovers that the Aamuh were not as geographically isolated as they thought. Some 30, or more, Aamuh cities, known as “The Constellation”, are discovered dotting the deepest recesses sea-floor. These are mammoth sand-drip castles built around geothermal vents as trading posts, including an “Icedrip” castle underneath of and supporting the northern ice cap.
Along with the Aamuh cities, a “new” race of Blood Whales are discovered. These “Sargosso Symbionts” are sophisticated political actors within this previously unknown sub-aquatic culture, providing trade, transportation, and communication services for the underwater cities. While only half-sentient individually, they are capable of complex, collective, parallel-processing through a form of near-instantaneous communication facilitated by the massive drifts of krill and phytoplankton (which are a natural side effect of the excessive mineral content of the water).
Encouraged by this discovery, large numbers of Morlocks, as well as some Aquatic Myconids (known Nais) and Spriggans begin abandoning the land (and the Empire) in favor of life in the Constellation polities.
’The Equilibrium starts the Ritual of Purity again, once again causing the Ley Lines to thrum with power—causing many weak, localized earthquakes near centers of Ley Line activity. Areas where Ley Lines intersect start to bleed excess Aether, creating power Nexes.
2281 The Great Mountain begins spewing fresh water, slowly purifying the inland lakes and rivers of the iron contamination.
A new offshoot of the Equilibrium appears, composed of members of all magic-using races. Known as the Coalition of Renewal, the group dedicates itself to the purification of all of the world’s waterways—putting them into direct conflict with the Constellation (since the Blood Whales sentience and lifecycle are dependent on the water of the oceans being hyper-mineralized.
The death of Ayatollah Manis causes the Pangolin insurgency against the empire to fragment. Two major splinter groups: the United Self-Defense Forces of Pangola and the Congregation of Pangolins of Tradition for Proselytism and Struggle rise to the fore as major threats to the Empire.
A new, militant, religious order, the Ecumenical Union appears. The first group to actively embrace the worship of the Scavenger Gods, they are a group of militant synchrotists, militantly asserting the absence of theological truth and claiming all deliberate theological description as heresy. They preach strict moral relativism and enforced tolerance, actively infiltrating other orders and religions and “scavenging what they find from among sentient thought.”
2282 The Vectors, fueled by the power leaking from the Ley Lines, start reproducing at an alarming rate, scaling out of its own sentience and overrunning the world.
The Coalition of Renewal develops both magical and mundane underwater survival capabilities and infiltrates the Constellation. They begin funneling Ley Line magic into geothermal vents, superchaging the Aamuh reactors and causing them to start removing metal ions from the water.
An interest in Archaeology begins spreading throughout the Empire. The Maples establish the Imperial Archaelogical Society, founding the scholar’s city of Wht’fw’tk’t within the Chronicler’s Forest.
The Man-groves are woken up by the shaking of the Great Mountain. Some appear in the waters as “Kelp-folk”.
A rift happens within the Aethersmiths, one sect (The Hidden Flame) become esotericists. The appearance of the Hidden Flame forces even more Spriggans to abandon land in favor of the Constellation.
The Catobleponas, threatened by the Vectors, are forced out of hiding. Their Windsingers turn the Aura-Borealis into a globe-spanning bug-zapper, causing cascades of multi-colored, burning vector corpses to fall from the sky.
The Pangolin insurgency fragments further, spawning the Pangolin Liberation Front and the Military Council of Pangolin Salvation.
The Constellation, secretly aided by the Coalition of Renewal and their supercharged geothermal reactors, develop a network of teleportation nodes connected to the ley-lines. While this instantaneous transport is very useful, it can only be done from a node of the Constellation, and each node temporarily destablilizes after use (proportional to the square of the mass taken through).
The Constellation uses their newly developed teleportation network to found a city in the Brass Mere.
Driven by the explorations of the Ecumenical Order numerous other religions begin to gain greater mainstream visibility and acceptance. Two of note are the Church of the Seven (who believe in a single, supreme deity who takes seven different aspects), and the Druids (who disavow the existence of any “god”, instead believing that the world itself is a sentient entity and that sentient life (especially such strange sentiences as plants, living water, and sentient gut-flora that have appeared in the world) is a natural side effect of the world’s sentience).
2283 The Aamuh deliver on their promise to Emperor Prospero, providing the Cat-folk with a way to perpetually extend their lifespans…which is dependent on consuming the fertilized eggs of Penguins. This deliberate predation on Penguin young substantially increases tension between the Empire and the Penguin criminal gangs.
The Catamarok Imperial Senate extends a contract to the Monarus for a Trans-continental railroad, extending across the southern continent and linking all the major cities of the Empire. Construction on this massive public-works project begins immediately.
The World Mind, first theorized by the Druids, fully awakens. Numerous individuals throughout the world begin having flashes of insight into the “true” creation of the world and the interloper status of the Scavenger Gods.
The “planes” theory of cosmology is fundamentally disproved. The insights of many philosophers in touch with the World Mind reveals that the “planes” are the result of people coming into communication with the World Mind. The World Mind, they claim, can only communicate in the way that it knows how, which is to say that is can only communicate “by being a world” in the same way that a fish can only communicate by being a fish. Anyone coming into contact with the World Mind vanishes (for a variable length of time) and finds themself in an “alternate world” through which the World Mind attempts to convey its meaning.
The Aurora-Borealis bug-zapper kills off the last of the Vectors with pretty-rainbow comet-falls.
The penguin mafia begins extending it’s reach into the Constellation.
The Hydragons teraforming begins to take a more artistic bent, creating massive mound-like sculptures.
2284 The Constellation (with the secret help of the Coalition of Renewal) create the Kaiju and unleash them against the land in a misguided attempt to oppose the Coalition of Renewal’s efforts to clean up the oceans.
Dragon genetic engineers allied with the Coalition create Tiagfk, a “Super-Kaiju”. They also create The Meek (a symbiotic eel-like lifeform that inhabits the children of other races and to which Kaiju are inevitably attracted) as a means to control the Kaiju, or at least direct their attacks.
The Monarus’s transcontinental, high-speed, electric rail system is completed in record time (just under two years).
2285 An offshoot of the Chroniclers begins actively infiltrating other groups and collecting their secret knowledge to be added to the Chronicler’s library. What they intend to do with the amassed information remains to be seen.
The first Kaiju makes landfall near the city of Silk on the northern coast, only to find that the Bay of Silk is home to one of the Colossi. The two immense beings come to blows, resulting in the complete destruction of the city, and numerous refugees fleeing south bearing news of the Kaiju.
The Kaiju that attacked Silk is slain by the Colossus. A group of enterprising Penguins, known as the Chow Hounds begin searching out Kaiju remains and harvesting them for research and raw materials.
The Hydragon teraformers build a giant bridge across the strait in the northwest.
A group known as The Conflict Management and Mitigation Regional Council (a.k.a. CALM) forms in the city Karna with the goal of stopping (or at least minimizing the impact of) the ongoing violence by any means necessary.
The awakening of the World Mind gives rise to a new race of ideas given form, known as Phantasms. These living illusions each take the form of unique concept, shaping themselves into the idealized physical embodiment of that idea. While few in number, it is discovered that they can reproduce by convincing other sentient creatures to have new, unique insights in their presence.
New Years Day, 2286 The World Mind lashes out against the Scavenger Gods, shutting off their ability to directly influence the world or directly communicate with the avatars or followers.

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