Author: Zhang Qi PM
A prequel for the origins of Zophar and Althena. Civilization is at its peak with the two national superpowers Pandemonia and Azuria making discoveries that would give them untold power, inducing a wave of escalating national anxiety for both states.Rated: Fiction K - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,582 - Updated: 11-28-10 - Published: 11-03-10 - id: 6448694
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Chapter 4: Epilogue
"My God! When will this ever end?" Airman Lucia Fallonia comments upon seeing the battalion of steam powered tanks and elemental mages moving in to meet their starship as it lands on Lunarian soil.
"What shall we do about this Premier Grover?" Queen Althena asks while she stands on the bridge of the starship and gazes upon the large army from the alien nation living in Lunaria.
"We've communicated with their leaders and apparently they are a race that calls themselves the Viltra and preside over the nation of Majirac which is the only nation on this moon. Their messenger has told us that their leaders refuse to give us refuge on this moon and that if we do not leave, they will kill us all. Unfortunately we could not afford the extra weight of weapons aboard our ship so we are currently unarmed. But there is one solution however…"
"Yes?" Queen Althena asks.
"Since our astronomers believe that our living environment is not compatible with the environment of the people living here, we can activate the terraformation machine now and use the sudden change in environmental conditions to kill off any resistance to our arrival so that we can keep this hemisphere of Lunaria to ourselves while we wait for several thousand years for the reformation of the Earth to complete itself."
"Under normal circumstances this kind of action would be considered murder, but since the survival of humanity depends on this, I suppose we have no choice." Althena replies and frowns, repulsed at being forced to commit the same atrocities committed by Dr. Morridon and Dr. Astral.
"Alright, reactor room, prepare to divert power to the terraformation machine!" Premier Grover sends the order through the intercom.
"Yes sir!" One of the personnel replies.
"Magic systems initialized!" Another of the personnel says as he flips on several switches that prime the machine.
"Power output maximized!" Another of the personnel says as he turns a dial that increases the power drained from the Azuron energy crystals to maximum.
In a matter of minutes, the terraformation machine shoots out a wave of energy that radiates outwards in all directions and envelops half of the moon. The Majirac soldiers manning the tanks and the elemental mages surrounding the starship are immediately suffocated by the change in air quality as are all of the citizens in the hemisphere of the moon covered by the terraformation energy that changes the terrain, water and air quality of half of the Lunarian surface.
"Alright, the next phase of our plan involves turning Lucia and I immortal through the cells recovered from the damaged organic robots produced by Dr. Astral. Afterwards we will proceed by nominating one of our most decorated soldiers Louie Rumador as the Dragon Master of our re-established nation of Azuria whose duty will be to aid me in enforcing my rule as the Goddess of this world along with the aid of the four dragons that we will manufacture using technology borrowed from Dr. Astral to ensure that no human ever rediscovers the advanced technology that has led planet Earth into ruination. It may seem wrong for me to play the role of a divine being even though I am just a human but this myth is necessary to ensure that humanity never becomes too powerful for its own good so the Magic Guild of Vane and the Church of Althena that we will establish will help to maintain this myth. I'm assigning you, Baal Grover as the first Premier of Vane so it is your duty to ensure that human society remains pre-magical and pre-industrial. Your first task is to erase all records pertaining to the construction of machines and the casting of advanced magic. Humanity shall get by using only hand tools and draft animals to help them with their daily needs and any human that tries to develop something more advanced than that is to be heavily monitored by the Guild."
"Yes your majesty! I shall get to it." Premier Baal replies as he and other politicians coordinate the formation of the new ruling bodies of Azuria.
"Come Lucia, you and I shall receive our infusion of magic derived from the cells of the organic robots. After that more work lay ahead for us in reforming the people and the world." Queen Althena calls out to her sister.
"Yes your majesty." Lucia replies and smiles happily at her sister as they stroll along the halls of the starship, Althena's Tower discussing much of the groundwork that needs to be laid to ensure humanity's survival.
The following is a timeline of events that occur after humanity's colonization of the moon, Lunaria:
2,050 SY – humanity settles in Lunaria and forces the Viltra to secede half of its territory to them. The Viltra's civilization nearly collapses due to the sudden drop in its possession of resources and manpower causing their civilization to regress and most of their advanced steam powered technology and elemental magic to be lost.
2,100 SY – the dragon cloning program is initiated to ensure that the four dragons are continuously replaced when they die of old age. Also, Earth is renamed the Blue Star to perpetuate the myth between the battle of the God Zophar and the Goddess Althena and ensure that humans never realize that it was advanced science and magic that allowed such a catastrophic war to take place.
2,500 SY – the Goddess Althena starts to occasionally revive herself using Dr. Astral's biotechnology as an ordinary human to observe what is happening to her people.
2,980 SY – Gad Telwin establishes Azuria's first mail, cargo and taxi services using his newly invented horse carriages and highways.
3,000 SY – the Beastmen War and the First Viltran War takes place as the beastmen compete with humans for the possession of natural resources and racial superiority and the Viltrans with the aid of their Magic Emperor Ignatius Gall who has become Dragon Master and corrupted his power, wage war on the humans to attempt to take back the land that was stolen from them. Ignatius develops a technology that inoculates his soldiers and makes them immune to the climate of the humans which is stolen by the heroes Jian Campbell, Lucia Collins, Gabriel Ryan, Flora Banks, and Rufus Crow to aid in their infiltration and destruction of the Viltran's tower fortress where the possessed dragons were to be launched into Azuria to destroy the humans.
3,860 SY – the city of Vane gains a magic cannon and the ability to fly through the air thanks to the efforts of Premier Gauss Sodrav who was commissioned to develop the technology to help defend Vane from attacks.
3,950 SY – after much protest from the Magic Guild that seeks to preserve the primitive but harmonious way of life led by present humans, the Industrial City of Iluk is established in the Marius Continent and its notable inventions include factory scale farming, windmills, watermills, sail-powered ocean liners, and diving suits used for underwater mining and the fishing of the newly discovered colonies of deep sea marine life. It is also in this time period that powered flying machines in the form of airships are developed by Dr. Reginald Might. These new airships use a similar levitation technology as the one used to allow the magic city of Vane to fly except that instead of just lifting the airship from the ground, it also gives the airship the power to move in any direction.
3,960 SY – the Majirac Empire is able to rediscover its lost magical technology and slowly begins to rebuild its war machine.
3,980 SY – the Heresy War takes place in which Mach Eiphel, a wizard of Vane, builds an undersea fortress which he calls Leviathan and uses it to imprison the Goddess Althena. A fleet of attack submarines built by Dr. Reginald Might are utilized by the Azurian military to destroy the fleet of alien creatures sent by Mach's alien allies, the five princes of the black star to guard the fortress. Upon infiltrating the fortress, the four leaders of Azuria, Dragon Master Dyne Zyria, Meribian Mayor Mel Tiberia, Premier of Vane Ghaleon Vardos, and Lemia Ausa the Leader of Vane discover that Mach has built a technology never before heard of, a Planet Summoner to bring the planet of Danarkia which belongs to a solar system that orbits a black hole close to Lunaria in order for the five princes of the black star whom he has secretly been communicating with using a lost technology called a satellite dish to Azuria in order for them to help him absorb the Goddess' power in exchange for helping their overpopulated planet to resettle some of their people on Lunaria. Mach Eiphel is killed by the Four Leaders and all the blueprints, formulas, and other records of his technology are destroyed.
4,000 SY – the Second Viltran war takes place in which the Premier of Vane, Ghaleon Vardos reveals his identity as the Viltran Magic Emperor of Majirac and captures the girl Luna Strasburg who is the incarnate of the Goddess Althena. He then enslaves the four dragons to pulverize their bodies into ore and use the ore to fuel the power reactor of his armored mobile fortress, the Grindery built by Dr. Taben Hellstorm so that he can launch his attack on Azuria and seize control of Althena's Tower where he will manipulate Althena's mind so that she will transfer her power unto him and make him tremendously powerful. While his attack succeeds in destroying the magic city of Vane, he is ultimately defeated by the heroes, Dragon Master Alex Strasburg, Daughter of the Guild Leader Mia Ausa, mage Nash Rumack, thief Kyle Wallace, and daughter of the Meribian Mayor Jessica Tiberia. At the end of the war, Goddess Althena Fallonia decides that she is tired of trying to intervene in human affairs and decides to die with her lover the former Dragon Master, Alex Strasburg.
4,050 SY – thanks to the development of climate inoculators by deceased Magic Emperor Ignatius Gall, the Viltrans are able to assimilate and intermingle with humans and beastmen producing half-breed offspring. The steam engine technology and advanced elemental magic introduced by the Viltrans triggers an industrial and magical revolution that accelerates the technological and economic development of the world. Thanks to the fall of the magic city of Vane, there is little its leaders can do to prohibit or regulate the new technological developments.
4,500 SY – by this time period, the industrial and magical revolution is ripe, with sail and steam powered land and water ships providing intercontinental passenger services at speeds of 20km/h for the sailing ships and 50km/h for the steamships, levitation powered airships providing domestic intercity passenger services at speeds of up to 130km/h, and teleportation pads, a technology originally exclusive to the magic city of Vane, allowing short range teleportation from one city district to another, greatly decreasing the amount of time to travel from place to place and making the world increasingly interconnected. The diffusion of magical knowledge from Vane and the Viltrans triggers the development of magic crests that allow artificial magic mined from underground ores to be used by ordinary civilians making the class division between magician and non-magician increasingly blurred. It is in this time that the science of archaeology becomes established to research ancient civilizations that existed before the coming of humans and Althena to Lunaria to re-discover the ancient magic and technology of those lost civilizations and harness its power.
4,750 SY - Premier of Vane Gregory Volt develops the world's first magically powered robots which are used in factories and as test dummies for magic students. He also develops the magic carpet as a form of compact air transport, but its use is only limited to the most skilled users of magic due to the difficulty of maintaining gyro balance in mid flight.
4,970 SY – failed magic student Borgan Reimon leaves the magic city of Vane and studies the technology of artificial magic which is fast becoming popular the world over. He develops a new type of engine called the dragonite fossil engine which uses the fossilized ore unearthed from the tombs of dead dragons and from graves of dead giant reptiles to produce magic power. He uses the engine to power ships capable of traveling on land and water using vibrating propulsion fins that move up and down to push the ship. This type of ship is the fastest ever built; able to achieve record speeds of 300km/h and the most notable is the Destiny which is the flagship of the White Knights of Althena. He also uses the engine to power beam cannons which are built into the dragon powered ships and to levitate his magic city of Neo-Vane.
4,990 SY – a carnival ride mechanic named Samuel Compton develops the world's first rocket glider which uses the rocket to propel the pilot into the air and then uses the gliding wings to perform a controlled descent into the ground. This is by far the fastest vehicle ever built in Lunaria, achieving top speeds of 500km/h.
5,000 SY – the Destroyer War takes place in which, Dr. Zophar Astral, in his partially recovered form, communicates information to priests on Lunaria and the Four Leaders of Azuria which he uses to manipulate them into doing his bidding which is to divert the energy of the terraformation machine into his body to accelerate his regeneration. Upon completing his recovery, he then activates his starship and flies into Lunaria to capture Airman Lucia Fallonia and absorb the magic power she took from Althena's Tower and use it to seize control of the terraformation machine to accelerate his plan of rebuilding the Keplerian Empire. Airman Lucia Fallonia is broken out of captivity by archeologist Hiro Sumden, priest Ronfar Daculi, fighter Jean Darian, daughter of the Leader of Vane Lemina Ausa, and White Knight Captain Leo Lendon. Despite their successful rescue operation, it is too late because Dr. Astral transforms into a giant bio-robot and prepares to launch his attack on the Azurian and Majirac military. Lucia eventually has no choice but to reveal the myth established by Althena 2,950 years ago so that the people will realize that Dr. Astral is not an almighty God and can be stopped if the ancient technology and magic lost to time are revived. Lucia brings back textbooks preserved in the ancient Azurian military base where the starship Althena's Tower was launched and hands it over to the wizards and scientists in Lunaria who are shocked by the conspiracy which has lasted for nearly 3 millennia to prevent humans from re-learning advanced magic and science. Divisions of Majirac tanks, and elemental robots, as well as dragon battleships, air battleships, fighter airships, flying fortresses, rocket gliders, and the flying carpet mage infantry from the Azurian military surround the landing site of Dr. Astral's starship which has assembled a fleet of flying wing attack robots, and bombard the site with powerful blasts of magic artillery. The Majirac and Azurian military use magic mirror shields recovered from the lost city of Labyrinthus to reflect the powerful beams of solar radiation shot out by Dr. Astral's robots and redirect the energy back into them to vaporize them but it is the carefully placed shots of magic made by Airman Hiro Sumden and Lucia Fallonia from their fighter airships that enable Dr. Zophar Astral's complete annihilation. After the end of the war, all evidence of Dr. Astral's biotechnology is vaporized by magic because the leaders of Lunaria believe such technology to be far too dangerous to fall into human hands. Hiro Sumden follows Lucia Fallonia back to Earth to help monitor its terraformation and facilitate the migration of humans back to their home planet. Lucia Fallonia gives up her immortality to die a natural death with her new lover Hiro Sumden.
5,100 SY – with the revival and superseding of the lost technology, the future of humanity, the beastmen, and the Viltra once again becomes uncertain. A new war called the Trans-Planetary Civil War erupts when anti-magic and technology unions riot against developments that plunge most workers into unemployment who are supported by terrorists working for religious institutions that are not in favor of progress. Another faction, robots that have been given sentience by reckless wizards and scientists start a revolution because they are mistreated by the owners who purchase them.
6,000 SY – the environmental degradation brought about by over development angers the sentient ancient organic fibers that run across Earth and Lunaria causing it to lash out on humans and trigger mass natural calamities. The situation is confounded when flying cylinders from Mars land on the moon and Earth and Martian robots and soldiers gifted by reality bending psychic powers using a magic and science thousands of years ahead of Earth and Lunaria invade, resulting in the first Solarian Interstellar War.