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 Post subject: The Historia
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:00 am 
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Foundations of Helena
Being an account of Helena from Antiquity until the invasion of the TezHamunoi in 70 Weyr
Baracos. Book I wrote:
It seems to me that, in light of the ancient history of our people and our profound impact upon the society of Weyrth that I need to record the truth about the Helenic people. Of those of antiquity who wrote, I favour Glaukos because as a King, the noblity of his station makes it difficult to believe he would lie, and Aristoceles because as a philosopher his wisdom about the world is most to be relied upon.

I will begin my history at the fall of the Inovia to the Tez Hamun, because anything before the time of the shardfinder, when our gods walked the earth with us, is truly the realm of the prophet and the poet and I am not so gifted as to explain the lessons of our people in verse or metre.

Before the Tez Hamunoi, came enslaving all who stood before them. The Helenes were a free vigorous people, dwelling on the then much larger islands of Helena. Their society was centered upon the polis and each was ruled by a King or sometimes a Tyrant. There was no overall ruler of the Helenic people, being men not accustomed from rulership from afar. The cities ruled themselves and although this sometimes led to conflict, no despot took rulership and forced all men to work as his slaves, and bow down to him as do the men of the south, who elevate their kings to be gods.
This love of freedom was especially true at Antica, where men were resolved to be free from the rule of the tyrant and they started the people rule. [demokratos]

Colonies were sent from the islands to the mainland, called Inovia in our Hellenic tongue, and they also ranged all over the coasts of the Sea of Fallen Gods. Many a city in this area is built upon the foundations of a Helenic colony.

The early Helenans lived a quiet industrious life, tending their crops, vines and olive trees. The fertile rolling plains of Inovia were planted and the fertile ground gave its increase. Great fertility led to wealthy farmers, wealth led to the pursuit of knowledge, and pursuit of excellence. Games were established at Pythia, were the oracle's temple rose up from the sea. Men began to search for wisdom, in the sky, the earth, in music and mathematics. Temples were raised in marble, icons were erected in gold.

However this wealth also brought jealousy in the hearts of the men of the south. The King of Tez Hamun, who styled himself to be a god was angry that men could be free and that someone else on Weyrth might have any wealth.

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The Dark Cloud of Tyranny
Being an account of the Tez Hamunoi invasion of Inovia in 70 Weyr

Baracos.Book II wrote:
The King of Tez Hamun Hotepishen assembled his armies beyond the mountains. Then with lightning speed his chariots and archers burst through the passes amongst the unsuspecting Inovians, burning their crops and cutting down the olive trees. *

City by city, one by one the Inovians fell to the speed of the chariot and the range of the bow. Unable to unite they fell in pieces. The great plains burned and the unwalled cities fell in ruins.

Finally the last free men of Inovia assembled upon the plain. Armed with Grainflails and Scythes, Bill hooks and Kitchen Knives, they stood as free men ready to thwart the tyranny of the godling of the South. Finally they had a mission; a fleet from the islands was evacuating women and children at the harbour of Pythia and they needed to buy time for the boats to load. As free men are want to do they were willing to spill blood for the sake of their freedom and the freedom of others.
Their commander elected by his troops was Themistocles. He addressed his troops
Themistocles wrote:
Men of Inovia, wise as owls, strong as bears, courageous as lions, today the godling of the south Hotepishen , has assembled his horde with their chariots and archers. Happiness comes with freedom and freedom comes with courage. Stand, fight for your women and children but mostly for freedom from the slavery of the southerners.

Upon the hillside the King and God Hotepishen stood in his gilded chariot. He spoke loudly before his army of assembled charioteers and bowmen, axemen; as well as The train pulling slaves that brought his pavilion, the war engines and the spearmen who guarded them.
Hotepishen wrote:
My subjects,see what happens when mere men stand against your king and god. Go in my name bring these escaped slaves back into subjection, soon this land will be tilled for the glory of the TezHamnunoi and their gods. Soon the gods will feast upon the spoils of this land.

Themsitocles' men stood and fought and saved many of their brethren from death and slavery. But when the day ended Hotepishen had his will and his rulership extended throughout Inovia

* Editor's note: An olive tree takes ten years to bear fruit, to cut down an olive tree is a form of economic warfare

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The Fate of the Helenic People
Being an account of the Tez Hamunoi invasion of the Helenic Isles, the unification and victories of the Helenic people on sea and upon land in 80 Weyr

Baracos.Bk III wrote:
The fate of the remaining Inovians was not to be envied. Taken into slavery by the godling of the south, they tilled the fields harvested the grapes and olives, that they planted and owned for the increase of another. The taste was as bitter as wormwood. Upon the islands Helenes worshipped their gods, lamenting the sacred sites lost to the Tez Hamunoi and the free men now in chains.

An uneasy peace reigned between the Southerners and the Helenes for about 10 years, because of the treacherous seas around the Helenic Islands with their treacherous currents and monsterous king tides, which destroyed the unwary. Hotepishen consoled himself with further conquests upon the mainland while his engineers and sailors built a fleet for the Sea of Fallen Gods.

Finally, when Hotepishen had built an enormous fleet of ten thousand ships with 150,000 soldiers aboard*, he consulted his prophets and wizards. After a week of ceremony and sacrifice to Tez Hamunoi gods, the wizards were divided as to the meaning of the omen. Ra Ohipsha the chief of the wise told the king that the signs were clouded and dangerous,
Hotepishen angry and frustrated had Ra Ohipsha cast into the viper's den. His replacement was more careful and asserted that Ra Ohipsha , because he had not contacted the oracle at Pythia, had failed to discern the message. The fame of the oracle at Pythia was so great that wise men from all over the world often sent messages there. Messengers with offerings were sent at once.

The oracle replied to the godling of the South.
The Oracle of Pythia wrote:
The Oracle has measured your worth
Your seed will be cast all over the earth
You will reap the crop, that you have sown
The glory of your fate will always be known

Your ships will sail upon the sea
Laden with men, sounding of glee
The waves will bow before your face
The seas will part in front of your grace

The battle will be a great victory
The army of virtue will rule the sea
Your name forever will be covered with fame
Bards forever will recite your name


Little did Hotepishen know, the gods of Helena had decreed his fall. He had through the hubris of elevating himself to be a god and the audacity to mock the gods of Helena, plotted his own downfall. The oracle at the bequest of her god decieved him and he went to his doom as an ox to the slaughter.


* Editor's note: Many scholars dispute the size of this fleet and army.

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