Histography of Evalaw

Understanding and correlating the historical context of Evalaw has been something countless learned individuals have been studying since any can truly recall. The method in which a body of historical work is recorded and studied by past and present historians in developing theories and disciplines which can accurately represent past events, has been an ongoing endeavour for countless centuries.   For the vast majority of civilisations on Evalaw, the principles laid down by the ancient Fyllids and the Tellurian Calendar that outlived their own civilisation formed the foundations of most current societies historiographical reflection of Evlaw and its history. In recent years scholars and historians on the continent of Illaria have begun to come to the harrowing realisation that the traditional view of their forbearers has been incorrect for countless generations. All current recorded history following the Tellurian Calendar, is in fact a misnomer, and completely inaccurate. And is far from a the definitive all-encompassing compendium many have been led to believe.   Human academics in particular have been at the forefront of this new revolution, many being fortunate enough to travel to the subterranean libraries of the Dwarin holds, the lofty spires of the Ivory tower or brazen enough to seek out a Dragon willing to converse with them, they have come to find accounts of events and ?? That have no mention in the chronicles and known histories, allegedly taking place thousands of years before the first year of the Fyllid histories took place. However, such developments are not without controversy. Suffering from heavy opposition from the church of the one and the sunburst sepulchre. Proclaiming it to be as blasphemy and heretical teaching, spreading strife and discourse.

Tellurian Traditionalism.

The most widely spread model of historiographical theory is the Tellurian tradition. Many academics commonly refer to it as the Traditional method. Originally conceived by the Fyllids before the time of The Sundering, the Tellurian system of keeping time has long been adopted by all civilised races that proceeded them.   The Irritticus, which was originally translated by human scribes and assembled into a single manuscript known simply as the Irritticus, is the foundation of Tellurian technique. These ancient chronicles are possibly one of the first and most commonly used examples of the Tellurian calendar. Nixua's writings, as a Fyllid travelling scholar and explorer, give a vivid picture of ancient Fyllid culture and life. The book has been met with scepticism; many people believe that much of it was mistranslated, as much of the Fyllid language is still unknown. As a result, there is a growing agreement that much of the Irritticus was doctored and written to fit the Church's storey. The elder species, on the other hand, are sceptical of a human translation of the ancient speech, considering it to be beyond their abilities.

The Gelding Histories.

Since the passing of the catastrophic events of the sundering. Over a thousand years of historical documents became the subject of 'gelding,' as one academic coined it. The Archlight Council authorised an ambitious and meticulous project, which was carried out by the Sunburst Sepulchre's adherents and preachers. They'd tour the length and breadth of Lorthwyn, retelling the faith's doctored account of events from the final thousands of years of the first era. Much of it had been substantially edited and twisted to fit their own narrative and cleanse the Sepulchre and those who fought in its name of any wrongdoing. The faith's goal was to solidify its and the Aurlions' image as just and zealous defenders of the light, and to whitewash all the barbarism and atrocities performed in the Sepulchre's name by its worshippers during the Sundering. All diverging stories are outlawed as heresy, and any paper or person who speaks out against it is burned.   Because the overwhelming majority of early human knowledge of historical events came from Aelfaune, Dwarin, and gnome sources and translations, these gelded histories distorted a substantial chunk of their understanding of early history. Aelfaune missionaries unquestionably accept these subversive happenings as fact. Human historians like as the colourful Venerable Teague enhanced and preserved the narrative.  
One cannot talk about Histography without looking at the works of the infamous Farenlandian clergyman and Historian, the venerable Teague. Spending over fifty of his eighty years on Evalaw writing up his volumes on the history of the world, as well as a wide variety of other subjects. Teague is possibly one of the primary reasons that Tellurian Traditions and the Gelded Histories became so entrenched in Human societies. Translating and compiling complete texts from their original sources into the narrative of human history.

Draconic historiographical Tradition.

Dragons don't view history in pieces like other sentient races, to them it is one whole. Sharing dreams of remembrance they recall past events in great detail, however as the venerable and elder dragons have begun to disappear and vanish from Evalaw, this shared pas has slowly become foggy and lost to them.  

The Indoral Reclamation.

For generations, the mages of Indoral's Ivory Tower have toiled ceaselessly to rebuild the tower's lost records, which once housed the Aelfaune people's collective wisdom. During the sundering, the Aurlion occupation destroyed their entire collective archives, including their people's entire collective history, dating back before the Tellurian Calendar. This process has been commonly referred to as the Indoral reclamation, and aims to recover the lost historiographical information. Endlessly collecting, collaborating, and investigating every piece of evidence they can find across Lorthwyn and beyond.   Early Aelfaune mythology and history can be found in innumerable folk stories, songs, and poetry sung across Lorthwyn today. Numerous people relate stories about how their ancestors arrived in Evalaw by boat from the sea; many interpretations have evolved as to whether this is a literal translation or whether they arrived by boats from some other land, which has been lost to the annuals of these lost history. Concerns about using these as primary sources for academics were raised, particularly by critical thinkers in Indoral's Ivory Tower, because these stories had never been recorded before, and many of the Aelfaune bards and troubadours who evoked them were well known for their flamboyant and emotive language. Many of the incidents may have been inflated and misrepresented by such artists and storytellers for dramatic impact or outrage. As a result, most scholars regard them as untrustworthy and discredited historical sources.   Despite this, it is commonly agreed that Aelfaune history stretches back thousands of years before the Tellurian calendars introduction. Numerous Ammon’Isettii hieroglyphics found in ruins across the deserts regions of Lorthwyn and beyond suggest that their civilisation began four thousand years before the Tellurian calendar was first introduced, and that some elements of these exaggerated tales do hold true. Archaeological evidence of ancient Aelfaune cultures have become an area of serious study by the Ivory Tower academics. Compiling this evidence to piece together the lost records of their pre-tellurian past.


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31 Dec, 2021 03:27

That wasn't boring at all... lol... had me concerned for a moment :)

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Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine
2 Jan, 2022 22:50

Thank you! I just know, sometimes Histography isn't the most interesting of subjects ^_^

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E. Christopher Clark
16 Jan, 2022 16:50

Nice work! I especially loved the line "Dragons don't view history in pieces like other sentient races, to them it is one whole."

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Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine
16 Jan, 2022 22:09

Thank you! I'm hoping to get some time to expand further into other historiographical theories and traditions from the point of view of other races eventually. Also hoping to get a chance to pretty the article up and make it a little more eye catching, it's quite spartan currently!   Got to admit, the Dragon section though short, I am quite proud of. :)

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