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Harr's solar system was artificially created by the Ancients around two and a half billion years ago. Harr was said to be created in a way that would make it able to host organic life, with liquid water on the surface and primitive photosynthetic multicellular organisms.
After the creation of the solar system, the Ancients no longer interfered with development (or left no traces if they did), and life developed at a normal pace. 60 million years ago, the first raharrids appeared on the scene, which are the common ancestors of the raharr and all related species living today. Being relatively small predatory animals, they aggregated into temporary packs and led a semi-aquatic-semi-arboreal way of life, which appeared to be a fairly successful as they managed to comfortably live in the forests and rivers of the time.
Around 30 million years ago, Harr plunged into one of its short but harsh ice ages. At this point, the raharrids were divided into many separate species, including the proto-raharr which increased markedly in size, reaching about two-thirds of the size of the modern raharr. The ice age became a severe test for the raharrids: the decrease in temperatures, the appearance of winters, and the depletion of the biosphere caused the population to go through a bottleneck and almost caused the species extinction. The proto-raharrs, however, were able to adapt to these new conditions and switched to omnivorous diet. As a result of the decrease in the population, the proto-raharrs began to gather in constant packs, which served as a catalyst for the rapid development of real social relations within them. This allowed them to expand and secure their food supply, which led to an increase in their population and led to the period of the “Second Dawn of Raharr”. The ancestors of the raharr continued to grow in size, although it was noticeably slower than before. The middle of the Ice Age, 15 million years ago, was becoming the most severe, forcing the proto-raharr to migrate to the equator, and to an area that will be known in the future as the Source of Rrirkh.
Raharr continued to develop in this part of the continent, and by the time the ice age retreated (~ 250 thousand years ago) and the planet had returned to its normal state, the raharr were already much closer to civilization. They possessed an extremely developed brain, an advanced social structure, and likely had a rudimentary speech. They begin to spread anew to the previously occupied areas, and the skills they acquired made it possible to master the other two continents of the planet. At about the same time, the raharrs discovered fire and began the first attempts at agriculture.
Subsequently, in the two hemispheres, the oldest known centers of civilization emerged almost simultaneously. The proto-cities, the remains of which are partially preserved to this day, were called the Sources of Rrirkh and the Sources of Riyk. The ancient city of Source Rrirkh could not become the dominant force of the region and kept some land behind it. While it mostly remained a central place for trade, it still remained the most developed place on the continent for many centuries. The city of the Source Riyk, on the contrary, became the basis of a large and extensive civilization, which remained behind the scenes of the constant struggle between nations for a long time because of its relative inaccessibility by land - the way of both foot caravans and military campaigns was blocked by the Great Desert of Riyk - the largest desert area on the planet, where the temperatures in the heart of which could reach the boiling point of water. After some time, the tribes of the continents rallied under the authority of the Northern and Southern empires, which marked the beginning of their long and difficult relationship with each other, which often turned into wars.
In 3366 Prior Realization(P.R.), Garn Kahto Sha, a figure who is considered to be almost mythical in Harr’s history despite all the evidence of his existence, is born. According to contemporaries, he was described as "a brilliant and harsh leader with a mind that could outshine both suns themselves." In history, he was a legendary conqueror, almost single-handedly erecting one of the most ancient and largest empires on the planet. Garn possessed exceptional military leadership and political skills, far superior to any opponents he met among the isolated tribes of the western continent. At the age of 30, he began his conquest-unification campaign, which lasted 26 years and ultimately results in the Continental Empire with Garn as emperor. Despite the fact that the Empire was called Continental, it did not occupy the entire continent in reality since, in comparison with the densely populated equatorial regions of the western continent, the northern and southern extremities were very poorly inhabited to the point where many considered them virtually uninhabited. Garn did not conduct military campaigns in these areas, but he still considered them the property of the empire. Garn chose Rirrkh as the capital of his empire, due to being the largest city of the continent and being located at the crossroads of many trade routes. For the next 10 years, Garn continued building up his empire and establishing life in it, after which he turns his gaze to the east, where he finds new continents and new lands. His thirst for conquest woke up again, and Garn dreamed of creating a World Empire. After 18 years of preparation for the new military campaign, Garn invited the Eastern countries to join his empire and then, after they refused, tried to seize them by force. This provoked a heavy war lasting the next 20 years. Garn eventually saw the futility of his attempts to create a world empire and ended the war with a forced truce, after which he returns to the western continent. There, until his death, Garn continued to build up and strengthen his Empire. The governmental structure created by Garn Kahto Sha has been able to last for almost three thousand years.
The development of technology allowed raharrs to push the boundaries of the possible, and simplify travel between continents. The raharrs turned their eyes to the sky and began to develop the art of astronomy. This led to the invention of the primitive telescope in 1012 P.R, with which the first cartography of the Harr satellites is carried out and the first models of the solar system is created. The second era of wars began as well, with the Southern Empire attempting to overcome the Great Desert from the south in order to attack Riyk from, as was initially thought, an unexpected direction. The Southern Empire had long wanted to get the riches of Riyk, about which there were legends. The Great Desert interfered with the land march and Rijk had good protection against an attack from the sea, partly due to the nature of the coast in this area of the continent, which was almost entirely composed of unapproachable rocks with only a few well-guarded harbors.
However, Riyk was much more expanded to the south than the Southern Empire thought, and the military campaign was noticed and counterattacked in time before they reached warmer latitudes. Riykians, more accustomed to such conditions, put the enemy army to flight. Following this, Riyk began to fully enter the world stage, having been in a long period of neutrality. Riyk recaptured a part of the territories of the Southern Empire, as well as invaded the northern islands east of the Northern Empire, which is initially mistaken for that as an attack from the Southern Empire. Some time later, Riyk decided to move the capital closer to the equator, to warmer and more fertile regions (and closer to the center of its territory, which provided greater security and efficiency in managing the region), where it will remain until modern times, gradually growing into a megalopolis. The invention of the steam engine made it possible to make river vessels that were self-propelled and fast, which led to fundamental and revolutionary changes in shipping, making it significantly safer and reliable.
In 120 P.R, there was an expedition to the island of the Ancients, at that moment known as the Burning of Hope. Despite its large size, the island for a very long time remained unvisited by the Raharr. When crossing the ocean, the ships tried to keep to the north, since there were frequent storms around the island. Sometimes the ships sailed close enough to the island to see it on the horizon, but there were clear hostile conditions even from that distance. Few dared to come closer, but at close range the coldness and sultriness condition of the land became even more obvious. There have been several cases in history when ships for some reason broke up on the shores of the island, but none of their crews managed to survive the conditions that prevail there. The study during the expedition showed that the Island is still not completely lifeless, and there is a thin and poor border of vegetation on it stretching along the coast, but there were no large animal species on the whole island, as well as no sources of fresh water. Superficial research did not reveal any deposits of minerals or metals that would have been worth all the difficulties that their miners would face. Because of the inhospitable nature of the island, the mapping is extremely fast and the expedition did not stay there for long - the air temperature on the island is too high even for kekhohirrs, and the replenishment of water and food is impossible. The island is marked as an unpromising and useless land, and it will be four more centuries before the island was the center of any attention again.
Harr's civilizations continue to conquer scientific and technological progress. The world's first heavier-than-air aircraft is created, successfully flying into the sky. Although it crashes on landing, crippling the pilot, everyone remains extremely optimistic about the potential of this discovery. Soon after, a campaign began to build a complex of observatories in the southern polar circle, as the most convenient site for observing various celestial bodies. The southern and northern empires are beginning to change their political strategies, focusing on softening relations with each other for the sake of the prosperity of their economies. A couple of decades later, their efforts are justified enough when both sides sign a peace treaty uniting Empires into the Condominium and ending their centuries-old feud. At the same time, the first stages of construction of a residential complex near the South Pole are being completed, and the construction of the main tower of the observatory begins. A decade later, the condominium is reformed, both Empires create a united government and completely erase their borders, forming a new state of Releksh. Soon, the construction of the observatory complex will be finished. Now it is the most advanced institute for the study of astronomy, equipped with the latest technology. Despite its location in extremely inhospitable and remote latitudes, the best scientists from all over the planet are beginning to flock to the new observatory. Almost immediately, observations of the suns reveal the presence of objects in very close orbits around the stars. Despite the equipment of the observatory, it is not possible to examine the objects in detail. The world, meanwhile, is experiencing an industrial boom. New technologies make it possible to strengthen and improve the efficiency of economic ties. There are more cargo ships at sea than ever before. This provokes conditions for the development of piracy, many islands break away from their states and declare themselves independent in order to attract pirates and their prey.
Major historical events:
The time is counted from the moment of the discovery of the Star Stabilizers by the Raharr (Realization event), or P.R. and is in raharrian years.
- ~1 million years P.R.
The first signs of tool use, the Ice Age begins to end.
- ~400 000 years P.R.
End of Ice Age, signs of use of fire.
- ~20 000 years P.R.
The Raharrs spread to the territory that would later be the Source Riyk.
- ~5 000 years P.R.
Development of agriculture, appearance of the first permanent settlements.
- 2 500 years P.R.
Founding of the Northern and Southern Empires. The western continent is divided among a large number of tribes.
- 2 310 years P.R.
Discovery of the first simple physical laws, the birth of scientific thinking occurs. Tribes of the western continent begin to unite under Garn Kahto Sha, who proclaims the Continental Empire.
- 2 300 years P.R.
The Continental Empire comes into contact with the Northern and Southern Empires.
- 2 282-3 258 years P.R.
Garn tries to unite both empires with his own. This provokes a war that lasts a couple of decades, after which it fades and ends in a forced truce. The technology of the time did not allow for any effective warfare across the ocean and the resources of the warring parties eventually depleted. Garn Kahto Sha dies without ever wishing to resign as emperor at the age of 108.
- 1 200 years P.R.
The Southern Empire experiences a revolution, becoming the Federation of the Sun.
- 1 150 years P.R. '
The Federation of the Sun becomes mired in corruption, shortsighted management causes famine and poverty, and a bloody rebellion breaks out in the process of which the Southern Empire is rebuilt. However, since the Emperor's family line was interrupted fifty years ago, the new Empire has little in common with the old one, in fact only in name. Almost immediately, the new Emperor attempts to conclude a peace treaty with the Northern Empire.
- 712 years P.R.
Invention of the telescope, first maps of Harr's satellites created. The Source Riyk, remaining neutral until now, become active, halting and reversing the Southern Empire's exploratory-conquest campaign on its borders. Territories of the circumpolar regions, previously considered unpopulated, also fall under the influence of the Riyk. The Northern Empire takes this as a conquest by the Southern Empire and breaks the peace treaty.
- 500 years P.R.'
The mastery of the steam engine provokes the invention of the steam boat, leading to a revolution in shipping, making water transportation significantly more reliable and safer. Skirmishes between the Continental and Southern Empires resume. A revolution takes place in the Continental Empire, causing the state to break up into dozens of republics.
- 120 years P.R.'
Invention of the internal combustion engine, beginning of mapping of the Isle of the Ancients. An island scorched by heat, without any resources, inhabitable territory, or great strategic value, remains unclaimed by anybody.
- 40 years P.R.'
The first heavier-than-air aircraft in Harr's history achieves sustained flight. After flying for 2 minutes, it crashes on landing, nearly killing the pilot in the process.
- 23-17 years P.R.
Completion of construction of the first blocks of the colony at the South Pole. Beginning construction of observatory. The Southern Empire and the Northern Empire create a condominium of Empires intended to end a centuries-long feud.
- 10 years P.R.
The condominium of the Empires reforms into the Releksh Foundation.
- 2 years P.R.
Completion of the construction of an observatory. Installation of the Solar Telescope in it and directing it to the suns. Discovery of Stabilizers. Formation of Independent Islands.
Improvement of the telescope allows Stabilizers to be seen in detail. The realization of their artificial nature throws the world into a stupor, all major nations are gripped by religious hysteria.
- 2 years A.R.
The world is still raging in the aftermath of the Stabilizers' discovery. The system's largest sun produces a powerful coronal ejection, and Harr heppens to be right in its path. A powerful geomagnetic storm envelops the planet for five days, and leads to the global destruction of infrastructure. The entire electrical grid of the planet is destroyed and leads to a large number of fires. The effect of this catastrophe is superimposed on the unrest caused by the Realization, and mass riots and suicides break out, throwing civilization backwards in development. The South Pole colony is cut off from supplies from the mainland.
- 5 years A.R.
The Rrirkh Republic declares itself "Source Rrirkh," and aims to recreate the Continental Empire and unite the disparate republics back into a single state. A new philosophical and religious movement begins to sweep the world, describing the creators of the Stabilizers as supreme beings and postulating the abolishment of negative emotions. The movement, thanks to the founder's skillful propaganda, is rapidly gaining followers. The Source Riyk are mired in civil war, large areas are splintering off and demanding independence. The South Pole is uninhabited again.
- 256 years A.R.
The internal combustion engine is reinvented. "Followers of the Ancients" convert half of Harr's population. Source Rrirkh occupy most of the continent, mostly annexing republics on a voluntary basis. The Source Riyk regain political stability and integrity, while annexing part of Releksh's territory.
- 280 years A.R.
Nearly 85% of Harr's population are adherents of the 'Followers of the Ancients' philosophy. South pole base is rediscovered and repopulated. The bodies preserved there from events nearly three hundred years ago are honorably buried and elevated to the rank of national heroes. A check with the lists preserved at the station showed that not all of the bodies had been found. The most likely version of the missing is that some of the station's population decided to try their luck and make it to the southern mainland on the ice. Their bodies were not found.
- 335 years A.R.
Rrirkh has reached the goal of uniting all the republics of the continent, and turns attention to the Independent Islands. The level of science reaches its new peak. Rrirkh launches the planet's first artificial satellite. Artifact X is discovered on the Isle of the Ancients and a base is set up to study it.
- 337 years A.R.
The base, established to study the artifact, organizes a rebellion and declares its independence, proclaiming itself the Science Corporation. Rirrkh and Riyk join together to suppress the rebellion, but are crushed and repelled by the Ancients' technology, which has been reactivated by the scientists. The Science Corporation enters into a non-aggression and cooperation agreement with all the leading powers of the world. Religion, based on the philosophy of the Followers of the Ancients, begins to show signs of decline.
- 350 years A.R.'
The first models of neuroimplants are created and begin to spread.
- 378 years A.R.
The Yhish epidemic. By this time, many among the world's population have neuroimplants installed. These first models had the ability to communicate wirelessly with the planet's internet. This shortsightedness turned to tragedy when a self-modifying spam virus discovered a vulnerability in the neuroimplant's network protocols, allowing it to access all subsystems in order to spread. The result of the virus activity was extensive brain damage, in most cases accompanied by fatal damage to the brain stem, which provoked the cessation of reflex body functions (such as breathing), and subsequent death. The incident is named after the presumed point of origin of the virus, the city of Yhish. The cumulative death toll reached three hundred thousand before the virus could be isolated from further spread. Fortunately, the lethality of the infection played a positive role in limiting the number of victims, since the neuroimplant almost immediately went into hybernation mode when the host died. If it had been able to function longer, the number of victims could have been measured in the millions.
The epidemic had a huge impact on revising the entire augmentation industry and related safety protocols, resulting in regulations that outlawed implants with wireless capability.
- 380 years A.R.
The first spacecraft equipped with hypergenerator based on the Ancient technology, enters orbit. The unmanned prototype was to make a jump to the nearest solar system and then immediately jump back. The ship successfully completed the first point of the mission, but then disappeared. The first prototype of antigrav plate is created.
- 390 years A.R.
An active study of the solar system is underway. Hephrene, which was used in many technologies of the Ancients, was discovered on Gaulurr. It allows to improve the technical parameters of Raharrian technology. Six of the first exploratory ships are built and sent to the surrounding star systems in search of planets suitable for colonization. The missing unmanned prototype was not found. Science Corporation attempts to open The Ancient artifact by placing a thermonuclear charge on its surface. The attempt leads to nothing but destabilization of the rock, increased risk of collapse, and minor radioactive contamination, hampering the work of the research teams. The first blocks of the underwater settlement are laid and drained.
- 395 years A.R.
The first contact between the Raharrs and the extra-Harrian civilization takes place. An explorer ship encounters a Sashli explorer ship in the third solar system on its way, who also conducted exploration of the space around them.
- 410 years A.R.
The religious aspect of the Followers of the Ancients is considered to have ceased to exist, leaving behind only small sects. Atheistic and agnostic attitudes among the Raharr civilization reach a global historical high.
- 490 years A.R.
The Raharrs convene a meeting of ambassadors of all known species and vote to approve a galactic Alliance of Civilizations, designed to facilitate the processes of relationship and mutual assistance between the various species of the galaxy. The meeting has been going on for several months, during which time various questions about the future of the alliance have been discussed. During the discussions, several species declined to participate in the Alliance because of the contradictions that arose. The remaining civilizations settled their misunderstandings and eventually the Alliance was founded.
- 540-543 years A.R.
Conflict with the Insectoids. An Insectoid colonization ship enters the orbit of a Raharrian colony. The ensuing contact turns into an aggression, and the insectoids bombard the planet from orbit. Subsequently, a full-fledged war was averted by Sashli efforts.
- 576-588 years A.R.
the Vainur Incident.
- 740 years A.R.'
Contact with Humans, the events of the "Leaving the Cradle" webcomic take place.
|Leaving the Cradle | The Cliff World|
|Organizations||Alliance | Independent Worlds | Science Corporation | Politics|
|Technologies||Hephrene | Interstellar Travel | Spaceships|
|Places||Planet Harr (Star Harr) | "Shining" Space station | "Dawn" class spaceships | Artifact X|
|Characters||Gharr | Zane | Hekaht | Ahshu | Quantum | Nea | Dan | Mark | Val | ! Virus|
|Events||! Overall chronology|
|Further reading: | Civilization development stages | Instruments | Ideas ||