Of Smoke and Mirrors
Cave painting likely depicting the Antediluvian World – Found in Dordogne, France
The antediluvian world and its civilizations is one of the most ill understood periods subject to historical study and yet there certainly is no lack of theories on the subject. Often known as the “High Age”, the “Golden Age of Magic” or simply the Golden Age it is mostly understood as a time of wonders and magic compared to which modern sorcery and science seem mere parlour tricks. It was the age of storied Atlantis, of Antilles, Lemuria and Fusang. Aether flowed visibly through the skies and most everyone could wield magic in some form or another while the greatest of the time, sorcerer kings of legends, could cure plagues and turn deserts into verdant grassland with but a thought. Not only magic but also the mechanical skills of that time appears far superior to that of the modern age with majestic floating towers floating above a bewildering array of vehicles, all accessible to the common man.
The Eldren is believed to have been even more aethetically sensitive during this age and Gnomes, now withered and broken in form, is thought to have stood taller and with perhaps even greater powers. Ogres appear to have been far more intelligent than their modern counterparts, beastmen seems to have ruled many of the states as priests and giants controlled large swaths of land. Indeed, near every story from that time cast it as an era of golden bliss and wonders, though some like the Aluminate would also claim it was an age corrupted by sloth, greed and vanity granted by Demons of the Pale.
But, inexplicably, this Golden Age came to an end, abruptly and seemingly overnight. Continents sank as other rose, the world was riven apart and water flooded the ancient lands which by then burned with the fires of the apocalypse. We call this the “Great Cataclysm” or “The Deluge” after the Aluminate texts, though nearly every culture has a similar tale in their ancient legends. Recently, in the caves of Dordogne in France, several cave paintings have been found in the deeper tunnels depicting sapients fighting creatures of shadows and flames, fleeing before the monsters and great storms which seems to swallow the land. This matches well to the paintings found in early Minoan sites, depicting similar scenes of a heroic king and his army holding back the darkness and “men from the sea”. Indeed, it might be that the Minoans where not the first postdiluvian civilization but the last Antediluvian one!
Scenes from the Cataclysm – Cave Painting from Central North America
No one knows what coursed it, though there are no shortage of theories here either. The Aluminate claims the Celestial Host cast down the corrupt old world after defeating the Pale Host of Lucifer and imprisoning them in the Pale. Others speak of cataclysmic wars or some demented experiment of world shattering proportions. Yet in the oldest tales, such as the various Sumerian manuscripts, the ancient tablets of the Taklamakhan and Yehudi Book of Order the leader of the destroyers are given a name and a shape of shadows and pale flames. In some stories this leader fought the Archons of Order, in others the entire world. Indeed, the Book of Order even claims he would have won had it not been for Lucifers betrayal. Yet its name remain the same throughout all the transcriptions, Nergal.
The “Kingtor” Standing Stone of Dartmoor
Though not the most prominent location for finding Antediluvian remains as Britain likely was submerged, except for the highest parts, during the period. Yet the Iles has proven a veritable treasure house when it comes to the early, postdiluvian cultures. These are the once who are thought to have left the many cairns, standing stones and stone circles scattered across Great Britain and Northern France, though some of these sites might actually be the shattered remains of Antediluvian constructions.
Prominently in the plains and moorland of southern England one finds many of these sites, often connected to Neolithic or early Celtic cultures. The purpose of most of these sites, except as tombs, is still ill understood and one of the most popular fields of research within the growing field of history.