The Golden Age
While most believe that the arrival of Anhaga signaled the start of civilisation, many see this as a disservice to those who came before, to those from whom he came. All agree thought that his appearance brought the greatest change in world history.
The first year of the Golden Age is the birth of Anhaga. It was decades into his life that the dating system was started. Not sure of his own age, only an estimate is given. Therefore, true dates before the establishment of the dating system are not to be trusted. Some scholars during the early parts of the Restoration (1293NA-1792NA, 2994OT-3493) challenged the dating system, urging all dates to be moved back by one hundred years or more. Since the amount of the error could not be ascertained, these plans were abandoned.
The first part of the Golden Age, the Pacification, is misleadingly named. This was the time through which Anhaga brought armies together and, with his new gadal, beat to submission the factions standing against him. While his retribution was harsh, peace was always on offer in advance. Given the incredibly fractured nature of the world at that time, the amount of war was ferocious for many decades. There is a strongly held belief that the amount of warfare was much higher than in the records, to account for the relative speed with which he achieved his aims, and that these records were altered, giving the newly established civilisation an increased appreciation for negotiation and for peace.
It was during this time that Anhaga took his first two acolytes, Thalania Arbaran and Calthus Calstone. Thalania was the first to join Anhaga being ‘bound to eternity’, with Calthus following soon after.
By 580ot the tribes had coalesced into kingdoms and confederations, war becoming far less common.
The second part of the Golden Age, the Consolidation (581OT to 701OT), began a time of negotiation, bringing more and more lands under the control and guidance of the Eternals.
It was during this time that most of the remaining Eternals were brought. Carvar Malthus, Prolt Saladin, Ronda Gaidon and Alinisal Allay undertook their novitiate during roughly the same time.
With a growing workforce and with a much greater dalal skill, the Eternals and the other gadal undertook their greatest architectural and dalal works. Calthus created the Citadel, largely unaided, which allowed the Eternals a place where no lay person could enter. Cities across the world were build, astounding even the most hostile leaders. Housed as the leaders of the world were in luxurious surroundings as a result of these works, the last few forms of resistance faded.
The Continuance, the third part of the age, was not marked by much change. The world settled into a period of long healthy lives. Art of all sorts flourished as studies in dalal and natural laws grew in complexity, those of nature coming to challenge that of dal.
While the lay people lived through generations of peace and prosperity, this period was not free from tension. As only the Eternals could remember the time that came before, the less pleasant times, rulers began to vie for a reduction in Eternal control, for more local governance.
At the same time, the Eternals withdrew from public life for long periods of time. While they were still required to oversee governments and to ensure the preservation of peace, they became less interested.
The few stories of the Eternals outside of the official records, considered by many scholars as being fabricated, show a descent into desolation among their number, lapsing into times of deep melancholy and undertaking rash actions that threatened the lives of many.
The end of the Golden Age came suddenly. The Bo’Rai seemed to appear from nowhere. Ignored or disregarded by authorities for a good deal of time, they multiplied and spread across the world with brutal force. Before the Eternals realised what had appeared, they had already lost much of the southern continent, modern day Apria.
It was during this time that Anhaga raised his last Eternal, Almathisa Renay. This was to increase the power of the Eternals, but it is seen by most scholars as a political move aimed to ease tensions amongst lay members of court.
There is also some confusion about what ended this war. An ice age brought its end, but it is not sure what caused it. Some see it as an opportune coincidence, while others point to its sudden appearance. There is a theory that it was a reaction of the world to such a contaminant as the Bo’Rai. Others believe that the Eternals brought it about, all other options exhausted.
Maps of the time and of the modern era may give some indication of what happened. In the Golden Age, there is a continent to the east of present-day Endrehenia. There is also an unblemished plain stretching across the Endrehenian continent. This speaks to a catastrophic event. It is largely accepted that, whatever brought it about, the sudden descent of the ice age came with blood and terror, all civilisation suddenly rent asunder.