Prehistorical Propaganda

This history of mankind according to one Fae. I leave myself enough wiggle room to change stuff in case a future Dresden Novel blows it all away. I created this originally to help keep “Motivation” of Nevernever powers clear in my head and provide some focus for plots.

ps – I’m not trying to explain the history of the Real World™ – I’m just trying to incorporate enough pseudo-science to help suspend disbelief.

Synthesis

So… it begins.

  • Big Bang to 200,000 BC – Formation of the Universe and creation of all Matter and Energy
    • Just as primordial creatures crawl out of the muck, so do primordial creatures crawl out of the ectoplasmic muck of the Nevernever
    • For purposes of the game, the interchange between the two realms is very simple and the barrier very thin.
    • We’ll let the Hindus have some fun… As creatures are born in the physical world, a creature leaves the Nevernever. As a creature dies in the physical world, a creature is born into the Nevernever. Conservation of matter/energy expressed itself as Reincarnation.
    • Intensity of sensation and emotion and the evolutionary nature of apex creatures created a handful of extremely powerful “concept entities” that when they entered the rebirth and death cycle, they grew and developed disproportionately and as they interacted with each other, developed “personalities” and traits … these became The Old Ones.
      • Example: Pain, all creatures experience pain, a rudimentary concept for “Pain” came into existence in the Nevernever. As it went through the Reincarnation cycle, it added new experiences of Pain to itself, growing in power and strength with each lifetime on either side of the Nevernever. There were likely multiple creatures of “Pain.” Eventually it came to interact with “Hunger” or “Curiosity” or “Fear” and incorporated small bits of the others. Each proto-creature of “Pain” now became more complex “Pain and Fear” or “Pain and Hunger” … they begin to develop concepts of “self” and became jealous (“Pain and Fear 1” would destroy and consume “Pain and Fear 2” when they met).
    • The Old Ones had millions of years to become what they were, in the end, there were only a handful of really big ones… and they’d consume “apex” Nevernever spirits, never letting them get more complex than mere “food.”
  • Homo Heidelbergensis
    • One line of mammals (monkeys) becomes interesting enough to get noticed by The Old Ones. They develop stone spears to kill at range and efficiently, they begin to affect their own environment by gathering minerals and most significantly… burying their dead with rituals to control how they enter the Nevernever and hopefully affect their Reincarnation cycle.
      • In other words… they didn’t want to be eaten by The Old Ones when they got to The Other Side.
    • These rudimentary funeral practices involve iron oxide (red iron ocher) … thus the first “Ferromantic” Spell is a Ward.
    • By virtue of this controlled conduit through the birth/death cycle, they are able to truly pull themselves to the forefront of the creatures wandering the planet. Reincarnated spirits and a thin barrier with the Nevernever gives them a form of “race memory” allowing them to pass from one generation to the next, the learning.
    • They split into various tribal lines (the most famous being what we call Neanderthal, what went into Africa to become Home Sapiens, and what went into the far East as the Denisovans).
      • This is the Origins of the “European Nevernever” (Fae, etc. – Neanderthal combined with Cro-Magnon), “Asian Nevernever” (Denisovan combined with Homo Sapien), “Australian Dreamtime” (Pure Denisovan), “African Nevernever” (Pure Homo Sapien), and “Polynesian Nevernever” (Homo Floresiensis).
    • They were not the only “monkeys” that evolved, but for purposes of this… Heidelbergensis is the one that matters to The Old Ones.
  • 200,000 BC to 37,000 BC – The Dreamtime
    • The tribes and clans of the tool using monkeys have something amazing… new concepts that create new creatures in the Nevernever = “Beauty,” “Hate,” “Love,” “Wonder”
    • The Old Ones consume creatures they’d never encountered in millions of years and begin to incorporate the dreams of these “monkeys” … they discover they like it, they “awaken.”
    • Homo Denisovan went east to Asia, though it was replaced (just like Neanderthals) by Homo Sapiens Sapiens… DNA remains to indicate that Aboriginal Australians have significant amounts of Denisovan DNA. So we call this era, the Era of the Dreamtime in honor of them.
    • What would become “nature spirits” or the earliest “Low Fae” are created in this era.
      • Oversimplified Example: A flying Nevernever creature incorporates “Wonder at Flying Birds,” “Joy of the Hunt,” and “Anger” after consuming one of these Tool Using Monkey spiritual energies… becoming a rudimentary form of Sylph (flying Nevernever humanoid that likes to hurt things).
  • The Old Ones and Monkey Farming
    • The Denisovan branch of proto-humanity first figure out how to affect the Nevernever and get noticed (Denisovan is the proto-human DNA common to Aboriginal Australians thus I call this “Dreaming” or “The Dreamtime”)
    • The Old Ones discover that by consuming the spiritual energies of these Dreaming Monkeys that they grow far more powerful
    • Also, and that by being “complex” creatures themselves, the Dreaming Monkeys are able to shape not only their physical world, but also the raw matter of the Nevernever.
    • Each Old One has a particular “taste” for certain things/concepts and begins to adopt various tribes and clans of Monkeys to become their Gods. They’re afraid of Death? This is why.
    • Basically, most of these old religions is based around Fear
    • He Who Shines White
      • One of The Old Ones adopted the Dreaming Monkeys that went into Africa. He encouraged them to learn to use tools, to band together, etc. – He was still a tyrannical deity – but “He Who Shines White” did not crush things that made his chosen tribe and clans stronger.
        • He also adopted a shape that was the most like his chosen tribes – he appeared as one of them – adopting a paternal figure/role. They were no longer intelligent monkeys, they were (whatever the linguistic equivalent was/is) now “Man.”
  • 37,000 BC to 30,000 BC – Even Old Ones Can Learn
    • Not to put too fine a point on it but… the initial work that “He Who Shines White” had done with the African monkeys was proving wildly successful… those tribes were kicking the butts of the other tribes.
    • The Old Ones took anthropomorphic shapes to look more like their adopted charges/food as well… male and female, animal headed or otherwise.
    • By 32,000 BC humanoid idols feature prominently in the funerary and dwelling artifacts of Humans. Mankind found religion and He Who Shines White was only one of many, many Old Ones again (each doing their own thing).
  • She Who Is Like Mother
    • Another very, very powerful Old One was born of the mammalian need to nurse and bond with the mother. All of the “monkeys” were mammals born of a mother… this created a very, very powerful supernatural force. She has many names, “Gaia,” “Earth Mother,” “Fertility Goddess,” and she has reflections in every pantheon.
    • She is also the direct mother of the Nevernever creatures today known as “Mother Winter” and “Mother Summer” of the Fae Courts.
  • “He Who Shines White” becomes “The White God”
    • Then, at some point, He Who Shines White established a “lab” in the Nevernever where he could study these Dreaming Monkeys in a controlled environment where he controlled the variables. This “lab” contained everything necessary to sustain life. We’ll call it the Garden of Eden.
    • Into it, he created his own “perfected” versions of the African types (Homo Sapiens Sapiens).
    • “Adam” and “Eve” were the final products (there had been other byproducts of the work in Eden – Lilith the first woman, custom tailored Spirit servants now known as Angels, etc.)
    • He returned “Adam” and “Eve” into the normal flow of time and the Physical world around 6000-5000 BC and to them, “He Who Shines White” was simply “God.” To other denizens of the Nevernever, he was “The White God.”
    • The White God also takes direct control of the Nevernever spirits he created (Angels) and direct interest in his chosen humans (the proto-tribes that will become the Tribes of Israel).
  • The Outer Gates
    • Among The Old Ones there were two broad categories of basic philosophy regarding “mortals” and living things in the Physical World.
      • One Camp was basically “Predatory” – Consume the energies as they arrive and add that energy to itself quickly and crudely. “When you get a batch of grain, eat it.”
      • One Camp was basically “Parental” – Shepherd the energies and indirectly take less energy but gain access to more energy in the long term. “When you get a batch of grain, plant it.”
    • This basic difference led to Eons of conflict between the two sides (with traitors, allies, spies, turncoats, etc. on both sides).
    • At a keystone moment during this Neverending Conflict, “The Outer Gates” were erected actually separating those dark and deep places of The Nevernever where the “Predatory” Old Ones dwelled from the more vibrant/living places of The Nevernever where the “Parental” Old Ones dwell.
      • “He Who Shines White” and “She Who Is Like Mother” among others were instrumental in the erection of the barrier
      • It’s a Gate, not a Wall, because of the history of changing sides/traitors/spies/etc. and there needed to be a way to send traitors to the other side.
      • The Predatory Old Ones now on the other side of the Gate are generally now known as “Outsiders” the Parental Old Ones were are “Insiders” … but Humans call them The Gods.
  • Havens and Heavens
    • The Nevernever powers that remained on “this side” of the Outer Gate all created “labs” of their own, similar to what He Who Shines White had created long, long ago. These Havens (Heavens) allow the spirit energies of the mortals adopted by (or who have adopted) whatever deity to reside in perpetuity until the master of said Nevernever haven finds something to do with them…
      • In most cases, it’s to prepare for the next “War” with The Outsiders … some religions treat the next war with the Outsiders as the final one… more likely it’s just another of many in a cycle.
      • Each “Heaven” is different, some Nevernever powers return their “souls” to the cycle of life and rebirth (Hindu) others keep them in preparation for the end times (Valhalla, Christian Heaven, etc.) – each is different. Some of the really powerful ones even have sub-Heavens which are glorified petri dishes for whatever grand experiement the Nevernever Power wishes to conduct (For Example “The White God” allows splinter Nevernever sub-realms – Muslim Heaven, Jewish Heaven, Catholic Heaven, Protestant Heaven, Mormon Heaven, etc.). Though the White God is the most famous, he’s by no means the only Nevernever Power or even “Pantheon” that does so.
  • 2000-1000 BC The Thousand Year Sidhe Wars
    • During the early years of the Sidhe Wars, it was mainly between The Tuatha dé Danaan and the Fir Bolgs (and Fomorians when they came up). Nuada Silverhand was the first high king of the Tuatha dé Danaan and came with them across the Seas to Ireland from wherever they originally hailed (northern Spain if the legends are to be believed). The early years of the Sidhe wars began in Ireland.
    • The Middle Years of the Sidhe wars established “who was boss” and established the concept of High versus Low Fae. This spread across all Europe and western Asia (and the Nevernever reflections of the same).
      • The MORTAL Tuatha dé Danann stepped into the Nevernever to become IMMORTAL … and got it.
        • This is one of only a handful of times that an entire “people” merged flesh with spirit.
        • This is why Changelings are possible.
        • They became Irish/Celtic Proto-Gods and became known as “The Sidhe.”
        • Today the title “Sidhe” is a reference to power level… a mortal or minor Fae grows into sufficient power to be considered a “High Fae” or a Lord of the Sidhe. However, the original Sidhe were all humans once.
    • During the latter parts of the Sidhe Wars, the Fae split into two camps
      • The “predatory” Fae known as Mother Winter wished to continue refining and preparing mortals to battle The Outsiders – to be harsh, cruel, and a force to be overcome – only the strongest would be fit.
      • The “parental” Fae known as Mother Summer wished to ennoble mortals and bring them up by example and by exalting paragon and virtue.
      • The Fae that refused to be drawn into the War were “wyld.”
    • Technically this war never ended, it just became ritualized and formalized with the changing of the seasons.
    • The Wars drew even mortals up into it as Fae battled Fae and mortals became foes, friends, or food.
    • A state of no longer “open” war, came with the arrival of other, more interesting things… Iron Wielding Mortals. Ferromancy, the oldest form of “magic” discovered by the ancestors of Mankind… had returned.
  • 1000 BC to 300 AD – The Long Retreat
    • With the coming of Iron, the Fae pull back to the Nevernever, high mountains, deep forests, etc. and started the process of becoming merely legends and “spirits”
      • In Ireland, the humans that arrived became even more opposed to the Fae. Generations of magical depredations and conflict had led to a mutation in the R1B Haplogroup of Celtic DNA. Haemachromotosis, today called “The Celtic Curse,” was developed to – among other things – make dining on certain Celtic bloodlines/families/clans less enjoyable to the Fae. Haemachromotosis is “extremely high iron content” blood.
        • Was this a Karmic “payback” for the Tuatha dé Danaan (as a tribe) stepping into the Nevernever to become the forefathers and bloodline progenitors of modern Fae? Who knows.
    • Other supernatural powers are still out and about in full force (demons, ghouls, ghosts, dragons, etc.)
  • 300+ AD The White God Triumphant
    • The Roman Empire and the Emperor Constantine carry a version (albeit politically corrupted) of the veneration of The White God throughout the length and breadth of the Empire
    • What Iron had begun (driving back the Fae), the White God and “Holy Faith” complete (driving back Demons, Undead, etc. – even killing Dragons)
  • 500-1000 AD The Dark Ages
    • The forces of “The Nevernever” and the Supernatural are not done… when Rome falls they come back out in full force for a few centuries.
    • The White Council is actually fairly instrumental in getting Europe “pointed in the right direction”
  • 1315+ AD The Great Famine… and then the Black Death
    • When creatures with the power of Outsiders escape… the death toll is significant.
    • Just about every supernatural group was getting in on the pain and suffering of these long centuries
  • The Unseelie Accords (???? AD)
    • With the Unseelie Accords came supernatural stability… which led to mortal stability.

My Goals

  • When were Outsiders not Outside?
  • Lovecraftian Old Ones… gotta have them.
  • Where did the first Fae come from?
  • When/why does the Winter Court oppose the Outsiders?
  • Why does “The White God” create his chosen humans 5000-6000 years ago (Adam/Eve/Garden of Eden).
  • Why do the Fae seem Celtic (other than Jim Butcher thought it would be cooler that way) and where did they come from, where they always Celtic? (No)
  • What’s the deal with Changelings and human looking Sidhe?

My Notes

  • Invasion of Ireland by the Tuatha de Danann from northern Spain
  • Gaelic and Celtic oral history calls themselves Scythian (a generic term for northern horse riding barbarian from around the black sea)
  • Who was there before (based on Scientific finds so far)?
    • 200,000 BC in Europe – Homo Heidelbergensis (7ft tall giants) gives way to Neanderthals (in decedents of H. Heidelbergensis in Africa what would become H. Sapiens and Denisovans would go to Asia)
      • During Heidelbergensis’s heyday we have evidence of stone tipped weapons, ritual burial of the dead, and rudimentary gathering of minerals (iron ochre) … these were sufficiently evolved from “monkeys” (to quote Maeve) to be interesting to supernatural forces.
      • Homo Sapiens Sapiens gets going sometime around 190,000 BC spreading up from Africa but they share the planet with some other near-humans
    • 43,000 BC in Europe – Pure Neanderthals die out – Cro-Magnon / Neanderthal Hybrids exist
      • Neanderthals with Red Hair/Pale Skin were likely, 5’6" tall males, powerful muscles
      • Communities (animal bone structures of mammoth bone with up to 25 smaller firpit hearths inside), significant evidence of complex and functional language, cooked and ate meat and vegetables, used tools
      • They had burial practices that included defleshing the bones (sometimes speculated as preparatory for cannibalism)
    • 37,000 BC Evidence strongly indicates early Modern Humans (Home Sapiens Sapiens) get going in the Levant region (people of Adam and Eve ?)
    • by 30,000 BC Homo Sapiens Sapiens is all throughout Europe / North Africa / Western Asia
      • Cro-Magnon, Hybrid Neanderthal/Cro-Magnon, and Denisovans are bred out as the superior Tool Using of Homo Sapiens Sapiens wins out more territory
    • 7000 BC First Humans Arrive via land bridge to southern Ireland
      • In the Book of Invasions, the first people in Ireland are called the Cessair and only a handful of families where there. I’ll use that name for this group as it suits my needs.
        • The Monks said they were after the flood, but much of early Irish history was “Christianized”
    • 6000 BC evidence of “Linear Pottery Culture” (in the Caucasus the Linear Pottery group is the Bug-Dneister subgroup)
      • What is today the Munster area – north Kerry, most of Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, and also Southern Kilkenny and western Wexford from Leinster
    • 6000 BC Agriculture starts in the far West (Mayo) but is rudimentary and abortive
      • The Book of Invasions records a second group to Ireland that came in great numbers, were unable to thrive. Christianized history records them as being well, well post-Flood. However it works better with the archaeology to have the Partholón be this group.
    • 5000 BC Copper age begins in Samaran regions of the Caucasus
    • Somewhere in this area, we get the Nemedians (the ones Howard stole for his Conan books) – they came, they fought the Fomorians (history believe them to be a sea-roving group of Phoenicians), they died or they left. It is recorded in the histories that Nemed was a prince or king of the Scythians. This is the first recorded mention of that tribe in Irish history. I place them here instead of 2500 BC because it works better for my needs.
      • Fomorians keep popping up as bad guys until the arrival of the Iron Age celtcs
    • 4500 BC Domestication of the Horse by the Kurgans in the Caucasus
    • 4500 BC Agriculuture in far West (Mayo) receives imported grains and animals from Europe, starts in earnest (wheat and barley)
    • From here to the Bronze Age is the period of Megalithic Monument Contruction in Ireland
      • This is the era of veneration and interest of “The Other World” and needs to come into play somehow in the early history of the Irish Fae
      • These are the Fir Bolg (Belgae Celtic Tribe from France – jives with the arrival of continental european farming techniques), the Fir Domnann (Dumnonii Celtic Tribe from Britain), and the Gáilióin which were a home grown insular proto-Celtic speaking group just like the Belgae/Dumnonii – these became the Laigin of Leinster
    • 2500 BC Copper Age
      • Archaeologically – Either Pit Grave Culture or Corded Ware culture, for what I need, Pit Grave makes the most sense and has strong ties to the Scythian area
    • 2000 BC Bronze Age
      • By Irish Legends, this is the era of the Invasion of the Tuatha Dé Danann This is the arrival of what would become the Sidhe as nearly all the names of the heroes of this era are used now for great and powerful Sidhe, including Mab/Maeve/etc.
      • This is also likely the “Sidhe Wars” Bob the Skull talks about as any other series of magical wars doesn’t make much sense.
    • 600 BC Iron Age Celts arrive from Europe
      • Biggest and Baddest are the British Brigantes and likely the Menapii from Gaul – we have some evidence of an actual split between Gaelic (Scots and Irish) and British (Welsh) by this time.
    • 300 BC full on Le Tene style European Celts are firmly in power
    • 100 BC to 300 AD – “Irish Dark Age” as the Romano-British are at their full power, Ireland is basically stagnant with very little going on archaeologically (crops, building, etc.)
  • Which Scythians are the Scythians I’m looking for?
    • Current Haplogroup DNA studies suggest “Gaels” are R1B haplogroup (not conclusive as it’s the most common European Haplogroup but highest concentrations are Ireland, Scotland, and the Celtic nations in France of Brittany, Galicia, and northern Spain)
    • There appears to be a direct link between the R1B haplogroup and the Caucasus region from which the “Scythians” hail by legend with the Bashkir people of the Urals in Russian having the highest concentration of R1B haplogroup outside of the British isles/western France. That region is also very strongly associated with the Scythians.
    • Going with Marija Gimbutas’ Kurgan Hypothosis is useful (burial mounds, use of red iron oxide, bury the dead, etc)
    • Many of the “Slavic” ethnicity is the R1A1 Haplogroup (different from the R1B found in Ireland and Scotland) and is also very high among the Bashkir people, suggesting an exodus of R1B haplogroup peopls and an influx of R1A1… this jives with the “Scythians are our ancestors” legend sufficiently enough for game purposes
  • R1B Haplogroup people tend to have a higher incidence of Haemachromotosis where the blood is very, very rich in Iron… it’s so common, that it’s known as “The Celtic Curse” … Iron in the blood from a people plagued with Fae that are repelled by Iron…. too good a snippet to pass up. Gotta work that in there somewhere.

Prehistorical Propaganda

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