Chosen of Sydiah
Carant League of Aylathia
- 1 History
- 1.1 Background
- 1.2 Aeterna Cascade
- 1.3 Chosen of Sydiah
- 1.4 Formation of Sedrua
- 1.5 Growth
- 1.6 Spying
- 1.7 Aylathia's Siege
- 1.8 Subjugation
- 1.9 Post-war Expansion
- 1.10 Discovery
- 1.11 Conquest
- 1.12 Distance
- 1.13 The Wane of Reality
- 1.14 Ramifications
- 1.15 Competition
- 1.16 The Sedrua-Alliance War
- 1.17 Decline
- 1.18 The Sedrua-Triumvirate War
- 1.19 Isolationist Policies
- 1.20 Reconstruction
- 1.21 Resurgence
- 1.22 Continued Growth
- 1.23 The Sedruan Coup
- 1.24 Extreme Isolationism
- 1.25 Unrest
- 1.26 Revolution
- 1.27 Full Decline
- 1.28 Quiescence
Sedrua's form has changed many times over its long history, though it has always been a nation focused on Thaumaturgy. Sydiah's Architects, a group of leaders and warriors, have remained as a centerpiece for the nation's government. Mother Sydiah has and remains as the leader over all of Sedrua's people. Changes in leadership, while uncommon, have affected its political landscape severely. Up until recent times, Vurilia Jiutopati was the aging leader of Sedrua, promising to fix the nation from the War of the Ancients and Aylothn's Totality. He was recently overthrown by Sydiah upon her re-emergence however.
Although Sedrua has experienced many periods of decline, it still exists and even thrives. The re-instatement of Sydiah's rule has placed it in a new period of national growth, though many have referred to it as corrupt and morally incorrect. The satisfaction of sectors, growth of technology, and overall cohesion rival its highest points compared to that of eons ago. This has led some some to believe that Sedrua may rise again.
Sedrua, while old, is not the most ancient nation in Aylothn. There are many records of precursor nations, which have left remains through ages past. The most documented of these nations is the United Provinces, an elitist nation which likely wiped the existence of any other complex civilizations. Ruled from Sakijast, the U.P. was an unstoppable power in its time. It successfully removed many civilizations, morphing the galactic landscape over many thousands of years. Its colonial attitude combined with a powerful military likely made it the strongest civilization in millions of years.
It is unclear when the United Provinces formed, though it was in the early 200,000s BCE. Over tens of millennia, it conquered the stars and sat atop Aylothn unparalleled. Its species, the Arkhos, rose to be the definitive force from core to rim. The opulence in which the leaders provided was enough to stave unrest and bring forward the empire, lasting as one of the most prominent entities in ancient history. It is thought that the U.P. exterminated many species by appealing to their own greed. They were given technology, medicine, resources, and sectors to expand and thrive. This assimilation often resulted in a slow extermination, brought on by sterilizing said species. As long as the recipients listened, they lasted centuries with relatively better lives.
Punitive species were not the only target for the U.P. however. Established nations, thought to be inferior, dotted Aylothn's stars. They were seen as nothing but a nuisance, a roadblock to unifying Aylothn under one banner. As such, ancient wars were declared. The most notable of which, the Arkho-Zothon War, was waged between the United Provinces and an organization named Zathaia. Led by the United Provinces, this war lasted centuries and caused the downfall of its last major contender at the time.
Peace was not a constant forever. While the United Provinces was relatively stable, a group of extreme elitists named the Order of the Arkhos rose and separated from the U.P. A swift and crippling revolution named the Arkho Civil War ended with the succession of the Order and relative destabilization of the U.P. After the war, both entities were in an unstable co-existence for many thousands of years, slowly cooling in relations. Internal hatred was harbored on both sides, though it was never truly shown in diplomacy.
The dominance of the United Provinces was not a short era. It lasted well into the 120,000s BCE with minimal problems in its government. While everything remained coherent in the U.P., emerging forces came to challenge its position as a galactic superpower. During 129,591 BCE, a rare event named an Aeterna Cascade happened in the Suvaren Field. Breaching the barrier between reality and the Lux Aeterna, Mother Sydiah emerged. The energy upon her awakening was detected by the U.P, though it was not brought to major notice.
Sydiah began to digest her surroundings, viewing space as an area to project her knowledge of The Aeterna. She quickly adopted a faith known as Aeternalism, which was vessel for Sydiah's influence. Aeternalism was a religion which thought of the Lux Aeterna as an afterlife, with Sydiah being a messenger. Believing that she was sent by powers higher than herself, Sydiah had the need to spread her word. And so, she devised a plan which involved creating vessels for future preachers. These were later known as Sydiah's Architects.
By using her connection to the Lux Aeterna, Sydiah was able to create a sufficient pylon, letting her channel large amounts of energy. She began to coax various cores away from the Lux Aeterna, turning them into Aeternaborne. The first Aeternaborne and Architect was Vurilia Jiutopati, intended to be a figurehead for all of the other Architects. Itrian Ustya was born in the same year as Vurilia, though Sydiah placed him in a position of surveillance. Observation of the U.P. also led Sydiah to create technology, forming Bakeyatalla as a station around Suvaren's black hole.
Chosen of Sydiah
More Architects were made over a period of centuries. In order to keep them under her command, Sydiah instructed Vurilia to create the Chosen of Sydiah in 128,703 BCE. The Chosen was made as a group which consisted of Sydiah and all of her Architects. Becoming its commander, Sydiah instructed many Architects to change worlds and enforce the power dynamic. It was stationed on Bakeyatalla, and its secondary headquarters was founded Zushilo. As a world of great luster and vanity, Zushilo was the first world which was sculpted by Sydiah's Architects. It was changed in a manner which pleased Sydiah, making it an ideal home for future denizens.
Vurilia was not the only leader of The Architects. Itrian was eventually indoctrinated into leadership, bringing him to a high standing of power. Thonde Eflein, Rinnaq Jostoynia, and Drizuna Cluythlo were born over several centuries and stationed as strategists and overseers. Thonde in particular was the highest ranking strategist, planning the future expansion of Aeternalism with Vurilia, Sydiah, and Itrian amongst others. By 127,908 BCE, Sydiah's plan for an organized government ended with success.
With the production of more Architects, the Chosen grew in strength very rapidly. Solely made and directed by Sydiah, her Architects completed endeavors with great efficiency and ferocity. Star system by star system, Sydiah's influence grew to greater heights than she thought possible. She continued creating The Architects, mastering the ways of technology to help her on her mission. Her new goal was to convert every sentient species to Aeternalism, spreading the message of the Lux Aeterna throughout Aylothn.
Sydiah accomplished this by directing The Architects to settle and terraform numerous planets. She often got involved with the Chosen's activities, aiding in the development of her ideas. This warranted in especially quick expansion rates, as Sydiah's Architects changed many thousands of worlds over a short period of time. Eventually, Sydiah allowed full use of technology in the Chosen, which directed Architects to build more intricate structures without much approval. However, she still retained full control over many of their actions.
By 127,000s BCE, The Architects were nearing completion. Vurilia and Drizuna, viewing Sydiah's accomplishments as a great success, petitioned with other Architects to create a sort of lesser people for the Chosen. This idea came in the form of a species, later known as the Bahattes. According to Vurilia, the Bahattes would "Serve as a crucial and undeniably effective way to spread our Mother's true faith". Drizuna suggested that Sydiah let The Architects create the Bahattes, to populate the reformed planets. After several months of discussion, Sydiah permitted The Architects to make the Bahattes in 127,145 BCE.
Formation of Sedrua
Eventually, Sydiah believed that The Architects were complete. By 126,428 BCE, they had a total population of 2.2 million, all being watched by the Chosen. Some leaders thought that it was time to go beyond simple commandment however. Creation of the Bahattes opened the door to something wider, a nation. After much debate atop the Chosen's ranks, Sydiah came to the conclusion that she needed to create a nation, like the neighboring United Provinces and the Order. After further consideration, Sydiah named the country "Sedrua" (Her land) and placed the Chosen as its government.
To keep national affairs close and cohesive, Sydiah permitted Itrian to create the Eyes of Sedrua, an interstellar surveillance system which kept a close watch over colonies. Members of the Chosen were able to access the Eyes of Sedrua at any time, including other trusted individuals. Sydiah also created the Oculus of Truth, a sort of algorithm which was able to oversee much of Sedrua at any given time. Additionally, The Architects were given permission to establish common interstellar travel, later referred to as the Intergalactic Gateway Network.
From there, Sydiah focused on creating and providing for the Bahattes. She found them as very useful for spreading Aeternalism, which was the faith most Bahattes followed. As such, she permitted near-independent expansion for the people, though they were closely observed for many years. With the closure of the 126,300s BCE, Sydiah allowed the Bahattes to create and use advanced technology without observation. This greatly increased the speed of Sedrua's colonization, now present in thousands of star systems compared to several hundred just over a century prior. Expansion continues to rise as the Bahattes and Architects established societies across the stars.
As the Bahattes flourished across the Suvaren Field, many systems were claimed by Sedrua. Beginning in the early 126,200s, local regions were taken and transformed into sectors, given capitals and representatives. While this gave a sense of control to the people, representatives held no real power in Sedrua's government. Instead, they suggested changes to the Chosen, which had full power with consideration of said suggestions. Sydiah was also able to consider or deny suggestions, though the latter happened much more often than not.
With the appointment of representatives, Sydiah stabilized the Chosen's structure to fit the change. She created a cabinet of several thousand Architects, though she referred to it as the "senate". There was now a clearer line of leadership, from Sydiah to the observers, down to the cabinet the representatives. In the eyes of the people, this appeared to be fair. After all, Sydiah gave nothing but land, resources, and fulfilling lives to all who followed her path.
As the Bahattes explored Aylothn, they encountered settlements from the United Provinces. The Order of the Arkhos was found soon after. The Chosen reported them upon their discovery, though Sydiah was already aware of their existence. Their borders were fully mapped and diplomacy was attempted, though it was by no means friendly. The United Provinces, holding an elitist belief, rejected the idea of Sedrua's expansion and deemed it as a 'lesser organization'. They were responded with force and hostility following more attempts. The Order was similarly uninterested, immediately closing borders though they showed no continued hostile behavior.
With the futility of formal relations, Sydiah planned to gain knowledge by other means. She commanded Itrian and several other observers to build stations for the Eyes of Sedrua. They were told to place them in U.P. territory, allowing Sedrua to observe its actions. Extensions for the surveillance system were made in the form of drones, which were controlled by The Oculus of Truth. Using the information gathered by the Eyes, the Chosen began to make plans for both the U.P. and the Order. With further observation, they saw that the U.P. was a nation of tyrants, xenophobes, and elitists with the Order being a nation of isolationists. It was something which needed to be looked into further.
Sydiah quickly became zealous, directing more Architects to look into international affairs. At the year 125,966 BCE however, The U.P. detected fleet movement around its fringes. Sending a small scouting force, they bore witness to Itrian leading a group of starships by an observation post. Others were detected nearby, making it clear that Sedrua was constructing a network directly in the U.P.'s borders. The scouting force immediately sent out a call for aid, warning superiors about an emergent security threat. Itrian and the Sedruan fleet fled the situation, and the U.P. found other stations in the weeks following the discovery. Sydiah was quickly alerted by The Oculus, prompting her to act fast.
The U.P.'s relation with Sedrua became one of discontent to pure malice. Knowing that Sedrua actively spied and gained unauthorized information, they immediately mobilized local fleets. Observation posts were unilaterally destroyed as the Chosen strategized against its new enemy. Eventually, Sydiah called the Architects to action, stating that "The contiguous, impious malignance by our righteous land must be eradicated." In a few months, approximately 150,000 Architects were directed to prepare for war, which was informally declared in the following days. Aylathia's Siege began without a second thought from Sedrua.
Surprised by Sedrua's audacious tactics, the United Provinces responded by sending local militaries to combat Sedrua. While Sedrua had the Architects, the U.P. had superior technology, meaning that many Sedruan craft were destroyed. While the Architects negated some of this, it was clear that the war would devolve into a gridlock. In response, Sydiah directed Sedruan transport craft to fuel the front lines, cycling through with Architects. She ended up creating several hundred more during this period as well. With Sedrua's vehement and almost barbaric way of warfare, they slowly pushed the U.P. back in its own homeland.
The Order of the Arkhos immediately noticed the war following its declaration. While they disapproved of Sedrua, they viewed the conflict as an opportunity. Various leaders conversed with one another, believing that they could help Sedrua win the war and stave them away after. Eventually, the Order believed that galactic domination was in their midst if they removed the U.P. and dealt with Sedrua after the war. As such, the Order started private sessions of diplomacy, promising technology and information as long as they provided land and resources. Sedrua agreed, and the practice of sending assets later changed into one of direct warfare.
The U.P. became overwhelmed with multi-front warfare. Sedrua, creeping closer to Sakijast, was now working directly with the Order. However, the Order wanted to reach Sakijast first, claiming that it was their rightful land. Sedrua largely ignored this, as they planned to destroy Sakijast and kill off major leaders. By the time Sedrua arrived in Sakijast's vicinity, Sydiah personally observed and aided her warfleets. Eventually, Sakijast was overtaken and the Architects killed many U.P. figureheads. The leader was also killed, with Sakijast being destroyed despite warnings from the Order.
The Order's Incursion
Following the destruction of Sakijast, the United Provinces existed without its most prized realm. National morale plummeted and the military weakened following attempts at re-taking the now ruined structure. The Order was not satisfied either, citing Sedrua's actions as a "Blatant disregard for the Arkho history and future." Nevertheless, both powers worked against the U.P. until its collapse in 125,638 BCE. That same year, the Order turned on Sedrua and began an invasion of its own. Not only did it plan to remove Sedrua in the first place, but the situation at Sakijast gave it a tangible reason to strike back.
Upon hearing about the Order's attack, Sydiah became furious. While she did not inherently trust the Order, she believed it to be an asset for spreading culture, the grounds for an improved future. She immediately ordered the Chosen to handle the emergent conflict, as countless Architects were directed to attack. The Order was relentless however, and without external help warfare slowed drastically for Sedrua. Sydiah was unwilling to fight much longer, fearing an indefinite gridlock and the loss of Architects. The Chosen began to order as many spacecraft as they could, including forces which sabotaged the Order's supply lines and prevented them from advancing.
Much like the United Provinces, the Order began to buckle in on itself. While its military was powerful, the sheer numbers on the Sedruan front made it impossible for them to gain any kind of leverage. Over several grueling decades, the Order was pushed back to the point of surrender. Its government feared annihilation, believing that the Arkhos would dwindle if Sedrua took over. While it prevented major losses of life, the Order's citizens and former U.P. citizens were outraged at the apparent cowardice of the government. Not wanting to let go, numerous guerilla organizations appeared, vowing to never surrender to Sedrua.
In the following years, many Arkhos yielded to Sedruan armies. With the loss essential leaders, remaining military assets were without coordination, being unable to attack effectively. Territory from both the U.P. and the Order was taken, resulting in the complete downfall of coherent resistance. By the time of its destruction, Sydiah returned to the Suvaren Field for good. She and many Architects were hailed as war heroes by Sedrua's people. Moreover, Sydiah's personal actions cemented her dominance as Aylothn's strongest leader.
Much to the discontent of the Arkhos, Sedrua began to subjugate their worlds. Without nations, they were almost unable to prevent Sedrua's colonization of Arkho space. Some groups continued the fight however, initiating a slow guerilla war. To enforce complacency to Sydiah's rule, Architects were sent to patrol troublesome areas of Sedrua's new territory. After a few decades of enforcement, the last vestiges of the U.P. were removed and Sedrua ruled, supreme.
While satisfied with extinguishing the final embers, Sydiah looked upon the rest of Aylothn. Sedrua was armed with the Arkhos' technology and information, observing that there were no other threats. Sydiah took pride in these discoveries, knowing that Aylothn was likely full of many people to teach her faith to. Over the next few years, Sydiah focused on finishing off post-war reconstruction. Eventually, she sent remaining Architects back to the Suvaren Field, later using them to expand across Aylothn.
To commemorate Sedruan dominance, Sydiah directed the nation to spread to Central Aylathia in the early 124,000s BCE. Resting over greater Aylothn, Sydiah saw its use for creating power and technology. Many Architects were assigned roles in scouting, infrastructure, and technology. Sedrua took its time of rest to study leftover technology from the United Provinces. Sedrua's expansion slowly cemented its ways into the Arkhos as well, as they were later granted rights like that of the Bahattes'.
Centuries passed with steady progress. Sedrua's territory greatly expanded after the U.P.'s collapse, leading Sedrua directly to Central Aylathia. The Intergalactic Gateway Network expanded as well, which prompted further development of more distant reaches. In the end, over seven thousand years of unimpeded expansion took place, as Sedrua grew ever more dominant over Aylothn. By the 118,000s, Central Aylathia was reached by colonial spacecraft.
Unyielding in her original plan, Sydiah instructed the Architects to work with Bahattes and Arkhos. She devised a structure named Aylothn's Sphere, a megastructure which if completed would supply Sedrua with functionally unlimited amounts of power. It took many centuries to encapsulate the black hole, centuries which Sedrua occupied with the development of newly established colonies. With no major events in sight, many believed Sedrua to be the most stable nation in history. Sydiah held this belief closely, firmly believing in Sedruan expansion as an inevitability.
In time, Sedruan communities truly flourished. A vast majority of U.P. assets were now in unquestioned control, with the Arkhos now embracing Sedrua's government. There appeared to be great equality, stemming from the apparent generosity which Sydiah and the Chosen provided. Advanced technology and increasing freedoms allowed for high citizen satisfaction, despite the autocratic nature of Sedrua's government. Furthermore, Aylothn's Sphere was completed during 114,743 BCE, standing as a marvel of Sedruan engineering for ages.
Territorial domination became the norm all cross Sedrua. With the completion of Aylothn's Sphere, the Chosen was gathered to discuss future conquest. After some discourse, the Chosen convinced Sydiah to permit increased expansion of the Arkhos and Bahattes. Furthermore, Aylothn's Sphere provided large amounts of power across distant lands. This allowed Sydiah to allocate resources from megastructures to infrastructure. As such, the Arkhos and Bahattes began to explore and colonize Aylothn.
Decades after this expansion, Sedruan scouting forces found something peculiar. Deep in an unsurveyed area, movement was detected around a seemingly barren world later known as Hivol. Upon closer inspection, scouting craft discovered a sapient species named the Phazaels. It was directly reported to The Chosen, and an observation post was created in the planet's vicinity. The Chosen was gathered once more, though it was by Itrian, who observed the event through the Eyes. During the gathering, Vurilia and Drizuna suggested that Sedrua uplift the Phazaels, to teach them of Aeternalism and bring them better lives. Rinnaq and Itrian were neutral, though Thonde wanted to directly assimilate the Phazaels. Intense debate took place after, as most of the Chosen had a say in the matter.
Eventually, a conclusion was reached, planned to be carried out by uplifting the Phazaels and making them a vassal state. Sydiah was given the proposal, and she approved of it after careful consideration. During 114,568 BCE, the Phazaels were contacted and informed of their situation. Formalities were made with a diplomatic meeting, which Sydiah attended. After a brief conference with Hivol's leaders, they decided to join Sedrua as long as they provided the technology, area, and resources that they promised. While they had no real choice, it established a sort of bond between Hivol and Sedrua. The Hivolian public was very much frightened however, though they joined to make the Phazael Sector in the years following contact.
The possibility of other developing civilizations occupied the minds of many Sedruans. Sydiah took it as an opportunity to teach her faith, though she predicted it took hundreds of years. Nevertheless, Sydiah valued the idea of taking care of Aylothn. Years passed with much progress, as the Phazael Sector greatly appreciated Sedrua's aid in expansion. Culture and information was shared back and forth as the Phazaels expanded with great fervor. Later, the Intergalactic Gateway Network stationed itself by Hivol, giving the Phazaels access to greater Aylothn.
Only two hundred years passed until the next big discovery. Sedrua found the Staleyans, a sapient species from Cevros. Much like how they dealt with the Phazaels, the Chosen was hailed to look over the situation. With past experience, Sydiah quickly decided to uplift and cater for the Staleyans, in a way similar to the Phazaels. Over the next few centuries, the Kephins, Viphians, Carants, Timporians, and Zythyns were detected, uplifted in the same manner. With each new species, Sedrua became more zealous, as most thought that the Aylothn Galaxy belonged to them.
As the revelations of new species swept over Sedrua, much of the Chosen saw opportunity elsewhere. Looking to the skies, groups of colonists scoured Aylothn's stars. Upon reaching the outskirts of the Orithyia Sector, several craft spotted faint, unusual glimmers of amaranth light. Upon closer inspection, Sedrua found the Ambrosian Remnants, which included the Amaranth Echoes, the Amranth Knight, the Antiwraith and others. These discoveries were major to Sedrua, as it was later reported to the Chosen and Sydiah. After a quick session with Sydiah's cabinet, they decided to make the Cabal of the Amaranth Truth, to preserve the Ambrosian Remnants and learn about their origins.