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The Timeline Graphic paints the story of the World, but writers must also look at the History and Annals, the Notable First Age Events and the Gazetteer pages, then look at our actual human history before picking a point in time on the Omniscient Timeline where their character’s adventures play out.  We only have our own human history to go on and our imagination. So the whole idea would be roughly based on human history in a particular period of time with the filters of light time dilation, advanced technological artifacts, an alien race (one so far as we know) and their manipulations through the Tsicon, and a myriad of other things no one has thought of yet.

The Timelines

The story-verse is built around the Omniscient Timeline which features four distinct Ages that define the history of Appogia over hundreds of years.  These Ages offer different genres of writing and provide limitless starting points for collaborative stories.

The Four Ages 

First Age: -100 BSE to 0 (Notable First Age Events) – (Sci-Fi): Stories from the first 100 years of the Colony Ship. Leaving Earth and the political intrigues that necessitate creation of colony ship, colony ship traveling, including possible first encounters with Haelivar, an alien race most humans know nothing about.

Second Age: (Star of Ert) 0 to 100 ASE – (Survivalist / Sci-Fi): Stories up to 100 years after the Colony ship pods crash on Appogia Colonists against the elements of the new planet, intrigues between themselves, struggles for order, breakdown of their society, stories up to the period of Darkness

Third Age: 100 ASE to 900 ASE – Early Period (Heroic / Low Fantasy / Sci-Fi Period – Third Age): Early Appogia, stories from the beginning after the Darkeness 100 years after the first tribes emerged to Early Middle ages. Period of legends and myth of the early men of Appogia.

Fourth Age: 900 ASE to 1100 ASE – Present Period (Epic / Low Fantasy / Sci-Fi Mix Period – Fourth Age): Appogia’s present (end of the Early Middle Ages, beginning of the High Middle Ages).

Canon

Canon defines the setting of World Appogia including, but not limited to; maps, timelines, locations etc.  Members may discuss changes to the Canon in the Canon Discussion Area.  Canon and other static pages will change as Storylines and their associated backstories develop.  You may submit something for review, or it can be discussed openly in the Canon/World Group, and we will look at it for inclusion in the Canon.

It currently includes;
  • Timelines & Catalog  –  historical timelines of major events and catalog of Storylines.
  • Vade Mecum –  a compendium of objects, places or entities found throughout Appogia.
  • Gazetteer –   a geographical directory of Appogia.
Story World Quick Reference
Notable First Age Events
History and Annals
Timelines of the World
Comparable Human History

Regarding References to Fantasy

The Appogia storyworld exists as a speculative-future extension of our own real world. Much of what has occurred in our history, is in Appogia’s history. Future technology, e.g. faster-than-light travel or the time-bending longevity molecule, all centers on empirical scientific believability, not the supernatural or magical. Appogia at its core is science fiction. Characters in the Second thru Fourth Ages might believe that they are communing with elemental spirits or invoking other-dimensional powers, but the writers & readers must understand that these characters live within a superstition devolved from their space-faring ancestors’ knowledge of physical science.

In short: aliens, not elves & dragons; technology, not magic; and interstellar space, not mystic realms.  References to HeroicHigh or Low Fantasy should be filtered through Appogia’s roots in Gritty Fantasy expressed through a realm grounded in science fiction.

Reference

About the World: Canon of Appogia

How To Set Up Your Storyline

User Roles, Storylines, Storyline Process

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