Unfortunately, much of our earliest history is unknown or, by
scientific standards, obscured in myth. Modernist
scholarship has shed much light on these problems; yet all
conclusions must be provisional, and many are contentious.
Popular legend suggests there was at one time a global civilization,
with advanced technology and great material prosperity, which was
destroyed, or nearly so, through debilitating civil wars
between forces aligned uncompromisingly Good or Evil. Indeed many
of our most ancient religious records proclaim similar views,
particularly in the Southern Third among followers of the Laughing
God. While there is no conclusive historical evidence, there are
intriguing archaeological artifacts seeming to support this point of
view, perhaps the most impressive of which is, of course, the
Origin Stone on Sanctuary Island.
However, scholarly, religious, and political consensus does not
exist around these interpretations. Several major theories
support widely divergent explanations.