Ages of the Solar System

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Excerpt from Volume 9, Chapter 2

While earlier we charted the various periods of time within the Solar System judged by archaeological and historical records, it is also worth noting another way that it was measured by historians living during this time. Popularized by the works of Venusian scribes, the Ages system provided a more "mythical" though none the less accurate description of the various stages in which the Solar System took shape. Remarkably, this descriptive and almost poetic manner in describing history would live on long after the fall, showing up within the early histories of the Aegian cultures, suggesting some manner of cultural drift from surviving accounts.

The Primordial Age

The age before all else began, the earliest age of the Solar System. While there is little in terms of literature or study on this age, it is known to those who had lived during this period (including the author) that this was a period in which the gods and spirits of what would become the various planets freely roamed through the chaotic gases and rudimentary structures which were beginning to form. Stories speak of beings such as the great god Kronos, with his immense ambition, The Six Who Came First, who served a higher purpose and others whose names are too many to list. It is not stated when this age actually ended or how with some speculating it's official end can be measured by when the largest settlements on the earliest worlds began to spring up or when actually mentions of direct intervention by the spirits ceased to be.

The Golden Age

An age of unbridled peace and stability throughout the Solar System, this is the age of the Precursors, the first peoples who populated the Solar System and the eldest of the races. Most notably, these were the Saturians and the Quinoxians. For Saturn, this marked the Saturnian Gloriana, a period of great progress and advancement, with art and architecture flourishing under the rule of it's emperors and empresses. Quinox itself found unity, bringing together it's people quickly and quickly creating an identity for itself. While neither were in contact with one another as far as historians can find, none the less both left their mark across the Solar System. This period ended with the arrival of Selenos', putting an end to the isolation that the worlds had experienced before.

The Silver Age

Despite the name, this age includes the history predating the Silver Millennium. This is the moment the Selenos made their mark, spreading their influence across the Solar System and for the most part subsiding and absorbing the existing civilizations into them. As mentioned briefly before in this chapter, this period of time can be further divided into lesser ages such as the Selano Rise and the Shining Throne. However, this age would see the greatest of it's glory in the similarly named Silver Millennium, a period of time spanning more then two thousand years and seeing many of the planets reach the peak of their civilizations. This age would end rather suddenly with The Fall, which saw silence and bloodshed overcome and destroy everything which had been created by the Selenos.

While these three are the major ages within this manner of measuring history, there are of course later ones which were postulated by various scribes. However, for the sake of this book, I shall be ignoring them as they do not pertain to this period of time.