The Fifth World

Encyclopedia

History

The history of the Fifth World includes the history of civilization, its collapse, the Rusting Ages that followed, and the ensuing generations who created the new world.

Ancient History

See Civilization.

Very few people in the Fifth World have the means to make a concerted study of the ancient history of civilization. Very few people can read, and very few written histories have survived, making history in the strictest sense extremely limited. A few small groups like the Vulture Priests maintain records and the literacy needed to use them, but they remain few and far between.

Most people in the Fifth World think of civilization as ancient history — when they think of it at all. They generally see it as unrelated to their day-to-day lives. Among those who do spend time thinking about their relationship to the ancient past, one can find several general attitudes (with unique stories and myths reflecting them from one family to the next).

Collapse

See Collapse and Rusting Ages.

Most oral histories begin with civilization's collapse and its aftermath. These stories often involve heroic ancestors who either see civilization's flaws and escape from it, or manage to resist or evade it.

Family Histories

After the collapse of civilization and the ensuing Rusting Ages, individual family histories begin to diverge widely, recounting local struggles and lives.