Mythological and Historical Origins of Cestus Dei: Originally drafted by Ninnia

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    Originally Posted: 01/25/2006, Ninnia (CD member circa 2001-2003)

    On the Mythological and Historical Accounts of The Cestus Dei Guild

    EARLY HISTORY

    Most historians recognize that the Cestus Dei culture began to emerge in the late 20th century A.C.E. Although some argue that they are peacefully descended from migratory pre-Kunark-era tribes settling in Veeshan, the first CD peoples are generally thought to have banded together for the sake of military strength and to control the surrounding regions. (Zeilya, Brevi Noti, 1). However, at this stage it must be noted that their power was limited, and had only a few notable achievements. Their influence and power cannot be understated in this period, as there is evidence that the niave Cestus Dei people were lead into crushing defeats under incompetent foreign generals such as a man historians know as Sylvos. It is apparent through ancient inscriptions that this wayward general described himself as a "golden god[sic]." (Apostate's Odes, 1)

    RISE OF THE FIRST CESTUS DEI EMPIRE

    It wasn't until the early-velious era that evidence for increasing martial power of the Cestus Dei peoples started to be apparent. As the The weapon technology of these peoples is said to have increased dramatically in this period, and a tradition of military strategy was born. Around this time, the great philosopher Tehom invented the ingenious Kirby Directional Aides, which are still in use today (Tehom, On The Eerie Immortal Kirby, 241). It is generally thought that out of Cestus Dei's rise in power an allaince was formed between the CD city-state and the Fires of Heaven empire. contemporary historian Etasi recounts, many battles in this period resulted in glorious victory. As this Alliance Period began to draw to a close, civil strife gripped both factions. The Cestus Civil Wars are said to have begun overlapping the late Alliance period.

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    THE DARK AGE, AND FOLLOWING REINESSANCE

    The Civil War left the Cestus Dei culture in ruins, and many of its armies were dissolved into neighboring regions or simply retired to an agrarian existance. This period of exodus and decline was realitivily breif, and a desire to refound old glory set in motion, what scholars call, a Renaissance of Classical Cestus Dei ideas. Seeking allies, the Cestians began un unquenchable expansion of territory, technology, and exploration. Their numbers bolstered, and the dark age they emerged from quickly seemed a distant memory. (Etasi, 2) Old political cults were reestablished, such as the decadent Jones family. The period also saw the integreation of foreign cults such as the frivolous Samoians. This period, however, is often not considered part of the Cestus Second Empire due to reliance on allies, occasional military blunders, and periods of disorganization. It is said that the Cestus Dei army was repeatably decimated by the less than extraordinary serpent, Lord Koz'Doken. This draws into question whether successes enjoyed in this period were simply of lucky circumstances.

    THE SECOND CESTUS EMPIRE

    Almost all scholars date the beginning of the second empire to the day that the perhaps-mythological figue, Apostate, returned to help lead the legions along with Tehom and some other notable magistrates. Many question the actual existence of Tehom and Apostate as men, and instead believe that they were twin gods from the pantheon of Cestus mythology, and their names were actually used as titles of regency. This late artwork reinforces the idea that they were of religious origin:

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    After his return, the culture saw unprecedented military expansion and progress. During the Planes-era it is thought that all alliances were broken and the Cestus empire was at last fully autonomous. This was also a period of artistic progress, as evidenced by the surviving Etasi signatures and the recently rediscovered Epic of Kiki. This period finalized Cestus Dei's status as a superpower, saw the defeat of the mighty MAGMATRON, and witnessed the disappearance of longtime rivals. and all subsequent eras are thought to be continuations of this period's achievements.

    Prof. Fishcake, University of Faydark

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