The dragons have been silent for nearly three hundred years. They have left man to his political woes and stopped intruding on the finicky nature of the humanoids. Wars have come and gone and the capital has risen and fallen, but without the interference of the serpentine over-lords, it seems that real progress has begun to take place. Though we possessed technology in the early times, a true industrial revolution has taken place in the last one hundred years, with advancements in agrarian practices on the desert and oceanic planets and moons. Before this time, the dragons seemed to stall the development of modernization by implementing a predetermined monarchy that had little intention of moving outside of the old ways.
I am sitting at my worn desk in my small cell of a room at the monastery. As usual, I have books stacked high around me, with papers sticking from every nook and corner of the room – my sleeping alcove has turned into a library and I tend to sleep wherever I can find a somewhat empty spot on the floor that night. It is always a mess, I guess. But that’s not the point. I am here to document my findings, per request of the Grand Council of Cantor. I had decided to present my crowning dissertation on the topic of the Great Exchange, when the woes of a ravaged galaxy pressed on the shoulders of just a few capable individuals. I wanted to analyze the reason for the silencing of the dragons- what could have possibly forced them into a permanent state of hibernation. The scientists of today have always kept a close eye on the beasts, with cameras, heat sensors, and body monitors trained to detect any movement. The creatures seem to have turned to stone. The dragons have gone silent only after the Great Exchange took place.
Through my labyrinth of research material to be found in the State’s library, I have discovered a cache of journals, written in the Old Kavordian tongue that was popular three hundred years back. Most linguists, though knowing that Old Kavordian was predominant on Chima, Vico, and Helena during the Great Exchange, tended to learn other, more functional dialects that have relevance to today’s languages. It has taken some time to transcribe it all. And I am just about finished with one of the most intriguing so far, for it is the one that has provided me with the most solid evidence so far in my research.
When I had presented my dissertation on the Great Exchange in relation to the hibernation of the dragons and the change in political structure of the imperial galaxy, the Grand Council’s Chairman came personally to find me after the presentation to discuss with me a proposition. He liked my points of view that the dragons could not possibly have come down with a sleeping disease or something as fundamentally easy as that, or else the scientists would have found something by now. It had to be linked to the change in the political structure of the Colga Galaxy during the Great Exchange. During the reigning time of the dragons, the political structure relied heavily upon the living cycles of the creatures. No one had really ever been able to correlate the information to the political structure before, but it was one of the few options that made sense.
The Chairman told me of an old section of the archives that was typically off limits to the average person. I had shown enough competence and linguistic understanding of the Old Kavordian language structure that he felt this section of the archives might serve me in further understanding this phenomenon. It was for the safety of the galaxy, he had said, that I must ensure that the dragons were never to awaken again. I took this as a joke, nothing more, but understood that I was given special permission to do something I enjoyed, research. Now that I have collected the predominant body of my dissertation, I am beginning to gain a firm understanding that the Chairman was correct in fearing the waking of the dragons.
It must be stated, at the beginning of this situation, that I must recount a tragic tale that took place almost two millennia ago now, before we can proceed to my discoveries in regards to the Great Exchange. Travel forward to only three hundred years ago, and I’ll be able to discuss the intricacies of the Great Exchange and the group that led to the demise of an imperial galaxy. The characters, as they were described in this research, have all voiced these opinions, in their own manner through their journals, and I have reconstructed it here, in a language more understandable then forcing you to read it all in Old Kavordian. It was one individual, the Black Princess, that really made this paper come together.
I just hope the Council will accept this paper. It is a lost history, almost forgotten, but very important to the understanding of our developed political structure and social understanding of our galaxy. It is just so…I do not know how to put it, so strange that such circumstance had to occur. Maybe with this history, the scientists will have a better understanding of what they are doing.
From the private journala nd anecdotal introduction to the primary dissertation of Maneviala Gaoustan during his time of research in composing the historical text on
The Colga Galaxy: During the Time of the Great Exchange.
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