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San Lareado:


The History















Prehistory



Aurumi


    San Lareado's first human inhabitants were the Aurumi, a native tribe which has lived there since before history has been recorded. As the Aurumi religion does not recognize the past, they have never kept a record of their history, which is why historians of today have such a difficult time piecing together their origin. Through clues such as the facial bone structure of the Aurumi and the style of their clothing, it is believed they are partly descended from an east Asian culture, most likely Mongolian. Some professors dispute this assumption, as the Aurumi had been living in what is now San Lareado prior to Genghis Khan's conquest of much of Asia. How then, they ask, did anyone of Mongolian descent make his way to San Lareado? This fact is still unknown, but studies are proving the connection more and more likely with each new discovery.
    Aside from their questionable Mongolian blood, the Aurumi are descended from the Daci, a Thracian race that is also a predecessor to the people of Rumania. The connection between the Dacians and the Aurumi is basically undisputed. Some Dacians migrated to the mountians of San Lareado where they intermarried with other ancestors of the Aurumi and created the race which exists today.
    Around the second century B.C. according to carbon dating on some pot shards found near Lake Znema, some of the Aurumi migrated from the Carpathians down to the valleys of San Lareado. Here they began to set up a society more civilized by Western standards than the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of the mountain Aurumi. It is from these people that the common San Lareadans of today are descended.

Romans


    In the second and third centuries, Dacia (much of what is now Rumania) was a Roman province. As Dacia is near to present-day San Lareado, many of the Roman merchants also visited San Lareado and spread their influence on the valley-dwelling Aurumi. Some Roman immigrants intermarried with the Aurumi, creating a new race of people. The Latin language also influenced the Aurumi tongue (sometimes called Old Karigrafa), creating Middle Karigrafa, which was the major language of the country for more than five hundred years.
    After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the Roman citizens of what was to become San Lareado were so much a part of the culture that they could not be told apart from the native Aurumi.

Monarchy



Beginnings


    For centuries there had been no single head of state in San Lareado. The civilized people of the valleys were not unified, but rather divided into villages. Most of these towns were at first led by a semi-socialist regime, similar to that of the Aurumi- everyone did as much work as he was able, and was provided what he needed- but after the arrival of the Romans and the expansion of towns, this society was no longer efficient. Distribution of food among villagers became too difficult due to the growing population, and farmers began to argue over the amounts of crops produced. Soon, the people began to riot and skirmishes erupted between neighboring villages. The town officials were powerless to control their towns.
    A hunter and philosopher turned militiaman named Znerty took advantage of the situation by rounding up several followers and creating an army. This army then subdued the turmoil in the villages and united them as one, then declared Znerty their king. He set up a system of laws and ended the mandatory sharing of produce. To replace it, he inroduced a bartering system, in which each farmer would grow crops for himself and trade for anything else he needed. Znerty enforced these laws through his powerful army, and eventually brought a period of peace to early San Lareado. Because of this, he gained popularity, and after his death, the people accepted his son, Zneman (after whom Lake Znema is named) as their leader. Thus the monarchy was established.