Draft of the origin myth, to use that term, of the non-local sentient species. Subject to change. This is information available to the locals, though it is not usually accepted as fact – think of these similar to the history of ancient Greece, where fact was often mixed with mythology and mere fiction.
The now-dominant society of Colonial Space consists of four major sentient species, none of which is native to the region, as well as three minor ones.
The non-native species – Humans, Endari, Thurin, and the Mineon – all originate from the same original homeworld, a small blue planet called Enderra (though ironically it is the Endari who dispute that it is really their own homeworld).
Not many historic records survive from the early days, but it is fairly easy to gain a rough picture of the prehistory and early history of Colonial Space if one accepts the old myths and legends as being based in fact – most of them are fairly plausible and consistent.
From these old legends we learn that Enderra was home to a very large number of intelligent species – many of which were highly competitive and desired the same habitats. Consequently, Enderra was at no point in its history without wars. Sometimes these were smaller, regional struggles; at other times one society or another sought to completely dominate or even exterminate their rivals. These great wars usually ended in severe damage to all belligerents, often to the point that civilized society was knocked back a few stages and had to rebuild anew.
This cyclical nature was broken following the Last War, in which a coalition of kingdoms successfully repelled a large-scale attack by brutish tribes unified under the blood-red banners of the kingdom Dulenor. Legends say that they were aided by the intervention of the goddess Inanna, who conscripted Laesh and Marus to her cause – Marus inflicted severe weather on the Dulenor armies, while Laesh was coerced into sharing many new inventions with the humans.
Because of these legends, what followed is known as the “age of divine enlightenment”. The industrial revolution brought unprecedented wealth and power to the civilized kingdoms, and the new technologies such as cannons and steam engines protected them from the savages. Societal change also took hold; some nations became democracies, others constitutional monarchies. In short, it was a golden age. It would also be the last one.
The End of the World
One of the few dates that is still documented well is 2207, Old Reckoning. This is the year that the people of Enderra learned that their world was doomed. Astronomers proved beyond a reasonable doubt that a nearby star was doomed to explode within a century and incinerate the planet.
Among some other preparations – such as digging deep under the earth, something that came natural to the Thurin – a council of nations decided to build a refugee fleet, in order to find safety among the stars.
There is certainly evidence for such an event, the shock wave of a Supernova or Hypernova event arrived in Colonial Space circa 685 Years before the foundation of Empire (YBE). It did not cause an extinction event, but it was strong enough to cause severe damage to colonial infrastructure and prevented interstellar travel for several years, effectively ending central administration of the Colonies.