Did I say check back in two weeks? Apparently I meant three.
Forgive my tardiness, but in looking over the material I have for the history of the Plex I realized that, although I intended this to be the last installment on life in the Plex, I should really break it into several chunks. So…
This is the sixth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the third in a series about life in the plex, we begin exploring the history of civilization in the Plex.
Temporal Pre-history and Eco’s Journal
There is a challenge in presenting a history that exists outside of history. How do you measure time when the constants that govern time are inconsistent between GTLs? How do you denote chronological events when they are scattered wildly across multiple continents and millenia?
For the first spanners there was no reliable method for telling time, let alone recording history. Journals found from some of these early spanners showed that they tried to keep track of their own time, both for their own sanity and to figure out their own physical age, but with no constants to tie them together, scholars were only able to make educated guesses at these travelers’ places in temporal history.
Thankfully, the detailed journals of a well-traveled spanner named Antoine Eco were found. Antoine’s main goal during his more than 50 years of spanning was simply to find other spanners – and he was fairly successful at it. He met more than 300 spanners over the course of his life and for each one he noted the difference between their time and his own.
For those studying temporal history, this was like finding the Rosetta Stone. For the first time, Antoine’s journal allowed temporal historians to patch together a basic early temporal history of the Plex. In fact, the starting date of Eco’s travels was eventually agreed upon as the official start of the Plex’s calendar (though this wouldn’t be fully adopted for some time).
Based on Eco’s journal, scholars have managed to trace the existence of the Plex back more than 400 years. Most agree that its origins extend much further back than that, but evidence to support this claim is scarce. The sad truth of the matter is that no one really knows how or when the Plex came into existence and it is unlikely that the mystery will ever be solved.
Check back in two weeks as we continue tracing the roots of civilization in the Plex: History of the Plex, Part 2.