The Torians were once a peaceful, innocent people. They
evolved into their present form before homo sapiens walked the earth. Around
500,000 years ago, the Torians began their civilization.
And for awhile, it was good. Toria is a single land mass.
Most of the planet is water. In fact, far more of Toria is water than even here
on Earth. The landmass of Toria, however, is shaped oddly like a giant running
string. It’s as if a huge archipelago was stretched around the equator came
together into a single land mass.
For a hundred thousand years or so, the world was broken
into many groups of large stone age tribes. That is when the Precursors
are said to have arrived.
The Precursors, as has been discussed elsewhere, had two
“races” amongst them. The Dread Lords, and the Arnor. Both originally came
from a mythical planet known as Arnor and at some point the Arnor drove the
Dread Lords off that world. The Dread Lords, not content to wander the galaxy,
set up an empire with the goal of reclaiming their home world and exterminating
the Arnor. To this end, they came to Toria and made slaves of the Torians who
worshipped the Dread Lords as gods. To any primitive people, the Dread
Lords must have seemed like gods. For they were immortal as far as we can tell
and allegedly had powers of mind and body that our understanding of physics
strictly prohibits (but this is all hearsay, there is no material evidence that
these “Precursors” even existed).
The mortal races were largely too weak to be of much use to
the Dread Lords but they did make good soldiers. The Dread Lords were not
technologically minded as we understand it. Their power was allegedly innate,
that is, they were able to create the things they needed instinctively as an
extension of themselves. As a result, the Dread Lords had no need of industry or
manufacturing. The Torians were hence used as force labor and soldiers to
keep other slave races in line.
This occupation kept the Torians from advancing further. At
some point, probably around 200,000 years ago, technological advancement came to
an end for them. Their level of technological sophistication was roughly equivalent to
classic greek (Athens/Sparta) early bronze age.
And then came the event known as the cataclysm. The time of
the final war between the Arnor and Dread Lords. The outcome of that war is
unknown. All that is known is that the Precursors disappeared and the planet of
Arnor is not known to exist anywhere.
The Torians, now free of enslavement, once again began
moving forward. And for another 100,000 to 150,000 years they gradually
progressed. That is, until emissaries came who claimed to be Precursor soldiers
coming to reclaim the world.
There were not enough of these mysterious soldiers to
enforce their will. Which was in itself a contradiction. For even a handful of
Precursors could control and command an entire world. These beings, while
possessing powers (in the form of weapons) were much more limited. Toria was
quickly divided in how to handle this. On the one hand, there were those who
believed these beings were the Precursors returned. And those who were skeptical
who believed them to be outsiders posing as gods.
A horrific battle ensued and the believers, after a time,
gained the upper hand. But enough time had passed and enough Torians had been
killed through generations of warfare to make the planet ripe for the taking.
Only then were the mysterious soldiers seen for what they were – Drengin.
The Drengin had discovered Toria long ago through one of
their robotic probes. Seeing a planet ripe for the taking, they sent a crew
suspended in hibernation to build a star gate in orbit of Toria. It was a long
process and hence Drengin emissaries had to take residence on Toria for supplies
(food, water, resources, etc.). Eventually the star gate was complete and the
invasion force arrived just as the civil war was ending. The Torians were
enslaved for thousands of years by the Drengin.
The Torians, a peaceful,
docile people slowly learned cunning through years of cruelty at the hands of
the Drengin. Eventually, a great leader known as Martôk emerged who was cunning
and stealthy and came to recognize that the Drengin had a weak spot – the star
gate. Over the centuries, Torian slaves were the ones assigned to maintain
the more hazardous parts of the star gate.
A star gate is immense in
size. Larger in area than the largest city on earth. Thousands of Torians
worked on the star gate as slaves to keep it running. In time, Martôk and his
followers managed to infiltrate enough men onto the star gate to arrange its
Once the star gate was
destroyed, the 65,000 or so Drengin on the planet were on their own to fight the
billions of Torians. The Drengin are fierce warriors. They are also cunning,
fearless, and cruel. And unfortunately for the Torians, they were also well
armed and well supplied -- at least for the time being.
Martôk had managed to escape
the destruction of the star gate (which is itself quite an adventure that is not
discussed here). The Drengin killed Torians by the millions. A single Drengin
shock trooper could easily kill a thousand Torians with his weapons and
training. And the Drengin were well led as well. Their leader, Kornath, was a
powerful warrior and great leader of men. And despite the overwhelming numbers,
Koranth exterminated a large percentage of the Torian population.
It was inevitable that Koranth
the terrible and Martôk would meet and the battle that ensued was terrible
beyond imagination. Koranth and his troops were armed with super heated
projectiles (imagine bullets that were super heated). The Torians armed only
with bronze age level weapons. Martôk had over half a million Torians in his
army. Koranth led 3 legions of Drengin troops that numbered around 15,000.
The legend of Martôk is
impossible to verify today because, like all legends, it has passed into
mythical proportions. Given that Martôk is considered the savior of the Torian
people, the events of this day should be taken with a grain of salt. What we do
know is that the Torians, despite losing all but 5,000 soldiers, won the day
killing every Drengin, including Koranth. The legend, however, says that
eventually Martôk’s army was destroyed other than a small group of 5,000
soldiers and that nearly an even number of Drengin soldiers still remained at
that point. But Martôk was possessed of a power, a strength beyond mortal
understanding. Some say that he found a piece of some sort of crystal that is
said to have been left over from the Precursors. And that this crystal gave him
the strength and ability of many mortal men and made him practically
invulnerable. And hence, the legend goes on to say that he personally slew
thousands of Drengin soldiers with just his sword and that the Drengin’s weapons
had no effect on him.
And on that battlefield,
Martôk and Koranth fought each other and despite Koranth’s legendary strength
and cunning, Martôk slew him. And the remaining Drengin were dismayed and
panicked and so came to their end.
Without Koranth, the Drengin
were less effective. And their supplies, especially in terms of ammunition, not
having a way to replace their losses, eventually ensured their downfall. The
death of Koranth was the turning point. The Torian losses were unsustainable
while Koranth led the Drengin. But with Koran’s passing, the Drengin were never
again as effective and overcome by the sheer numbers of Torians.
In the end, billions of
Torians died. But no Drengin survived the war. Martôk became a great king of a
united Toria and laid the foundation of a solid legacy. Enough Drengin material
was left over for the Torians to slowly advance to the same level as the Drengin
Within a thousand years ago,
the Torians too were sending out their own probes, mapping out the galaxy. Their
hatred of the Drengin has cooled somewhat. For the Torians were hardened by
their experience and their mapping of the galaxy exposing them to rich worlds
for the taking if only they could reach those worlds.
Their contact with humanity has
certainly been fruitful. With the sharing of hyperdrive technology, the Torians
can now make good on their dream of having an empire of their own and possibly
subjects of their own…