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Seyloid Universe - Historical and Technological Timeline

Posted by Petresko - March 23rd, 2019


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Seyloids discover fire by accident. During a scorching summer on the Western Continent a forest south of the wide western 

shoreline catches fire. It spreads rapidly and radiates heat towards the coasts. It just so happens that there's a flock of seyloids 

surfacing nearby, witnessing the inferno.

Word of the event spreads among the seyloid population in the western oceans and they speculate that the "Orb of light" caused the 

devastation. It won't be for another 1800 years before seyloids learn how to produce fire themselves.


The Seyloid evolution period encompasses the time period in which seyloids suffer a series of anatomical changes to their bodies. 

The water-based lungs shrink to make room for the new organs, which in turn causes other structural changes like tighter slits at the 

neck and wider shoulder-span and rib cage.

This anatomical change is passed down through generations and it spreads like wildfire.


Curiosity drives some seyloids out of the oceans and they start exploring the shorelines and the neighboring forests. They discover an 

edible vegetable with the consistency of a cucumber, that grows in the banks of rivers. The strange plant is carried into the oceans. 

Planted underwater however produces no harvest.

Seyloids figured that this plant needs air and soil from the land.

1396 marks the first instance of land-based farming the results of which garner the attention of neighboring seyloid populations, 

causing them to gather in mass just off the coasts of the Western Continent.


Ever since the Surfacing, seyloids have been captivated by the sight of stars at night. While they do not connect constellations for 

another couple of decades, they discover that certain patterns of stars appear at specific times during the summer and winter periods on 

the Western Continent.


After several years of careful observations and an accurate prediction seyloids invent their first Calendar, which helped track the

number of "cold and warm" periods.

Seyloids benefit from this greatly as it allows them to plan ahead and produce more food from the inland.


As the seyloid populations grow, the demand for food rises, however due to inadequate storage underwater, most of the harvests from

land keep getting swept away by the tides.

This forces seyloids to build shelters and stockpiles across the coasts of the Western Continent, creating the first land-based 

villages


Four centuries after the migration on land seyloids stumble upon copper. The timing of this discovery cannot be understated as 

seyloids are in the middle of studying fire and what heat does to objects found on land.

The find prompts seyloids to excavate the surroundings. Copious amounts of copper are found in the central mountain chains along 

with other metal ores.


About a hundred years after the excavations seyloids begin to divide into two groups - One prefers life on land - exploring and using the 

resources it provides - and the other, that prefers to stay underwater - only using what the shores have to offer.

This moment in seyloid history is referred to as "The Division"

The transition is peaceful but not without prejudice. It creates a significant cultural tension between the two peoples.

Around this time the group of seyloids, who later go by the label Imperials, lay the foundation of The Capital.

It starts off as a stockpile village, but because if it convenient position - next to one of the largest rivers on the Western Continent, just 

south of the Central Mountain Chains - it begins to grow outwards.


The study of gravity marks the beginning of the Seyloid "Awakening".

The Capital, covering around 500 square kilometers at this point in time, is surrounded by vast farmlands, which allows Imperials to 

focus on the non-vital aspects of their lives.


The first laboratories are founded in 2607. There the intellectuals of the Imperial people gather to study the forces of gravity and motion.

Around the same time Imperials start experimenting with gases and metals, developing a basic understanding of chemistry


Two years later seyloids come up with their first hieroglyphs writing system. It primarily consists of simple shapes like dots, circles 

and straight lines. The first writings are made on wide tree leaves with black sap and charcoal dust.

The hieroglyphic writing system spreads to every corner of the Capital in the span of 25 years and becomes an essential tool for 

information preservation.


Thirty years years after the beginning of the Awakening period, seyloids discover static electricity. The first theories on energy 

begin to circulate and it's not long before the entire Capital's efforts are invested into this field.

Due to the primitive tools and lack of adequate equipment, the Imperial society cannot benefit from this discovery for another 60 years.


A new field emerges around the year 2700. Imperials become fascinated with the structure and the functions of their bodies. The first 

disections and anatomy studies are carried out and in 2702 the first Bio Center is founded.

Shortly after the foundation of the Bio Center a separate institution is established, where Imperials discuss the matters of 

consciousness and psychology.


The first schools are constructed in the outskirts of the Capital and Imperials begin to learn in mass about the fundamentals of physics 

and biology. This marks the start of the Intelligence boom period.

Around the same time the first audio recording device is constructed. The first recordings made with the instrument are created on thin 

sheets of copper. The recordings themselves produce odd static noises.

Imperials don't know it yet, but their first recordings have captured radio wave emissions from the peaks of the Central Mountain 

Chains.


Around the 2800-2900 a large number of scientific breakthroughs happen in Bio research.

Around this period surgery is in its infancy, however through an experiment on seyloid skin Imperials discover that their tissues have 

extraordinary regeneration capabilities. 

Thanks to the invention of magnifying glass, Imperials are now able to study objects on a cellular level. With the help of this instrument 

the Bio labs research garners more attention and the demand for sophisticated equipment increases.

Having the ability to observe diseases' behavior proves crucial. Imperials get a better understanding of blood cells and the mending / 

destructive capabilities of substances.

After a series of experiments on healthy Imperial individuals, seyloids carry out the first successful vaccinations.

Around the early 2900s Imperials discover genes. The first genetic planning experiments are conducted on several Imperial families, 

focusing on the transfer of traits and external features.


The Intelligence peak is reached. Imperial IQ skyrockets up to an average of 110-140 in the span of 180 years.


The first gas-powered engine is invented in 2951, marking the start of the Seyloid Industrial Revolution.

Initially operating on pressured propulsion the engine serves little purpose but mobilizing minor mechanical installations.

However with the discovery of internal combustion, the engine is redesigned to handle heavier mechanical strain and it's not long before 

the first gas-powered factories are constructed.

Thanks to the countless sources of natural flammable gas around the Central Mountain Chain, Imperials are able to fuel the 


manufacturing process and carry out numerous technological experiments with the device.

The base of operations is stationed south-east of the Capital center. The lands where the factories are constructed is later called the 

Industrial Region.

During this time the Bio research centers expand east towards the Eastern Continent covering the land bridge in search of means to 

replicate flammable gases.

Ten years after the invention of the internal combustion engine the first image-recording device is invented, which prompts Imperials to 

focus on designing a craft that would be able to take an aerial view of the capital. The Physics Committee comes up with a rocket 

design, which in theory should be able to pass above the clouds.

The first aerial photographs of the Capital are captured, however they are severely damaged from impact with the ground.

After studying the photographs Imperials notice the curvature of the land. The data is sent to the Physics Committee.

The Committee comes up with a theory suggesting the land has a spherical shape resembling the moon.


The first computer is invented in 3003. Powered by electricity the device captures audio and takes photographs via switchboard and 

radio commands. Five years later a device resembling a circuit board is invented - inconveniently large meshes of copper wiring, able to 

transmit electric signals on command via switch board. The device is put to use in factories, boosting the effectiveness of the 

automation process.

In 3009 the first battery is invented.


In 3012 the first theories of space begin to circulate. After sending a rocket probe far into the atmosphere, seyloids discover that air 

becomes thinner and thinner the higher the vessel flies. It is speculated that air is pulled by gravity around the planet.

After several years of experiments, the Physics Committee comes up with a rocket design that successfully reaches the Stratosphere.

The data from the on board computers suggests there's immense vacuum beyond the atmosphere.

The loss of signal with the rocket prompts Imperials to build a gigantic array of dishes north of the Industrial region - strong enough to 

emit and receive radio signals beyond the atmosphere.


In 3025 a Bio research center on the land bridge between the two continents discovers a way to turn natural gas into potent fuel in liquid 

form. The Physics Committee jumps at the opportunity to discover the true potential of this find.


After thorough research and several modifications, Imperials invent a highly-flammable, potent recreational fuel. This fuel quickly 

replaces all gases used by engines around the capital and in 3039 it is implemented in the first rocket to reach space.

The data, recorded shortly before the on board computer loses signal with the dish array, enables Imperials to construct a satellite and 

propel it into the planet's orbit four years later.


In 3057 a technological breakthrough occurs. A new sophisticated electric wire board enables Imperials to manually control computer-

powered machines. The technology quickly spreads around the Capital, making its way into land-based vehicles, factories, plumbing 

and farming.


After further development of the new electric wire board, a missile equipped with the new device is launched towards the moon in 


3082. The vessel successfully reaches the moon's surface, but the radio signal is disrupted and the vessel crashes.

The data collected indicates that the moon has no atmosphere.

The Physics Committee divides into two sections that same year. One sector strictly studies physics, while the other focuses on 

astrology and aerodynamics.

The newly founded Committee of Astrology's main purpose is to develop a craft that's able to explore space and return back to the 

surface.


In 3217 the combined efforts of the Committee of Physics and Committee of Astrology reach their culmination with the invention of the 


Hover Drive. Spacecraft designs that could not be sent into space with present technology now have a chance to be realized.

The device is tested on small scale. It proves quite unstable but early tests showed that small land-based vehicles could be made to 

hover or even fly high up and stay in place at the expense of enormous energy consumption.

Around this time Imperials test a new vessel prototype, designed for aerial flight.

After 17 years of development, the Hover Drive is stabilized and connected to an atomic power core eliminating the need for fuel tanks.

Implemented on a new large space vessel design, the Drive is sent on a test mission just outside the planet's orbit, before being 

brought down for inspection.


Confident that the current technology allows such optimistic feat, Imperials decide to launch their first colonization mission.

Boarded with enough recreational food sources, a vessel with 16 seyloids on board is sent towards the Moon in 3314.

It deploys successfully in 3316.

That same year the Committee of Physics announces the invention of a new Matter Drive prototype that would have the potential 

to eliminate the need for space travel completely and, in theory, enable vessels to materialize anywhere in space.

Unfortunately no existing fuel or energy source is efficient enough to power the device long enough to carry out an experiment.


Disaster strikes.In 3341 during a mining operation on the moon a colossal explosion shatters the moon's crust, hurling chunks of the 

planet into outer space. The tremor wipes out the seyloid colony and offsets the moon's orbit around the home planet.

By sheer luck the location of the explosion is such that the debris from the planet are flung into space, making no contact with the home 

planet's surface.

Imperials send probes immediately to investigate the bright flash. It's discovered that a colossal deposit of an unknown substance was 

unearthed and accidentally detonated. The deposit is so large that it leaves massive gaping holes into the planet, stretching for 

thousands of kilometers.

A mobile laboratory is sent into space to collect a sample of the substance and investigate the detonation site. Imperials find out that the 

substance is a highly unstable crystal that detonates if hit with moderate force.

After studying the crystals Imperials come to the conclusion that this frozen substance could be used as a fuel source if contained and 

stabilized.

In 3348 it is labeled "Precious fuel" and is put to use in Matter Drives.

Twenty years later Imperials figure out a process of conversion that stabilizes the substance and the first Matter Drives are tested into 

deep space.


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