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The Five of War, written by Aszkven Lorcen is one of the most astounding works in Herædian history. Written ~1400 træks before modern day Heræd, (~2000 earth years) the stories detail the collapse of the early Otzinel empire some 15 træks prior. Lorcen was a middle class mason in Dubrei when he first began his writing on Otzinel. Letters to his family often included his fascination with the old empire. He learned all he knew of Otzniel from traders and merchants that claimed to have traveled there prior to the empire's destruction. Historians have used his notes as well as his stories as the only source of knowledge of Otzniel available. The most obvious source of Otzniel's destruction is the way the empire was governed. The Otzniel form of government was quite curious, being divided into five factions each with their own “sub-government”. Many Herædian historians argue that it was an elaborate attempt to test different forms of government on a large scale, but the complexity of such a system in a civilization analogous to Earth’s Middle Ages is frankly unbelievable. The five factions are surprisingly comparable to governmental systems found throughout Earth's history. The factions were The Kreztæ, an analog to authoritarian capitalism, The Cullo, an analog to authoritarian communism, The Grondeu, an analog to democratic communism, The Tekeu, an analog to democratic capitalism, and The Næsi, an anolog to complete anarchy. Even as unstable as such a system sounds, it was more unstable than any historian predicted. Around only 1/5 of a træk after the formation of this system (~4 months), merchants traveling back from the city told of an "blinding fire that broke the night" and "left the empire a pile of ash". All written accounts of what transpired in that little time were lost to the great inferno, and what could have caused something so violent is completely left to historians' speculation and the works of Lorcen. The Five of War is not only the most accurate timeline of what happened there, but also the most well known group of theories of that doomed city. Unfortunately Lorcen was not a historian, he was a mason. His notes are very brief, and mostly give the bare minimum to create his story. What little the historians could pull from his works is fairly questionable, but still it is all there is to go on. Lorcen frames the war of the factions as a struggle between 5 people trapped in a dark, cave-like dungeon.

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