So little is inarguably known about the Nitenmangrey that it has become commonplace, in the historical community, to attribute any unexplained event to that period. It would be arrogant of me not to continue this longstanding and venerable tradition - a tradition which many historians trace to the Nitenmangrey period.
Thus, without further ado, I offer this treatise on what is, and also possibly on what is not, known about the Nitenmangrey.
First, a word about usage. The term "Nitenmangrey" is variously used to refer to:
- A period of time, ending somewhere around -900 EC
- The Nitenmangrey culture, which flourished during that period
- The religious practices of that time, and, thus, the small group of fanatics that still practice a religion vaguely related to what is known about the ancient Nitenmangrey people.
As it's not always clear in which of these contexts it is being used, it's almost always safe to say that one particular thing or another originated in, or was originated by, the Nitenmangrey, without fear of being challenged with hard facts.
The facts as we know them
- A major focus of the Bureau of Forgotten Knowledge is the religious practices of the Nitenmangrey
- One of these practices is Aquentravalkeration
- Bursine the 14th developed the Bursine calendar
- Adlorst may have been developed in this period
- Besq boats appear in Nitenmangrey stories
- The most effective ratio for kreem pyes was discovered
- Culture became extinct C -900 EC
- Chesix system of measures originated
- The Conflict did not start in this period
- The nitenmangrey culture once inhabited the Dagger Seas area
The Nitenmangrey Epoch
The period of time referred to as the Nitenmangrey Epoch ran roughly from -2750 to -900 EC. Exact dates are rather vague, since they are drawn as much from legend as from archaeology, however, there are some indisputable archaelogical finds, primarily in the Dagger Seas area. While experts argue as to whether these people rose to prominence as early as -2750, or whether it was not until as late as -2500, it is fairly universally accepted that experts will argue about practically anything, given half a chance.
The Nitenmangrey Culture
Depending on who you're willing to listen to, the Nitenmangrey culture is marked by great kings, enormous wealth, fantastic literature, and wise governmental theories, or by tyrants, poverty, ignorance, and anarchy. The historical record is slightly confused on a few points. However, on closer examination, we find that the culture existed in several phases, as do many cultures. Simply speaking, it had clear periods of rise and fall. The final catastrophic fall appears to have begun with the discovery of the so-called "perfect ratio" for Kreem Pye, and ended roughly -900 EC.
Bursine the 14th
Adlorst and kreem pyes
The fall of their culture
The Nitenmangrey Religion
The current Nitenmangrey Cult
--DrBacchus 22:21, 13 Jan 2005 (EST)