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STYGIA - PROLOGUE SAMPLE
Earth was dying, the environment had been mucked about to the point that it gave up the ghost of eternity. Mankind had known for decades that one day everything would burn to a crisp, they had known when the polar ice caps melted into oblivion when the air became so polluted that no one could breathe the air for long periods of time; and still, they did nothing except continue as they always have. Science was of little use to humanity, despite its best efforts to reverse the effects of consumerism and governmental hinderances.
As the polar ice wasted away, the magnetic poles began to shift violently and rapidly. When the oceans began to rise, man began to worry; one by one they fought against the planet that they destroyed. However, when the oceans began to slowly recede and disappear, man cried out in vain. Animals became extinct, though scientists from all over the world tried to bring them back, only to create carnivorous monstrosities instead. As the Earth began to tilt out of control, the population of 7.7 billion decreased to just over 2.1 billion over the span of several months. A third of the world's population, through sheer chance or some trick of evolution, began to develop magical ability. No one is quite sure where this ability came from, most didn't want to know.
With the air unbreathable, mankind built subterranean cities with massive gardens filled with the few vegetables and potted plants that survived. The plants above ground had turned luminescent, becoming shining beacons in the darkness. The government had been utterly decimated by the people, ousting the corruption where they could, those that went into hiding became the ruling elite, naming themselves The New Monarchy. As the ruling class, they sent hunters to seek out and kill every magic user that they could find, no matter the means.
The first order of the New Monarchy, was to change the name of Earth to something befitting the total darkness of their rogue world, Stygian, taken from Greek mythology referring to the River Styx.
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