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Lands of Red and Gold

Jared's second longest timeline. Focuses on creatively trying to answer one of the biggest riddles in known human history : Why did pre-European Australians never develop agriculture - and with it, a more complex civilization - like the natives of all other continents ?

Commonly referred to by the acronym LORAG. May include airships.

Premise and POD

The timeline features a heavily alternate Australia, where, unlike in OTL, native agriculture is born and flourishes. This is all thanks to an accidental (but plausible) mutation of an edible Australian tuber plant (consumed by Aborigins already in OTL), creating a new plant species that becomes the first “founder crop” of Australia. It stimulates the gradual rise of agriculture and the domestication of other plant and animal species, eventually leading to a completely new local civilization. And after the native Australian civilizations achieve contact with other human cultures during the early modern era, the world will never be the same again…

The background was introduced in a preview thread, and has since been published in a regular timeline format - first in this thread, containing the Prologue and Act I, and then continued in this thread (opened recently), which contains Act II.

You can also download a regularly updated version of the TL in text format from Jared's website (see the Lands of Red and Gold subsection). A chapter guide is available below. The TL also has a TvTropes page.

Chapters

The timeline is divided into four thematic chunks, referred to as Acts. Notes on the beginnings of an Act appear at some of the chapters listed below.

Title Card (courtesy of Kaiphranos)

Prologue (Beginning of Act 0 : For Want of a Yam)

#1: Old Land, New Times

#2: What Grows From The Earth

#3: Yams of Red, Trees of Gold

#4: What Lies Beneath The Earth

#5: Life As It Once Was

#6: Collapse and Rebirth

#7: True Wealth

#8: Of Birds, Bats and Bugs

#9: The First Speakers

#10: Times of Bronze

#11: On The Eve Of The Storm

#12: Men of Blood and Iron

#13: Tales Of The Cider Isle

#14: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Cash

#15: The Lords Of The Lake

#16: Regents of the Neverborn

#17: The Good Man

#18: Of Factions, Farmers and Forests

#19: The Bones Of The Earth

#20: Worlds In Collision (Beginning of Act I : The Third World)

#21: The Third World

#22: The Voyage of Tales

#23: The City Between The Waters

#24: Of Traders, Treasures and Trailblazers

#25: The Gates of Tartarus

#26: The Sounds of Harmony

#27: Amidst The Falling Stars

#28: Cruel World

#29: Shards of Pangaea

#30: An Aururian Miscellany

#31: The Lord’s Will

#32: The First Seeds

#33: Sprouting Stalks

#34: Intermission

#35: Blooming Flowers

#36: Breeze Ruffles The Petals

#37: The Time of Troubles

#38: The Portuguese Yam

#39: Ripening Pods

#40: The Christmas Spirit

#41: Shaking the Branches

#42: The First Pods Fall

#43: Drumming the Pods

#44: Seeds of the Wealth-Trees

Interlude #1: In The Balance

#45: Content To Lie In the Sun

#46: Children of a Failed Continent

#47: Vines and Shoots

#48: Steps in the Endless Dance

#49: What Becomes of Boldness

#50: A Necklace of Pearls

#51: As the Butterfly Breaks the Earth...

#52: The Shape of Things to Come

Interlude #2: The Twelve Tales of Christ’s Mass

#53: Meeting in Twain

#54: Slings and Arrows...

#55: The Lord’s Prayer

#56: What Becomes of Memory

#57: Long White Clouds

#58: Preparing A Head Of Time

#59: Balancing Choices

#60: Heart of Glass, Heart of Stone

#61: A Time For Harmony

#62: Heaven’s Mandate

#63: The Fatal Shore

#64: From the Island to the World

#65: Empire State of Mind

#66: Under The Nine-fold Crown

#67: New Partners in the Dance

#68: Music of the Dance

#69: On the Cusp

#70: True Colours (Beginning of Act II : The Four Horsemen)

#70: True Colours (definite version) + #71: World Out Of Balance

#72: The First Thunder

#73: Taken For a Ride

#74: Flavours of Entanglement

#75: The Day You Went Away

#76: My Highland Home

#6: An Allohistorical Conundrum

#77: The Raw Prince

#78: What Becomes of the Proxy-Hearted

#79: Burning Mouth, Burning Rocks

#80: The Closure

#81: The People of God

Interlude: A note from the author

#82: One God, One Prophet, One Pyramid

Christmas Specials (all are only semi-canon so far)
Other Holiday Specials (all are only semi-canon so far)

#4: Eostre of the Dawn (April Fools' and Easter Special)

#5: Let Your Light Shine (Halloween Special)

#8: The Foundation (Australia Day Special)

Besides various images and data appearing in the main chapters, here's some additional interesting stuff provided by members of the board. Be warned, these are all potentially spoiler-ish overviews.

Domesticated Crops and Animals - The keys to this unusual story about an alternate Australia.

Maps - Maps of the alternate political geography of this timeline. Includes a nice glossary of place names.

Nations - Nations, ethnicities, countries and states appearing in this timeline.

Religions - The alternate religious faiths of this timeline, mostly native Australian in origin.

Dramatis Personae - Historical characters of the timeline, both real and fictional.

Glossary - Alternate terminology and vocabulary seen in this timeline.

Artworks and illustrations - Visual media other than maps that offer glimpses into the intriguing world of this timeline.

Awards

See Also

timelines/lands_of_red_and_gold.txt · Last modified: 2014/03/22 09:15 by Petike