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The Ancient Civilization (Japanese 古代文明) was a once thriving civilization that went extinct mysteriously in ancient times. Though this civilization has disappeared, many forgotten ruins are all that is left of them such as the Tower, Sky Corridor, and Cloud Viewing Fortress.
What Is Known About The Ancient Civilization
The civilization was far more advanced than any known civilizations today. Apart of the Ancient Civilization were humans, along with possibly other races, that had thrived in this advance society. Throughout the many lands are ruins left behind by the Ancient Civilization, showing, at their time, they were wide spread across the lands of many regions such as the Ancestral Steppe, Jungle, Flooded Forest, and Everwood. On these same ruins are plans and documents belonging to many weapons. These plans gave out secrets to how to make certain weapons used today such as the Dragonator, along with some secrets about Elder Dragons, giving the Hunter's Guild an advantage over some of them. Some of these documents can even reveal some unidentified monster species, yet to be discovered by the public. Despite finding some of these documents, most of them have been destroyed mysteriously, preventing many other secrets from being discovered. One major question that scientists want to answer is what else this civilization knows.
Relationship with Monsters
The Ancient Civilization was well-known for using monsters for various reasons. They primarily used species, such as Flying Wyverns and Elder Dragons, for their own uses like experiments or for building their giant towers. These towers were made from parts of certain monsters like Kushala Daora, though at the cost of killing a large number of them. The Ancient Civilization also trained some monsters, in a number of ways, in order to act as protectors for some structures they built. Some of these monsters are believed to still be alive today and continue to have a strong connection with the Ancient Civilization, making them stronger. According to reports from the Sky Corridor, some monsters have been reported with an unusual eerie aura around them that reflects their strong connection with this lost society. Scientists have even found a few unidentified bodies of monsters in some towers, suggesting some unknown monsters might be hiding in its ruins. To support this, Mezeporta's Guild has reported sightings of a mysterious monster attacking groups of hunters with no hesitation on certain floors of the Sky Corridor. Though most monsters were treated like slaves or guards, some monsters were treated equally as well as the Ancient Civilization's society. Thus far, Nefu Garumudo is the only known monster treated like this.
The Forbidden Act
One dark part of the Ancient Civilization's history is a forbidden act they were able to do that went against nature. By using both technology and biology, this society was able create their own life forms by using equipment and materials to build them from scratch. However, this experiment was very evil due to one reason: In order to make a new life form, another creature would have to lose its life.
The first new life form they ever made was the Equal Dragon Weapon (Japanese イコール・ドラゴン・ウェポン), or Wyvern Machine Solider (Japanese 竜機兵), a bio weapon. This life form required about thirty horses worth of dragons, meaning hundreds of dragons were needed to make only one Equal Dragon Weapon. Also, the more blood this titan shed, the longer it would live. Not much else is known about this bio weapon, however, the Hunter's Guild has discovered one dead in a lost warehouse. As of now, they've been studying it.
Great Dragon War
Due to the Ancient Civilization's life forms requiring the death of a mass number of dragons, it angered all the other dragons and put them in a war. The dragons were sick of their kind being used by humanity as near cattle and were angered by the fact that humans forgot the rules of nature. They than decided to breakaway from humans and destroy humanity. This began a long, violent war between humanity and dragons that spread worldwide, leaving behind mass destruction just about everywhere. Though it is unknown what exactly happened in the war, The Legend of the Black Dragon is said to describe all that happened in the Great Dragon War. This war ended with most of the dragons extinct and with Ancient Civilization gone for good.
The Perfect Enemy For Humanity
During the Great Dragon War, a Perfect Enemy for Humanity (Japanese 完全なる人類の敵) existed and supposedly continues to live within the ruins of Schrade Kingdom. An Elder Dragon known as the Evil Dragon (Japanese 邪龍), or better known as Fatalis. Fatalis was said to have a strong hatred against humanity, and even continues to remember the past of its brethren, including other Elder Dragons and even Flying Wyverns, being killed in great numbers by the Ancient Civilization. It was the perfect enemy for humanity due to its immense power. In a short period of time, without any warning, Fatalis could bring mass destruction to any civilizations it wanted to destroy, such as Schrade Kingdom. If this wasn't enough, Fatalis would also copy Ancient Civilization's use for monsters, though instead with humans. Fatalis would melt the bodies of fallen humans, and hunters, onto its body so it could wear them like they wore its brethren. Though Fatalis isn't known to exist anymore, in legend, When the world is full of wyverns, the legend is revived, meat is eaten, bone is crunched..
Studies on the Ancient Civilization Today
Though this society is gone for good, the Guild continue to research some of the ruins, documents, and other materials the Ancient Civilization left behind. By looking at these ancient articles, scientists are able to gather some more info about their ways. Though they are able to research some materials left behind, this also very risky. In many ruins, monsters now call them home, making them quite dangerous to venture to without some type of protection. If that wasn't enough, some traps have even been left behind by the ancients in order to prevent thieves and treasure hunters from stealing any of their work easily. Thus far, the Sky Corridor is the only known place with still active traps.
One of the recently discovered techniques of the Ancient Civilization was a special ability called the Transcended State (Japanese 超越秘儀). From what has been found about this state, this was used by the Ancient Civilization to make hunting easier. The Transcended State connected them strongly with their society, allowing for their weapons to become stronger, both physically and elementally. If enough hits were applied to a monster, while in this state, a strange elemental aura would appear around the monster, showing its resistances have been lowered, before the hunter would attempt to hit the monster with a single stab of their carving knife. This would cause a number of effects, depending on the weapon in question. For example, if the weapon used the Ice Element than the monster would freeze in place and be vulnerable to more attacks from the hunter. The Transcended State is now being used by some hunters within the Mezeporta District of the Guild. In order for hunters to use this state themselves, they need to read books and do rituals left behind by the Ancient Civilization just to use the Transcended State, just like the ancients.
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