Shortly after the Corsicarian and Spiders battled it out over Cuba, say 1600 AD, the warring Reichgo and Kargill met over the planet of the Zalanid. There are stories, legends, almost myths about the Zalanid powers of persuasion. It was said a Zalanid could sell a mother her own child. It was said they could make a drowning man beg for water, and so on. Really, they were a wise and empathetic race who turned their gifts toward the benefit of all peoples. Though their own world was destroyed and made uninhabitable by the war, the few survivors managed to make a peace, a treaty between the Reichgo and Kargill which held for 400 years.
The Kargill, who generally talked to no one and lived apart to where no one even knew what they or it looked like, would condescend to communicate with the Zalanid. Part of the treaty was that one Zalanid should be taken aboard every Kargill ship to act as an interpreter and go-between for the races. The Elenar called the Zalanid the Kargill’s messenger of peace. The Gott-Druk called him the Kargill’s dog. In any case, our earth was clearly granted to the Kargill by treaty. The Reichgo could visit since we were so near the border, but they could not stay. (whew!) All the Kargill did was park its ship at the bottom of the Atlantic and watch. The Kargill was also very protective against any alien intrusion in its territory.
That did not mean the earth remained untouched during those years.
For one, the Kargill established a kind of interstellar police force in their corner of space to take the burden of keeping order. (Apparently, this was so the Kargill could spend more time pursuing its chief occupation of just watching). One penal ship refueled in the Pennsylvania mountains during the French and Indian war. One group of slippery characters manipulated the earth (various governments) and almost turned the War of 1812 into the First World War.
Then a prison ship crashed in the American West not long before the Civil War, and the police came for the prisoners some short time after the war. In the Victorian era, we were visited by true shape shifters who could masquerade as human well enough to fool even the Kargill. And then, finally, the inevitable happened.
During the 20th century and spanning into the early 21st, (for roughly 100 years) the Reichgo intruded more and more on the earth. Our unsophisticated border planet in a back corner of Kargill space can hardly be blamed for the second Reichgo-Kargill war, but we did not help. The more the Reichgo came to earth “just to visit,” the more the Kargill got upset. Let’s just say the Reichgo really ticked the Kargill off once over Roswell.
Yes, it took little over two hundred years for the Kargill and Reichgo to wipe each other out. Those races vanished from history around 2250. Sadly, by then they had dragged a number of other species into the fight including the Vordan, the Orlan and the Bospori—all on the Reichgo side. In 2278, a space fledgling Earth faced the Orlan (and first became aware of the Bospori) and our time in space was almost over before it began… but now I am speaking of the future.
Hmmm… I suppose I could give a brief history of the future, if anyone is interested.
Every creative writer must be inventive–even in crafting the most mainstream, realistic story. The setting must be a world in which the characters can live and breathe and interact. These posts are inventive, yes, but encouragement to think through your own work and flesh out your world. Your vision will likely be different, but so it should.