Parallels between the Eorna and Carthage/Punic empire

jedion357's picture
July 7, 2015 - 2:36pm
Carthage never trusted it's colonies to raise armies lest the rebel against the authority of the capitol. Instead the Carthaginians used mercenaries to fill out their armies.

The eorna do/did something similar with their great plan and the uplifted primitives on Volturnus and we see these primitives featured in the battle of Volkos with only a small number of Eorna troops raised at their capitol.

The myth of the founding of Carthage is that refugees from Troy surviving the cataclysm of that city made their way to Carthage and established a maritime empire. The eorna experienced a similar cataclysm in the Day of Doom when the sathar came for dinner.

So in a post Battle of Volkos period when the UPF posts a governor to the planet and mega corps via to exploit the mineral wealth of Volturnus would not the eorna initiate a program of rapid technological advancement of the primitives and continue to use them as "Punic mercenaries"? Would eorna/Volturnus flagged star ships have a crew of 1-2 eorna officers and the rest of the crew were from the Ul-mor, kurabanga and edestakai?
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Tchklinxa's picture
July 7, 2015 - 4:10pm
That seems reasonable to see a few erona officers and a bunch of uplifted crew. The erona probably have a plan.

It also seems reasonable that the eorna and their uplifted races would want control of "their" planet.The erona are not primitives, and yes they need assistance but at some point they are going to want their own governance, and they will resent the UPF treating them as babies when they are actually a native advanced culture of the frontier. 

I can see a least a big trade station being built, a drive to get ships built, cities rebuilt, transition the uplifted into a more urban setting/culture, both uplifted and erona attending universities in the UPF especially the one closest to them. The erona will be wanting to repopulate their planet. 

I just am thinking at some point the primitives won't be all that primitive... sure they will have their culture, but that will not mean they also can't be doctors, scientists, spacers and so on too. 

 "Never fire a laser at a mirror."

bossmoss's picture
July 8, 2015 - 12:19am
That's how the players did it in my game.  The Volturnians, once united by the war, set up their own planetary government (with player encouragement).  The Eorna stayed in the background, and let their "children" do everything themselves.  Every now & then the Eorna would subtly nudge things a certain direction.  Over time, with ongoing assistance from the players, the various Volturnian species started to attend Frontier universities and get involved in Frontier life.  At this point in my game, there are still very few of them offworld (except Mechanons).

I wonder what other GMs have done with post-war Volturnus.

I like the analogy about Carthage.

JCab747's picture
August 12, 2016 - 3:02pm
Oh, I like this. I'm thinking of trying to gather together all the various Eorna speculations I can find and see what we can come up with about the dinos before the Day of Doom.
Joe Cabadas

jedion357's picture
August 12, 2016 - 3:22pm
I have a hard time seeing the eorna, who literally played "god" ever sitting back and letting the "star spawn of Volturnus" form a government. They're going to manipulate the crèche raise eorna from off the egg ship, their going to manipulate their primitives, and they'll do their best to play mega corp against themselves and manipulate the UPF governor. They have a "great mission" and nothing that happened at the end of the Volturnus campaign changes that. Quite the contrary the events at the end if the Volturnus Campaign will have given them hope that they will realize the great mission.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!