- Jan 13, 2007
Plato said:... For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, 'the pillars of Heracles,' there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travelers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean. For all that we have here, lying within the mouth of which we speak, is evidently a haven having a narrow entrance; but that yonder is a real ocean, and the land surrounding it may most rightly be called, in the fullest and truest sense, a continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvelous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent.
Winter 1419 AD, Tenochtitlan
Itzcoatl, 4rth Tlatoani of Tenochtitlan, was spending his evening as he passed all of the others. Surrounded by members of the court, nobles of any ranks, warriors, priests and a variety of other peoples, the emperor was having good time in his palace. Chocolate, music, dancers, fine food, everything was contributing to make the court happy. Itzcoatl himself was a bit annoyed by all this. Not than he disliked his palace, but tonight he had an horrible headache. And his chocolate was too bitter. Tired, he rised from his small throne and went forward one of his rooms. "You are already leaving us, your highness?", asked the hight priest of a divinity than the sovereign had forgotten. He nodded. "I am exhausted and tomorrow is a very important day". "Of course, your highness have a important speech to give tomorrow", added the priest.
Then, as the emperor was leaving, everybody in the room saluted him with with a great respect and left this room of the palace so the monarch's sleep could be more quiet and peacefull.
Itzcoatl fell asleep almost instantly after he falled on his bed. his sleep, however, was filled with weird dreams.
Later in the night, he calmed down.
Itzcoatl dreamed than he was a bird. Flying hight above the city of Tenochtitlan, he was following another bird. In this divine creature the ruler of the Aztecs recognized Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent. And he had something of great importance to show to his representent on Earth.
Itzcoatl followed the god beyond mountains, seas, islands... the birds where traveling to the east, according to the Sun.
Then they arrived in sight of an important landmass. More than just an Island, this was more like a small continent. The birds passed over fields, small cities, and mountains of small altitude before reaching a vast and prosperous plain filled with strange and very big animals, farms, and giant trees... Then they arrived in an colossal city of unimaginable proportions, with buildings of a strange and incredible architecture, shyning in the sunlight and covered with gold and glass. The city was build between three concentrics rings of waters, canals on where ships where passing. They posed on the central island, wich was the most densely covered with large buildings.
It was only at this moment than Itzcoatl noticed than something was wrong with the population of the city. Not only their apearance, as they weared strange clothes and many men had hairs on the chin, wich was incomprehensible for the Aztec than the emperor was. Those peoples where gathering near an huge bird wich looked to be made of stone. Some peoples had entered it and it seemed to be the main aim of the whole population. But when a few important-looking peoples entered it. Some men dressed like soldiers tried to empeach the other peoples to enter it. One of them pointed a kind of stick toward the crowd. A noise was heard, a small light apeared and the crowd screamed. A woman collasped, apparently dead. Then the big 'bird' went up in the air, before starting to move with an incredible speed forward the West.
A few seconds later, a man pointed something in the sky- a small light, something like a star glowing in the daylight. The crowd, horrified, began running hopelessly in all directions. The small light was growing quickly.
The two birds flew away, leaving this odd place. A blinding light then apeared, and the world began to crumble on itself.
But it was not all. Quetzalcoatl had still things to show to the Aztec emperor. The birds reached a shore, wich looked familiar to Itzcoatl. They posed on a tree, and observed the peoples on the beach.
Two groups where meeting. A small band of almost naked peoples, in wich the Aztec recognized the ancestors of his own tribe, where staring at a bunch of men and women wich where very similar to the ones he has seen in the island beyond the ocean. But they looked like broken persons, many of them where crying and their clothes where dirty. Thoses persons apparently arrived there on a kind of raft. The man wich looked like the most important person of this group, a colossus with an impressive beard, saluted the natives.
Quetzalcoatl continued his wordless explanations. After having passed a jungle both birds arrived in a very primitive village. In it the two groups of the beach where still meeting. Around a fire, the 'leader' of the foreigners was explaining things to the natives. After a small moment where only a white light was visible Itzcoatl was again in the village, and still with the god. But the village was now bigger and the natives where looking more heatly. Several fields where surrounding the village and the inhabitants where playing music and a woman was preparing some kind of colorfull fabric. The inhabitants of the village where saluting the leader of the small group wich was now older and seemed to be leaving the town. 'A day I will come back', heard the Aztec.
Then, the god-bird turned his eyes toward Itzcoatl. No words went out of him, but all was clear in thoses eyes full of sadness and hopes. The Aztec understanded exactly what the god wanted from him, and from his choosen people. Itzcoatl understood than there was no other god than the Feathered Serpent, wich was once a simple man. He understanded than no more humans sacrifices where needed. The god has returned as he promised, and now his peoples did not had to wait any longer for him. He finally understanded what the god wanted from him: to rebuild the glorious civilization than once had its place to the Sun.
Itzcoatl woke up in sweat, shaken by his dream. He knew this dream was not an ordinary dream. He hurried to meet the great priest of Quetzalcoatl and told him his entire dream.
"The Feathered Serpent have spoke to you in a dream. This is a great prodige and all the city must be told about your vision. But first I must explain you..." The hight priest of Quetzalcoatl was a very wise and old man, wich trusted the emperor.
"Quetzalcoatl have showed you the mythical lands of our origins, the Aztlan. He then showed you the fate of our ancestors wich where civilized by himself. Because as you have guessed, he was the man of your dream wich teached our ancestors how to make corn grow, how to create fabric, how to behave in a civilized manner and all the things we know."
Itzcoatl nodded. Even if he had revealed the content of his dream, he did not told about what he understanded in the last moments of it. Because it was simply too mad, and the priest would not had accepted all of it. But the population will be informed. With his people behind, the emperor will be able to fulfill the will of the Feathered Serpent. The young monarch alway knew than the future of the Aztecs didnt had to be limited to the Texcoco lake, nor to the region of Mexico- but the reconstruction of Aztlan was simply beyond his imagination.
Hello and welcome to this AAR. First I have to say than no im not drunk/mad/under effect of drugs. I had the project of writing this since a long time ago but only now I found the time to start this weird project.
I have alway been interested into the story of Atlantis (its historical side, nothing esotheric or any stupidity like that). The goal of this game than I'll be playing and reporting it trough this AAR will be to turn the small Aztec 'empire' into a multicontinental superpower of superior proportions.
As you know I cannot do that with 'normal' Aztecs so I modded them alot to give them the same advantage of the Europeans, for a reason you will discover in the next update. I also have to say than the first century will be a pure cheat with an almost unlimited ammount of money/colonists but thats because I simply want to tell this story and even if it come with cheats, the EU2 engine seems perfectly suited for my embitions. I beg your pardon regarding that point than will be precised in the next update.
I'd also like to point out than English is not my first language and than im only 17 so it took me en entire evening writing out those lines and its very possible than you will find lot of mistakes and weird sentences.
I'll take as much time I need to fulfill my goals and will very probably export this mad game to Victoria and even HoI2. This (thoses?) AAR(s) is going to be a mix of narrative/gameplay since I'm so bad imaginating good charaters and inventing credible dialogues.
If you feel than this is far too wild for the Paradox forum please tell. Or if you find this interesting a little encouraging word will only make me willing to build this story.