The benfits of being a packrat - here is an email Andrew sent in 2000 - it's a bit long, but relevant to the discussion, I think:
>From: Andrew Theisen
>Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2000 4:31 PM
>To: Aaron English; [me]; George Hrabovsky
>Subject: Kopru Chronarchy
>All right- this has been sitting in the back of my mind for weeks now, but
>it's starting to come together. Thought I'd run my initial ideas for the Kopru
>Chronarchy past you guys.
>Basically, it's based on the tenet that the Kopru utilized the "time artifact"
>underneath the Serpent Peninsula to establish a trans-chronal empire. The
>Immortals eventually broke the artifact, and the Kopru became a distant
>memory... in many different eras.
>Anyway, I've got a few such eras listed in the preliminary timeline below, but
>it can obviously stand to be fleshed out quite a bit. It also deals (finally,
>I hope) with the "true" origins of the Karimari.
>I've also taken the stance that their time travels didn't really alter
>history... sort of. Which is to say that they didn't alter their own destiny
>(of being destroyed). Why not? For a couple of reasons-
>1) The Kopru arrogance. It simply never occurred to them that Immortals, or
>Outer Beings, or whatever, would dare interfere with their race.
>2) The eras the Kopru establish themselves in are eras in which there is no
>Kopru Chronarchy (why would they need to set up in a time when they already
>hold sway after all?) This ties in with #3-
>3) The peoples the Kopru enslave are mostly primitive with little or no
>written histories. Thus, the Kopru wouldn't be able to determine precisely
>what happened to their Chronarchies of past eras and thus prevent the
>inevitable downfall of their hegemony.
>also 4) the Kopru were never really all that concerned with anything except
>immediate gratification anyway.
>One other note- bear in mind that, due to physiological concerns, the Kopru
>Chronarchy couldn't ever really establish itself too far outside of the
>oceanic regions- hence, I've limited them to the Serpent Peninsula/Thanegioth
>Regions. They could establish themselves nearer to the coasts of the Known
>World, but I don't have any dates for such a thing as yet.
>Open to suggestions, hints, additions, etc. Also- a possibility is that the
>Kopru Chronarchy will pop up in the modern world- advance scouts from the
>height of the Empire!
>Here's the timeline-
>BC 7150: The Kopru overlords in Va'ath-Zhemoth discover a powerful artifact in
>the midst of the Serpent Peninsula. They begin to study the artifact, which
>seems to have power over time itself.
>BC 7100: Shipments from the islands stop reaching Carnifex ports in
>Y'hegg-T'uhath and other regions completely. Concluding that the domesticated
>dinosaurs guarding the farms had rampaged and wiped out the troglodytes, the
>Y'hog Carnifex soon forget about the islands. (DW)
> Unknown to the Carnifex, the Kopru have utilized the powers of the time
>artifact to send themselves into the future, to an era where the Carnifex no
>longer exist. There, they will begin to establish their own empire,
>independent of the influence of their "lesser" allies.
> Abandoned by their Carnifex and Kopru overlords, the troglodytes
> migrate to
>other lands, seeking true freedom from. Many sail north to Brun, their
>descendants becoming the troglodytes known to most denizens of the Known
>World. Others sail south to Davania, offering their services as freemen to the
>Lhomarrians. Others turn to piracy. A fourth group migrates to the eastern
>islands in the archipelago, and tries to build their own civilization. (DW)
>BC 6500: The Kopru reappear on Mystara from the past. Revisiting the ruins of
>their former homes, they once more begin the process of rebuilding their
>empire on the Serpent Peninsula.
>BC 6450: A Kopru uses the artifact to travel forward in time. He returns with
>news of a potential new servitor race for his people.
> Soon thereafter, the Kopru begin bringing Tanagoro slaves back from the
>BC 6000: After a long study and debate about the Kopru Chronarchy, the
>Immortals decide that the violation of the Temporal Prime cannot be allowed to
>continue. They cause earthquakes in the Serpent Peninsula that damage and bury
>the time artifact.
> Cut off from the other eras of the Chronarch dominion, the Kopru struggle
>to maintain control of their empire. The Tanagoro slaves revolt, and retreat
>inland where the Kopru cannot follow. Millenia of interbreeding cause their
>growth to become stunted and for them to lose most memories of their former
>enslavement; images of tentacled evil creatures still persist in racial
>memory. These Tanagoro become the ancestors of the Karimari.
>BC 3000: Great Rain of Fire. Climactic changes in the Serpent Peninsula
>region, combined with the loss of contact with the Chronarchy due to the
>damage to the artifact, results in the collapse of Kopru hegemony.
>BC 2200: A Kopru emerges into the present while on a time travel expedition.
>He returns to the past with news of the newly arrived Tanagoro settlers.
>BC 2100: Having given the Tanagoro colonists time to establish themselves and
>reproduce, the Kopru arrive from the past and begin to enslave them.
>BC 900: The Kopru Chronarchy conquers the islands of the eastern Thanegioth
>Archipelago, and enslaving the Milenian and Makai peoples in the region.
>BC 800: Prompted by their patron Immortals, the merrow of Twaelar wage a
>savage war against the Kopru Chronarchy in the Thanegioth Archipelago. Now cut
>off from contact with their fellows due to the destruction of the time
>artifact, the Kopru are left to fend for themselves. The merrow and the
>Kopru's human servitors clash in a period known as the Aquapopulous Wars. The
>wars end with the destruction of the Kopru hegemony (reduced to a single
>colony on the Isle of Dawn). The human cultures revert to stone-age ways, and
>are driven off to a small few islands in the region.
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