“There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we learn and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life.”
- H.P. Lovecraft
Imagine, if you will, a universe very much like the one we now inhabit. Radiant, expanding, ever-changing; an enormous tapestry of stars and planets that make up the tiny glittering bits of the great galaxies that span its vastness. In this hypothetical universe, we carefully search for the twin counterpart to our own dear Sol, and the system of planets neighboring Earth that we are more familair with than any other. But in our new universe, we find that Sol is not alone in its sojourn through the cosmos, but instead, is married to a smaller companion. After all, of the stars nearest the Sun, about half are known to be partners with other stellar counterparts, so why not theorize that our imagined universe differs from ours in this plausible fashion?
This sun’s partner is a smaller, dark companion. Not easy to locate from our counterpart Earth, its radiance is dull and cooler, like an ember from a dying fire. Still. despite its more temperate nature, early in the life of the universe, a family fo planets developed in the net of its gravitational pull. On one planet, a bit larger than our own Earth, life developed in the ruddy red light cast by the dark star.
Eon after eon, the brown dwarf danced with its partner, the twin of our sun. For those inhabitants of our new Earth who saw the return of the crimson companion as a good omen, the dark star was called Tyche. For others, who felt the hateful red light among the stars was a harbringer of destruction, the name Nemesis was more fitting. Time and again, as the suns approached each other in the closest, most intimate point of their perigee, their mutual gravitational pull would disrupt the orbiting objects in each of their systems.
Sometimes the dissimilar stellar masses passed each other passively and benignly. At other times, they triggered catastrophic collisions and planetary-sized discharges of lightning between celestial bodies. Scars dwarfing the size of our own Grand Canyon were seared by these divine bolts into the surface of neighboring planets like Mars. At other times, entire planets were tilted on their sides, or shattered and thrust into new orbits by enormous impacts that our minds can scarcely fathom. Still, throughout the periodic, cyclic, chaos, life continued to develop on this sister Earth, and the large planet orbiting Nemesis.
For the sake of simplifying our tale, we can give each of the planets a specific name. First, our Earth’s mirrored counterpart may now be know as Systerra, literally, “Sister Earth”. The inhabitants of the larger planet called their own world Nibiru, and the dark star that gave them life Zaos. The Nibruians first knew Systerra as Tiamat, before one of the enormous cataclysms that shattered Tiamat’s upper half into the asteroid belt, which they called the “Hammered Bracelet”.
The stricken planet’s lower portion settled into a new orbit, that the inhabitants of Nibiru came to call Ki. Both planets changed through the course of the passage of time, with the populations of each growing, learning, and advancing. The pace at which the Nibiruians developed far outstripped those of their counterparts on Systerra. Perhaps it was the more hostile environment that they dwelled in that led them more quickly into studying how to affect and change their surroundings. Perhaps it was the larger cranial capacity they developed, along with strange, almost supernatural mental abilities. Or maybe it was their discovery and enslavement of a more primitive, silicon oxide life form composed of microscopic quartz insects that sped their growth.
These strange creatures were a hybrid of Nibiru’s native quartz, and the slivers of gold that were emeshed in their structure served had been heated in the fires of the core of the planet which altered the structure of the shining metal to a superconductive, ormic state that served the tiny nanites as an incredibly efficient nervous system. With the programming of the Nibiruians, the nanite colonies could be used to form incredibly sophisticated technology, equipment, and weapons as if by magic alone.
The planet’s scarce supply of gold soon dwindled, consumed by the fast pace of their developing civilization. Unfortunately, almost simultaneously with the depletion of their native gold reserves, fluctuations in the stellar output of their sun Zaos began to erode the atmospheric protection of their world. Many attempts were made to seal or reverse the breech, but all met with failure. Finally, it was diecided that only an atmospheric sheild utilizing the antigravitic and superconductive effects of the ormic gold would prevent the impending atmospheric loss that would end life on their world. It was in this era of fear and unrest that the world’s ruler, Alalu, was deposed by the now-reigning monarch, Anu. Alalu fled spaceward, reasoning that the only way to reverse his fortune was to solve the atmospheric dilema, or perish in the attempt. He had been well educated, and knew that minute quantities of the precious gold had been detected in the Hammered Bracelet during previous transits of Nibiru through the system of Sol. He was gambling that if small quantities were in the asteroids of the Hammered Bracelet, then much more must be waiting to be found in the rest of the remnants of Tiamat. The shattered, water covered planet know known as Ki.
After an arduous passage through the outer solar system, through the asteroid belt, and past Lahmu, the planet we know as Mars, Alalu finally arrived safely to orbit Ki. His landing on its surface did indeed result in his finding that gold was present on Systerra. But his landing also marked an even more momentous occasion. For the first time, a Nibruian had landed on the surface of Ki, and as a result, Alalu was the very first to earn the right to the name Anunnaki – “Those Who From Heaven To Earth Came”.