Excerpt from the Final Page of Surveyor So Kumkimdan’s Journal in the Travel Records of the Ancient Ussan Records:
The Shao Empire and the Doda Nation are in a fierce war in the Northwest, thus Lord Sur Randoran sent an envoy of brave explorers to claim the lands that the Doda had abandoned in the wars. Though the Zuidan Kingdom already lived in close proximity to this region, they were not suited for the higher elevations like we were.
I was sent out with supplies to last us for 20 Years, and plenty of weaponry in case those Ren Shaole of either the Shao Empire or Huo Empire decided to attack during the duration of our exploration. Though I personally feel that is highly unlikely.
After exploring the lands of the Northeast I understand now why the Doda Nation rushed so quickly to conquer it from the Shao. The lands were rather fertile due to the runoff from the Mountains in the South. And the Fauna were of massive size and easily domesticated. I do fear that if we claim this land as our own, that due to its high value we would be attacked as well; if not by the Shao, then by the Doda.
We send information back to Lord Sur Randoran every few days. Due to the wars our messages are likely to be intercepted if we sent it over our networks thus we need to send a Scout and a Messenger to deliver the information. The last thing we would want currently is for either nation to find out that we were secretly setting strong holds in the area. So the two postal troops are dressed as Fauna enthusiast.
I am writing currently from my Carrier Home and as I look at the Stars in the sky I wonder if there are others in distant worlds who also joined a Military Unit just for Exploration. I want to see all the lands that my world has to offer, and the lands that other worlds contain. Sadly though I was born in the wrong time to explore, for this is a time for wars.
Lord Sur Randoran also sent surveyors to the East within the mountains. However, those individuals failed to return, sending replies such as “There are Demons in these regions”, and “Mysterious Creatures inhabit the lands in the Eastern Mountains.” I do hope those travelers are safe.
*** So Kumkimdan’s Journal was discovered by Gyu Ratani after Lord Sur Randoran sent a recon unit to figure why there were no replies. The unit So Kumkimdan was apart of was massacred and possessions captured. However, this journal was buried at the site presumably before the attack. They suffered the same fate as many other survey teams.
So Kumkimdan was just a kid, however I don’t feel sorry for the lost of their unit. They were there for the purpose of building fortifications and strongholds in a region that was actively other siege, what did they expect would happen. Now, if they truly were innocent explorers then sure what the Doda Nation at the time did was wrong, however they were not and we shouldn’t kid ourselves into thinking they were.-Qin Re, Animal Enthusiast for Xia Xin Pasture in the Song Tribe (Year 87980)
Constant Wars and battles, that’s all those Empires thought about 30,000 Years ago. There was plenty of land in the South that they could have explored but they decided to fight over Deserts and Grasslands. So Kumkimdan could have realized his dreams if he explored South of the Central Mountains rather than the North. During that time us Ren Neo had barely even moved from within the Mountains, so the lands below were rip for the taking. I suppose i am just speaking from retrospect, maybe the environment back then was different.Potinius Ursa, Sky Surveyor for the Nation of Pigan (Year 92452)
Wow, this story makes me sad to read. He obviously had confidence in his people that he was going to remain safe. He was a young adventurer, and got caught up in the Wars. It also amazes me how back then the Ren Neo were so unknown that they were referred to as Demons. They are pretty much still demons but for much different reasons. Poor kid, I hope I don’t in up in a situation where I am trying to live out my dream but end up being killed in a war that I thought I was safe from.Darot, Pet Person Readjustment Officer for the Capicalo Empire (Year 95881)