The First, the Seeders of Live, eternal enemies of the Necrontyr – today we delve into the Old Ones…
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Old Ones Early History
They are notable for being the first of all the galaxy’s sentient life as well as being the first race to cross the sea of stars, making them the oldest space-faring species in the galaxy. The Old Ones are said to have had a slow, cold-blooded wisdom, studying the stars and raising astrology and astronomy to an arcane science. It was their understanding of the universe that allowed them to manipulate alternate dimensions and it was known that they undertook great works of psychic engineering. At some unknown point, they crafted the Webway to serve as a conduit through which they could travel to far-flung worlds without suffering from the tides of the Warp. Such was their advanced science that they had the capacity to cross vast tracts of space with a single step by way of Webway portals and through such means they managed to spread their spawn to many other places. They believed that all life was useful and they are known to have brought about the rise of numerous new species and impregnated thousands of worlds which they made their own. According to the Deceiver, the Old Ones once waged a war against the race of beings known as the C’tan. This was a conflict that the C’tan lost and in the aftermath they went into hiding in order to avoid the Old Ones’ wrath.
As the Old Ones passed through the cosmos, a number of younger and fiercer races developed within their wake, including the Necrontyr, who struggled in their colonisation of other worlds. During this encounter, the ultra-intelligent races of mystics known as the Old Ones were seen to have swiftly colonised other worlds with far greater ease and had an immense longevity to the point of immortality. The Necrontyr are known to have petitioned the Old Ones for the secret of eternal life but they refused. This kindled a burning hatred within the Necrontyr, whose harsh sun cursed them with diseased bodies and difficulties in colonising the stars. At this time, the Necrontyr empire was suffering from the Wars of Secession with the various Dynasties battling one another. The ruling council known as the Triarch believed that an external foe would unify their species and their enimity with the Old Ones led to them declaring war upon this ancient race. The temptation of the spoils of victory along with the secrets of immortality saw the separatist kingdoms unite, bringing about a conflict that would become known as the War in Heaven. The jealousy grew, eventually leading to the ancient Necrontyr dedicating their entire civilisation single-mindedly to the goal of the extermination of the Old Ones and their spawn.
|Hidden power, or debased descendent?|
It would be the implacable onslaught of the C’tan combined with the mistakenly unleashed Warp-spawned perils that ultimately led to the Old Ones being defeated, scattered and destroyed. The surviving C’tan and Necrons had the pleasure of seeing the demise of the Old Ones’ civilisation, whilst they themselves retreated into stasis until the cataclysm ended. In the power vacuum following the war, the lesser creations of the Old Ones such as Mankind were known to have continued to develop but in unforseen ways. The mantle of galactic dominion would eventually pass to the Eldar, who had fought alongside the Old Ones during the war. This species would survive where the Old Ones did not and would see the Necrons depart into the Great Sleep after they had turned against the C’tan. Legends continued to speak of the Old Ones with the rune-singers of Craftworld Kaelor depicting the Webway as being a construct of this ancient progenitor race who used it to travel through the stars. It is rumoured that the Empathic Obliterator used by the Necron Lord Trazyn the Infinite may be constructed from technology designed by the Old Ones.
~Where do you think the Old Ones ended up – and can any of them ever return?