Why The Great Tree is Here
(Taken from the contributions made in the Forum)
Members of the Great Tree are dedicated to the Restoration of D'ni.
We infuse the Cavern with new life, sharing with our fellow Explorers the ideal of self-determination and an innate sense of wonder.
In the spirit of cooperation, we share with all Explorers, regardless of station, affiliation or persuasion, our knowledge of the past and hope to provide an active role in the present and a voice in deciding the future.
The Great Tree of Possibility is our symbol. And we are all a part of it.
According to D’ni history, the Ronay people, meaning People of the Root, originated on a world called Garternay, meaning Root of the Great Tree. Possessing technology known as The Art, the Ronay people were able to travel between worlds, Ages, at will; each Age being a part of the Great Tree of Possibilities. The Art gave the power to write special books creating a link or bridge between an infinite number of Ages. About ten thousand years ago and due to unspecified circumstances, the Ronay people were forced to find another home. While the majority of the people fled to the Age of Terahnee, meaning the New Tree, a small number, led by Ri’neref, fled to the Age of D’ni, meaning New Start. It is that Age that we know as Earth. That is where the D’ni people started new lives and a new civilization.
Just as plants use their roots to absorb nourishment and water from the ground they’re planted in, civilizations plant their roots and expand, growing beyond their original boundaries and branching out into new territory. The life-giving freshwater flowing deep underground and into the D’ni cavern from the surface comes through the Great Zero (GZ). The GZ’s name comes from it’s coordinates during the initial construction of D’ni. Those coordinates were zero, zero, zero; the very center of the newborn civilization. On the floor of the GZ is a map of the entire cavern, symbolizing how the water coming from this location nourishes all surrounding areas. Underground and in the walls of the cavern are the roots of plants, of life. Likewise, D'ni is the new root of the Ronay people. For thousands of years, the D’ni thrived and grew in their new home. They centered their lives around the idea of the Great Tree, ever seeking to branch out and expand their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before the D’ni people grew prideful of their civilization. They passed many laws limiting their ability to be creative when writing Ages. They weren’t allowed to challenge the system and change society. They became set in their ways and refused to change. They believed that time would revolve around them and that they were immune to its effects. They were all wrong. When people can’t accept new ways of doing things and stay set with the tried-and-true ways, they are doomed to die. “That which does not change and adapt dies.” Change is what keeps a civilization thriving and happy. It’s inevitable. The D’ni decided to deny change and consequently were destroyed from within.
Now we are in the D’ni cavern and are beginning to show signs of that same pride which already destroyed one great civilization. The D’ni Restoration Council (DRC) has already taken control and set up laws and boundaries for us to abide to. This is not right. If this “new D’ni” is going to thrive, we must learn from the past and not make the same mistakes. We must all work together for the benefit of everyone. We are all a part of a self-dependant circle. Without one piece of the circle, we will die too. We need the DRC and they need us, the explorers. It is this truth that the DRC must realize before D’ni can truly be restored. “A house divided against itself will not stand.” The DRC hasn’t tried reaching out to us, so we, the Great Tree community, have been trying to reach out to them but to no avail. We are all a part of the tree. Unless we all realize that, we are also doomed to die. We are the new D’ni and we will be fools if we fall victim to the same plague that consumed our predecessors.
The Great Tree is not a radical faction defying authority. Rather it represents a philosophy of unity and working together to rebuild and restore D’ni to its former glory. We seek to unify all people under one banner in the name of our new D’ni.
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