Primacy of Oro

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Foundation: 1741-date (T206-date)
Capital: Fukuzawa in Irith
Religion: Oroist (Oceanic Pagan)

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon


The Supreme Primacy of Oro is the leader of the faith of those who believe in Oro - the Shark God. The adherents of this faith are typically found in the islands of Indonesia and Polynesia and in Australia.

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1679-1680 T176
The Naipon-Seahold: Very bad news came out of Australia where the Polynesian high priests had declared a Holy War against the Buddhists. Since more than half of the Seahold population was Polynesian and the other half was Buddhist, things promised to become very exciting.

1681-1682 T177
The Naipon-Seahold: Long did the Sugawara watch the north from the high grey towers of Aorangi, waiting for succor to come from Valinor .. wait, I mean, the Pure Realm. But wait as they did, there was none coming, for the mission of Jendu had ended in fire and blood amid a waving field of sea-green. Lorama did attempt to defuse the situation within his realm by disbanding many of the Oroist regiments in the army and fleet. Unfortunately, the failure of the Pure Realm squadron to arrive meant that the Buddist minority would remain outnumbered and unable to exert military control over the islands.

So, Lorama retired to his castle at Joetsura in a deep funk - what hope now, did he have, other than to flee to some Buddist land and live as a pauper? It was then that the Austral lord Ratu came calling to the court of the Sugawara. With him he brought a long tale of defeat and despair for the Buddist cause - Japan in flames, the Pure Realm fleet smashed, the Javans besieging Singapore and Bahrau... "The Pure Realm cause is lost," he told the chiefs of the Sugawara, "but yours is not. You have ruled wisely here and have become beloved of your subjects; acede now to their wishes and accept the worship of Oro. Already you know that the differences between our faiths are small, embrace them and see your troubles here pass away."

The clan chiefs closeted themselves and the arguments ran hot. Days passed and Ratu waited patiently, meditating in the small quarters granted him in the maze of Aorangi castle. Finally, things were brought to a head by the unexpected death of Lord Lorama at the age of sixty-five. At first there were wild accusations levelled against Ratu and his Austral party, but then the clan doctors examined the body and determined that a weak heart had led to his demise. Lorama's son, Chukuma, was acclaimed as Shogun and he, though a staunch Buddist himself (though interestingly of the Jade sect, rather than the Pure Realm), accepted the arrangement. All the Seahold would bow to Oro now, and there would be peace amongst the islands.

1689-1690 T181
The Naipon-Seahold: The Sugawara continued to keep their own counsel, but did expand their trade relations with Judea and Austral. The Oroist call to arms fell upon deaf ears in the islands - the threat of the Japanese seemed quite distant.

1739-1740 T205
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy: Iten in Nokama(ch), Camoweal(ch)
Greatly pleased with the latest crop of priests, Mola set about reorganizing his temples and sea-shrines. His emissaries spent a great deal of time in the various Oroist capitals, and found a warm welcome wherever they went. The high priest smiled toothily, reading the dispatches from the north - it was good for the Shark to eat well, and for his coreligionists to rule the waves, as they had done in the old days.

1741-1742 T206
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy: Sasaki in Camoweal(ab), Iten in Nokama(ab)
The Shark Priests continued to work industriously - delegations were sent to the Maori in the south, and everywhere the temples of Oro gleamed like white bone in the sun. Well, except in Hosogawa lands, where the prodding, pressing, irritating nature of the latest delegation irritated old Shigo to no end. There was also trouble in Maori lands, where the Great Tooth was intent on appointing his own priesthood and wanted nothing of the candidates sent from Fukuzawa.

A supply caravan dispatched into the Red Center (to carry mail, fresh food, ammunition and other supplies to the Ming garrison at legendary Pnakotus) returned in haste - the ancient, glorious city in the desert had vanished, swallowed by the sand and stone, leaving nary a trace - not even of the Ming garrison which had stood watch there for so long.

The struggles in the north weighed heavy on Mola's thoughts, and he dispatched a letter to many notable kings and princes, urging peace and amity among nations:

Most noble princes, Kings and Emperors,
As the Supreme Priest and most humble servant of the Shark God, we can never condone the waging of war against ones neighbors. Especially a neighbor that has just so recently been an ally in the struggle against the depredations of the evil "Ice Lords". We are aware of the piousness that the August and most devout Shir'le, posses. We know that her motives and her heart are pure. We pray for her, and hope that the Shark God gives her the wisdom to find a way to resolve this issue without further bloodshed.
Mola ne Wooka

Borang: A veritable army of leaders and diplomatic aides was sent into the hot, humid northern country under the command of lord Shiguro (backed up by the daimyo of Boulia and Okisaka with nine thousand samurai) - first they secured the direct control of the Bakufu over the holy city of Fukuzawa, then mashed about in the jungles of Yampi and Okora before reaching the province of Broome Ð where they found the Javans already in residence.

Maori: Great Tooth also undertook to reduce the influence of the Oro priesthood in his realm, appointing his own temple masters and bishops to the exclusion of those supported (or sent) from Fukuzawa.

1743-1744 T207
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy: Karratha in Yaralone(ch), Iten in Nokama(mn), Rabaul on Bismarck (ch)
Determined to extend the reach of the shark-priests into all the realms which worshipped Oro, Mola himself sailed west to Karratha in Yaralone (where he sought to interview the strange tattooed man who had lately appeared there, but was too late in his arrival), while Tars and Thuvan made for Iten in Nokama and Rabaul on Bismarck respectively.

Nanhai Wang'guo: The shark-priest Thuvan Dinh was welcomed by Anu to the court of Rabaul and given many presents, including a house in the hills overlooking the Nanhai capital, which became the first official residence of the Oro priests.

1745-1746 T208
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy: Iten in Nokama(ca), Rabaul(ab)
Despite letting the "tattooed man" escape their grasp, the Shark-Priests continued to putter about busily, slowly and steadily expanding their network of temples, sea-shrines and seminaries. Mola himself, after long negotiations and considerable political pressure, managed to wrangle a modest tithe from the Nanhai Wang'guo shrines.

Borang: Toho did manage to find a little amusement in stirring up some trouble between his provincial daimyo and the Shark Priests of Oro - the Bakufu made a stab at taking the appointment of temple priests and guardians under their control, rather than being dictated from Fukuzawa. This did not meet with approval from the Mouth of the Shark.

1747–1748 T209
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Nokama(ch), Pocara(ch), Rabaul on Bismarck(mn)
The priests of Oro, as is only proper, spent a great deal of time at sea, sailing hither and yon.

1749–1750 T210
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Pocara in Iriadh(ab), Rabaul on Bismarck(ca)
The Shark-Priests mostly minded their own business, though a lucrative trade in various religious handicrafts began with both the Thai and the Japanese (plus, Austral goods exported under priestly seals from Fukuzawa were exempt from Bakufu taxes.)

1751-1752 T211
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Golonarda in Wewak(ch), Sorong in Irian(ch)
The efforts of the Oro Priests were stymied by the unexpected death of the middle-aged Mola ne Wooka (who suffered a seizure while negotiating with representatives of the temples in Hosogawan lands), Tars Tarkas (found dead in Pocara, slumped over a table filled with monastery plans) and Thuvan Dinh (who choked to death on a spiny eel soon after securing the allegiance of the faithful in Sorong). In all, a sky cloudy with bad omens…

1753-1754 T212
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Niucity on Bali(ch), Singhasari in Kediri(ch), Sunda in Pajajaran(ch), Dolak in Kokenau(ch)
Aside from plaguing various nearby governments with requests for special dispensations, favorable taxation status and other favors, the Shark Priests were quiet and industrious.

1755-1756 T213
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Sunda in Pajajaran (^ab), Kokenau in Dolak (^ab), Pocara in Iriadh (^mn)
Despite the presence of the High Priest himself, efforts to secure control of the Oro priests in Singhasari (Kediri) failed. The clergy there were very independent-minded and had no intention of following orders from Fukuzawa.

Borang Bakufu: Part of Kunisada’s mishandling of public funds led to riots in Fukuzawa at the University where the student stipends for food and housing had been ‘lost’. When troops were dispatched to return everyone to class, a full-scale brawl erupted. The militia opened fire and killed hundreds. The students, dragging the bodies of the dead, seized the university buildings, threw up barricades and discovered – to everyone’s horror – that one of the dead was Princess Maiemo, who had been attending a pre-College algebra class.

The city erupted. Most of the militia fled and the mayor was dragged from his house and chopped to bits in the streets. Black-clad students marched on the armory and seized the weapons there. “Stop the corruption! Justice for the princess!” They chanted, raising a red-and-white Zengakuren flag over the Chancellery tower. The Oro priests, horrified, huddled in the pyramid complex, wondering if they would be attacked.

The Oro priests convinced the Emperor to send some troops to India to “secure the peace there”, and so seven thousand-odd Borang were shipped off with the Hosogawa to fight alongside the Ming.

1757-1758 T214
Hosogawa Borneo: Then the gold deposits in Linau gave out, leaving all the miners with nothing but dirt and barren stone under their grasping fingers. The local economy of Huangor collapsed as a result. Amid all of this, a veritable plague of Oroist priests settled upon the land, whooping and hollering and throwing things into the sea. The merchants and craftsmen of Borneo – who had never been particularly tight with the southern priests – ignored them.

Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Singhasari in Java (^ab), Pocara in Iriadh (^ca)
Despite the rioting in Fukuzawa (and the inevitable violence when the Bakufu army showed up to suppress the students and guildsmen revolutionary unions), the priests of Oro cloistered themselves in the pyramid complex and turned some serious thought upon their administrative hierarchy. A reform followed, which freed up many priests and monks and shark-handlers for other duties, actually improving the reach and capability of the church.

1759–1760 T215
Primacy of Oro: Horoku gritted his teeth, scribbled his name on a sheet of rice-paper and sent off every last koku the Shark-priests had lately gained in tribute to the Bakufu, who – one hoped – had a good use for so much coin. Penniless, the Shark-Priests did very little, though efforts to restore good relations with the Javan temples continued.

Of course, none of them knew how little time remained...

From the west, where for long years nothing in particular had happened, came troubling news out of the desert. A man named Tongu – a half-Japanese/half-Aborigine hermit who had been meditating for nearly twenty years in a sea-cave on the coast of Yaralone roused himself from observing the inner eye of the Shark – and set out to reveal to the common people what had been revealed to him in the sea-cave, when Oro had risen from the deeps, glistening and black, pale eyes burning with the colors of the surf under the moon, and spoken to Tongu, revealing the proper wave-way and surf-song to sing.

That these revelations were little in line with the teachings of the priests of Oro or their liturgy or had any use for temples and vestments and tithes was self-evident. Tongu called to the people to return to the sea, and embrace Oro as the surf embraces the land.

Small crowds gathered in Yaralone to listen to him speak, and they were greatly impressed. Old Tengu could speak wisely and well, and around him there seemed to be an aura of an indefinable kind – something which drew the eye and the mind and made everything he said seem fresh and new, unblemished sand revealed by retreating waves.

The priests of Oro were vigilant, however, and quickly drove the prophet from Yaralone and into the wasteland of Irana[3]. There Tengu walked north and east, finding solace in the empty land (though the birds and the beasts of the land and air were troubled and tried to speak to him, warning him of some unnamed danger) and he reached Pilbarra after many months in the desert.

There too he spoke to the people and the priests and while he found a warm welcome among the Javan settlers, they too did not pick up the tooth he laid before him. They had there own heterodoxy and found it sufficient for their needs.

Tengu continued north and east, entering Broome at the end of 1760. A small group of followers had attached themselves to him by this time, begging by the road and cutting wood for their dinner. Soon the prophet would reach Fukuzawa and everyone expected miracles to follow.

Some said the tsunami which ravaged the coat of Oanx and Dolak was sign of Oro’s Messenger arriving from the east, but others did not believe any such thing, blaming undersea convulsions instead.

[3] Though they did not mean him well, the priests actually saved Tengu from being murdered by driving him out so quickly.

Borang Bakufu: The daimyo clenched his teeth, stared longingly at the wagonloads of Oroist gold being put aboard ship in the harbor of Iten in Nokama, and then waved sadly goodbye to an enormous amount of his own treasury, which was all shipped off to Aotearoa, where a momentous undertaking was underway. Along with all these doings in the south, the critical southern port of Iten was strongly fortified.

Te niho o Oro: The Maori, meanwhile, had struck on a new plan to resuscitate their crippled kingdom in exile. With the connivance of the Borang and the Priests of Oro, Hatipi had decided to abandon the remote islands of Aotearoa and decamp to a more central location. Further, by assuming the mantle of the ‘Teeth of Oro’ – the Te Niho o Oro – and the protection of the Bakufu and the Shark-priests, the last remnant of the Black Fleet would find a new purpose, as a religious military order dedicated to spreading the word of Oro to the four corners of the Earth.

The regent, therefore, had packed up everyone onto the remains of the fleet and set sail from Joetsura to Austral by the time the marauding Nanhai arrived on the cold southern shores. The disruption of the invasion was not without cost, however, as Hatipi found himself almost overmatched at the mighty task of founding a new order at Kenehold, in central Austral.

Luckily, his able lieutenants were able to pitch in, and an Order Fortress was established at Kenehold, in the old Imperial Capital and palace. Order estates were also granted to the Te Niho in Borang, on Sarawak and Timor. Efforts to expand into Eha-rana and Wewak failed.

1761–1762 T216
Hosogawa Borneo: The number of Oroist priests on the streets of the bustling towns of the kingdom increased by a marked amount.

Java: The Kahuna and Dale also discussed, at length, a religious tome which had lately come into the hands of the prince. It spoke truly of the wave, the ocean and the shark which glides below. As yet, however, these new words from the maw of Oro had not reached the populace.

Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Palembang (^ch), Cooma (^ch)
Desperate to break the ‘siege’ of the Pyramid of Oro by the student rebels in the city of Fukuzawa, Horoku (in Singhasari at the time) hired every mercenary he could lay hands on and summoned them to the defense of the holy precincts. The tension in the city was only exacerbated, however, by the imminent arrival of the prophet Tengu from the west. The High Priest also rushed back to the Holy City (and he was not alone in this, as the Borang army was busily marching north to suppress the revolt as well…)

Food was smuggled into the Pyramid, allowing the priests there to continue to hold out.

For his part, Tengu continued to walk eastward, passing through lightly-settled Okora and into Yampi. As before, huge crowds gathered to hear him speak, but while many hearts were uplifted by his message, and some even took the time to consider their faith in a new light, there were no mass conversions of the populace. Some of the faithful following along after Tengu began to think his message was too personal. If the corruption and moral laxity of the Oro priests was to be overcome, a stricter hierarchy and theological framework needed to be added to simple revelation.

The Yamapan lords (reinforced by many Oroist zealots from the south), however, were in no mood to brook the passage of such an obvious heretic, troublemaker and (doubtless) ally of the Zengakuren students making so much trouble in Fukuzawa. Tengu’s party was ambushed in western Yampi, the ‘faithful’ scattered with a rattle of muskets and the prophet clubbed on the head and dragged off to prison.

Unfortunately for the pious landowners, Tengu took sick from the blow and perished only days later in a grimy, lightless hole of a cell. When news of this terrible turn of events escaped into the countryside, Tengu’s followers scattered to the four winds. There was also rioting in the nearest town, which was brutally suppressed. Then everything quieted down… for the last few months of ’61.

In 1762, however, the Tengu-faction suddenly burst into activity again – particularly in Okora and Oanx, where most of his ‘followers’ had fled. This time the message of the prophet was carried by a hundred mouths, not just one, and they were filled with a burning zeal. By the end of the year, Oanx and Okora both had accepted Tengu’s Word and religious violence was widespread. The pro-Borang rulers of both provinces were overthrown and they became independent.

Borang Bakufu: Having been plagued quite enough by the Oro priests to do something about the Zengakuren rebels, Jemmu mustered his entire main army, gathered up two of his younger sons (Chuhen and Masataka) and marched north with grim intent. Arriving at Fukuzawa, he found the city held against him by rebellious students, the Oro priests compounds around the Pyramid defended by a rascally lot of Japanese and Javan mercenaries, and the westlands in religious ferment.

“Knock it down.” Jemmu ordered his engineers, indicating the massive gates of Fukuzawa, as a squadron of airships buzzed over the town. “Then see order is restored in the city.”

Sixty-thousand Bakufu troops deployed, swarming over the surrounding farms and fields, confiscating everything in sight, digging trenches across everyone’s garden plots and throwing up a massive, encircling siege-line to contain the city. At the same time, lord Kahwazi’s small fleet blockaded the port, allowing nothing in or out… the first Bakufu artillery barrage was not long in the offing, sending a rain of shells crashing down into the town.

The Zegakuren, meantime, had been digging their own bunkers, reinforcing the walls, casting every bell and bit of scrap iron in town into cannon and drilling their corps of volunteers like mad. “Liberty!” They cried, rushing to the ramparts. “An end to tyranny and slavery!”

Though their hearts were true, the Zengakuren defenders were literally swamped by the massive numbers of the Bakufu troops and guns. Less than five months of siegework were necessary to breach the walls, storm inside and mop up the resistance. Mass arrests and deportations followed, to ensure the rebellious elements did not rejoin. Jemmu was quite pleased, though his two sons were a little put out at his demands they lead their men from the front ranks.

1763–1764 T217
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Camoweal (ˇun), Dajarra (^mn), Teatoora (^ch), Boulia (^ch), Erhos (^ch), Palembang (^ab), Cooma (^ab), Pajajaran (ˇun), Ilweah (^ca)
Unlike the kings and potentates who knelt before Oro’s majesty, the high priests ignored the wild rumors out of the Red Center and devoted all their efforts to spreading the influence and control of the Primacy throughout Maori lands. Part and parcel of that effort was trying to bottle up the Tenguist movement in the north-west. Counter-reformatory missionary efforts began immediately in Oanx, and managed to stem the immediate tide there. The Shark Priests also sent a mission to speak directly to the Tenguista hierarchy, to try and resolve these issues… but as the heretics had not yet established a clergy, this was difficult.

The Tenguist followers, meantime, were still trying to bring the prophet’s word to surrounding provinces – and made some progress in Yampi. Efforts by Horoku to garner a tithe from the shark-temples and monasteries in Hosogawa lands failed. The High Priest was not exactly the most delicate of negotiators… worse, the questions raised by the Tenguist movement caused a great deal of discussion and even open resistance to the Primacy. Tal Hajus, for example, was beset by angry villagers in Geelong and badly wounded.

In the far west, an Honorable Afriqa Company squadron of clipper-ships arrived at Karratha in Yaralone and unloaded a set of disassembled Herrin-class scout airships at the port. Under the able command of P.K. Sureshiandar, the Afriqans assembled the sleek gray aerocraft in preparations for exploring the mountainous region of Kooline and other points further inland.

Borang Bakufu: Agro was shipped out to the shark-priests and to the Ti Niho o Oro.

1765–1766 T218
Primacy of Oro: Diplomacy Erhos (^ab), Palembang (^mn), Geelong (^ch), Pajajaran (^ch), Borang (^ab), Dajarra (ˇab)
Horoku was pleased to receive several letters from Oroist bishops in the north-west, particularly since they detailed the containment of the Tenguist heresy to the scattered population of Okora, where heretical preachers were easy to track down and murder. The eventual elimination of the Tenguists seemed very likely as more and more Orthodox Oroist missionaries flooded into the province.

Meanwhile, back at Fukuzawa, Horoku had wasted no time in convening a pan-church council to review the charges made by Tengu and his followers against the clergy and their liturgy. A vigorous discussion followed, growing more heated by the day, and eventually a progressive set of edicts were reached (in part due to Horoku’s canny treatment of the issues – he was brutal in defense of the faith, but the maw of Oro swept wide in the ocean, gathering up all sorts of odd ideas and precepts, and the High Priest was an exceptional forger of compromise).

Efforts to dig more contributions out of the temples in Hosogawa, however, continued to fail…

1767–1768 T219
Thai Empire: Down in Singapore, there was religious trouble in the Free City, as boatloads of Oroist missionaries from distant Rarotonga arrived to bedevil the local Orangists. Intermittent violence followed between the two factions, causing the mayor to enforce a curfew and consider banning the Islanders from his city.

The War against the Meteor Men
March 1768: An Oroist bishop named Yamazi Shigo reaches Orantjugurr from the east with a small party of bearers. He seeks to emulate the success of Hasaki two years previous – and to secure a number of specimens of the peculiar vegetation now native to those parts. Unfortunately, he never returns to make a report…

Primacy of Oro: In an effort to bolster the war effort against the MeteorMen, the Shark Priests rebated part of the tithe previously demanded from the Javan temples and sanctuaries. Otherwise, every priest and monk in the entire hierarchy converged upon Fukuzawa and the Pyramid of Oro in a desperate attempt to turn the tide against the mysterious invaders…

Because of the gravity of the crisis facing Oroism, the high priest Haoroko ne Muuta had called a supreme council of the priests of Oro to convene within the sacred apartments of the Temple complex. Having brought forth all of the sacred artifacts and assembled the hosts of the church to pray to the shark god in a special Ceremony to bring its mighty vengeance down upon the heads of the demons from the sky. As the shark god demanded blood for his offering, several thousand newly ordained novices were sacrificed to the Shark god, as was all the treasure of the church. Amid the chanting of tens of thousands, and the bellowing of conch trumpets and drums and chanting voices, the sacred pool boiled red and white and gray as the god’s avatars feasted…

At the conclusion of the ceremony, in a final show of devotion Haoroko himself plunged into the sacred pool, offering himself up to the white teeth of the god.

In a quiet ceremony the next day, Haj Alt was made the new high priest.

Te niho o Oro: The Black Sharks rallied to Kenehold as well, reinforcing the troops maintained by the order at that city. Every man was filled with barely-banked fury – the sacrifice of the Oro priests had not gone unnoticed – and the zeal of the Teeth was near-incandescent. Still, everyone was secretly relieved when no attack came out of the west…

1769–1770 T220
Thai Empire: This could not be said of Singapore, where the usually peaceable fortress-island was now riven with conflict between Orangist zealots, Oroist preachers, Thai secret police agents and all manner of scum, rascals and malcontents.

Primacy of Oro: Faced with a threat far beyond their ken, the shark-priests reacted the only way they could. They gathered in their thousands at Fukuzawa, heavy with icons and incense, heads shaven, their bodies anointed with sacred oils. In one great mass they ascended the sacred pyramid and gathered around the lip of the god's pool. Within, the vast white shapes of the avatars moved ceaselessly, surging back and forth in the black waters, waiting for their due…

Alt and his closest advisors - now lacking one of their number - stepped out onto the narrow walkway (the path of truth) and moved to the center of the vast amphitheatre. "Demons have come upon us," the high priest declared, his voice booming from the shell-shaped surrounds. "And we must set our will against theirs. This evil will not prevail, for Oro stands with us this day. But the god needs strength - our strength -- to send these amai-te-rangi back beyond heaven, where Oro and Atea might tear them to shreds!"

A great, deep shout answered this and the Oro priests knelt, bare fore arms extended over the churning waters.

"Give him strength," Alt shrieked, his own knife slashing against the tattooed length of his arm. "Give him our blood!"

The waters boiled red and men screamed, pushed by their fellows who were eager to reach the water. Some - the chosen - fell into the water and were swiftly taken, carried down into the black gloom where Oro dwells… Beyond the sacred precincts, the common people of Fukuzawa cowered in their homes, frightened by the steadily rising howl of religious frenzy emanating from the pyramid.

Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i: Filled with a steadily rising Oroist fervor (only given more fuel by news of the great sacrifice at Fukuzawa), the Taika dispatched missionaries to Singapore, Selatan and Tengah in an attempt to unify the piety of the world around the Shark Given Flesh.

The War Against the Meteor Men
January 1769: Sickened by the superstitious, ignorant depths his fellow priests planned to descended to, the Oroist priest Hajus took his own life, appalled by the vengeance which Oro would take upon such prideful sacrifices. "None dare sway the intent of the god," he wrote in his farewell missive. "He chooses who he takes, and who he spares."
May: At Irith the advance of the enemy can be clearly marked from the Pyramid of Oro, for the whole southern horizon is a wall of licking flame, crowned with a great pall of dark gray smoke.
July: From the height of the great pyramid of Oro, the priests stared south in steadily mounting horror. A great gray pall of dust hung in the air - the fruit of the enemy advancing from the south, burning every town, village, barn and hayrick in its path. In Fukuzawa city, there was unbridled panic as the citizens fled north and west, clogging the great northern road, mindless with panic.
Only the soldiers of Oro stood firm, the great sacrifice of the priests shining bright in their minds. The blessed arrival of the Taika'no marines had brought the defenders of the holy precincts and the city to a bare 19,000 men. Each man fired with such zeal that even the horror stories babbled by the last few refugees fleeing up from the south did not budge them.
Then the enemy strode through the walls of smoke, long metallic limbs shining with the light of endless fires. Towering over the walls, their numbers countless… hundreds of the enemy machines, each clanking over wall and roof, their burning red eyes stabbing through the murk, incinerating men, guns, armor…
"Oro!" Shrieked the Taika'no and Borangi defenders, swarming up out of their spider-holes, the cannon spitting flame at last as the machines came into range.

Attack on the Pyramid of Oro

The sound of the guns were drowned, for a moment, by the insane cacophony of men transported by religious fervor beyond all thought of death.
And then, out of the boiling plumes of smoke and ash, two vast shapes appeared - intermittently at first, then coming fully into view - two enormous white sharks, aloft on the upper air, fins and tails languid, as through they moved through the crystalline waters, black black eyes staring down, judging men, finding them wanting…
The Oroist troops halted, stunned.
And so the blaze of the heat ray took them.

High Priests of the Shark

  • Haj Alt 1767-date
  • Horoku ne Muuta 1751-1767
  • Mola ne Wooka 1739-1751


  • T205-date (1739-date) George Shrake

Last updated: 4 April 2005

© 2003 Robert Pierce

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