[center][size=175]BY MEMBERS OF FORUM ROLEPLAY[/size][/center]
Over a hundred years have passed since the Great War ended, and yet the impact and changes the war brought resonates through almost every aspect of the world today. The horror and chaos; its untold suffering; its lasting toxic effects? The world taught its children and grandchildren of the brutal nature of war; it told its descendants that ‘to repeat this chapter in our history would bring shame on remembering those who perished in this great war ’; and yet, the riddled world, ever on its endeavour to remain fluctuating forgot as quickly as turning to the next page of this anthology. The world today is reminded with thousands upon thousands of wind-swept memorials, dotting communities across our vast continents; asif like an observable sedimentary layer. Where society thought impossible; the Great War ended an era, and began a new one.
What no person can realise in the society of today is how tragic life was for those who lived and survived it; what peoples of one hundred years past would have sacrificed to bring food to the table, clean water to their lips and warmth to their houses; sacrifices that for us in the comfort of our modern homes could never fathom but which truly encumbered. Living with such unabating fear for seventeen years, uncertain as to whether you will make it from one day to the next, anxiously sweeping each days’ newspaper as impending attacks could render a family homeless by the next day; blindly and with no question that the news in front of them was the truth, and nothing but the truth.
It is so difficult to comprehend the fog which blanketed the world in which the war was fought, even more than a hundred years later. The telephone, one of Urth’s greatest technological inventions, was not in widespread use for another several decades. Radio communications, which was very much in its infancy; allowed generals and other military commanders to supply vital intelligence or orders with immediacy, rather than their being subject to the depressed and slow-moving use of written messages carried by runners, and cut off as soon as the latest bombardment severed the fragile field-telephone wires; what unmissable atrocities, slaughters and famines could have been avoided today.
Our means of communication in the present is efficient and instant, often with images or videos portraying what is the truth. But in 1904? When the storm clouds grew over Yasteria and Aurora, and later the rest of the world; when cataclysm erupted and information even days-old could take more than a day to arrive, it must have been terrifying. These instant news sources were still decades away and so daily newspapers became a lifeline in everyday life; the one source of war you received which itself had a slowly burning fire ring of hearsay, dread and prevarication.
With the continuing liberties the press gathered, newspapers became pillars of society. Today it would be considered such a feeble dogmatist view, but then, it was not in doubt; the tiny insight of the war that the average man, woman and child on the street received balanced entirely on what these editorials published.
Inside this anthology will include detailed accounts of key events in timeline order of the Great War. Please deliberate with the Roleplay Admin Dylan or Roleplay Moderator Acronis if you wish to partake in writing for this anthology.