::Ancient History ::
Our beliefs are centered on the Ashlanian Codex whose origins and history have not been recorded before its most recent discovery by Tal Dorn. The tome itself, through research carbon dating, has been accepted to be at least two millennia old.
We believe the Codex is original and written by the author, that it is not a copy. We believe this because of the strike outs and correction made within the tome.Any other manuscripts, references or artifacts found or learned before the Codex’s re-emergence is referred to by us as the ‘Time of the Ancients’ or simply ‘The Ancients’.
The following are excerpts of the rapid events noted in the Chronicles of The Covenant.
The Chronicles of The Covenant can be viewed at our head quarters in the city of Haven on the planet Zolan I and is only accessible by members of The Covenant.
An abridged version is available to the public at the Haven Library, also located in Haven on Zolan I.
The library’s data banks are updated as frequently as the Chronicle itself, so no hard copy is available for public viewing, sorry.
Assigned to prospect and take core samples of Jentares IV in hopes of finding new deposits to exploit, Mentor Tal Dorn instead discovered something that would change his and the lives of others forever.
Recent seismic activity on Jentares IV had uncovered various caves that were before uncharted. In one such cave the sensors of the FK-7 picked up something out of the ordinary, a low residual pulse like that of materials used in the construction of a building, but there were no charted settlements n the area, so Tal took it upon himself to investigate.
Exploration of the cave uncovered the ruins of a small settlement. The buildings were destroyed, rubble strewn and collapsed perhaps by previous seismic activity. Void of “current” technology, Tal assumed the settlement was thousands of years old. The settlement looked as though it had been abandoned and all of the buildings were empty save for one.
This building was more intact than others and it appeared to be a meeting hall of some kind.The hall contained several skeletal remains of different races. Some Tal recognized others he did not. They were, for the most part, clothed the same and a majority of them possessed staffs. One in particular stood out from the rest, the remains of a Twi`lek. She was at the head of the hall as if she were in the throws of a speech when the catastrophe that befell the settlement happened. The ground shook beneath Tal's feet and he knew he did not have much time himself before the settlement suffered another cave in. Tal gathered what he could, a staff, a key and a strange book that the “leader” had possessed and he hurried to his speeder, narrowly escaping the cave as a new session of earthquakes shook and again buried what remained.
Tal, believing he had found the remains of a forgotten cult and had secured relics of some importance, eagerly sought the council of his leader Drega Loas in Tokmia. Drega, at this time the acting Vicar of Ketsujo-Nemuri, listened intently to Tal’s story of the discovery as he examined the tome. He found that the key Tal had found unlocked the book, but the writing within was cryptic and not recognized by neither of them.
As Drega listened he gleaned a clue about the script... Tal had recognized that the remains of the holder of the book to be a Twi`lek, perhaps the writing was a form of that race's written language. Drega sends Tal on a mission to Ryloth to find linguist that may translate the scriptures.
After weeks of searching, Tal located an elder Twi`lek that was able to translate the writing. Tal learned that the writing is a form of Twi`lek, but a very outdated form that has not been used for thousands of years. Returning to Tokmia, Tal and Drega begin to translate the book page by page, it took weeks...
As they translate the Codex, Drega and Tal began to practice the lessons and exercises found within the book, passing it on to others... their faith in Ketsujo-Nemuri began to fade...
Both Tal and Drega were excited to see how many of the tenets were similar to the Guardian’s Code of Gallantry, a code used by the Guardians of Dorin - a branch of the Dorinian Security Force that they had belonged to. Tal began to contact others that had served with the Dorinian Military Corps Security, most notably Tahil Vorn, Neth Dharek and Mirk Eagle, sending translated copies of the Codex to all.
Having lost all faith in Ketsujo-Nemuri and fully embracing the Ashlanian Codex, Drega resigns as Vicar... others soon follow.
The rebirth of The Ashla Covenant had begun...
Drega was also amazed that some of the Codex strangely resembled that which he had heard that the Jedi taught...Believing that Tal had found a Codex written by a Jedi, Drega sought the aid of the Master Jedi who had Force Tested him many years before, Master Uzziah Akim.
Through Master Akim’s and the Jedi Council’s aid, it was discovered that there was not a known Jedi named Ashla, or Ashlain, but that the name Ashla was a name commonly used for the light side of the Force. It was also speculated that the Codex was written by a Grey Jedi, whom were Jedi that chose to operate independently and often outside the strictures of the High Council. Master Akim also explained that the Codex may have not been written by a Force Sensitive sentient at all, and that some of the lessons only touched on very basic knowledge of the Force, not the use of its power.
The High Council gave Drega their blessing to continue with his plans for The Ashla Covenant, but he was warned of the dangers that often besought rogue Force users and was urged to seek the Councils aid throughout these matters.
Drega began to contact several Governments within the Galactic Alliance seeking a home for The Covenant as Tal and others continued to enlighten and recruit other followers.
Finally in answer to their plea for a home, His Excellency, King Bisz Aldaris of the Falleen Federation granted The Covenant custodianship of the planet Zolan I in the Lambda sector.
The new settlement of The Covenant, Haven, was built. And the Guardian Conclave, a council of five members, was created to handle Covenant affairs.
... The Covenant is born.