If you’ve come across this article with no prior knowledge of our book series, or if you happened to start the series with Ten Years of Darkness, you’re likely unfamiliar with the continent of Vaal’bara, other than seeing the name in our series title, of course. But this ancient land is far more than simple fiction, dear readers…
Whether you choose to believe in the events of the Vaal’bara Historical Society series, or simply view them as fantasy, the continent of Vaal’bara was indeed real, though this revelation regarding the landmass is recent enough that scientists still debate its existence to this day. However, through the visions bestowed upon Viktor by Laurence, and through my own experience using the Device used by the Vaal'bara Historical Society to witness events throughout timeTemploscope , we can indeed confirm that the supercontinent existed billions of years ago. And, considering its importance to our ancient An ancient, Magic-using race who settled on Earth billions of years ago, when it was known as Vaal'baraXahl'thari history, we wanted to shine the spotlight on the site of Earth’s most significant events in our first entry of the Magical History Tour.
The land of Vaal’bara was formed billions of years ago, and was once home to our ancient ancestors, the Xahl’thari, as well as many other intelligent races long since extinct. An The eon that constitutes the earlier or middle part of the Precambrian eon, or the system of rocks deposited during itArchaean supercontinent consisting of the Kaap’vaal Craton (now located in eastern South Africa) and the Pilbara Craton (now located in northwestern Western Australia), Vaal’bara was one of the earliest supercontinents on Or Dgh'em, as it was known thenEarth . The landmass was first documented by E. S. Cheney in 1994, who claims he derived the name from the last four letters of each craton's name. Due to Cheney’s unconventional name choice, however, there has been some debate at the Society as to whether this was an incredibly unlikely coincidence, or if Cheney had some sort of Xahl'thari heritage, and was slowly attempting to allow our ancient Magical history to resurface.
“I suspect you will be utterly baffled by my answer. We are on a continent - the only continent - which is referred to as Vaal’bara. We currently reside in a crater, which is at the center of the Kaap’vaal Mountain Range. It is approximately three billion human years before your time, perhaps a few million years less; I am not quite sure, as I have never taken a detailed account.”
- The First Fall of Lord Marris
The continent of Vaal’bara remained stable for 0.4-1 billion years, and hence had a life span similar to that of later supercontinents such as Gondwana and Rodinia. Some Paleomagnetism: the study of the record of the Earth's magnetic field in rocks, sediment, or archeological materialspalaeomagnetic reconstructions suggest a A geologic era within the Archaean eon, spanning the period of time 3,200 to 3,600 million years agoPaleoarchaean Proto-Vaal’bara is possible, although the existence of this 3.2-3.6 billion-year-old continent cannot yet be proven through modern means. These reconstructions, however, are on the cusp of revealing a cataclysm that was brought about by a Also known as the Crotgar, a sprawling, technological race of giants whose constant demand for resources left many planets devastatedGor'tier vessel colliding with our moons. The immense rain of debris temporarily devastated and reshaped large parts of the planet’s surface.
“Far before this time, what you call the Earth looked completely different than it does now. Your scientists would say we are sitting on one of the first continents ever created, and they would be partially correct. This is the first continent created since this world was destroyed by a great tragedy."
- The First Fall of Lord Marris
The granite-greenstone terrain of Kaap’vaal’s Barberton Mountain shows evidence of what scientists believe to be a large meteorite impact somewhere between 3.2 and 3.5 billion years ago. While they are currently unaware of the true cause of the impact, their research is leading them on the right track, and we can only hope they take our own knowledge into consideration in the future.
The high temperatures created by the force of this meteorite impacting Vaal'bara fused the area's sediments into small glassy spherules, which resemble the glassy rounded granules in A class of chondritic meteorites comprising at least 8 known groups and many ungrouped meteorites. They include some of the most primitive known meteorites.carbonaceous chondrites which are found in carbon-rich meteorites and lunar soils. These ancient spherules are Earth's oldest known terrestrial impact products, and the only remaining evidence of the Magically-guided meteor which fell on Vaal’bara and created the distinctly sharp peaks and unnatural formation of the Kaap’vaal mountain range, which unfortunately no longer stands today.
“It was a beautiful and unusual sight, standing in the middle of some great tragedy, which likely rocked the world. I couldn't help but wonder if the crater was evidence of the titanic battle between the Xahl'thari and the Gor'tier. Yet there we were, the world healed over, staring at the natural beauty of the area. Even Thaddeus, taking time to scan the horizon, seemed to appreciate the sight himself."
- The First Fall of Lord Marris
The Pilbara and Kaap’vaal cratons are some of the oldest rocks in the world, and subsequently contain well-preserved Archaean microfossils. A series of international drilling projects has revealed traces of microbial life and photosynthesis from the Archaean period in both Africa and Australia. The oldest widely accepted evidence of photosynthesis by early life forms is molecular fossils found in 2.7 billion-year-old shales in the Pilbara Craton. These fossils are traces of early eukaryotes, which represent groups that went extinct before modern groups emerged. Eventually, modern science will discover that not only microbial life, but intelligent life - our ancient ancestors, the Xahl’thari, to name but one race - inhabited this planet long, long before we ever suspected…
There is still so much we don't yet know about the land of Vaal’bara, and much of what we do know was acquired secondhand through Laurence’s tale. Through the Society's continued study of our ancient Magical history, and what glimpses into the past we can achieve through the Temploscope, we hope to reveal even more about the ancient supercontinent which our ancestors once called home.
Through our many future entries in the Magical History Tour, you will learn more about the land of Vaal'bara and our Magical history, as well as the few Magical remnants still remaining in our modern world. So open your minds, set aside your reservations, and let a little Magic into your lives, dear readers...