Mysteriously Disappearing Ancient Civilizations…

June 25, 2012


Wherever could they have gone?

The Neanderthals

Ancient red-headed hominids, taller and more powerful than humans, predating human settlement in Europe by millennia…could they have made their way into early European mythology? Perhaps. Some links point to the “Jotuns” – Frost Giants – as being a remnant of prehistoric myth about the Neanderthals. At least, that’s what I was playing with in The Prince and the Program as I created House Yoten.

House Yoten is led by the Lord of the Gnashing, Jormungandr Lokisson.

The City of Petra

John William Burgon’s Poem Petra describes the ruins of a city in Jordan, rediscovered in 1812:

It seems no work of Man’s creative hand,

by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;

But from the rock as if by magic grown,

eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!

Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,

where erst Athena held her rites divine;

Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,

that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;

But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,

that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;

The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,

which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,

match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,

a rose-red city half as old as time.

Romans, earthquakes, decline of trade routes…whatever. The people of Petra simply decided to find a more… permanent solution to their financial woes, and moved to the Sunless Planes. House Petra deals in all things financial, and is one of the houses still firmly connected to human civilization on Earth.

House Petra is led by the Lord of the Counting, Gamil a’Petra.

The Builders of the Yonaguni Formations

In The Prince and The Program, the Yonaguni formations were created by House Kamigawa – terrifically technological, very, very Japan, and creators of the Cyborgs.

House Kamigawa is led by the Lady/Lord of the Building, Kamigawa hass and Kamigawa amansaeru.


The myth of the Minotaur is something far darker, and more primeval, than a simple botched offering to Posidon the Greek Myths make it out to be. And we have the problem of Linear A, an undeciphered script and language possibly dating to pre-Minoan times. And so we have House Moyen, the last of Crete-that-was, in The Prince and the Program.

Experts in genetic manipulation and microbiology, House Moyen is led by the Lady of the Mirroring, Lady Ariadne.

And of course, there is always the Lord of the Waiting, not to mention the rest of the Thirteen Houses that govern the immortals of the Sunless Planes, in unique Symbiosis with their semi-sentient virus & the Lifestream.


This post is part of the blogLaunch for The Prince and The Program, a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Romance featuring Prince Mordred and Alan Turing.

The first post in the series can be found here.

A downloadable Excerpt and information about the $1000 Easter Egg Hunt can be found at

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