I don’t really remember how the idea came to me. What if the so-called Mayan Apocalypse wasn’t actually the end of the world, but the start of a new one. Interesting idea.
So, me being me, I started doing some research. Turns out, there was something here –
The so-called long-count calendar—which spans roughly 5,125 years starting in 3114 B.C.—reached the end of a cycle on December 21, 2012.
That day also brought to a close the 13th Bak’tun, an almost 400-year period in the Maya long-count calendar.
Many people believed the close of the Bak’tun signaled the end of the world.
Instead, the end of the long count represents the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one.
Written references to the end of Bak’tun 13 are few. Most Maya scholars cite only one: a stone tablet on Monument 6 at the Tortuguero archaeological site in Mexico’s Tabasco state.
What exactly the tablet says, though, is a mystery, because the glyphs in question are partially damaged.
Initial interpretation of the stone indicated that a god will descend at the end of Bak’tun 13. What would happen next is uncertain, although the scholars suggested this might have been a prophecy of some sort.
So that’s where I started. December 31, 2012 wasn’t the end of the world, just of one age of heroes.
Old heroes fell by the wayside and new ones appeared to take their place.
Now, we find ourselves five years into the Bak’tun, surrounded by new heroes and new threats.
What started as an nebulous premise became a more concrete idea. The idea made me revisit the box where I keep my creations from over the years. It also, finally, gave me a way to use this domain.
I’ll write the stories. You’ll read them.