Children of Mire

G. Crenshaw

Chapter 1

Myths or Facts

It is widely accepted that most myths have their basis in fact. It began about 3400 BC in that region of the world between the Tigress and Euphrates rivers later to be called Mesopotamia. The land was subject to frequent flooding and with each flood the rich nutrients from elsewhere covered that area after the water receded. Life, though hard flourished, and the fertile land began to be cultivated by the people there. By those few people who saw the flooding as a problem to be solved rather than a curse of the gods, they began to control the problem with dams and embankments. And so the beginnings of engineering started to take shape.

War always begins with a need. A question of “They have it, we don’t, lets go get it.” And so it was with the people who inhabited that fertile land found themselves a victim of their own success. People with abundant crops and food tended to attract the attention of those people who don’t have enough food to support their population. The area was often in armed conflict by those willing to steal and take by force rather than trade.

The tiny village of Mire well to the north of conflicts, isolated by a few natural barriers grew and flourished with very little contact from outsiders. They had known death, through accident, but no one had ever died from being sick or of old age. That one would age, grow old and die was an unknown concept.

Quite accidentally the village of Mire was invaded. Trying to get home with their plunder and blocked time after time by treacherous wetlands from the springtime flooding, an invading army discovered a forgotten people. Men put down digging sticks and hoes to defend their land and were all but slaughtered by those well armed, equipped and hardened by battle rather than toil working the land.

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