: Countless centuries? The rebuilt armies of the West that
: "command the grudging respect of the Trow"
: are killed off in six months and yet humanity holds
: out for countless centuries? That's a neat trick...
: how'd they manage to do that? =)
In my theory, the Myrkridia weren't TRYING to eradicate humanity until near the end of the cycle; they were building up their armies, and slowly but surely gaining a strong enough foothold that they could eradicate us. In Myth II, their entire race is ressurected just like that, and springs forth upon forces of the light which only occupy about a fourth of the continent, and have only been rebuilding for 60 years. But when they first attacked, in my theory, the forces of the Light would have been building up for 500 years before a single Myrkridian attack ever occurred, and they would occupy everywhere, the fertile plains of the Cath Bruig, the far east near the Kingdom of Gower, EVERYWHERE. Then a few little Myrkridia start attacking. It's gonna take a while for them to weaken the forces of the light and to build up a strong enough force to finally eradicate us (but then Connacht comes along and spoils their fun).
Likewise, in Myth TFL, Balor has been around as himself for several centuries, what was he doing then? Building armies, subborning races, bending avatara and evil sorcerers to his will. Then he was attacking the Cath Bruig empire, which must have taken quite some time to finally be rid of. It took him 20 years to defeat the West, which was only a third or a fourth as large as the Cath Bruig empire, so it must have taken him at least around a century to destroy the Cath Bruig, and then all the time before that building and subborning and will-bending, and fighting the smaller nations in the far east. I suspect the Myrkridia, under Moagim, got off to a similar start, beginning as a small force that slowly built it's way up to power, and then took out the major nations one by one. That takes a while.