Ancient (with a capital "A") can, confusingly, refer to three periods in the past:

  • The period predating humanity's departure from their homeworld, which is a complete unknown to the people of the setting
  • The human empire before the Schism
  • Early post-Schism humanity

However, it's usually used to refer to the former and latter; disparate elements of human society and culture that can't be traced for sure. The middle period is usually referred to as the Schismatic period.

There's also the Ancient languages, of which there are several despite the tendency to refer to them as a singular entity, all thought to be the basis for the tongues used in the Common Era.

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