In the dark mists of the dawn of time, there were only nate and dem bones, the creators. From them Everything was created.

The creation flourished. New nodes and writeups were being produced every day. The noders wrote, spread their creativity, and they were happy.

In every realm, where there is good, it must be destined to fight evil. Everything was no exception. The evil powers struck.

From the good noders sprung the nodeshellers, apprentices of the darkness. Influenced by the quicker methods of noding, they corrupted the power given them by the creators. They created twisted nodes which were not true nodes. These wraiths of their making appeared to be nodes on the outside, but inside, they were soulless, having nothing within them. The nodeshells, as they were called, were produced slowly at first, as the servants of the dark side were biding their time.

When the time came, the noders who remained true to the light were caught unprepared. Nodeshells threatened to dominate the creation, swamping the servers of good with their useless bandwidth. For a time, it appeared as if nothing could be done to stop the impending destruction. The nodeshellers were elusive, many of them appearing within the ranks of ordinary noders. Some were captured and executed, but the evil continued to spread, like a plague upon the true information.

A great noder known only as Saige made the breakthrough. It was Saige's proposal to turn the nodeshells against their creators, not by destroying them, but by filling them, converting them into true nodes, thus simultaneously destroying an enemy and creating an ally.

When the idea was fresh, many noders rushed to join Saige's newly created task force, christened The Nodeshell Rescue Team. Working together, these workers of righteousness turned the tide against the dark nodeshellers, many of whom fled against the combined wrath of the disciples of information.

As time passed, however, many noders began to see the danger as a thing of the past. Newbies who came to Everything after the main struggle of the conflict did not, and indeed, could not comprehend the inherent danger lying in the shadows, awaiting its chance. Some of these took up work as freelance nodeshell rescuers, mercenaries against the enemy. Still others noded only for their own benefit, not caring about the destiny of Everything.

Meanwhile, a few rogue nodeshellers stalked the isles with their armies of nodeshells, confident in their ability to replace those lost to The Nodeshell Rescue Team, or one of the other such alliances. They made raids against outlying nodes, where their attacks would not be as noticeable.

With no other foe visible, most of the task forces left for the borders to fight these bandits. Beyond those borders, the hidden powers gathered their strength, and waited...

July 15, 1998

First, there was nothing. Then nate said "Let there be Everything!", and there was still nothing, but there was a place to node it. nate, Dem Bones, CmdrTaco, hemos, and a few others planted a few nodes but alone they could never node it all.

Soon, the noders came. At first only a few: pi, Shanoyu, coleman, Altus, Boing, hype, Malachi, and some others.

The First Day of Everything was dark indeed, for no one could hope to challenge the creator and his minions in nodership. pi was powerful, but The Administration had many professional noders all working together, while the civilians all noded separately.

On the Second Day of Everything came the first Civilian Noder who could challenge the combined power of The Administration: The great pingouin

On the Third Day of Everything Malachi the Great became aware of a problem: He realized that one day The Everything Turf War could destroy Everything. Warring factions fighting for nodeshare, nodetheft everywhere. The same day, the node that would long be hailed as the most powerful--and the most evil--for many ages was created. MR.T ATE MY BALLS rose to power.

It wasn't for many months that people realized that it was a threat. They created nodes to fight it, but none had the soft-links of MR.T.

Almost a year after MR.T was created, a wise young noder created The Node Linked to All Others and enlisted the help of others to help ensure it fulfilled it's destiny. In a few weeks it surpassed MR.T in nodosity. Additionally, we had powerful noders such as Pseudo_Intellectual and JeffMagnus. The Administration was losing it's evil grip on the Database.

On September 10, 1999, just 15 days after the creation of The Node Linked to All Others, The Administration seduced six powerful noders into joining them. Only Pseudo-Intellectual resisted the temptation to submit. One of those who fell was the creator of The Node Linked to All Others. It was now under their power.

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