In 1997 it was not easy to get any serverspace beyond 10 mb. So
what to add? I got permission from two friends to use also their
server space that the internet company give for free, so I had 3 x 10
mb to start with. What to add? The furry map was not so big but the smallest map
was the bestiallity map.
I really liked some drawings from two
artist and as they both give permission to add their artwork I
started with that. I, of course, also added a misc section and then
it was the name...
I didn't want to use my real name, and that is
several reasons for that: My real name is little to long to use, I
prefer short names. Some letters in my language is not allowed on
servers, so it shouldn't even be possible to add the name correct. I
also decided that my real name, and life, was of no important as it
was the artwork and the artist that should be in the spotlight. Then
it was also needed to do the site userfriendly with thumbnails, not
to heavy graphic and so on.
I have read a story about a evil unicorn that have the name Aradd.
In that story, the unicorn was white, but i decided that it should
be black. The story was written by R. Keith Peck. I noticed that he
is still on internet and you can use this
link to read his stories.
I decided to call myself Aradd. A short
and easy name to remember, I hope. Then what should I be... Well, in
real life, I think and hope, I am not the only one that is nice &
kind, and a human... Maybe that you that is reading this is not, but
at least, I think you are a human. Well, internet have nothing to do
with my real life, so why not change mostly of it?
So a evil black
unicorn, that it will be!
As the website was small, the site was
started online with the name:
Aradd - The Black Unicorn's Den.
we are still in 1998 but now at the end of the summer... After some
time I got the another server and it used annoying banner. I don't
like banners as they often also slows down the webbrowser. Maybe you
have notice on some sites that your browser just is waiting and if
you check what it is waiting for, you can see that it is the banner
for the site that slows it down. I tricked it as I put only the
links for download the artwork to that site and all webpages was
still at the three 10 mb servers. Everything was linked togheter so
mostly visitors didn't know that they was travelling around four
servers. Three was in Sweden and one in Italy...
It worked well, and
now we are in 1999. One thing that was different was the animal
mating movies, but information about that is added in Kondor. It was
some problems first with the movies, but it later worked very well.
As the site was bigger, it was changed to
Aradd - The Black
Then the time moves on and I also got a mail from
Techwolf that notice that I again, got problems with the movies. The
reason was that the company that have the server in Italy, with
allowed 100 mb for free, was sold to another company that shot down
all servers so I lost my server space there. The new server, with
100 mb, didn't allowed any movies. I also tried
to have a server that was not free. But the costs is not low and as
you know it is not so easy to ask visitor's to donate month after
month. That is not any solution I ever want to get back to.
Then I got a mail Techwolf. He told me that he have
serverspace so I linked the movies to his server at wereanimal.net. The site
expanded again and the name was changed to:
Aradd - The Black Unicorn's Castle
The character that, maybe
some of you, think is a little mr know-all, but it is a reason for
that: The Black Unicorn have the power to do what he want. That is
not to put him in the spotlight, instead it was needed just to
change things. As he can do what he want. So with a story that he
killed the king and queen and took over the kingdom. That was, as
sometimes before, also including a bigger update and the sites name
was changed to:
Aradd - The Black Unicorn's Kingdom.
The time was
running on and I have always got the idéa to have the site with
different names on, but befor that it was needed to make another
work: What today is known as Kandor. That section was released in
september 2004 after, as usually, several hours of work. More about
that you can read in the Kandor section. In 2005 the new name was
added. I also wanted to have the same ground look for all sections
but with different colours. The colour should also, easy, tell the
traveller in which land he/she was in. The name was changed to:
of Aradd The Black Unicorn.
After some several years I noticed that the site was forgotten by
mostly of the artist that is on it. The reason is that
today you have many other sites, like SoFurry, FurAffinity &
Furnation, for example. I think they can continue with the work,
instead of me. So the name was changed to
The Forgotten Empire of Aradd The Black Unicorn.
And that is still the name. The eight of december 2010 The Forgotten
Empire was closed. The reason was that it was much work with this. I
do the work for free and it takes a lot of time. Some fans for the
Forgotten Empire wanted it back and at the end of 2011 the site was
put online again.
Maybe some people like the site as others today mostly like each
other, it is like many other things today. Otherway the sites have
some changes that is not added: For example the artist sections
shouldn't just be called: A-C and so on. From the beginning was the
idéa that they should have own names. A-C should have a name that
started with the letter A. D-F should start with the letter D, and
so on. It would look little better that travellers was going true
different landscapes. But I have not released that idéa yet, and as
it look, I don't think it will ever happend...