The deepest mythological archetypes in my Earth-like world hint at a wondrous and terrible disaster in the ancient past. ~10 tya a celestial body (perhaps a small, second moon, or a wandering asteroid, either suits) broke apart in the sky, well in sight of my primitive humanoids, and formed a beautiful terrestrial ring around the planet.
Is it possible that humanoid life survives what I presume would logically be a period of acutely raised meteoric activity? I am a layman to planetary physics, but I shall try to enumerate relevant details:
- Assume all unmentioned characteristics mimic Earth.
- My humanoids do not have any special advantages over humans to help them survive meteor impacts or the plantery changes that follow large meteor impacts.
- Assume, however, that they are prodigously lucky at the very last moment. If there is "a chance" that a significant portion of the population lives by some unorthodox move, like going underground, they do.
- Ultimately, the real question is, is there "a chance" that a significant portion of the population survives. Not just a few dozens or hundreds across varied continents, but enough that 10,000 years after the event, they're capable of a regrowing into resembling medieval society?