Original Mammoths were the original generation of Mammoths, native to the time before time. They were ruled by Cernunnos and were the rulers of the painted warriors and humanity, whom they created using breeding-engines. They had great psychic powers. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory)
In the time before time, there existed cities carved into gigantic ivory tusks where scholars and philosophers rode on the backs of steam-powered mammoth skeletons. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet) These cities were inhabited by the mammoths. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory)
After the Time Lords eradicated irrationality from reality and created history, (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet) Cernunnos ordered the humans to hunt mammoths to extinction. A trace of loyalty to mammoths remained in humanity's collective memory for billions of years, and Cernunnos was eventually resurrected in the posthuman era by a group led by Linemica. These posthumans built a planet for the mammoths, Terra Primagenia.
Cernunnos found the remains of a pre-Anchoring time mammoth city with the unwitting help of Avus, and used it as a base to begin planning to undo the anchoring of the thread in a War against the Great Houses. (PROSE: Cobweb and Ivory)
In the post-War universe, Cernunnos was stranded on 1774 Earth in a weakened state. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, Cobweb and Ivory, Grass, COMIC: Political Animals) As late as 1804, Thomas Jefferson believed that woolly mammoths still roamed the North American midwest and even sent an expedition to find one. (PROSE: Grass, The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)
Behind the scenes
- The Original Mammoths made a further licensed appearance in White Canvas, a short story which crossed over elements of the Doctor Who and Faction Paradox mythos with the separate sci-fi series 10,000 Dawns. They were not given the capitalised name of "Original Mammoths" in an in-universe context until that short story.