S T A R F A L L
F E S T I V A L
Artemesia, Savior of Nivek.
Whilst the Four Hundred Year Darkness yet blanketed the Galaxy, there existed a spark of light in a bleak place. The distant world of Nivek had been relatively forgotten by the international community; and when the Gulag Plague struck, they themselves were alone to face it. For a time, it seemed that the world dominated by huntsmen would survive through sheer grit and determination...yet the Plague slowly seeped into the bones of their finest. Some believed that, maybe, offworld pleas for aide had been responsible for bringing the damnation back to them in force. But, in truth, it mattered not how the Plague came to fall upon their lives. What mattered was finding a way to survive. For many months, the finest and boldest of the Nivek natives began to die off - as did the game that the people typically hunted. Fear abounded that extinction was nigh.
Until a starship careened hopelessly off course and made its final stop upon the troubled planet. According to the accounts which became legend, the one who emerged from the vessel was lost...but rose to become their Savior. A woman by the name of Artemesia took pity upon the struggling population and began to show them new ways to survive the long night. She gathered together the young and taught them how to cultivate the land in creative, sustainable ways. She gathered together the surviving hunters and showed them how to track and adapt new food sources into their hunts. She gathered together the elders and showed them how to make those affected by the plague truly comfortable in their last days. Artemesia was a woman of immense kindness, but even greater prowess. In the eyes of the Nivek Shadowmen, she was a gift from the heavens themselves.
Yet, her story came to the same end as those who she worked so tirelessly to aid. In time, she succumbed to the last vestiges of the Plague which ran through the Nivek population. Her passing broke the soul of the people; but they would always remember. This day, centuries following her timely arrival upon the distant world, the natives of the present gathered together to undertake their great tradition. In honor of Artemesia, a festival was held annually to serve as a reminder and homage to the woman who had saved their species. What's more, it was a time of joy and thanksgiving for yet another year of survival upon the homeworld.
For quite some time, Nivek had been a relatively quiet member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The planet was situated within the core of the southern community, and as a result their interactions with the nation proper were kind and prosperous. This year, as a sign of national esteem, the natives opened their tradition to their neighbors. For the first time in literal centuries, outsiders would be permitted to indulge in the Starfall Festival. And, after so long spent fighting on various battlefields, there were many within the Confederacy who happily descended upon the quiet world to partake! What they would find, upon disembarking, was a world known for being under the cover of darkness at all times. Nivek was a planet of perpetual night - with the sole lights above being those of the twinkling stars.
Despite this, the natives managed to instill a sense of vibrancy into their capital city. At a glance, the city did not feature the same industrial or metropolitan air of her contemporaries. Rather, its architecture revolved around the stone found naturally throughout their world. Towering pillars were the mainstay of each building, bearing the weight of carefully carved ceilings and roofs. Overall, each building seemed rather open and rarely featured walls in the traditional sense - but this was a testament to the character of Nivek. For her peoples were so closeknit that they rarely had need of closing one another off. Additionally, breathtaking statues dotted the cobbled streets; with many bearing in their hands brilliant lanterns that added to the street lights. As a whole, Nivek was unlike any other Confederate world - just as her Starfall Festival was unlike any other gathering!
Edited by Eternal Muse, 24 March 2019 - 08:27 PM.