OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
Intent: To further flesh out Kiara, a planet I have submitted in September 2016.
The Boolon Foundation (Notable Presence)
Yngvild's Rest (Boolon Foundation Property)
Planet Name: Kiara
Region: Outer Rim
System Name: Tel Syrosmas
System Features: None that are noteworthy.
Primary Terrain: Plains, mountains, caves, lakes and ocean.
These two landmarks are one of the most defining places on all of Kiara. Not because they are remarkable by any means, but because it is where these two separate from one another that the Capital of Kiara, Tre’eyviin, is located. The river and the mountain was named after the first two explorers Jinn Bekk and Uyar Cabarr who rediscovered the planet post-Gulag Plague. As a tribute and thank you, the struggling settlers renamed the river and mountain after those who had tried their best to guard them. Wildlife is teeming in this verdant valley and there is an overabundance of game to be found for enterprising hunters.
Tre'eyviin City is the biggest city on Kiara and nearly 70% of the world’s inhabitants live there. Though times have proven themselves to be hard, the traces of the Gulag Plague is slowly starting to fade away and the world is generally starting to get back into a more stable rhythm. Originally this was not the capital of the world, but since this city was the only one that really remained standing after the many disasters thrown at it people took to seeing it as a beacon of the Kiaran society and its robust people and that when other places and planets had fallen, Tre’eyviin had remained standing since the very start. People find immense pride in this and it is not unusual that parades are held on occasion to celebrate survival, the course of nature as well as — in a rather morbid sense of events — destruction and renewal.
The city itself is located at the very end of the Jinn River, where the last few stretches of the Uyar Canyon reaches down into Lake Klare, at the very bottom of Mount Talith, and guarded by its peak, Point Locke.
Far down the coast of Lake Klare, where the river Yngrid leads the waters towards the ocean lies Ele’veen, the former capital of Kiara. For nearly four centuries, the city had found itself abandoned and stripped of its capital status. It was not until in very recent years that through the efforts of the Boolon Foundation as well as a select few companies, as well as the Kiaran people, that work to reclaim their old homes were started properly. Massive ships were built to transport men and women across the lake as ships from beyond the skies brought in the supplies they had so desperately needed to make the work last.
For many years, predators and critters alike have resided in these former halls of man, and while the work is still on-going there are a few parts of the city where the beasts have proven to be more gentle than the rest, and as such a sanctuary has been set up for those beasts that display no ill intent. It has been a controversial point to some, but Kiarans being the nature-loving people that they are saw it as the right thing to do when the animals had eventually come to call the city their home just like the Kiarans themselves had at some point.
Life in the old city is slowly coming back around, and this time it is looking to be permanent once again.
While it sports a spooky name, Witherpoint Peak is in reality just another mountain top that was given its name because of the fact that crops quite simply die and wither away the closer to the top you get.
It is situated directly on the other side of Lake Klare from Tre’eyviin City, and on top of this mountain lies a temple that belongs to the ‘Peacekeepers.’ A cult of force users that keep a watchful eye over the inhabitants of Kiara. The path to Witherpoint Peak has been known to become far more dangerous the colder the weather gets with many unprepared Kiaran pilgrims meeting a grizzly end more than once, and in some cases in a quite literal sense too.
The people who brave the chilly steps to Witherpoint Peak will be met with the great big structure that is the Witherpoint Temple. A place that from the outside seems very ordinary, yet in reality is anything but.
When first stepping into the temple grounds the first thing a visitor would notice would be the great hovering crystal that seems to be suspended mid-air. The crystal itself is believed to contain the body or soul of Kiara, the very woman that the planet is named after, but there is no scientific basis to these rumors. That said, if standing in just the right place looking at the crystal is said to grant one vague visions of a small shadow that can vaguely make out the form of a woman inside of it.
The Order of Peacekeeper’s in itself is a small enclave of the planet’s force users who were all brought voluntarily to study with the elders before being let out into society again, should they so desire. Their focus lies not in combat but farseeing and as such they have adapted a strict non-intervention doctrine. Time and space is a powerful tool and they acknowledge the fact that sometimes things need to happen no matter how terrible they might be. Beyond that their focus lies in actively preventing or warning the people of Kiara about things that are beyond them such as diseases, famine and other things that nature may bring about.
While lightsabers are a thing they do use, it is only provided to those who have reached Masterhood and it is more often than not an old hilt that has been inherited from one master to another or to those who will replace a current master in the Order due to retirement or death. As such the Peacekeepers do not regard lightsabers as much else than a very proficient tool. Something to use when all else fails.
In the meanwhile knights are offered custom designed vibroblades while apprentices are given a pole that they are free to shape and detail themselves in any manner they deem suitable for a Peacekeeper. Since Kiara is a place of nature, many choose to follow the tradition of keeping to said theme.
Towering above the capital of Kiara is Mount Talith with its peak, Point Locke. It was named after the two women Kaili Talith and Allyson Locke who upon rediscovering the world were raised to the status of gods for what they symbolized to the Kiaran people. With no place for the gods to really call their own on the planet the people only saw it fit to construct a magnificent estate, or rather a palace, at the most scenic of cliffs located above their homes. Much like Witherpoint this palace has slowly become a place of reverence and many people make monthly walks up the mountain to lay eyes upon the place where their gods lived with many more hoping to catch sight of either woman and pray for a blessing.
The palace houses all the amenities that a fake-goddess would need. From a spacious garage to a hangar of their own with several more, albeit smaller, landing pads for visitors. The security is guarded by Kiara’s elite and soldiers brought in from the Underground as well as a few other sources that either Locke or Talith know to be reliable and trust.
It is, all things considered, too big for them to live in alone and as such it is not uncommon for the employees (who refer to themselves as servants) to live in rooms that transcend the luxuries bestowed upon most.
Overall, the palace is not something Kaili enjoys having around, but it is something she knows she has to stay in to keep up the appearances and way of society that the Kiarans has built around her.
Other critters and wildlife.
Immigrated Species: Various, mostly humans and near-humans.
Population: Sparsely Populated
Primary Languages: Basic
Life in Tre’eyviin has become somewhat on-par with the rest of the galaxy. Its foundations still linger in the routines one would need to survive the cold reality that was the Gulag Plague, but overall life has grown a lot more easier for Kiarans in recent years. People enjoy the HoloNet and have luxuries that most other have, it’s only once you get further and further away and into the heartland of the world that things start to get to the point where one would start to see how it used to be. Those who can make a living for themselves thrive and those who cannot are taken care of by the state with welfare programmes and steadfast employment to turn even the least contributing citizen into a hardworking, robust, worker and due to the abundance in wildlife, fertile soil and bountiful waters there is quite simply enough work to go around for everyone. The only way someone wouldn’t find themselves with something to do would be to deliberately ensure that it happened, but since Kiarans are a people of work they will generally shun and mock such behavior.
On Kiara society is built upon the three cornerstones that were necessary for them to outlive the Gulag Plague as a united people. “Diligence, respect and discipline” is a motto that has transcended its meaning and become the way of life for any and all Kiarans who are born on the planet. They needed diligence to keep their new homes from being reclaimed by nature, they needed respect to keep each other united, and they needed discipline to stay focused on what mattered.
Kiaran people has, since their spaceports were re-opened once more, become well-received for their eagerness to work and staunch workplace loyalty.
A lot of the art produced by Kiaran artists have natural themes to them. Mountains, rivers, lakes and oceans. Songs and poetry are often very windy in their moods and it is not unheard of for budding songwriters to find many different creative ways to turn even the weirdest of natural formations into a metaphor or euphemism. The most well-known artist on Kiara was a painter, songwriter, playwright and poet who several thousand years later, to this day, still inspire many young men and women to become a cultural master just like them.
While it isn’t a big thing on Kiara, sports still has a small presence. There are dojos and fencing studios available to the general populace, but as far as actual arena games went they just didn’t find a whole lot of interest in it. The people prefer to play sports that involve honor, respect and the usage of your whole body. Finesse and precision rather than brute strength. Kiaran sharpshooters are something to fear in a competition, which is not to mention their skills as hunters. The young ones of course like to kick and toss balls between one another, but the idea to do such professionally generally strikes them as absurd and as such it never really turned into anything more than a good way for people to make time pass.
The people of Kiara worships monuments and idols of the past. Lake Klare was named after the original Peacekeeper Elder from many centuries ago, and the Jinn River that runs through the Uyar Canyon were named after the two lost merchants who were vital in re-establishing trade on Kiara somewhere around a century ago. While their efforts had undoubtedly failed and merchants would forsake Kiara once more, the technology the two men’s efforts had brought in at the time proved invaluable. As such, they have been deified in both person and land as is the Kiaran tradition.
The latest entries in the pantheon were Kaili Talith and Allyson Locke who upon discovery of the Kiaran people had been prophesied to bring the galaxy back to their borders again; fifty decades before either girl had even been born. The peacekeepers who had foreseen this prophecy had tried to contain it amongst themselves, but once rumor reached the local populace that their salvation was coming it would all prove pointless. As the two women landed on Kiara and set foot within the confines of Tre’eyviin for the first time they had been met with exuberant joy as the waning belief in the prophecy subsided once it was proven to be true.
Overwhelmed by the newfound godhood Kaili tried to convince the people that she was anything but a god, yet the folks refuse to listen. She has since come to accept her role in the people’s eyes and merely rolls with it, delegating a majority of her decisions to the Peacekeepers who in turn are merely thankful that the prophesied messiah was someone they already saw eye-to-eye with from the very start.
Beyond the natural wonders and deities people see the Peacekeepers themselves as the second greatest source of faith and belief, taking every single word they utter as prophecy. When the peacekeepers speak people listen with great admiration for what they do as with the help of the Peacekeepers Kiara has managed to avoid many disasters in the past and the people have no intentions of doubting their sages any time soon.
Internally amongst themselves the Peacekeepers themselves are neither Sith nor Jedi-inclined and wishes to see balance in the force over debate against one or the other. The only rule that they have is that their members are free to practice whatever they want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone other than themselves.
GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY
The government is located in the capital city of Tre’eyviin where the philosophers and practitioners meet on equal grounds to discuss what is to be their next move. However, the final word always lie in the hands of the current ruler who serves as the ultimate authority.
A council provides the people with a list of candidates and the populace then vote on who will lead them. Only the people who has proven themselves to be the most useful to society as a whole has a chance to be elected and once someone is put in charge of the planet, they serve until death or until they step down voluntarily.
In the case there is a vote of no confidence the ruler will find their power withdrawn pending investigations during which all executive decisions fall to the Council Committee overlooking said investigation. They do not have the right to enact edicts nor create laws, all that they are allowed to do is keep the realm in balance. Nothing else.
Freedom & Oppression:
Although there is an elite behind each and ever decision that concerns Kiara, they are generally acting in the interest of their constituents. There is no real racism to speak of and with the introduction of Kaili and Allyson, people are quickly finding themselves with an open-minded approach to matters that are personal or even intimate.
MILITARY & TECHNOLOGY
The military on Kiara is comprised of a well-trained Militia as well as a few Peacekeeper Knights who wish to devote more time to the protection of their homes than seeking to understand what the past, present and future holds in store. Other than that, there is really not much to say.
The level of technology in the capital and Ele'veen is on a galactic standard, however the further away from either city you get the more outdated the equipment will get, some places still wielding 40 year old tech that has been recycled or repaired one way or the other to the point of them almost breaking down upon use. Some pieces even goes as far as having been jury rigged into something completely different.
In the small hamlets, deep in the heartland of Kiara, life is almost in a near-medieval state.
Most of the history regarding Kiara has been brought down from a very select few books on the subject. As the libraries grew untended and riots spread in the cities, much knowledge was lost to human folly which left the Kiarans without any solid grasp on their true roots. The only thing that they can really say for certain is that the planet used to be a former refugee world where lost souls of all kinds had sought refuge from the on-going civil war that brewed in the galaxy. With time however the small settlements of refugees would begin to blossom into a full-blown society spanning the entire planet. There is many smaller city ruins spread across the surface of Kiara but the Gulag Plague was a devastating blow, and most of them have long since been reclaimed by wild creatures and other predators that have nested there for over four centuries at this point.
Kiaran society itself was founded by a former Imperial Officer who is said to have been stationed on Kiara. First having been a ruthless pragmatist he found himself taken aback by the kindness of the people he was overseeing and stepped down from his post in order to help them build something out of the ruins of the on-going wars. Upon passing he was deified for his newfound humility and the kindness that he had displayed and was granted a statue atop one of the islands off the coast of the city known as Ele’veen.
The civilization was founded on Imperial principles as a way to appease their Imperial overlords, the people of Kiara would with time start to take on a far more democratic mindset. It wasn’t a complete conversion. Autocracy didn’t work out quite as they wanted, but at the same time they found that it made things a lot more simpler than having elections every fourth year or so. It meant that things got done, and as long as someone who was capable was sitting at the throne, there really wasn’t anything to fear. A meritocracy was instituted that granted the people a right to vote for who they wished to succeed the current ruler, and if an elected ruler started to abuse their power they would retain the power to declare them unreliable as a leader and vote them out of office. While these tendencies were overlooked at first, it was eventually something that would reach the higher ups of the Empire itself who in turn proceeded to send more and more delegates and propaganda to try and make the people change their minds whether by force or subliminal messaging, something that greatly upset just about everyone who lived on Kiara and the people decided to start mounting up for a revolt. Problem was that the opportunity never came before they found themselves freed by someone else.
The Rebel Alliance.
Or perhaps it was more accurate to say it was the destruction of the second Death Star that had set them free. With the Empire in shambles there was nobody around to pick up the threads of attempted subjugation, and once it grew all the more evident that communications had been lost with the rest of the galaxy Kiara began its first slow descent into obscurity. With time they would find that the Imperials that were left behind disbanded from their units and integrated into Kiaran society as government officials and military personnel and before long even the staunchest of imperial found themselves new lives amongst their newfound society.
But then it happened; the Gulag Plague rolled over Kiara and the descent into obscurity only ramped up in intensity from there. It ravished the planet. Tore down all the things that the people held dear as year after year saw men, women and children alike wither away and die until eventually a mere 1% of the original population on Kiara remained. The once great civilization had been delivered a fatal blow to its name. It was crushed and smashed into ruins, left to their fates as year after year passed with no indication that things were getting any better. It was not until the fateful day that a single spaceship descended from the skies that things seemed to take a turn for the better again as a small crew of explorers seeking somewhere new to settle down stumbled upon the now-capital Tre’eyviin by sheer luck. The confusion between the two parties were great to say the least as Kiara collided with the galaxy that was left in the wake of the plague that had threatened to annihilate them. Once it grew all the more evident that the explorers were there to stay they would soon find themselves immortalized by the local populace as the two landmarks that kept the Kiarans alive were renamed in their honors.
These two men were Jinn Bekk and Uyar Cabarr, two men that would help Kiara get back into the game, even if just for a short while. The men got the colony in touch with the galaxy around them again, and for that they were praised, but the luck ran out once they both passed away. As a result Kiara descended into another period of obscurity as the Netherworld Catastrophe continued to dwindle their already dwindling numbers. The scribes would come to call the event “The Great Disappearance”, aptly named as such because of the simple fact that yet again half the world’s population disappeared while a mere quarter returned, further reducing the Kiaran population to a new historical low.
But as things were starting to look its worst the skies would find itself pierced once more. A single ship touched ground and out stepped two women and a droid of Kiaran make. The droid was killed upon first contact with local wildlife, but the two women persevered and managed to stumble their way into Tre’eyviin where they were greeted with cheers. Unbeknownst to them, their arrival had been prophesied a long time ago, and with the confirmation of the local force sect, the Peacekeepers, that these two were the ones from their visions the two women were raised overnight from lucky explorers to revered gods. A status neither woman seemed to enjoy particularly much at all but chose to live with regardless.
They were promised the galaxy, and with time their new found goddesses managed to deliver. The Boolon Foundation was the first step of many in the right direction as the city that had once been known as just another Abandoned City regained it’s old name; Ele’veen, the former capital of Kiara. With the help of a few outsiders and the Kiarans hard work, things were finally starting to look like it was turning out for the better again.
Edited by Kaili Talith, 14 November 2017 - 05:35 PM.