Atlatean xas-Nhero

Atlatean xas-Nhero, exiled Viscount Templar of Xaedra

Atlatean xas-Nhero, full name Atlatean Thurios Ascalon xas-Nhero, is a former viscount and templar in the Kingdom of Khraynus on the Eastern continent of Xaedra. At twenty-seven standard galactic years of age and the fifth and middle child of nine, Atlatean comes from the noble house of Nhero (the honorific "xas" meaning "blood of" in Zaelic society), and grew up with his family in a war-pact alliance against other noble houses. During this time, Atlatean was found to be an individual who possesses one of the strongest affinities for Twilight Energy known on Taesar, which in turn elevated his status and allowed his family to amass allies. However, Atlatean was ultimately undermined when his actions resulted in the death of several fellow Godborn during a raid led by Ivör battlemages.

Brash, reckless and arrogant, Atlatean is a poor leader and lacking in charisma, with his battle-prowess and results in conflict being his true saving grace. In spite of his powers, he very often struggles balancing Dark Energy and Light Energy due to his aggressive nature and upbringing. It was this very weakness that led to him inadvertently murdering his own allies along with Ivör raiders that led to his exile and the stripping of his status as a templar and his position of viscount; while attempting to utilize Twilight Energy, his imbalance backfired and the resulting explosion killed six other templars, while mortally injuring him. Although he recovered, the incident drew the wrath of several houses who lost their Godborn - for some, their only ones - and thus lowering or ruining their house status.

Since that time five standard years prior, Atlatean has wandered aimlessly among the Abraxion kingdoms of Jaelan. It was during this time period that he, along with all Taesarites, came into conflict by an invasion of the Sith Empire, and later allies via the Jedi Order.

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The World and People of Taesar

An ancient world deep within the Unknown Regions, beyond the hyperspace disturbance that quarantines that region from the rest of the greater galaxy, Taesar was a world once with a relatively weak presence in the Force. The natives, called Taesarites, are an hybridized alien species of Human ancestry; outwardly, they appear indistinguishable from baseline Humans with the exception of their irises, regardless of the color, illuminate. Since their earliest recorded history, no Taesarite has ever exhibited what the galaxy would call Force-sensitivity, until the arrival of whom they call the God-King.

The borderline mythological figure called the God-King of Taesar was a Force sensitive of unknown origin and affiliation, although he was believed to have arrived approximately 6950-5,000 BBY. Initially feared and shunned, the Force sensitive eventually attained a large cult-following, after displays of "miracle" healings began surrounding an individual called the Diviner. Eventually, his repute and number of followers enabled him to establish an enclave, the foundations of which would later become the capitol of Taesar; the Kingdom of Aethyr. Animosity toward him grew from rival kingdoms, and in time, several Archons attempted to annihilate the Diviner and his followers.

The Diviner unleashes the power of the Primal Force against warbeasts

The display of destructive powers inspired awe across the world of Taesar, and it was not long before many began to worship him as a divine figure. The Diviner summoned groundquakes, conjured storms, and commanded the plants and animals. He could create illusions, foretell the future, hear thoughts, and move the elements of the world with his mind. It was not many years before the enclave he had founded was reborn as the Kingdom of Aethyr. And it was in that moment that the now-Archon of Aethyr began his holy crusade to unite all the warring kingdoms of Taesar to establish peace across the world.

The Taesar Crudades lasted scarcely a decade, and many kingdoms fell before the Archon of Aethyr's might, and many more simply surrendered or willingly aligned themselves to his rule. And by the time of the war's end, just over ten years later, the Archon of Aethyr was reborn as the God-King of Taesar. In time, the God-King produced offspring who were discovered early on to have possessed a degree of the same powers as their father. These ones were thus called "Godborn", for by a god, they were sired.

Initially, the Godborn were almost legend, never leaving the Kingdom of Aethyr. Over time, however, their exposure grew and they began consolidating the authority of the many hundreds of kingdoms of Taesar under their rule. For many millennia, the term Godborn was interchangeable with "royal family bloodline", who practiced inbreeding in an attempt to maintain their powers and keep from potentially diluting them. As more and more noble families became offshoots of the mainstream royal bloodline, however, the term Godborn grew to include anyone that was a descendant of the God-King, even extending to happenstances of commoners possessing the title.

Currently, there are still over three hundred kingdoms on Taesar, and within those, half-a-dozen cultures that make up those kingdoms. Many of these kingdoms bear similarities to neighboring kingdoms, but are starkly different from those in other regions of the planet, largely dependent on the continent where the kingdom resides. The only common thread between all the Taesarite Kingodms is that each society is ultimately led by Godborn.

For instance, the kingdoms of the Northern continent, Tik'YKohl'aki, possess tribal-esque ruling systems and are theocratically guided by shamans. The kingdoms of the South-Western islands, the Skalvas Isles, are barbarous and informally govern themselves with a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, while being led by battlemages. The kingdoms of the mainland continent, Jaelan, possess feudal systems, ruling by noble houses and hereditary roles, and are thus ruled by Godborn in a more aristocratic manner. The Eastern continent, Xaedra, while culturally similar to the kingdoms of the mainland, are ruled magocratically, where the strongest Godborn possess the the highest authority, similar to the ruling habits found in the Skalvas Isles.

The Abraxions of the mainland continent, Jaelan

The Abraxions refer to individuals occupying the the mainland continent, known as Jaelan. Although several dozen kingdoms occupy Jaelan, the region has been almost devoid of infighting, even before the arrival of the God-King, and chiefly warred through political machinations and governing strife. Culturally, the Abraxions place as their rulers those who are direct biological descendants of the God-King; the noble aristocratic houses of the Godborn. With more ties to the Kingdom of Aethyr than any other cultures, Abraxions in turn have more Godborn families than any others. Bloodlines are the true power, as even those lacking the mystical powers the Godborn can possess political power should their heritage be rooted in one or more noble houses. Ironically, Godborn are actually proportionally few in Jaelan. Technologically, Abraxions are the most advanced of Taesar, such as aerial crafts and holo-tech. The Abraxions often travel to the other kingdoms and regions of the Jaelan continent, but rarely interact on the political level with non-Abraxion kingdoms.

The Minokhae of the Northern continent, Tik'YKohl'aki

The Minokhae refer to individuals indigenous to the Northern continent of Taesar, called Tik'YKohl'aki. With constantly shifting power-bases, growing and splintering tribes and skirmishes fought over fertile land, the Minokhae are natural warriors with a clan-based society. Like most societies on Taesar, Minokhae tribes are dictated in strength by how many Godborn are birthed into them, who themselves are trained from youths to become shamans. No other culture has tamed as many beasts of Taesar as the Minokhae, in part because Tik'YKohl'aki is homeland to some of the most vicious beasts found on the planet. Females possess submissive roles in Minokhae societies, politically, militarily and spiritually, although crimes against them are much harsher than against males. Minokhae fought regularly, sometimes viciously, among themselves, but rarely came into conflict with non-Minokhae kingdoms. Minokhae are by far the least technological society on Minokhae, but possess the highest concentrated number of Godborn.

The Ivör of the South-West islands, the Skalvas Isles

The Ivör refer to individuals native to the vast collection of islands located to the South-West of the mainland continent, known as the Skalvas Isles. Violent, warmongering raiders, the Ivör were among the most famed and feared kingdoms of Taesar, in spite of being among the least numerous. Expert warriors and brutish barbarians, the Ivör supported their way of life through raiding and pillaging, often choosing to raid non-Ivör domains in favor of less warlike kingdoms. Among the Ivör, the strong are hardened, the weak are culled, and the useless were purged - only the greatest among them were allowed to survive, regardless of gender, age or even Godborn status. Godborn are almost exclusively warlords among the Ivör, known as battlemages, and often forsake the abstract powers of their birthright in favor of heightening their physical attributes. Although there is technically no war among the Taesar domains, no non-Ivör dare tread near their holds in the Skalvas Isles. According to lore, none opposed the God-King's crusade as vehemently as the Ivör kingdoms, and ironically, none became as fanatically loyal to the God-King, and his Godborn, after their submission to him. The Ivör are tech-savvy, but attain virtually all of their technology from raids. As such, the technology used by them is often shoddy, unreliable, and faulty, spurring them to constantly pillage more technology from the other continents.

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The Primal Force

Aetholeus, a wielder of the Way

The Primal Force, archaically known as the Way, is one of the three most widely known and understood philosophical alignments of the Force, associated with strong and delicately balanced emotional manifestations, including as compassion, empathy and hope, as well as aggression, rage, and despair. Among the Taesarites, it is simply called Twilight Energy.

Once the source of power for the ancient Je'daii Order, the Primal Force is shunned by both Lightsiders and Darksiders alike, both for the heretical influences perceived by either extreme, and due to the extreme difficulty involved in mastering it. The Primal Force is distinct from the Gray, which is usage of the Force without allegiance toward either the Light or the Dark Side. Gray Force users are often able to use powers of the Light and Dark Sides, although they almost always possess an overall leaning toward one side over the other. On the other hand, a wielder of the Primal Force delves deeply into the powers of both sides of the Force, Dark and Light, and conjoins the energies of both to release the Force in its purest and most primal form, hence its namesake.

Mastering the Primal Force takes even the most learned Force users years of dedication, as both sides of the Force are in perpetual conflict; the qualities of the Dark Side corrupt those of the Light, and the traits of the Light Side undermine those of the Dark. In ancient times, it is believed that the failure to attain proper balance is believed to have been a pivotal cause in the conflict which would be called the Force Wars of Tython, in where a schism split the Je'daii Order in two, with many beginning to fully embracing the Dark Side, while others began to dedicate themselves to the Light Side.

Being seen as too dangerous and unstable, the Jedi Order that emerged from the Force Wars shunned the Dark Side completely, and the eventual Darksiders who would become Sith viewed the Light Side as weak and dangerous heresy. Throughout history however, few individuals in the galaxy have managed to attain the balance yet again, and unlocked the power of the Primal Force. One such individual was Darth Revan, who managed to attain his balance due to extreme and unique circumstances; with a fractured memory of two lives, one as a Dark Lord and another as a Jedi Master, Revan's memories eventually merged, as did his experience in wielding both sides of the Force.

Unlike either the Light Side or the Dark Side, the Primal Force does not possess any Force abilities naturally aligned to it, as it encompasses the Force in all aspects. Instead, the Primal Force enables a Force user to achieve greater feats with the Force than would be possible with using only one side, drastically increasing their natural power. Because the Taesarites followed the "old creeds", they maintained access to the original, although fractured and diluted over the thousands of years, teachings of the Je'daii Order, and proficient members of their people have been able to perform incredible feats of telekinesis and telepathy, extreme longevity, exceptional physical attributes, manipulation of life, matter and energy, and even teleportation.

With the Primal Force comes a number of risks, however. The most famed of these is the risk of "burning out", which is a particular risk to inexperienced wielders who attempt to harness too much power too quickly. The effects of the Primal Force being used in great excess by an untempered wielder can produce a number of adverse effects, such as rapid premature aging, failure of bodily organs, culling of one or more of the senses, such as deafness or blindness, or most drastic, the evaporation of the wielder's own life force, resulting in an almost instantaneous death.

Another known risk is connected to the necessity, and difficultly, of remaining in balance to wield the Primal Force. A wielder out of balance attempting to wield the Primal Force can have their own power backfire on them, which manifests as raw Force energy erupting around the wielder, potentially killing them, depending on how much power was drawn upon. Another weakness lies more in the psychological level, in that the strain of manifesting qualities of both the Light Side and Dark Side while keeping both in balance can strain the user's mental faculties or even render them emotionally or mentally unsound over time.

In spite of the risks and dangers involved, the Primal Force is a gateway to enormous power, the likes of which caused the Taesarites the unwittingly draw the attention of both the Sith and Jedi during a time of war in the galaxy.

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Dark Side of the Force

Abythus, a wielder of the Bogan

The Dark Side of the Force, archaically known as the Bogan, was one of the three most widely known and understood philosophical alignments of the Force, associated with negative emotional manifestations, such as rage, aggression, hatred, savagery, and despair. Among the Taesarites, it is simply called Dark Energy.

The Dark Side of the Force is the chief source of power called upon by the Sith Order, a bellicist religious order of warmongers and conquerors, infamous throughout most of the greater galaxy. Due to its very nature and the qualities and traits necessary to keep in tune with it, the Dark Side of the Force is in direct conflict with the Light Side of the Force, often becoming evident through conflicts of the stark followers of either side.

Impulsiveness, wrath and malevolence were common qualities found in adherents to the Dark Side, and users were often noted to be dangerously unethical in the usage of their powers. Rampantness was a trait found in virtually all loyal followers of the Dark Side, as was selfishness, hubris, brashness and discord. Because of the inherent traits of Darksiders, followers of the Dark Side of the Force, particularly the Lords of the Sith Order, were often dreaded by sapients across the galaxy.

Staunch followers of the Dark Side also manifested common personal qualities involving their outlook on lives, including their own. Power was the ultimate objective, whether it was to attain power, maintain it, or protect it. Against that interest, all things were of secondary or no importance, including the value placed on the life of others - be it foe or friend. With little-to-no care of the lives of others, a Darksider is often prone to self-preservation, and no doubt due to the influence of the Dark Side, tended to view themselves more as "masters" of the Dark Side, prompting their chief focus on themselves as individuals, except in cases of how they could use their powers in the domination of others. Arguably the only thing the Dark Side has common with the Light Side is their supplemental philosophies; most notably the Living Force and the Unifying Force. Such philosophies are almost entirely delved into by either the Sith or the Jedi, for the Dark and Light Side, respectively, as opposed to Darksiders in general.

As wielders of supernatural power, those who access the Dark Side of the Force attain a number of powers unique to the Bogan's moral foundation, such as vast destructive powers, the ability to drain the life force from living things, the power to convert rage into strength, the ability to project pure Dark Side energies, and the power to corrupt others, regardless of their personal will. Due to the psychological conditioning involved with following the Dark Side, adherents of the Dark Side of the Force tend to lack the superior finesse and discipline of the followers of the Light Side, but possess a greater degree of pure and raw power.

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Light Side of the Force

Irabelle, a wielder of the Ashla

The Light Side of the Force, archaically known as the Ashla, was one of the three most widely known and understood philosophical alignments of the Force, associated with positive emotional manifestations, such as compassion, mercy, empathy, kindness, and hope. Among the Taesarites, it is simply called Light Energy.

The Light Side of the Force is the chief source of power called upon by the Jedi Order, a monastic religious order of peacekeepers and spiritualists famed throughout most of the greater galaxy. Due to its very nature and the qualities and traits necessary to keep in harmony with it, the Light Side of the Force is in direct conflict with the Dark Side of the Force, often becoming evident through conflicts of the stark followers of either side.

Calmness, joy and benevolence were common qualities found in adherents to the Light, and users were often noted to be especially ethical in the usage of their powers. Self-restraint was a trait found in virtually all loyal followers of the Light Side, as was generosity, wisdom, patience and harmony. Because of the inherent traits of Lightsiders, followers of the Light Side of the Force, particularly the Knights of the Jedi Order, were often welcomed by sapients across the galaxy and supported by thousands of governments - most notably the Galactic Republic.

Staunch followers of the Light Side also manifested common personal qualities involving their outlook on lives, including their own. All life was considered precious, even in such instances that deadly force would potentially be deemed necessary. In the case of innocent lives at risk, a Lightsider is often prone to self-sacrifice, and possibly due to the influence of the Light Side, tended to view themselves more as "tools" of the Light, prompting less focus on themselves as individuals and more on others and how they could use their powers in the greater benefit of all. Arguably the only thing the Light Side has common with the Dark Side is their supplemental philosophies; most notably the Living Force and the Unifying Force. Such philosophies are almost entirely delved into by either the Jedi or the Sith, for the Light and Dark Side, respectively, as opposed to Lightsiders in general.

As wielders of supernatural power, those who access the Light Side of the Force attain a number of powers unique to the Ashla's moral foundation, such as vast healing powers, the ability to cure diseases and poisons, the power to harmoniously manipulate life, the ability to project pure Light Side energies, and the power to absorb harmful Force energies, including those of the Dark Side of the Force. Due to the psychological conditioning involved with following the Light Side, adherents of the Light tend to lack the pure and raw power of followers of the Dark Side, but have superior finesse and discipline.

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By my Black Hand, the dead shall RISE

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