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The Hillian

“The guardians of Maso Terra REALLY liked their bread.”

Summary

With sworn faith in the teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt and committing themselves to preserve Her beauty, the Hillian acted as divine protectors of Maso Terra. The fierce warriors were forever vigilant against those who summoned darkness to Qn'Tahr. Their culture centered around the monoculture of the kluen thistle.

Average Adult Height: 2.1 m

Average Adult Weight: 99 kg

Alignment: Lawful Neutral

Origin: Ashalorn

Established Planet: Semprada VII

Population: 1.5 billion

Gate: Mogotus

Reoccurring: No

Civilization Type: 1

Found: Maso Terra, Semprada Allied

Physical Traits

Residing in the cosmic backwater of Qn'Tahr, few individuals regularly encountered the Hillian. Describes as tall, lean, and fennec in appearance, their pastel fur allowed them to blend seamlessly into their jungle habitat. Their bushy, expressive tails would flutter and twitch like squirrels, and streamlined follicles shimmered with turquoise bioluminescence. Males had more robust tails than females. Thin sinews of feathery hairs lined their ears, allowing individuals to pinpoint specific sounds from 7 km away. A Hillian's powerful scent receptors could detect faint smells over 30 km away. Star-shaped pupils rested upon glowing irises of mystic beauty, allowing a Hillian to see the slightest movements, providing a wide field of vision during any lighting conditions, and helping them navigate the dense flora of Semprada VII.

The Hillians' tensile, cartilaginous bone structure made them the perfect jungle warriors. Lightweight and highly agile, they also possessed impressive endurance. Their unique, double-jointed ankles collapsed backward and utilized the elasticity of their tibias to jump great distances. In addition, the species evolved strong, zygodactyl hands and feet, similar to chameleons on Earth. Three long, clasping toes could support their weight while traversing the thick, paoluk jungles of Semprada VII.

Having embraced every facet of nature, Hillian adorned themselves with decorative vines and exotic flora beholden of Semprada VII. For example, Eetoah'ahtatopii wore dozens of pouches and satchels made from the thick paulok leaves, while Ak lao'aa utilized its hardened bark as pauldrons and other types of armor. Shao'aa wore ornate robes made from the tightly woven strands of the mawady tree. Like all who entered Qn'Tahr through Mogotus Gate, a Hillian's piezeron floated silently near their presence.

Common Tribes

“Though fiercely competitive, they shared mutual respect towards each other.”

Hileenii'aashapa'hiigochii

Tribes of the Coast

“They were incredible swimmers.”

  • Mymarii
  • Napogo Nei
  • Niio Ahpa
  • Toh'aa Tobo
  • Mao'aa
  • Piidy Piidy
  • Ykowa
  • Ytba Ytba
  • Hii Ahma
  • Kiidy

Hileenii'aashapa'shahrykgo'niech'gocintoo

Tribes of the Inner Forest

  • Murumii
  • Tagiiko Ahahpo
  • Gii Rykshapii
  • Oo'aa Pagoee
  • Yiieepo
  • Mashah Gopii
  • Totashahdyee
  • Niinakoo

Hileenii'aashapa'toeewook'neich'gocintoo

Tribes of the Outer Forest

  • Yiikii Olathn
  • Naopuwook
  • Fo'aa Eecolao
  • Chookadei
  • Ahnkobiiota
  • Siiykuhwook
  • Dugoteyumah
  • Nikeech

Hileenii'aashapa'shahrykgo'cinkady

Tribes of the Inner Root

  • Dywookgo
  • Napopoahol
  • Echyumoogo
  • Shahjiimaach
  • Iechnopawook

Common Phrases and Words

“The thistle comes before the bread, and the bread comes before everything else. Either way, it stands alone.”

  • Kluen - An ear of wheat that grows in symbiosis with yumiimuk, mawady, and paoluk trees. Extremely difficult to cultivate. Harvested once a dekron and prepared into Kluen Ak.
  • Kluen Ak - (1) A bread prepared using the kluen thistle that ALL Hillian shares an insatiable craving. Rare and exotic bistros within the Commonwealth could sell “authentic” Kluen Ak for 10,000 zel. (2) The annual celebration where tribes gathered to compete for a portion of other tribes' bread; Kluen Ak Ataa: Bread Celebration (formal).
  • Ak Thaholm - The winner of the Kluen Ak competition. The Ak Thaholm will offer a portion of their winnings to the defeated tribes to honor the skilled competitors.
  • Ak lot'gotaee'ok - The sacred tradition where the Ak Thaholm honors their defeated opponents by offering them a portion of the Kluen Ak winnings. The most honored ceremony of the Hillian.
  • Shao'aa - A tribal leader and elder. Oversees the complete monoculture process of the Kluen. Roughly translates to “leader of the harvest.”
  • Ak lao'aa - A tribal warrior who competes during the annual Kluen Ak. Roughly translates to “bread warrior of the harvest.”
  • Eetoah'ahtatopii - An artificer specializing in ensuring Hillian progress had a minimal environmental impact and maintained ecological balance.
  • Ahboyt'yook'aa - A tribal farmer. They worked closely with the eetoah'ahtatopii to ensure a bountiful harvest with minimal environmental impact.
  • Gianto'aa - A tribal member who stays behind during the Kluen Ak festivities to protect the new harvest. Roughly translates to “guardian of the crop.”
  • Dykoee'yahnopa - The “feral spread.” A third of the Hillian population succumbed to this sickness during the Great Dawn. The illness seemed to vanish only when the Hillian resumed cultivating the kluen thistle.
  • Niitii'tah niikohta'aachei'<name>'niko - Hello! My name is <name>.

Expanded Lore

Warriors of the Thistle

Kluen'lao

Before entering Qn'Tahr, the Hillian flourished in the exotic rain forests of Ashalorn. Their civilization centered around the monoculture of the kluen thistle, a tricky ear of wheat to cultivate due to the high humidity of the jungle environments. Living among the colossal paulok trees, the Hillian shared a symbiotic balance with nature. These artificers of nature ensured their progress left a minimal imprint on the lush eutopia they inhabited.

Hillian society consisted of four distinct tribal types, each claiming to possess the best harvesting methods to prepare the kluen thistle. The shao'aa passed down these ancient techniques, dating back thousands of generations. Once harvested, they baked the thistle into bread that all Hillian shared an insatiable craving for, kluen Ak. Described as a seedy, sourdough lava cake, it was a well-deserved treat for the amount of work that went into its preparation.

Although peaceful, Hillian tribes shared an odd rivalry towards each other. They carried themselves with posh flamboyance, and bickering and shenanigans between tribes were commonplace. Despite their zealous bravado, incidents never escalated beyond precocious mischief. Attempts to sneak-a-peek at a rival tribe's kluen harvest occurred regularly.

Once every harvest season, Hillian tribes would gather in celebration at the ancient holy site of Sholm Al'Real for the Kluen Ak festival. During this seasonal event, Ak lao'aa from each tribe would compete in contests of intense physical combat. Victors of these matches were rewarded a portion of kluen Ak from their defeated opponents. Death and severe injury rarely occurred despite their competitive nature and were considered dishonorable during these festivals.

When a victorious tribe, the Ak Thaholm, was crowned, tribes gathered in celebration within the halls of Sholm Al'Real for a community feast. Once assembled, they regaled over the competition while listening to stories told by the shao'aa. Intoxication was a hilarious necessity while indulging in the spoils of their harvest. In a long-standing tradition, the Ak Thaholm would lead the Ak lot'gotaee'ok. During this sacred ceremony, Ak lao'aa of the Ak Thaholm would offer portions of their kluen Ak winnings to the defeated tribes as a form of mutual respect. This custom was central to Hillian culture and happiness.


The Still Universe

Nakbalei'unwawa'cheikohtoh

The arrival of the Hillian during the early dekrons of the Great Dawn drew immediate adoration from holy leaders and encouraged faith that their flocks could achieve spiritual balance. Like all who entered Qn'Tahr through Mogotus Gate, individuals underwent the Misheevuh, purging themselves of all impurity, and received a piezeron. Following their spiritual cleansing, tribes arrived at Kryllos, where the Nesis celebrated their arrival. Welcoming the Hillian as equals, the shepherds were elated to discover their worship of nature reflected The Mother's beauty. So impressed by their alluring works, the High Shepherd, Mundaaka Volgos, beseeched the Hillian. Seeking to enhance Her radiant majesty, the High Shepherd asked the tribes if they could honor The Mother by enhancing the Aashal Tureo with their artistry. With bewildered acquiescence, the Hillian flourished the tranquil paradise with shimmers of pastel luminescence, their piezerons amplifying their control over the lush forests. Their stunning works brought tears of amazement to the holy leaders. As a token of humbled gratitude, the High Shepherd offered the tribes an opportunity to remain on Kryllos where the two civilizations could usher Her message of peace throughout Qn'Tahr. Still dazed from their arrival, the Hillian tentatively accepted Mundaaka's overture and began settling their people on Kryllos.

While the tribes slowly adjusted to life on Kryllos, the Vlauk took an immediate fondness to the warrior spirit deeply ingrained into Hillian culture. With customs befitting The Father, All-Father Nokavn Xarduk of the Vaulok granted the Hillian warriors, the Ak lao'aa, an opportunity to train with the reyv kor masters on Cressca. The sudden accolade compounded the already overwhelmed Hillian, causing them to question their more significant role among the holy races. To address the mounting concerns of their people, tribal elders, the shao'aa, convened in private council. Though struggling to adapt to the still universe, they revered the extraordinary power their piezerons possessed and recognized the pure intentions of the Nesis and Vlauk. Despite their reservation, the shao'aa encourage compliance from their people. Honoring the hospitality of the Nesis and Vlauk, the shao'aa swore an oath of absolute faith and pledged to embrace the teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt. Believing Hillian culture perfectly harmonized aspects of both The Mother and Father, the holy worlds rejoiced in celebration and accepted the tribes as among the divine.

As civilizations thrived during the Great Dawn, the Hillian forged a bond with the custodians of knowledge, the Veliken. The two cultures shared similar worship of nature and perfected ways to amplify their spiritual connection through piezeron focus. So attuned to their environment, Veliken priest, Oom'laku Loueem Mnayomobo, You'uudoum of Kryllos, imparted his teachings to the Hillian, deepening their spiritual bond to Kryllos. Through his wisdom, the Hillian learned greater control over their piezerons, helping shape the holy worlds with Her splendor. Garnering the praise of Shepherdesses Scee and Aeolus, Hillian envoys traveled with the minstrels as they flourished the core worlds with their stunning works.

The Ak lao'aa made perfect sparring partners for the Vaulok warriors of Cressca. The Ak lao'aa trained alongside Shepherd Bazelon and his Nesis comrades while undergoing Kahma Tathn, the first level of reyv kor. Through competitive trials, Ak lao'aa learned how to incorporate reyv kor into their martial ability, becoming fierce competitors of the Vaulok. To preserve Her beauty throughout the blossoming core worlds, Ak Lao'aa accompanied The Father's warriors as they enacted His righteousness towards those who disobeyed His teachings. Vlauk shaman, the Kahba Valik, guided the Hillian through the ritualistic Blogoshk purging ceremony, bringing them closer towards enlightenment. Fully embracing the sacred teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt, the Hillian helped forge a utopian society that stood as a beacon of hope for thousands of dekron cycles.

Though they accepted their higher purpose and adapted to the still universe, a murmur of frustration began to surface among the Hillian tribes. Adorations and accolades devolved to platitudes of annoyance as restlessness swept through the race. While Kryllos matched the beauty of Ashalorn, it lacked the ONE thing in which Hillian culture centered: the kluen thistle.


The Cleansing

Echahyii'dyboeeo

The Hillians' strife didn't go unnoticed by holy leaders. Commiserating with tribal members, Shepherd Tos Gujrial, Cleanser of Soul, Nurture of The Mother, and Semprada priest Qwitawu Weiqal cast waves of harmonic empathy unto the Hillian and offered scripture to help ease their plight. Veliken meisters partnered with the Eetoah'ahyatopii to engineer a viable alternative to the kluen thistle, but little helped mitigate the mounting frustrations of the Hillian people. Shao'aa feared their continued presence in Qn'Tahr would eventually lead to the complete cultural deterioration of their people. Stressing their concerns to the High Shepherd, Mundaaka beseeched the immediate assistance of the Rhy'Laar. While they and their Assiek allies expanded the core worlds, he asked if they could seek out the precious thistle. Though agreeing to his request, dekrons of exploration came up empty-handed, compounding the Hillian's anguish.

While the Rhy'laar continued their desperate search, the shao'aa did their best to provide solace to their people. However, failing in their affirmation, tribes began instigating each other with obnoxious provocation, and the tranquil halls of the Aashal Tureo became rampant with conflict. As dalatos passed, some tribal members lost control of their cognitive function and fell into a feral-like, fugue state. The dykoee'yahnopa, the feral spread, incited incidents between tribes throughout the holy worlds. Fearing the Hillian would destroy all they helped craft, His Supreme Honor, Kavahk Kalatis, offered to dispatch the Vaulok to Kryllos to deal with the growing crisis. The High Shepherd declined his request and relinquished himself in prayer for revelation. The Hillian's suffering resonated throughout the core worlds, causing many to question the methods of The Mother and Father. As their society continued to crumble under the stress of the ageless universe, the Semprada performed a ritual of deleterious horror that brought desecration to Kryllos.

Abandoning the teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt, Semprada Priestess Eeoq Leqwa sacrificed Shepherdess Okebah Bazelon, Light Crown of The Mother, in a grotesque blood ritual in the cavernous undergrounds of the Aashal Tureo. The vile act released wails of shrieking darkness surging through Kryllos' serene landscapes and shrouded the region in a fog of twisted darkness. The agony of the planet resonated through the piezerons of every Hillian and Veliken within the holy worlds. Members of the Kiidy and Yiieepo tribes responded first to the Semprada's disturbing aftermath; the savage disregard towards The Mother's beauty pushed the Hillian to the breaking point. Upon witnessing the horrific scene, the Ak lao'aa brutally dispatched the Semprada with swift fury while the zealots relished their heinous act against the young shepherdess. Hedonistic in her final moments, Priestess Eeoq praised Iqor, the Martyred God, before the Ak lao'aa enacted a Father's righteousness upon the crazed priestess. Having relinquished their piezerons to perform the depraved act, Semprada cultists throughout the region celebrated Qn'Tahr's first blood tribute to Iqor. Scorn by their betrayal, the High Shepherd ordered the immediate arrest of Priest Qwitawu and his followers while awaiting a response from His Supreme Honor.

Mortified by their egregious act, His Supreme Honor, Kavahk Kalatis, ordered to put an immediate end to the Semprada's sickening worship. Enacting His righteousness, he dispatched the Vaulok to Oqovar, the Semprada's established planet, to purge all who praised the false god Iqor. Still enraged, the Ak lao'aa demanded to join their campaign to cull the Semprada from Qn'Tahr. As tensions escalated among the flocks, the High Shepherd feared the Vaulok's actions would plunge the holy worlds into war. Mundaaka relinquished himself in prayer, hoping to receive The Mother's wisdom on how to bring a peaceful end to the conflict. On the battle's eve, She rewarded the shepherd's faith with divine revelation.

Before the Ak Lao'aa and Vaulok launched their assault against the dark desecrators, the High Shepherd invoked his sacred oath and bestowed Her mercy unto the Semprada. Wishing no further bloodshed, Mundaaka spared the Semprada from incurring His wrath and banished the depraved worshipers from the core worlds, praying they would find atonement through exile. The Father's warriors furiously rebuked the High Shepherd's act of compassion, asserting the Semprada's sickening worship had no place within Qn'Tahr. Reminding his allies of their oath towards each other, the High Shepherd insisted that Her will was absolute and the Father's champions were honor-bound to adhere to his merciful pardon.

The Ak lao'aa fought with savage disregard as they and the Vaulok evicted the Semprada from Oqovar. The blood martyrs relished every life lost at the hands of Her eternal mercy. Though their subterranean burrows possessed impressive defenses, the Semprada's forces fell to the enraged peacekeepers within a dalo. Proclaiming themselves as the holy martyrs of Qn'Tahr, blood priest Qwitawu embraced the High Shepherd's generous act and ordered the Semprada to surrender to The Father's champions. In the bloody aftermaths, the Semprada celebrated the millions of lives lost at the hands of Her merciful reckoning with maddening worship.

When news of the Ak lao'aa's savagery reached the shao'aa, they convened in private council. They openly condemned the High Shepherd's pardon of the Semprada and blamed his methods for leading their tribes astray. As their faith waned, the shao'aa agreed Kryllos was inadequate to sustain the needs of their people. Reaching a unanimous decision, they felt the only way to save their culture was to reestablish their fractured society elsewhere. Fearing the ire they'd incur from their decision, the High Shepherd summoned his allies to Kryllos, claiming The Mother rewarded him with revelation.


Journey of The Mother

Eeuh'eeshado'naee'eemachii

With righteous indignation, the Semprada cursed their former allis as they fled uur of the core worlds into the uncharted recesses of Qn'Tahr. In the wake of their departure, eerie clouds of darkness lingered over the Aashal Tureo as the holy races assembled on Kryllos- a tainted reminder of the Semprada's sickening worship. Once convened, clergy members unanimously censured the High Shepherd's judgment and questioned his leadership. After surveying the gruesome aftermath of the Semprada ritual, the Veliken clergy estimated it could take 500 dekrons of dedicated focus to cleanse the Aashal Tureo. The Ak Loa'aa echoed the scathing condemnation from His Supreme Honor and His court, acknowledging the Semprada zealots would undoubtedly continue their twisted practices without strict prevention. As the warriors admonished Mundaaka's clemency, the shao'aa nervously voiced their intention to leave Kryllos, assuring they held no animosity towards the shepherds. Though expressing sincere gratefulness for the hospitality they had received, the shao'aa hoped their allies would understand that Kryllos could never sustain the needs of their people. Having heard the many grievances of his colleagues, the High Shepherd shared his revelation while praising The Mother's wisdom.

The High Shepherd agreed with the shao'aa and expressed deep remorse for what the tribes endured since arriving in Qn'Tahr. Then, to honor the Hillian's contributions, he gifted them the Hok Kahma Tha, assuring tribes that faith in The Mother would guide them to a suitable home. Though the sudden accolade stunned the shao'aa, they received the High Shepherd's laurel with great appreciation. However, his generosity drew immediate contention from The Father's court. Claiming his revelation didn't address the Semprada's unholy worship, His Supreme Honor threatened to dispatch the Vaulok to destroy the dark cultists before they ventured beyond the core worlds. Sharing mutual concerns and honoring the generosity of their former hosts, the shao'aa vowed to preserve Her beauty while embarked on their journey and intervene if further blood worship took place. The Hillian's sudden oath appeased His Supreme Honor, and tensions among clergy members subsided. Before releasing the tribes from Kryllos, Mundaaka reminded them that the Semprada still deserved Her mercy and could only intervene if they committed any act of desecration.

Driven by their new oath, the Hillian departed the holy worlds in persuit of the Semprada. The Hok Kahma Tha was viewed as a glistening jewel of Vlauk engineering as it passed through the core worlds, its golden citadels instilling reverence to The Father. Accompanying the Hillian on their journey, several Veliken tribes sought to expand their knowledge of Qn'Tahr. They became pivotal in assisting the shao'aa, helping mitigate the sweeping fury that continued to ravage Hillian society. Fifty dekrons into their pilgrimage, the two races registered 154 new planetary systems uur of the core worlds; the Veliken chronicled the journey faithfully. As they traveled deeper into the unknown, the exhausted tribes found no signs of the kluen thistle, and their resolve continued to falter. With nothing but faith to guide them, the fleet continued its course into the galaxy's far reaches, praying She would soon bless them with Her mercy.

Hillian society didn't adapt well to prolonged space travel. Hundreds of dekrons into their journey, a third of the population succumbed to the dykoee'yahnopa. While they struggled along their journey, the Semprada began colonizing the uncharted regions elst of Shissada Gate. Undeterred by their righteous pursuers, they resumed their grotesque worship of Iqor. Upholding their oath, the Ak loa'aa intervened with swift fury; the crazed worshipers relished every life lost at the hands of the Mother's champions. The Semprada scoffed at any attempts to broker peace, claiming their methods honored the process of The Mother and Father. Their sickening tenacity slowly wore on the patience of the enraged peacekeepers.


The Battle of Ahntonyuh

The Hillian underestimated the Semprada's conviction. Thaxl ic Iqor, General of Iqor, Andiqo Wootalqt of the Semprada, launched a surprise assault against the Hok Kahma Tha in a strategic effort to break free from their pursuers. The general's attack delivered a crippling blow to The Father's mighty fleet, taking advantage of the Hillian's inexperience with advanced warfare. As the battle raged, most of the Semprada fleet escaped the Hillian's grip by blind warping into the unknown recesses of Qn'Tahr. Barely emerging victorious in their defense, the Hillian suffered heavy losses and lost track of the Semprada. Tribes quickly blamed each other for the failure, pushing their culture further into sunder. The shao'aa reiterated their oath with thinned optimism and assured The Mother would soon recognize their plight. With their society in ruin and their quarry now scattered throughout the uncharted sector, the broken tribes wearily carried on.

For thousands of dekrons, the Hillian tirelessly scoured the desolate region for the Semprada. Though increasingly esoteric, the Semprada claimed the uur reaches of Qn'Tahr as The Allied and resumed their dark worship of Iqor. Without the Hillian to intervene, their perverse practices left the sector saturated with darkness, and madness befell those who traveled its remote recesses. The daunting journey took its toll on the Hillian; half their population succumbed to the dykoee'yahnopa and acted with feral, autonomous instinct. The shao'aa openly cursed the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt and blamed The Mother and Father for their society's slow, agonizing decline. Conciliatory affirmations by the Veliken only pushed the tribes further into despair. Having abandoned Her teachings, the Hillian acted with bloody indignance and purged all Semprada they encountered- regardless of wrongdoing. Their connection to the Shaylos waned in their ruthless wake, and individuals struggled to wield their piezerons. With animalistic tendencies, the tribes carried on, now seeking to purge the Semprada from Qn'Tahr.


Faith Rewarded

Dekrons into their relentless campaign, the Hillian tracked a sect of desecraters low'relst of Semprada Prime to a remote system unmarred by their corruption. After touching down on the alien world, the fractured society stepped into a vibrant jungle of colossal flora and pastel luminescence similar to Ashalorn. Across the faraway planet, the thick, knotted roots of the paulok trees rolled throughout its landscapes, their twisting spires a sign of their coveted thistle. The barbarism that struck the Hillian quickly subsided as they stepped onto the tropical world. As tribes reveled in their discovery, the Ak lao'aa hunted down and slew the crazed, Semprada defilers. In the cannibalistic aftermath of their perverse ritual, the planet's energies were contaminated and in dire need of healing. With little hope left, the shao'aa relinquished a portion of their lifeforce to heal the ailing world, cleansing it from the Semprada's tainted worship. Their selfless act reinvigorated the tribes, and their connection to the Shaylos strengthened. Ahboyt'yook'aa began scouring the prolific jungles with maddening enthusiasm, leaving no yumiimuk or mawady tree unchecked. Finally, after thousands of dekrons, the Hillian found their thistle in abundance in the distant, exotic world.

The Hillian's discovery rang in an era of renewed faith throughout the galaxy. His Supreme Honor rekindled his relationship with the shepherds and swore never to question The Mother's methods again. Embracing Her mercy with tears of revitalized fidelity, tribes settled the tropical world, and ahboyt'yook'aa began cultivating the kluen thistle. They prepared the kluen Ak with tenacious vigor, and it surpassed anything they had anticipated. During Qn'Tahr's first Kluen Ak celebration, the shao'aa invited their allies to share their sacred tradition and reforge kinships through their bountiful harvest. Holy leaders traveled to the distant world to celebrate Her mercy and amerced themselves in the Hillian's ceremonial festivities. Attendees found themselves rooting for tribes and partaking in the fun rivalries between the Ak lao'aa. The Vaulok even competed and earned further respect from the tribal warriors. Once a victorious tribe emerged and crowned Ak thaholm, tribes gathered for the celebratory feast. In their most sacred tradition, the Ak thaholm participated in the Ak lot'gotaee'ok and offered portions of their winnings to the defeated tribes. Shao'aa shared the kluen Ak with their holy allies, symbolizing strength through perseverance. The gesture was well-received, and flocks across the galaxy celebrated the rebirth of Hillian society.

Blessed be The Mother's mercy.


The Rising Dark

Unjiit'jiik'kii

An era of harmony followed the revival of Hillian culture. Qn'Tahr saw a surge of new arrivals that led to the rapid expansion of the core worlds, and holy leaders related their scriptures to developing systems. Elevated by their accomplishments, the Hillian helped guide new civilizations towards enlightenment, and flocks embraced The Mother and Father with hymns of worship. The tribes finally found happiness within the ageless universe, having colonized Semprada VII and resumed the cultivation of the kluen thistle. Warriors from across the galaxy competed during the annual Kluen Ak competitions, where the Ak lao'aa welcomed all challengers as equals. Honoring new tradition, Mundaaka and his shepherds accompanied The Father's court for every harvest to rejoice in The Mother's mercy.

Veliken priest Oom'laku Umnanomn Uoomno and his tribe colonized Semprada VII with the Hillian to become its You'uudoum- land walker. To familiarize themselves with the alien world, he guided the shao'aa through a molek'uudoum, a Veliken spirit walk, where they attuned to the planet's unique, metaphysical frequency. The journey led them to a secluded grove between the roots of an ancient paulok where the oom'laku believed the planet's spiritual essence resided. Summoning the planet's energies, he performed the Veliken's sacred omnuen ceremony with flourishes of arcane gesture. When the swirling incantation settled, the mystic sands revealed the planet's oumenna'muk- soul symbol. He taught the Hillian how to interpret the intricate rune to strengthen their symbiosis with Semprada VII. The forest natives returned to the holy site every dekron cycle to perform the omnuen, giving them further insight into their environmental impacts on the planet.

Additional study of Semprada VII's oumenna'muk led the Veliken clergy to believe the planet shared a similar spirit with Kryllos. So, with the shao'aa's blessings, Oom'laku Umnanomn partnered with Oom'laku Loueem Mnayomobo of Kryllos to construct a nu'yuonndek. Once completed, the colossal superstructure would function as a stargate, granting piezeron users immediate travel between the two worlds. With similar endeavors underway on Saa and Oolumne, Oom'laku Loueem led the construction effort on Kryllos. The eetoah'ahtatopii assisted Umnanomn with the monumental undertaking on Semprada VII, ensuring the construction didn't disrupt the planet's natural balance.

Though their society remained scattered across the cosmic winds, the Ak lao'aa resumed their search for the Semprada. Millennia of unrelenting intervention had driven Semprada society into isolation, and colonies became increasingly esoteric. Rhy'Laar explorers traveled alongside the Hok Kahma Tha to carefully chart aurora lanes throughout The Allied, bypassing systems marred by the depraved cultists. The shao'aa and Veliken diligently cleansed contaminated regions, allowing the Rhy'Laar to expand their territories urr towards Shissada Gate. Eetoah'ahtatopii offered their biological advancements, ensuring new settlements honored The Mother's beauty by maintaining an ecological symbiosis during their development. While the Hillian's contributions brought more flocks closer to The Mother and Father, rumors of a bellowing shadow surfaced, plunging Qn'Tahr into a hellish conflict.

Terrifying reports of a monstrous cloud of churning darkness started pouring in from the new colonies. As the thundering plume enveloped everything in its path, Mundaaka and His Supreme Honor feared the Semprada summoned Iqor, the Martyred God, into Qn'Tahr to exact revenge against the holy races. While the Vaulok readied themselves to combat the unknown anomaly, the High Shepherd sought the aid of the Hillian. Fearing for his flock's safety, Mundaaka tasked the tribes with finding those responsible for unleashing the horrific darkness into Qn'Tahr. Acquiescing to his request, Ak lao'aa scoured the sector for the vile perpetrators. Much to their chagrin, the outlying sects they discovered denied involvement but fawned over the rising dark with relished praise. When asked for their assistance in defending the core worlds, the Semprada flatly refused, claiming the unfolding events reflected the glorious process of The Mother and Father. The Hillian relented without any signs of actual wrongdoing, leaving the cultists to their own accord. Unable to locate the heinous desecraters, the jungle warriors returned to Semprada VII and prepared to defend Her merciful reward.

The twisted blight left a trail of ruin in its disastrous wake. As battalions of Vaulok engaged the anomaly, they discovered the violent cloud consisted of shadowy entities, ruthless in their actions, whose rage quickly overpowered The Father's champions. As a result, they suffered heavy losses and retreated to Saa, failing to prevent its destructive spread. With the Vaulok defeated, the dark entities swept through the outer colonies, undeterred by defenses, and devastated entire solar systems with vaporous tendrils of unrelenting chaos. The ravenous fog continued its rampage near Shissada Gate, slaughtering billions, before turning its ravenous ire elst towards Semprada VII.

The dark entities moved with frightening speed, reaching the vast region of The Allies within five dalatos. As it neared the mired Ebony Pass region, the Ak lao'aa intercepted the entities with the full force of the Hok Kahma Tha. Unfortunately, the Hillians' efforts proved ineffective against their supernatural power. Fleeing back to Semprada VII, the remaining Ak lao'aa braced themselves to preserve Her mercy. As the entities neared Theta Wyi VII, they mysteriously gusted lowk of the remote system, sparing it from its carnage. Tracking its course, the Assiek projected the entities on a direct path to Kryllos. With desperations mounting, the shao'aa declined to offer any additional support to their allies, choosing to protect The Mother's beauty from within Semprada VII. Recognizing the symbolic importance of their established planet, holy leaders permitted the Hillian to remain in Semprada VII. Without the support of the Hok Kahma Tha, Mundaaka and His Supreme Honor mobilized their remaining warriors to Kryllos in a last-stand effort to preserve the Aashal Tureo and their teachings.

The entities continued their relentless advance on Kryllos. Shao'aa relinquished themselves to prayer, hoping The Mother and Father would provide their holy companions the strength to combat the nightmarish threat. Their desperate pleas went unanswered, and as the assault raged, they sensed the light of their allies slowly extinguish. As tribes mourned the tragic reconning, mysterious prisms of energy rippled across Qn'Tahr. Tribes recalled the cascades of light washing away the horrific memories of the entities and restoring life in the disastrous wake. An eerie silence fell upon the galaxy when the nurturing veils subsided, leaving flocks standing amidst the destruction of a threat that was now fleeting from their memory.


The Silence

Titory'yumaaach

The Hillian emerged from the receding light, dazed, with only a vague recollection of the dark entities. A haunting stillness fell over Semprada VII, and their piezerons now sputtered with sparks of manic, uncontrolled energy. After reuniting with Oom'laku Umnanomn and his tribe, the forest natives discovered they had lost all spiritual connections with the Shaylos and allied clergy within the holy worlds. The immense surge also crippled power grids and communications across Qn'Tahr. With Rhy'Laar-led recovery efforts underway in the region, their minds clouded, shao'aa sent the Hok Kahma Tha to investigate Kryllos, fearing what awaited them in the quieted aftermath of Iqor's dark uprising.

Following the horrendous path of destruction lowk, the Hillian's return to the holy worlds took dalatos. Flocks they encountered stood upon the blasted ruins of their former civilizations, confused about recent happenings, their minds shrouded by The Mother's merciful comfort. Shao'aa and eetoah'ahtatopii attempted to restore the ecological balance of these worlds, but the unstable energy from their piezerons made efforts nearly impossible. Venturing on, flocks remained oddly unaware of the entities' violent rampage. Furthering the mass confusion, when the Hillian fleet arrived at the holy worlds, a mysterious iridescence completely encompassed the sector. Rhy'Laar forces, the Kal'Aa'Tharr'Ok, greeted the noble warriors at the anomaly, their memories of the entities fleeting, and shared the perplexing results of their findings.

A shimmering anomaly thousands of lightyears across now engulfed the region surrounding Mogotus Gate, and the unknown phenomenon prevented all contact with the holy worlds. The Kal'Aa'Tharrok lost hundreds of ships attempting to penetrate the ethereal glow; all crafts and sensory equipment sent into the luminous veil never returned, and communications immediately ceased. Stumped by the mysterious aberration, Assiek scientists named the anomalous cloud Maso Terra, referring to the region's unusual energy signature. The Hillian made tireless attempts to contact their holy allies through piezeron, but only silence met them. Accepting the circumstances as beyond their control, tribes shared a moment of quiet solidarity with their companions. Finally, with nothing else to offer, the Hillian fleet returned to Semprada VII, hoping to resume everyday life within the ageless universe.

Societies slowly rose from the ashes. Flocks recounted Iqor's dark uprising as an ancient war whose fragmented memories faded with the slow passages of ageless time. Tribes continued to preach The Mother's gospel to every civilization they encountered while returning to Semprada VII. During the mysterious absence of the shepherds and Vaulok, flocks regarded the Hillian as living testaments of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt. Though they struggled to wield their piezerons, tribes encouraged communities to embrace The Mother by fostering an ecological balance during reconstruction efforts. Despite the adoration, many Hillian individuals confided guilty relief in each other during their voyage home, keen on resuming their harvest without the interference of divine responsibility. Oom'laku Omnamomn Uoomno greeted the Hok Kahma Tha upon returning to Semprada VII, claiming to have received a profound revelation. Eager to regale his enlightenment with tribal leaders, he gathered the shao'aa to reveal his divine insight.

The oom'laku believed the nu'yuonndek was the key to reconnecting with the holy worlds. With similar construction efforts underway on Oolumne, Umnanomn expressed his people's willingness to perform the Mmyduomnu lighting ceremony to activate the gates. Though he assured his peoples' readiness to commit to the ritual, he stated the strenuous endeavor could take thousands of dekrons and exhaust the remaining energy from their piezerons. Nevertheless, Oom'laku Umnanomn proudly proclaimed the moment as his people's opportunity to demonstrate their unwavering faith in The Mother and Father. With nothing but hope to offer, the shao'aa blessed him and his tribe with Her mercy. The Hillian returned to their harvest while the oom'laku and his tribe began the arcane ritual. In the dekrons that followed, tribes flourished in harmony within The Mother's merciful comfort.

Millennia crept by into the Veliken's sacred lighting. Sporadic bursts of thunderous energy occasionally erupted from the Veliken superstructure, startling natives into believing they had succeeded in their effort, only to fall silent for dekrons more. The Hillian's piezerons continued to falter, their power diminishing as ages passed. Individuals aided Oom'laku Omnanomn during the mystic incantation by relinquishing portions of their piezeron energy whenever they felt the Veliken's light fade. Still, dekrons would pass without any signs of progress.

Ageless time moved forward. Semprada activities drastically subsided throughout The Allied. Little remained of their fragmented society, and the few remaining sects had fading recollections of the ancient war. Though the tribes upheld their oath to preserve Her beauty, the unwieldiness of piezerons made it difficult for shao'aa and Veliken to cleanse systems tainted by Semprada darkness. However undeterred, Ak lao'aa found sport in these desecrated regions and honed their mental fortitude against the madness that stricken most travelers.

Though they upheld their sacred oath to preserve Her beauty, the Hillian distanced themselves from galactic politics as time pressed on. Instead, they assisted in development efforts across Qn'Tahr. Eetoah'ahtatopii aided the Rhy'Laar reestablished the core worlds within the protected border of the Combined low'relst of Maso Terra and reiterated the importance of ecological balance. Their Assiek companions assumed the responsibility of recovering new arrivals from Kundalini, Bacchus, and Shissada gates, utilizing the advanced harbinger vessels they engineered during the mysterious absence of the shepherds. As more flocks arrived, allies echoed the Hillian's teachings and ushered in an era of peace across the galaxy. Shao'aa continued to welcome Qn'Tahr's finest warriors to compete during the Kluen Ak festival. Tribes adopted a new, ceremonious custom of leaving kluen Ak at the entrance of their bungalows as tithing to the dark entities, praying the offerings would appease them should they return. As flocks adapted without the presence of the shepherds and His warriors, a sudden burst from the nu'yuonndek on Semprada VII and Oolumne rattled the galaxy, taking communities by surprise.


Bridging the Nu'Yuonndek

Showering fractals illuminated skies across Semprada VII, and the Hillian gazed upon the luminous calamity with bewildered curiosity before it quickly subsided. The ground quaked as tribes approached the nu'yuonndek; the foreboding torus that stood silent for ages now boomed with swirls of crackling static that coursed throughout the paoluk forests with vibrant bursts of electricity. Piezerons shrieked with cacophonies of splitting wails that worsened as they neared the Veliken superstructure. Oom'laku Omnanomn Uoomno and his tribespeople emerged from the ritual site, deathly emaciated, and their piezerons wholly depleted of power. As shao'aa rushed to their aid, the Ak lao'aa regarded the looming structure with vigilant trepidation, uncertain of what awaited them on the other side.

The thunderous vortex stabilized within several alkrons. Whiffs of charged ozone lingered heavily throughout the surrounding landscapes as low, baritone hums reverberated across the nu'yuonndek's finely polished surface; its chiseled runes now glowed with haunting intrigue. Piezerons continued to howl with floods of indiscernible cries near the colossal structure, making it impossible for eetoah'ahtatopii to study the gate. Shao'aa had difficulty stabilizing Omnanomn and his tribe; the ages of physical strain left them critically weakened and on the brink of death. Tribal leaders were saddened to hear the Veliken clergy on Oolumne suffered a similar affliction. As their condition worsened, flocklings Atek and Rothuk, the precocious twins of Shepherdess Aiseina, suddenly emerged from the portal, startling the natives with jubilant praises to The Mother. Moments later, shepherds stepped forth from the nu'yuonndek, stunned with disbelief.

After untold ages, the Veliken successfully lit the nu'yuonndek, reuniting the holy worlds with their flock. The Hillian embraced the shepherds with tears of renewed faith, and as more Nesis emerged from the booming gate, the Vlauk made their miraculous return to Oolumne. As kinships restored, Shepherd Tos Gujrial, Cleanser of Soul, Nurture of The Mother, whisked the ailing Veliken away through the nu'yuonndek for immediate treatment. After sharing a solemn prayer for the clergy's remarkable feat, tribes and shepherds marveled at the impressive gate with awed reverence. Deafening shrieks from the Nesis' piezerons interrupted the reunion, and cocoons of light inexplicably engulfed the shepherds. As the piercing cries intensified, the shepherds disappeared through the nu'yuonndek's roaring portal with a thunderous clap of energy. Unbeknownst to what awaited them on the other side, the Hillian stepped through the crackling vortex to pursue the Nesis, enduring the wincing cries of their piezerons. Individuals toppled through a chaotic tunnel of warped space and fractured light. Within selros, the universe reformed around them, and tribes emerged onto the familiar forests of Kryllos, standing at the foot of another towering nu'yuonndek.

Whisps of ominous, celestial vapor drifted throughout Kryllos' temperate forests; the Aashal Tureo beautifully loomed above the lush canopies as the glow from the Shaylos highlighted its ornate artistry. As more Hillian arrived, their piezerons suddenly erupted with a symphony of angelic melody that encompassed them with spheres of luminous iridescence. The spheres transported the Hillian to the Aashal Tureo, guided by a heavenly chorus, and submerged them in Her rejuvenating waters where individuals felt The Mother cast Her infinite love unto them, cleansing them of corruption. Their piezerons ignited vibrant intensity and restored their connection with the Shaylos. As the Hillian emerged from the spiritual rebirth, shepherds greeted them with loving embrace, celebrating their return to Kryllos.

The holy races regaled the passing eras spent apart. Aiseina and Kahvak were relieved to hear flocks continued to adhere to their teachings during their absence and commended the Hillian for guiding civilizations toward spiritual balance. Neither the Nesis, Vlauk, or Lomoush had detailed memories of the dark entities, their minds mired by the High Shepherd's selfless atonement. After hearing of Mundaaka's sacrifice from his Shepherdess Hand, shao'aa insisted the Ak Thaholm have the privilege of protecting his keep after every season. Aiseina Tobaru, The Great Teacher, admired the Hillian's noble accord and allowed tribes to adopt the ceremonious custom into their annual tradition. To acknowledge the spiritual importance of Semprada VII and Hillian culture, Aiseina and His Supreme Honor declared Thera Wyi VII as a protected sanctuary of Maso Terra, vowing The Father's army should it ever come under threat. During the celebrated homecoming, the Veliken clergy fully recovered, emerging from the healing springs rejuvenated and their piezerons beaming with Her infinite power. The shao'aa reiterated their oath of preservation before returning to Semprada VII with renewed conviction.


The Mother’s Warriors

Eeuh'eeshado'lao'eemachii

Dekrons following the holy reemergence and into Qn'Tahr's modern era, the Hillian adapted to the sovosal Tureo- The Mother's cry, and individuals returned to the Aashal Tureo's purifying springs whenever their piezerons waned. The Nesis shepherds, lacking the fortitude to cope with the piercing phenomenon, remained on Kryllos, spiritually anchored to the Shaylos, and communicated telepathically through piezeron. The eetoah'ahtatopii acted as armorers for the Vaulok, easing the spiritual strain put on them from the sovosal Tureo while enforcing His righteousness.

Hillian society adapted to the ageless universe and flourished within the remote jungles of their established sanctuary. Flocks viewed them as walking angels whose testaments stood as a beacon of salvation. With unwavering faith in The Mother, they maintained close bonds with the shepherds and shared the Shalaymuh with all who sought Her mercy. Continuing with ancient tradition, Vaulok warriors competed during every harvest season, having earned the full respect from the Ak lao'aa. In honorable custom, the Ak Thaholm honored the High Shepherd's sacrifice by protecting his keep atop the Aashal Tureo until a new tournament winner emerged, only granting his Shepherdess Hand entrance into his chambers.

The Hillian remained divorced from galactic politics. They operated ONLY at the behest of Maso Terrain leadership and maintained a vigilant eye out for desecrators of The Mother. The Ak lao'aa courted emissaries during diplomatic endeavors and frequently escorted nobles and clergy. Tribes traveled The Allied with their holy allies, restoring the natural energies of worlds tarnished by the sickening worship of Iqor. Ak lao'aa utilized the Crimson Sisters and Creeper's Point regions to hone their combat prowess, finding sport in ne'er-do-well pirate guilds and Lioma tribes. They shared no love for the Nohrd, having frequent spats with Sim Shavo patrols who refused to respect their religious sovereignty. The jungle warriors became the favored quarry of Barados hunters, their tails and pelts fetching millions on black markets; Nohrd royalty lavishly flaunted them with sickening fashion. The Coathe showed curious interest in Semprada VII and regularly sent probes to monitor the system; however, their campaigns against the Commonwealth and Tri-Fed disrupted any attempts to launch a full-scale assault against the holy sanctuary.

Though a protected extension of Maso Terra, attempts to infiltrate Semprada VII became common throughout Qn'Tahr's modern era. The Hillian amassed a trove of ships and weapons from intruders throughout the ages, making Theta Wyi VII a tempting target of would-be pirate and smuggler clans. The Vlaulok utilized these stockpiles during their crusades, and eetoah'ahtatopii incorporated the Hillian's unique, biological technology into the arsenal, making their armaments coveted among exotic traders.

The Nohrd paid top zel to anybody who acquired the kluen thistle, and visitors to the posh streets of Shuu Muh, Oolumne, spent upwards of 10,000 zel for “authentic” kluen ak. In addition, Assiek scientists often commissioned covert research teams to study Semprada VII's nu'yuonndek to expand their understanding of Maso Terra. Grievously, most trespassers never returned. The rare few who made it out alive shared stories of the trees seemingly coming alive, suddenly surrounded by furious Ak lao'aa. The Hillian cherished their merciful reward and cultural preservation and vigorously fought to protect their holy sanctuary whenever threatened.


Captain's Notes

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