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 remained 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
Established Planet: Semprada VII
Population: 1.5 billion
Civilization Type: 1
Found: Maso Terra, Semprada Allied
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.
“Though fiercely competitive, they shared mutual respect towards each other.”
“The thistle comes before the bread, and the bread comes before everything else. Either way, it stands alone.”
Before entering Qn'Tahr, the Hillian flourished in the exotic rain forests of Ashalorn. Their civilization centered around the kluen thistle's monoculture, an ear of wheat that required exceptional skill to cultivate due to their planet's high humidity. Living among the colossal paulok trees, the Hillian shared a symbiotic balance with nature. These artificers of nature ensured their progress and 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 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 often occurred. However, despite their zealous bravado, incidents never escalated beyond precocious mischief to sneak a peek at a rival tribe's kluen harvest.
Once every harvest season, Hillian tribes celebrated 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 and endurance, where the victors won a portion of Kluen Ak from their opponents. Death or severe injury rarely occurred despite their competitive nature and was considered dishonorable during the festivities.
When a victorious tribe, the Ak Thaholm, was crowned, tribes celebrated within the jungle sanctuary for a community feast. Once together, tribes 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, the Ak Thaholm offered portions of their Kluen Ak winnings to the defeated tribes as respect among warriors. This custom was central to Hillian culture and happiness.
The Hillian's unexpected arrival to Kryllos during Qn'Tahr's dawn drew immediate adoration from heavenly apostles, leaving many to believe spiritual balance could be achieved. Like all who traveled through Mogotus Gate, tribal members underwent the Misheevuh, where individuals purged themselves of all impurity and surrendered unconditionally to their faith. Once reborn from within her illustrious palace, individuals received a piezeron, and Kryllos' residents, the Nesis, celebrated their arrival with reverent praises to The Mother. While they welcomed the jungle dwellers as equals, the Nesis shepherds rejoiced when they discovered the Hillian's affinity towards nature reflected Her beauty. Wishing to marvel upon their alluring works, the High Shepherd, Mundaaka Volgos, begged the tribes to honor Her holy temple, the Aashal Tureo, with a demonstration of their artistry. With bewildered acquiescence, the Hillian flourished the colossal, alien vegetation with shimmers of pastel luminescence, their piezerons allowing them to manipulate the robust canopies with an artist's flair. When the showers of magical enchantment subsided, Kryllos' exotic fauna glowed with stunning beauty, bringing tears of amazement to those who gazed upon its sweeping majesty and those who crafted it. Finally, as he stood upon the wonderous landscape, the High Shepherd pleaded for the tribes to remain on Kryllos, where together, they could preach Her message of peace throughout Qn'Tahr. Still dazed from their arrival, the Hillian tentatively accepted Mundaaka's overture and began settling.
As tribes slowly adapted to life on Kryllos, the Vlauk, the righteous heralds of The Father, developed a fondness for the warrior spirit deeply ingrained into Hillian culture. With customs befitting His Almighty, All-Father Nokavn Xarduk of the Vaulok permitted the Ak lao'aa to train with the Reyv Kors masters on Cressca, allowing them a place to demonstrate their worthiness from within His gilded colosseums. Though smitten by the accolade, tribal elders, the shao'aa, convened in a private council where they discussed their ontological purpose among the divine and the mounting concerns of their people. Despite their struggle to adjust to the still universe, the shao'aa admired the holy clergy's intentions and encouraged their people's compliance despite reservations. To honor the hospitality they received, the shao'aa swore their absolute faith before the heavenly diocese, pledging to embrace the teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt, and help foster a spiritual balance among civilizations in need.
As civilizations thrived during Qn'Tahr's infancy, the Hillian also forged a bond with the custodians of knowledge, the Veliken. Having shared similar worship of nature, they perfected ways to amplify their spiritual connection through piezeron focus. So impressed by the Hillian's ability to attune to their environment, Veliken priest, Oom'laku Loueem Mnayomobo, You'uudoum of Kryllos, imparted his teachings unto the tribes to deepen their spiritual bond with the planet. Through his wisdom, the Hillian learned greater control over their crystal sprites, garnering the praise of Shepherdesses Scee and Aeolus. At their divine beaconing, Hillian envoys traveled with the minstrels as they flourished the core worlds with their radiant splendor and aided struggling flocks to achieve an ecological balance.
The Ak lao'aa made perfect sparring partners for the Vaulok warriors of Cressca. They trained alongside Shepherd Bazelon and his Nesis comrades while undergoing Kahma Tathn, the first level of Reyv Kors. Through competitive trials, Ak lao'aa learned how to incorporate martial ability to become 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 to enlightenment and bonding their soul to The Father. 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 tribes. Adorations and accolades devolved into annoying platitudes as restlessness swept through the tribes. While Kryllos matched the beauty of Ashalorn, it lacked the ONE thing on which Hillian culture centered: the kluen thistle.
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 artificers, the muomn, attempted to engineer a viable alternative to the kluen thistle, but nothing mitigated the mounting frustrations of the Hillian. Shao'aa feared their continued presence in Qn'Tahr would eventually lead to the complete cultural deterioration of their people. After 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. Individuals started losing control of their cognitive function and fell into a feral-like fugue state, the dykoee'yahnopa. 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; instead, he and The Great Teacher, Aiseina Tobaru, relinquished themselves in prayer for Her guidance. 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. Howling darkness surged across Kryllos' serene landscapes and shrouded the region in a fog of sinister midnight. The planet's agony resonated through the piezerons of every Hillian. Ak lao'aa from the Kiidy and Yiieepo tribes responded first to the disturbing aftermath and handled the Semprada with swift fury upon witnessing the horrific scene. As the zealots relished their heinous act against the young shepherdess, Priestess Eeoq praised Iqor, the Martyred God, before the Ak lao'aa enacted His ultimate 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. Upholding His righteous accord, he dispatched the Vaulok to Oqovar, the Semprada's established planet, to purge all who praised the false god, Iqor. The Ak lao'aa gave their condolence to Shepherd Bazelon, father of Okebah, and demanded to be a part of the Vaulok's campaign to cull the Semprada from Qn'Tahr. As tensions escalated, the High Shepherd and Aiseina feared the enraged warriors would plunge the holy worlds into war. Mundaaka and Aiseina relinquished themselves in prayer, hoping to receive The Mother's wisdom on resolving the conflict peacefully. On battle's eve, She rewarded the Nesis apostles with divine revelation.
Before the holy warriors launched their vitriolic campaign against the dark desecrators, the High Shepherd and Aiseina invoked their sacred oath bestowed Her mercy on the Semprada. Wishing no further bloodshed to occur, they spared the Semprada from incurring His wrath and instead chose to banish the depraved worshipers from the core worlds. They prayed the Semprada would find atonement through exile and peace through The Mother. The Father's warriors furiously rebuked their act of compassion, asserting the Semprada's sickening worship had no place within Qn'Tahr. Reminding their allies of their oath to each other, the High Shepherd and Aiseina insisted that Her will was absolute and the Father's champions were honor-bound to adhere to Her merciful pardon.
The Ak lao'aa fought with savage disregard as they and the Vaulok evicted the Semprada from Oqovar, and 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, Qwitawu embraced the High Shepherd's generous act and ordered the Semprada to surrender to the divine 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 a private council. They openly condemned the High Shepherd and Aiseina, blaming them for leading their tribes astray. As the Hillian's faith waned, the shao'aa concluded that Kryllos couldn't sustain the needs of their people. After reaching a unanimous decision, the tribal leaders felt the only way to save their culture would be to reestablish their fractured society elsewhere. While fearing the ire they'd incur from their decision, the High Shepherd and Shepherdess Aiseina summoned the holy races to Kua Shuk, Saa, for an important announcement, claiming The Mother rewarded them with a profound revelation to restore peace.
The Semprada cursed their former allies with scathing indignation as they fled uur of the core worlds into the uncharted recesses of Qn'Tahr. Eerie clouds of darkness lingered over the Aashal Tureo as the heavenly apostles assembled on Saa for Mundaaka and Aiseina's revelation. Once gathered in His court, clergy members unanimously accosted their leadership. After surveying the gruesome aftermath of the Semprada ritual, the Veliken estimated it could take 500 dekrons of dedicated focus to cleanse the Aashal Tureo and restore its natural energies. The Ak loa'aa echoed the searing condemnation from Kavahk and His court, attesting the Semprada zealots would undoubtedly continue their twisted practices without immediate prevention. As the warriors continued their admonishment of Mundaaka and Aiseina's clemency, the shao'aa nervously voiced their intention to leave Kryllos, assuring they held no animosity towards their former hosts. 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 their colleagues, the High Shepherd and Aiseina shared their revelation while praising The Mother's wisdom.
The Mother's heralds 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, they gifted them the Hok Kahma Tha, His mighty fleet, assuring faith in The Mother would guide them to a suitable home. Though the sudden accolade stunned the shao'aa, they received Mundaaka and Aiseina's laurel with great appreciation. However, their 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. Shepherd Bazelon, still aggrieved, blasted his Nesis companions and demanded swift justice for his loss. As tension unraveled diplomacy, the shao'aa interjected with a proposal that embraced both The Mother and Father; while embarking on their spiritual journey, tribal leaders vowed to intervene should the Semprada resume their indignant practices. Having met the Ak lao'aa in combat, the shao'aa assured the Semprada knew what awaited them if they brought further desecration to Qn'Tahr. His Supreme Honor acknowledged the balance in their proposal, and tensions among clergy reached a tentative resolve. The High Shepherd praised the Hillian's commitment. However, before releasing the tribes from Kryllos, he reminded them that the Semprada still deserved Her mercy and only allowed the Ak lao'aa to intervene should their blasphemous worship continue.
Driven by their new oath, the Hillian departed the holy worlds in persuit of the Semprada. Flocks gazed upon the Hok Kahma Tha 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 farthest 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. Little remained of their culture as they struggled along their journey. To compound their slow torment, 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 fierce protectors. The Semprada scoffed at any attempts to broker peace with the Hillian, claiming their methods honored the process of The Mother and Father. Their sickening tenacity wore on the patience of the enraged peacekeepers.
The Hillian severely underestimated the Semprada's conviction in their worship. 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 scattered throughout the uncharted sector, the broken tribes wearily carried on.
For thousands of dekrons, the Hillian 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 intervening, 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, seeking to purge the Semprada from Qn'Tahr.
Dekrons into their ruthless campaign, the Hillian tracked a sect of desecraters low'relst of Semprada Prime to a remote system unmarred by their corruption. Upon touching down on the alien world, the exhausted society stepped into a vibrant jungle of prolific flora and pastel luminescence similar to their ancestral home of Ashalorn. Across the faraway planet, the thick, knotted roots of the paulok rolled throughout its landscapes, their twisting spires a sign of their coveted thistle. In the Hillian's final lapse of barbarism, the Ak lao'aa slew a congregation of crazed, Semprada defilers during a sickening, cannibalistic performance they tributed to Iqor. Unfortunately, during the terrible ritual sacrifice, the planet's energies became contaminated and needed healing. However, in a selfless act to preserve Her beauty, the shao'aa relinquished a portion of their life force to restore the ailing world and cleanse it from corruption. Moreover, the Ahboyt'yook'aa began scouring the prolific jungles with maddening enthusiasm, leaving no yumiimuk or mawady tree unchecked for their longing prize. Finally, upon a nestled grove, the Hillian found their thistle in abundance after millennia of toil in the distant, alien world.
The Hillian's discovery rang in an era of renewed faith throughout the galaxy. Embracing Her mercy with tears of revitalized fidelity, tribes settled Semprada VII, and ahboyt'yook'aa began cultivating the kluen thistle with tenacious vigor. Plumes of wheaty aroma bellowed throughout the knotted canopies during the Kluen Ak's preparation, and to their delight, the harvest surpassed anything the tribes had anticipated. As tribes eagerly gathered for Qn'Tahr's first Kluen Ak festival, the shao'aa invited the heavenly clergy to share sacred traditions and reforge kinships through their bountiful harvest. The diocese warmly accepted and traveled to the distant world where they praised Her mercy by amercing themselves in the Hillian's ceremonial festivities. Attendees partook in the fun rivalries between the Ak lao'aa and competed during the various endurance trails. Once a victorious tribe emerged and crowned Ak thaholm, they gathered for the long-awaited, celebratory banquet. Then, in their most sacred tradition, the Ak thaholm practiced the Ak lot'gotaee'ok and offered portions of their winnings to their respected opponents. The shao'aa graciously shared their harvest with their guests to symbolize strength through perseverance. The well-received gesture solidified the spiritual balance Mundaaka and Kavahk hoped to achieve, and flocks across the galaxy celebrated the rebirth of Hillian society.
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 worshiping hymns. 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.
An 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 sister 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 its construction didn't disrupt the planet's natural balance.
Unjiit'jiik'kii 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 each contaminated system they encountered, allowing the Rhy'Laar to expand their territories urr towards Vatllann. 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 that plunged Qn'Tahr into a hellish conflict.
Terrifying reports of a monstrous cloud of churning darkness started pouring in from the colonies near Vatllann and Shissada Gate. As the thundering plume enveloped everything in its path, Mundaaka and His Supreme Honor feared the Semprada. They summoned Iqor, the Martyred God, into Qn'Tahr to exact revenge against the divine. While the Vaulok readied themselves to combat the unknown anomaly, the High Shepherd sought the aid of the Hillian. Fearing for the 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 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 and grew with every system it consumed. As battalions of Vaulok and Aash Vieleyya engaged the anomaly at Nyyek Tog, they discovered the violent cloud consisted of shadowy entities, ruthless in their actions, whose rage quickly overpowered the noble champions. As a result, they suffered heavy losses and retreated to Saa, failing to prevent its destructive spread. With the warriors 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. Choosing to remain on Semprada VII, the Ak lao'aa launched the Hok Kahma Tha to defend their merciful reward against the bellowing darkness. As the anomaly, now lightyears in size, neared Theta Wyi VII, it mysteriously gusted lowk of the 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 preserve their culture at all costs. Shepherds recognized the symbolic importance of Semprada VII and relented to the Hillian. Without the Hok Kahma Tha to reinforce the holy worlds, 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 heavenly 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 with fleeting memories of the hellish incursion.
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 the impoverished societies, but the instability of their piezerons impeded their efforts. Venturing on, flocks remained oddly unaware of the entities' violent rampage. A mysterious iridescence met the Hillian when they arrived at the holy worlds, furthering the confusion. 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 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, and 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 during the long return to Semprada VII. In the mysterious absence of the apostles, flocks regarded the Hillian as living testaments of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt, their memories fleeting. Though they struggled to wield their piezerons, tribes honored their pledge to The Mother and fostered an ecological balance during reconstruction efforts to flock every they aided. Despite the adoration, many Hillian individuals confided guilty relief in each other during their voyage home, keen on resuming their harvest without the impedance of sacred duties. Oom'laku Omnamomn Uoomno greeted the tribes upon their return to Semprada VII, claiming he received a profound revelation from The Mother. 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 Kryllos. With similar ambitions underway on Oolumne, Umnanomn expressed his people's willingness to perform the enchanted Mmyduomnu lighting ceremony to activate the gates. Though he emphasized its daunting process, he assured his readiness to commit to the ritual; however, he stated the strenuous endeavor could take thousands of dekrons and potentially exhaust the remaining energy from their piezerons. Nevertheless, Oom'laku Umnanomn proudly proclaimed the moment as an opportunity for his tribe to demonstrate their unwavering faith in The Mother and Father. With nothing but hope to offer, the shao'aa blessed the Veliken with Her mercy before they committed to their mystic incantation. In the subsequent dekrons, tribes flourished in harmony within The Mother's merciful comfort, free of burden, and dedicated to their harvest.
Millennia crept by into the Veliken's sacred lighting. Sporadic bursts of thunderous energy occasionally erupted from the Veliken superstructure, startling natives into believing the languishing effort succeeded, 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 ceremonial lighting 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, and 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 waning power of their 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 haunted most of its 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 established the Combine low'relst of Maso Terra, reiterating the importance of ecological balance to every civilization they helped. 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 tithing would prevent their 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.
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 coursed throughout the paoluk forests with vibrant bursts of electricity. Piezerons hummed with curious energy as the Hillian 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 permeated 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 fluttered with anticipation when the eetoah'ahtatopii studied the gate, their strange hums growing more intense the closer they got to 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, thralls of shepherds stepped forth from the Nu'yuonndek, stunned with amazement.
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. Shepherd Tos Gujrial, Cleanser of Soul, Nurture of The Mother, arrived among the shepherds and rushed to the aid of the Veliken. He whisked the ailing You'uudoum away via heavenly kyklono to the Aashal Tureo for immediate treatment, praying Her purifying waters would stabilize the critically weakened clergy. After sharing a solemn prayer for the clergy's remarkable feat, tribes and shepherds marveled at the impressive gate with awed reverence.
As the allies regaled the ages, mysterious shrieks suddenly erupted from the Nesis' piezerons, interrupting the reunion. Their kyklono engulfed them with cocoons of celestial light, and 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. 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 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 kyklono transported the Hillian to the Aashal Tureo as if guided by a heavenly accord, where tribespeople got submerged in Her rejuvenating waters. Individuals felt The Mother cast Her infinite presence wash unto them, cleansing them of corruption. The Hillian emerged from the spiritual rebirth standing among the shepherds while piezerons chimed with a celestial chorus.
Dekrons following the heavenly reunion, the Hillian adapted to the odd limitations of their piezerons. Presumably caused by the light anomaly that now encompassed the holy worlds, the Hillian's piezerons would eventually deplete power through continued use. Once exhausted of energy, the kyklono whisked tribal members to the Aashal Tureo for spiritual rebirth and rejuvenated their piezerons. Though not directly impacted by the Sovosal Tureo, The Mother's cry, the Hillian would feel some effects of the phenomena after prolonged exposure to the ethereal Maso Terra, making it difficult for individuals when they returned to Semprada VII. The average Hillian returned for spiritual purification every 15 dekrons and could exist within the ethereal for two dekrons before the Sovosal Tureo became an issue.
Unlike the Vaulok and Aash Vieleyya, the Hillian lacked the kyklono ability to return to the Aashal Tureo if they experienced severe physical trauma. To circumvent this, envoys of Veliken mystics accompanied Ak lao'aa and Hillian dignitaries across the galaxy. Being more proficient with the kyklono, the Veliken aided tribal members during emergencies by transporting individuals to the Aashal Tureo, where its imbued waters treated their ailments.
Hillian society adjusted to the ageless universe and learned to flourish within the remote jungles of their sanctuary. After hearing of Mundaaka's selfless atonement, the Ak Thaholm adopted the ceremonious custom of protecting the High Shepherd's keep with Shepherd Bazelon and the Aash Vieleyya, only allowing Shepherdess Selah into his chambers. Aiseina and Kahvak praised the Hillian for guiding civilizations toward The Mother and Father during their absence and for adhering to scripture.
Though they remained divorced from galactic politics, the Hillian acted at the behest of Maso Terrain's leadership. The eetoah'ahtatopii outfit the Vaulok from a cache of weapons and ships they amassed from would-be trespassers to their consecrated grounds, easing the strain put on them by the Sovosal Tureo. Maintaining their oath, Ak lao'aa traveled The Allied with the Veliken while they restored the natural energies of worlds tarnished by the sickening fanatics 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 wayward Lioma tribes. They shared no love for the Nohrd, having frequent spats with Sim Shavo patrols who refused to respect their religious sovereignty.
Though a protected extension of Maso Terra, Semprada VII was a tempting target for pirate guilds and exotic hunters throughout Qn'Tahr's modern era. The Hillian became the favored quarry of Barados hunters, and their tails and pelts fetched millions on black markets. Despite tremendous public outcry over the grotesque practice, some, like the Nohrd, lavishly flaunted these items in their attire. Because of this, the Hilllian rarely traveled alone, instead choosing larger groups and Veliken clergy often accompanied them.
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.
“The Hillian’s feet were freaking weird looking.”
“DON’T get caught within allied territory with a Hillian tail!”