“They were angels of light, beauty, and mercy.”
Heralds of The Mother, arbiters of peace, and ushers of mercy, the Nesis were viewed as divine angels of Qn'Tahr. Residing within the ethereal Maso Terra, they harnessed the cosmic powers of the Shaylos to cast sweeping miracles onto their flocks. Guided by the sacred passages of the Shalaymuh, Nesis shepherds sought to elevate struggling civilizations through its teachings.
Average Adult Height: 1.9 m
Average Adult Weight: 68 kg
Alignment: Lawful Good
Established Planet: Kryllos
Population: 1.5-2 billion
Civilization Type: 0
Found: Maso Terra
Choosing to remain on Kryllos, it was rare for individuals outside Maso Terra to encounter a Nesis in person. The few who shared in their ethereal realm described them as beings of angelic beauty. Some likened them to having an elf-like appearance due to their pointed ears and flawless facial features, but the similarities seemed to end there. They moved with a fluid elegance, and their glistening complexions were varying shades of pastel blue and silver. Their fine hair lustered in shimmered hues of green, silver, and yellow. Though humanoid in appearance, their elongated necks amplified their hums of Gregorian praise to The Mother; their chants often echoed through the pristine halls of the Aashal Tureo. As strict vegetarians, their diet of exotic fruits gave them an acrid, semi-sweet aroma. Their chestnut eyes were commonly vibrant colors of blues and green, some likening them to an endless ocean of empathy and peace.
Although they were exceptionally skilled at harnessing their faith, the Nesis were never known for their physical prowess. Their tall, lanky physiques often made them look frail. Some Nesis, like Shepherds Nishek and Dintaar, went on to train with the Vaulok warriors of Cressca. Through dekrons extensive physical training, they transformed into muscular shadows of their former selves. Becoming proficient in reyv kor, they were able to perform similar duties to their Vlauk companions. Being more of the exception, most Nesis preferred The Mother's path and never pursued any form of physical combat. Instead, they adorned themselves in robes made of fine silks and jewels that conveyed Her beauty. Braided hair and weaves were common among both males and females. Like all who inhabit Maso Terra, their piezeron crystal quietly floated above their shoulders, a symbol of their absolute faith in The Mother.
“The watchful angels.”
In the wake of Qn'Tahr's miraculous conception, The Mother searched the cosmos for heralds to act at Her behest within the blossoming universe. Qn'Tahr needed a civilization that had achieved peace through Her to act as societal role models for others to follow. Her chosen would act as beacons of everlasting beauty and prosperity to those seeking revelation from Her teachings. Her search led to a society of peaceful worshipers who obtained spiritual enlightenment from Her beauty through nature. Within the distant forest world, the Nesis knew nothing but harmony among their people. Pleased with Her findings, The Mother manifested before members of the Nesis clergy in a stunning display of showering light.
The priests offered their utmost loyalty and servitude in the sudden presence of the celestial figure. Marveled by their reverence, She selected the clergy for divine intention. Elevating their accomplishments for others to follow, the Nesis would guide those led astray within a new universe. By instilling Her teachings of love, beauty, and mercy onto others, they too could obtain eternal peace through The Mother. Unwavering in their faith, the Nesis gracefully accepted their higher purpose. Mundaaka Volgos, the eldest member of the Nesis clergy, was personally selected by The Mother to act as Her spiritual leader within the new universe. Deeply humbled, Mundaaka swore an oath of absolute faith for himself and his people. Satisfied, The Mother gave her heralds 50 years to compile their teachings and settle their affairs before summoning them to begin their task. Her booming command echoed through the lush landscapes, reaching the soul of every Nesis individual. Acquiescing to Her infinite mercy and beauty, the Nesis began writing what would soon lead many towards everlasting prosperity: the Shalaymuh.
The High Shepherd, Mundaaka Volgos, assembled a court of 12 individuals, each representing an aspect of The Mother. They poured their wisdom into 13 passages, each sacred unto themselves, that would act as the voice of The Mother within the new universe. After Mundaaka compiled the writings, shepherdess Aisena Tobaru offered to embrace its teachings fully. Claiming the scriptures led her to spiritual euphoria, she became the first testament of the Shalaymuh. Celebrating her enlightenment, Mundaaka selected her to act as The Mother's teacher and embodiment of mercy within the new universe. To spread its teachings, Aisena entrusted her twin sons, Rothuk and Ateek, to deliver the message of the Shalaymuh into the lives of every Nesis, hoping to elevate their culture to new heights of prosperity. Through its texts, their society reached new levels of harmony. Confident the Shalaymuh reflected Her everlasting mercy and love, the Nesis eagerly awaited Her return.
True to Her word, The Mother returned precisely 50 years after their oath was made. Mundaaka Volgos reiterated their absolute faith, ensuring that he and his people would abide by Her teachings without question- absolute. Pleased, The Mother coalesced Her energies unto the Nesis, showering them with an intense spectrum of ethereal light. Then, through cosmic evocation, the Nesis was transported to Qn'Tahr via Mogotus Gate, ringing in the era of Early Twilight.
A rush of pulsating, fractal prisms consumed the Nesis, transporting them to an immense platform in the vastness of space. Sharing their presence was a race of beings unfamiliar to them but stood with a similar purpose. As the cascade of energy subsided, the two races found themselves standing at the feet of the heavenly Mother and Father; each regarding the sight with quieted awe. Then, with flourishing rays of intense spectra, the two races underwent a bath of spiritual cleansing, the Misheevuh, to ensure no corruption followed them into the virgin universe. During this ceremony, individuals confronted their innermost apprehensions and surrendered unconditionally to The Mother and Father. Only then would beings be considered shalaharah, pure, in the eyes of celestial figures.
Once cleansed, the two civilizations were transported to a planet whose vibrant forests best reflected Her beauty. Upon its serene landscapes of colossal flora, The Mother imbued a crystal monolith with Her infinite power. Emanating eternal love and mercy, the Shaylos would be a beacon to those lost within the sea of darkness. The Mother bequeathed unto Her children the crystal piezeron, each containing a portion of the Shaylos' vast, cosmic power. The piezeron could amplify their wielders' abilities through spiritual focus, allowing them to perform miracles on their flock. Before their departure, The Father gifted a statement of His righteousness unto the High Shepherd, symbolizing the balance between judgment and mercy. After graciously accepting the gift, The Mother and Father gave their children 200 pulses of the galactic cycle to master their abilities, establish houses of worship, and develop the necessary infrastructure for their flock. The Mother and Father asserted once more that only those of absolute faith would receive their blessing. After their final message, the gods ascended into the heavens in a blinding flash of fractal light, leaving behind their appointed to begin their task.
In the dalatos following their arrival, the shepherds learned how to amplify their spiritual connections through piezeron meditation. Shepherdess Aeolos Voxan, Embodiment of Beauty, Essense of The Mother, led the construction of a temple beseeming of The Mother's beauty. She, with Shepherdesses Scee and Okebah, ensured the halls of worship faithfully portrayed Her illustrious majesties. To communicate with the beings sharing in Kryllos' scaping tranquility, Shepherd Volnok Fuestros, Harmonizer of Mind, Eloquence of The Mother developed techniques to communicate through piezeron focus. His celebrated accomplishment helped forge the lasting bonds between the two races for ages to follow.
Like the Nesis, the Vlauk had been selected with a higher purpose. Though unfamiliar with The Mother, the Vlauk descended from a race of ancient warriors whose hostilities towards each other had driven their planet to the brink of extinction. By consuming drachnos tea, a potent libation that elevates its consumers to spiritual enlightenment, the Vlauk abandoned their conflicts and found peace through The Father. Emissary to His Righteousness, His Supreme Honor, Kavahk Kalatis, imparted the Vlauk's sacred text, the Tha'Ohkt, unto the shepherds. With reciprocal gratitude, the High Shepherd, Mundaaka Volgos, related the scriptures of the Shalaymuh, each placing their absolute faith in the others' abilities to foster peace within Qn'Tahr.
As the two societies diligently upheld their divine responsibilities, Mundaaka and his clergy frequently debated with Kavahk and His court. With vastly different ideologies, they discussed how they could effectively communicate their teachings to their flock. The leaders determined that The Mother's message of mercy and compassion would follow The Father's righteousness through prayer and revelation. Though they welcomed debate in hindsight, actions taken by both parties would be absolute, both agreeing that neither would interfere in the others' methods. As a symbol of mutual respect, holy leaders promised to implement the teachings of the other into their practices, hoping unity would lead the new universe towards a spiritual balance.
Within 40 dekron cycles, the Vlauk developed type 2 infrastructure on Kryllos and a star fleet large enough to house the entirety of their civilization. Blessed by a personal revelation, Kavahk informed the shepherds that he needed to lead his people on a spiritual journey to connect with The Father. While Kryllos reflected The Mother essence, the Vlauk required a planet befitting of Him to colonize. Commending their undertaking, the High Shepherd blessed his companions, assuring faith in The Mother would guide them in their travels. After humbly accepting Her grace, the Vlauk departed Kryllos into the unknown universe, leaving the Nesis to their own accord.
Dekrons following the Vlauk's departure, Shepherdess Aeolus completed The Mother's house of worship. Towering above the exotic forests of Kryllos, the Aashal Tureo was a remarkable testament to Her everlasting beauty. The ringed tower gleamed with The Mother's tranquil energies, beaconing those towards Her eternal salvation. Mundaaka and Aiseina made their residents at the top of the radiant tower, where they spiritually anchored themselves to the Shaylos. Then, relinquishing to their faith, Mundaaka and Aiseina spent seven dekrons in a state of deep meditation where they learned how to connect with the crystal's infinite power. Their devotion brought them revelation: by tapping into the Shaylos, shepherds could perform miracles to vast regions of the galaxy: they could restore beauty to decay, provide bounties where famine lingered, and restore life to what death has taken. The Nesis revered the incredible power entrusted to them, vowing only to use it for absolute good.
While the completion of the Aashal Tureo was celebrated among the Nesis, the Vlauk's journey ended with them discovering the planets Saa and Cressca, each bearing aspects of The Father. With no means of interstellar travel, twin sons Ateek and Rothuk developed the kyklono light sphere through piezeron focus. Once proficient, the technique allowed individuals to travel in a cocoon of The Mother's light between star systems without technology. Giving praise to The Mother, the twins viewed the kyklono as a means to extend their outreach deeper into the galaxy.
Leading up to the first arrivals, the Nesis felt confident in their ability to spread Her message to their flock. Guided by the teachings of Mundaaka and Aiseina, the shepherds learned how to tap into the Shaylos' power to amplify their abilities. Further practice with the kyklono allowed shepherds to travel the great distances between the nexus gates within dalatos. Shepherd Mandaro Dintaar, Intrepid of Light, Reckoning of The Mother, developed fond regard towards the Vaulok warriors of Cressca. Accompanied by shepherds Buhlek and Bazelon, they perfected piezeron techniques that enhanced the Vaulok's martial abilities. Shepherdess Selah Borendis, Curator of Wisdom, Hand to the Shepherd, ensured all teachings were faithfully chronicled for those ready to embrace The Mother. Shepherdess Okebah Nishek, Daughter of the Radiant, Light Crown of The Mother, graced the halls of the Aashal Tureo with inspiring hymns of Gregorian praise, invoking further confidence in her fellow shepherds. Placing their absolute faith in The Mother's guidance, civilizations began entering Qn'Tahr, ringing in the era of The Great Dawn.
Though it took some refinement, the shepherds faithfully executed the will of The Mother. Finding perseverance through their conviction, the shepherds overcame the initial challenges of their sworn duties. Shepherd Volnok Fuestros deepened his connection to The Mother's eloquence, giving piezeron users the ability to communicate with their flock. Shepherdess Aeolus Voxan, embodying the essence of Her beauty, and Shepherdess Scee Valtasha traveled with the Vlauk while they constructed additional settlements throughout Qn'Tahr. Graced by Her elegance, the shepherdesses were minstrels of compassion and love to the developing civilizations. The Great Teacher, Aiseina Tobaru, amplified Her message of harmony through the Shaylos, providing solace to those frightened of the new universe. The Nesis quickly drew adoration from their flock, earning them the nickname “light shepherd” by those touched by their message of kindness.
As societies poured into the galaxy, the arrival of the Lomoush, Semprada, and Veliken through Mogotus Gate was a welcomed surprise to the holy races. After receiving their piezeron, the Nesis and Vlauk took a needed respite to welcome the new arrivals. Sharing similar worship of The Mother, Mundaaka and his shepherds were privileged to grant Priest Loueem Mnayomobo of the Veliken an opportunity to establish his tribe on Kryllos. Having the ability to communicate with the planet's life force, the Veliken became documentarians and historians of nature. Veliken meisters partnered with Shepherdess Selah and recorded the spiritual footprints left in the wakes of their miraculous acts.
The Semprada had achieved peace by embracing the principles of both The Mother and The Father. Like the Vlauk in technical capability, the Semprada offered their advancements to further the sustainability of new colonies. Enthralled with the piezerons, the Semprada regarded the Nesis and Vlauk with precocious curiosity. Priest Qwitawu Weiqal of the Semprada developed a bond with Shepherdess Okebah, drawn to her child-like inquisitiveness. He and his priests frequently observed the methods of Mundaaka and his shepherds, often fawning over their spiritual prowess. Through piezeron focus, the Semprada could cast waves of empathy unto those receiving Mother's mercy. Mundaaka developed an admiration towards the Semprada priests, finding their ancient wisdom and anecdotes thought-provoking.
The Lomoush, upon their heavenly wings, enhanced the kyklono through deepened piezeron concentration. Their mastery allowed the holy races to travel faster across Qn'Tahr, garnering the praise of twin sons Ateek and Rothuk. The Lomoush assisted the twins with their outreach, spreading Her symphony of peace further into the core worlds. The High Shepherd honored the Lomoush with a Mother's blessing and appointed them as the distinguished couriers of the holy worlds.
While the influence of the Nesis and Vlauk guided flocks towards salvation, the arrival of the Assiek and Rhy'Laar led to the rapid expansion of the core worlds. They lifted struggling civilizations to higher levels of advancement and sustainability and helped solidify the technological independence of the core worlds, allowing the Nesis and Vlauk time to dedicate solely to their teachings.
Shepherdesses Aeolus and Scee returned to Kryllos and forged a bond with the Veliken mystics. Embodying The Mother through nature, the shepherdesses grew fond of Veliken culture. Under Loueem's guidance, they learned to spiritually bond with Kryllos, allowing them to communicate directly with its life force. To commemorate their achievement, Priest Loueem gifted the mystic sands of the You'unmuk to the young shepherdesses, deepening their bond with the planet.
Shepherds Mandaro, Buhlek, and Bazelon made permanent residents on Cressca as distinguished apprentices to the All-Father of reyv kor, Nokahvn Xarduk. As they immersed themselves in Vlauk tradition, the shepherds developed a deeper understanding of the Tha'Ohkt. Their enlightenment strengthened the shepherds' spiritual connection to the Vaulok warriors and amplified their ability to aid them along their path of righteousness. To celebrate their friendship, His Supreme Honor extended an invitation to Mundaaka to become the first of his people to undergo the sacred Blogoshk ceremony on Saa. Honored by the overture, The High Shepherd embraced The Father's teachings, becoming the first of his people to find enlightenment through His trials. As a result, the fellowship brought forth thousands of years of peace throughout Qn'Tahr.
As peace flourished in the infant universe, the arrival of the Hillian through Mogotus brought further joy to the holy worlds. After undergoing the Mesheevuh, the tribes were transported to Kryllos, where the shepherds were immediately drawn to their spiritual connections to nature. Sharing similar worship of The Mother, the Hillian partnered with Shepherdess Voxan to enhance the radiant majesty of the Aashal Tureo. Channeling Her beauty, the Hillian flourished the forests with symphonies of vibrant luminescence, illuminating the temple's surrounding landscapes with shades of pastel wonder. Their craft brought tears of amazement to the Nesis. Beholden to their artistry, the High Shepherd offered to share Kryllos as their home within Qn'Tahr. Honored by his invitation, the Hillian devoted themselves to the teachings of the Shalaymuh and promised to uphold Her heavenly splendor within Qn'Tahr.
As passing ages brought the galaxy closer towards prosperity, tensions began to stir on Kryllos. Lacking their sacred thistle, the Hillian couldn't perform their religious ceremonies within Qn'Tahr. Pivotal to their culture, the inability to celebrate their annual tradition created angst amongst their people. Mundaaka and Shepherdess Aiseina empathized with the Hillian tribal leaders, the Shao'aa, insisting their plight was a test of absolute faith in The Mother. As shepherds consoled the Hillian, desperate searches across the galaxy for their coveted thistle came up empty-handed, compounding their frustration. Refusing the intervention of the Vaulok, Mundaaka and his shepherds committed deeper to their faith and commiserated with the wary tribes. However, failing to affirm Her teachings, the serene halls of the Aashal Tureo became rife with conflict. As the shepherd struggled to maintain the temple's sanctity, the Semprada brought desecration to Kryllos.
Abandoning the teachings of the Shalaymuh and Tha'Ohkt, Priestess Eeoq of the Semprada sacrificed the Light Crown of The Mother, Shepherdess Okebah, in a bloody ritual beneath the Aashal Tureo. The Shaylos amplified her final moments of agony and marred the surrounding landscapes in a fog of darkness. The vile act cut the Semprada off from their piezerons in bursts of rippling darkness that shook the holy worlds. They reveled in her sacrifice with maddening worship. Giving glory to The Mother and Father, priest Qwitawu led an entourage of his fellow clergy in celebration throughout the Aashal Tureo. Horrified by the grotesque act, Mundaaka and Aiseina confronted the mad priest and his followers. Claiming her sacrifice honored The Mother and Father, priest Qwitawu invited the shepherds to join in their celebration. Fearing further desecration, Mundaaka placed Qwitawu and his followers under arrest while awaiting a verdict from the Vlauk.
Admonishing their heinous act, His Supreme Honor called for immediate action. Having revealed their dark intentions, Kavahk ordered the immediate execution of all Semprada zealots. Shepherd Bazelon, The Radiant Mercy, father of Okebah, demanded a Father's retribution. With his companions, Shepherd Bazelon accompanied All-Father Nokavn as he and the Vaulok traveled to Oqavar to purge the Semprada from Qn'Tahr. When news of their intentions reached the High Shepherd, he and Aiseina relinquished themselves in prayer to seek The Mother's wisdom. By committing deeper to their faith, they received a revelation on how to restore peace to the galaxy.
Refusing further violence to befall the holy worlds, Mundaaka invoked The Mother's mercy, sparing the Semprada from His righteousness. He instead ordered their banishment from the core worlds, choosing forgiveness over bloodshed, hoping they would realize the error of their atrocities while in exile. The Vlauk and Shepherd Bazelon furiously contested Mundaaka's judgment, insisting their twisted practices could not remain in Qn'Tahr. Reminding his companions of their oath, Mundaaka insisted that Her will is absolute. Outraged, The Father's warriors fought with fierce vitriol as they removed the Semprada from Oqavar.
With swiftness matched only by their fury, the Vaulok and Hillian drove the Semprada from Oqavar within two dalls. Though their defenses were formidable, the holy warriors experienced few casualties during their raid. The Semprada, however, were shown little mercy as their cities fell and their people rounded. Assuring his people that they were the holy martyrs of The Mother and Father, Qwitawu ordered his armies to surrender peacefully and comply with the mandate. Before departing for their exile, the High Shepherd made a final plea to his former friend, begging them to abandon their horrific practices. The blood priest cursed Mundaaka, vowing to continue their worship freely so long as they remained in Qn'Tahr.
Following the Semprada's removal from the holy worlds, Mundaaka and Aiseina called for a summit on Kryllos. His Supreme Honor led his court of judges to the Aashal Tureo, demanding that Mundaaka withdraw his order and allow for a Father's righteousness. Shepherd Bazelon, still grieving from his loss, echoed Kavahk's anger; his Nesis companions sharing his outrage. After surveying the aftermath of the Semprada's ritual, priest Loueem estimated that it could take thousands of dekrons to fully repair Kryllos natural energies. The Shao'aa voiced their intention of leaving the holy worlds to seek out a planet better-suited for their cultural needs, assuring they held no animosity towards their former hosts. Understanding the grievances of their allies, Mundaaka and Aiseina shared their revelation.
Guided by new insight, Mundaaka released the Hillian of their oath, informing the Shao'aa that if they were to receive Her eternal mercy, they first needed to embark on a spiritual journey to rekindle their faith in The Mother. To aid them along their path, Mundaaka gifted the Vlauk's mighty fleet, the Hok Kahma Tha, claiming that belief in Her would lead their people towards salvation. The Hillian received the gift with great appreciation. To preserve Her beauty, the Shao'aa swore their warriors would intervene if the Semprada attempted to invoke further darkness into Qn'Tahr.
His Supreme Honor, dissatisfied, contested the wisdom of the shepherds. Assuring the Semprada now knew the consequences for their acts of desecration, Mundaaka reiterated his faith in The Mother; though free to find peace in their exile, he permitted the Hillian to execute a Father's righteousness if the Semprada continued their grotesque practices. Giving blessings to their people, Mundaaka and Aiseina assured the Hillian that only absolute faith would guide them along their journey. Thankful, the Hillian set a course uur of the core worlds in persuit of the Semprada defilers, hoping The Mother would reward their dedication to Her beauty.
Tentative peace slowly returned to the holy worlds in the ages following the cleansing. Shepherds Bazelon, Mandaro, and Buhlek remained on Cressca and reached Iovok Tathn within reyv kor, having mastered the first level of Kahma Tathn. Following the restoration of Kryllos' energies by the Veliken, Mundaaka and Aiseina cast a crown of golden light above the Aashal Tureo as a radiant monument to Shepherdess Okebah. Shepherdess Scee Valtasha, Hand of the Beauty, offered her skilled artistry to Veliken priestess Uiun in her effort to construct a light bridge on Saa. When completed, it would grant travelers immediate passage to the Veliken colony on Oolumne, expanding their reach lowk of the core worlds. Despite his passive condemnation towards the shepherds, Kavahk maintained a close working relationship with their clergy, hoping spiritual balance could still be achieved in Qn'Tahr. As kinship devolved to platitude, the Hillian's journey ended with a discovery that restored the fractured bonds among the holy worlds.
After countless ages of thwarting Semprada blood priests in their attempts to summon darkness to Qn'Tahr, the Hillian's journey ended with the discovery of their precious thistle within the remote jungles of Semprada VII. The Hillian had finally received Her mercy. Rejoicing tears of gratitude swept the holy worlds, renewing faith in The Mother. To his chagrin, His Supreme Honor met with Mundaaka and Aiseina, vowing he would never again question Her methods. As holy leaders rekindled their ties, the Hillian tribes began cultivating their first harvest.
Acting in good faith, the Shao'aa invited their former hosts to share in Qn'Tahr's first Kluen Ak to celebrate The Mother's mercy. Elated by the privilege, holy leaders traveled to the distant world and immersed themselves in the Hillian's sacred tradition. As the festivities restored the Hillian's faith, Mundaaka and Kavahk believed spiritual balance had finally been achieved within Qn'Tahr. To honor their sacred bond, Shepherdess Aeolus and Veliken priest Loueem offered their craft to construct a light bridge on Kryllos to connect the Hillian's new planet with the holy worlds. Thus, the celebration of Her mercy rippled throughout the universe, ringing in a new era of peace across Qn'Tahr.
In the ages that flourished under the holy leaders, rumors of a ruinous black fog of twisted madness started circulating throughout the galaxy. As reports escalated in their urgency, piezeron wielders began sensing strange energies emanating from the Shaylos. Mundaaka and Aiseina relinquished themselves deeper into meditation, hoping to stabilize the unbalanced power of the crystal. Within 10 dalos, reports of entire solar systems getting obliterated by unstoppable waves of dark entities started pouring in. Tracking its course, the Assiek determined the anomaly was heading on a straight path to Kryllos. Shepherd Bazelon offered to lead a battalion of warriors to engage the growing threat as it drew closer to the core worlds. Granting their request, His Supreme Honor dispatched the Vaulok to combat the rising dark.
While the Vaulok mounted their attack, Mundaaka pleaded with the Hillian, begging them to seek out the Semprada responsible for releasing the ravenous plight onto the galaxy. Offering their assistance, the Ak Lao'aa confronted several established Semprada colonies and questioned their involvement. Even under the threat of death, the Semprada priests denied any involvement but admitted their settlements rarely interacted with each other due to constant pressure from Her warriors. When asked for their assistance, the Semprada priests refused, claiming their people viewed the events as spiritual symbolism to the process of The Mother and Father. With no signs of wrongdoing, the Ak Lao'aa returned to Semprada VII empty-handed. Having failed in his effort, the High Shepherd turned his faith to His warriors to preserve Qn'Tahr's beauty.
The horrors unleashed by the dark entities proved too overwhelming for The Father's champions. As they retreated, the darkness began ravaging through the core worlds, leaving blasted ruin in its wake. The Assiek and Rhy'Laar launched a final assault, hoping to prevent the entities from advancing closer to Kryllos. The intense and bloody campaign inevitably failed, costing the allies countless lives and ships in the process. Sensing the mounting peril, Mundaaka and Aiseina harnessed the Shaylos to cast a shield of blanketing light across the galaxy, hoping to prevent the darkness from advancing any further. Unfortunately, the exhausting effort only slowed the path of the entities as they grew closer to Kryllos.
As the eerie shadow approached Kryllos, the Veliken tapped into the planet's vast energies to summon powerful constructs of ethereal light to defend the Aashal Tureo, shepherdesses Aeolus and Scee joining in the defense. When the darkness reached the Nesis’ world, the entities descended onto the planet, sweeping through the serene landscapes like a churning fog of unstoppable death. The cascades of ruinous plight began to shrowd the Aashal Tureo, slowly extinguishing Her light. The Shaylos, waning in power, started to fracture under its intense bombardment. Refusing to abandon the temple, the shepherds engaged in a last-stand effort, fighting valiantly alongside their remaining allies to repel the threat. Overwhelmed and overrun, their final stand to preserve Her beauty eventually succumbed to the savage darkness; many of The Mother's defenders perished during the onslaught. Within his chambers atop the Aashal Tureo, Mundaaka made a final act of desperation: harnessing the last of the Shaylos' energy, he invoked the intervention of The Mother and Father. In a cosmic array of fractal light, the High Shepherd found himself standing at the feet of the celestial Mother and Father.
Personally witnessing the event, the ONLY first-hand account of what transpired within the High Shepherd's chambers came directly from Shepherdess Borendis, hand to Mundaaka, and has become the main topic of ancient study. She recounts the High Shepherd begging for forgiveness, taking full responsibility for failing to uphold Her teachings. Acting out of absolute love towards his flock, Mundaaka offered himself in exchange for those who perished under the siege. The Mother, wanting no further loss of life, extended her mercy in the form of exile to Her shepherd. Accepting his fate, the Gods turned their attention to Shepherdess Borendis; she regarded the beings with terrifying reverence. Addressing her directly, they appointed the young shepherdess to act as the voice of Mundaaka, forbidding any other outside contact. The shepherdess humbly acquiesced, vowing to convey Mundaaka's teachings faithfully. Pleased, The Mother and Father turned their ire to the dark entities.
With swift execution, The Mother cast waves of intense, radiant energy outward from Kryllos that rippled through Qn'Tahr, blanketing Her flock in showers of nurturing light. The divine evocation paralyzed the ravenous monstrosities, halting their advance. The Father, righteous be His name, smite the dark entities, and banished them to an eternity in the endless reaches of the abyss. In a final act of mercy, The Mother released a burst of cosmic energy onto the Shaylos, revitalizing its power, and caused it to resonated a calm, angelic melody of compassion throughout Qn'Tahr. Survivors recalled their minds succumbing to harmony as Her energy washed away the horrific memories of the dark entities. Completing their divine intervention, the deities reminding Shepherdess Selah of her oath before departing in a strobe of celestial light.
Righteous be The Father's judgment.
Blessed be The Mother's mercy.
Following the intervention of The Mother and Father and the vanquishing of the dark entities, the pristine majesty of the Aashal Tureo was restored with heightened elegance; its halls now shimmered with milky sinews of purple and pink ethereal twilight, its beauty magnificent. Okebah's light crown, the symbol of her life, shined with an intensity that split the clouds with vibrant rays of golden harmony. The Aashal Tureo's ringed towers radiated soothing embers of divine light that coursed throughout the landscape; the lush forests of serene bioluminescence now glimmered through wisps of celestial vapor that emanated from the luminous monolith. Glowing with Her cosmic power, the Shaylos now emitted a cacophony of haunting, angelic wails; the sensation of charged ozone hung heavy in the air. Finally, after suffering countless losses, the war was over, and peace had returned to Kryllos.
Descending from the High Shepherd's chambers, Shepherdess Selah Borendis, Voice of Mundaaka, was greeted by the other members of the Nesis clergy. Though their memories were mired in a cloud of vague recollection, the tearful moment of solidarity carried an undertone of terrifying relief. Shepherdess Selah, still dazed from the event, recounted Mundaaka's sacrifice to her fellow shepherds and reiterated the details of his exile. The lamented clergy accepted the High Shepherd's selfless atonement with solemn gratefulness. Yet, while they mourned the loss of their cherished leader, the shepherds had the sudden realization that they had lost their piezeron connections to their flock. As consternation unraveled the tearful reunion, they were met by members of the Vlauk, Veliken, and Lomoush, each shocked by the precarious developments.
After surveying the aftermath, holy leaders convened on Saa for an emergency summit, each bearing news that would put immense strain on their faith. Still unable to detect their flock, ALL technology had been completely disabled, putting a paralyzing halt to all automation and power grids within the region. Saa and Cressca, having been affected the hardest, suffered a cataclysmic infrastructural and economic collapse due to the sudden outage. For reasons unknown, the entire sector shimmered with vaporous ribbons of twilight that danced across the starry heavens like vails of celestial auroras. Churning clouds of gaseous light now cocooned the holy worlds, its intensity even too powerful for the Lomoush to penetrate. Even while pushing their meditative abilities to strenuous levels, shepherds attempting to reconnect to their flock were met with eerie silence. Cut off and isolated within their sector, the gathering of leaders quickly devolved into a panic.
Speaking on behalf of Mundaaka, Shepherdess Selah communicated his message to appoint the Great Teacher, Aiseina Toboru, as the new carrier of The Mother's message. As the first testament of the Shalaymuh, she accepted the responsibility with solemn acquiescence. However, as tensions stirred among the allies, some expressed troubling cynicism by asserting Qn'Tahr and their flock had undoubtedly been destroyed in the aftermath, claiming their situation was an act of The Father's righteousness. Belaboring his concerns, His Supreme Honor, Kavahk Kalatis, feared even if their flock had survived, they would eventually succumb to sin without their guidance. Moreover, even as their recounts slowly faded from memory, the holy leaders knew the dark entities would inevitably return without their presence in the galaxy. Undeterred by grievance, Aiseina tried to inject confidence in her allies, insisting the circumstances were yet another test of their conviction. Accompanied by Shepherdesses Aeolus and Scee, Priest Loueem of the Veliken addressed the troubled committee, expressing his peoples' readiness to undergo an arduous demonstration of their spiritual resolve, hoping the effort would reunite the holy worlds to the rest of Qn'Tahr.
Acknowledging his allies' previous trials of faith, the Veliken priest viewed the crisis as a test of his peoples' devotion to The Mother and Father. Having begun constructing light bridges on Kryllos, Saa, and throughout the galaxy, he believed they were the key to reconnecting to their flock. Though the mysterious effervescence that now surrounded the region would make the feat nearly impossible, he insisted his people were ready to surrender to their unconditional faith. With a firm understanding of their mysticism, Shepherdesses Aeolus and Scee expressed their willingness to assist the Veliken in their effort, knowing the commitment could take thousands of ages to perform- if it even worked. Having learned never to doubt The Mother's methods, His Supreme Honor expressed tepid optimism; Aiseina, exhilarated by the camaraderie, rejoiced with renewed enthusiasm. With trepidatious resolve, Aiseina and Kavahk extended their blessings unto the Veliken priest, placing their complete trust in him and his people. Departing the summit, Priest Loueem and Her Embodiment returned to Kryllos to begin the arduous ritual process. Remaining on Saa, Shepherdess Scee, Hand to The Beauty, joined Veliken priestess Uiun at its massive stargate, where they prepared for a similar undertaking.
Hundreds of dekrons passed while the ritual was being performed. Once every great while, bright flashes of crackling energy would erupt from the massive stargates, startling those into thinking the effort succeeded, only to fall silent for hundreds of dekrons more. Without their flock to maintain, the holy worlds became spiritually stagnate and whispered doubts began to surface over the Veliken's languishing effort. Nevertheless, the Great Teacher invoked confidence in her allies and was viewed as the beacon of hope among many. With Shepherd Tos Gujrial, Cleanser of Soul, Nurture of The Mother, they cast waves of angelic melodies throughout the region, hoping to ease the quieted agony of their allies. Speaking on behalf of the High Shepherd, Shepherdess Borendis shared his message of absolute faith, reminding shepherds of the previous undertakings by the Hillian and Vlauk. As centuries slowly turned to millennia, the hollowed optimism among the holy races began to wane.
As ageless time shuffled forward, the plight of the holy races grew more palpable. Succumbing to wary complacency, many began viewing the Veliken's slow ritual process as a wasted effort. Fearing his allies would abandon their faith, Shepherd Gujrial, Cleanser of Soul, developed abilities to absorb their emotional strife to mitigate their misery. Though taxing on his soul, his selfless efforts helped ease the suffering and mental uncertainty of those questioning The Mother and Father, restoring some faith in the Veliken's endeavor. Maintaining his vigilance, Shepherd Bazelon, the Radiant Mercy, achieved complete mastery of reyv kor, earning him the title of All-Father. Seeking to share The Father's teachings with his fellow shepherds, he created the Aashal Veileyya: a core of Nesis warriors who would defend The Mother's beauty Kryllos. Though his achievement was celebrated, the emotional strain on the holy races was excruciating. As their hardships reached a troubling crescendo, the light bridges on Saa and Kryllos exploded in a showering blaze of intense light that rattled the region.
Described as the bursting of a cosmic bubble, the bridging of the stargates sent rippling shockwaves of angelic light surging through Qn’Tahr. Even across the most distant worlds, the skies were briefly illuminated by a calamity of showering fractals of rainbow prisms for several alkrons before slowly subsiding. Looming above their landscapes, the colossal rings of Veliken architecture that had stood silent for ages now glowed with swirling hues of purple and blue crackling electricity. Waves of static charge coursed through the surrounding areas and popped with vibrant arrays of energy. The finely chiseled runes of Veliken mysticism reverberated with haunting beauty across their polished stone surfaces. With terrified uncertainty, the Nesis cautiously gathered at the light bridge on Kryllos. The Vlauk, forever vigilant, assembled their warriors at the foot of the gate on Saa.
Emerging victorious from their daunting task, the shepherdesses and Veliken meisters were immediately met by the stunned holy leaders, each offering their elated praise for their remarkable accomplishment.
Emerging from the swirling portal, the Nesis found themselves stepping into the exotic jungle of Semprada VII where they were immediately greeted by the open arms of the Hillian and Veliken tribes.
Rhy'Laar and Assiek took on the duties of recovering new arrivals
Semprada activity had been extremely limited
Veliken worked with Rhy'Laar and Assiek to continue spreading Their message
Qn'Tahr had achieved peace. Holy leaders were thrilled.
Kyklono is limited outside Maso Terra
Sovosal Tureo - The Mother's Cry
Nesis learn how to communicate indirectly with their flock. They choose to remain on Kryllos to assist their flock from afar.
Throughout Qn'Tahr's modern era, the Nesis continued to be viewed as angelic beings of mercy and light among the divided galaxy. Though still in exile, Mundaaka Volgos communicated directly to his hand, Shepherdess Selah Borendis, to ensure the passages of the Shalaymuh be faithfully conveyed to their flock. Winners of the Kleun Ak are given the honor of defending Mundaaka’s chambers, ensuring ONLY Shepherdess Selah be allowed admittance. The Great Teacher, Aiseina Tobaru, maintained her stewardship and relied heavily on Veliken emissaries to carry Her message beyond Maso Terra. War shepherds Mandaro, Buhlek, and Bazelon, reached the level of Kanta Vak Tathn in reyv kor and mastered techniques to enhance the abilities of their warrior allies.
Unlike the Vlauk, the Nesis rarely used the kyklono to travel beyond the ethereal Maso Terra. Instead, they preferred to remain within the Aashal Tureo, where the Shaylos’ cosmic energies amplified their abilities to assist those seeking Her mercy. The Nesis refused to involve themselves in politics, claiming all were worthy of receiving Her blessing if they opened their heart. Throughout Qn’Tahr, some preached that the light shepherds were a thing of ancient myth or a type of Nohrd deception. In the eyes of others, they were beings of absolute goodness who offered divine intervention during a time of peril.
Blessed be The Mother’s mercy.