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The Lokkarran Chronicles: A Novel in the Making

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The History of Altarus
 
 
The White Star Rain
Following the zenith of Chrysolon, the white dwarf's, passing came what historians call the White Star Rain.  Huge chunks of meteorites some say were pieces of the star itself rained down on the planet, heralding almost magical properties that changed the face of Altarus.  Global changes to the flora and fauna which were brought about by the drier, hotter climate were accellerated by the radioactive particle fallout streaming from the white-hot star.  And these changes didn't stop there.  Many races and whole civilizations were changed forever by the Rain in ways that never could have been predicted.
 
The Axis of Chuuron and Chrysolos
The close passing of a white-hot companion star, dubbed Chrysolos, nearly eight millenia ago brought about monumental environmental changes to what was once the lush, tropical world of Altarus.  Innundated by the heat of two suns for nearly 1500 years, Altarus emerged from the stellar encounter as an altogether different world.  Such upheaval was not without its cost on the social, political and religious institutions of the peoples of Altarus either.  Stripped from the orbit around its orange sun Chuuron, Altarus has been heading into the depths of space, growing darker each passing day...
 
 
A World Growing Colder
The first few months after the Zenith occured, the learned among the nations of Altarus noticed changes that were only later to be recognized for what they truly were.  Inhabitants of Altarus noticed that the length of a day was changing when time pieces no longer kept accurate track of the measure of a day.  Calculations of the heavens and the length of the Altaran year had begun to change gradually, and the growing seasons on both continents shortened.  Within a generation, even the least observant individuals noticed permanent changes, as the pattern of long winters followed by brief summers only worsened.  Where there was still rain, it grew dryer; where it was very hot, it grew cooler.  And, because the world is now illuminated by two suns - often blurring the boundaries between night and day - the ecosystem struggles to adjust to the changes.
 
Before a century had passed, the levels of the huge oceans shrank while glaciers - where none had been - formed.   Altarus' massive atmosphere and geological activity have acted in concert to mitigate the climatic change somewhat, yet in a world seemingly tumbling each day further and further from the sun it's known for billions of years, the future of it's inhabitants remains uncertain.
 
 
The Geography of Altarus
 
 
Altarus: An Overview
Altarus is the fifth in a solar system of 12 planets, but its size and mass make it the largest among terrestrial worlds.  Roughly four times the circumference of our world, its massive, multi-layer liquid iron core and deep, broad oceans ensure the planet remains tectonically active.  Additionally, volcanism has helped ensure that Altarus' atmosphere remains viable even as it's orbit finds it moving deeper into space. 
 
Comprised of two large, pangea-like continents connected along the planet's equator, the remainder of Altarus' surface is covered by a uniform body of water at places 40,000 feet deep.  This current positioning of the continents has altered the global climate which has varied greatly over its six billion year history.  This positioning of the land masses made Altarus conducive to a wet, tropical climate with narrow bands of desert or grassland.  Yet the movement of the world beyond its natural orbit has caused irrevocable climate changes; in fact, the only reason the planet isn't covered in a complete layer of ice is due to the increased volcanic activity, the latter of which was spurred by the close passing of its sun's stellar companion.
 
The Sea of Glass
What is now called the Desert Wastes of Khalli was once a thriving tropical habitat, home to hundreds of tribal nations and a virtually infinite variety of flora and fauna.  In the center of this three thousand mile jungle peninsula amidst the mountains of Juba'alee lay the Cha'akt Empire.  If reports of travelers and historians are to be believed, the city of Cha'akt'tka Tu'kon was larger than any city that ever existed on Altarus, well over three million inhabitants not including residents in the surrounding villages. 
 
Coincidentally, the peak of the Cha'akt Empire occured just prior to the axis of Chuuron and Chrysolon.  Stressed by the megalopolis' over-population and now by the extreme environmental changes slowly taking place as the inevitable result of the white star's passing, the ecosystem had collapsed.  Desertification wracked the land, and the vast agricultural system came to a halt.  Hundreds of thousands of people died from civil war and famine, and the political and social upheaval was enormous. 
 
In an effort to appease what Cha'akt priests called the appearance of the god Thu'wact Aku, magicians and priests alike performed a desperate ritual whose details are now unknown.  It is said that during the culmination of their ceremony, which included the day and night simultaneous sacrifice of thousands of humans, the worst of the White Star Rain fell.  A fiery piece of the star the size of a mountain plummeted from the sky, and in an instant the land ringed by the Juba'alee Mountains was encased in fire that literally melted the sand.  The great imperial city of Cha'akt'tka Tu'kon was engulfed in the boiling sands and encased in a sea of obsidian-like glass.

Altarus Plunges Into the Darkness of Space
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Courtesy: European Southern Observatory

The Personalities of Altarus
 
 
Princess Lyzaria of Isandur
Recently married to Prince Aeron of Uarania, Lyzaria is the only daughter of High King Godyard of Isandur, head of the Council of Ishlandia located in the capital city of Isandre.  The Princess can trace her lineage to the very founders of the capital city, and several of her fore-mothers played key roles in the survival of the Isandur' dynasty. 
 
The Lokkan
The exact origin of The Lokkan is a mystery, but Immaan clerics of the Lokkarran faith tell of the Warrior-Prophet's sudden appearance from the ancient ruins of Quidar al' Saleem, or the Sea of Glass in the western Ishlandish tongue, about 14 years ago.  The word Lokkan is as much a title as it is a name and refers to the Messiah of the Lokkaran Prophesies, whose cult-like followers have sought signs of its fulfillment for 70 centuries.
 
Standing 6' 6" tall with the long, black d'jallabra robes marked with the blue stripes of a Grand Immaan, The Lokkan wears a black iron mask completely covering his head.  His left arm removed from the elbow down, The Lokkan usually wields a massive skythiia blade in his right hand, an Eastern weapon normally requiring a two-handed grip.  His voice is deep and reverberant, his presence dark and menacing.  Touched by an inexplicable power unlike any other inhabitant of Altarus, The Lokkan is as large a figure as ever prophesied.

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