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Thirnova - Oddest of Lights

It is rarely recommended to visit Thirnova. Its intriguing appearance coupled with its unique brilliance appeals to most when they first learn about it. It is also, however, one of the most radioactive locations in the universe, and the most radioactive of all the inhabited planets

Light radiation surges through every particle in Thirnova, in a manner far distant from Lastar’s light emissions. Every atom is so ionized with this transfer of energy that even dark matter in Thirnova glows with light, and the light of distant stars appears relatively dark in the Thirnovan sky. Few understand the physics behind this constant radiation, as Thirnovan scientists themselves have been secretive about their understanding of it. Protecting a visiting carbon-based lifeform from that sort of gamma decay, let alone to properly research Thirnova’s properties and physics, is both expensive and unlikely to work.

If one can imagine the hazards of going there, one might also imagine the Thirnovans’ initial horror when they first left their world and looked into our comparatively-dark universe. The endless black expanse of the cosmos was a stark contrast to their illuminated home, and worse was that any Thirnovans that explored this dark space slowly lost the energy that made up their bodies the longer they stayed, with lethal repercussions if they didn't return to Thirnova in time. Whatever races first reached Thirnova after its birth found a population quite happy to leave the rest of the universe to its own devices.

Over the course of time, Thirnovan paranoia slowly gave way to curiosity, and a bold few journeyed forth to re-establish contact with the other races. Their solution to the loss of energy was the creation and refinement of specialized recharging chambers built into their ships, which emulated the environment of their home world and restored the energy that they lost. They soon found it possible to live away from Thirnova for extended, even indefinite, periods of time, and that they could even control the emissions of their bodies with some practice, allowing them to interact with other races without significantly irradiating their surroundings. Yet majority of Thirnova's population still had little reason to expand its role or influence in the galaxy. Many of those who left did so more out of individualism, finding niches for themselves due to their uncommon presence.

To know the vast physical gaps that divide Thirnova from the rest of the galaxy's races is important. After the initial Meteos attacks, Thirnova began to display gradual shift in its interactions with the galaxy, sending both physical aid and new technology to the alliance against planet Meteo. Although no one truly expected Thirnova to contribute so much, especially given that Thirnova is not a physical planet that could be battered into annihilation by the Meteos, the aid was welcomed, as was the Thirnovans' desire to better integrate themselves into the alliance.

This change of heart would seem unexplainable beyond basic empathy, until the more technlogically-advanced races, in their observation of all known inhabited planets, noticed a gradual destabilisation in Thirnova's form. No one yet knows what would happen should the effect continue, given Thirnova's anomalous nature, and few yet see a need to understand it either, when so much else is already at stake. Whatever dark fate waits for Thirnova should the Meteos attacks continue is anyone's guess, but the drastic shift in Thirnovan agenda, if it is to garner enough power and influence to save their strange homeworld, means the Thirnovans themselves aren't eager to find out.

(- May pale light shine upon these words.)