“We can no longer have faith in the original principles of our civilisation. Masaari is dead. The self-enclosed Theosophian cabal which has for millenia failed to institute any meaningful social change is no longer fit to rule our fractured species. But we still must have faith. There must be unwavering principles on which our society must structure. Otherwise, the only fate that will await us is extinction.”
The Qiranit, known also among non-Radeons as the Cyrandia Radeons, are a Radeon sub-race native to the Cyrandia Cluster, descended from colonists and missionaries that came to the galaxy centuries ago to spread the Church of Spode's religious influence. Separated from the rest of the Radeon people by their red fur, larger stature, and, culturally, by their secular worldview, the Qiranit are, alongside the Wexord, the dominant species in the Miragna Sector of the Cyrannus Galaxy; they also form an ethnic minority in the Divinarium and the Rambo Nation. Though hardly the most prominent people in the Cluster, the Cyrandia Radeons have neverthless garnered significant influence in the politics of the Outer Rim, their species' traditional collectivism and dedication earning great respect under both the Second Republic and the Cyrannian Empire. However, this respect is quite often mixed with fear and disgust: Qiranit atrocities during the Great Cyrannus War and the Dark Times have firmly equated their people's name with tyranny, oppression and bloodshed.
“We did not win the war with prayers, but with the blood of our soldiers.”
The origin of the Qiranit Radeons lies in the original missionary expeditions that occurred closer towards the end of the Church of Spode's golden age, circa 30,000 (human) years ago. At that time, the original galactic government had just recently collapsed, and the newly formed Federation of United Worlds did not extend its power into the outer regions of the galaxy; as such, the Radeon preachers were allowed to spread their faith with relative impunity in the lawlessness of the Outer Rim. Though the Path of Masaari did not overtake traditional Cyrannian religions, such as the worship of the Lords of the Thirteen, the missionaries did neverthless managed to estabilish a foothold in the galaxy, forming a small region of planets where Masaari followers and Radeons were the majority: the Mission Wolrds. Though these planets were not ruled the Clericarch directly but answered instead to local rulers and governments, their cultural, spiritual and economic ties brought them together. Radeons in these worlds would become important government officials, scientists and religious leaders, often helping the development of fledgeling nations in the sectors around them, which became known as the Sacellum.
Thousands of years later, the situation changed. Back in the Intergalactic Rifts, the Divine Throne of Vendespode was claimed by the bloodthirsty Clericarch Jaharan, who wished to recreate the Church of Spode's former glory by uniting all Masaari nations and species under his autocratic rule. This would result in a series of conflicts all over the Gigaquadrant everywhere where worshippers of Spode were found, including Cyrannus, where it would become known as the Ponticopoi Crusade. The ensuing bloodshed was grand in scope, with many Masaari worlds that would refuse to accept Jaharan's rule deemed apostate and subsequently targeted for extermination and glassing. The war was only ultimately ended by events outside of Cyrannus, when Jaharan was ousted on Vendespode by the less extremist among the Theosophians, led by the young revolutionary and reformist Telfar au'Jahali. A peace treaty was agreed on, with the help of both the new Church's higher circles and the Federation of United Worlds, that returned sovereignty to the nations of the Sacellum, but retained the Radeon-majority Mission Worlds under control of the Church, under the name of the Qiran Primacy.
In Cyrannian history, this moment is seen traditionally as the beginnning of the modern Qiranit Radeon identity. Although many Radeons welcomed the formation of a new unified Masaari state under Jaharan, most ultimately believed that their loyalty to Cyrannus and its many peoples was stronger, especially considering the atrocities that their leader committed. It is also from this point that the skepticism in the central Vendespodian government began, as well as their dislike for theocratic rule, which would influence later events in the region.
The Primacy's EndEdit
For the following years, the Qiranit Primacy entered a period of lasting peace as a member of both the Federation of United Worlds and the Church of Spode. Under Telfar and his representative in the galaxy, the Qiranit Primate Afshar Messith, economic growth and a significant increase in life quality ensued thanks to the renewed connection to the rich Vendespode, and the devastation caused by the war was soon overcome. At the same time, however, the overall societal stagnation in Masaari worlds that began before Telfar and Jaharan would not stop and even accelerated, leading to discontent among the Primacy's intellegentsia - which in Radeon society have always comrpised a significant amount of the population. This would prompt many Qiranit Radeons, who found their ideas and talents to be insufficiently appreciated, to leave the Primacy for the Core Worlds or the Quadrant Galaxies.
That prosperity would end when the War of Ages began. As the Church's core worlds were located deep in Endless Space and thus outside the reach of Xhodocto Scourge machines, they were among the first to be targeted by the Congregation specifically, and the weakened and disarmed Church was not able to defend itself against such a powerful enemy. Though the Primacy was well protected from the initial Congregation assaults by its distant location, the destruction of the metropole took a heavy blow to its economy. Facing with public dissent, different political factions vying with each other for influence, and more and more Radeons leaving the Sacellum, the elderly Primate made a decision that he thought would save his people, but ultimately doomed them: he ordered to close the borders of the Primacy and instituted martial law.
As the Primate hoped, this decision protected his position and the crumbling Primacy for a little while - by stifling the voices of revolutionary movements, he hoped to win time to somehow find a solution to the crisis. However, closing the Primacy's borders affected more than the the Primacy itself. The nearby Most Serene Republic of Yalisse, allies of the dreaded Basileus, considered the Qiranit Radeons' isolation as a strike against its interests and its traders in the Sacellum. Soon after the isolation decree was made, a large Aquilanius trade flotilla, headed personally by Prince Maetti'vaer and protected by the Basileus Imperium's vessels, entered the Primacy's borders and demanded that it allow them trade concessions and free reign in the region. The Primate, ever stalwart, declined. In response, the Basileus and the Aquilanii invaded the Primacy and, with their combined military might, occupied it.
With the public support of the Primate and the entire Theosophian caste at an all-time low, it was secular political movements that helmed the fight against that military occupation. The most powerful and important of these movements was known as Anasthai, a loose alliance of former Church military and liberal-minded intellectuals, who sought to drive off the invaders and subsequently replace the Primacy with a secular democratic government similar to that of the Core Worlds. Led by Agnassana Shoa'thaina, pupil of the legendary strategist and tactician Mieo Venoriel, the Anasthai rallied the public against the occupiers, began a campaign of assymetric warfare against the Basileus-Aquilanii fleets, and, most importantly, contacted the United Republic of Cyrannus and asked for its help. Thanks to these three factors, Anasthai was ultimately successful in driving off the invaders, and the Primacy was reformed into the Miragnan Republic (named so after its new capital world), a member state of the Republic ruled by Agnassana herself.
The Miragnan Republic Edit
After being elected into the office, Agnassana, now known as the Daevlomi, or Mother of the Nation, immediately took to radical reformations, having in their mind a vision vast in scope: to modernise the entire Radeon society down from its very foundations. Having learned the value of republican rule and secularism in the universities of Orbispira and the importance of ideology, propaganda and the rule of law as a Church officer, the Miragnan Republic under Agnassana became a strange fusion of these two seemingly incompatible cultures. Though the rule of the Theosophians were no more, freedom of religion was declared and the old caste system was abolished in favour of the traditional Cyrannian egalitarianism, the zealous belief in order and strong rule that so characterised the old Church was not gone. In fact, now that authoritarian rule was justified not by the decree of a distant god but by the more tangible "will of the nation" and the "five principles of modernisation", the notion that dictatorship is the only path to prosperity only gained more power. The more democratic of Miragna's intellectuals who came to criticise it, wishing for a society more closely resembling the Core Worlds, were quickly silenced by the Daevlomi's newly founded Protectorate.
Though many in the Republic criticised the attacks on protesters and mass surveillance, especially on Capricaerón, its highest circles mostly kept a blind eye to Agnassana's brutal reign, seeing as the amount of raw resources gained from the wealthy Mission Worlds, not to mention the political influence Orbispira gained in the lawless Outer Rim through Miragna, as worth the blood shed. Meanwhile, the Miragnan Republic itself continued to grow, expanding further into the Sacellum and absorbing the neighbouring species into its fold for the purpose of "restoring the original national Radeon cultural sphere". Most of these annexations faced little to no military resistance, and in many cases were entirely peaceful, as Sacellum species had been, in general, influenced by Radeon culture and the sense of kinship among them still remained. Thus, despite the growing authoritarianism, Agnassana's popularity continued to grow, as did her influence in the Senate.
There was one species, however, that resisted Miragnan expansion strongly: the Wexord, a race of pacifistic insectoid creatures to the west from the Mission Worlds. One of the few Sacellum cultures that had already been advanced and developed when the Radeons first arrived, the Wexord were masters of wormhole technology; the pinnacle of this technology was their capital of Lu Sarteck, a highly advanced space station that allegedly allowed them to travel to any place in Cyrannus. Eager to possess the station as well as the riches of the Wexord worlds, Agnassana was ready to take Lu Sarteck for the Republic, but lacked both a casus belli and the public support to do so. As Masaari influence was never strong in Wexord space, the relationships between the two peoples were too cold for peaceful annexation, and Agnassana could not risk an all-out war, afraid of being branded an aggressor and losing Republic support. Thus, she decided to bide time, waiting for the opportune moment to claim Lu Sarteck.
Such an opportunity finally presented itself at 03 BNE, when the terrible Great Cyrannus War unfurtled and the United Republic of Cyrannus and the Confederacy of Allied Systems turned upon one another. As the Confederacy's influence in the Outer Rim grew, Agnassana suggested to the Senate that the Lu Sarteck Station, as a highly important war asset and (allegedly - the reasoning was that the Wexord were supposedly too primitive to construct it themselves) an Oikoumene relic could not be allowed to fall to Confederate hands, and the Republic would thus have to make the first move. As Miragna, and the entire Sacellum for that matter, was an important strategic position in Republic campaigns against the Confederacy, Agnassana's plan was met with approval on Orbispira, and with the President's approval, a significant portion of the Navy was dispatched to claim Lu Sarteck. Within but a month, more than a half of Wexord territory was occupied and millions of civilians either killed or sent to Miragna to serve as cheap labour. Lu Sarteck itself was ripe was for the taking.
Eventually, however, the Wexord were able to retaliate: their government agreed to join the Confederacy, allowing it to study its advanced wormhole technology in exchange for military protection. Using Lu Sarteck as staging ground, the Wexord fleet, now bolstered by Mortalitas technology, launched several daring strikes deeper into Radeon territory, eventually almost reaching Miragna itself. To say that the Miragnan government was embarrassed by this incident would be a great understatement. Not only had Agnassana by her actions caused the very event she wasallegedly trying to prevent - Lu Sarteck falling to the Confederacy - but she had also lost no less than a third of her entire military force in the following counterattacks. Understanding that the time for legitimate warfare had passed, she turned to more subversive tactics: biological warfare.
Under Agnassana's orders, the Miragnan Republic secretly procured samples of infected tissue from the Trucinex War Purity outbreak, the same one that nearly destroyed the entire Trucinex species. The Miragnans, unaware of the virus' true origins, planned to use the tissue to recreate the deadly virus, but in a more stable and less infectious form, viable for use as a weapon. Though, owing to Radeon scientific genius, the Virus was soon produced and was used successfully against the Wexord, devastating planet after planet with amazing rapidity, the situation soon spiralled out of control. As it would be expected (from those aware of the Xeranbha, at least), the Radeon Purity Virus went rampant soon after gaining enough infectees, and evolved in a more deadly form, spreading to Radeon territory; what seemed to be an hour of triumph quickly became a nightmare. The bloody melee à trois between the Republic, the Confederacy and the Xeranbha was resolved only after the monumental Battle for Lu Sarteck, when both the Radeons and the Wexord had to bombard the station with neutron missiles in order to prevent the Purity from spreading through its wormhole generators
The conflict between the Wexord and Miragna was ended abruptly by the end of the Great War and the formation of Tyrómairon's Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, which put the two warring species under the same banner and grouped them into the same sector. Most Cyrannian Radeons were more than content with the new change in government, having no more need to maintain even the sham of republican rule, and now able to make use of Wexord worlds and their resources. That included Lu Sarteck, which was slowly rebuilt over the course of two years by Imperial engineers (who apparently neither proved nor disproved the theory of Oikoumene origins of the station) and transformed into a military stronghold used by the Empire to monitor the galaxy. Notably, unlike most Republican senators, who were largely stripped of their powers in favour of new Imperial institutions, Agnassana was instead promoted to the rank of Mandator and given full rule over the sector. At the same time, many Qiranit joined the newly founded Imperial Intelligence where Radeon skills became extremely useful.
The influence of Miragna and the Sacelllum Sector also rose in interstellar politics, where Agnassana was one of the key opposing figures to the increasing role of the Basileus (whom Agnassana despised) in the governance of the Outer Rim. Together with a few other Mandators, Agnassana was part of what was called the White Bloc, an unofficial alliance of Imperialsectors bound by the shared dislike of Imperator Tyranus, his policies, and his people. Though having no actual political power, they (at times) successfully hampered whatever decisions the Imperator proposed by unanimously voicing their opposition right until 02 NE, when one of their more clandestine operations - which involved assassinating one of Tyranus' supporters to replace him with a more Basileus-sceptical politician - was succesfully exposed and thwarted. Soon afterwards, Miragna was bombed, Agnassana was stripped of her title (allegedly sent to the death - though the truth is somewhat more interesting), and Mandatorship of the Sacellym given first temporarily to Commissar Aerlon and then to a Wexordian politician.
As a result of the scandal, the Qiranit Radeons' influence waned greatly in the following years, and it was for this reason that the Sacellum did not participate much in the following New Cyrandia Wars - though naturally, given their hatred of the Basileus, Qiranit eagerly supported the Empire throughout the conflict and demonstrations against the Basileus-dominated Cyrannian Imperial State happened almost daily on Miragna. Now after the conflict is over, the Qiranit Radeons seem to gain prominence once again.
Biology and Appearance Edit
The Qiranit Radeons are fairly similar to their cousins in Andromeda, with the only noticeable difference being their crimson coat (apparently a reaction to Cyrannian crops causing their fur to become brighter). In addition to this, they are also slightly taller and larger than other Radeons, being around 2.6 meter tall on average; still, they are quite small compared to other Cyrannian races, and because of that tend to use gravity platforms and hoverchairs in order to compensate. Amongst other, less noticeable differences are longer skull shape, smaller eye ridges, and longer ears.
While inferior in terms of strength and endurance to the majority of Cyrannian species, the Qiranit Radeons have their own physical advantages. As with all Radeons, the Qiranit are highly agile, flexible and possess strong reflexes; due to this, Cyrannian Radeons are often seen as spies and infiltrators within the Empire. Yet another fairly known Radeon ability that the Qiranit possess is Essence mastery. All Radeons have limited control over it, being able to subconciously sense the emotions and thoughts of others, while those who are more talented in it are able to read others' minds or even control them. These psychics are often trained in the military academies of the Empire to become agents of the Imperial Intelligence, known as survelliants. These survelliants are known for bringing utmost horror into those who dare to rebel against the Empire, as they are able to sense any rebellious thought and destroy potential dissidents even before they would reveal themselves.
Culture and SocietyEdit
“If we are weak, our country will be in jeopardy. It is the living lesson of history of the rise and fall of nations. In order for a country not to fall, it must cultivate its own strength.”
Qiranit society has been described by foreigners who came to visit Miragna as a "macabre amalgam of things both Cyrannian and Masaari". Some aspects of their culture are taken from Orbispira, others are drawn from their old home - but at the same time, Miragna has somehow subverted and perverted the core ideals of both. Much like their cousins in the Divinarium, Qiranit Radeons possess a strong belief in collectivism and the society as a whole. The death of a single individual is inconsequential. Though a society of intellectuals, scientific and artistic pursuits are only allowed when they do not contradict the needs of the people, as represented by the ruler. Dissidents, free-thinkers and protesting workers are punished severely as the "fifth column" - more severely, in fact, than in the rest of the Empire. The usual practice in Qiranit space for these enemies of the state is correction - a long, painful process combining psychological, technological and physical techniques that leaves its victim a barely living husk incapable of independent thought.
At the same time, however, unlike in the Divinarium, religion has very little role in Qiranit life: though they would be proud to announce their belief in Spode, they do not have much faith in the Masaari as a system or an idea, and the theocratic caste system that others in their species condone is seen as backwards. Instead of deities, the Qiranit place their faith in their nation and species. Radeons in Cyrannus take great pride in their cultural domination of the Sacellum and the great role they had in uplifting its species, and consider themselves, in private, as culturally superior to both other Radeons and other Cyrannians (save for the more ancient and widespread species like the Libertus). This mild contempt however pales in comparison to their hatred of the Basileus and their cousins, the Aquilanii. Outside the aforemented cultural bigotry, however, Qiranit Radeon society is quite egalitarian, and has little discrimination towards gender, birth, sexuality or creed - as long as once accepts Radeon cultural superiotity and pledges loyalty to the Empire, all roads are free to them on Miragna.
“No inch of the motherland may be abandoned without being soaked in the blood of her sons.”
Few in the Empire possess the zealous devotion of Aerlon Cyredrae, Legion Comissioner of the Sacellum and Commodore of the Imperial Navy. Serving by Agnassana's side almost since childhood, Aerlon was influenced deeply by her speeches of pride, duty and loyalty, but unlike her, he actually believed in them. Known for his fanaticism and fierce temper even before as a Republic captain, Aerlon quickly became a respectable Imperial commander upon Tyrómairon's rise to power, earning his stripes in the bloody purges against the Wexord and the hunts for the Confederacy of Free Planets.
Following Agnassana's imprisonment, Aerlon briefly took control of the Sacellum as interim Mandator, but was swiftly replaced by the Wexord Kar Zaram, much to the Commissar's displeasure. This displeasure however was soon alleviated when the New Cyrandia Wars unfolded and he once again had the chance to crush the enemies of his people by all-out war.
“The Empire is expressed through deeds. In every word of the Emperor and the Mandators, in every knife stabbed into the back of the fifth column, in every vortex torpedo descending upon the unworthy, there is the Empire. Feel it. Breathe it. Realise its omnipresence.”
- Name - Agnassana
- Affiliation - Imperial Intelligence
- Position - High Minister · Former Imperial Mandator · Former Republic Senator · Former Dei'Ar Ordinator
If there was anyone that can be credited with creating the Qiranit Radeon nation as it stands today, it is Daevlomi Agnassana Shoa'thaina, former Mandator of Galactic Empire of Cyrannus. Born in Cyrannus, educated on Orbispira but forced by her Militant Overcaste to serve the Dei'Ar Order under the infamous High Ordinator Venoriel and raised equally in Cyrannian and Radeon traditions, it was her who organised the resistance against the Aquilanii-Basileus occupation of the Mission Worlds, masterminded their acceptance into the United Republic of Cyrannus and later the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, and reorganised the Primacy into a secular nation-state. Her cunning, charm, charisma and iron will have earned her great respect in the Empire and fear among the Confederates, while the population of the Miragnan Republic continue to adore her even today. It was only after one of her unsuccessful schemes which involved assassinating Mandator Nenabie was revealed that Agnassana was removed from power, but her career did not end there. No longer a politician, she now serves in the Imperial Intelligence, where she has become one of its deadliest agents.
Outwardly, Agnassana projects an aura of nobility and devotion to the Empire and her people, having a near-maternal dedication to the Qiranit Radeons' plight. However underneath that charming exterior lies a ruthless, power-hungry woman who is ready to commit horrible atrocities to further her goals. While she may claim that she serves a lofty goal, in reality her ultimate loyalty is only to herself - and she does not hesitate to kill even her own subjects to increase her power and influence. Even the Emperor himself only has so much influence over Agnassana, who seems to only serve him out of fear.
“Dark tidings are coming. I can feel shadows gathering around the stars.”
- Name - Cionai Q'Rali
- Affiliation - The Divinarium
- Position - Exarch
Perhaps one of the few prominent Qiranit Theosophians who survived the occupation and the following cultural revolution, Cionai Q'Rali, then a Primacy Praedros, saved himself by proving that the priesthood too could have a place in the modernised Miragnan Republic. Though an old man, even in his sunset days he had remained open-minded and full of energy. Having served as a missionary as a youth, contacts with many cultures and civilisations had made him realise that all species held in their beliefs some kernel of the truth, and that no religion could possibly hold the monopoly on truth. Though despised by the rest of the Theosophian caste, Agnassana found some use in Q'Rali and made him his advisor, using his beliefs as a means to reforming Masaari for her needs. The Praedros, on his part, wanted to curb the Senator's ambitions and serve as the moral core of the newly founded Miragnan Republic.
As Q'Rali spent more and more time with Agnassana, however, he began to realize the full scope of her ruthlessness and cruelty, and found that changing her ways was impossible. Thus the Proedros left Cyrannus - just in time before the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus emerged and made migration between the galaxies much more difficult - and moved to the Andromeda Galaxy, where he was accepted by the Divinarium and given the title of Exarch in the newly reinstituted Conclave. It was him who controlled the newly growing economy of the Divinarium and oversaw its industrial advancement, and it was his liberal policies that allowed the newly reformed Holy Empire to flourish.During the invasion of Crepusculum by the Coalition in the final stages of the Andromeda War, Q'rali was killed by the Artharon commander known only as the Warrior.
Class: Devilfish-class Frigate
Year Introduced: 27 BNE
Length: 400 metres
|The Devilfish-class is the most common starship in Qiranit fleets, based on Church of Spode's main workhorse, the Deathwing-class, but modified with Cyrannian technology. The main two alterations added to the Devifish are its vastly increased size - the Devilfish is roughly 400 meter long - and its large wings. Despite their appearance, the wings do not in fact serve any purpose in enhancing the ship's flying capabilities, but are actually weapon platforms: each of them is an energy system, feeding power to the vessel's two turbolasers. Thus, the Devilfish's firepower is significantly amplified. The Devilfish was first developed during the foundation of the Republic of Miragna shortly after the Basileus occupation, as a symybol of national pride, and proved to be deadlyduring the Great Cyrannus War. Now, Devilfish-class are continued to be used alongside the vessels of the Imperial Navy, primarily operating within the Sacellum.
|Celestial-class Star Destroyer|
Class: Celestial-class Star Destroyer
Year Introduced: 1 NE
Length: 1,400 metres
|The Celestial-class Star Destroyer is the most recent addition to the Qiranit fleets, made shortly after the Great Cyrannus War was over, in an attempt to emulate the mighty Star Destroyers of the Empire. However, as large starships broke the usual Radeon construction traditions, the Celestial ultimately failed to become the mainstay of Qiranit fleets as Venator and Imperator did in the Core Worlds, and is relegated primarily to planetary warfare. As such, only a few Celestial-class Star Destroyers serve in the Qiranit armada. That being said, the Celestial is far from harmless or useles: armed with a large amount of missiles, bombs and planetary turbolasers, even one of these vessels can devastate an entire planet, breaking its denizens' resistance once the smaller ships have eliminated the enemy fleets. For this reason, the Celestial also possesses large hangar bays, which serve as a way to bring more Punishment-class or Devilfish-class vessels into the fray.|
- Libertus - None may deny the principles of laicite, egalitarianism and secularism.
- Rambo Serindia - Starfarers, bold explorers and settlers - much like our ancestors were.
- Divinarian Radeon - Clericals, fundamentalists and conservatives. Have they not learned anything from the War of Ages?
- Alavar - Physically, quite similar to us. In terms of mental strength, however, they are weak, viable for control. A very negative quality.
- Trucinex - Perhaps the One is another incarnation of Dei'Nar as revealed to Cyrannus?
- Mortalitas - Crude. Their allegiance with the Imperial State shows their unreliability. But to say that their culture is not strong would be a lie.
- Tiranozark - Akin to the Mortalitas.
- Basileus - We still remember the occupation. We shall not forgive.
- Cogsangui - Theocratic degenerates.
- Quadrantia Radeon - Flee, traitors!
“We shall prevail.”
“A shame they have turned to darkness.”
“FREEKIN RADEON EVRYWHER MAN I SWER DOWN RADEON GO AWAY AN STIK TA ONE GALAXI YOO CULTIST DUMBO LOSAS WIV WEIRDO GODZ”
“May peace guide you through. Through diplomacy power can also be obtained.”
- - Kalatorg
“Hmph. Not the worst species I could think of.”
- - Tyranus
“imperial Radeons? This is certainly odd...”
“Bah. There is little sympathy to be felt for this band of apostates. So proud of their so-called achievements when they are nothing but a shadow under the feet of the actual rulers of Cyrannus. But a misguided flock can always be retrieved back to where it belongs...”
“Misguided Radeons, why not join their Quadrantia brothers for a normal life?”
“Despite their... origins, the Qiranit Radeon have proven to be quite useful to His Cyrannic Imperial Majesty. They know that power is the only worthy prize in the galaxy.”
- Notably, the Qiranit Radeons are the only Radeon group that has a culture of drinking alcohol. Unlike their Andromedan cousins that burn draxite fumes in hookahs to achieve a state of altered consciousness, they instead boil draxite in starch distillate, creating a vodka-like beverage.
- Also notable is the abundance of meat in Qiranit cuisine, especially in comparison to other Radeon races. This is largely the result of them adopting many Core Worlder meals, as the most prominent Core World species, the Libertus, are descended from predators. However, as Radeons are more accustomed to a herbivorous diet, many of these Core Worlder meals have been thoroughly modified.
- The greatest national hero among the Qiranit Radeons is Divine Agna, one of the first missionaries who came to Cyrannus in order to preach it to the natives. During his journeys, he encountered two warring species - the Perth and the Zoriu - and spoke to them both of the greatness of Masaari that could unite and save them. Though the opposing armies did not listen initially and continued their war, Agna did not stop and landed on the planet they fought for, praying night and day until the war miraculously stopped and the two species, touched by the preacher's fortitude, converted.
- Many places and people in the Sacellum are called after Agna, most notably Miragna, meaning Revelation of Agna, and Agnassana, meaning Inspired by Agna.
- Much like in the Divinarium, robotics are highly developed in the Sacellum, though Qiranit engineers have more of a preference for the humanoid form, quite unlike the small, round Metallo of the devotees of Spode. Whether this is influenced by Cyrannian design traditions or the Qiranit belief that the Radeon form is somehow sacred is unclear.
- The traditional symbol of the Qiranit Radeons is the Luminary Pyramid: a rotating tetrahedron with eyes on its every side, developed from the traditional Masaari eye symbol. When displayed in a 2-D view, the Pyramid is similar to the human symbol known as the Eye of Providence, but the actual symbolism is different: rather than knowledge, it represents the strength and stability of faith. Though associated with religion, the Pyramid was too important and popular to be banned, and was thus reinterpreted as a secular symbol resembling the omnipresent rule of law.
- A common exclamation in Qiranit Radessic used to express excitement or when making a pledge is "Zaelarama-ii sinphor!"". Roughly translated, it means: "By Luminary, confirmed!"
Out of universeEdit
- The Qiranit Radeons were originally conceived by TheImperios, as is its modern design, but their earliest characterisation - that of a more peaceful, less zealous Radeon culture without a state of their own - was the brainchild of Cyrannian.
- The original idea of the Miragnan Republic was to create a dark aspect to the normally benevolent United Republic of Cyrannus thus adding moral depth to the faction. That being said, Imperios regrets the cartoonishly evil characterisation of these Cyrannian Radeons.
- Though the Qiranit Radeons were originally based on Oceania from the 1984 universe as well as the far-right fascist states of the early 20th century, their current incarnation was inspired more by the Republic of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal as well as South Korea under Park Chung-hee, whose quotes Imperios has respectfully borrowed.
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