“Eupherion...a Zalax word meaning ‘origin’. The Zalax never used the word ‘home’ for this galaxy. They wanted to spread out, to join the other voices of the universe in one symphonic melody. The Zalax never achieved it. They built wonders, had a culture unsurpassed in history. Broke the mysteries of the Ancients, subdued the galaxy and healed it...but they met the same fate every, single, thing in the past had...one day, they faded away. They and all else who resided in the galaxy. And that’s how it’s been since recorded history. Eupherion is our origin, our home. We have lovely memories and hated experiences in Eupherion. We may seem happy, but we’re terrified...when will we vanish, too?”
- - Unknown scholar
Eupherion, the Scarred Throne (also known to some as Vazar or Nid’haziran) is a large spiral galaxy located in the Ikiwa Eropsii Cluster of the First Gigaquadrant. Eupherion has been isolated from the rest of the Gigaquadrant for billions of years, though it’s inhabitants often visited other galaxies in the Ikiwa Eropsii Cluster. Eupherion was, close to a billion years ago, home to one of the cluster’s most affluent civilizations, the Valkar Shard. The Valkar, through their power over Essence and their grand technology has reshaped the Eupherion galaxy in their image, and even today many planets still bear the legacy of the Valkar touch. Ever since then, the galaxy has fallen under the influence of many hundreds of precursor races - the most recent being the arthropod Zalax Forebearers, who dominated the galaxy up until 100,000 BC, though suddenly vanished at that particular date. Since then, the galaxy has been divided and civilizations have constantly risen and fallen, without a single galactic government to unify it under.
100,000 years have passed since the Zalax vanished, and the galaxy faces new threats. The Zalax constructs have begun to reawaken, the galaxy divided under war and political intrigue, and at the center of it all, an ancient threat seeks to resurface. Where the Zalax failed, the civilizations of Eupherion seek to succeed, and where they fell, the civilizations of Eupherion seek to excel.
Merithian Epoch (10,000,000,000 BC - 1,000,000,000 BC)Edit
While the Eupherion Galaxy formed approximately 9 billion years ago, its history begins approximately a billion years before it was formed. The creators and the caretakers of the galaxy, the Valkar, had established a presence in the universe through a massive anomalous rift that served as, to Valkar standards, a small outpost to expand their influence from. The rival - and superior - powers of the Zhulultu kept the Valkar influence at bay, as the Valkar actively avoided contact with the Zhulultu and utilized their extradimensional technology and usage of Psia to cloak and isolate the future Eupherion from the rest of the universe, ensuring their safety despite the proximity of the galaxy to Tuuros. As the Valkar solidified their presence in the outpost, they ultimately decided to create the Eupherion Galaxy and its respective planets approximately 9 billion years ago to create a permanent home for themselves, as well as make their ultimate influence in the wider universe permanent. Eupherion was, to the very atom, under the control of the omnipotent and omniscient Valkar, who cultivated the life of the galaxy to their desires and guided the evolution of their creation. The Ilacairen were formed at this time, Valkar AIs linked with the fabric of reality itself and given near omnipotent abilities.
In this time, the Valkar - while still isolating themselves from the universe of Eupherion - became ruthlessly imperious and vain. Their interdimensional empire which dominated tens of thousands of galaxies across thousands of universes began to expand under a ruthless vision of the future - where the Valkar would guide the evolution of all and create paradise, achieved by military conquest. How their fall came about is unknown, only that it happened, and that Eupherion was caught up in the fires of the Valkar’s dying throes. The Valkar’s conquest led to one of their impossibly large, galaxy-sized starships accidentally entering what they could not begin to prepare for - a Plane of Chaos. More specifically, they entered the realm of Marrow, a maddening, incomprehensible mass of Aberric Energy that consumed entire universes under the watchful eye of its master and personification Khi’voranix. The Valkar unwittingly unleashed the fury of the realm’s inhabitants, the Ozax and Heirax, across multiple universes and their own empire.
The Ozax scourged Eupherion of much of the Valkar’s influence, while the Ilacairen buried themselves in reality’s fabric for safety, their calculating mind understanding that not even the Valkar would be able to resist Chaos. The Valkar began mass dying, a concept that was entirely alien to them, and their beings were collected by Marrow to process their remains into stronger instances of Ozax, some of which still remain as near-gods today. It ended with Khi’voranix becoming annoyed with the Valkar to the point of the eldritch god manifesting as The Maw for the first time in Eupherion’s history, and instantly extinguishing all space-faring life in the galaxy. The Valkar’s devices faded from existence as Eupherion’s cloaking flickered and failed, leaving them to the mercy of the First Gigaquadrant. With the violent end of the Valkar, the Merithian Epoch came to an end, and the Archaedian Epoch began as the Ilacairen came out of hiding to find a seemingly lifeless and dead galaxy.
Archaedian Epoch (1,000,000,000 BC - 600,000,000 BC)Edit
Documentation of the Archaedian Epoch is heavily lacking, as the galaxy had been forced through a “hard restart” and thus civilization had to be recultivated. The Ilacairen understood that the Ozax were insatiable beasts who fed off of misery and bloodshed, and thus they would be back for more in the future. How long it was before the Ozax came back and scourged Eupherion a second time wasn’t known, however. The Ilacairen set out to encourage the evolution of Eupherion, utilizing Psia to set evolution to occur several times faster than it would normally, making sure that life would always exist and spread no matter how many times the Ozax crushed and slaughtered the galaxy. Despite the presence of the Ilacairen, the Archaedian Epoch was marked with silence - a lack of civilizations up until 800,000,000 BC, and the Ilacairen’s sole goal to accelerate evolution and life. As civilizations began to rise, the Ilacairen were falling to rampancy and degeneration after billions of years of existence, and by the time the Archaedian Epoch ended the Ilacairen numbered only several million from a population of several quadrillion.
The Ilacairen drew power from the Valkar’s home dimension, which was dead and entirely lifeless, and withdrew an immense amount of Psia from the dimension which caused Eupherion to change color from blue to a slight hint of purple, with purple and pink highlights close to the core. They used Psia to evolve the life of Eupherion, though by the time the last Ilacairen faded away, there was a limited source of Psia and even today it is slowly being used up. As the memories of the Ilacairen and the Valkar faded into mythology and pantheonic worship, Eupherion began to degenerate in unity - and soon, the last few tens of millenia of the Archaedian Epoch began to become embroiled in violence and ruthless competition. The influence of the Ilacairen allowed for the evolution of truly immense and extraordinary forms of life that couldn’t evolve in other galaxies, and the galaxy was diverse and beautiful but violent and deadly.
There were no civilizations that rose above the others to reclaim the legacy of the Valkar, while the usage of the Valkar technology existed, none of the powers truly knew how to master them like how the Ilacairen before them, and the Valkar before the Ilacairen, did. Eventually, 600,000,000 years before the present time, a portal to Marrow was torn open by a malfunctioning Valkar device and released the Ozax. In a few short decades, the Ozax crushed and rampaged across Eupherion a second time, as the inhabitants could not resist the endless demonic horde. Eupherion finally fell lifeless a second time, and as the ruins of the previous civilizations crumbled to dust, the Erakios Epoch began.
Erakios Epoch (600,000,000 BC - 200,000,000 BC)Edit
Tyahrin Epoch (200,000,000 BC - 10,000,000 BC)Edit
Cahrinvahr Epoch (10,000,000 BC - 700,000 BC)Edit
Zalaxir Epoch (700,000 BC - 100,000 BC)Edit
Stihnari Epoch (100,000 BC - Present)Edit
Following the violent extinction of the Zalax Forebearers, Eupherion entered its current epoch. As there are no current empires on the level of the precursors, the current epoch has no single official name. The Order Eternal condones the usage of the term Stihnari Epoch - as the Great Stihn Empire unlocked the Zalax technology, fulfilling one of the requirements to become a dominating power in Eupherion. The galaxy remained silent for hundreds of years, though powers began to rise before the millenium ever ended - Tyaxuxon, the Karkyx Band, and the Xeophlensian Devourers were the first to rise, formerly dominated and studied by the Zalax, and utilizing Zalax technologies to become the first spacefaring empires. Tyaxuxon and the Devourers, as necessitated by their natures, expanded fast and ruthlessly and dominated their sectors of the galaxy. The Karkyx Band chose not to expand so ruthlessly, and merely focused on internal development. Even from the start, war began to emerge - the “Ascended War”, as it has often been called by Eupherion scholars, began with the Karkyx Band and the Xeophlensian Devourers encroaching on each other’s land appx. 87,000 BC. At this time, the powers were easily the most advanced and most powerful, and the two warring factions eventually forced to make peace as their war caused near-permanent damage to the two factions, both of which never forget their war as they were forced into permanent isolation and hibernation to recover.
Tyaxuxon held an impossibly strong grip on the Ohvalik Sector, the Tyakaira slaughtering, eating, and impregnating millions every year. At this time, the Tyakaira were as advanced as the Karkyx Band and Xeophlensian Devourers, and controlled what was essentially the entire bottom half of the Ohvalik Sector. In approximately 54,000 BC, the Tyakaira were looking to break the galaxy’s isolation from the First Gigaquadrant and expand into extragalactic territories, though failed and in doing so accidentally awakened the ancient Xi-Ur AI Xûruk that lay dormant in the galaxy, which in turn awakened the ancient precursor robots known as the Corvarin Animus. The Corvarin Animus forced the Tyakaira out of many of their territories, and carried on an endless war of slaughter that continues to this day - with the Tyakaira on the losing side, having degenerated in technology and society from the stress of a tens of thousand year long defensive war for survival. Even today, there is not a single instance of even bacterial life in the Corvarin Animus’ space, every habitable world terraformed into lifeless barren planets suitable only for a machine. While the war raged, in the outermost edges of the Bhala-Dahvar Sector, the Inur Matriarchy formed - and refused to interact with the galaxy at large.
As the millenia went on, the Caretakers began to lock down Zalax megaconstructs from the galaxy with the fear of what would happen if the younger nations gained control of them. As the millenia went on, the modern powers of the galaxy rose. While civilizations still existed and rose, it was about 12,000 BC that the oldest civilization that still exists journeyed off of its homeworld - the Khavrol Centralized Worlds. As time went on, other nations began to rise as well, including the Great Stihn Empire. It was in 2756 that the Stihn eventually successfully cracked the Zalax code laid out by the Caretakers, and gained control over the Zalax remains. The Great Stihn Empire proclaimed, with their newfound Tier 1 technology, war against the galaxy to enforce their self-proclaimed position of “precursor”. Despite their immensely superior power over most other civilizations of the galaxy, they were opposed by the “Ancient Trinity” - the Karkyx Band, Tyaxuxon, and the Corvarin Animus, though the Xeophlensian Devourers were still asleep, docile, and consolidating strength from the ancient Ascended War.
The Karkyx Band were the first to stand for the galaxy and declare war, and soon after Tyaxuxon and the Corvarin Animus signed a temporary truce and fought the Great Stihn Empire. While the Empire crushed the younger civilizations underfoot with little difficulty and hesitation, the Trinity fought the Empire with a greater advantage than the Empire, leading to the Second Xrykorian Alliance to assassinate the Stihn Emperor and his inner circle, shattering the Empire into 4 far weaker distinct interwarring factions, and the Corvarin and Tyaxuxon continued their fighting. Since then, the galaxy has not seen much conflict, though the major players of the galaxy are amassing their forces, indicating that more conflict is in the future.
The Eupherion Galaxy is one of the largest galaxies in the First Gigaquadrant, and is divided into 7 distinct sectors. Galactic division by sector varies within various civilizations, but the most common galactic map is the Zalax atlas - division of the center of the galaxy into outer, inner, and central core and the outlying parts into Ohvalik, Zerilia, Bhala-Dahvar, and Gharka-Nar sectors. To most, the Central Core is inaccessible to colonization by the residing remnants of various Zalax technology barring entrance to the core, which houses the enormous space citadel of the Order Eternal. The inner and outer core areas are the most politically complex areas of the galaxy, holding the most amount of civilizations than every other sector combined. The outer core is mostly dominated by the influence of the Second Xrykorian Alliance or the Khavrol Centralized Worlds, but several civilizations on the farther edges of the Outer Core lie outside of either superpower’s influence. The Ohvalik sector is home to most of the historical wars that have occured in the galaxy - the Corvarin Animus and Tyaxuxon being the most notable powers in the Ohvalik sector, each dangerous power preoccupied with the extermination of the other. Bhala-Dahvar is isolated from the rest of the galaxy politically, and has been known as the “Dark Sector” due to the reclusive nature of the powers that reside inside them. The Inur Matriarchy has little to do with the galaxy, and the Karkyx Band rarely travels outside of its borders. The dominating power is arguably the Khargaelic Hordes, who conduct ruthless and savage raids on the other powers and beyond. The Gharka-Nar sector is, aside from the hawkish and imperialistic Inuneridality and Mantles of the Korinaeya, relatively peaceful compared to the other regions, though its inhabitants are no less dangerous than the rest of the galaxy.
Eupherion has a variety of naturally formed satellite galaxies orbiting it; currently, only three been observed and subsequently accessed by the Eupherion inhabitants. The satellite galaxies were known to have been under the partial control of the Zalax Forebearers - and while the destruction of Eupherion has occurred a variety of times, the satellite galaxies have remained idyllic and peaceful. Civilizations from the satellite galaxies are known to be fairly advanced, often having existed for several thousands of years before their fall, without the chaotic natural selection that Eupherion has to endanger their civilization. Currently, access to all but one of the satellite galaxies is impossible due to the presence of various stellar blockades and wormhole closures the Zalax implemented in vain attempts to keep the Ozax from spreading.
Government and PoliticsEdit
Eupherion is home to a wide array of various sturdy and aggressive cultures of various origin - whether being descended from the Zalax, satellite galaxies, or being natural occurances themselves, Eupherion is diverse in the civilizations that it holds. Though rarely known among the individuals of Eupherion, the Valkar had created life in the galaxies themselves, utilizing Psia to help facilitate the evolution and development of a variety of cultures and species that combined unlikelyness with aggression, unable to evolve elsewhere. The method of how life evolved in Eupherion caused all lifeforms in Eupherion to be quick to anger and quick to fight, and as such galactic unions are rare throughout history and precursor states were forced to commit bloody crusades to solidify their control over the galaxy. Since the time of the Ilacairen, the galaxy has not since been unified under any single force - political unions often only have influence in a single sector of space, and precursors such as the Zalax and Cahrinvaeri had only managed to solidify their control in wide swathes of galactic space, the outside of which were far too expensive in casualties and expenditure to attempt the invasion of by these precursor powers
As the galaxy lacks any galactic government to rein in the galactic governments, the galaxy’s political landscape is independent, uncontrolled, and very competitive - most other nations compete with each other to be the most successful and most influential civilizations, and wars occur on a daily basis. Nations such as the Sharayarr Confederated Systems and the Second Xrykorian Alliance are fairly liberal in policies and practice, supporting democracy and allowing their citizens to vote for their leaders. Others such as the Inuneridality and United Paznelkian Dominion have exceedingly dangerous leaders acting behind the scenes and controlling everything - being a dictatorship in all but name. Civilizations such as the Ka’Noct Passage and the Khargaelic Hordes lack a singular government and operate as a cult or pack - the Khargaelic Horde operating under a massive kratocracy/stratocracy, where the strongest lead warbands of their kind and the Overlord of the Khargael is the most powerful.
While the sectors of space are divided between and against each other for the most part, the divide between the satellite galaxy of Kazathir and the inhabitants of Eupherion is particularly virulent. Inhabitants of Kazathir evolved alongside the influence of Tyahrano artifacts for millions of years - and as such are aggressive and xenophobic, considered to be the most “untamed” areas of Eupherion’s space.
Species and RacesEdit
Comprising approximately fourteen million species across its vast space and satellite galaxies included, Eupherion’s species are proven to be not only extremely diverse in their body plan and biochemistry, but also prove to be physically and mentally powerful through their evolution. Because of the evolutionary assistance of the Ilacairen, life has evolved in many forms - from the pseudomorphic Inur, to the mammoth-like Xrykorians, to the quadrupedal and sloth-like Karkyx. There is no singular race that is more dominant than the others, though the Stihn almost held that title in the past with their national history.
The properties of the Ozax invasions have left various synthetic and robotic life forms scattered throughout Eupherion - subsequently, Eupherion has a number of machine races populating the galaxy. Examples of which are the Xeraxirah Caretakers and the Corvarin Animus, both of which are considered living precursors and were alive during the time of the Zalax.
Society and CultureEdit
“Culture? Yeah, I suppose you'll find some resemblance of culture in the Solariean Empire and the Great Republic. Look deeper, you might even find some in the An’am society, that might be intact under all that corporate shill. They can afford it, at least. Everyone knows you can't survive on culture alone; so good luck finding that.”
- - Unknown Xrykorian
Eupherion’s society is extremely fractured, and many civilizations and cultures are isolated from one another. Successful attempts to unify the galaxy are few and far between, and such attempts were based on guile and violence - peacefully, the life that exists in Eupherion is incapable of accepting rule under another by their own choice. With the lack of a galactic government and any state with a solid superpower status, the ultimate powers in the galaxy are criminality, lawlessness, and piracy - criminal enterprises are extremely lucrative and crime is everywhere in the Eupherion Galaxy, with particularly savvy and ruthless individuals such as Vharuq successfully capitalizing on this and making extremely high profits off of this. Criminal enterprises and civilizations find themselves in a constant arms race with each other; civilizations make an effort to protect their citizens to keep their loyalties, while criminal organizations seek to bypass these civilizations in order to continue their business.