Our Solar System: The Planet Harrayem

The Three Sisters

The Planet Harrayem

The Planet Harrayem

Mean Distance from Oma: 96 WA

Orbital Period around Oma: 1.1 years

Mean Diameter: 8,850 miles

Length of day: 23 hours

Gravity: 1.0 Ethems

Description:

Harrayem is the third of the Three Sisters, the three planet Fekxtah that includes our own Ethem. This means that Harrayem is very similar to its two sisters, Ethem and Aldrem. As with its siblings, Harrayem has an abundance of living things living on it, and inside of it. There is a great variety of creatures and plantlife.

Without doubt, the most notable difference between Harrayem and its sibling Fekxtah is its plantlife. The plant life is not only abundant but it is immense compared with that of Ethem or Aldrem. The largest of these are the giant trees of Harrayem. It is common for these beings to be many hundreds of yards tall, and the ancient texts even tell of some that rise close to a mile in height. The land masses that cover almost the entire surface of Harrayem are populated by forests of these great plants, and the air high above the surface is frequently filled with large spores and floating flowers that emanate from them. These vessels are taken by the winds and it is not uncommon for them to make their way across the entire planet while never once touching the ground.

In addition to these giants, there are many smaller plants. There are long vines that spread themselves between the many trees or around their massive trunks. There are also bushes and smaller plants that live in the vast forest floor beneath the trees. These provide food and protection for the many creatures who live among the trees.

Though it is not the norm, there are some areas of land without forests. These are often covered by smaller plants. A good example is the Fellmin. These plants have large, broad and thick green leaves, and flowering stems that project themselves out of the thick leaves. The Fellmin grow to a height of anywhere between six and ten feet tall, and during the right season of Harrayem’s year they will spawn multi-colored floral blooms turning the green seas of plants into a cascade of color and texture.

Below the Fellmin is a world unto itself. The Fellmin grow closely together, and their leaves are forever battling each other, constantly contending for this light. The result is that every inch of space is taken by Fellmin leaves, leaving little or no light to fall below, and so, below the endless waves of green leaves and light brown stems, there is a world of perpetual darkness. This environment is perfect for the nocturnal burrowing creatures who live at the base of the Fellmin. They love this ecosystem, where they are well-hidden from predators, such as the many birds of Harrayem, and where there is an abundance of food such as worms and insects. The most abundant of the creatures that live below the Fellmin is a creature called the Caldook. They are quite similar to the shaloo that lives here on Ethem. However, whereas the shaloo are great tunnellers through solid rock, the Caldook can only burrow through the soil. They do not have the razor-sharp claws of the shaloo or their immensely strong forearms. The ancient texts tell of sturdy tunnels built by the Caldook that are hundreds of miles long criss-crossing large swaths of the planet.

We must also make mention of the insect life on Harrayem. They are found in every corner of the planet. They are a great source of food for Harrayem’s other living beings, and, like on Ethem, they help pollinate the many plants of their world. The ancient texts tell tales of great dangers posed to the Elzheni Travelers by these insects. For example, there are bee-like creatures that live throughout Harrayem. These swarms are highly territorial and will not hesitate to attack any who might stray into their space. As individuals, they are painful and bothersome; however, their attacks come as a concerted effort by hundreds or thousands at a time and can be very lethal to any they find.

Finally, we will mention the winged creatures of Harrayem. The ancient texts tell of only a few kinds or races; however, they are highly intelligent beings and they control the area of the world above the forests and plants. They are the intelligent sentient races of Harrayem equivalent to our own Ten Races, and they have formed great cities in the upper reaches of the trees and in the higher parts of Harrayem’s mountains. There are seven great “nations” of these sentient flyers and each has established kingdoms and nations that control various regions of the planet. There are seven of these races, and the ancient texts refer to them as the Seven Winged Nations of Harrayem. These are the creatures with whom the ancient Elzheni had to contend when they arrived, and the nations with whom they negotiated their presence on the planet.

Fekxtah Station #3:

The ancient texts about Harrayem have been damaged (or so we are told by the heolas mayam who care for these books — some scholars believe that the heola are deliberately keeping this information from us). Regardless of the truth of this matter, because of it we are missing crucial information about the Fekxtah Station situated on Harrayem.

The texts say that the station is located in a set of giant trees that form a forest ring somewhere on one of the plains of this Fekxtah planet. If so, it would mean that this station is quite different from the others. All other Fekxtah Stations are created from stone and iron and the hard substances of the world on which they are located, but the station on Harrayem would be located inside vegetation and presents an interesting conundrum for we scholars who study such matters.

The only other piece of information we have on this Fekxtah Station is an indication that near the end of the Second Era, and therefore near the end of the Elzheni’s time here on Ethem, there was a conflict between the Elzheni and the Seven Winged Nations of Harrayem. Some of the pages that describe this time period are only somewhat readable. A number of scholars have interpreted the text to say that the Elzheni succeeded in this conflict with the Seven Winged Nations and that they destroyed, or dominated, them. However, most scholars believe that the Elzheni were driven out of their places on Harrayem and eventually had to completely retreat from the world.

We will perhaps never know the full truth of this, provided of course, the ancient texts are not a fiction themselves.

Our Solar System: The Planet Aldrem

The Three Sisters

The Planet Aldrem

The Fekxtah Planet Aldrem

Mean Distance from Oma: 93 WA

Orbital Period around Oma: 1.2 years

Mean Diameter: 9,400 miles

Length of day: 26 hours

Gravity: 1.1 Ethems

Description:

Aldrem is quite similar to Ethem, though less of its surface is made of land masses. It is not quite a “water world”, but has more extensive oceans than our own Fekxtah.

The world has two major continents, Tembra and Chongalless and many small ones, though some may view them, instead, as large islands. Each land mass has sandy plains at their edges, abutting the ocean, but their interiors contain massive mountains. The highest of these mountains is on the Tembra Continent. It is called Vellarrosz and is almost 19 miles high, a truly monumental elevation.

There are many similarities between Aldrem and our own Fekxtah, Ethem. For example, Aldrem sustains living creatures much the way Ethem does and has a great variety of them, as does Ethem. One of the major differences is that the sentient races on Aldrem live in its oceans. The abundance of creatures that live on its land have no particular intelligence, nor do they have an affinity for any of the Six Energies.

The other major difference between these two worlds is that whereas Ethem is a Spirit-inflected Fekxtah, Aldrem is instead Mental-inflected. This means that the dominant Energy, of the Six, is Mental Energy on Aldrem, and Spirit Energy on Ethem.

Neither of these differences lessens the variety or abundance of creatures on Aldrem. As a world with many large oceans, it boasts a large variety, and number, of sea-dwelling beings. In addition to being the most intelligent creatures on this Fekxtah, a number of them are also its largest. The Selleemell are gigantic sea snakes, not unlike the eels of our world; however, the Selleemell can grow to be many miles long.

The War of Sea and Land

Beyond doubt, the most famous (and infamous) of the stories from the ancient texts about Aldrem is the War of Sea and Land. This was a war fought between the creatures who dwelt on Aldrem’s continents and islands fighting against those that lived in its seas. Many scholars of the ancient texts claim that this war is more accurately described as a conflict between the Elzheni and the creatures of Aldrem’s oceans. They argue that, over the centuries, the Elzheni had come to dominate the land creatures of Aldrem, and even enslave some of them. These creatures did not have the physical or mental prowess to defy the Elzheni’s desire to rule all within their reach. Nor did these indigenous creatures have any particular affinity with the Six Energies that might have given them the strength to resist their masters. There are a few tales of singular individuals who could perform some acts of Energetic control, but these folk were very rare and, of course, untutored in how to channel their abilities.

These scholars portray the Elzheni as a haughty race that considered most, if not all, other races and creatures to be inferior to them. Because of this it was natural for the Elzheni to believe that it was well within their rights, and even their obligation, to subjugate other living beings. They easily took control of the creatures who lived on Aldrem’s land masses. However, gaining control of the seas was not nearly so simple.

Initially, relations between the Elzheni and the creatures of Aldrem’s oceans were good. Each side lived in peace with the other and there were many occasions when they would cooperate with each other. Over time, though, the Elzheni’s baser instincts prevailed. Their actions became more selfish and less honest, and, at times, even cruel.  Over the years, as the Elzheni showed themselves to be ever less reliable neighbors, the creatures of the sea became wary and prepared themselves against the possibility of betrayal by their former partners on Aldrem.

Relationships continued to deteriorate until, near the end of the Second Era here on Ethem, the Elzheni launched an assault against the creatures of the sea. However, these beings were prepared, and surprised the Elzheni attackers by their readied defense and their skills in war. The ancient texts have many tales of battle and hardship as this war continued for many years. We will not recount them here.

The war at last came to an end when the Elzheni used a special weapon they had been designed in particular against all things that lived in the waters. It was called an “Energy Bomb”. This repugnant device was an Energetic weapon designed to despoil the Spirit Energy that resided inside any living creature in the waters of the world, and it was designed such that it would not inflict damage on any creatures who lived on land. It is unclear from the ancient texts how this monstrous thing was created. However, that was done, the creatures of Aldrem’s seas had found out and they had found a way to reverse the nature of this weapon so that it would have an opposite effect. It would avoid the watery domains of the world and would only affect the Spirit Energy of living beings on land.

The bomb was deplyed on the western shores of the Tembra Continent during the middle of Tambra’s summer, buried deep in the sands abutting the ocean. Once it was detonated the effects were devastating and, for the Elzheni, wholly unexpected. Instead of making its way into the ocean waters, it created a dense cloud that slowly drifted across the lands of Tembra and into the skies above it. Once they had discovered that their device had been tampered with, the Elzheni were helpless to stop its deathly crawl across the continent. The bomb appeared to onlookers as a dark cloud of churning black and gray that crept across the lands at a steady, unrelenting pace. It took only a few days for the bomb’s cloud to make its way across all of Tembra, and then, through the air, it attacked all of the other land masses of Aldrem. Within weeks all life on the continents and islands had perished. Some of the Elzheni were able to escape before the catastrophe overtook them, but many more died before they could escape back to Ethem. One of the greatest victims of this immense tragedy was the death of the great city of Allem. This was the Elzheni’s largest and most populous city on the planet Aldrem, and contained works of great splendor and superlative construction. By the end of the Energetic Bomb’s devastation, this was nothing more than a ruin that stained the lands it had once occupied. It was a city that had become a tomb, and a place to which no Elzheni would ever return.

Fekxtah Station #2:

According to the ancient texts Fekxtah Station #2 was the most used of all such stations. Over centuries many Elzheni migrated to this lush planet, and so the station was in almost constant use during this time.

At a certain point the Elzheni migration increased significantly and it turned into something more similar to a military expedition. At this point the Fekxtah Station #2 was greatly expanded to accommodate more folk and larger objects.

This station was one of the great achievements of the Elzheni scientists and engineers. Tragically, the station was a victim of the great War of Sea and Land and the horrific weapon that brought it to an end.

The ancient texts tell of several attempts to re-open the station, but the results reported back seemed to be mired in some of the fatal politics of the final days of the Elzheni Race.

Our Solar System: Beoreem, Planet of Fire

Oma’s Near Fekxtah

The Fekxtah Planet Beoreem

The Planet Beoreem

Mean Distance from Oma: 23 WA

Orbital Period around Oma: 83 days, elliptical, on the plane

Diameter: 5,307 miles

Length of day: 141 hours

Gravity: 0.8 Ethems

Description:

Like its close cousin, Been, this planet is also very close to Oma and suffers from the same unimaginably intense heat and influx of fiery beings that Oma releases. It is different from Been in that it has no Fenninthengly dedicated to protecting it from Oma’s onslaught. This is why it is a planet of molten rock, lacking Been’s solidity.

Since Beoreem has no Fenninthengly to fight off Oma’s daemons, it has become home to many of them. It is also home to a race of beings that is unique to this Fekxtah. They are called, quite appropriately, the Beoreem, and they live deep inside the planet. There they feed from the abundance of heat spread throughout the planet and its resulting soft rock forms. The Beoreem are creatures made entirely out of the rock of the planet; however, it is rock that has been transformed into living things by Oma’s fierce fire. The scholars who wrote the ancient Elzheni texts claim that the Beoreem comprise a mixture of Physic and Body Energies. Physic Energy supplies the material substance for the being. It is the molten rock that forms its substance. Body Energy has taken that physical material and has been able to transform into whole bodies that can move with direction and purpose. They further explain that the Beoreem travel throughout their planet in a way not dissimilar to how lava travels on our world. From their homes deep inside the planet they find, or create, passageways that bring them up as far as the surface of the planet. Since the surface is so extremely hot, it is an environment that welcomes the Beoreem and can nourish and sustain them.

Reports from the ancient texts tell the tales of Elzheni who visited this Fekxtah. These travelers — to be exact, those travelers who survived the journey — tell of constantly raging battles among the Fire Daemons that came from Oma. They also speak of great battles between Oma’s escaped Fire Daemons and the Beoreem. These two species of beings vie for the rich, nutritious abundance of heated rocks that cover the surface of this Fekxtah, and often devour each other to obtain that sustenance.

The Blasterress

We will mention one other oddity that is unique to the planet Beoreem. This strangeness is called Blasterress. Unlike the Beoreem these are not living beings. They are naturally occurring phenomena that form out of the churning masses of rock and lava, often the result of the battles being fought on the surface of the planet. They can be likened to a balloon, comprising a thin covering of a light, molten rock and a large volume of gas inside it. The gasses that fill the thin rock sheath are the gasses that constantly erupt from the surface of this planet. Typically, these erupted gasses fly off into the atmosphere and even at times escape into the firmament. Sometimes, however, under just the right circumstances, the gasses erupt into a mass of this light lava and fill it like a breath fills a balloon. If the eruption is significant enough, and the molten rock is plentiful, it can form very large, incandescent orbs. The orbs are at times light enough that they will float for a while above the surface of the world and, if they are strong enough to remain stable for long enough, they may bounce from one place to another across the planet buffeted to and fro by the tremendous forces released from Beoreem.

The image of Beoreem included in this passage shows one such Blasterress as it was seen by, and captured from the mind of, an Elzhen traveler who had witnessed the event, or so the ancient texts tell us.

Fekxtah Station #5:

This Fekxtah Station on Beoreem is one of the smallest of all. The natural forces on Beoreem are simply too extreme to allow any structure to exist for long. The “station” is in fact an Energetic Avatar from our own Ethem that has been transformed into a physical object that is able to resist the violent forces of Beoreem. How an avatar could be so transformed is unclear to our current science, and there is no explanation in the ancient texts. That remains a mystery to this day. Even so, the texts tell us that this avatar, after it was transformed, was transported to Beoreem and placed somewhere on the planet that was less unstable than most other places.

A visit to Beoreem was a two-stage process. First, the avatar was “activated”, and would then transform itself into a container large enough to accommodate several Elzheni travelers. Once that expansion was complete, the travelers would transport into the interior of the avatar where they were, for a short time, protected from the ravages of Beoreem.

The texts contain many tales of the avatar folding in upon itself before the travelers were able to escape. Other tales tell of travelers who were able to exit the avatar’s body, onto the surface of Beoreem, for only a few minutes, to gather fragments of Blasterress or other interesting material. Travel to this Fekxtah Station required nothing less than great courage and significant physical strength.

Ethem’s Solar System: The Planet Been

Oma’s Near Fekxtah

The Planet Been

The Planet Been

Mean Distance from Oma: 19 WA

Orbital Period around Oma: 32 days

Diameter: 10,018 miles (lengthwise)

Length of day: N/A

Gravity: 1.1 Ethems

Description:

Been has an elongated shape which tapers toward one end. It is far longer than it is wide, at its widest, and is made up of a large variety of rocks, metals, and ice. This planet, if we can call it that, is over ten thousand miles long and is the closest of all the planets to the Fekxtah sun, Oma.

On its surface is a thick layer of charred rock. Obviously, this comes from being so close to Oma, where it is being constantly barraged by Stretchers and the occasional Fire Daemon. Been also spins quite rapidly both end-on-end as well as spinning around its longitudinal axis. The result of the spinning is that the skies as seen from Been are in constant motion; often a dizzying motion.

Been is the home of five creatures from an ancient race of celestial beings known as the Fenninthengly, “those who make the shield against fire”. Their home is deep inside the planet, though they wander across all parts of the rocky landscape of Been.

The Fenninthengly are a race that was born at the time that the Fekxtah themselves were created. They are a race of lesser beings, often referred to as the Lower Fekxtah. Their purpose was to tend the Fekxtah, to make sure that the gardens of Fekxtah spread across the Great World survived. They repair the Fekxtah if they break and repair the damage done by one Fekxtah against another, which occurs frequently.

The five Fenninthengly that tend Been take turns maintaining shields that protect their charge from being torn apart by the severe heat and fires that emanate from Oma. Their constant vigilance keeps Been whole and prevents it from succumbing to Oma’s tremendous gravity that is constantly trying to pull it into its fiery belly.

The five Fenninthengly were also given the task to tend Been in a manner that ensured its interior would remain cold and would be continually nourished by the warm currents that surround it.  Upon occasion the Five Fenninthengly have had to fend off cast-offs from Oma, fire creatures who had tried to land on Been and make it their home. Over the ages there have been many battles. The ancient text claims that long ago there were many more Fenninthengly, numbered in the thousands, but these five are all that remain.

Fekxtah Station #5:

This station is located near the tapered end of Been, deep under its surface so that it is protected from the ravages sent by Oma. The station is quite small, and can accommodate no more than a dozen creatures at a time.

It is small because the Energy required to protect the station is profound, given it is on a Fekxtah planet so close to Oma. It is also small, as the ancient texts claim, because it must be small in order to hide from the Fenninthengly, who consider the station to be a threat to the world they protect. Typically, only one or two Elzheni would be at this station at any time, and they would usually only stay for a few hours, knowing that if they were found out by any one of the Fenninthengly, they would be immediately destroyed, or worse, cast off into the deep void of space.

Of note for this Fekxtah Station are a number of entries that describe an “invasion” by some other kind of creature. If the ancient texts are to be believed, and we have been clear about that in our introductory pages, there was a race of creatures from some place, some Fekxtah planet, other than our own Ethem.

The texts tell us that the Elzheni caretakers for Fekxtah Station #5 became suspicious of strange activity. They had sent a number of caretakers to the station over a period of many days to perform their typical duties, and none of them returned. It was, sadly, not unusual for caretakers to not return. It was believed that it was simply a matter of bad timing; they arrived at the same time as a Fenninthengly was passing by the station or inside it, and they were killed. However, it was unheard of for this to happen consistently for as long as this.

The Elzheni decided to send a contingent of warriors, each garbed in both physical and Energetic protection. One survivor returned from this mission. She told of encountering alien creatures that attacked them as soon as they arrived, and that these creatures had shields of some kind, likely of Energetic make, that protected them from the warriors’ weapons. More warriors were sent and were sent with additional protections and newly devised weapons. This conflict went on for several months before the Elzheni were at last victorious. Though this small war was captured in great detail in the ancient texts, we will not recount them here.

The lesson that was first learned during these encounters was, as the Reader will see, on other Fekxtah planets and other Fekxtah Stations, leaving the writers of the ancient texts with an unshakable belief that we are not the only Fekxtah on which creatures live and have knowledge of, and skill with, the Energies that make up the Great World.

Ethem’s Solar System: Our Sun Fekxtah

Oma, the Central Fekxtah of Fire

Oma the Central Fekxtah of Fire

Oma is the Fekxtah of fire that is at the center of our Solar System, which we scholars know as our Fekxtah Family.

The great Fire Fekxtah Oma has seventeen Fekxtah planets that circle her. They are roughly divided into those Fekxtah near to Oma, those that are further from Oma, and those that are distant from Oma. In addition to these, there are many Fekxtah moons and other strange objects that live in the space contained within the aura of Oma. Most of these were birthed from Oma itself, and others are celestial drifters that have joined her tribe.

Oma itself is a direct descendent of the primordial Element of Fire that was one of the first Four Elements that existed in the world. It is believed that there may be remnants of the Element of Fire buried deep in Oma’s core, but this is, of course, pure conjecture.

It is fitting to use an excerpt from “The Book of Oma”, the great book handed down to the heola of today’s world from the ancients. This book says the following:

After the Great Calamity that ended the first world of the Four Elements, there was war between that which descended from the Four Elements which were Air, Fire, Earth, and Water.  Among those things that arose from the destruction of the Four Elements and from their corruption into lesser forms were Fekxtah.  The Fekxtah were tiny things compared to the vastness of the world of the Four Elements, from which everything was made and which was the sole occupant in every direction and at all distances.  Compared to our own incredible smallness, however, they were gigantic, and they filled the great space of the world.

At some time Oma formed.  It was made from the remnants of the Element of Fire as Fire itself dissolved into bits and pieces and dissolved sometimes into nothingness.  At other times, it survived in a form similar to its true form but vastly smaller with far less power.  One of these was Oma.

Few folk know that Oma comprises many living beings within its great mass. These beings are, without doubt, some of the strangest things in the wider world. In fact, many of those who study these matters believe that it is outside the ability of our minds — the minds of animals, creatures, and sentients — to understand them in their true nature. We see some of these creatures here on our own Fekxtah planet Ethem. The flamen, or at least some of them, are believed to be creatures that arose within Oma, but have made their way to Ethem across the great distances of the heavens.

The ancient texts mention many creatures. Here we will mention only a few of the more prominent of those. Short summaries of these are provided immediately below.

Fire Daemons

These creatures, when they are found here on Ethem, are known as Flamen and are powerful beings. However, on Oma they are tiny in comparison to Oma herself and to the other beings that inhabit Oma.

The life of a Fire Daemon that lives in Oma is one of constant movement, of agitation that would rip beings like ourselves to shreds. Their greatest desire (of course attributing emotions to daemons is a perilous thing) is to become all of Oma herself. This, of course, is impossible especially for a being as small as these daemons are. Nevertheless they are in constant movement and engaged in forever battles with other Fire Daemons and the other creatures of Oma.

They live primarily in the outer parts of Oma. On occasion particularly ambitious Fire Daemons will fly deeper into Oma, but they cannot go far before they are consumed by the Deeper Creatures (see below).

Fire Daemons are often cast off from Oma. Sometimes they leave of their own accord, flinging themselves into the cosmos. At other times, they are thrown away from Oma by those they battle. Regardless of how they leave Oma, many do. Most of these will continue to fight while they drift through empty space, though their efforts are useless, and really, meaningless, since there is nothing for them to fight against. Over time the vast majority of these Fire Daemons expend all of their energy and their Fire dies out. They dissipate into nothingness, or the larger of them will transform into Cinders described below.

There are, though, some Fire Daemons who, largely by chance, find themselves descending into the worlds around Oma, the Fekxtah planets or moons. As we noted earlier, those who have landed on our own Ethem are known to us as Flamen. They are rarely seen on the surface of Ethem since they prefer the fiery, molten core of Ethem, and seek that out almost immediately upon arriving on our home world.

Deeper Creatures

Deeper Creatures is really a catch-all phrase for an abundance of beings, all made from Fire, that live below the surface and outer layers of Ethem. The ancient texts claim that these creatures are gigantic. In fact, the texts say that some of them are as large as the moons that circle the Fekxtah planets of Oma’s Family.

The ancient documents say little about what these creatures are or what they do, other than they are creations from Fire who are imprisoned in Oma’s core (presumably by Oma herself) and they constantly wrestle with others of their kind to consume them or to be consumed by them.

It is stated that if the Deeper Creatures were to find a way to leave the core of Oma, that Oma would die. By logical extension, Oma’s death would bring about the death of all those Fekxtah that live in the circle of Oma’s Family, and would, of course, bring an end to all life here on Ethem as we know it.

Stretchers

These immense bands of Fire, live on the outermost part of Oma, on her “skin” if you will. As all other creatures that live within Oma, they are in constant motion. Their motion however is a strange one. They leap away from Oma and then plunge back into her.

The ancient texts tell of these creatures as sometimes extending out from Oma as far as her nearest Fekxtah planets. They may sometimes entangle themselves with these near planets or with other invisible (unknown?) celestial bodies. Even though they exist to eventually plunge back into Oma herself, they may sometimes take many millennia or eons to do so.

With hesitation I will mention, briefly, that the ancient tomes talk about a world between the surface of Oma and her Near Fekxtah planets that is controlled by the Stretchers. The documents state that this makes travel to the Near Fekxtah quite perilous. There are even stories of travelers (Elzheni) who were trapped in this world and even inside some Stretchers themselves. Given how utterly fictitious these claims must be, I will only mention them in passing, and refuse to give them further credence.

Fire Remnants, the Cinders

Finally, I will mention Remnants, often referred to as Cinders. These things were once beings inside Oma, but left her (or were thrown out, as discussed earlier). They are now simply husks of dark material, virtually invisible against the blackness of space itself. How many there are is unknown, or so say the ancient texts.

Essentially, these are no longer beings. They are no longer considered Fekxtah, since a Fekxtah is a living thing. They are simply brittle physical remains of things that were once glorious creatures of Fire.

Ethem’s Solar System: Introduction

A Primer on Ethem’s Fexofamilial Community

By Galggado Gaffroto, Ishiri, First Scientist

Guild Energetic Research Collective’s

Division for the Study of Fexofamilial Communities and Geneology (DSFCG)

Oma Rages in the Skies above Ethem

Introduction

This document is a brief description of what scholars would call the Local Fekxtah Group System of Order (LFGSO). It is the Fekxtah Family of which Ethem is but one member. Others call it Oma’s Family which means that it is focused, and rightly so, on the sun Fekxtah which is at the center. Most folk know it as the Solar System, though in scholarly work that is a less than accurate name.

What is a Fekxtah?

There are some who do not have a clear or accurate (or any) definition of what a Fekxtah is. Simply put Fekxtah are the gigantic entities, beings, that make up the cosmos. They come in many forms. There are, of course, sun Fektah, also known as stars. These are the Fekxtah of fire that often form around themselves a community of other, smaller Fektah such as planets and moons.

But, why do we call them Fekxtah and not simply suns, planets, or moons? That is because these great bodies of the heavens are living beings. Albeit, they are not living in the sense we usually think of, as in the way that I or the readers of this treatise are living. Nor the way in which the creatures in Imbelnhi’s Bestiary are living. Even so, they are indeed living things, but of a kind of life that it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to understand.

The Fekxtah were born during the Second Age of the world. The only thing in the universe that preceded the Fekxtah of the great world were the Four True Elements; namely, Air, Fire, Earth, and Water that were the first things to ever exist, and so comprise the First Age of the World. It was out of these Four True Elements that the Fekxtah were formed. Of the First Age itself, nothing still exists; however, it is accurate to consider ourselves and the worlds in which, and on which, we live to be the direct descendants of the First Age. For context we now live in the Fifth Age of the World, and, within that , our current time period is the Third Era of that Age.

Sadly, I can say no more on this topic here, or I will have said far too much and still not enough. For those who are curious to learn more, the best text to start with is the great book, The History of the Created World.

What is a Fexofamilial Community?

A Fexofamilial Community is quite simple to understand. It is our planet Fekxtah, Ethem, and our sun, named Oma, and all of the other planets and moons that surround Oma and circle it. This is how our Fexofamilial Community, which we shall also refer to as our Solar System is described in the book, The History of the Created World:

Now the Fekxtah were true to themselves and Emptiness pushed them apart.  The Fekxtah became many forms as the Emptiness pushed them away from each other.  The Fekxtah became forms that continue now in the World.  The Fekxtah became the Planets and the Moons and the Stars and the Travelers in the World, and the Emptiness made the void that separates them all.

We in the Guild who study these matters believe that the world is made up of many, perhaps innumerable, Fexofamilial Communities, and quite possibly other things that are beyond our imaginations.

The purpose of this document is intentionally limited. Here we seek only to describe our own Fexofamilial Community, in other words, we will discuss Oma and all of her children.

How to Read this Book

To read this book it will be helpful to understand some of the concepts that we use throughout.

Distances

As one might expect, distances within a Fexofamilial Community are far greater than the distance from, say, here in Naldrin City to Tarnath.  While that journey across Tamarra can be measured in hundreds of miles, it would be foolish, and unwieldy, to measure distances between Fekxtah in the same way.  We have therefore created a system of measurement that can be applied to the vast distances among the Fekxtah.

Distances between Fekxtah are measured in units called a “Walker’s Ankle”*, abbreviated as a WA and pronounced WAY.  Each WA is 1 million miles.  As you can see this system is highly useful in describing very large distances.

The Fekxtah planets that comprise our own Fexofamilial Community circle the Fekxtah sun Oma.  They move around Oma in roughly concentric circles, or ellipses, so that each Fekxtah sustains an orbit around Oma at a constant distance.

The distance of each Fekxtah from Oma is outlined in the course of this document in the section that provides the basic information for that Fekxtah.

Fekxtah Stations

Finally, I will mention one of the more fantastic notions included in the ancient books from the heola mayamar. The notion is of a thing called a Fekxtah Station, or often simply as a Fekxstation. These are buildings of some kind that, according to these ancient texts, were built by the Elzheni, and were places to which they could travel from Ethem. They were supposedly used to more closely study each of the Fekxtah on which a station had been constructed. The claim within the ancient pages of the Elzheni books is that the Fekxstations are constructions on the surface of each Fekxtah and allow travel from one Fekxstation to another, and, therefore, from one Fekxtah to another.

There are few scholars who take this seriously, since the idea of traveling such great distances to actually stand on the surface of another of Oma’s Fekxtah is simply too incredible for belief. However, the Elzheni texts make mention of them frequently and so I have decided to include them here to provide the reader with an accurate sense of what these ancient tomes contain. I make no claim as to their actual existence. Most scholars, myself included, consider these Fekxstations to be little more than a “plot device”, a way to titillate the senses and provide a compelling, though fictional, basis for the descriptions of the various Fekxtah included in this work.

With these stipulations now made, we hope the Reader will find this work useful and a good first step in exploring the wondrous world of Oma and her Fexofamilial Family.


*  The Walker’s Ankle is a name derived from the mythical creatures that were said to have lived during the first days of the world, who could travel the vast distances between Fekxtah and even among Fexofamilial Communities in a single stride.  They are known, in common parlance, as simply Walkers.