Solarian Lore Guide Primer

Grey Star

Red Jacket
Sep 4, 2015
Death's Door - Beyond the Gate
By popular demand, I put this here. I think I got everything. This is not how Solarians work in every RP, but the base of which I use for modifying them appropriately.

In ancient Mesopotamia, the origin of civilization, there was an unimportant individual. He was a nameless king. Born into power, and a decent ruler, but not respected enough to be encoded into memory, and after his death his name was lost. However, the king's soul was powerful, and after his death it became infused with the power of the stars themselves, the burning plasma that makes up the core of every star. The soul broke apart, splitting into eight different parts. Infusing itself into floating rocks in space, suddenly eight metal beings awoke in the empty blackness of space. The investigated their steel skin, glowing eyes signalling to the others where they were. The beings knew that being made of the forge wasn't right, yet this is how they were born, so how could it have been anything different. They cast their gaze upon a barren, rocky planet, and began to fall into the sky, far, far away from Earth.

A galaxy so distant from Earth was remarkably devoid of life. Interstellar travel was possible, but species were unique mostly to their planet. The galactic community was made up of few species, and a remarkably small number of individuals. The systems of the stars however, were populated, but filled with strife. Successful management of multiple planets required often brutal strategies, creating a place of alien life where it was frequent for refugees of one warzone travel led to another star, to another war. Technology was primitive, magic was in its barbaric infancy. Wars consumed the stars, and with the consumption of the stars, the galactic community was barely more than a few individuals at a time of any species, either refugees, explorers, outcasts, or insane attempted conquerors.

However, out of this time of strife, a mortal rose. What his species was is lost to time, and as a result he is mostly depicted as a human figure of indeterminate features, a blank slate. He only had three things to his name. A red scarf that was worn across his neck, and stretched behind him into a flowing cape. A sword forged of simple metals and intense effort. Lastly, a powerful, well earned command over the strongest magic of all. Star Magic, the lifeblood that gives the stars their lifespan and glow, magic that flows through the blood of the Stars themselves, the gods of the galaxy. This mortal had no last name, no history, no family, no connections to any past, present, or future. He was a nomad, making due with ugly things, and setting right the wrongs of the galaxy he was born into. He only answered to one name, and refused many of the titles and curses given unto him. His name was Destiny, and he was a hero. He moved from star system to star system, using his powerful magic to not make himself the rightful ruler by force, but instead to inspire the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the consumed to rise up and cast off the chains of their situation, and by empowering the individuals to resist their governments, corporations, and rulers, he systematically ended the wars consuming the galaxy, the environmental and economic collapses, and ensured a better life for those he came across. He tore apart everything that had hurt someone to end the pain, that seemingly his only reason for his actions. When he had put an end to the strife, stopped the pain, and finished stabilizing the galaxy, and ventured into a system that none had been able to locate before. He found a place long though mythical, a land of dreams and fairy tales, a holy shrine reserved only for the righteous dead. Destiny had come to Bastion, the home of the Stars.

The Stars, eight metal beings, were holy figures that were worshiped across the galaxy. Before each species' inevitable descent into strife, the Stars would suddenly appear on the planet, seemingly without space travel. The eight would preform good works across the planets the species were located on, each preforming miracles that were associated with a specific one of the eight, using the powerful Star Magic that had given them life and coursed in the blood inside their metallic bodies. After improving the lives of the societies they visited, invariable their gifts would be turned against the purpose of improving life, and instead used to worsen it for various petty justifications. The Stars would leave after realizing the situation was untenable, and seeing species after species making the same mistakes the same way, again and again and again. Every species in the galaxy had received a visit from them, every species would use the gifts of the Stars against themselves, and every species would descent into their own separate ages of strife. Through the galactic community, stories of the Stars' visits caused them to ascend from legendary aliens into god status, even as strife consumed the star systems. It was these stories of these gods that gave Destiny the influence he needed to inspire the individual, taking command of the primary galactic religion to put an end to the ages of strife, and caused Destiny's stories to join the myth of the Stars.

Landing on Bastion, Destiny left behind his spacecraft, and explored the small world of brown grasses and twilight sunsets. He found many small rivers of water, flowing at an easy pace across the land. He found many open fields of grass without a tree in site. He found an empty sky that frequently rained and stormed, but would always empty out again. He did not find choirs of the dead, singing the praises of the Stars. He did not find magical creatures and devices. He did not find cabals of extremely powerful magic wielders, the evil demons who inhabited the planet of the Stars. Instead, he found an empty and plain planet, almost as if a well tended graveyard than a place of worship and magic. After days of exploring, he found the legendary, mythical stone temple that the Stars called home. It was as plain, even if massive, as the rest of the planet. He ventured inside, looking to at long last meet those who he shared magic with, some of the few people he could call kin, the gods he prayed to. He found a lived in home, a place where eight gods would spend their infinite lives working on the various domains they were responsible for. A section of the temple each dedicated to each Star's personal Activities. He almost thought the place abandoned, the gods having deserted their sacred land, when he walked into the center of the temple, a meeting table between the eight, all waiting for him. The defacto leader greeted Destiny first. The Stars explained that they had parted away the cosmic shroud that kept their world hidden for Destiny, and Destiny alone. They admitted they were surprised that a mortal ended the ages of strife in the entire galaxy, even more so at the idea a mortal could utilize Star Magic solely through effort and need. Two things that the Stars, the gods, themselves could not, yet a mortal could. They explained they could offer Destiny anything. Immortality, riches, an endless harem, power beyond his imagination, even the whole galaxy to rule over. Yet they knew that Destiny only cared for one thing, and that was the value of work, rather than any other reward.

The Stars brought Destiny to a laboratory, a place that was the focal point of their combined work. They explained to the mortal that the gods had an ulterior motive for all their work across every species. Every time they appeared, they would attempt to uplift a species, to save them from environmental collapse destroying their planet's ability to support life. Every time, the Stars gifts would be turned against its purpose, used to wage war. The reason why every single species that Destiny had found knew Star Magic and believed in the myth of the Stars was because the species that did not receive the Gift of the Stars wiped itself out, unable to look inwards long enough to reflect on what it was doing, and causing some great environmental collapse or war that drove the species numbers to a dwindling amount, followed by extinction, and the irreversible damage to the planet preventing a new formation of life. After countless experiments and acts, the Stars always providing the tools but never taking control of the species, they came to the conclusion that life was inherently unable to survive attempts to expand beyond a single star system, and that due to evolution, the Stars themselves would always be alone in the galaxy, life continually growing and dying, unable to solve the same problems over and over again. Refusing to be alone for their infinite lifespans, they created a plan. Sampling more species of both sentient and non-sapient than can be counted, they had a genetic database that effectively allowed for the creation of any life they could develop. Though they were able to solve some of the same problems that always lead to extinction of any sentient species, they were unable to solve the others, including ensured, eventual self destruction without outside help. They believed that Destiny would be able to provide a change in the equation of life. A mortal who accomplished what the gods could not deny an infinite number of attempts, each following the same rules, including the all important refusal to control another species. So the Stars offered Destiny the only reward they could, a chance to create a species capable of surviving throughout the galaxy without self destruction, something that might outlive all other species, something to ensure the galaxy would be lived in and purposed.

Destiny was used as the missing part of the Star's grand creation, a child species to fill the galaxy with life. His body was used for genetic material with their already existing candidate to create hundreds of unique, "original generation" batch grown lifeforms. The Stars examined his mind, taking his morals and beliefs, putting them into the subconscious of the new species as an ingrained, guiding morality. They examined his soul, and used it as a template for the formation of the new life forms' souls. At last they examined the magic that flowed through Destiny's blood, and imparted samples of Destiny's blood into every "original generation" life form. It was this way that Destiny's blood would carry through the new species, giving them an innate ability to perform magic, and the chance, though not guarantee, to rise above the limitations of the body and access the power of the stars themselves, Star Magic.

The Stars created one thousand and one genetically unique life forms, belonging to an artificially created rather than naturally arising species, designed to overcome the obstacles present in the survival of life itself, a combination of a designed life form with the final components being provided by Destiny, the father to this new species. This new species would be called the Solarians, for they would have the fire of the sun as a core part of their physiology. The first was named for the star that Bastion orbited, Sola. Sola was the first, and unique, compared to the rest of the "original generation" batch, for she received none of the material the Stars had taken from Destiny and given unto the others. Destiny left Bastion, his life extended to fulfill his final role for the galaxy, the Stars raised Sola on Bastion, into her own person, to ensure that her role as the origin and mother of the Solarians would succeed. When she came of age, and told her parent Star that she felt a need to love someone, and to reproduce, they merely chuckled and suggested she court her friend Destiny who had recently arrived on Bastion from a long trip seeking a legendary, rare space faring creature. One date lead to another, and Sola proposed to Destiny. The two were married by the Stars. Because of the fact that Destiny and Sola were of two species, they were unable to conceive. The Stars provided them with children, the "original generation" batch of Solarians, and the first was named Luna. Through an eternity, Sola and Destiny raised a thousand children, creating a stable population on an ideal planet in the same system as Bastion.

The mother was Sola. The father was Destiny. The first child was Luna. These three that were the first of the Solarian race.  The sun that provides the Solarian people the fire in their veins was named for their mother, Sola. The planet that revolves around the star Sola was named Syn, a more lovely name than Destiny but inspired by the father. And the moon that hosts the government capital of the Solarians was named Luna, for it requires both the mother and the father to exist.

Solarian biology is unorthodox due to their origin as a created species. Despite their extreme similarities to humans as detailed further on, several parts of their biology is adapted from other species to fulfill different needs. The most radical difference is that solarians have a similarity to plants in the form their skin is capable of adsorbing a nigh-infinite amount of sunlight, heat, and all solar radiation. The adsorbed radiation travels through the skin into the blood stream, particularly the veins, and sent into the heart. The circulatory system of the solarians  is unique in the form of the tissue used for tubing being capable of holding radiation internally. This radiation is stored in the blood stream, filtering through the body again and again until used up. The radiation is used for several functions, including being used to generate energy for the body in a specialized part of the stomach which converts light into food, acting as a source of heat that is necessary for solarian bio-chemistry, and also to illuminate the solarian on the inside through their arteries and veins that acts as social signal. Solarian body temperatures require being at 110* Fahrenheit to function properly, which is generally achieved through adsorbing solar radiation. Falling below this body temperature can cause a solarian's body to begin to shut down to conserve heat, a condition nicknamed "freezing." Above this temperature solarians will feel slightly uncomfortable, but have no noticeable effects until 212* degrees, when the water inside their bodies boils which causes extreme damage, pain, and highly lethal by dehydration. In cases where the outside temperature exceeds the necessary temperature requirement, or if there is a build-up in excess solar radiation inside a body, a solarian will undergo a biological function nicknamed "glowing" where the tubing of their arteries and veins will switch from a passive light emitting process to a forceful light emitting process, removing the excess radiation via expelling it as light energy. On the inverse, if a solarian does not acquire enough solar radiation through a given time span but are in an external temperature that is necessary for them to stay alive, they will feel extreme discomfort from being cold on the inside, and will require food to eat more readily than in other situations, but altogether will be fine. A notable feature about this tubing is a rare genetic disease that causes the tubing to not properly bind to flesh, causing it to slowly disconnect from the body starting a few years into childhood, and causing death by a lack of blood circulation. Genetic therapy and healing magic are the primary treatments, but being it affects the entire circulatory system, the solarian's growth is heavily stunted.

Another trait co-opted from other species is that solarian flesh and bone are highly adaptive to atmospheric and gravitational changes in short time spans. The concentration of their bone and muscle mass changes in response to being a different gravity force over the course of a week, allowing them to quickly "slim down" or "build up" depending on whether the solarian is in space or goes to another planet, maintaining an ideal fitness for the area. However, this process takes time and going from a space adjusted body to a planetary adjusted one leaves a solarian extremely weakened for as long as it takes to adapt. In addition, rapidly and continually changing gravity multiple times causes the adaptation mechanism of the body to become confused, leaving the solarian is either a possibly impossibly dense and heavy body, or an impossibly tall and weak body, for two weeks or a month required to acclimatize to the currently gravitational forces. This notably affects solarian commercial sailors who in the course of a week will make five or more different stops on a shipping trip, necessitating medication to keep their bodies at a current adaptation or else become unable to work. This adaption feature also allows solarians to survive and operate in the vacuum of space for periods of time, as long as they receive enough solar radiation. In addition, the adaptation feature also changes Solarian skin tones in response tosolar radiation, increasing or decreasing pigmentation to moderate amount of sunlight adsorbed while on a planet. Notably, solarian armors are enchanted to disengage the adaption mechanism for one reason or another, to maintain a particular level of muscle mass for combat purposes.

Solarian bodies carry an unmistakable resemblance to humanity, even if the chemical processes that dictate their life functions are highly different. The Stars were once a single, unified human, and as such their thought processes till operate on the same basic   framework as a human's mind, though heavily expanded to account for the major differences. As a result, their created species was made to fulfill human ideas on space flight, and human ideas of what they wanted their child species to look like. On the outside solarians resemble humans to an extreme degree. Solarian body appearance, proportions, skin tones, and faces all resemble any member of humanity. What humans call beautiful humans will be beautiful to solarians, and vice versa, creating the possibility of inter-species romance. Strangely, thanks to a quirk added into solarian genetics, it is possible for humans and solarians to produce viable off-spring that will be further expanded upon

Solarian biology as it's relationship to humans

Solarian biology as its relation to magic

Magic: All magic flows through blood, magic strength based on physical fitness, hard magic

Star Magic: The lifeblood of stars, the manipulation of plasma, soft magic

Clothing: Suits like the Vodanyia, with capes

Technology: Crystal and metal devices combined with magic



The Stars:



Solar System:



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History: Long ago, a king ruled Mespotamia, doing some heroics, before dying of old age. A few thousand years later, drifting in space, eight metal figures awoke. These beings were the splintered soul of that King, imbuded with phenomal cosmic power. Though questioning their origin, they declared themselves what they had always hoped to obtain, the Stars, and began a long crusade against evil in their galaxy, destroying the wrong while championing the right. In time, they found themselves desiring something to create, rather then destroy and replace, so they found an empty sector of the galaxy, mostly empty anyway, and set up a planetary libray, and fortress, calling it Bastion. Here they tinkered with their powers, trying to figure out what should they create. They stopped for hundreds of years.

Due to the lack of heroes in the galaxy thanks to the Stars' vacation, a mortal rose up to fill the place left by the Stars, and all the immortal gods before them. Armed only with a sword and a cape, a young male called Destiny wandered, vanquishing evil for no thanks, merely because it brought him personal gratification. For he had a very rare talent, the ability to manipulate solar radation and energies as a means of attack and shielding. Though he cared not for the fame, it grew increasingly, until even the Stars in their dead space heard of him. Realizing the potential, a being that not only manipulated the same energies that gave the Stars life, but was a hero through and through, he would be the perfect father for their creation. In a short manner, Destiny walked through the stone halls of Bastion, and met the eight Stars themselves, and was offered a chance he had to take. Become the bridegroom and father of the Solarians, a species of heroes in his image, and be the husband of their progentier, a woman named Sola.

The Solarians grew quickly, under the guidance of the Stars, achieving society levels and space flight, even a space navy in short order, while also mastering their incredible magic abilities under the same teachings. They created a large empire composed mostly of shipping lanes and farming worlds, taking care to ensure every world was utilized but not ravaged, and making friends, and enemies, with many planetary governments. Included in these were their first allies, the Vampires of Tenebrea, who livied in the same system as the Solarians originated as, and the Infinites, crystaline beings who were thought to use a similair magic to the Stars, but died out while the Solarians were in their infancy.

Abilities: Solarians are in general, tan skinned tall humans with strange colored hair and eyes, with veins that glow a variety of colors based on genetics but that can be altered with synthetic drug use, or magic. They live for a minimium of three thousand years, but an upper limit is not entirely defined.

They have innate abilities to determine the rough emotions of a person, such as angry or sad, without looking or hearing, just by being near, and are capable of opening telepathic channels that allows two willing partipants of any organic, sentient brains to communicate by willing thoughts to each other. They can sense energies around them, including general lifespans (ability to read full lifepsans require training), solar or heat energy, and decay. In their cells are special organelles that allow for the collection of ambient energy in a room, when full on energy they swell up and increase in bulk, but when low turn skinnier. When deprived of solar radation long enough, they are less healthy, but can pass themselves off as humans. Their magic consumes the energy stored in their organelles, and is in fact, reality warping, rewriting matter and energy to a new form while also expelling their former energy, and as such continually break the law of thermodynamics. Though they can use any form of magic they want, some of their major schools include illusion, classical four elements, time, and darkness. Lastly they possess a natural healing factor, allowing them to regenate any destroyed flesh if they have the energy to do so, but an instant kill bypasses this, as they cannot react to it and thus cannot use their magic to save them.

Society: They worship celestial bodies, and consider every sun, large moon, and planet to be something sacred and should be protected against from desecration. In addition they worship their creators, the Stars, as gods, and continually pray to them and seek audiances for their wisdom. They also worship power and Destiny, seeking to be on the side of good. As such the most powerful Solarians form the Solarian Order, a group of mages whose seats are based in duels, with the strongest being named the Solarian Grand Master. And the Solarian who has the strongest genetic link to Destiny is either the King or Queen of the Solarians. For the government to function, the Order, the Grand Master, and the Dynatsy must all agree.  The Solarian Knight Academy is an insitution that trains Solarian students for a few decades, getting them to master most forms of magic and weapon combat, before sending them out as wandering heroes to do good in the veins of their father, Destiny. It's the second most popular job, following being a trader that flies goods between planets.

Technology: They use crystals and metals imbuded with spells to automize varies tasks for them, such as refining metals or mass producing neckalces or feeding an energy crystal into a tube to create a blast large enough to vaporize a skyscraper.
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