Nava-Verse Archives #47: Etignites Picture


INDIVIDUAL: PRIMAL DEITY: Fhont'Natsa is a stone/rock–based Elemental–Class Primal Deity that identifies as male. His physical form is very large for a Elemental–Class, and his durability value is at least 20,000, the highest of any known Elemental–Class. His actual powers, however, are considerably limited compared to those of other Elemental–Class Primal Deities. Fhont'Natsa is largely a brute when it comes to his powers, and though he can summon large stones in any of his four large hands or on any solid, approximately flat surface at will, this ability is considerably less dynamic than corresponding ones relating to fire, electricity, and so forth. Simply put, stone is not a very potent presence in most places compared to other forms of elemental power. Fhont'Natsa's personality is also fairly modest for a Primal Deity; his ambitions while on his own are relatively small in scale, and he is not as actively malevolent as many other Primal Deities, desiring only to have authority over his subjects rather than to abuse such authority, and only resorting to violent force when desperate. At least, he was like this when he operated on his own. Currently and permanently banished from the Prime Galaxy, Fhont'Natsa was once a member of the Monsgnarl Pantheon, being one of the several deities to come and go from the group over the centuries. The influence of the Pantheon made him more of an actively evil threat than he ever could have been capable of being without the help of something more sinister than he was.

The first known encounter with Fhont'Natsa occurred in Age 398 on the planet Finngaed, from which the deity was quickly driven away by angry Wabacawlers, who had not long ago at the time been enslaved by a Primal Deity, and thus harbored a particular hatred for such beings. Fhont'Natsa subsequently wandered the Prime Galaxy for some time, searching for a people both willing and suited to serve him. Eventually, he found such a people in the Rorke–Norgs of Etigna, beings made out of living stone much like he himself was that lived on a planet made almost purely of stone where his powers could be used to their fullest. Fhont'Natsa settled down on Etigna, and began swaying numerous Rorke–Norgs to his allegiance, convincing them to join and serve him mainly on the alleged grounds that he and the humanoids were made for each other, both being stone–based beings. Bear in mind that the Rorke–Norgs were a primitive people and were quite gullible, and although nowhere close to the entire Rorke–Norg population joined the "Stone Order", as Fhont'Natsa's cult was called, the portion of it that did was significant, and ultimately amounted to roughly one–fifth of all Rorke–Norgs living on Etigna. Many were made to join by force as the Stone Order took over their communities, while hundreds whose communities were conquered and who were unwilling to submit to the Primal Deity were killed. Though Fhont'Natsa and his cult were a major antagonistic force to Etigna and its population, the damage they did was nothing compared to, say, the later and unrelated complete hostile takeover of the planet by Cosmo'rath during the Vision Wars; the majority of the scattered Rorke–Norg communities on the planet were left untouched.

By Age 420, Fhont'Natsa's success as a Primal Deity had caught the attention of the Monsgnarl Pantheon. Mias'Cento was sent to Etigna to recruit him to the Pantheon, and he accepted the offer after having Mias'Cento's powers, which the Mage–Class deity attributed to his alliance with Junt'Vubis, demonstrated to him. Now an official Monsgnarl, Fhont'Natsa was taught by Set'Ibutal to be much more vicious and aggressive, which showed as many more Rorke–Norg communities were conquered by him under considerably more brutal circumstances than those of previous conquests, and now in the name of the Monsgnarl Pantheon rather than the Stone Order, a name which was no longer being used at this point. The Rorke–Norgs that served Fhont'Natsa also became more vicious and well–trained. After the main Monsgnarls left the stone deity on his own, expecting him to proceed to conquer all of Etigna, however, he gradually reverted back to his old, more relaxed ways, and failed to take control of any significant additional part of Etigna over the next several decades. When the main Monsgnarls finally and fully realized this, as they perceived it, laziness on the part of their ally in age 480, they were frightfully furious, and they summoned Fhont'Natsa to Yeppus, where Junt'Vubis told him that he and his Rorke–Norg subjects would have to conquer a certain planet, which the Pantheon had long been interested in controlling, within the year or else be destroyed.

The planet in question was Jamblibam in the Sigma Octant, home of the Vilvamions. What subsequently transpired came to be known as the "Jamblibam Incident". During this conflict, the desperate Fhont'Natsa was more brutal and dangerous than ever, and he is now most infamous for his actions here. The result of the Jamblibam Incident, that being the defeat and permanent banishing of Fhont'Natsa, is not the reason why this incident is so famous and mysterious. Rather, it is the apparent unknown artificial beings that seemingly were on Jamblibam at the time, and which helped to thwart the stone deity before vanishing and leaving only vague traces of their presence...


Gernovolic: This now–extinct beast was the largest naturally–occurring creature on Etigna, and the planet's top predator. Gernovolii (to use the plural form of the name "Gernovolic") were dumb, brutish creatures hostile to most other forms of life, both on Etigna and in general (which contributed to their being impossible to save, see below). Like most Etignites, their outer bodies were made mostly out of living stone–like materials, which naturally included some diamond–like structures for which the creatures were occasionally sought after by seekers of wealth. Gernovolii could stand up to twenty feet tall, and they were stout and squarish in posture. They had three tiny, close–together eyes, resulting in poor vision, and very simple, handless arms with only a single curved appendage each. They were broadly omnivorous, and when substantial living prey was scarce, they could fall back on certain types of mineral rocks for nourishment. Gernovolii and Rorke–Norgs rarely encountered one another, for the former generally dwelled much deeper beneath the surface of Etigna and nearer to the planet's core than the latter. The Gernovolic's average durability value was about 4,000, and the creatures were always relatively few in number and each lived alone, which is standard for such large, predatory beings in nature.
The Gernovolii's hostility, their large size, their small population and their scattered locations particularly deep below the surface of Etigna collectively made it impossible to save the species; it proved to be very difficult to reach the creatures, even more difficult to subdue them non–lethally, and downright impossible to successfully shuttle them off of the planet. Dozens died in vain trying to preserve the beasts' race before the parties responsible for rescuing the various Etignite creatures gave up on them. Thus, the Gernovolic is now widely considered the largest and strongest creature in the Prime Galaxy to succumb to extinction in recorded history. It is likely that others of equal or greater caliber have gone extinct in the distant, mysterious past, though.

Onglerthosp: A fairly large Etignite creature that dwelled largely on the surface of its original planet, being the largest creature to live up there, and one of the few creatures that lived up there altogether. Specifically, the Onglerthosps lived mainly near the South polar region of Etigna, where temperatures were lowest, or rather, not as high as elsewhere on the planet's extremely volatile surface. Their bodies were (and still are) extremely tough, as they needed to be in order to survive on even the most mild / least harsh areas of Etigna's surface. Onglerthosps are quadrupeds with stone–like bodies, single, strangely shaped eyes with multiple pupils, long necks that are the least tough parts of their outer bodies, fairly long and powerful tails, and humps of excess flesh, fat and muscle on their backs. They are fairly mindless and docile creatures which require little to eat due to their very slow and efficient metabolisms and mounds of extra body fat, which they are born with and which can be replenished by consuming more than usual, which still isn't all that much in proportion to the Onglerthosp's size. In fact, it could be argued that the ratio of this creature's size to the amount of nourishment it requires to sustain itself is the highest of any purely heterotrophic creature in the Prime Galaxy. This is why such a large beast was able to thrive on the surface of Etigna, where the only things to eat were mineral rocks, small, generic insects and crustaceans, and occasionally a surfacing Molalurk. As for measurements, the Onglerthosp's body is between three and four meters in length while it is standing on all fours and about eight feet in height while in the same position, it weighs between 400 and 600 pounds, and its durability value is usually somewhere between 1,600 and 2,000.
Unlike the Gernovolic and like the Molalurk and others, the Onglerthosp was able to survive the destruction of its homeworld thanks to activists who ventured to the warped planet shortly prior to the necessary evil that was its destruction and collected several Onglerthosp specimens. These specimens were then kept in breeding facilities for some time before their hundreds of descendants were distributed to another planet that had been chosen through careful selection to be the new home of the species. The planet in question was Dirtrama, a fairly desolate planet uninhabited by humanoids besides the lone Skellen colony in the Delta Octant, and it was chosen due to the evident ability of the Imailniecs, native creatures similar to the Onglerthosps, to thrive there. Truth be told, however, the Onglerthosps could probably have been relocated to almost any other planet in the Prime Galaxy and still thrived, due to their resilience and minuscule dietary requirements.
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