Kirovna is the eighth habitable planet from the suns in the Primoris System. Inhabited mostly by German and Eastern European colonists, Kirovna is a place of immense cultural feeling and innovation. When immigrants from Ancient Earth first colonized the small planet, they discovered a single continent of rich fertile soil and myriad islands dispersed throughout the black seas. Most of the people settled on the Continent in the beginning, but many sought the solace and quiet of the islands. Eventually, bustling trade commenced between the Continent folk and the Islanders. As the humans spread more widely over the planet, they discovered a peaceful race of natives simply referred to (by humans) as the Kirovnans. These aliens have ash-colored skin, dark black or purple hair, and violet eyes in a variety of shades. The most striking feature of the Kirovnans are their twin tentacle-like antennae that protrude from their foreheads and rest over the crowns of their heads down their backs. These antennae are used for sensory purposes.
Another oddity the Ancient Earth humans discovered in the early days of habitation was the existence of magical creatures called pixies. These animals delighted the humans–especially children–and over the years, pixies began to attach themselves to certain people, but not others. The humans learned that over time, some of their children had become sensitive to the pixie’s magical powers and could use magic of their own. The colonists called it “pixie wizardry” and “pixie magic” since children didn’t seem able to control their magical powers without the aid of one of the beasts. Once those first magical children became old men and women, they founded an academy for the study of magic high in the mountains of the Continent. They named this place the Zaubermond. Anyone with a desire to deeply study the foundations of Kirovna’s magic and the secrets of pixies was welcome to apprentice with a senior magician there. However, anyone unwilling to devote their life to the ascetic study in the Zaubermond was promptly dismissed.
As the years on Kirovna passed for the humans, and multiple generations planted deep roots in the soil of the Continent and the sand of the Islands, advancements in technology began to catch up with that of the industrial age on Ancient Earth. Steam-powered crafts for water and air were made and circulated widely around the globe. Weaponry advanced, as did steam-powered locomotives and comforts. Gas heating for home and cooking also made its way through the affluent areas. It wasn’t the same level of technological glory as that known on Ancient Earth, but the humans were proud of their accomplishments and the native Kirovnans approved of much of the development. As with most planets in the Primoris System, digital technology refused to work properly on Kirovna, despite the humans’ continual effort to make it so. Thus, humans became content to learn magic (if they could) and produce steam and gas powered contraptions in the meantime.
Above the planet, out in the orbital tract are two human-inhabited moons: Adlheid and Juneau One. Each moon was colonized by Ancient Earth Humans as well. Adlheid mainly attracted smaller, more religious groups from Eastern Europe while Juneau One became a refuge for Russian immigrants. These moons are seen throughout the day and night on Kirovna and those living on the moons themselves are able to see Kirovna’s enormous (to them) silhouette in their own skies.
Tales from the Moons of Kirovna
The Dark Ship
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