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September 3, 2012 / milesandhisfavorites

Nitor: A World of Light Part Three

The Nitorians are Nitor’s most intelligent known creatures, having built a technologically advanced civilization.  In this final part of Nitor: A World of Light, we will examine the history and culture of the Nitorians, to see why they have dominated their planet, and beyond.

ANCIENT NITORIAN CIVILIZATIONS

The Nitorian world government was established in NY 1262.  However, until NY 1012, multiple primitive civilizations similar to that of Earth’s dwelt in the mountains, plains, and forests of Saxum.

  • Besz Mountain Tribe.  Very little is known about this nomadic civilization that dwelt near the Besz mountain range, other than that they hunted Drakwolves and Frillsnaps, and that they probably lived from PNY 22 to PNY 1267 .
  • Covust Empire.  Arguably the most successful early Nitorian civilization, the Covust Empire ruled an area roughly the size of Brazil, stretching from the eastern coastline to the midwestern plains.  The civilization first started out in PNY 76 and died out in NY 192.
  • Pleurohead Cove Tribe.  A small city-state that was known to have traded with the Covust Empire.  They dwelt in Pleurohead Cove, their primary trade being fishing.  Most of the city-state’s citizens carved out homes in the cove’s surrounding cliffs, which exist today, though only in small clusters.
  • Tririn.  A mountain city-state roughly the size of Maine, Tririn was known to have gotten into at least two wars with the Covust Empire, in PNY 794 and NY 186, the latter of which eventually led to the downfall of both civilizations.  They traded with the Pleurohead Cove Tribe, primarily with ore and meat.

THE CURRENT NITORIAN GOVERNMENT

Nitor is currently a global democracy, with several city-states, each of which has an elected representative that reports to the Dezumo, a president-like person that rules the planet from the world capital of Lumin City.  Each city-state also has a number of satellite towns and settlements, each of which have representatives that report to the city-state’s representative.  The government was created in NY 1262, after a world war that nearly devastated Saxum.

NITORIAN CITY-STATES

  • Lumin City.  The world capital, Lumin City has a population of 12 million, who dwell in massive residential towers.  The grid of towers stretches for over two hundred square miles.  In between the towers lies a flat and seedy sprawl of nightclubs, stores, and   tenements.  Beyond the city limits lie several farming towns, which supply both Lumin City and most of the city-states.  Landmarks include popular and historic nightclub Club Gandus, and Roya Tower, where the leaders and representatives of Nitor both live and work.
  • Corvus.  Built into the mountains surrounding Besz, Corvus is a multi-leveled tourist’s paradise.  Full of scenic vistas, interesting history, and famous cuisine, at least a third of Corvus’s economy is based in the tourist industry.  However, Corvus has a dark side, having an infamous triad-run neighborhood called the Levels (so named because it was built into the size of a mountain), and high crime rates in the surrounding area to boot.  As it stands, Corvus has a population of about two million.
  • Menton.  A city of about three hundred thousand, Menton is similar to Corvus in design, built into the Besz Mountain Range.  However, instead of a tourism-based economy, Menton is primarily industrial, with major stakes in both mining and manufacturing.  Menton is also the oldest currently standing city on Nitor, having existed roughly one thousand NY before the rise of the world government.
  • Votum.  Nicknamed the City of Dreams, Votum has a population of about one million, and is located on the southwestern coast of Saxum, near Pleurohead Cove.  A sort of Las Vegas/Los Angeles mashup, Votum is at once a crime-ridden wasteland and a paradise.  Votum has two satellite towns, Inretio, a fishing town in Pleurohead Cove, and Compitus, an industrial town that is the main hub for transportation throughout the southwestern coastal region.
  • Burgus.  At a population of eighty thousand, Burgus is the smallest of Nitor’s major cities.  It is home to the Nitorian military’s largest base, Camp Massarum, as well as several private weapons manufacturers.  It has close ties to Menton, which supplies both the military and the private companies.

NITORIAN TECHNOLOGY

Nitorian technology is at least a century more advanced than that of humans, due to the fact that their society developed faster.  Here are just some of their fascinating inventions.

  • Static weaponry.  Used in a variety of weapons, from pistols to machine guns, static weaponry have small batteries in the barrel that fire concentrated blasts of energy, which, depending on the setting, can either knock someone backwards several meters, or break bones.  The earliest use of this technology has been traced back to large (and difficult to use) weapons used by the Covust Empire, though this has been disputed.
  • Touch-frame holographic interfaces.  These devices are simple: a metal frame that projects holograms.  Built into the frame, along with the projectors, are motion detectors that detect physical contact near one part of the screen.  The projectors then change the screen in response, similar to a tablet computer.
  • VTOL space travel.  Much like Earth helicopters, Nitorian spacecraft can take off vertically, saving both space and preparation time.  This also makes them reusable, like the space shuttle.  VTOL spacecraft have been used in the Antrum expeditions, as well as supply runs to the research colonies on Nemus.
  • Emotional stimulation beverages.  A recent fad among Nitorians, emotional stimulation beverages use artificial hormones to give the drinker a burst of an emotion.  While expensive, the drinks are popular and can be found at most reputable Nitorian nightclubs.  The first emotional stimulation beverage was perfected at Club Gandus in Lumin City.

NITORIAN RELIGIONS

  • Ardorism.  The belief that the Borea and Nitor began with a flash of light, and will end with a flash of light.  This is the largest religion on Nitor, with over three hundred million devotees and a house of worship in nearly every town and city.
  • Marvitism.  The belief that the first Nitorians were formed by the gods of the sea, and walked onto land because of a vision one of their members had.  While somewhat popular among coastal towns, Marvitism is a dying religion.
  • The Gagians.  The Gagians, few in numbers outside Burgus, have dedicated their lives to charity, sometimes harboring dozens of Nitorian orphans out of selflessness.  The Nitorian government has occasionally been accused of funding Gagians under the guise of charity.

NITORIAN VEHICLES

  • The Hovertube Network.  The brainchild of genius inventor Tabernus, the Hovertube Network is a vast series of glass tubes that stretch all across Saxum, connecting every town and city.  Subway-like “cars” hover on a cushion of air, traveling at incredible speeds, a sort of global public transportation system.  Using the Hovertube Network, one can get from Lumin City (located in the central plains) to Corvus (located in the Besz Mountain Range near the coast) in under eight hours.
  • Hoversynth.  Hoversynths are four-person vehicles resembling cars.  Four magnetic strips on the underside of the hoversynth keep it floating just above ground level.  They are common on the streets of major cities, but are generally considered to be a luxury.
  • Pramun.  Much like hoversynths, Pramuns use magnetic levitation to move.  Pramuns, however, resemble buses, and use only one long mag-lev strip to hover.  They are often used as public transportation, though military Pramuns have been modified with caterpillar tracks and static weaponry.
  • Caelship.  Caelships are common Nitorian spacecraft, utilizing VTOL technology.  They are ellipse-shaped craft roughly several square acres in size.  The first Caelship was used in the third Antrum landing, and have since been used for supply runs to the Nemus colonies.
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