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Plains of Eidolon
1KyoFish 01 Plains of Eidolon
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Fragment Lore

The site of the final battle of the Unum's champion, Gara and the colossal Sentient that wished to claim the Tower's regenerative qualities for itself. Today the remains of the Sentient, diminished and confused, wander the Plains - seeking a cohesion the Ostrons hope it shall never find.

Onkko Transmission

"In the age after the fall of the Orokin the grand clade-families of the Ostron were cast wide across the solar system, roaming and homeless in their great floating markets."

Ancient History
1KyoFish 02 Ancient History
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Fragment Lore

Many questions remain: what is the true history of Cetus? Who is the Unum and for how long has she been one with the living Tower? What is her relationship to the Quills and what hidden purpose do they serve? The Archivist, Onkko, preserved much of the old folklore but how much of that is true?

If there is any kind of scheme to the unfolding of things, some end-point in sight, then one thing is certain: the arrival of the Tenno in Cetus is no accident.

Onkko Transmission

"In this time, two young people were in love. The woman, Er Phryah, and the man, Mer-Sah. Er Phryah was from the yingbindunyai clade (meaning "great bond"): a very old and wealthy compact of bonded families."

The Tower's Flesh
1KyoFish 03 The Tower's Flesh
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"Khanung! Khanung! Clear Ingress Four-Two-Seven-Five! Shock charges have been affixed! Evacuate five hundred meters boomward! Prepare to make fire! Prepare to make fire!"

The Unum specifies which part of her Temple-body may be harvested, and when. In this manner her body eternally replenishes, providing her people with flesh to sell, Temple-kuva to refine and oils with which to make remarkable unguents. On occasion, nestled within the substrata of her being, a rare discovery awaits: forgotten technology. Proto-essence. Things which lure travelers from across the system, and so are a bounty for her people.

Onkko Transmission

"Mer-Sah, however had no clade; his family having been shattered by the Grineer many years before. He was cetus, meaning "landless, cladeless, a body turned to dust turned to motes on a careless wind." Er-Phryah belonged to families within families. Mer-Sah was alone."

Ostron Patois
1KyoFish 04 Ostron Patois
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Swazdo-lah - a common greeting

Sho-lah - 'farewell'

Surah - 'friend'

Dah-dap - 'thank-you'

Ai yo - a common exclamation. Could be thought of as 'oh my'

Lok heb - 'hail'

Chut! - 'silence!' (request for)

Kruna metta - an imploration. 'please'.

Khanung! - a warning

Utz - a universal emphatic, appended to the end of a descriptor ("I am happy utz.") 'Very'

Doh-ga - Urgency. 'hurry'

Onkko Transmission

"But, to Er-Phyrah, Mer-Sah was a poet who had eyes to see the beauty of things and ears to her the softly whispered language of the universe. "I know a place," he said. "Where I may be homeless no more. I have heard a voice, and it leads me there. Come with me."

Tools of Harvest
1KyoFish 05 Tools of Harvest
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The Unum gives of herself, decreeing what parts of her Temple-body may be harvested for the good of Cetus. Drillers, climbing great scaffolds, punch cavities into the Temple wall which are then packed with mighty shock charges. The call 'prepare to make fire!' echoes across the rooftops, and all know to clear the streets and alleys boomward of the harvest. The detonations rupture the sacred flesh, freeing great blanketpieces which are, in turn, pulled free and rolled down via the use of long billhooks. It is then the duty of agile balloon drop-drivers to deliver this bounty to the butchers below.

Flensers: those who carve up the Temple's flesh.

Eruptors: those who lay shock charges along chosen lines, and 'make fire', loosening the carved flesh for removal by balloon.

Retrievers: those who wring all oil from scrubs at the end of a shift.

Onkko Transmission

"But Er-Phryah's father was a man made foolish by his wealth, and vociferously disapproved of their love. Mer-Sah was cast adrift from the floating market that was home to his one true love."

Grineer Excavations
1KyoFish 06 Grineer Excavations
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Perhaps it is a by-product of the Sentient's body being scattered across the Plains. It may be that the Tower is here for this very reason. Or, perhaps, it's just chance... but the Plains are mineral- and resource-rich. So much so that the Grineer risk Ostron retaliation, the wrath of the Tenno and the rage of the Eidolon itself to mine this place.

Onkko Transmission

"Er-Phryah and Mer-Sah ran away together, as lovers do, and were never heard from again. Rent by grief, her family thought her dead. Her father passed away, clutching her cameo, at peace thinking he would see her soon in some moonlit afterlife."

Amps
1KyoFish 07 Amps
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The Eidolon is no common beast of the Plains, and cannot be laid low with the tools of an everyday hunter. These 'amps' focus the user's will into a killing beam, capable of eventually bringing one of these monstrosities down.

Onkko Transmission

"Decades later, ships entering ancient Er's orbit were hailed from the planet's poisoned surface by an old woman's voice, gentle and knowing. Traders would call for her, greet her, offer the latest news on their families and lives - but never did they learn anything of this woman, save that she had a husband and they were, somehow, happy living on the toxic skin of that hostile world. The woman would always - always - ask those travelers of news of the yingbindunyai clade."

The Quills of Cetus
1KyoFish 08 The Quills of Cetus
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Secretive and respected, the Quills are the Unum's closest adherents. Strange and reserved, their bond to her and each other makes for a strange relationship with causality.

"We are each one viewpoint within the myriad that comprises the Unum. We watch, we anticipate, we intercede."

Onkko Transmission

"Yingbindunyai junkers came searching for a sign of their missing daughter. The frail voice of their long-lost child reached out to them, and there was much joy. You will find us, her message said, by the light of our love."

Merchants of Cetus
1KyoFish 09 Merchants of Cetus
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"Attachment is pain. Whatever you wish to gain or lose is a door, behind which lies grace."

"My door is a shipment of rubedo and the cost of opening it would be...?"

"3000 credits, plus tax."

Onkko Transmission

"Er-Phryah bade them make their home around a magnificent Orokin ruin, promising them that it would be a source of their prosperity for generations to come. The yingbindunyai arrived in their vast floating market. There, by a ragged coastline, winked a point of light. Follow the brightness of the love between Mer-Sah and I, said the message, and be safe from all harm."

Remnants of Orokin
1KyoFish 10 Remnants of Orokin
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The Orokin Empire may have receded into the mists of history, but what it left behind is repurposed by those who remain.

Onkko Transmission

"The wrathful Grineer took umbrage at this and sought to block their passage but, upon approaching that ancient Orokin tower, found their transmissions silenced, their engines turned cold, and their weapons reduced to lumps of dead iron."

The Grineer Tusks
1KyoFish 11 The Grineer Tusks
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Despatched to the Plains to assist in efforts to harness and understand the Eidolons, these shock troops stand vigil over Grineer operations. They wait for the day when the power of that lobotomized Sentient might be turned to their own ends... and loosed against the walls of Cetus.

Onkko Transmission

"She was a being of the day, her husband a spirit of the night. Er-Phryah was a woman of the land. Mer-Sah a man of the sea. Mer-Sah understood the crushing weight of time in which Er existed. In return Er gifted pieces of its ancient self to Mer-Sah; old things shaped to near shapelessness by a thousand years beneath the waves. Mer-Sah was a man dedicated to finding the sacred in the forgotten, the neglected. And took wisdom from them."

Scavenging Way of Life
1KyoFish 12 Scavenging Way of Life
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Finding worth in the worthless the Ostron clade-families have built for themselves a bastion from the bones of a once-great Orokin citadel. In the eyes of an Ostron everything may serve a second purpose, and what is valueless now can be turned to serve a useful purpose later.

Onkko Transmission

"After many decades Mer-Sah had a small collection of such gifts - such that they could be held in two cupped hands - but in them he understood the lifespan of a world. And so he had struck an accord with the creatures of the sea."

Harvesting the Tower
1KyoFish 13 Harvesting the Tower
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The blanketpiece of temple flesh is lowered to waiting butchers and flensers. The balloon's drop-diver holds her delicate craft steady as great airing board is positioned beneath her cargo. The Old Man gives the order: 'Sever the mainline!'

Onkko Transmission

"For her part, in her times alone, Er-Phryah came to know the birds and animals of the plains and likewise struck an accord with them. Even the tortured Eidolons, creatures of this world and the next, left them in peace and made the landws around the Tower safe for the Ostrons."

Cetus
1KyoFish 14 Cetus
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While their floating markets may ply the rails of the Origin system, Cetus is the Ostron home: a trading hub where travelers from across the system meet to exchange information, wares and plunder in safety, protected by the Unum-enforced laws of barter and parley - free from the influence of Grineer and Corpus.

Onkko Transmission

"At the center of this place was the Tower. And within the Tower was the Unum: the voice, the force, that had called Mer-Sah and Er-Phryah there so many years ago for this exact purpose. But the Unum is a being for another time, and another story."

Ostron Artisans
1KyoFish 15 Ostron Artisans
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The Ostron mercantile scavenger culture has birthed a rich tradition of artisans fluent in many styles, able to make use of whatever material is at hand to achieve stunning results. A side-effect of Temple harvesting is a light rain of gold dust, which can lead to the degenerative condition known as 'gilded lung'. The need for masks to protect against this has led to a rich maskwork tradition unique to Cetus.

Onkko Transmission

"The Ostrons named their village Karifamil - "the family and prosperity". Er-Phyrah was overjoyed to see her clade again.. but Mer-Sah would not enter Karifamil, for he had no family save Er-Phryah. Er-Phryah was drawn to her clade and Mer-Sah felt no resentment. She would one day return to them. Mer-Sah had known it would be so."

Teralyst Eidolon
1KyoFish 16 Teralyst Eidolon
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Rising from the lakes at sundown and returning to them before dawn these simple-minded monstrosities roam the nighttime plains, howling, searching for a thing they can barely remember: completeness. Wholeness. An intelligence and malevolent purpose which, fate willing, they will never return to again.

Onkko Transmission

"Mer-Sah took the things the sea ha gifted over his long life, and took to his boat, and sailed out across his midnight ocean. He returned those gifts to the deep... and himself to them too. But this was no death into which Mer-Sah stepped, for a world is made of cycles upon cycles. Mer-Sah stepped into his midnight ocean, falling down into it. The deeper he sank, the larger he became. This is how the oceans of Er came to be the home of the thousand-year fish: legendary, vast, reclusive, the rare sight of which changes men. One of the great ancient spirits of Er."

The Ostrons
1KyoFish 17 The Ostrons
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"I know us for a miracle. A million-to-one improbability. Our existence is the most fragile of all existences. We could be exterminated tomorrow, yet we have endured by wit alone for millennia."

Oro-kin-ka: spirit houses for the souls of the Orokin who once inhabited Cetus. By giving them a small house in which to reside the Ostrons hope the Orokin spirits will leave them in peace. Said to be good luck.

Yoong-bat: Urns left outside Ostron doorways, filled with fresh water for traveling monks. No-one else should drink from them, especially offworlders.

Onkko Transmission

"The spirits of the land felt Er-Phryah's sadness, mad with grief for the loss of their friend to the spirits of the sea. The accord broke down, the animals and Eidolons returning once more to wildness. And so the people of the clade yingbundunyai rebuilt the great Orokin wall that had, in centuries gone by, ringed their gleaming Tower... and never again ventured out at night."

Plains Animals
1KyoFish 18 Plains Animals
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"It is my experience of the Plains that nature adapts with greater alacrity than we. Condrocs nest in Grineer comms towers, keeping watch over the gutted Sentient husks which Kuaka rodents have transformed into colony-nests. Master Teasonai has been of great assistance to my cataloguing, striving as he does to tame all manner of wildlife." - Onkko, Cetus Archivist.

Onkko Transmission

"The villagers decided as one that their home would no longer be known as Karifamil, "family and prosperity". From that day forward it would be know as Cetus: landless, of no one clade, home to any who are blown as dust on the wind. Er-Phryah lived there the rest of her days, and for the remainder of her nights she held vigil atop the walls of Cetus, looking to the sea and, some say, occasionally catching sight of a great fish, like an island in the midnight ocean, looking back at her. With love."

Life in Cetus
1KyoFish 19 Life in Cetus
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The cry of seabirds. The delicate, permeating scent of Temple blood. The laughter of children. The shouts of merchants and hawkers. The roar of approaching spacecraft. The distant, haunting howls of the Eidolon. Cetus.

Not much ruffles an Ostron. It is as if they have made peace with whatever will be. The closeness of the Unum provides a kind of comfort, offworlders suppose. Or perhaps some of the sanguine knowingness of the enigmatic Quills have rubbed off on them.

Onkko Transmission

"It is said that Mer-Sah continued to watch over the deep, as he had always done, and Er-Phryah the land. Often she would stand by her husband-sea, speaking in a language only those bound at the soul can know."

The Unum
1KyoFish 20 The Unum
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"If the Unum speaks to you, traveler, it is because you have the ears to hear - though at first you may not believe it is so."

The being known by the Ostrons as 'the Unum', and to ignorant offworlders as 'the Wall', has a reputation for prophecy. Those wealthy enough to own moons have journeyed to Cetus, hoping to buy and audience. But the Unum has no use for wealth, and she alone decides who will hear her words, and when.

Ostrons believe she sits at the pin-center of the universe, listening to the infinite poetry of cause-and-effect.

Some visitors to her chamber leave bitterly disappointed, others elated, others furious. But one thing is certain: the information she imparts changes the person who receives it.

Onkko Transmission

"When the day came and Er-Phryah passed from the world, her family buried her on the land. A great fish watched from the sea, and kept vigil over her, for ten days and nights. When it sank beneath the waves, it was never seen again. Some say Mer-Sah, the thousand-year fish, waits to this day for their story to be retold - relived - that he and Er-Phryah, his great love, may one day be reunited again. This is Onkko, Cetus archivist, with my translation of the Tale of the Woman of the Earth and the husband of the Sea."

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