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Childhood Games
Shatter-Lock 1 Childhood Games
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Earth (Plains of Eidolon) 1
Fragment Lore

The children of Cetus can often be found chasing one another through the streets and around landing bays, when not helping their families with chores or the running of businesses. Traditional games are popular, such as 'Shunta' or 'Kubrow and Vobi". They can be found playing riding sticks, or floating boats made from stale, hollowed-out loaves of bread.

Since the arrival of the Tenno a new form of play has emerged, in which children act out the tales they have heard of the Tenno.

Onkko Transmission

"In the dying days of the Orokin, with forums and promenades still blood-wet from Tenno betrayal, a colossal Sentient descended upon ancient Er, falling from distant stars to deliver upon Orokin a terrible and final ruin. Tower upon Tower fell to its weapons, but one withstood. The Tower of the Unum. The Tenno scattered, but one remained. Gara. She and the Unum - inseparable. The Unum: lodestone of our people, and subject of a hundred stories herself. The Sentient was a deformed creature, twisted and massive, sent from some dark fold of distant space, a warped thing wounded by daylight. By night it was a terror, felling Tower after Tower. Citadel after Citadel. By day it hid, blinded and pained. It was during the day that Gara roamed, yearning to strike it from Creation while it cowered, weakened and blind, to safeguard her beloved Unum. But never could Gara find it."

Friendship
Shatter-Lock 2 Friendship
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Earth (Plains of Eidolon) 1
Fragment Lore

The word 'cetus', in the Ostron tongue, means 'landless, cladeless; a body turned to dust turned to mores on a careless wind'. History says the town was founded as a home for anyone, regardless of clade, trade or tradition. Friendships last a lifetime here. It is easy to imagine how, in the earliest days of Cetus - with the Eidolons roaming the Plains, the walls laid low and the Grineer war parties pressing in - mutual support and protection would have been essential.

As times have improved this trait has become a key part of Ostron culture.

Onkko Transmission

"By night the Sentient was abroad, its titanic mass casting a terrible shadow across the land, the mass of it railing against the walls of the Tower, yet kept at bay by the exertion of the Unum's colossal will and the sacrifice of her faithful. But such exertions could not be maintained forever. Gara yearned to strike out, to lash and tear at the monstrosity that threatened her love, but the Unum forbade it. At night the Sentient was at the height of its power, and Gara's light would make her the most tempting of targets to a creature of such profound darkness. Gara's death would be certain. No. A different strategy was required."

The Glass Warrior
Shatter-Lock 3 The Glass Warrior
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Earth (Plains of Eidolon) 1
Fragment Lore

What is known of the ancient warrior known as Gara comes to us from folklore and oral tradition. It is said that she was Unum's closest companion, and that when the Lotus instructed her children to flee Gara remained, refusing to leave the side of the one she loved best.

When the Sentient was done razing a great many other Towers, when it turned its myriad eyes and receptors toward the Unum, it was Gara who gave herself to protect her friend - shattering the Sentient. The mindless monstrosities that now stride the Plains - the Teralysts - are all that remain of it.

Onkko Transmission

"The Sentient prowled and pressed and failed, never risking too much - for the Sentient could not reproduce. What it lost it lost forever. It had killed many cities before, felled many Towers, but this little one prevailed. Why, it pondered in many voices, was that? The Unum knew she could not defend forever, nor could her faithful throw their bodies against the Sentient in perpetuity. So she gave her followers some of her blood - her refined Temple kuva - and they in turn gave it to the animals of the land, and the animals became and extension of her and she became an extension of them. And the animals roamed, and searched. And they found where the Sentient chose to hide itself."

Night in Cetus
Shatter-Lock 4 Night in Cetus
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Earth (Plains of Eidolon) 1
Fragment Lore

The distant, mournful howls of the Eidolon - yearning for the terror it once was - drift through the alleys and byways across the rooftops, to the ears of sleeping families.

Onkko Transmission

"The Sentient sensed this subterfuge, and capturing one of the Unum's animals opened it up for examination. And what little of the Unum was present there... lit the Sentient's mind like the dark star from which it had fallen. The Sentient, you see, could not procreate. But in the Temple kuva it tasted healing. Completeness. A future. It devoured each and every last Unum-animal, but it was not enough. The Sentient turned its hundreds of eyes toward the Tower with new understanding: it would not destroy the Tower. It would become the Tower. It would kill the Unum, take her place and, one with that healing palace, give birth to a race of itself. Gara and Unum knew where the Sentient was. The Sentient knew the tower was the future of its race. The Sentient threw itself at the tower, no longer cautious, taking great losses and knowing the prize was worthy of it. Should it succeed all losses would be replaced a thousand-fold. This is when, across the Plains, the great pylons ignited for the first time. Sheets of energy sprung up between them, powered by the will of the Unum at their epicenter, trapping the monstrosity within. Loyal Gara, unwilling to heed inaction any longer, broke from the side of the Unum and flew out at night, her eyes on the Sentient mind."

Ostron Cuisine
Shatter-Lock 5 Ostron Cuisine
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Earth (Plains of Eidolon) 1
Fragment Lore

Chimurr: Fill the gourd with bomba leaves, then add steaming water and imbibe wthrough a burnished juta reed. A very old Ostron tradition. To serve it to guests signifies union and friendship.

Harpu: fresh-brewed chimurr with melted vobi butter creates a filling, tasty beverage. It is often bulked out with salt and balb flour. Always served hot.

Daku liquor: highly sought after. The Suma Doni (a lowlands marsupial) eats the peca nut, which excretes a fine paste. It is from this paste that the Ostrons make daku liquor.

Golden caviar: harvested from abyssal depths such as the Geonate Shelf.

Kubuchi: fermented sorghum. Cheap liquor. No Ostron would be caught drinking it in public. Any offworlder who does is immediately seen as a greenhorn and an easy mark.

Wine: some merchants claim to be able to imbue a bottle with the 'etheric signature' of a person one wishes to be rid of. Drink them in the evening, expel them by morning.

Ito-da (termite droppings): Mineral-dense. Will keep a traveler going long after their hunger should have dropped them.

Onkko Transmission

"The Sentient, torn between its coveted prize and a mortal threat, broke from the Tower and turned back on itself from noble Gara. But Gara's eyes were not for the Sentient - but for the glittering, man-sized device resting just beyond the gates. It had not been there before, but it was there now. It swatted Gara from the sky, drew it to herself, meaning to end her life there and then. The battle was terrible. Gara sustained injuries she would not survive. But! In her final moments brave Gara seized upon the device her beloved Unum had crafted, seized it to her breast, and allowed the Sentient to draw her in one final time. Toward its core. Toward the seat of its intelligence. From within the Sentient unfurled myriad feelers, probles, tendrils - viciously-toothed and made for killing. They swept towards Gara, violently, and the Glass Warrior made no defense. Her defense was her final attack. The device detonated, and the Unum cried out as night lit as day. The battle - the terror - was ended. The Tower walls shook. The Sentient's body shuddered, wracked by a cacophonous energy. Forests fell as piece after piece, giant body after giant body crashed to the Plains and marshes and flatlands. Animals fled in spreading waves from pounding sky-high walls of dust, angered and whipped to fury by the death of a god. The last of Gara's energy arced from body-to-body, machine-to-machine, piece-to-piece, a horizon-wide applause of light beautiful and terrible. And then... silence. All was still. The Unum's adherents wandered throughout the haze, calling for one another, lost in a miasma. Husbands seizing onto wives, children onto parents. It was over. Gara was never seen again. The Sentients, then, became as they are now: senseless, wandering, yearning for a unity they sense more than they remember. And the Unum. The Unum survived, alone, for centuries. Until today. When you stand here, reading this. This is Onkko, Cetus Archivist, with my translation of the Gara legend."

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