For the Golden Age on Bryyo, see Bryyo Data#Golden Age.

The Luminoth Golden Age began when the Luminoth, long a nomadic race, commenced a search for a planet to call their own. The search proved difficult, until X-Qar, a Luminoth scout, discovered Aether. The Luminoth settled on Aether and X-Qar was made their first Sentinel of the Luminoth.

A fertile planet, Aether was home to many creatures that the Luminoth viewed as more gentle than those they had encountered elsewhere. They settled across the planet, in a mountainous settlement founded by E-Btr that would later become the Sanctuary Fortress, and into the Agon Plains and Torvus Forest. At the center of their civilization, the Luminoth built a Great Temple as a monument to their accomplishments.

However, Aether was a rogue planet, having no sun, and its energy began to decline. Its existence was threatened by this, and to solve this problem the Luminoth created a network of Energy Controllers to preserve and control the remaining planetary energy, or Light of Aether. The Main Energy Controller in the Great Temple linked to three sub-controllers built in the Agon, Torvus and Sanctuary Temples, which collected the Light of Aether and spread it across Aether. To compliment this system the Luminoth constructed more innovative technologies such as a planetary weather grid and Light Shafts.

The Golden Age lasted until a stellar object crashed onto Aether, giving birth to the Ing and beginning the Dark Age.

Luminoth Lore[edit | edit source]


Logbook entry

It is told that the Luminoth were not born of Aether, but of the stars. In the early days, we roamed the greatness of the void, bathing in the glorious light of a thousand stars. We met a vast number of enlightened minds... the N'kren, the Ylla, and the Chozo among them. Each of them, we found, had claimed a homeworld and formed a deep bond with it. In time, we decided to do the same.

Our Heritage

Logbook entry

Our search for a home took us through the cosmos. For many a great cycle we roamed, yet a place to call our home eluded us. In time, we began to despair, feeling the search was in vain. We considered remaining among the stars until a scout returned with news of a world unlike any other. When we first beheld Aether for the first time, so great was her beauty that we forsook the stars forever to live upon her surface. From that day forth, the Luminoth were of Aether, our blessed paradise.


Logbook entry

Aether was a fertile, aged world with bountiful fields and oceans. The native creatures were gentle compared to other worlds we had encountered. We settled in a mountain region at first, in cliffside dwellings. In time, we established settlements in the green forests of Torvus and the fertile plains of Agon. A Great Temple was built between our three domains, a place of peace and a monument to our accomplishments. It was a time of harmony for our people.

Saving Aether

Logbook entry

Aether's planetary energy supply reached a critical stage. If left unchecked, the energy would expire, bringing an end to the world. Our greatest minds devised a way to preserve and regulate the remaining planetary energy - the Energy Controllers.

Light of Aether

Logbook entry

The main Energy Controller was built in the Great Temple: three sub-controllers were built in the temples of Torvus, Agon, and Sanctuary. They collected the energy of Aether, then radiated it over the world to all who needed it. In time we came to call this precious energy the "Light of Aether." It brought an age of peace and prosperity to the Luminoth.

The Stellar Object

Logbook entry

By the time we detected the stellar object as it streaked toward our world, it was too late to stop it. We fired numerous weapons at it in a vain attempt to alter its trajectory. Nothing worked. Our efforts placed a great strain on the Energy Controllers, and weakened Aether. All we could do as the object drew closer was take shelter and wait. We gathered stores of food and water, reinforced the shielding on our dwellings, and spent the last hours in peace.

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