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The Legacy of Mortivanta
« on: 06/27/17, 03:43:11 PM »
This is to consolidate the lore that's been involved in the last few Empire Day events, as well as add some new stuff!

Contents:
1) The Art of Mortivanta - The Opera's History
2) The Art of Mortivanta - The Painting's History
3) History - The Beginning
4) History - The Building Storm
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The Art of Mortivanta - The Opera's History
« Reply #1 on: 06/27/17, 04:13:22 PM »
"Mortivanta" is an opera bearing the same name as it's lead heroine. It was composed during the art movement known as the "Age of Rising" by sith historian and composer Valus Cairn.

During an uninspired point in her career, she heard of a new discovery made by the archaeological community: a stone tablet inscribing the legend of a powerful Sith Pureblood woman named "Mortivanta". Immediately fascinated, Lord Cairn kept up with it's movement and translation until it's arrival at the Imperial Museum of History, where she (according to staff) spent the entire day sitting in front of it. She took a pamphlet of the translation home, locked herself away for two weeks, and emerged with her first draft of "Mortivanta".

Although the opera was not put into production until five years later, it became a subject almost as much interest as the tablet itself. It was an immediate success when it hit the stage, lauded for it's clever writing, it's color, and it's exposition of the life of the sith in all it's brutality and glory. It's also unusually long, and was also one of the first operas to present the life and code of the Sith in a sympathetic light rather than one that commanded fear, which earned it much criticism.

In spite of this, it remains vastly popular to the present day. All portrayals of the lead heroine are picked carefully, and each is expected to learn and perform each part of the sith code perfectly, as well as act and sing impeccably. There are rumors of the opera being brought back into production with the retrieval of the painting.

Lord Valus Cairn is buried in the Annex of Artists on Dromund Kaas.
« Last Edit: 07/16/17, 08:59:00 AM by Zmaj »
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The Art of Mortivanta - The Painting's History
« Reply #2 on: 06/27/17, 04:15:08 PM »
"Mortivanta" is a painting bearing the same name as the depicted subject framed in runes. The subject is a Sith Pureblood woman with long black hair, golden eyes, and deep scarlet skin wearing an expression of exhausted victory. It is a look both direct and enigmatic, touched with the hint of a smile, and has captured the hearts of many Imperials throughout the ages.

The painting was created by Lord Levnak Arushe during the "Age of Rising" after a viewing of the opera. Personal accounts from servants say he went through approximately 32 models before finding one he liked. The exact name of the model used is unknown.

The rune frame was created from individual runes he received as compensation for one of his works. These were supposedly a gift from Lord Ular, a notoriously fastidious sith who was moved by the detail and emotion portrayed in Arushe's works. Though the exchange itself can't be confirmed, the truth remains: Arushe was a sith not involved with the Academy on Korriban, but was in possession of runes that were considered to be both rare and historically valuable. It is suggested that he faced criticism from the sith community for a number of years due to his possession of these. He arranged the runes into a frame for his painting, both of which he gave to the Imperial Museum of Fine Arts. He met an untimely death shortly after on a trip to Korriban at the hands of a creature from one of the tombs.

Lord Levnak Arushe is buried in the Annex of Artists on Dromund Kaas.
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History - The Beginning
« Reply #3 on: 07/16/17, 03:19:47 PM »
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"Recording fifty-four-fourteen, day twelve of latest excavation study: Mortivanta's trove. Time is twenty-hundred hours, Dromund Kaas, Darth SV.

"Everything that could be collected was done so expediently, proper registration was procured — not without struggle, as expected — and sole authority to the tomb, dig site, and appropriate stretch of kilometers is now in my holding. First team assembled and digging. Loyalty will likely hold out before rotation. More members are being screened for the future.

"Assorted items retrieved from subject's tomb fall into line with the time insofar as anything typical retrieved. More personal items include battle helm, chestpiece, bracers, pauldrons, saber hilt with defunct crystal, strings of glass beads, stones of unusual shape, simple runes, various simple puzzles, etcetera. To be investigated in-depth. Special item of interest is holocron number sixty-seven: Mortivanta's holocron. Retrieved in central chamber of treasure vault after initial team encountered a Force phantom of the deceased darth herself. Holocron was ‘won’ via honorable combat between the phantom and attending Pureblood Darth Erednash. Phantom was purported to have bestowed a blessing upon defeat, likely impossible to study until it manifests.

"Colleagues are, as expected, skeptical in the face of seven accounts made by able-minded witnesses, five of which were high-ranking individuals.

"Holocron sixty-even has been studied since day one of the tomb’s breach, but had not been studied thoroughly by myself until day five. It is now day seven of study into the holocron. Tests of a purely scientific nature yield chemical and physical facts, and a reasonable timeline on which to place this holocron. Alchemic and Force studies were resisted by the holocron until mere hours ago and must meditated on further. It — Darth Mortivanta, I should say — is loathe to give up any secrets. Following the pattern of speech and combat, it is a safe assumption that Mortivanta was not fond of giving to those who had not earned. This holocron is perhaps as much a test as a safe repository for knowledge.

"Mortivanta began as a sith who had power of her own, but spent much of her early life comfortably cushioned in the inherent power that came through her family: Nityûkshr. The Nityûkshr family itself seems to have been extensive, powerful, of good social standing, and had accumulated a measure of political support worth mentioning. Their reputation seems to be cemented in their ability to overpower enemies with sheer strength. Immediate family consisted of a mother, father, and brother, all blood-related.

"Exact relationship with her biological parents is largely speculative. Their names are not mentioned, but it seems she was dutiful to them in terms of power accumulation, and that they trusted her enough to operate alone in her power. Her brother, Avarnis, was someone she was fond of. He acted both as a rival and an inspiration, being the elder, but may have been the weaker of the two. If so, his power must still have been very great, as he was not struck down by enemies or Nityûkshr itself.

"The immediate family was rivaling with another family, names and legacy unmentioned, but the rivaling family is suggested to be human. The head of said family agitated Mortivanta’s father, possibly to goad him into battle, in an open forum in the city. The result was a duel between the parents of both families, which Mortivanta’s parents lost.

"Public defeat likely had more attached to it than a simple loss. A Sith Pureblood would’ve been expected to be the more powerful opponent, and if Nityûkshr is as extensive as suggested, Mortivanta’s branch would have been perceived as a useless or diseased appendage, only good for being removed. The immediate family was disowned, fell into destitution, and eventually became slaves. This falls in line with the tablet 'Epic of the Worthy', which contained a line mentioning slavery thought to be purely metaphorical.

"Within the next century the immediate family was separated without warning. It is unclear where the parents were sent. Judging by the time and practice, they were either sent to work on building a tomb, or were sold into the hands of their enemies to complete the victory over them. Carvings in her tomb and a few ‘hints’ from the holocron suggest that she continued to try and resurrect her family’s name, as well as search for Avarnis. How she searched for him is unclear.

"Her search ended with the discovery that Avarnis had died in a small siege between two rivaling legacies. Mention of Nityûkshr disappears in the tomb carvings after this event, as does the name disappear from the holocron’s dialogue. Shortly after, she set out to make her own legacy and left her family's behind.

"Further studies to be carried on. Self-reminders: retrieve Agnius Tremorous’ copy of ‘Context of Legacy: A History of Sith Families’ for study; find the staple hologram copy of the tablet 'Epic of the Worthy' and make sure it is the three-hundred-and-sixty degree version in personal library; procure new 'Epic of the Worthy' hologram copy if unable to find the first; make hologram and hand-sketch of holocron; remind Secretary Garish not to forget her place again by barging in in the middle of meditation with reminders about meetings.

"Recording end.”

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((This will lead into the lore you guys on the retrieval team were waiting for. Sorry for the wait!))

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History - The Building Storm
« Reply #4 on: 07/29/17, 07:30:04 PM »
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“Recording fifty-four-twenty one, day twenty-two of latest excavation study: Mortivanta's trove. Time, thirteen-hundred hours. Dromund Kaas. Darth SV.

“Holocron living up to its anticipated challenge. Alchemy and the Force have made it possible to study, but it’s…‘inhabitant’, has made every step like walking against a storm. Such a wealth of information at my fingertips, and yet— ...No matter. All will be unlocked with time. Not all holocrons are willing, but all eventually bend to the might of those who study them.

“Mortivanta cut herself away from the dead branch of her family after Avarnis’ death; the correct choice, but also the risky one. In the context of that day, to cut one’s self off from viable family power, or any power for that matter, was akin to a literal severing of a limb. That part of you, or all of you, becomes reduced, diminished; a nothingness where something once stood. The version of the word “nothing” carved in the Epic of the Worthy is older than the current, and the context is debated on. In terms of the older context, the word not only describes a material loss, but a physical and spiritual one. You essentially become Nothing until you are able to make Something out of yourself. Such are the dangers of living only for a family et cetera. Our current time encourages more independence and more personal legacies, but as a result we have fewer dynasties. Each time has it’s trade-offs.

“Her strength began to build almost as soon as she made her decision. The tomb was not forthcoming with any details of what happened in between, and the holocron only slightly moreso. No sith would willingly surrender details as to what happened in their time of weaknesses, so I did not expect any less or more than this. There is a list of significant victories to go by, each building on the other like a wall of stone. Through these victories she gained the attention of her master somehow. All evidence points toward an attack on the estate she was working on. It’s suggested she proved herself exceptionally strong amongst the others defending the place. Her master was in awe of her fighting spirit and afraid of her power; a common reaction if the holocron’s inhabitant wasn’t exaggerating. He offered her up as a gladiator for his team in the upcoming games of the year promptly after. It could have been to subjugate her, but she could easily have overpowered him, and had only defended the estate to challenge herself. Perhaps it was her honor that stopped her from taking the estate. Or it was simply a matter of depending on no one and becoming determined to build everything with her own two hands. It is difficult to say. Mollification seems to be the most likely the reason. It would’ve given her a place to focus her power and a goal worth fighting for.

"Per custom, if a slave fought and won enough battles, they were granted freedom. It was not always required, but if a master was loathe to give up their slave, they were made to the famous One-hundred-and-ten Battles to break their own chains. Mortivanta fought these. Her tomb’s carvings align with the holocron’s posit that she became respected by support and enemy alike during these battles, and gained fame and glory through her victories, as well as the adoration of the public.

“After her hundredth battle, one of her patrons had an art piece of her commissioned, and sent a man named Kostanos to craft it. Kostanos was then an artist who was of lowly birth but excellent integrity, and a predisposition for almost blind loyalty. It’s suggested he admired her, and that the two got along famously. He became her main source of news from the outside for the next few years. He was present in person for her hundred-and-tenth battle.

“Her hundred-and-tenth battle signified the end of her slavery by her own hand. There was an argument between herself and her master shortly after this victory, but she gained her freedom anyway. It is unknown whether she had to fight him or not. The holocron simply stated that she “persuaded” him.

“Due to her fame, she’d been able to accumulate wealth with more ease as the years went by, and an estate was procured almost promptly after her victory. Though she left gladiatorial combat behind, she was revered as a bastion of strength, and hunted the enemies of the people of her own volition, or in some cases, at the request of the public. Kostanos ‘proved his loyalty’ by informing Mortivanta of a plot against her life a few years later, which she rewarded him for by making him steward of her estate. Many considered it a risky move, even a foolish one. Perhaps it was to watch him closely since he gave nothing and offered himself freely. Or she trusted him for the same reason. It’s never specifically stated.

“The holocron is now actively resisting further probing. It will not be impossible to search, but it will be more challenging now than before. Further steps to study it should be taken with care.

“Notes for further studies: procure a copy of the opera script for ‘Mortivanta’ and study it; make hologram copies of painting and runes; review progress and schedule for digsite; give caf supply requirements to Secretary Garish to keep her occupied; find copy of ‘State of Mind: Meditation Techniques’ for chapter on holocron studies and centering of being; look into focus materials.

"Recording end.”

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“Addendum: call on Lord Rannayel for holocron studies. Recording end.”

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((Obvious disclaimer, but needs to be said anyway: slavery is bad and the Empire is a terrible example of how to Government, pass it on.))
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Zmaj: 32, Chiss agent, lover of intrigue wine
Caesiallus: 34, Twi'lek bartender, info-broker
Varinas: 40, Human Darth, archivist, former "diplomat"

Seem: 38, Rattataki Jedi Master, resident grump
Vashya'ati: 34, Togruta Jedi Sage, small-time archaeologist
Ash'tana: 32, Miraluka smuggler, trouble-finder extraordinaire