The Dark Nova
The Dark Nova struck the An-sarra home system of Al-mul on the first of Elu-ri, 1 AN. The star gave no warning signs or hints that it threatened to blow. In the early morning, the star exploded, killing the Emperor, the Royal Court, the Parliament, and the entire population of An-uras. To this day, no one knows the cause of the nova which is why it has taken on the name Dark Nova.
EtymologyThe first recorded mention of the dark nova called it the Ki-dul gul, in An-eme, the official language of the An-sarra, which literally means secret fall, but gul was all used to describe novas, so it could also have meant secret or hidden nova. The record is cryptic:
The Ki-dul gul struck home and spreads, send help.Because of the lack of records from the time, it is hard to know the precise meaning of the phrase in its original use. As the idea passed from language to language it took on different meaning and connotations.
The Event and its immediate aftermathWhat we know for sure is that in was a normal day on An-uras. There were no warnings or signs of danger. An-mul is a binary star system, with a red giant (Sa-ada, "Red Father") and a white dwarf (Bar-Ama, "White Mother") locked together. The red giant suddenly expelled its eternal layers, killing almost everyone in the system. A few survivor reports exist from ships that escaped the system before the ejection hit.
We were in orbit above home. The light vanished as though the suns were eclipsed. Then everything flashed red. Warning sirens howled. We raced to our posts to escape. We hit the jump gate before we set a course.
We had just jumped into the system and set course to our destination which would take us on a close pass by mother and father. Our light screen dulled the light from the stars but they shone so bright I couldn't look directly into them. Red Father flashed. The light almost blinded me, then we realized it had shed its outer layer and was about to explode. We quickly turned around and raced to the gate to escape. I am not sure how we reached the gate first, but by all that is holy, we survived.When the signal from the An-uras Jump Gate died, a signal or surge rushed through the network destroying, crippling, or blinding ships, stations and worlds throughout the empire. Most computer systems were either wiped or corrupted beyond repair. Ships fell from orbit. People died from lack of oxygen and heat. The Empire was not only crippled, but died in a single day.