The Sveo-K’khak’khamathon was consistently the single most destructive storm recorded on Jhoutai. The force of the destruction was so appalling that it had been given a long name to stress the futility of trying to survive in it. Someone who wasn’t fluent in Sazasharanare would not understand the triple meaning of the name.Hell-Earth-SkyIt was a warning created by Ka and was thus a warning to be taken seriously. The Ka were not in the habit of fearing anything.
Earth becomes one with Sky
The Bondage of Earth, Fire and Wind
OverviewThe Sveo-Phenomenon, known locally as the Sveo-K’khak’khamathon, is a lethal storm that plagues the homelands of the Ka on a yearly cadence. The storm consists of several stages, growing in deadliness as a multitude of massive cell moves over the deserts of Khatoum. They collide in a mix of blinding water, sand and glass. Tornados spawn by the dozens in the colliding storm systems, flinging about anything unfortunate enough to in the storms reach.
Storm StagesThe Sveo Phenomenon Occurs in several distinct stages.
The BuildThe first stage of the Sveo is the meteorological build of two separate storms. One that comes from the south, carrying the warm moisture from the oceans in a severe hurricane depression. The second storm comes from the north, the windy front lifts obsidian and sand from the Khatoum badlands, forming an advancing brown and black wall of sandy knifes.
The CoalescenceThe two storms grow and lumber towards each other, forming a Fujiwhara effect and eventually merging into one massive low pressure system. The energy and cross-winds of the merging causes lightning strikes only a second apart, and tornadoes rip gashes across the desert.
The clouds didn't want to touch the sandstorm.
It was the only thing I could think as she stared up at the sky. The wind was coming straight down, a vertical and invisible hand crushing me beneath its grip. Sand billowed up from the city as if a behemoth hover copter was about to come in for a landing, but there was only the two storms, trying to merge into a singularity.
The wind was so powerful it cleaned the blood from my blades. I had to get inside.
The DissipationWhen the storm begins to dissolve and subside, the danger remains present. Winds remain hurricane force as the systems cannibalize each other. Flying sand and glass along with flooding can keep the surface in a standstill for days after the Phenomenon passes.
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|Stage 1 Duration||1-2 Days|
|Stage 2 Duration||2-3 Hours|
|Stage 3 Duration||1-3 Days|
|Highest Winds||230 MPH (370 KMH)|
|Average Rainfall||73-120 Inches (185-304 cm)|
- The Rainfall provides many months of supply for the resident Ka
- Smart Infrastructure reduces fatalities for those who seek shelter
- The ripped up sand from the storm can reveal new deposits of raw resources