The Place where Life Springs from the Ground
The Birthing Grounds
And indeed, when ey first laid eyes upon the land, it startled and frightened eir quite terribly. For by now, Suseil had realized that wherever ey had come from was gone. Whoever ey had been previously was gone, too. There was only now. There was only whatever came after this.The Place where Life Springs from the Ground was not named for the lush vegetation and fertile ground, despite what many may believe upon first glance. In fact, this place known to many by many names (though "Birthing Grounds" remains most popular by far) gets its title from the fact that life quite literally comes from the ground. Or so it seems, at least. No species ever evolved on Felithera. As they are species which already existed before Felithera did, they had to come from somewhere. It just so happened that the "somewhere" was Earth, and the species now populating Felithera are extinct on Earth. While new species have obtained numerous adaptations, no species truly evolved here from any other life form. The predecessors of their species have all come from the Birthing Grounds. They were born of the mud and earth from the crater and became the stars when they died.
As one of its names suggests, the Birthing Grounds is actually a huge crater caused by a meteor slamming into the fledgling planet of Felithera millions of years ago. Had there been any form of life on the planet at the time, this impact would have caused an extinction event to rival that of the dinosaurs on Earth. However, because there was no life, this event went relatively unnoticed by most. Over time, as the planet grew more fertile, so did this place, in the Place of Much Rain. Because of its location within the rainforest continent, it seemed only natural that the Birthing Grounds would be suited for settlement of a species should a species ever arrive on this planet. By the time the Caelesti had been assigned to Felithera, it was very much ready to be populated. All that was left to do was find something to populate it with.