The Grasping Star
Captain, I cannot— as you keep screaming— put our engines at full speed. We already are at full speed, something is pulling us in, and we are at its mercy.The Grasping Star is a neutron star neighboring the system which contains Gaias— and humanity. The star contains an abnormally strong gravitational pull— even for a neutron star— so much so, that anything that enters within 4 light years of its body is pulled into its orbit— or directly into its surface.
During the early days of humanity's inhabitance within the Heliox galaxy, their exploration attempts in the Grasping Star's direction were thwarted— leaving a veritable graveyard of ships in its orbit. Many have attempted to search for the secrets they believed must have been hidden within— only to find themselves unable to escape. So strong is its gravitational pull, that it even bends light nearer to its surface. In a sense, it can be regarded as a black hole— yet it is not quite that powerful, and still remains, visibly, a star.
- Alternative Name(s)
- Gravitational Guardian, The Holder
It WhispersThose who sleep within the star's orbit report dreams of darkness, and strange, unintelligible whispers. These whispers are not in any known language— not even that of the Ferajx.
I don't know nothin' about it— just that I want to get the hell out of here.