Avalon (A-vah-lon | /'æ væ lon/)
The fabled, lost homeworld of the elves
I'm going there through many maelstroms,Avalon is the ancient homeworld of the elves, and the planet where Avakiiralon , the original capital of the Avalonian Empire is located. It was lost to the elven people when the star of a key system that connected the Avalonian System to the rest of Known Space went supernova and closed the one known wormhole of return. The supernova explosion is considered to be one of many factors that contributed to the decline and fragmentation of the Avalonian Empire. Tales of the lost homeworld enter quickly into the realm of myth and legend, each more improbable than the last. Most ascribe incredible lost magic of vast power to the elves of Avalon, and many hope to recover those ancient secrets someday. Starfarers periodically set off in search of a passage back to Avalon, but no one ever returns. The fate of Avalon's inhabitants remains unknown.
I'm going where our sun's long gone
And I know the journey's dangerous,
I'm going home to Avalon
Avalon is thought to be a temperate world of amazing beauty, with tall, glittering mountains, lush green valleys, and forests that stretch their leafy boughs over whole continents. Vast oceans likely led to the early development of sailing technology, which, in turn, led to the early development of starfaring. If nothing has significantly changed from the point of losing contact, there are several steep mountain ranges and at least one large inland sea. Ancient maps show four major continental clusters, with two in the arctic regions, but since the last available map was from more than 1500 years ago, any political information is sure to be irrelevant. Avalon is the source of the standard dating system used in space, and so its year consists of 13 months of 28 days, based on the lunar cycle. The solar cycle runs -- or did run -- at a very similar, but not precisely identical rate, so the standard calendar might be slightly out-of-date to the homeworld.
Avalon was one of many worlds contained in the branches of an enormous Tree of Life. This gave the Avalonians early access to Starseed ship technology, which enabled them to explore other worlds, and form their empire. They almost certainly discovered starfaring before anyone else did, with the Elf-dominated cultures leading the way.
Avalon's history is ancient and long, and much of it has been lost to time and circumstance. What is known is that the elven peoples of the planet formed an imperial power and spread out into surrounding worlds, and then surrounding systems. The Avalonian Imperial Navy was the standard-bearer of this migration, protecting its citizens and their colonies as they spread through the stars. Sometime around the year 1500 Avalonian Calendar, different factions of elves, mostly separated by ethnic groups, began a lengthy, drawn-out series of conflicts known to history as the Succession Wars . These wars were sparked by the monopoly on power held by the Rua'alfar (star elves). Other elven ethnic groups resented the caste system that developed from this and also claimed the right to hold the Celestial Throne , or the right to form their own, independent nations. Even the Avalonian Navy found its loyalties divided. These wars led to the eventual decline and fragmentation of the Empire, which was only further exacerbated by the supernova explosion and the Interstellar Wars.
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