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Nisorans who revel in Glowcore culture are visually the most alien humans you'll meet. Everything from their clothes, to their tattoos, to their prosthetic limbs illuminates in a rainbow of colors and scatters light like a prism. Their whole bodies flash and glow in beat with music pulsating through the night.

A Way of Life

The ideological concepts of Glowcore can be traced as far back as Nisora's original settlers, who refused to be bound to what the Terran Mandate wanted of them.   Back then, this fierce defense of independence was expressed though an air of defiance and blase attitude toward the rule of law. Now it's done in rebellion against off-world cultures that find Nisorans to be brash, loud, and aggressive. Rather than tone it down, they've held true to their ancestry and doubled down.
"I don't need some government telling me what I can and can't do with my own body. If that bothers you... then maybe just leave Nisora."
— Glowcore defense of bodily autonomy


  • Vibrant colors
  • Bright lights
  • Loud music
  • Tattoos
  • Body mods
  • Cybernetics
Glowcore takes natural Nisoran vibrancy and augments it with modern technology. Members of this sub-culture add lights, mirrors, and glowing compounds to every inch of their bodies, from clothes to skin. They'll spend thousands on body mods and cybernetics that are banned on other planets due to known or suspected safety concerns.   For them, the fact that their mods are banned elsewhere is the point - the goal is to amplify aspects of Nisoran culture that offend off-world visitors.


  • Personal liberty
  • Bodily autonomy
  • Individual choice
  • Anti-conformity
  • Community
  • Equity
Despite the aggressive nature of the sub-culture, Glowcore requires a delicate balance between seemingly-contradictory ideals. They oppose conformity for the sake of conformity, or because someone else demanded it, but also value community and shared ideals. Their fights to preserve personal liberty include fights for equitable access to opportunities to take advantage of such liberties.   And though they'll defend the right even to self-destructive personal choices, everyone has a line they'll stop someone from crossing. Especially if not doing so could bring harm to someone they care about.


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Glowcore also fiercely defends someone's right to say no, and members of the culture will never pressure someone into taking actions they're not comfortable with.   However, not everyone who applies the aesthetic lives by the ideology.

Author Commentary

Glowcore was one of the first ideas I had for Nisoran culture. The closest real-world analog, at least aesthetically, might be neonpunk. I love color being used in rebellion (if you couldn't guess from Talmar), and wish I could draw some of the Glowcore visuals I imagine.

Cover image: by Aaron Lee, Nick Ong, Norah Khor


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Dec 16, 2023 14:08 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I love glowcore. Probably a little loud for me as an aesthetic, but I love their attitude and what it stands for. :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 16, 2023 21:35 by Rin Garnett

There had to be at least ONE nice thing about this planet ;)

Dec 18, 2023 16:52

Great idea and the symbol behind it, what the culture wants to express with it. Are there any experiences of how humanoids who are sensitive to light or flashing effects (in the worst case, suffer epileptic seizures) deal with culture?

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.
Dec 18, 2023 18:53 by Rin Garnett

I haven't thought too much about that, but it's a great question. Based on the technology level of the setting, there are likely ways to cope with most sensitivities, such as special glasses or contacts for eye-related stuff, or implants or medication for brain-related stuff. But it could still be a genuine problem for those with severe cases, and they may end up moving outside of the city or otherwise avoiding the nightlife. Bless, being a severe photosensitive on Nisora is probably rough :(   (I now what to write an in-universe article titled "Protest for the Nisoran Photosensitive" or something, so thank you for the inspiration!)

Dec 18, 2023 19:07

Your very welcome.

Stay imaginative and discover Blue´s Worlds, Elaqitan and Naharin.
Jan 2, 2024 21:40 by Lady Arsenik

I never thought to write about a subculture! I think a lot of subcultures have seemingly contradictory values

Jan 3, 2024 15:56 by Rin Garnett
Jan 21, 2024 05:25 by Michael Johnson

Wow. What can I say? I like everything about this. A well defined culture, with obvious influences from cyberpunk but certainly not constrained by it. Great composition—I love how much the pull quotes and information boxes provide a bigger picture of the group. And you've done a phenomenal job of visual design. I like the little glitch on the quote attribution and all of the slide out panels. You've really made the design your own.   Thanks for something great!

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Jan 27, 2024 21:49 by Rin Garnett

Thanks so much! I'm glad others are enjoying glowcore as much as I do <3