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In terms of environmental hazards, Fundament was almost uninhabitable. The Fundament Ocean was toxic, the storms constantly ravaged the skies, the rain was poisonous and sometimes corrosive, lightning had enough energy to vaporize anyone it struck, and "living clouds" called Stormjoys would prey on the populace.
Billions of years ago, the rocky planet that was the homeworld of the proto-Hive collided into Fundament, scattering the shards of the planet across the vast sea of the Fundament Ocean. One continent of the Fundament Ocean was the Osmium Court, ruled by the Osmium King. When the King went mad out of fear of the "Syzygy," a catastrophic and artificially-induced alignment of Fundament's moons that would create a devastating global tidal wave, Taox, the teacher of the King's three daughters, invited the rival Helium Drinkers of the Helium Court to invade and install her on the Osmium Throne as regent under the Helium King.The Helium Drinkers did so but failed to kill the Osmium King's three daughters: Aurash, Sathona, and Xi Ro. The three sisters escaped on a ship, vowing to avenge their father by overthrowing the Helium Drinkers and hunting down Taox.
Eventually, the sisters salvaged and reactivated "the needle", a derelict, high-tech ship that was made to explore the depths of Fundament.
- Helium Court
- Osmium Court