In the silent aftermath of the Ruin, the once vibrant jungles of X’ella now echo with a haunting stillness. The planet, a terrestrial jewel now scarred by conflict, struggles to mend its wounds and return to balance.

The native Adina, their skin etched with the marks of survival, emerge from the ruins. Their bioluminescent eyes, dimmed by the horrors they’ve witnessed, reflect a resilience born of desperation. They are the survivors of X’ella, the keepers of its scars.

The Dominion came to X’ella for their biotechnology and ravaged everything else in the process. The Eldar began bombardment with no concern for the native populace, seeking only to root out the Dominion. Across the planet, settlements of other sentient life dot clearings created by wildfires from bombardment and starship crash sites.

During the Ruin the Verdant Council were forced to make difficult choices in the face of the Dominion’s onslaught and Eldar’s indiscriminate destruction. Turning their technologies toward defense and warfare took it’s toll corrupting the balance. They now bear the weight of restoring and preserving the remnants of their civilization. Their decisions, once nurturing growth, now focus on salvaging what remains.

Structures that once spiraled towards the heavens now lie fractured, quickly being reclaimed by the relentless embrace of the jungle. The Adina’s biotech, once a symbol of harmony, now serves as their only tool to prevent their complete erasure from history.

The villages and towns, nestled within the forest’s grasp, stand vigilant. The homes of the Adina, though alive, pulse with a wary energy, ever mindful of the lingering threats that skulk in the shadows. Scavengers and explorers comb through both the ancient structures and shattered starship remnants for technology and other resources.

Sentients

The Adina are the ancestral inhabitants of X’ella.

The Adina resemble terrestrial plants in many ways, with green-hued skin that performs photosynthesis. Their bodies are flexible and fibrous, allowing for fluid movement through the dense jungle. They have vine-like appendages that can grasp and manipulate objects, and bioluminescent patterns on their skin provide communication.

The Adina sense their environment through light, vibrations and chemical signals. They have specialized leaves that act as sensory organs, detecting changes in light, sound, and the chemical makeup of the air.

The Adina communicate through a complex language of pheromones and modulating the light patterns on bioluminescent areas of their bodies. This form of communication is complex for non-Adina to grasp without a regularly administered dose of communication pheromones.

The Adina integrate natural processes through their advanced biotechnology. They grow buildings from genetically engineered flora, cultivate symbiotic creatures to serve various societal roles and have developed organic computers that process information through networks of fungal mycelium.

Adina society is deeply connected to the environment. Their social structure mirrors the interconnectedness of a forest ecosystem. Their culture emphasizes growth, harmony, and sustainability, reflecting their plant-like nature.

Other sentients migrated to X’ella searching for simpler lives of harmony with the planet and its native people. The Adina created space on their world for those sincerely seeking peace and plenty. Now, in the aftermath of the Ruin, these people are struggling and have adapted whatever means are at their disposal to survive.

With the Adina withdrawn, while they recover from the Ruin, the settlers on X’ella have begun engaging in the active technology trade. Off-world communication has drawn undesirable attention to X’ella in its weakened state. Scavengers, pirates, thugs and cartels have established control over lucrative market towns. In addition, remnants of Dominion and Eldar influences lurk in dark corners working toward whatever goals their respective masters have set.

Hazards

During the Ruin, the Adina were forced to twist their biotechnology to defend and engage in warfare with the Dominion. Many of these systems are still operational or hunting the ravaged landscape. In addition, the Dominion peppered the fertile planet with their own biotech weapon systems.

Remnants of advanced biotechnology create zones where the very environment can be hostile. Unexploded ordnance and booby traps left over from the war, hidden beneath the overgrowth, pose a constant threat to anyone traversing the jungles. Biological constructs designed for warfare still search for targets in parts of the deep jungle occasionally descending on a village to wreak havoc before moving on.