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Aeithera was a planet in the Colonies. The capital was Krisoti. The planet was a major center of learning in the galaxy, with an esteemed university system. It became home to a large population of Alderaani refugees from 3.8 ABY to 9 ABY.

Two books from the collection known as the Jedi Codices were hidden within the universities a few weeks before the Jedi Purge in 19 BBY. Certain archives located in the Cultural University that contained a detailed history of the Old Jedi Order were hidden soon after the Empire came to power. Those hidden records, along with the Jedi Codices duo, were discovered by Meaithe Akam in 2 ABY. These artifacts of the Old Jedi Order allowed Luke Skywalker to reside on the planet for nearly four years while he researched the archives, including materials related to the lost tribe of the Whills.

Aeithera was the adopted home world of actress and future Jedi Knight Nalieza Fejier. It was also the unofficial birthplace of the New Jedi Order via the creation of the Jedi Coterie by Luke Skywalker in 4.6 ABY.

Description

Aeithera was the fifth planet in the Aeon System. It was similar to Alderaan in geographical composition, except for a larger amount of interlocked bodies of water in the Northern Mountains. There was one large city, the planetary capital named Krisoti. Smaller towns dotted across the globe, with a larger concentration of retreats along the shores of Lake Chellat.

History

Aeithera was settled as a colony of Alderaan in 13,000 BBY. Intellectuals and nobles who followed the philosophical teachings of Lyore Amadeo, a writer who preached the value of an existence based upon the pursuit of learning surrounded by nature, colonized the planet. The official founders of the planet were Prince Chiron and Princess Alisande Organa, who began a building program across the world. They established the capital, Krisoti, along with several other major edifices, including three colleges that formed the University of Aeithera system, a municipal green space named the Cita dav Ilo, and two bridges which connected the capital with the park.

As the millennia passed, Aeithera became renowned as a major center of learning. Students came from all over the galaxy to attend one of the three colleges. The most well known institution was the second college, dubbed “The Cultural University” because of its humanities programs.

Naima Kairos represented Aeithera and the Aeon Sector in the Galactic Senate from 499 BBY until her assassination in 485 BBY.

Aduman Nical came to Aeithera in 479 BBY to speak with the historian Belina Moirae during his quest to unlock the secrets of Force immortality. Moirae wrote a manuscript about her time living with a group of Whills on Socorro in 650 BBY. She was fascinated by the nomadic tribe’s forays into the search for eternal transcendence. Aduman spent three months reading her unpublished work and collecting information for his holocron. Moirae bequeathed the manuscript to Nical just before her death, and he returned to Coruscant with it. Eventually the manuscript came back to Aeithera along with two of the Jedi Codices and certain other artifacts retrieved from the Jedi Archives when Josym Huranz brought the items to the Cultural University in 19 BBY. The Jedi Knight hid these items within the university’s basement. They were discovered by Meaithe Akam in 2 ABY.

Luke Skywalker came to Aeithera in 4.6 ABY as part of a group led by Princess Leia Organa to discuss reparations with the Survivors’ Committee of Alderaani refugees. He met with a quartet of Force sensitive university students who agreed to become his first apprentices. This group, dubbed “The Jedi Coterie”, formed the basis of the New Jedi Order. Skywalker remained on Aeithera for nearly four years, researching the plethora of hidden material about the Old Jedi Order discovered by Meaithe Akam.

Inhabitants

The citizens of Aeithera were a diverse mix of humans and aliens who lived primarily in the capital of Krisoti and its outskirts. Smaller communities existed in the Northern Mountains and on artificial island platforms located near Lake Chellat.

The largest contingent of survivors from Alderaan reached an agreement with the Aeitheran government and settled on the planet beginning in 1 ABY.

Aeitherans, like their Alderaanian cousins, valued education, the performing and fine arts.

The university system


Aeithera was noted for its system of colleges, officially known as "The Colleges of the University of Aeithera System". There were ten specialized colleges that offered courses in majors ranging from engineering to political science.

The most popular college was College Three, colloquially known as “The Cultural University” by its students. This institution was devoted to humanities majors. Paurilis Fejier, the father of actress and Jedi Nalieza Fejier, was a professor of Pre-Republic History at College Three.Music was taught at College Ten, while Legal and Political Sciences were taught at College Seven.

A popular eatery called Zizi’s Tapcafe, located on the western side of the Cita dav Ilo, was run by the Pho Ph'eahian Zizi Pao.

Government

Aeithera was a representative democracy led by a Prime Minister, and its legislative body the High Senate.

Terrain

Grasslands and forests dominated the land surface of Aeithera. There were no oceans on the planet, but five interlocked lakes in the center of the Northern Mountains connected to three main tributaries, including the largest known as the Salamicia River which ran through the center of the capital. Lake Chellat was the largest of the five lakes. It once served as the centerpiece of a necropolis for the early settlers. In later decades it became a popular weekend destination for residents of Krisoti and its surrounding suburbs.

Two major visual art movements, Art Aeon and the Simplicity Movement, were founded on Aeithera. The Art Aeon movement had a particular influence upon the architecture of the capital, while the Simplicity Movement had a greater effect upon smaller pieces.

The Shard Memorial was created by Alderaanian sculptor Orila Shard in 2 ABY. Designed as a memorial to the lost and missing citizens of Alderaan, the monument was made from Dalonian crystal and stretched along a ten-meter expanse in a central space of the Cita dav Ilo. The memorial was unmarked by any list of names or numbers of the known and presumed deceased; this was an intentional effect designed to reflect the state of galactic affairs under the Empire. The Dalonian crystal was meant to represent the influence that Alderaan had upon galactic history and culture.

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