Modaora is a large self-contained floating city found in one of the northernmost oceans of the Shire. It was once the Luce Futura; a space ship designed for multiverse travel and exploration. Her original crash site was the Ice Region on the northern Shire border. She is now in the middle of one of the Shire's northern oceans, sending a constant, repeating signal out into the universe via her intergalactic lighthouse.
Visit at /warp Modaora.
The People of Modaora
The Modaorans are descendants of Humans from planet Xeiyre in the Cabraxte System of the Enyanedes Constellation. The Modaorans are 38th century ancestors of the first generation of Humans who traversed the invisible highways of the Multiverse. Their history dates back to Xeiyre's Chaos era but more notable history can be found in the Space Exploration Era of the Humans, beginning ~3200CE, when Xeiyre's International Space Exploration Administration developed their first space ship capable of Multiverse travel. The effort was a monumental feat, achieved in a desperate time for Humans as their planet was dying after centuries of over-population, pollution and war.
The planet of Modaora was discovered in 3242AD (Earth) or "Zero Year" as Modaorans would come to know it. Roughly the size of the Milky Way's Sol System's former planet, Pluto, Modaora's atmosphere and terrain was almost identical to that of their ancestral planet at around the 1200-1600CE centuries. The Xeiyre ISEA would spend the next 90 years and three generations of astronauts exploring Modaora - mapping her continents, cataloging wildlife, testing water and doing countless missions to ensure the planet was inhabitable.
It wasn't until the year 3360AD that Humans began migrating to the new planet of Modaora. It would be the Modaoran year 118AI (Anno Inventionem).
Because of the extremely challenging selection process Humans went through to gain passage to Modaora, the vast majority of her inhabitants were the brightest, most talented and gifted of the Human race. Modaora would be inhabited by geniuses in science, medicine and the arts and their families. This created an environment for evolution and growth that noone on Xeiyre could have ever imagined. Religion had become more of a respected ancient tradition and spirituality for the Modaorans had evolved to a physiological relationship with the energy of the multiverse and a simplified ideal of being kind, fair and honest. Unlike on Xeiyre, Modaorans cooperated as a single nationality focused on maintaining the planet as a place borrowed from their children. The Modaoran race experienced an unprecedented amount of evolutionary growth over the centuries they would spend as the new caretakers of the tiny planet - looking and behaving less and less like their Xeiyreling ancestors. With a profoundly greater understanding of the multiverse, her energy and their importance, the Modaorans were able to achieve what was only dreamed of - a world of peace, prosperity and innovation.
- Modaora City Main Tower: Shopping, Restaurants, Rooftop Gardens, Chapel, Courthouse, Apartments, Penthouse
- North Tower: Government agencies, Tower security, Research facilities, Hospital, Power management, Interstellar communications
- East and West Towers: Apartments
- Intergalactic Communications Lighthouse: Winner of February 2015 Build Competition
The Final Voyage of the MIEA
In the chilly early morning hours of a January day, a flash streaked across the Shire skies and ended with an almost delicate thud on the edge of the world.
This flash carried the survivors of a universal time-traveling mission launched by the Modaoran Intergalactic Exploration Agency. The MIEA ship, the Luce Futura, had a course set for a newly discovered star cluster visible just past the Vela constellation of the 54th century. The brave Modaoran astronauts would leave their home planet of Modaora located in the Betelgeuse system of the Alpha Orionis constellation of the 54th century AI. The MIEA ship was only 9 days (17 Shire years) into the voyage when it was caught in a deadly electrical storm that wreaked havoc on her communication and navigation systems, shocking her 38 centuries and an untold number of universes into her past.
When the Luce Futura found stillness after the electrical storm, all systems were in surprisingly good order, save for her navigation which was hopelessly beyond repair. Over time, the crew of 92 had accepted that the day they boarded their ship was the last time they would ever see their home planet of Modaora. With renewable energy technology that would carry them indefinitely, the First 92 fell into a new routine on the Luce Futura. Days turned to months and then years to decades and generations. Luce's 12 biome labs were converted into farms, successfully bringing renewable crops to feed the growing race of 960 Modaorans who now called the endless skies their home. The Modaorans created a tiny world within the Luce's walls filled with generations of brilliant minds that all came from the First 92 brave souls who began this journey. New technologies were created to fill their unique needs and old technologies were rediscovered as the children learned history among the stars. Life on Luce Futura was good and though she had no course, no mission, Luce had a new purpose; to help life find a way.
The Final Days of the Luce Futura
It was the last days of the last member of the First 92. Captain Absolon Demarais was there when their beloved ship was christened the Luce Futura. He was there when news broke all over the world that they would brave this ambitious mission. He was there when the crew spotted the electrical storm in the distance. And he was there the day Luce Futura sputtered for the first time in almost a century.
Luce's life was leaving her. Her engineers could find nothing wrong with her. She passed every systems check and every systems recheck. Her power sources were strong and she seemed, in every way, to be in pristine condition. The last of her First 92 knew that his ship, his home, was dying with him. A sense of urgency flooded Luce's corridors that hadn't been there in decades. If the Modaorans were going to survive, they'd have to not only find a world on which to land but that world had to have the perfect conditions to support life. The task seemed impossible and time was running low. The top star navigators worked tirelessly to find a suitable planet that could be reached within days. All hope seemed lost until Luce decided for them. She would veer off any course the engineers set for her, seem to make sudden course changes and change her speed all on her own.
The last of the First 92 was dying. Luce Futura was dying. The hope of the Modaorans was dying. With his last breath, surrounded by everyone he loved, Absolon said simply, "Trust her. She will take you home."
The Crash Landing
The night of the MIEA crash landing that brought the Modaorans to The Shire was moonless and still. As the Modaoran ship, Luce Futura, tore through the Shire's atmosphere, thunderous booms echoed through valleys and blanketed over villages. The streak left in her wake was like a single brush stroke that painted over the stars. One would be challenged to call the landing a "crash" as the Modaoran MIEA ship padded down almost gracefully on the edge of a waterfall. The Modaorans scrambled to assess the damage they were sure the ship had sustained but were shocked to find only minor cosmetic damage in the form of fallen items and a some broken glass. Children were comforted by their parents as they all shuffled around, unsure of what to do next. The rest of the night was full of questions and confusion. Morning only brought more. Weeks went by as the Modaorans did their best to return life to some semblance of normalcy. None of them had ever seen a blue sky, land, birds flying. None of them had ever seen a lake or river flowing. Their lives had always been an endless black that glittered with stars and planets. A reconnaissance team was assembled to suit up and asses the atmospheric conditions of this strange planet that seemed almost too good to be true. Every day, for two weeks, the recon team went out at dawn and came back at sunset. Tests on local plant life, water and vegetation confirmed that the planet was atmospherically identical to the home planet they had never seen and only learned about in history lessons. They were saved. Many of the Modaorans feared the sudden change in their way of life. They wanted to return to the infinite black that many humans would find daunting but the Modaorans found comforting. There was a divide among the people that no one could know who was right or wrong; but no matter which side they were on, one thing was certain - The Modaorans could not be dragged away from the Luce's windows. All the things that humans barely noticed, the Mdoaoran's watched in awe. The flowing sway of tree branches in the wind, birds in flight, the roar and sprays of the waterfall, brilliant sunsets and sunrises. At night was when they would look to the sky and feel a longing for home. The skies were different to them now. They could understand that they were still among the stars and planets, but somehow being on one of those planets now changed everything.
This would also be the first time the Modaorans would need scouts, guards, a defense force. Their lives had all, on the same night, been divided into two parts; everything that happened before the landing and everything after. And everything after was a complete mystery; both fascinating and scary at the same time.
Hay began construction on Modaora in Mid-January 2015 immediately after ranking to Duke. An open plot of land on the northern border was terraformed into a massive lake by Nebbers and framework soon followed. Hay built obsessively, completing The Modaora City build roughly 3 weeks later. Framework proved to be the most time-consuming and challenging portion of the build as Hay completed the cylindrical towers and complex upper garden layouts block-by-block. With the help of staff members filling floors and walls with worldedit, construction sped up significantly and interiors were ready to be placed within a week of finalizing Modaora's framework. Upon completion of the build, Hay was awarded the rank of Viceroy. Continued terraforming around Modaora City became a group project involving several staff members and Architects turning the region into the Shire's well-known Ice Region that it is today.
Find out what caused the Modaorans to move their great city from her landing position to the middle of the ocean and how The Laurelian Nation's heritage can be directly linked to Modaora by visiting Laurelian.