The 30-Year Winter

Geological / environmental event

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After the Cataclysm, a 30-year-long nuclear winter enveloped Urnati. Those who were not killed by the initial blast, or died of exposure to the radiation released, either headed underground or perished outside, with few exceptions.


After the Cataclysm, a 30-year-long nuclear winter enveloped Urnati. Those who were not killed by the initial blast, or died of exposure to the radiation released, either headed underground or perished outside, with few exceptions.   The dust that was thrown up threw the planet into a perpetual night. Meanwhile, global temperatures dropped far below freezing. Plants and animals froze. Without sunlight, even the hardiest flora simply died off.   For thirty years, Urnatis scratched and clawed their way to survival, with nearly 85% of all life dying off in the process.   Then, as legend has it, an Urnati named Tonoos was standing guard at the entrance to one of the thousands of caves being used for shelter. His job was to ensure that the entrance remained secure against the elements. On the 1st day of the third month, he was checking the entrance when he noticed something unusual coming from the other side: light.   He slowly opened the entrance and what greeted him was something he, a 24-year-old man, had never seen: The light of the dual suns.   Over the next few days, the celebrations were unparalleled. Survivors realized that for the first time in 30 years, there was hope. The celebration lasted three days, and came as the spring began renewing the planet. The Festival of Tonoos marks that day and the return to life under the suns.

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