The Soul Races of The Trailokya Trilogy: The Grails
So far we’ve talked about the duta races of The Trailokya Trilogy, as well as humans and danava. Then, we moved onto the races with whom humanity shares their universe (Samsara). First up was the Cetians, the Ikyls and Oreiades, Boarwellum, Hyadeans, Vetehinen, Aurai, Els, and the Drago. What interesting race do I have in store for you this time?
grail. The taller version of twin species from a twin world, Zeta Reticula.
grey. A colloquial term used to describe the shorter version of twin species from Zeta Reticula. Sometimes used for the taller.
Zeta Reticula. twin planets that have on which the similar grail races have evolved. The system also has twin stars (Reticuli), similar to Earth’s sun, but with less luminosity. The inhabitants distinguish between which orbiting planet they come from calling the the one closer to the sun Apics and the darker (or further) Lyran.
The grails are a familiar race to most humans, at least in the cultural stories they share, known as Greys or Grey Aliens. Though they’re still ranked as legend, the number of experiences humans have had continue to increase. While the technology of Earth improves, the grail race will continue to examine humans for inclusion in the United Watchers Order of Samsara (UWOS). Grails are one of the earliest groups to have joined and hold a great deal of sway in the council.
Grails have a great deal of duality in their natural world and culture. Coming from a twin star system, they hail from a pair of twin planets. The Grails themselves are made up of two distinct races: the short Grail or the tall Grail. Other than the height difference, there are lesser differences of anatomy, such as the size and shape of the eyes, or the crease of the skull. Individual differences also exist from grail to grail.
Both versions of Grail are highly intelligent and prize intellectual pursuits above all others. For this, their minds have evolved greatly and thus they’ve become an essential member of the UWOS. They are not without emotion, although their actions and reasoning can make it seem that way. Because they are so quick witted, they are capable of analyzing situations from many angles, and usually choose the wisest course. That course may conflict with emotional attachment in dire situations, thus leaving them to appear cold.
As scientists, they are the UWOS’s usual choice to visit new candidate worlds in Samsara, such as Earth mentioned above. They will study not just the bio interfaces of the race, but also their culture, so they can have a complete picture of the candidate. Because they must do so under clandestine means, as not to out the order, candidate races often have nightmarish stories to tell of the encounters. One might think it would be easier to utilize existing records instead, but the Grail wants accurate information which might not be included in such records, depending on the advancement of the subjects. Most certainly they do use such records along with cadaver research, but the living subject cannot be substituted in the end. There simply are physiological differences between a deceased bio interface and a living one. They do not embark on this research with malice, regardless.
Zeta Reticuli is the location of their home worlds, referred to in tandem as the Zeta Reticula. The system is centered on twin stars that resemble the Sun of Earth, but burn with less light, leaving Apics and Lyran dim. The climates of the planets are moist and warm. Though the stars do not cast enough light to bake the planets, their inner heat from volcanic activity fill the void. There is no winter (or cold period) on either planet. The vegetation has learned to grow with minimal light, while some casts its own luminosity. They feed from the rich minerals in the soil. Lakes and marsh, forest and field make up the majority of the territory with minimal oceans. Wildlife differs slightly between Apics and Lyran, but also resembles similar forms found on Earth.
Apics is the brighter of the dual planets, and home to the taller of the two species. Because of the increased light, these grails have smaller eyes. Their cousins on Lyran are shorter of stature with larger eyes to see in the increased dimness. Size differences between the two may have evolved because the vegetation on Apics is more nutritious than those found on Lyran, thus creating a smaller version of the species. Likely they evolved from a single species, branching out during early exploration. The age of their societies is unknown, but believed to be one of the oldest in the universe.
The advanced technology of the Grails has kept their planets cloaked from view for thousands of years. This is why there are no habitable planets found in the system which they claim. This is a survival necessity from the role they play in the UWOS.
Grails are not immune to burning down. Grail souls who are snared by the forces of Jahannam become Daeva. The changes in their form are minimal, but frightening nonetheless. Their long fingers become appended with sharp claws, as their arms extend. Their small mouths become broader with rows of conical teeth. The dark eyes become hollow, shining orbs. And, their skin dries to bony leather.
The presence of Daeva may be responsible for many of the negative encounters recalled by souls throughout Samsara.
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Originally published at authorkwilliams.com on May 5, 2017.