One hundred years ago a luminous celestial body exploded near the constellation of Leo, thus disturbing Neptune’s normal orbit. Many astronomers published theories about the potential dangers of this astral anomaly, but it was some time before the general population saw the validity in their concerns. Over time this “loose star” traveled on to affect Jupiter and it’s moons, moving closer towards the Earth. It began to be pulled deeper into the solar system, exerting reciprocal gravitational attraction with our Sun. Nights became a fleeting memory as the extreme luminosity overtook our world. People began to panic and attempted to prepare for the apocalyptic ecological consequences that had yet to come. The star passed the Earth at a close proximity, speeding across the sky and causing widespread devastation. Flooding, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and the collapse of nuclear reactors were just some of many horrific events. Most of the human population perished and lands became uninhabitable. Eventually the star, nicknamed Moros or “bringer of doom”, broke free from orbit after a brief eclipse that occurring after passing behind the Moon. It then collided with the Sun, finally ceasing before it caused enough damage to destroy our world for good.
After the Disasters, the world was in a state of chaos. Homes were destroyed, people were killed, and those who survived fled to the nearest Survivor City. It was a tragic event that we will never forget. In the first few years following the star’s collision with the sun, it was unclear who or what had continued on in the aftermath. Somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard a movement was started in order to try to identify what locations remained. After responding to a radio call from the self-identified City One, it was determined that we were the sixth Survivor City to be added to a growing list of North American locations that were largely unaffected by the Disasters. We learned much later that this list would also come to include various locations around the globe.
Radio signals were sent to the surrounding areas that we were a safe haven to those that needed it. People traveled from all over to begin again in our city. With the large influx of refugees, we needed to develop a system to help alleviate of the strains of overpopulation. Finally a solution was found. By splitting “living time” into Day and Night we were able to create two self-suffienct economies within one shared space. With a new system in place, the city decided to shed the memories of tragedies past and rename itself. After a vote, it was decided that we would call our homeland Horizon.
Today Horizon is a thriving mecca of culture and society, with strong communities during both the Day and the Night. We have restored many buildings, made advancements in technologies, and have become a self-sustaining environment. The city is run by a council of representatives that meet bi-weekly in our illustrious City Hall. Our government is composed of a variety of different departments all committed to the current well-being and future progress of the citizens of Horizon. Should another apocalyptic event ever occur again, we will be prepared, but we also refuse to be stifled by unfounded apprehensions and preoccupations. Our Horizon shines brightly.
Ex umbra in solem; from shadow into the light.