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Mercantile Plaza of Manaan
After the bombardment of Manaan's surface cities and structures by the Empire, the Selkath became deeply untrusting of offworlders and once again withdrew to the depths, from which it was believed they would never return. But with the demand for Manaan's healing fluid kolto at an all-time high, it would only be a matter of time before outside influences would attempt to reestablish contact.
A diplomat from the ocean world Dac, Advocate Mahreen, spent several years convincing a delegation from the Selkath's protective Order of Shasa to even meet with her. Over time, and with Republic pressure mounting, Mahreen was able to coax the order into converting one of the few existing surface platforms into the Mercantile Plaza. There, the Selkath could provide kolto in exchange for much-desired goods from across the galaxy. The denizens of Manaan found the plaza to be successful enough that, despite protests from the Republic, a trade relationship was soon reestablished with the Empire, thus clinching the planet's status once more as a strategic imperative.
XP Level: 55
Temple of the Progenitor
"Day One: Just arrived. Exhausted. Hungry. Frightened. This place is nothing like home--too much water.
Day Six: One of our host archaeologists, Taasi, clings to my side. I can barely turn around without running into him. I think he could sense how uneasy I was--he has been very reassuring.
He's shown me all around the dig site and invited me to join him and his colleagues for meals. They've been amazingly forthcoming about ancient Selkath customs. Taasi also explained a great deal about the temple nearby and its importance to Selkath culture. It's all reignited the passion I thought I'd lost by coming here.
Day Fifteen: Taasi and I walked to the farthest edge of the dome after the morning meal. For the first time since I arrived, I had a pleasant conversation about something other than old pieces of stone and how they might have been used. It was lovely, even though we mostly spoke about how we came to do our jobs.
Taasi said it's difficult for Selkath to leave Manaan, not that many want to. Once upon a time, he looked to the stars and dreamed of exploring other worlds. When he realized it was impossible, he turned to the depths of his home instead, intent on learning all their secrets.
Day Thirty-One: Tomorrow, Taasi wants to take me somewhere 'very important': the Temple of the Progenitor. A place so sacred for the Selkath... it is said that this is where their worship of the great Progenitor originated. I do not believe any outsider has ever set foot inside the temple. To be invited to see it is an honor and a privilege so... so... This gesture is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me. There are no words to adequately describe how gracious and welcoming Taasi has been, but I really should try to tell him..."
-From a datapad containing the personal journal of Doctor Ayturr Odock
XP Level: 1
Manaan Visitor's Center: Exploration Dome
Prior to the advent of the Third Galactic War, trade between Manaan and both the Republic and Empire boomed. The destruction left in the wake of the Eternal Empire's occupation led to a galaxy-wide resource crisis, which meant buyers were ready to pay any price for healing substances--especially kolto. The Selkath were all too happy to oblige.
The Selkath's trade agreements grew in profitability, even as peace throughout the galaxy grew more secure with each passing year. Eventually, the people of Manaan slowly adopted a more open and accepting view of outsiders.
Since travel to the water-covered world grew at a rate not seen since the Devastation of Manaan, high-ranking government officials created a department within the Office of Extraplanetary Relations to preserve, promote, and share the Selkath's culture with visitors. The Department of Selkath Ethnology employs dedicated docents, curators, lecturers, and field guides who welcome and educate interested tourists.
The department's crown jewel is the Exploration Dome, located below the surface at Manaan's Visitor Center. Here, species from all walks of life can personally experience the many beautiful flora and fauna that form the basis of Manaan's remarkable ecosystems--all without needing to breathe underwater.
XP Level: 1