Gather ‘round everyone, Shade’s Eve is almost here, to fill your dreary lives with joy and good cheer! Or maybe it’ll turn dreary to scared and afraid, as the festivities sour with the tale of Jack Shade. A menacing figure of allegorical ancestry—less about jump-scares and more about chemistry—thought to have begun as a space-faring germ (with symptoms that’d make even ol’ Mondo Zax squirm), when a lone child emerged with apparent immunity was used to create a vaccine for their entire community.
Over the years the story did change, the vaccine now an Angel, and the virus something more strange—a towering figure with teeth all askew, a hat that’s too tall and veins full of goo, and giant skeleton hands all the better for maiming (you can probably guess who we’re getting close to naming).
That’s right all you children, your nightmares are true! Jack Shade’s almost here, and he’s coming for you.
As the days grow shorter and the mischievous night creeps in, you stumble along cobbled streets toward the light of an inn. Beckoned inside by a welcoming bunch, they tell you grand stories and pour you some punch! There are whispers amongst them and overeager smiles, as your vision goes dark you hear they’ve stalked you for miles. And as you awake in a basement—your hands bound in chains—you ponder the green goo being pumped into your veins.
You think back to your childhood and the tales of Jack Shade, of the Angel, the struggle, and the price they all paid. Your mem’ries are lost by a sharp, distant scream; you shut tight your eyes and hope this is a dream. But a man clears his throat, his suit dark and sleek, top hat standing tall as he leans in to speak. He grins at your panic, his brown eyes aglow, and speaks in a cadence both eager and slow.
“Don’t worry, dear guest, it’s much worse than it sounds. You’re just another dweller in ol’ Quiet Downs.”
Gather ‘round one and all for an announcement to hear: the celebration of Shade’s Eve is once again near! Be wary of your travels, and check under the bed, it might be a party but there’s still plenty to dread. There are tons of fine toys and plenty of rewards to achieve, so mark it down that October 19 is the start of Shade’s Eve!
Shade’s Eve gaLORE– A Lore Primer
Historically an event of Cassian origin, this now widespread holiday of celebration and merriment has an origin that is considerably more grisly.
According to legend, the original human settlers of planet Cassus became infected with a dangerous plague soon after they made planetfall. After killing its first victim within a matter of hours, the disease spread viciously—decimating a beleaguered crew exhausted by their journey from parts unknown.
Night fell upon the settlers' makeshift camp, and they fueled raging bonfires with bodies of the fallen. The few remaining survivors hid in their shelters, praying their respirators would save them from a horrendous death. But just when it seemed that all hope was lost, they discovered a young girl with a natural immunity, and her blood was used to create a life-saving vaccine. As dawn broke and the great bonfires burned down to ash and embers, the remaining settlers emerged into the daylight, took off their respirators, and celebrated their salvation— even as they mourned the tragic loss of their dead.
Each year following the devastation of the plague—which came to be known as the Shades—human settlers celebrated their salvation, and over thousands of years a cultural mythology developed to depict the events that had taken place. The plague itself was personified as a dark and sinister figure known as Jack Shade, while the young girl whose blood was used to create the vaccine became known as the Angel. Festive rites and rituals were established based on other elements of the myth, and in time the celebration became known as Shade's Eve.
Shade's Eve has cultivated a special significance on planet Nexus, as there are obvious parallels between the original settlers of Cassus, and those brave souls who have made the journey to the Eldan homeworld. Superstitious types whisper about the dangers of exploring a hostile alien world, where archaeologists might unearth some strange and virulent disease as they delve into the forbidden secrets of the Eldan. Perhaps Jack Shade really is out there somewhere, waiting to emerge from the darkness once again...
Enjoy Shade’s Eve starting October 19 until November 2!
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