Things Out in the Dark30 March, 2017
There is considerable darkness beyond and between the islands that compose the Sea of Stars, the space between the stars is all around, above and below the islands. And some things both fantastic and terrible live in that darkness.
One type of such creatures are the Umrays which haunt and hunt in the spaces between the islands. These manta ray like creatures move through the space between the stars as though it was water but are not confined to the flat plane of travel that starships are bound to. However, they almost never venture on or above the islands for reasons unknown.
Other creatures live and hide away in the dark from the gaze of mortals and -more importantly- dragons, beings from the lower and higher realms trapped when the gods were slain. These beings have found places to avoid the dragons that hunt any traces of the divine, some of these being plot revenge, others just . . . wait.
There are also the ghosts, spirits and damned souls of those who have perished by plunging into the dark between the stars. The subject of many a chilling tales by sailors upon the Sea of Stars, all new travelers upon a starship will be subject to multiple stories of sinister and bloodthirsty ghosts. Fortunately these revenants are exceedingly rare but excessively destructive when they do appear.
Lastly, there are the strange and unknowable creatures that are native to the depths of the space. Most who encounter these creatures do not survive to tell about it.
Notes: A very late entry for the Blog Carnival but I wanted to contribute.