- June 21 – July 22
- WORD FOR GUARDIAN
- Holy Mother
- WORD FOR ZODAI
- Cardinal House, Water
The Crab constellation has one inhabited planet, Cancer, and four moons—Elara, Orion, Galene, and Thebe. Ninety-eight percent water, Cancer looks like a ball colored every shade of blue and streaked with barely perceptible slices of green. There are hundreds of low-lying islands scattered across the globe, and Cancrian cities are built on massive pods that float calmly on the sea’s surface, like giant, half-submerged anemones. Cancer’s largest structures—buildings, commercial centers, schools—are secured with anchors.
The water is clean and roaring, and tiny whirlpools occasionally form, swirling in various hues of blue—as if the ocean were made of paint. The pod cities light up the horizon with their gleaming, cascading buildings and sun-bleached streets—from high up, they look like massive lily pads cradling Cancrian communities in their palms. The pods that hold the most populated cities are so vast it’s easy to forget you’re not on land—except when a shift in the planet’s core triggers powerful ripples. There are also security outposts in the sky, reachable by aircraft, and a handful of underwater stations that have never been used. They were mainly built for protection, in case life above water is ever threatened.
The People, Personality
House Cancer represents Nurture. Its people are loving, brave, compassionate, loyal, and selfless, and can also be quite clingy, self-absorbed, and moody. As represented by House Cancer’s symbol of the Crab, Cancrians are hard on the outside but all heart on the inside. Since they love more deeply than others, their hearts often pack more armor.
The People, Physically
Cancer has the widest range of skin colors in the galaxy, but all Cancrians have two physical traits in common: their curly hair—which spans every shade but is often bleached from so much sun exposure—and the color of their eyes, which always reflects the Cancer Sea. Cancrian irises range from the softest of sea greens to the deepest of indigo blues.
Cancrians believe knowledge is like water—fluid and ever-changing–so they carry with them a Wave, a small golden device shaped like a clam. The Wave provides an interactive way of recording, reviewing, and sending information; and the moment it’s opened, holographic data blooms out and streams all around: news, messages from friends, updates, and more.
Cancer is run by consensus. It’s managed by the Matriarchy, the eldest Mothers of the planet’s twelve founding families. Cancer’s Guardian acts as an arbiter and advisor to the governing body, and she has an equal vote with the rest of the House’s representatives. It’s a matriarchal society, where women often run the household. Children inherit the mother’s surname, and likewise husbands take on their wives’s last names. Caring for loved ones is the top Cancrian priority and broken families are rare. The Matriarchs make sure every child has a home.
Holy Mother Origene Candor—Beloved by her people for her good deeds toward the less fortunate, she is also one of the galaxy’s foremost experts on the Psy, or the Collective Conscious, second only to Guardian Moira Willow of House Virgo. When the attack on House Cancer takes her life, the stars choose sixteen-year-old Rho Grace to take her place.
In times of war, Lodestars carry the Ripple: A crossbow-like device made of tightly woven strands of Sea-Spider silk that propel up to a dozen slender darts that are whittled from nar-clam shells and dipped in the paralyzing poison of a Maw. If not immediately sucked out, the poison spreads to the brain and shuts down all its functions, leaving the target in a comatose state. The weapon works both above and underwater, and as Cancrians abhor violence and value every life, they only use it when they absolutely must.