Kormin's Golden Star was a strange event occurring in the Lareas Galaxy on 98903 CE, occurring only a few hundred light years from Kormin. It consists of the destruction of the Tkaulers-Vetareh binary in a series of steps which lead to a significant power outage in surrounding areas and the creation of a new extreme star, Onuvia. This event was a significant turning point and loss for the Kormin Empire, losing one of their primary sources of energy.
Many individuals within the Republic of the Spider Nebula were pushing for more radical actions against the Kormin Empire as the Great Lareas War was unfolding. They wanted something that would affect the entire empire physically, weakening it in some way, and thus, the idea which caused all of this mayhem was born.
Using many kugelblitzes, 4 red dwarves would be propelled towards a very important, bright binary star belonging to the Kormin Empire - the Tkaulers-Vetareh binary. These stars would destabilise the binary and cause the empire to lose an extremely important source of energy, thus dampening their war efforts, which will help the Republic of the Spider Nebula, the Union of Narenna and the Virozic Republic possibly win the ongoing Great Lareas War.
On the 2nd of May 98903 CE, four red dwarves of around 0.3 stellar masses each were accelerated to FTL speeds, something never done before in the Flower Subcluster. After just a few hours and without warning, they arrived at an extremely close distance from the Tkaulers-Vetareh binary, messing up their orbits and sending the two giant stars on a collision course with each other. Everybody knew the implications of this extremely bold but deadly move.
Soon, the two brilliant stars started to fall into their barycentre. It was a heck of a sight to behold, seeing two giant balls of hot plasma, each hundreds of stellar radii plummet into what seemed like nothing, into each other, and soon, they touched. The first time, it wasn't a head on collision, but the two stars still lost an incredible amount of mass. Rapidly cooling plasma was spewed in all sorts of directions, killing much of the crew monitoring this extreme star system and also creating a great red nebula enveloping the dying system.
The gas released by this event slowed down the stars enough that they would be sent on a direct collision course. Over the next few hours, the remaining crew and all of the Kormin Empire watched in horror as the two behemoths of stars tumbled into the great red masses of gas, For a few minutes, everything was dark.
Then suddenly, a brilliant flash of light emanated from within the mess, A great golden "star" had erupted into existence. Of course, the star was no real star, just an extremely large amount of light released from the collision of two stars, a more extreme version of a luminous red nova (LRN). There was so much to be lost, from giant economic losses to complete direct or indirect destruction of nearby infrastructure.
The cores of the two stars had touched and collided, and the nuclear fusion that was happening had less pressure and so exploded outwards, partly blowing the stars apart. Blue-hot gas was ejected off the surfaces of the stars in great bouts of mass loss.
For several days, the star shone as bright as a hundred billion Helyars, even visible from outside the galaxy, from places like the Flower Galaxy. It then started to whiten and dim, and it was clear - a new star was being formed, which would be unlike any other known or hypothesized. Some of this new star's was being blocked by hot gas and dark dust spewing out from the initial collision, which was in the process of creating a nebula. It would clearly be a challenge to observe this new, strange star.
As the nebula quickly expanded, this horrible news was declared all across the Kormin Empire, and the neighbouring areas of the binary were beginning to feel the effects of the power outage. In a futile attempt to reach a feeling of revenge, the Kormin Empire tried to destroy one of the red dwarves, but failed miserably as the superweapon went off course by so much that it shot out of the galaxy.
The other nations rejoiced as the empire lamented, but there were another group of people - the astronomers (eg. Olerga Enir Salne), who were happy, not because the Kormin Empire had lost one of its most important power sources, but they could finally closely study in detail a collision of two very massive giant stars. They recorded quite a lot of observations for a few years starting at the event. Another part of the collision that they anticipated was the formation of the resultant star. Astronomers all around Lareas were collaborating and seeing if they could peer through the gas and dust and see the central star. In 98908 CE, one team of astronomers at Psinus Majora finally succeeded, and Olerga Enir Salne made follow-up observations and classified the central star as some sort of Wolf-Rayet star like object. Its exact nature was still unknown, but it was clear that the resultant object was extremely luminous, perhaps over ten million standard stellar luminosities.
The dust and gas was clearing extremely rapidly, and more and more light was shining through the nebula. For the first time, accurate results for the nature of the object could be deduced. The object, initially dubbed Kormin X, was extremely luminous. It was over 24 million solar luminosities, but it was not very big for its brightness. A temperature of around 83,000 Kelvin was deduced from its spectrum, hence a size of about 23.7 solar radii, still large but nowhere as large as its two progenitor stars, but extreme nonetheless.
Kormin X's spectrum was like nothing ever seen before, with a strange mix of obscure emission lines and absorption lines littered across the spectrum, and many signs of the rare Perites element, which was very odd, as well as lines indicating the presences of then-unknown, extremely massive isotopes of common elements with hundreds of neutrons, which were strangely stable. The only celestial phenomenon Kormin X's spectrum vaguely resembled was that of a hydrogen-rich Wolf-Rayet star, and so that was what it was initially catalogued as.
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Kormin's Golden Star
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