The Noctillius is an ancient amorphous life form native to various planets and moons in the Ambrosia Galaxy. It is believed to have existed from 12,990,000,000 BCE to the present year.
The Noctillius is one of the most well known and mysterious life forms of the Ambrosia Galaxy, as it has existed for almost the entirety of Ambrosian history, allowing for millions of intelligent species to have known about it. Despite how well known it is, very few species and civilizations have been able to ascertain what exactly it is, though its pretty evident that it is a living entity, due to the amorphous nature of its physical structure, its almost impossible to get any solid data on the life form besides from its overall physical structure, basic instinctual behavior, and color.
It can be argued that the Noctillius is an integral part of Ambrosian history as without it, countless species may have not advanced as quickly as they may have otherwise, making the Noctillius extremely important to many intelligent Ambrosian species. The reason for this would be that Its physical structure can be manipulated by other intelligent species using relatively easy means. This structure once heated becomes extremely durable, almost indestructible to most mundane technologies, as well as being completely electromagnetic, letting any and all electrical currents to travel almost instantly throughout any structure made with the materiel.
It is classified as one of the: "Thavmium" . Thavmium are rare and extremely useful materials, elements, or particles native to exclusive regions across the Ambrosia Galaxy, as well as several other Thavma Assemblage members. The Ambrosia Galaxy in particular is home to hundreds of these types of materials, making the galaxy a nexus of resources. Though each Thavmium has their own advantages and disadvantages. The Noctillius in particular is very unique among other Thavmium, as it stands as one of the few living materials that fall under this specific category .
Strangely, it doesn't seem to have any native home world that we know of, as it is spread far and wide across all regions in the Ambrosia Galaxy, from the center of the Ambrosia Core, all the way to the edges of the Dryas Cloud. Why exactly this is remains a mystery, but the most popular theory would be that it was due to the equally mysterious Ones that Came Before, using the Noctillius as an integral part of their civilizations technology, spreading across the countless worlds under their domain. The exact number of worlds in the Ambrosia Galaxy known to house the Noctillius is around eight billion.
Though presumably it could be found in tiny amounts in almost any region of Ambrosia, it is found more often and in larger quantities on worlds in the Ambrosia Core.This stands as the most blatant flaw in the theory that it was spread amongst Ambrosia by the Ones that Came Before, as they had comparatively very little presence in the Ambrosia Core region.
A more plausible theory posed by some is that the Noctillius is an artificial species created by the Ones that Came Before, or perhaps another species or civilization that came even before them, though that seems unlikely. Since the Noctillius so challenges the definition of natural life, it seems more likely to some that it was created rather then coming about naturally. In the end however, we simply do not know.
One particular note of interest would be its abundance on the worlds referred to as: "Noctillian Worlds" . These are planets and moons with literal oceans of Noctillius, flowing with endless amounts of the materiel. Noctillian Worlds are artificial in nature, created by species who wish to have a near unlimited supply of the Noctillius. In specific, the Etymology made wide use of Noctillian Worlds throughout their civilizations entire history as it was an integral part to many surface colonies on Etymology worlds. As well, a relatively huge quantity of Noctillius can also be found on Novad, a low mass brown dwarf in the Mid Arm.
Due to its far reaching nature and importance in Ambrosian history, countless species have created various myths, legends, and pieces of folklore around the Noctillius, thanks to it how mysterious it seems to be. Most notably, the Bastard of Ambrosia took a particular interest in the Noctillius, obsessively studying the life form. He viewed it as the symbolic blood of Ambrosia, pumping from its desolate black galactic heart to further fuel his hatred towards the whole of the Ambrosia Galaxy. As a result of this obsession, he adorned himself in armor made from the Noctillius materiel, and his followers would do much the same.
The Noctillius is extremely unique in its overall physical structure, with very few biological species sharing its like in the whole of the Ambrosia Galaxy. Its base appearance resembles that of oil, looking as if the chemical suddenly gained a limited form of cognitive ability. Due to this, the Noctillius doesn't fit any of the current understandings of what life is, as it is more like a sentient mass of liquid.
While the Noctillius is often referred to as an: "it" implying that there is only one entity that makes up its being, but in truth the Noctillius seems to have countless individual parts, thus allowing it to exist on the multitude of worlds it currently does. These parts look like black oil puddles on the ground and can appear almost anywhere. The exact size of these puddles can vary widely from each other, from being only a couple of meters in diameter, to spreading across entire continents. In fact, some have even argued that every single droplet that makes up a Noctillius puddle is its own independent life form, though this hasn't been proved to be the case.
The Noctillius is extremely durable, taking massive amounts of kinetic energy to disrupt the molecules that make up its physical structure. As well, it is almost completely heat resistance, able to withstand heats up to ten thousand degrees Celsius. Though at around a thirty degrees Celsius, the Noctillius' physical structure will harden and the materiel will appear like blackend steel, while being as transparent as glass.
Though it can withstand vast amounts of heat, it is extremely vulnerable to cold temperatures, with the Noctillius' physical structure falling apart in temperatures at around negative fifty Celsius, making it impossible for it to exist on colder worlds, or the near absolute zero of outer space.
Though it is extremely durable, the liquid state of a Noctillius puddle can be easily moved, or manipulated with a simple wave of a hand. Though this action is quite ill advised as once the Noctillius materiel is introduced to most specie's body heat it will harden around the body part in question.
What it uses to receive nourishment also remains a mystery, as well as how it even can receive nourishment as to an outsiders perspective, it seems like it does not require anything to survive, it simply just exists. It is also unknown if it has any ability to see, smell, or think in any capacity. Due to this, many argue the fact that the Noctillius is a living organism. It is also seemingly immortal, without any form of aging even after vast time frames, as most Noctillius puddles have existed for billions of standard years.
The behavioral traits of the Noctillis are quite strange, it is usually very static, barely moving and remaining stationary in wherever it happens to be located at the time. However, if an encroaching cold mass is coming near the Noctillius, then it will begin to retract itself, at speeds in accordance to the current speed of the aforementioned cold mass.
In rare circumstances, an individual Noctillius puddle in proximity to another Noctillius puddle will begin to move towards the second Noctillius puddle, and its other will do much the same. Once the two puddles come in close proximity to one another, then the two will begin to seemingly merge together, and the once two separate puddles will form a larger puddle and become one living being. In theory, every Noctillius puddle across the Ambrosia Galaxy could merge into one if they placed in the same space, given enough time. This is how Noctillian worlds come into being, intelligent species placing millions of individual Noctillius puddles in close proximity.
These behavioral traits stand as the only evidence that the Noctillius is in fact a living creature and not a strange form of liquid, as no known form of liquid acts with these self preservation instincts. As a result, the Noctillius has been classified as life, though in truth it may be in a category beyond the two all in its own.
As previously mentioned, the Noctillius' physical structure can be manipulated by other intelligent species using various methods such as basic smithing. The reason one may want to do this is that the physical structure of the Noctillius becomes extremely hard and durable once heated, making it neigh indestructible to any form of explosives and heat.
Thanks to its extreme durability, its most commonly used as building materials for structures, weapons, armors, and vehicles. Individuals who work with Noctillius are often referred to as: "Noctillian Smiths" , since actually being able to manipulate Noctillius material into useful things, as well as protecting it from the relatively high temperatures that can destroy it is extremely difficult to do.
It has often been considered by some that the manipulation of Noctillius material to be an instrumental step in an Ambrosian species development, which seems to be relatively true, as countless species have done as such. Unfortunately however, when the ambitions of an intelligent species looks to the stars, the Noctillius material becomes less and less useful since no form of space technology can be made out if it due to the temperature. So for longevity, the Noctillius is hardly the greatest choice, but it would be unwise for an intelligent species to disregard the materiel in its entirety due to the practically endless supply of it.
The history of the Noctillius is surrounded in mystery and vague accounts, but there are many examples of its use by intelligent species throughout the entirety of known Ambrosian history. The first most notable example would be the widespread prolific use by the enigmatic Ones that Came Before. They would use the Noctillius materiel on countless surface colonies on the more temperate worlds under their domain. After their mysterious disappearance in 12,000,000,000 BCE, the massive Noctillius cities would remain on the world surfaces that they inhabit as the materiel is exempt from the curse of aging.
After their disappearance, countless other intelligent species across the Ambrosia Galaxy would use Noctillius materiel, with the most notable being the ten respective species that would form the beginnings of the aforementioned civilization's successor, the Etymology. The thousands of species that would make up the Etymology would use the Noctillius materiel for countless things. The demand for the materiel was so high in fact, that the Etymology needed to create entire oceans of the thing to supply it. These oceans were created on specially selected worlds that could house them that would later be named: "Noctillian Worlds", and the oceans themselves would be created thanks to the Noctillius' in born behavior of merging happening rapidly. The Etymology would ultimately created around a hundred thousand of these types of worlds, which was quite excessive, in fact, one could say they went above and beyond the call of duty, as a single Noctillian World could supply the whole of the Etymology for thousands of standard years.
During Etymology's destruction at the hands of the C.Y.R.E.X in 604,000,000 BCE, the Noctillius would remain completely unaffected by the attack as it is almost impervious to the atmospheric heating method used by the aforementioned A.I. Strangely, the C.Y.R.E.X never seemed to have bothered with destroying it, even though it must have surely known that it survived, maybe it didn't view it as a life form. Regardless, the Noctillius would continue to thrive for millions of years after, constantly being used by succeeding intelligent species.
The most notable of these civilizations that would use the materiel after the Etymology's destruction would be their own successors, the Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems after they discovered it on the world of: "Gold-Shadow" of the Mid-Arm in 10,660 CE. After its discovery, it would see wide spread use, and more and more worlds housing the Noctillius would also be discovered. It continues to be one of the main resources of the intragalactic civilization to this day.