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Apostolosians are an offshoot of humanity. They have humanoid forms, but may have varying levels of fishlike features.[note 1] Many have gills on their necks and visible scales on their faces or bodies; some may be slightly iridescent or have unusual skin colors.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Apostolosian culture makes many references to classical Greco-Roman and Byzantine culture. In COUNTER/Weight, some Apostolosians make unlikely claims that they are originally from Atlantis; this is not mentioned in other seasons.
Aesthetics[edit | edit source]
COUNTER/Weight establishes that Apostolosian architecture uses a lot of marble and sandstone in classical or neoclassical styles. Tiles and mosaics are big. Clothes tend to favor "hard lines and dark colors"; there's been reference to both ancient Greek and Roman fashions and more modern military-inspired looks.
Ships[edit | edit source]
The ship the Callisto features an onboard temple room and a windowed observation deck. The Holiday Gambit's interior contains a reflecting pool surrounded by sand, rocks and columns. Like the Callisto, it has a large observation window ("godspeed, glory Pt. 1").
Apostolosian ships sometimes deploy energy sails which glow neon gold. These golden sails allow them to travel in dark space using solar energy.
Gender[edit | edit source]
In COUNTER/Weight, Apostolosian had a six-fold gender and pronoun system based on their six Eidolons.
By PARTIZAN, the Apostolosian pronoun system has expanded, along with the number of Eidolons. A shortened form of a chosen Eidolon's name is prefixed to an Apostolosian person's first name; this short form may be used as a pronoun. The other prototypical pronoun is they/them.
Not all Apostolosians are attached to the culturally-standard gender or pronoun system, and some transition toward other genders.
History[edit | edit source]
Apostolosian Empire[edit | edit source]
See also: Apostolosian Empire
Apostolos was founded fifteen thousand years before the events of COUNTER/Weight by refugees brought with Rigour into the Golden Branch after the explosion of the second stellar combustor. They originally called themselves Apostles. The Apostles created a mech called Apokine to direct them; it was controlled jointly by the wills of the people using hyper advanced technology adapted from what they learned from Rigour.
Eventually Apostolos became an empire which extended through the Golden Branch. The ancient mech was lost, but the ruler of Apostolos was still called the Apokine. When the empire encountered OriCon and the Diaspora, it attempted (and failed) a war of expansion, later called the Golden War.
Golden Demarchy[edit | edit source]
See also: Golden Demarchy
The Golden Demarchy was a government which appointed its officials by sortition from pools based on the six Eidolons and led by an elected Demarch. It succeeded the Apostolosian Empire after its decline in the Golden War.
Not much is known about the period between the creation of the Demarchy and Apostolos's reappearance tens of thousands of years later. Lots of things probably happened.
Stel Apostolos[edit | edit source]
See also: Stel Apostolos
After the Divine Principality emerged, it started encroaching on Apostolosian territory. In reaction, Apostolos returned to imperial governance led by an Apokine.
The Principality's machinations made sure Apostolos was eventually incorporated within the Principality, and Stel Apostolos became a driving force in the war with the Branched. Eventually, however, the betrayal that caused Apostolos to become a Stel also caused Apokine Dahlia to begin a civil war between Stels Kesh and Apostolos.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- ↑ In COUNTER/Weight the possibility of gills or other features is mentioned but not discussed in much detail, thus dubiously canon. In subsequent seasons this is confirmed and elaborated on.
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ COUNTER/Weight 10: Drawing Clocks
- ↑ COUNTER/Weight 43: A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 3, episode description