|Escape Pod 3|
Escall was the leader of his Nomai clan (referred to as Escall's Clan) and the captain of their Vessel. Escall and other high-ranking Nomai, including Filix and Annona, were present on the bridge of their Vessel when a signal was detected that originated from a source older than the Universe. Shocked by such a momentous discovery and its implications on their understanding of the Universe, the Nomai leadership rushed to prepare the ship for an immediate warp to the signal's source. Filix wished to delay the warp so they could broadcast a message for the other Nomai clans, but Escall overruled her, arguing speed was paramount as this event had never occurred before and could vanish at any moment, and ordered Annona to activate the warp-core, the Vessel warped into the Solar System.
For reasons unknown, Escall's Vessel exited warp, not at the source of the signal, but deep within Dark Bramble. Their Vessel immediately suffered critical damage as the twisted vines of Dark Bramble damaged and fused with the ship. With the hull breached, several casualties, the warp-core destroyed, and communications disabled it was clear the ship was mortally wounded. A panicked evacuation ensued, with only three lifeboats successfully launching.
Escall, Secca, Din and several other Nomai escaped on Escape Pod 3. Unlike Escape Pods 1 and 2 which successfully fled Dark Bramble, their Escape Pod became lost within Dark Bramble and crashed. The Nomai took shelter at the crash site temporarily, however the persistent Anglerfish attacks and dwindling supplies forced the Nomai to make the difficult decision to attempt to return to the Vessel and await rescue. The confusing layout and space-time warping capabilities of Dark Bramble masked the signal of their Vessel and made it appear to be coming from multiple places simultaneously. The Nomai, now running extremely low on supplies, only had enough oxygen to search the closest source of the signal. To their dismay, they discovered the source to be one of many "seeds" of Dark Bramble, and that the Vessel was much farther away.
With no hope of reaching their home before supplies ran out, the surviving Nomai gathered together and left a recording for any future Nomai who would discover their fate. The crew of Escape Pod 3, including Escall, perished one by one as their suits lost functionality.
Hundreds of Thousands of years later, the story of Escall and his Vessel had passed into myth among the remaining Nomai clans. Escall's decision not to leave a message for the other Nomai clans prior to his Vessel's abrupt warp and subsequent crash caused the ship's disappearance to be categorized as an unsolved mystery to the Nomai clans, as no Vessel had ever disappeared in such a fashion before.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Escall may be named after the Escallonia genus of shrubs and trees native to the Americas. The genus belongs the Escalloniaceae family, which is alone in the order Escalloniales.