“Artemisia. A potent name, rife with meaning.
“According to ancient Greek tradition, Homer refers to a venerated goddess as ‘Artemis of the Wildland, Mistress of Animals’. Portrayed as a young woman, she is the goddess of Nature’s flora and fauna. It is easy to see, then, how this ancient deity inspires the character of this island.
“The land mass known as Artemisia is a mere eighty-one years old—young indeed, on this earth! In addition, Artemisia is famous for its lush forests, abundant with native wildlife. And why is that so? We will now examine the physical properties that make up the island to find our answer.
“The year 2160 saw the arrival of what many called the Star Wormwood. An asteroid of surprising mineral content—importantly, nitrogen and amino acids—contacted our planet. Thanks to Alliance expertise, however, authorities managed to slow its descent enough to keep our planet from utter destruction.
“In ancient Christian lore, ‘Wormwood’ is used to describe a great star that would fall from heaven, burning as a lamp and making the waters bitter, whereby many men would die. Suffice it to say, massive environmental cleanup was ahead of the First World Alliance of 2160 after the asteroid’s arrival. The waters were indeed ‘made bitter’, and the skies clouded with the dust of impact. The bulk of the alien mass dropped into the ocean and touched to the surface of our crust. The immense heat of this event caused a melding of the rock with our planet. Thus, the foreign land that emerges now from the ocean’s surface is what constitutes the island that we presently see and know.
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