Giamat is a planet in D’Olex – the known universe in the Lore of Energy and Light® series. Described as a gloomy, dim place, Giamat is located on the very edge of Astoroz, a Star System that is home to the Valkers. Though to be clear, the natives of this planet are a race known as the Ti Mia (not the Valkers). Giamat is the setting for the Prologue of book 1.
Sparsely colonised, Giamat is an uninviting place to live. The surface is barren, prone to fierce pebble storms and the sky is almost completely black. This is because there are no nearby stars. The light comes from the living quarters of colonists, drilling rigs in mining fields, and the few Valker ships stationed across the planet.
“Brightly lit living quarters contrasted the endless gloom that engulfed Giamat. Even on this lonely planet, as far away from the Space Station Quorum Treaty as one could get, the war had touched more lives than most. Beyond the colony there was no refuge, no settlements, nothing but the mammoth dome tomb and an endless ocean of pebbled dunes, pocked with faintly lit drill rigs. The wind was harsh and blustery. Unlike the warm winds that circled Dunegate, these conditions were only sustainable for the briefest of exposures. Small rocks skidded across the dunes driven by a bitter squall.”
Tallen the Meek
Book 1 starts with a prologue from the point of view of Tallen the Meek. Tallen, the son of a local miner, visits a nearby Tomb for which he is responsible. He cleans and tends to the old Tomb, and as far as is known, the Tomb is the only one of its kind on Giamat, built by an unnamed race from long ago.
Not a whole lot is known about Tallen and his childhood, though it is explained his father survived the Valker invasion of Giamat, only to succumb to harsh mining conditions later in life. Tallen appears to lead a reclusive life, preferring his own company to others, and rarely involving himself in colony gossip. He seems content with his gloomy home, stating that,
“Tallen did not mind the forever dark, in fact he felt it easier to think straight without the distraction of light. In a colony where mining skills were praised, he would needs be content with the talent of cleanliness, and in his mind there could be no higher purpose than to keep the tomb of their ancestors clean. That was fine with him. Actually, it was more than fine; it felt like an honour.”