SPOILER WARNING: This thread has the ending cinematic for Starbound in it. Yes, it's in the Nightly, if you weren't aware. So spoilers as heavy as spoilers can be right now. It's been a year and a half almost as I edit this. This is old news but still spoilery about the ending. Also it's a bit outdated in info, but it's basically confirmed. Correct me if this has been posted before, or if it has been officially confirmed elsewhere. I tried to search, but I found nothing. I guess this is new stuff, but you can never know~ Part 1: Theory; Novakids are fragments of the shattered Cultivator. Part 2: Existing lore is a freaking mess. Doubt everything. There isn't much lore on the Novakid right now. The six other playable races have their missions, lore, and part in the overall storyline. But the Novakid are kind of left out. They don't even have an Artifact, which are the things that open the Ark gate that leads to the Ruin (the-big-bad-tentacly-thing). Other races were given one by the Cultivator (the-big-nice-god-like-thing). So for those that don't know it yet, the Cultivator is a benevolent creator... being that stopped the Ruin in the past and sealed it into the Ark-place. But the Cultivator was weakened by the fight, so it uses the greatest power it holds: video game tropes. It gives six keys to each of the six races, so one day the races may open the gate and properly wreck the Ruin for good. Then the Cultivator apparently dies or something. Didn't see that one coming But Novakids didn't get a thing. Why? Well, here comes this theory. The Novakid weren't there when the Cultivator gave the keys. Nope, instead the Novakids are what was born from the Cultivator when it died. Okay, it might sound a bit far-off, but here's some cold hard evidence. The ending cinematic for Starbound. It's in Nightly and you can use an admin command to watch it. Just use /admin and then /cinema /cinematics/story/finale/finale.cinematic After you beat the Ruin, you'll have a short chat with a still sentient "piece" of the Cultivator: First off, the Cultivator is being represented by three colored star-like things in the text-box image. Sentient stars in different colors? Yep, sounds familiar. If the background is being taken into consideration as well, we have a bunch of different colors as well. But that was more of a side-note; here's the main point. A quote from the ending: So the fragments of the Cultivator became the Novakids, which didn't get an Artifact because the death of the Cultivator was what created them. The italicized part from the quote pretty much confirms this for me, being such a huge finger pointing towards the space cowboys we know and love (don't you? better start praisin', cause' that's the law 'round here *spins revolver*). But everyone draw their own conclusions; I'm here just to make a thread so I can yell "called it" if this thing turns out to be true. BUT WHAT KIND OF CREDIBILITY WOULD I HAVE IF I WOULDN'T PRESENT SOME COUNTER-EVIDENCE AND QUESTION THE VALIDITY MY VIEWS Round 2: Two in-game objects could be used to counter this theory: Ceremonial Cave Art and the Ark Gate itself. Let's just assume that the "8th race" depicted here is the Ruin thing. The first image of the gate even shows the Tentacle creature eye, and it just would make sense to erase it from the gate. But even then there are timing issues. The gate is opened by the Artifacts, which were created by the Cultivator. But if the gate was created before the Cultivator died, why are the Novakids there? The star-people being born from the Cultivator just wouldn't make sense. (Additionally, if the erased head would be the tentacles, why would they be there in the gate that was made after they were sealed in? I can see a few "but"s, yet it still seems weird. That's a whole another theory...) Same thing with the Cave Art. Huge being (Cultivator, perhaps) is present with seven other races (Novakid included!). Maybe just floran stuff though.They mightn't be that kind of lore-nerds. This all could just be chalked up to Chucklefish just trying to make this all a mystery, all "oo there's a race that was erased spoookyyy what could it beee" -style, while still keeping all seven playeble races in the pictures even if it is weird. With the incredibly straightforward story like this (collect artifact, kill bad thing, be hero), I think that could be the case. I don't see them throwing us some mad lore jigsaw puzzle when 1.0 arrives. But on the other hand there are too many inconsistencies in this for it to be that simple, if the devs want this to make any sense. But maybe this isn't aimed for overanalyzers. I dunno. So here's my theory evidence dump. Discuss or whatevs.