In death, a Star has the ability to cast off its mortal body to be reborn as a Nebula. And in the beginning, there were five of these Nebulae. They were structures unlike any other, powerful and brilliant. The natural order, insured by Dark Matter, suggests that these Nebula continue to produce Stars, and that they recognize the sacrifice of the Star who made their birth possible. But many of the Nebulae believe that they are more perfect than Stars, being that they have the ability to create them. Other Nebulae, like the Eagle Nebula, are protective and support the creation of Stars.
One of these Nebulae, the Emission Nebula, became fascinated by the Stars that surrounded him, for they alighted him with brilliant colors. Enthralled by his own wild and beautiful plumage, the Emission Nebula created new Stars, purely in vain, to illuminate himself, for he thought himself more beautiful than anything in the Universe. He created four massive Stars called the trapezium who were in charge of preening him, keeping him bright and more beautiful than anything else in the sky.
Other Nebulae detested him. Because of his brightness, the Reflection Nebula was scorned and pushed away, left as a nearly invisible force in the Universe, and only becoming illuminated by passing Stars. The Planetary Nebula desired to look like the Stars he was born from, because he believed the Stars to be more superior than any other energy in the Universe. The Supernova Remnant, created from a violent explosion, mourns the White Dwarf, the soul of a deceased Star at the center of its body, choosing not to participate in the creation of new Stars. And the Dark Nebulae, ashamed of the vanity exhibited by the Emission Nebula, seek intellect and order, covering up the other’s brilliant colors by washing over them in the form of a black cloud.