The Eagle Nebula is an emission nebula located in the Alpha quadrant deep outside unexplored Federation space on the rim of the galaxy, nearly 18,000 light years from the galactic center and 7,000 light years from Federation space. It is composed mainly of ionizing gases such as hydrogen (90%) with smaller quantities of helium, oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements present. One notable astronomical feature is a region known as the Pillars of Creation. These regions are filled with massive amounts of interstellar dust and hydrogen gas, fueling a mass amount of star formation.
The most dense patch of star systems is a molecular cluster known as Praetho Cluster, located 450 light-years to the northwest of the Pillars of Creation and believed to be 1-2 million years old. The brightest star in the Praetho Cluster is a binary star system presumed to host more than four dozen planets, of which several are thought to be inhabitable, but a massive installation acts as the center for commerce and diplomacy. The Praetho Cluster is the seat of the Falwen Collective, a grouping of races that range from friendly to xenophobic.
- Golthani (Same Plural): A race of thrifty and horned avians, they are roughly the size of Earth golden eagles, with a wingspan of 1.5 to 2 meters. They lack hands, using their beaks and feet to manipulate things around them. A social taboo forbids them to speak directly with members of other species - for example, if a human asked how a Golthani was, the Golthani might answer, “Today is a beautiful day,” while gazing up at the sky, rather than, “I am well, thank you.” A political and cultural elite withholds scientific knowledge, keeping the general population ignorant.
Falwen Collective: This group is made up of various races who range from friendly to xenophobic in their interactions with outsiders.