The Measure of Man
Time of Trial
The Time of Trial, which occurs every 15 terran years, is a period of massive tectonic upheaval. The marines of the Salamanders chapter come to the aid of the inhabitants of Nocturne during this time, guiding the nomads and refugees from the villages and minor towns to the Sanctuary Cities. Many still die as seas thrash, volcanoes erupt, and ash storms sweep the land. Following the Time of Trial is a half year long deep freeze where more die, unable to withstand the cold like they could the heat. The upheaval rewards those who survive by bringing new veins of rare metals and minerals to the surface, making Nocturne a very resource rich planet.