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The history of Dysonic Systems in the history of the species of the Intergalactic Stratocratic Alliance is one that stretched back to the oldest of remembered times. In eons past, the great and powerful species known as the Precursors frequently used their mastery of both Newtonian and transdimensional Physics to dabble in the craft of constructing great and oftentimes impossibly-cpmplex twisting, winding megastructures that could span solar systems, and thus, could be appropriately classified as Dysonic Systems.
As per the nature of the Precursors, their megastructures were made up of the mysterious material of Neural Physics, a structure usually described as inexplicably-serene, perpetually-polished silvery, crystalline forms, some say which pulse unseeably with unknowable power. From what the Alliance has uncovered, amongst the more standardized forms of megastructures the Precursors constructed, Hubworlds, Star Roads, Citadels, Planetary Fortresses, Meldworlds, and cosmocages and great interstellar webs are the most common.
The Precursors arrived in the Primogenitor (Milky Way) Galaxy an unknown billion of years ago, and it has been presumed that since then, it was only a short matter if relative time unitil the Precursors started building Dysonic Systems and Interstellar networks, though as the Precursors we're knowb for their prolific love if wanting to experience every possible state of life by undergoing numerous states of evolution, regression, re-evolution, and states of existence, it is hard to put a number on which group of Precursors built which structures, how long it took them, other when the process took place. The Domain, uncharacteristically, has been of little use in the subject as well, due to the nature of Neural Physics not being traditionally bound too the concept of entropy.
The first datable sign of a sentient species developing a form of Dysonic System was during approximately 92,512,060 +-300 BCE when the species which identified themselves as the Unending Ascendancy constructed a psychically-enhanced ring of McKendry cylinders and connective fortifications and infrastructure about 18.21 AU from the system's star. It is unknown exactly as to how long it took the Ascendancy to build such a construction, but ancient records acquired by the Vanrezhan Dynastic Empire suggest that it most likely took at least a thousand years using the resources which the Ascendancy could allocate to the system at the time of its construction.
The Ascendency were reported to have exactly 666 such installations by the time of the Ascendancy-Vanrezhsn war, and exactly 13 times that in allergies, subsolar-scale Dysonic structures.
The next recorded instance of a civilization building Dysonic systems is that of the Vanrezhan Dynastic Empire, after they were forced to retreat in the Norma arm from the Ascendancy. The Vanrezhan civilization first started work on building Dysonic Systems in the form of massed. numbers of shell-worlds and defensive Dyson structures in 69,001,068 BCE, nine million years before receiving the first signals from a cabal of Precursors. The presence of Dysonic plates around the stars and shell-worlds, as well as structures of reinforced connective wire which echoed the scale of Precursor Star-Roads, was due to their paranoid and increasingly-defensive, isolationist attitude at the time, and from their instinctual need to find the most protective shelter they can, a trait carried from their ancestors under the mercy of constant solar bombardment.
In terms of Dysonic Systems, the Vanrezhans prefer to concentrate their resources in tight-knit, maximally-secure formations that can rely in their size to account for and endure any attack while their forces counter using more-flexible tactics. Considering the military density and propensity for direct, connected lines and stability in their Empire, the Vanrezhans embody the "slow and methodical" approach much more stringently than the Stratocracy, who prefer a "divide and conquer" strategy that can account for every eventuality with overwhelming resources and tactical options. To this end, they do not have much in the way of Dysonic Swarms in addition to their larger plates.
The first recorded instance of a Dysonic System being built by another civilization was that of the mysterious "Inheritor" civilization, which is most-prominently believed and suggested by evidence to be the Primogenitor species of both the Forerunners and Humans. The first recorded Dyson System built by this species came from a decision to limit the amount of natural planets they would inhabit and Colonization, in order to allow more room for an increased diversity of lifeforms to evolve in the galaxy and allowing them to maintain their position as stewards with less of an interfering presence.
The first Dysonic System they built was a multifaceted rotary swarm of star-orbital plates and stations started in 13,002,616 BCE and completed sometime in 13,002,117 BCE, since the entire resource and engineering capacity of the civilization at the time concentrated on completing it, as well as establishing watch stations to monitor every star system they would and discretely observe and monitor development of life there.
The Inheritors were known, from testimony of the Vanrezhans, to be in preference to also develop Dyson Swarms around systems, using the resources of Oort-cloud asteroids, particles, and completely-uninhabitable relatively-young matter-energy which had just sufficiently cooled from ancient supernovas and we're still eons off from developing stable planets.
Due to the conservative population growth of the Inheritors as part of their desire not to overreach their biologically-immortal species to the point of straining the tenants of the Mantle, the Inheritors usually had their Dysonic Systems in their area of influence as relatively-rare. The Systems that they did construct were meant to be Capitols and Hubworlds.
The first recorded instance of the Forerunner civilization constructing a Dysonic System which was not part of a simple building off of or repositioning and redecorating an Inheritor megastructure, was approximately in 8,667,734 BCE, where they constructed a Dyson Sphere approximately 9.254 AU in diameter around a stable main-sequence star approximately 3.14X the size of the Sol system's star.
There is evidence of over 324 unique such Dyson Structures scattered across the known Galaxy which were recorded by the Domain to be constructed by Forerunners in one form or another. Interestingly, it was part of the portion of the Domain which was denied to the Forerunners at the time of their last known empire, the Ecumene, as evidenced by testimonial of captured Forerunner ancilla intelligences. The only species who have been able to access these parts are the Vanrezhan Dynastic Empire and the Pan-Hominid Stratocracy, in both cases most likely because of their positive view and respect by the Precursors.
By the time of the first Vanrezhan-Forerunner War in 139, 300-139,297 BCE, it was over 5 million years since the former decided to exclusively-inhabit megastructures, most-commonly their shell-worlds, as the are the relative easiest to conceal to less-advanced species.
The case with Dysonic Systems being built by the Forerunners is that many of them have drastic variation in technological capability, composition, and function, with some being able to integrate multidimensional Slipstream-mediated states which, while crude, almost mimic that of neural physics structures and have a high-degree of intuitive automated intelligence, while other installations and simply exercises in great engineering, but nothing that a tier-2 civilization like the pre-covenant Sangheili couldn't do themselves if given equal time and resources, the composition being less-advanced and more-susceptible to deterioration.
The explanation which has the most evidence to support as to how this came to be is that during their nearly 10 million years of existence, the Forerunner civilization and species undergone a series of technological deteriorations and even straight-up collapses, not unlike the 6 technological Dark ages which occurred in the approximately 1,009,765 years that humans as a civilization have existed in the following their apparent self-exile and devolution following the slaughter of the Precursors by the Ancient Forerunners in about 10,097,445 BCE. Forerunner records and beliefs, particularly Builder legends, repeatedly mention how Forerunners suffered catastrophic technological and data-loss an unknown number of times across their 10 million year history, which is why they eventually switched all of their data and information of any kind from the unreliable digital binary medium to a type of quantum substrate foam, which is still used in a more-advanced form in addition to transdimensional backing in some security and information applications for the Stratocracy and other Alliance species.
As of the last and most well-known Forerunner civilization to exist in the universe, the Ecumene, is recorded to only building one such structure, the Slipstream-mediated dimensionally-compressed pocket realm structure known as Onyx, at a diameter of approximately 2 AU, accounting for discrepancies in the dimensional flux of the outer layer and natural deterioration and changes to the interior space. Besides that particular mention, the only Dysonic Systems which would technically apply to Forerunner creations are the Shield Worlds constructed under the order of the Forerunner Ur-Didact Shadow-of-Sundered-Star, all of which have been discovered by the Alliance and confirmed in recovered schematics to all have artificial stars at their cores.
The first recorded occurrence to build a Dysonic System by a Civilization with post-Precursor Humans was the First Fallen civilization of Man, before the First Dark Age, in approximately 990,812 to 981,340 BCE , where a sizable Dyson Swarm of roughly .827 quadrillion modest orbital habitats and accompanying smaller infrastructure was manufactured, likely starting from a period where Slipspace travel was not yet developed and the civilization wanted to focus on building themselves up, likely in a resource-rich system. The civilization would expand and start growing Dyson Swarms at a similar or faster rate, each taking a few millennia to develop, but with thousands reportedly being built simultaneously at their height.
It is unknown what happened to this civilization, but all of their surviving structures (to which there are very sparse, most information concerning the civilization was gleaned from recordings by Precursor artifacts on their systems which can be accessed by the Domain) predate 899,713 BCE when examined.
Dysonic Structures were again attempted to be put to manufacture during the Second Fallen Civilization of Man, this time, the first starting from 876,242 BCE and the most-recent to be discovered alongside of the most recent ruins from this age were dated to be approximately from 745,453 , with evidence that in 747,813 BCE, the civilization started to decline and fall. It is unknown how many Dysonic Systems (again, mostly hab-swarms) existed during this time. There is evidence of a mass-Cataclysm which engulfed and overwhelmed the civilization, though the Domain is nebulous on the Subject and the Vanrezhans were focused inward and in dealing with a dimensional threat at the time, so had no way of monitoring the faraway Orion and Perseus Arms at this time.
There is no evidence of the Third (est. 719,912- 674,175BCE) or Fourth (est. 653,512- 606,180 BCE) Lost Civilizations of Man developing any Dysonic Systems or subsolar-scale megastructures, but similar incidents were reported regarding the early collapse if these civilizations, and also, as a parenthetical in the Domain, how the Ecumene at the time withdrew at the time of the end mysterious collapse-catalysts, though no explicit mention of them causing or instigating the collapses. Said collapses, based off of the sparse ruins available from the era which can be dated via cross-referencing the Domain, occurred starting for the Third civilization in about 697,814 BCE and for the Fourth civilization starting from 647,814 BCE, with the second projected collapse taking far longer than the previous one.
As to the correlation with Dysonic Systems, the Third and Fourth civilizations likely entrenched themselves in Precursor-built megastructures until they ran out of supplies and manpower, against whatever threat that brought them to their knees.
The Fifth Lost Civilization of Man however, picked up the trend of building Dysonic Systems in their more-advanced age of expansion, and they primarily-used such systems as trade hubs and strategic centers, as well as shelters and buffer strongpoints to hold the Empire's borders against hostile forces by providing a constant surplus of supplies and rapid-response reinforcements and places to repair. The Civilization (est. 590,086- 432,117 BCE) was recorded by the Domain as surviving not one, but two of these projected cataclysm-catalysts, (547,814BCE for the first one and 497,814 BCE) and the subsequent conflicts, but according to the Vanrezhan surveillance stealth outposts that were autonomously-monitoring the ever-reforming Human civilizations, the Ecumene did, in fact, incite the series of events which would lead to the collapse of the Fourth civilization and the subsequent technological Dark Age, but the way they did so, via mass-deploying tens of thousands of Ecumene servant-species to swarm and overwhelm the Human civilization and what allies they had. The Ecumene proxies evidently also were enough of a chaotic presence in the Galaxy that they did not prey on the Human civilization for a third scheduled time in what would have been 447,814 BCE.
Evidentially, the Ecumene had believed that the Humans' construction of a Dyson Swarm in the viscinity of 300 light-years from several Forerunner-aligned servant-species and broadcasting the intention to ally and unite for the betterment of all beings and for freedom was a front for the Civilization to Subliminally-sieze control of Forerunner fiefs and servant-species. Thus, about 2 years after the end of the second Cataclysm-catalyst, humanity was still largely-wracked from their last war, and weakened when the Forerunner proxy forces poured into Human space faster than air leaves an airlock.
After thousands of systems were ravaged and hundreds of stars prematurely-collapsed to completely-collapse in order to completely-annihilate all traces of their enemy, which they saw an opportunity to do in this occurrence, and the Forerunners were unfazed in their destruction as they did later speed up the process of planetforming for the nebula of matter that results after a supernova using those same areas. As for the Dysonic Systems, it us rumored that one such system put a stealthed massive reflective carapace-canvas over the star and moved it slowly away from known space utilizing the principle of the star's own photonic thrust being redirected to moving the Star itself, a concept which modern Reclaimer scientists refer to as a "Shkadov Thruster". However, besides from this mysterious example, all of the Dysonic Systems of the Fifth Lost Civilization of Man besides that were torn asunder fighting to the last in a great subgalactic-wide slaughter fest which was in all due retrospect, largely-unavoidable. Any installations that proved to hold out for too long were besieged directly by Forerunner forces under the pretenses of "elongating on the suffering of war".
After the war was done and the civilization was cleaned up as best as possible by the Ecumene, populations reduced to primitive planetbound societies, nearly all days on this civilization was lost to time, save for in the all-seeing eyes of the Domain.
The Sixth Lost Civilization of Man (est: 401,659-293,674 BCE) was known to have constructed Dysonic Systems in unknown quantities, but it can be safely-estimated that they took as long to construct them as the other civilizations did at their corresponding stages of development and was a normal stage of the transition from a tier-4 to a tier-3 civilization before the discovery and invention of stable, Interstellar Slipstream drives. Besides the capital world and homeworld of Erde Tyrene, the Sixth civilization often developed Dysonic interplanetary cables to draw in worlds into the Goldilocks zones of stars if the descision was deemed appropriate for the resources expended. The most-common forms of Dysonic Systems were inner-system Dyson Swarms, thoughts were relatively rate in the Civilization ad that were quicker to develop Slipspace travel than their predecessors, and found it better to expand and build off of and on planets more conventionally. As with all of the other civilizations, a mysterious cataclysm-catalyst destabilized the civilization, but what came next was unexpected. Though the Sixth civilization had fended off the Invaders handidly the first time in 397,814 BCE, no small part due to their penchant fir fortifying their systems and adaptive mobile stratagems, there was increasing instability in internal affairs, and from there it managed to reach a point where the civilization became wracked in civil war on a scale of tens of thousands of worlds, and dozens of alien species fighting on each side for a myriad of reasons. The political stability of the Sixth Lost Civilization of Man was shattered, and it dragged itself into the Stone age once again, though it is possible some ruins and schematics or relics of technology and data from that turbulent period remain buried on forgotten worlds or secluded in Forerunner vaults to be unremembered. Every Dysonic System from this age was destroyed.
It is largely from this civilization and the Coalitions that came afterward (which had 3 wars against the Ecumene) that the Forerunners viewed Humanity as a needlessly belligerent, barbaric and violent species.
By the time of the collapse and deterioration of the Sixth civilization, the Ecumene of the time had had enough with the periodic and unceasing rise of greedy, rivalrous Human civilizations messing up their perfect system for the Galaxy. The Forerunners beat back the periodic cataclysm-catalyst with their overwhelming naval strength in 347,814 BCE for attempting to invade Ecumene-protected territories to gather more resources, without ever knowing what it truly was, and focused on taking over former Human territory and recycling their ruins and megastructures to use as material for their own purposes.
The Alliance has documented the presence of at least 16 Dysonic Systems dating from in between the end of the Sixth civilization and the start of the Seventh, belonging to a least 5 distinct civilizations, based off of the layout, design, and structural composition of the systems, usually Dyson Swarms or basic Star-cage rings. These systems were located in the outer edge of the Galaxy, suitably-far away from concentrations of Forerunner forces who wish to influence and oversee the civilizations making them. A few of the structures, when examined by the Alliance, bore signs of damage consistent with structures and ruins dating around the time of the Cataclysm-catalyst. It is likely that whatever said catalyst was, it was intelligent and powerful enough to bring down high-end tier-2 civilizations to their knees.
In about 150,845 BCE Humanity had once-again developed extraplanetary space travel, and had advanced into the field of reliable basic Slipspace travel to other star systems in the year 150,380 BCE, after developing basic orbital infrastructure and designing their ships to be constructed for a secret Exodus to escape the Imperial pseudo- occupation of their current homeworlds by the Ecumene.
The first Dysonic System which was constructed by the Seventh Human civilization, more commonly known as the Seventh Great Hominid Dominion or Ancient Human Empire (AHE), was in the Bast system, located in the Beta-four sector of the Preseus arm of the Galaxy, in conjunction with the Luminous Empire of Janjur Qom.
The structures whichade up the swarm had complex and accurate basic defense systems against external particulate, mass, and thermal threats, with such systems as liquid-metal sealant hulls, lightspeed meson-phase-emitters, monomolecular cloud expansion net launchers, defensive absorbrion foam guns, Electromagnetic-fibril arrays (push back and ECM systems), and thermoreactive sail nets which can easily be repaired and recycled.
Construction of the Dysonic structure started approximately from 137, 234 BCE, in the period of recovery between the First and Second Coalition-Forerunner wars, and was designated as completed in about 134,260 BCE, after the Vanrezhan Dynastic Empire joined the fight to aid the retreating Coalition forces from overwhelming Forerunner advances.
This structure consisted largely of ecumenopolis-worlds with substantial orbital infrastructure and a swarm of orbitals and stations around the star. A reason that the Bast system was chosen, besides its location far away from Ecumene borders and hotzones, is due to the fact that it had a network of unbending filaments, similar to the more-extensive net of Charum Hakkor. This presence meant that constructing areas to connect their installations and cities are much easier and more-efficient.
On a similar vein, Charum Hakkor, after its discovery by the Human-San Shyuum Alliance following the end of the Coalition wars, was transformed with a hybrid Dysonic System, with supercontinental plates and swarms of solar-orbiting stations and habitats alongside vast megapoli spread out on top of and in the veins of the Precursor Filaments and Citadels which linked worlds together, a Dysonic System in in of itself.
Many other Dyson Swarms existed in some capacity during the time of the discovery of the Precursor dust to the end of the Last Human-Forerunner War across the Dominion and Luminous Empire, which many had the capability to maneuver and propel themselves like warships, being fitted with Slipspace drives as the war was decided, since the habitats and installations were on a standard average of tens of kilometers in length with substantial, layer and redundant defensive systems as well as massive supply reserves, sustaining capabilities, and population capacity. Though many of these were destroyed by the Forerunners, their mobility made them more-survivable in most situations when the Dominion knew that the enemy was coming and could evacuate the system.
In the Extragalactic Exodus, as well as the establishment of the first Dominion Remnant factions in the Extragalactic expanses, these Swarms of habitats and stations would accompanying the Fleets and become common bases for the populations as they grew and subsumed more resources, recovering slowly, methodically, and strategically, concealing themselves to take advantage of the Ecumene's ignorance and to prepare against unknown threats from beyond.
The first Dysonic System to be constructed as a joint effort
by more than 10 species currently part of the Intergalactic Stratocratic Alliance was the initial phase of the system known as Kaema Primarus, a settlement of interspecies administrative, trade, and communications bases and cities of all kinds, now evilved into a Neural-Physics-enhanced supersystem-grade Intergalactic cultural hub of stabilized, yet mobile celestial mass-sheets with a surface area thousands of worlds in size. The system has never stopped growing, like similar areas of particular importance to the Alliance.
By the time that the system was qualified to be a Dysonic System, it bore the results of an effort made by a total of 43 civilizations over a period of 1073 years.
In the Modern era, the Stratocracy, as well as many other advanced tier-2 and tier-1 civilizations utilize Dysonic Systems commonly, the titular example making it standard practice for ALL of their systems, and using their Dominion of universal physics and matter utilization to fill up the universe at an unprecedented degree.
The structure of Stratocracy Dysonic Systems in the period of post-2605 CE are reinforced with adaptive Neural-Physics-enhanced transdensity intelligent alloys, transphasic and transdimensional shielding, anteversal defensive wave barriers, interphasic stealth systems, and selective reality-transference shields, that shunt out anything unwanted across multiple nonparallel realities where said unwanted presence is undone via radical alteration in dimensional laws. The knowledge of Neural Physics itself, as well as psychic integration and research into alternate dimensions has helped tremendously with the production and maintenance of Dysonic Structures and Systems.
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