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Some of the prior Lore Posts missed an important note!

AOS is a science fantasy short story series with three distinct tracks that differ greatly: AOS, TS, and TOA. Collectively, we're calling it AOS. I was asked what that stood for about a month ago and didn't know and RedFailHawk had to make something up on the spot, so the name is officially Advent of Spacefaring, which is actually pretty cool... points to Tobi!
"I" means Loren (me).
"We" means Loren and RedFailHawk.
"RFH" means RedFailHawk (Tobi).

AOS is based off an RP that I was in back in 2011-2014. There's a lot of different races and while originally there was a long-lost plot, we've altered it a bit. The new focus is that aliens and humans have made first contact in (unknown year), and the aliens are friendly, for the most part. Various races and schools participate in a program to send "culture logs" to the humans: discussions of their race, stories of their daily lives, and facts and information about their planets to the humans. Eventually, we'll probably add a true plot to it. About twenty years after first contact the humans do appear. It's a great way for us to use some of our lesser-accepted RP characters without spoiling their unique stories and gifts, so inspiration for a LOT of the characters is just homeless RP characters. My very first RP character is a canon AOS character now, and finally gets her own story because she never actually got used. Protip: AOS means this arc, Advent of Spacefaring refers to the combination of all three stories.

TOA is also an RP-based story, but this one focuses on the social war between three distinct but related races (who are also rarely seen in AOS). The war centers around the fact that a genetic mutation has created members of their kind with special abilities. It's almost like a Warriors RP with Wolves that went horribly wrong and descended into a murderfest. That's really how it went the first time and that's probably how it's going to work out this time. For now, it's also going to be heavily ignored, as we would not be able to get it started alongside AOS and TS. Since it intertwines with AOS we have to do them concurrently, but we can skip around at first to avoid this. We're NOT writing events linearly here, not for any of the stories, which is a godsend.

TS stands for Traveler's Star, and directly incorporates my short No Longer A Memory (though I've lost the original copy of NLAM so I'll have to rewrite that...). It's focused on an alien legend about a gigantic star gem that has to be restored (and was originally directly based off events in Eragon and Eldest). The idea itself goes back to 2007, but I didn't start writing it down until earlier this year. It's also told partially through poetry!
"There are twenty thousand pieces of the Traveler's star
Twenty thousand pieces to show who we are
Twenty thousand pieces we carry to show
One day we will know where to go."

Each poem piece plays a part in the story, so it's crucial for the poem to be there. I'm writing the poem as we go so it might not be linear either. But, I'm at least trying.
TS actually intertwines with AOS as well, and I know of a few characters in AOS who are probably unaware of the legend of the Star that carry pieces of it. I'm curious as to how that's going to work out, but that should help keep it going.
I think my favorite part about this one is that if I screw something up (the rock weighed one kilogram, the rock weighed six ounces) I can blame it on alien gravity or strength and get away with it. I keep detailed fact sheets but I can't promise that the differences in alien biology won't play a part. One character says the rock glows. One might say it floats. One might say that it's opaque and one clear. And while some of this can be blamed on geology some of it can literally be blamed on aliens seeing different light spectrums. I'm not saying I'm doing this intentionally but I'm also not saying I don't have an excuse ready to go. :lol:

Wow that was a WALL. But it's kinda hard to sum all that up concisely?

For starters we will probably be focusing almost entirely on AOS, then segueing into the other two slowly.

Hello! Loren here, though most of these notes are actually made by RedFailHawk (I just made them slightly more coherent). This post was supposed to be for yesterday, but I rebooted to fix an error with my tablet driver, and lost the whole thing because I thought I had posted it and I had not. Always double check if you’ve saved your work! I had to retype it up. Today is a double post because of that, and the stories themselves start May 5th.

The Osvigo Institute (also known as OI) is a powerful entity that exists within both AOS and TS. (It plays little to no part in TOA.) It is crucial to parts of the storyline, especially as related to Luare and Alakea, and must be discussed before the story begins.


Purpose
The overall purpose of the OI seems to be intentionally shrouded in mystery. They have several sub-companies that work with everything from genetics and vaccine research to housewares. They also have a large market share in Contraband.

Leadership
The head of the OI is known as the Triangle. Because of this, it is suspected that there are, in fact, three members that lead it. The repetition of the number three appears often among data gathered about the OI. One well-known and highly suspected leader of the OI is Luare Ikvan.


Location
There is a fair amount of evidence that links the headquarters as being near a system known as Alerii. However, in keeping with their ongoing theme of three, it is suspected a minimum of two more locations exist. While many of their supply drop locations have been found, there are no definite clusters that indicate where the other stations might be located.


History
Documentation showing the OI’s existence dates back a minimum of 3500 years. Evidence exists proving that around that time OI changed names to the current name, and records indicate that it was formerly Kimari Industries. Kimari Industries kept written records, rather than digital ones, for centuries and very few of those documents still exist today.


Funding

The OI is funded largely by private investments and sales of contraband, as well as sales of legitimate goods. Contraband sales account for over 70% of their funding. Total income is unknown but expected to exceed over a trillion dollars every year.


Known Sub-companies
*Belifr Guar (Genetics Research)
*Edrix-Hazzen Institute (Vaccine Development)
*Haliz Industries (Contraband)
*Mnemoi (Housewares)
*Nhegy Uihgew (Vaccine Development)
*Xzuqwoy Logistics (Transport)

FRIENDLY REMINDER ONE SHOULD SAVE WORK BEFORE THEY REBOOT (RIP). I didn't today and I'd written up something about the Osvigo Institute. Since you need that, I'll be rewriting and posting it tomorrow, so have a different but rather short story about the Library in the Marsh.

The Library in the Marsh is located on Zømar, a planet of marshes and low plains. Forests line much of the border between the two zones. There are no oceans, just plains and marshes. It is here the Library appeared.

The Library has no known creator, no known collector. According to legend, the Library has always been there, silent, waiting. It was never made, never collected, brought into existence when the universe was and Z
ømar rose from the space dust of the Big Bang.

The carpeted halls muffle all noise. The drapes are thick enough to block direct sunlight, but thin enough to diffuse it into an amiable softness for reading. The shelves go floor to ceiling and arch high overhead to even the tallest of races. Ladders and railings and catwalks line them going up. There is seemingly no order, but if one only whispers the name of the book they seek they'll soon find it. The halls they are in stretch on for thousands of meters, but look for a way out and one quickly appears. It has no limits, and yet it takes up no space at all.

It was here, in the Library in the Marsh, a Zothii was born. He would go on to become the most famous scholar of his time, and he is essential to our story. His name means "from paper".
His name is Shybuik.
  • Eating: powdered donuts
  • Drinking: water
Some of the prior Lore Posts missed an important note!

AOS is a science fantasy short story series with three distinct tracks that differ greatly: AOS, TS, and TOA. Collectively, we're calling it AOS. I was asked what that stood for about a month ago and didn't know and RedFailHawk had to make something up on the spot, so the name is officially Advent of Spacefaring, which is actually pretty cool... points to Tobi!
"I" means Loren (me).
"We" means Loren and RedFailHawk.
"RFH" means RedFailHawk (Tobi).

AOS is based off an RP that I was in back in 2011-2014. There's a lot of different races and while originally there was a long-lost plot, we've altered it a bit. The new focus is that aliens and humans have made first contact in (unknown year), and the aliens are friendly, for the most part. Various races and schools participate in a program to send "culture logs" to the humans: discussions of their race, stories of their daily lives, and facts and information about their planets to the humans. Eventually, we'll probably add a true plot to it. About twenty years after first contact the humans do appear. It's a great way for us to use some of our lesser-accepted RP characters without spoiling their unique stories and gifts, so inspiration for a LOT of the characters is just homeless RP characters. My very first RP character is a canon AOS character now, and finally gets her own story because she never actually got used. Protip: AOS means this arc, Advent of Spacefaring refers to the combination of all three stories.

TOA is also an RP-based story, but this one focuses on the social war between three distinct but related races (who are also rarely seen in AOS). The war centers around the fact that a genetic mutation has created members of their kind with special abilities. It's almost like a Warriors RP with Wolves that went horribly wrong and descended into a murderfest. That's really how it went the first time and that's probably how it's going to work out this time. For now, it's also going to be heavily ignored, as we would not be able to get it started alongside AOS and TS. Since it intertwines with AOS we have to do them concurrently, but we can skip around at first to avoid this. We're NOT writing events linearly here, not for any of the stories, which is a godsend.

TS stands for Traveler's Star, and directly incorporates my short No Longer A Memory (though I've lost the original copy of NLAM so I'll have to rewrite that...). It's focused on an alien legend about a gigantic star gem that has to be restored (and was originally directly based off events in Eragon and Eldest). The idea itself goes back to 2007, but I didn't start writing it down until earlier this year. It's also told partially through poetry!
"There are twenty thousand pieces of the Traveler's star
Twenty thousand pieces to show who we are
Twenty thousand pieces we carry to show
One day we will know where to go."

Each poem piece plays a part in the story, so it's crucial for the poem to be there. I'm writing the poem as we go so it might not be linear either. But, I'm at least trying.
TS actually intertwines with AOS as well, and I know of a few characters in AOS who are probably unaware of the legend of the Star that carry pieces of it. I'm curious as to how that's going to work out, but that should help keep it going.
I think my favorite part about this one is that if I screw something up (the rock weighed one kilogram, the rock weighed six ounces) I can blame it on alien gravity or strength and get away with it. I keep detailed fact sheets but I can't promise that the differences in alien biology won't play a part. One character says the rock glows. One might say it floats. One might say that it's opaque and one clear. And while some of this can be blamed on geology some of it can literally be blamed on aliens seeing different light spectrums. I'm not saying I'm doing this intentionally but I'm also not saying I don't have an excuse ready to go. :lol:

Wow that was a WALL. But it's kinda hard to sum all that up concisely?

For starters we will probably be focusing almost entirely on AOS, then segueing into the other two slowly.

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