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The Ascendancy War: An Introduction (Project A)War. What a universal concept. So old, so familiar. Like the inevitability of the night, war always proceeds with time, catalyzed by fear, mistrust, hatred, delusion, power, pride, discrimination, lies. Whatever the exact cause, whatever it is that drives those to call upon war as some kind of hollow solution, the outcome is always the same; destruction, misery… death. Yet, even knowing this, every major civilization has willingly entertained themselves to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors over and over again. Though war may be a natural, immutable constant for every civilization, history has shown that the greatest of these frequently lay down a precedent of peace lasting for many ages. It is often theorized that the more extreme the war is, the longer the peace will last. May it be so for the modern era, that the evil of this time shall be defeated by an eternal peace.The greatest conflict ever known to this corner of the Universe has been the great Ascendancy War. A war of three sides, fought for the stances of domination, self defense, and exploitation. Beginning in the year 36,025, and continuing on to the modern day, 36,740, this war has seen the ravenous Ascendancy pitted against the allies of the Fellowship, with the innumerable Septs of Xophronanirn taking what they will from both. As with all things, there is no one reason for this war, and there has been no singular goal shared perfectly by the members of either side, but for the sake of transparency and coherence, this introduction shall be simplified.The initiator of this war has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been the Ascendancy; a coalition of numerous alien empires comprised of the Supremacy, the Triumvirate League, High States of Aldrackuus, and the Protothan Confederation, along with a dozen lesser powers that have willingly joined or been assimilated. The member species of this coalition are many, including the Drox, Fharen, Hexlean, Vurtonaxi, Aldrackuus, Prototh, and Xalcheli, as well as a small percentage of all other species. Opposing this coalition is the Fellowship: a more loosely connected alliance of separate alien empires that include the United Sovereignty of Nations, the All-Hive of Kalistryiium, Ektozan Dynasty, Gezlovahkian States, and the Aligned Coalition of the Nethetch’e. The member species of this pact are lesser in number, and are composed of Humans, Kalistryii, Ektons, Gezlovahk, and Nethetch’e. Finally, there is the Septs of Xophronanirn, a vast and ancient network of clans made up almost entirely of the Xophronanir species; though they lack the biological and societal diversity of the Fellowship or Ascendancy, their numbers are boundless and their reach is seemingly infinite.For roughly two centuries prior to the outbreak of this war, a growing tension had gripped this corner of the Universe. The Drox’s Supremacy and the Ektozan Dynasty had been at odds for almost the entirety of their existences, harrowing each other for millennia through petty wars, espionage, socio-political contention, and territorial squabbles. This friction has risen and fallen over time, but that would soon change as the borders of other, previously unknown civilizations began to cross paths with one another for the first time. This relatively sudden influx of new species, bringing with them new cultures, ideas, and technologies sparked a kind of arms race within the quickly growing Universe. Old rivalries between the Supremacy and Ektozan Dynasty were aggressively rekindled, with each empire reaching out to their newfound neighbors for assistance, forging alliances and creating new enemies. The Supremacy in particular experienced a rapid evolution in culture and technology, leaning heavily on more and more extreme philosophies. With hostilities growing between newly acquainted empires, the Supremacy’s extremist ideas quickly spread, and generated a mass following, advancing the conflict between the Ektozan Dynasty and Supremacy to something far more.A turning point would come in the year 35,830, when the Supremacy and their most loyal allies, the Triumvirate League, would form the tightly knit coalition known as the Ascendancy. The core foundation of the Ascendancy has been created from a philosophy of the same name, one rich with both progressive and draconian ideals. This system essentially promotes the advancement of all sciences, especially within the fields of genetics, cybernetics, and other more esoteric technologies. While this sounds positive at first, Ascendant ideals are rooted in the near-absolute termination of regulations and morals, wishing to set a precedent of complete freedom with the advancement of technology; regardless of consequences. This philosophy would soon spiral into a zealous belief system, centered on utilizing cybernetic and genetic augmentation to attain some form of interpreted divinity, to become “ascendant beings”. The aspirations of the Ascendancy would become unified, with the goal to unite all species under an almighty and all-powerful banner. Self righteous and drunk with ego, they would turn to war as a solution.Between 35,830 and 36,005 the Ascendancy would grow in strength, securing itself more allies in the High States of Aldrackuus and the Protothan Confederation, while rapidly expanding into both untouched space and disputed territories. This aggressive expansion was disconcerting to neighboring civilizations, upsetting the already fragile status quo of an uneasy Universe. It was in this time that the Ascendancy laid fourth their uncompromising ultimatum: become one with the Ascendant minds, or be forced to. Quite predictably, the Ektozan Dynasty and their closest allies, the Gezlovahkian Domain, would be the first to openly oppose the Ascendancy’s wild demands. Unbeknownst to the rest of the Universe, the Ascendancy had been prepared for this exact moment, and stormed the borders of this old alliance with a relentless fury never before seen. This first act of the great Ascendancy War would be kept secret from remaining civilizations for roughly 20 years, as the Protothan branch of the Ascendancy would intercept any and all cries for assistance; it also did not help that the Ektozan Dynasty, quite prideful of their own victories over the Supremacy in the past, did not immediately reach out for help. Eventually this information would travel by proxy through the many Septs of Xophronanirn, though it would be in vain, as the Ascendancy had already set their sights on the remaining empires of the west.Through many pre-planned attack routes, the Ascendancy would strike against the United Sovereignty of Nations, the All-Hive of Kalistryiium, and the Aligned Coalition of the Nethetch’e with great force; many splinter divisions would also chip away at weak clans within the Xophronanirn, quickly enveloping and assimilating their territories. Humanity and their Sovereignty would be the most prepared for this assault, never having trusted the Ascendancy. Though their losses for the first few years of the war were heavy, the Sovereingty’s powerful Navy would eventually decelerate the Ascendancy’s blitzkrieg to a crawl. The Kalistryii of the All-Hive would be the most affected by the Ascendancy’s initial assault, likely for their righteous but ultimately futile attempts to compromise with the Ascendancy. In the first four years alone, the All-Hive would lose an entire galaxy’s worth of territory, sending a rippling wave of dread through the Kalistryii population. The Nethetch’e and their Aligned Coalition would have a similar experience to Humanity, as they had little trust for any empire, and were thus prepared. Although they would suffer greatly, especially by assaults from the Triumvirate branch of the Ascendancy, they also experienced great success in most planetside conflicts. In time, however, the relative proximity of these three civilizations allowed them to reach out to one another, allowing a swift and efficient agreement to be made. They would not bow to the Ascendancy’s will, they would never surrender under such violence. The Fellowship would be born in this time, forging a tight bond between these three empires that would strengthen their resolve, while simultaneously respecting their individuality as separate nations. It would take literal decades of conflict, but the Fellowship would eventually push back against the Ascendancy, connect with the Ektozayn Dynasty and Gezlovahkian Domain to the east, and level the playing field.With the Ascendancy pushing against the newly formed Fellowship, a mass contingent of clans within the Septs of Xophronanirn would seize this time as an opportunity to prey upon the two factions. While a vast majority of the Xohprnanir people held an isolationist stance during the early years of the war, a small number of clans saw this as something different. A great cultural movement soon swept through the vastness of the Xophronanir domain, calling all willing clans to wage a guerilla war against both the Ascendancy and Fellowship for the promise of glory, honor, and loot. This was particularly appealing to certain clans, especially those already founded on piracy, territorial theft, and privateering. Clan after clan would eventually join in on this conquest, adding a new dynamic to the war that would begin to solidify its longevity. Afterall, the Ascendancy expected a swift, decisive, overpowering victory over the members of the Fellowship, not a stalwart and resolute defiance, so they relaxed their efforts… only to be harrowed by the Xophronanir. The Ascendancy vied for an assimilated Universe, the Fellowship wished only to defend themselves, and the Xophronarnir sought personal gain in uncertain times.The Ascendancy War would continue on, senselessly, as an age of nearly perpetual conflict lasting for years, then decades, then centuries. The intensity of the bloodshed would fluctuate over time of course, with the very beginning, the middle of the second century, and the start of the fifth century experiencing the absolute worst this calamity has had to offer. Alternatively, the Ascendancy War has also seen two major periods of respite, the first being in the latter end of the third century, and the second being this modern era, 36,740. The past thirty years have seen a significant drop in the number of battles between the withering Ascendancy and the exhausted Fellowship, with the Xohpronanir domain now plagued by glutinous infighting. A relative lapse in the war. Though there have been whisperings of peace throughout this corner of the Universe, such a concept has become alien; far too good to believe. Unfortunately, the reality may be that this is only the calm before the next storm…
Sublight Propulsion Systems of the Sovereignty Propulsion, and the methods to achieve sustained, controlled, efficient movement in the open void has been a great driving factor for any spacefaring civilization. While Riftwell technology is absolutely essential for interstellar and even intergalactic expansion, creating reliable methods of travel within star systems is always the first step. Though a fair number of modern vessels have the capability to make short ranged Riftwell jumps between distant planets within the same system, this isn’t always practical. As such, numerous sublight propulsion systems have been created to facilitate interplanetary travel, as well as a number of other basic locomotive purposes.Most civilian-made vessels utilize a powerful, but fairly basic form of propulsion, coming in the form of fusion-based plasma engines. While an ancient concept, it’s only been in the last few thousand years that the technology and its application/execution has been fine tuned enough for regular, safe usage within an ever growing empire. In the simplest, most basic sense, these engines work by creating a sustained and controlled nuclear fusion reaction that's magnetically compressed, funneled, and expelled out the vessel as a powerful jet of high energy plasma and radiation. This provides significantly greater thrust and acceleration when compared to the ion-engines of old, while remaining extremely fuel efficient; although, it’s not without caveats. For one, maintaining this reaction in a totally controlled way requires exceptionally fine tuned systems, highly resilient alloys, and constant maintenance, among many other nuances. Vessels with these types of engines must also give each other a wide berth when accelerating, especially from behind; while an obvious precaution, this is especially prevalent due to the highly energetic and volatile wake they leave behind. This can limit the effectiveness of intra-system traffic, though the exceptional emptiness of space is often quite forgiving. There is no denying the raw power these systems can provide.Even still, these types of engines are considered somewhat crude by today’s standards, especially for the fact that a newer and much safer form of propulsion now exists. Made possible by the wondrous and surprisingly versatile material “aethrellite”, the fittingly named “aether drives” have slowly but surely outperformed fusion drives within the modern market. Aether drives are a far more exotic form of propulsion, utilizing malleable anti-gravity fields and the very fabric of the Universe itself to provide thrust. Essentially, these engines use successive rings of aethrellite to create a powerful, tube-like field anti-gravity down the length of the engine. As the ambient space-time continuum passes through this anti-gravity tube, it’s forcefully compressed, not unlike the crushing effects of natural gravity. When this compressed ‘jet’ of space-time exits the engine, it rapidly re-expands to its former density, providing thrust. Undoubtedly confusing, this concept is best compared to an atmospheric jet-engine; though instead of compressing air to provide thrust, these engines use the invisible flesh of the Universe itself. As with most things, these types of engines are not perfect, and come with a few downsides. The most obvious caveat is the fact that aethrellite, the ultimate ingredient of anti-gravity technology, is extremely expensive to make. Requiring exotic artificial elements and the perfect conditions provided by advanced laboratories, this material is not easy to afford, despite its relative commonality. Ships capable of Riftwell navigation need aethrellite for their own systems as well, and even without FTL capabilities, aethrellite is still an absolute requirement for inertial suppression. The simple fact is that the more aethrellite-based technologies a ship has on board, the more expensive and difficult to maintain it becomes. Beyond this, most modern aether drives simply can’t provide the same level of acceleration that a traditional fusion engine can.Either of these two systems are a common choice amongst civilian vessels, however, the USN’s military relies on yet another form of propulsion, one which joins both fusion and aether based engines to create a product that’s greater than the sum of its parts. These conjoined systems, referred to as “quintessence drives”, work by creating the same space-time compression ‘jets’ as an aether engine, while also injecting super-heated plasma down the chamber as a kind of afterburner. The pressure created by the aethrellite’s space-time warping significantly magnifies the thrust provided by the high energy plasma, allowing these vessels to engage in high acceleration maneuvers that are currently impossible for aether drives, and far too risky for fusion engines. Additionally, these types of engines allow for more minute changes in acceleration, giving vessels a greater degree of fine-tuned control. This simple combination so far represents the best Humanity has to offer in terms of sublight propulsion, with the only major downside being production cost and maintenance… however, the Navy of the United Sovereignty has plenty of funds to spare. Humanity may be a little far behind in certain technologies, but ship-building is not one of them.Another important aspect of propulsion is directional control and speed modulation. Maneuvers requiring great care, such as ship-to-ship docking, cargo transferences, asteroid or debris hauling, and construction in space are usually handled by much older and simpler technologies. Ship thrusters come in three main forms, those being traditional chemical thrusters, ion thrusters, or more powerful fusion thrusters. Ion thrusters are most often the weakest, providing minimal impulse and very low acceleration, but this makes them great for exceptionally high-finesse maneuvers. Ion engines work simply by firing electrically charged, low mass particles with high velocity. The most common form of thrusters are undoubtedly chemical based. Though usually a lot less fuel efficient, they are exceptionally cheap to produce and provide significantly greater impulse than ion thrusters, making them great for quick maneuvers, especially on larger vessels with greater mass. Now, fusion thrusters are, unsurprisingly, scaled down versions of a typical fusion-based engine. These thrusters undoubtedly produce the most acceleration and are very fuel efficient, but are generally more dangerous to use when other vessels are nearby; they’re also the most expensive. Ion and chemical-based thrusters are most commonly found on civilian ships, with fusion thrusters seen almost exclusively on warships. A vessel’s aethrellite grid can also act as a kind of anti-gravity thruster, essentially by pushing against the space-time medium to initiate thrust; however, this is very rarely performed, so as to reduce wear-and-tear on these expensive systems. All in all, Humanity has a lot to offer in the amount of options available for sub-light propulsion; a testament to this species’ adaptation and willingness to create.
Electrmania - An IntroductionElectromania is a planet about the size of Earth, only a little bigger. It's the year 2130, and Electromania has been a place for over 100 year now. 100 years ago, humanity created it's first robot, and set it out to explore newer worlds. It came back half a year later to reveal what would soon be the spectacular planet. It had many new resources, such as Electrite, which would greatly aid in technological development. Mankind assembled a ship to be launched, with the robot, 5,000 people, and some resources to create habitat on this new, promising planet. It landed, setup camp, and began working on settling there. Having more experience than the first time man settled, they quickly got to where Earth was, and as if they were not shooting off enough, began more automation, such as the development of research, companion, worker bots, and many more! This greatly helped every bit of research and development, and sense then, Electromania has been known for it's extended research, and low economic footprint, as well as highly advanced tech. Soon, inventions and discoveries began exploding, and sure enough, in just ten years, the world began to advance further than anyone had ever imagined. The world had skyscrapers with vines growing up the side, trees on the medians generating electricity for the city, robot garbage collectors, delivery bots, Hololight displays, 500+ MPH EV MotorBikes, and so much more. 15 Years in. Electromania has become a stable, and well sorted out civilization among the stars. It has become a monument of humankind's accomplishment, something truly beautiful, something they valued more than anything. Now developed, was better AI, artificial contentiousness, the CORE network, more green solutions, advanced trash collection and disposal, robotic government, and a world in which humans, and robots, can live in together without violence. Mankind's best attempt at making a perfect world. Sure, it will never be perfect, and they know that, but they sure try hard to get it as close as they can! 20 Years in. Elecrtomania has finalized it's fully digital, non inflating currency, as well as sharpened the Government, and moderation to a finished product. Things are looking green, both economically, and literally. The humans and robots have worked together, sense the beginning, to make tech in this world work well with nature. Things have never looked so good, and both humans, and robots, could not be happier with their success. 30 Years in. Electromania's tech explosion begins to halt, and the world begins to take it's form like it would for the next 70 years. Here is where the world began to become what it is today. A beautiful, green, tech heaven. Now that we have gotten this far, there seems to be nothing humans and bots cannot do together. Now to present day. Here is the life that a user may have in the Metaverse. You wake up, and everything happens around you. Your shades open up, your morning coffee is made, and your smart contact lens tells you what your morning looks like. You do downstairs, and find your home robot has made you breakfast, and is working on cleaning your house. You eat while browsing the latest news with your smart lens simply by thinking, and then head outside. Once you exit, you find a robot has come to collect your trash, and wishes you a good day as you step in to an autonomous taxi to leave for work. You set your phone down on a wireless charging pad, and listen to your favorite podcast through the Core network in your headphones at over 1TB a second. These headphones are Hololigh casted over your head by the neuro implant in your brain. Once you arrive at work, you step out of the robot taxi, and walk into your work building. On the way in, you say hi to your robot friend as you booth walk through the entrance, and are automatically signed in, and go up to your office. On the way out, you tell your bot friend that you are going to get on the latest MMO afterward, and step back into your taxi. Having got home, the door unlocks, and you walk in your home. It's clean, cozy, nice smelling, and your home read your mind, and has the console already booted up, and running the new game. You ask your home robot who is on his dock if he would like to get in. He gets up, and sits next to you in the couch. You say hi, and thank him for all his help, as he fires up the game on his HUD. Your headphones come back out again, this time with a mic, and your friends are invited to the party. After a truly epic gaming session, you meet back up with your friend in the back alleyway beside a new restaurant. Sure, he cannot eat, but you two like hanging out. As you chat in the alleyway, a Robo Sweeper comes by, sucking up the street's filth. A GDB robot comes in, and dumps the alleyway's trash into his compactor, says hi, compacts, and treads back out. After chatting a bit, you and your friend walk inside, and are directed to sit down at a table by your smart lens. A few minutes after you are seated, a robot comes up to you, and says that your request will come in a moment. What you wanted was detected when you walked in. You chat a little longer, and then the bot comes back in, and sets down a perfect looking meal in front of you. "Looks delicious!" You say back. "My pleasure!" The robot says back placing your drink. After you eat, you get up and leave, as your order has been paid. You can't help but look through the windows however as a Bin Bot scoops all the refuse into his trash can mouth. A little bit later, a Cleanse 9 robot comes by, and washes the table clean of filth. You go back home, and the bed is automatically made, and music begins playing when you enter. Even the smart lighting is a cozy purple. You sit down in bed, your clothes are replaced with new ones around you, and you fall asleep. -One of the billions of user's average day Anyway, that's a small taste of what this amazing planet has, and we can't wait to have you! Thanks for looking in, and if you'd like an end copy, DM me. As of now, it's free! Finally, I would love to do a Co-Op with anyone who is interested, and I would LOVE to use your Trash Bots! I like having some social bits in it, and even have some friends in it. Thanks so much for reading, have a great day user!...
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