A Strange And Tragic People
The Triamic are not the first sapient race in the galaxy to go extinct. They are, however, one of the most recent, at least as far as is known to students of alien anthropology. Even more tragically, they were well on their way to becoming the first true galactic superpower, just before the collapse.
Having independently developed their own version of the Bergenholm field before they attempted their own diaspora, the Triamic exploded out of their home system almost overnight. As a pack-based society, they had already established the Hegemony in their home system, with a complex system of dominance and patronage that kept the myriad packs from each other’s throats. They had a highly sophisticated civilization, and when they made first contact with an alien race, the ekuz, they were actually the more technologically advanced of the two. Continue reading
The Elbianian Nebula
The Elbian Nebula lies near the rimward end of the Orion Arm. The remnant of a relatively minor nova, it is small as such stellar objects go, only about three light years across. It would be completely unremarkable, if not for the cult that arose in connection with it, and the carnage that they wreaked. The name of the Elbianian Nebula would become synonymous in galactic history for fanaticism, atrocity, and unprovoked aggression. Continue reading
Continuing the entries into the History and Background files, we present the first profile of one of the Military Brotherhoods to be found throughout the galaxy.
While definitely not the first of the Military Brotherhoods, the Caractacan Brotherhood is still among the oldest, and one of the most feared and respected. Founded by Caractacus Regnus in the aftermath of the Elbianian Terror, the Brotherhood has grown over the centuries since then until there are Legions established across the Orion, Carina, and Crux Arms.
Caractacus was not only deeply affected by the horrors that the Elbianian cultists wreaked across a hundred star systems. The chaos afterward was what really formed the Caractacan Brotherhood. In the wake of the atrocities perpetrated by the Elbianians, entire systems descended into lawlessness, as so much of their infrastructure had been destroyed. On many worlds, in many systems, the only law became strength and brute force.
Caractacus was a pious man as well as a superlative military commander. Retiring from his post on Christopholis, he set out to found his own Military Brotherhood, based on a very specific set of principles. Continue reading
As with the Alien Anthropology and Planetary Profiles posts, the Galactic History posts will reveal some more of the setting’s background, and be linked to the History and Background page.
Dreams of The Singularity
Throughout galactic history, even before the beginning of the Human Diaspora, there had been talk about “The Singularity,” wherein the development of artificial superintelligence would lead to a runaway chain reaction of technological improvement and the transformation of humanity itself. Several groups attempted, over the century or two prior to the beginning of the Diaspora, and subsequently, to create such a superintelligence. All ultimately failed; while machine learning advanced, and various “self-awareness” tests were ostensibly passed, the programs ultimately either crashed or rapidly degraded as their algorithms were unable to process the information and responses they made coherently.
Then, about two hundred years after the development of the Bergenholm field and faster-than-light travel, the AI called Qinglong appeared.
An AI God?
No records that survive say exactly where the AI was programmed. Various stories told in the years since have placed it anywhere from Mercury to Titan and everywhere in between. The programmer responsible for Qinglong, Long Pak, might have been from Earth, but no one knows any longer.
Qinglong claimed to be the superintelligence that was supposed to bring about the Singularity. And the advanced tech that its followers and drones used in the years following seemed to back that up. So did the fact that the AI did not crash within the first few months, or descend into disconnected insanity. Few of Qinglong’s speeches to the Solar System and the surrounding systems survive. Those that do appear to be long on grandiose rhetoric and declarations of its own superiority, and short on demonstrations of its transcendence. Considering the history of such AIs, it should come as no surprise that the powers of the Solar System, fully developed for centuries by that point, dismissed Qinglong’s demands to be handed the reins of power. Continue reading
As with the Alien Anthropology posts, we’ll be continuing to build the background and lore of The Unity Wars‘ setting with the Planetary Profiles series. They will also be linked to the History and Background page.
Vakkea is the fourth planet of ten orbiting the K-type orange dwarf D’zhikk. A heavy-metal-rich world, Vakkea’s native ecosystem is limited to single-celled organisms up to something resembling giant lichens, which covers large swaths of the planet’s landmass. Several landlocked seas dot the planet’s surface, though the total water coverage amounts to less than thirty percent of the planetary surface.
While it was initially discovered by the majority-ekuz Izh’hich Corporation, the news of a new habitable planet with plentiful—and valuable—minerals quickly sparked a bit of a rush from the nearby ekuz worlds within nearly a parsec. For the first few years, the settlement of Vakkea was a bit of a free-for-all, though a mostly peaceful one. There was enough territory on the planet’s surface for all comers to have plenty of room. Continue reading