Incident at Trakan

Introducing a Free Ebook in The Unity Wars Universe

To Strike at the Enemy’s Heart

The M’tait are a mystery.  The galaxy teems with peoples alien to each other, but the M’tait are an implacable, inscrutable force of destruction and terror.  They do not communicate.  They appear, they destroy, they take, and they vanish.

The Tyrus Cluster has become the latest target.  Entire worlds are reeling from the violence.  And so a young strategos of the Sparat system gathers a strike force.  He believes he has located one of their logistics bases.  And he wants to destroy it.

But even he is not ready for what awaits the strike force in the Trakan System.  And the M’tait are not the only danger…

Exclusive for Newsletter Subscribers

With Incident at Trakan, you get a glimpse at events that will shape the series to come.  What happens at Trakan will deeply affect a character whose decisions afterward will rock the galaxy.

You can download the ebook for free when you sign up for the Free Newsletter.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your copy today!

The Military Brotherhoods – The Confraternity of the Starship and Sword

 

Origin

The Confraternity is a relatively new Military Brotherhood, but it is also one of the fastest growing.  Relatively poor as far as such organizations go, the brothers of the Confraternity are eager to make their mark.  Given the Confraternity’s somewhat dubious origin, this has made a number of planets extremely wary of them, but they have acquitted themselves well, putting their past successfully behind them.

Unlike the Caractacan Brotherhood, the Confraternity has no one founder.  The First Brothers were in fact a mercenary company working the Sobretan Circuit.  The Circuit is perhaps misnamed; there is no formal agreement as to what systems comprise it, and many trouble spots that are considered parts of it are actually outside the Sobretan Sector.  Many of the worlds on the Circuit are perpetual flashpoints, many of them jointly colonized by outsystem factions that then had a falling out.  They are not necessarily always made up of different races, either.  Some of the nastiest wars have been human on human, or forvak on forvak.

Some of the older members of Rheloman’s Company, a mix of humans, forvaks, gordoks, and sefkhit, were talking one day, and hatched on the plan to start their own Military Brotherhood.  No one can be sure of their exact motivation.  The Confraternity’s founding documents are full of high ideals and a story about the First Brothers’ weariness at the constant wars and corruption they had seen.  Some of it is doubtless true.  There are other tales told, however, that the Confraternity was an attempt by the First Brothers to win some greater legitimacy among higher-paying clientele.  It could even have been conceived as a front to allow for quick smash-and-grab robberies of rich clients who let the Confraternity in out of trust.  A Military Brotherhood is far more respectable than a Private Military Company, in many eyes. Continue reading

Alien Anthropology – The Triamic

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.

History

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 Military Brotherhoods – The Caractacan Brotherhood

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.

Origin

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

Galactic History: The Qinglong Wars

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