In the thousands of years of galactic history, no single power capable has ever been of exerting its influence farther than a few light years. The expanses of space are too vast, the sheer military and logistical demands of ruling entire star systems too great. To build enough ships and recruit enough soldiers was prohibitive, even with the resources of an entire star system.
Until now. A sinister force has arisen on the edge of the galaxy. It wields technology that might just grant it galactic domination. And Valdek is in its crosshairs.
When a plea for help from the planet Valdek reaches the Caractacan Brotherhood, the ancient order of peerless warriors is quick to respond. Their Code demands it. To fight for the weak and defenseless is their purpose. And Centurion Erekan Scalas has lived that Code through ten years and countless battles.
But even he isn’t ready for what they face on Valdek. An enemy as inhuman and ruthless as any in the thousands of years of galactic history has descended on the beleaguered world, intent on conquest. An army of men who swarm like ants, and all have the same face…
The First Galactic War Has Begun
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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
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