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|Sep 19, 2010, 10:53 PM||#41|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Land of Cobblestone and Mist
I mentioned two systems because I was thinking about the second system in my first post 's description section that had construction probes in it building a station in advance for when the science vessel that was going to be designed built and then sent to gather more detailed information on the system arrived.
|Sep 20, 2010, 06:23 AM||#42|
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
To be placed where and when, at Lord Iggy's discression.
Ulla / Daftpanzer
Forces: Basically none. Weapons are used to defend crops from giant herbivores, to subdue rogue/crazy individuals, and in (usually) non-lethal ceremonial combat. To impose one's will on a sound-minded being, by any means, is considered contrary to Rou, or 'the flow'.
Technology: The wonder of the age, an FTL drive has been created within just 66 'earth years' after the first 'manned' space flight. Other hotspots are computers, robotics, recycling, materials and biology, all based around a comparatively-advanced grasp of nano-technology.
(famous self-portait of Maulaur Lub Obau, the great Ullau artist)
Spoiler for Form:
Spoiler for Nature:
Spoiler for Function:
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|Sep 20, 2010, 06:50 AM||#43|
Join Date: Jan 2006
The base Lauki, while useful in plenty of situations, proved to be inefficient as a combat soldier on their own. Upon her return from Uex Oau'Noc reconnected with Ma'Autra and spread her knowledge to the nation. Her knowledge from this first contact, from projectile weapons to basic diplomacy, was invaluable to Ma'Autra as it could be used for later contacts. They had learned that diplomacy was key to probing societies in the galactic community. With this knowledge they began creating knew 'classes' of Lauki in the labs to better perform at these new tasks. The system of creating a new Lauki for most tasks stuck with Ma'Autra and for the past 89 annuals there have been a number of new Lauki classes formed.
Jun'Lauki (Scientist) - these Lauki are much thinner and taller than their counterparts. Large heads and brains with thin bodies. They lack wings entirely and are not meant for any form of strenuous activity. Their four arms are much more developed for fine work, having four fingered hands including a thumb they are much more adept at doing the finer things of sciences. They are a pale white color with hints of the original beige in accents. They are the only Lauki capable of independent thought, and thus selective breeding, but they remain ultraloyal to the Maus.
Rax'Lauki (Ultra Warrior) - the Rax are the first special breed of Lauki for warfare. After studying the efficiencies of the Uex on the battlefield the Maus developed them to be the ultimate warriors. The average Lauki stands around five feet tall, while the Rax stand nearly eight feet high. They have much larger and stronger upper arms while the mid-body arms have shrunk and are barely useful anymore. They're appear humanoid. They built for strength, speed and aggressiveness. They no longer have wings. Their bodies have much stronger exo-skeletons which allow them to take damage from projectile weapons at a much more sustainable rate than the original Lauki were observed able to. Their eyes are developed to allow for infrared vision. While they are the superior warriors of the Ma'Autra they are only in small numbers. Unlike the other Lauki they take years to develop to maturity, and breed on a much smaller scale. Rax are also used by Ma'Autra to pilot vehicles and command all other Lauki on the battlefield. They have a purple/red tint to their exoskeleton.
Kau'Lauki (Diplomat) - while similar to the Jun'Lauki they have a much more specialized role. They have advanced vocalization abilities which allow them to learn and speak languages of other galactic civilizations. They are not as developed mentally so while they can communicate on their own they still need the general orders of a Maus. They appear a silvery color and have mouths that allow for more emotions to show.
The base Lauki still remains as the majority work and military force.
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|Sep 20, 2010, 07:01 AM||#44|
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
The Home System of the Ullau
Ollu is a gentle orange/yellow star in the comfortable middle of its life cycle. Only three true planets have survived in this system...
Lae is a very large solid planet, with a thick corrosive atmosphere and roasting surface. It may be considered a 'super venus', although the chemistry is a little more metallic. It orbits at an extreme tilt, with one pole locked towards Ollu at all times, the other in perpetual darkness. Atmospheric convection tends to even out the temperatures regardless.
Aere and Urrae are the barren moons of Lae, each a little smaller than Earth's moon, but similar in composition. It is believed at least one of them may have formed from a 'glancing' collision between Lae and a wandering proto-planet.
Eulla has over four times earth mass, and has a planetary ocean that is no shallower than 20 miles in any place. It is rather warm, the water held liquid by the pressure of the thick atmosphere. Undersea eruptions often cause large muddy stains in the otherwise dazzling turquoise surface. This water is unfortunately toxic to all but simple nano-bacteria. Natural processes on the planet tend to remove oxygen and various useful organic compounds.
Naellae is the moon of Eulla, and is the home of the Ullau. Naellae has less than two thirds Earth's mass. This is still a rather large mass ratio for a moon; the leading theory is that Eulla and Naellae re-formed after a giant collision completely destroyed a larger 'mother planet'. Naellae is blessed with water and organic compounds, with plenty of oxygen added by bacteria in this world's first four billion years. Continental plates run a little slowly, but smoothly distribute internal heat. The giant blue planet Eulla features prominently in the skies, and remains a thing of reverence. There are very large tides on all coastal regions of Naellae, with vast areas covered by mud-flats and towering mangrove-analogues. The atmosphere is about the same density as Earth's, but the lower gravity has allowed nature to get away with taller plants and more bizarre flying creatures, including many flying fish-analogues. The atmosphere has also made things like airships more practical for the Ullau. Currently, the water and land are arranged so that there are no major deserts or glaciers. The largest land mass holds 90% of the major cities, while many traditional tribal societies persist on smaller islands.
Sree is a large, frozen, muddy snowball world, with roughly three Earth masses. It has an atmosphere of gases blown out by massive volcanic eruptions, but is far enough from Ollu that the surface temperatue and pressure prevent water from melting, most of the time. There have been no eruptions in recent memory, but signs of biology have been found in old deposits, where water briefly melts and forms geisers. Some speculate that bacteria exist further down beneath the crust.
Gaere and Galla are a pair of Brown Dwarfs, or 'Sub-stellar Objects', orbiting around a common centre of gravity, which in turn orbits the star Ollu at a safe distance. Telescopes are needed to see them from Naellae. Nonetheless, they are responsible for scattering most of the outer gas and dust from Ollu during its early life, leaving behind only the rocky inner planets; the Ullau were amazed to detect so many 'gas giants' in other systems. Both are dozens of times heavier than Jupiter, though gravity keeps them roughly the same diameter as that. Neither has sufficient mass to fuse hydrogen for very long, although Garra is currently undergoing a cycle of activity.
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|Sep 20, 2010, 07:24 AM||#45|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: In a blue box
I have heard it said;
Once long ago - that
the suns sang songs
of Great Things.
AYN REICH, AYN VOLK, AYN RAND
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|Sep 20, 2010, 08:26 AM||#46|
KING OF MEESE
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Hall of the Moose King
Seeing the Lauki warriors makes me want Disopteran knights.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind.
|Sep 20, 2010, 09:47 AM||#48|
The Truth and the Lie
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Miami, Florida
The Black Lair
The mammoth sized creature stalked slowly along the long, forsaken stretch of desert wasteland that lay before it. It had been near two days since it last tasted and felt the fresh cool of water, and the sands in its area, upon which it would normally feast on, were extremely devoid of any nutrients...
The world it inhabited was unforgiving; no other creature could be seen anywhere beyond the hills of sand.
This creature itself, one of the largest and naturally most dominant of the species on the planet, a Mhemp, had strayed from its herd... those reasons unknown, what mattered was only that it would soon succumb to the call of this dying world. It's defenses were few; as a quadruped, the usual strategy was to loom over and stomp upon any other lifeforms with the herd, but even without this as an option, it would be extremely rare to stumble upon some predatory being, as near every lifeforms nourished itself from the sands.. yet even that was slowly dying away.
After a heat-wrenching trek, the creature came upon what seemed to be some sort of cave, yet camouflaged well by the whirling sands. It seemed a storm was on the horizon, and an enclosed space appeared the best shelter for what was to come. As the creature crept inside, the light began to dim as the darkness grew and grew...
Adjusting to the darkness, the creature stood perplexed inside the cavern; it did not move, and only listened for any signs of life. Deeper still into the tunnel, a small drip-drop echoed out, at a rhythmic pace... instinctively, the being continued on towards the sound.
Reaching the source of the echo, the mhemp was more confused then before... there was no sign of water with the little sight available, and the actual location of the drip was difficult to determine. Listening more attentively, the sound was pinpointed towards a meagre puddle near a corner of the cavern, where drops had fallen from above to collect themselves inside a small crater. The creature hunched over and, extending its long, winding tongue, lapped up some of liquid. The taste was putrid, bitter... it was not the smooth, refreshing water that had been so hoped for.
Still, due to a natural curiosity, the creature looked upwards towards where the drops had formed. It was difficult to see through the pervading darkness, but soon, the being could make out some kind of form... it was as if some entirely different creature was clinging to the ceiling. The mhemp retreated a few paces in a blinding fear, but immediately came to realize that whatever was up there, it did not stir. Still, it once again stayed put, not for a second removing its eyes from whatever seemed to be glued there. Drop after drop continued to fall into the small pool.
After a few moments, the mhemps vision had adjusted to just about as good as it possibly would get, and it could distinguish a more accurate shape of the creature. It could see that it was of a considerable size compared to the other lifeforms on the planet; in fact one of the reasons the huge mhemp was so stricken with fear was that it had never before seen a creature of that size or shape. It could make out what seemed to be long, thin claws and a protruding tail, or even two. There seemed to be another tail, or something of that sort, perpendicular from the first.
The mhemp could not comprehend nor completely understand what it was seeing; why it was not moving, or the true dimensions of its outline. In reality, the reptilian creature on the ceiling was impaled through it's body on a stalactite, blood dripping into the crater below. But even if the curious creature would have had the capacity to understand what it faced, it would not have mattered once it heard the sharp, screeching growl which exploded from behind.
In one swipe, the mammoth's hind legs were torn from its torso, blood and tissues splatting unto the walls as the titan collapsed. Less than a second later, and with barely a moan let out from the huge beast, the predator lounged, mouth open, at it's face.. sharp jagged teeth dug into the eyes and nasal passages, and with a dry crunch, the mhemp was dead.
The predator, in any other circumstance, would have left the body to rot as a grim trophy of some sort, or as a message for other creatures to stay away from it's territory, as it had done with the creature of its own kind, stapled to the ceiling above.. but Skriv who think in this fashion are few and far in-between. While such an easy meal proved extremely counter intuitive of it's natural drive to hunt outside of it's lair, ultimately, food was food.
Digging it's claws unto the mammoths body, the reptilian slowly dragged it deeper into its black lair, where no light dared to enter.
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|Sep 20, 2010, 01:02 PM||#49|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: White House
ooc: Yay... 100th post.
|Sep 20, 2010, 08:45 PM||#50|
The Bloody Banner
Join Date: Jul 2006
Iggy, the Sadhilim don't really bother with place-names beyond which clan owns what, so either the Fehan can name our system or the name of the dominate clan on the planet will suffice. Clan names (and basic place names, which are participles "being owned by the [clan name]")
Beware ye who fight monsters, lest ye become one. For when you stare too long into the abyss, the abyss stares also into you.
|Sep 20, 2010, 10:09 PM||#51|
Natural Killer Cyborg
Join Date: Jun 2002
"Tenoderan Collective" (somewhat official name, used in scientific and professional circles, though "Tenoderan Organism" has some traction among newer pioneers in Tenoderan research; most common name is the local colloquialism for bug)/Azale
Species: Tenoderans; a bug people most closely resembling a 5', biped praying mantis. A supplement to the exoskeleton is provided once the force of the planet's gravity becomes a strain, in the form of support skeleton made of a durable resource abundant on the bug homeworld. There is speculation that a "queen"-like entity governs the body of Tenoderans, though this is hotly debated.
Forces: Supreme organizational skills, high population, inability to (or the absence of the wish to) communicate other than through the selective use of a computer program to relay unparsed & blunt communiques before annihilation of an indigenous species in their way. They are not a super race however, there have been recorded victories in pitched battles and even, temporarily, in wars.
Technology: At the moment no FTL capabilities, but the Tenoderans have been known to unleash new technological capabilities from what appears to be no prior technological base or any kind of accumulation of knowledge on the timescale needed for other species. Evidence of this can be seen in the use of advanced infantry weaponry, land-to-space artillery, and aviation skills that place the Tenoderans as perhaps the most fierce warriors of the Probetheun System.
"The Tenoderans are an aggressive and extremely intelligent race of insects that have a established extensive colonies in recent centuries. The Tenoderans are incapable of pity, remorse, or kindness. They exist solely to further their own existence and to ravage our lands for our species transgressions. To this end, the Prophet has persuaded the Tenoderans to help free us from our sins by promising to give them ripe new worlds to infest." - Preface to the First Edition of The Hive of Isravil by ETH al-Buana Kiad Naseed, Year 1081 AL
It must be noted that since the Tenoderans do not talk or have a written language, all names are supplied by learned men in other planets of the system. Thus, everything I will write about the Tenoderans will be from the point of view of other species, most prominently those in their immediate path. There are many different viewpoints on the significance of the appearance of the Tenoderans. Some believe the bugs are voracious, unstoppable monsters; others see them as the bringers of some religious apocalypse; and a third group as the embodiment of some ascetic enlightenment, unemcumbered by greed and want, spreading civilization and true reason.
@Iggs, I would prefer to be more isolated in placement if possible. No real color preferences. Need anything else elucidated? I'm kinda just throwing stuff against the wall here and hoping it works!
|Sep 21, 2010, 11:35 AM||#52|
Join Date: Jan 2006
“Aul amoc.” they chanted. Repeatedly they shouted in rhythm the one truth of the Ma'Autra. Mother provides is their creed, their battle cry, it is the voice of the Lauki and the whim of the Maus.
She provides none the less than everything, she is nature incarnate, she is Ma'Autra. The eternal bond that gives the strength to carry onward to the stars. To protect the order and if need be establish it again. Against the grain they march, in vast numbers the likes of which never seen by those they come across. Foundations in roots they are, but an intimate link with the natural order of things.
“Aul amoc” they chant again. Louder, with more power behind it with every passing moment in time. They come closer to their prey. With every second they come closer. The flutter of wings, the horrendous sounds of mass. The clicking of mandibles echo across the galaxy as the pureness of their weaponry shocks those that stand defiant.
Worlds fall again to the natural way. Forests reborn through conquest. Fires of industry extinguished by the same force that fueled them, replaced by the constant strangle of vines. She has no concept of wrong, only a concept of how the universe should be. Pure, clean, green.
It was not to our understand what this threat was when it appeared. We had only flirted with the ideas of life beyond our own planet, and we had no idea that it would be hostile and cold as these are. They swarm with such beauty. - Uexian writer during the Battle of Uex
|Sep 21, 2010, 12:36 PM||#53|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Where ever you want me to be
Allentryen time scales:
1 year: 350 days (10 months)
1 month: 35 days (7 weeks)
1 day: 26 hours
1 week: 5 days.
Just for clarification.
|Sep 21, 2010, 06:03 PM||#54|
Penguin in a Human Suit
Join Date: Jun 2005
Things are going great! Here's the latest update of the pre-Update 1 map. I'm starting to work out what sort of backstory this region has, but it's still very flexible. Mostly, right now, it's just work on chronology.
The system at which the Amur probes are construction a station is the very same one that holds Nurm-Tok.
I've expanded known Fehan space to include the nascent Sadhilim Confederation.
Nuxue is named on the map, and a Tapani vessel 'Assani' is shown in the same system.
Also, say hi to the new arrivals.
|Sep 21, 2010, 06:36 PM||#55|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Looks amazing, Lord_Iggy.
Place me wherever.
Species: The Kog'Vlad are parasites to the last, whose size once fully grown range from 3ft. to 10ft in height. They stand on four legs, similar to many beasts. They produce an acid that is deadly from their mouths not unlike spit which is often used as a weapon, a projectile, used to capture and kill prey. They also are parasites, feeding off blood. In fact, the more blood a Kog'Vlad intakes, the more large and powerful it is, until it is killed. Once killed, Kog'Vlad's will leak little small eggs that form the basic cells for new Kog'Vlads. In this way, Kog'Vlad are asexual.
Forces: Kog'Vlads are carnivorous and will prey on the weak, even their own at times. They are bloodthirsty almost ever. They prefer to fight directly, and with much back and force clawing and spitting of the acid.
Technology: Kog'Vlad is relatively behind compared to other places in the galaxy, with no outer-planet, nor FTL travel. After emerging from a relative dark age, a winter of death, the Kog'Vlads are looking to be expanding into the sciences and the other arts at a rate faster than ever before, and doubtlessly will soon catch up.
Description: Kog'Vlads are under a single large, power Kog'Vlad, oft recalled to as the JD, or the Emperor. They work together on large projects in union. Not very often are the individual focused, outside extremely power or smart of their kind. They have just emerged from a Dark Age, a time of many Emperors, but the future looks bright of them.
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|Sep 21, 2010, 06:49 PM||#56|
Penguin in a Human Suit
Join Date: Jun 2005
Species: Colossal gas-giant dwellers, the Choon range from a mere 20 meters in length, to over a kilometer in some of the greatest of the grandmothers. Their bodies are oblong spheroids, encased in a semi-flexible carapace, with stiff, elabourate antler-like structures where one might expect to see wings on a bird. Seven eyes, vertical slits, cluster around the front, while tremendous long spikes extend out of their backs. A very long, whiplike tail develops at the rear of the animal, often extending multiple times the length of the body. Below, carapace plates conceal a tremendous mass of tentacles, deep within which is hidden a fearsome maw. Further back, a cavernous space spawns masses of dronelike young, near-absent minds tied to that of their mother. Much of the rest of the bodily interior is filled with a tremendous mass of spongy material, providing buoyancy for these titanic creatures.
All Choon start off as simple drones. Cannibalizing fellow Choon serves not only as a method of fertilization, but also allows predatory individuals to gain the solid-stored mind and memories of the deceased. Doing so facilitates further mental and physical development, allowing them to become some of the privileged few to reach adulthood.
Romantic and sentimental as often as they are heartless and supercilious, the Choon seem to be rife with contradictions. Many wander the universe without direction, or like a child wandering from toy to toy. Those who interact with other species do so in a variety of ways. Some terrorize primitive populations, others contact only a select few, while still others manipulate those they contact, for amusement, a sense of charity, or more obscure purposes.
Forces: The Choon conduct combat either from a distance, through the release of hordes of 'small'drones, or more directly, usually in a manner involving humongous tentacles and ingestion.
Technology: Advanced Hyperspatial Technology has been provided by the mysterious benefactors who named the Choon, but beyond this they have nothing in the way of science to further develop these ideas, though they are quite capable of modifying and developing new designs based on already-known concepts.
Description: For a presumably massive, untold length of time, the Choon have lived their lives, involved in personal feuds, or wandering alone composing stories for themselves, and generally living a stagnant existence. They have been sentient for orders of magnitude longer than the oldest of the grandmothers, the most ancient and largest surviving Choon, but history is typically of little interest to the Choon, who often have difficulty dealing outside of the present tense. It has only been recently that these creatures have gained an amount of advanced technology, and it is not of native origin. Mysterious outsiders bestowed upon them the ability to travel between the planets and the stars, and several other useful pieces of equipment. The Choon replicate and make slight modifications, but they do not innovate. They have made use of their new technologies to spread out, typically to avoid the constant threat of cannibalization on the homeworld, or to satisfy their own stimulational cravings. Being already adapted to survive on a very wide variety of pressures on their homeworld, they are actually capable of interstellar travel with very minimal equipment.
|Sep 22, 2010, 11:45 AM||#57|
Join Date: Jan 2006
The darkness of space holds mysteries beyond even the comprehension of Ma'Autra. In their exploration and conquest there were the occasional ruins of long lost civilizations, collapsed under their own greed and misuse of nature. Defeated by their own ignorance. But not this one, not this one.
A fleet exited the jump from FTL travel into a new system on the fringe of Ma'Autra space. Scans showed no life forms of any kind, but a high concentration of organics from past millenia. They were curious to study these planets for any information on those long fallen, to find out how and when it happened and what kind of bastardization these creatures were.
A frozen planet, similar in size to the Earth, sat still and quite. Long since dead to the universe. Scans of the planet showed massive structures half buried in rock and ice, of unnatural origin. Interestingly designed structures with perfect symmetry based around pyramid type central structures. Knowledge must be gathered for Ma'Autra but great care had to be taken with such a hazardous terrain as this. So in a display of magnificent power the three large ships that made the fleet landed on a frozen sea near one of the structures. Setting down with a thunderous boom as dust flew up and ice crackled beneath the enormous weight of the ships.
A side hangar opened on the main ship, letting out a few small vehicles which hovered over a bluish energy field. The Ma'Autra made certain that their vehicles would never disturb the soil. Within these transport vessels were groups of Lauki with every task, from the Jun to the Kau, it was a capable and competent group for an exploration mission. Leading the group was a single Rax'Lauki.
“She commands for information on these structures.” he let the others know in his much more dominate voice. The normal Lauki cower at the sound of a Rax while the Jun and Kau bow and proceed.
The transport moved across the frozen landscape towards what appeared to be an entrance barely visible in the side of a cliff face on the edge of the frozen sea. They could see ahead of them what appeared to be a large metal entry way, a door of seven feet in height, the Rax was not amused by the smallness of these ancients.
“You'll have to crouch.” one of the Kau smirks at the Rax. Being the only breed capable of smartassery and sarcasm. The Rax found no humor, nor does he fully understand it, in this comment and struck the Kau. Destroying his head and leaving him lifeless on the floor of the transport. Murder wasn't much a crime against the lower castes of the system. The Lauki hid their fear from their commander in this instance however, because fear is a sign of weakness that is punishable with death.
The ship reached the doorway and halted. Allowing the crew to attempt to enter this quite massive building. Reaching up to the heavens it could be no shorter than two hundred stories. The Jun had assumed it would be a difficult task to open the door but to their surprise it opened for them when they came near it. It seemed impossible that this structure remained active eons after the end of the civilization that built it. Rax seemed certain this was a trap and commanded his soldiers at the ready. They all readied their weapons as they entered the doorway.
Beyond the door was a long hall, seven foot high and five wide, completely dark and void of life. As one of the little Lauki stepped into the hall it lit up as lights buzzed on all the way down the hall. Showing them the silver-blue interior of this building. They walked onwards up the hall, which had a slight incline, until they reached a larger room. More halls and doorways in most directions from this locations showed just how large this place was. In the center of the room was am odd shaped pyramid type object. One of the Jun examined it, careful to not touch it.
“It is a machine.”
“What type of machine?” the Rax boomed back at him.
“I'm not su...” he tried to reply but a loud bang made them all stop.
The room they stood in began to turn clockwise it seemed, but then it did something else entirely. The roof of the room opened up revealing a long shaft upwards and at the top the sky could be seen in it's pale white state. The platform that had been turning now was going vertically towards the top of the shaft, taking the entire team with it. The Rax pressed a button on his chest, causing curved shaped metals to raise from his back armor and form a helmet of sorts. Covering his eyes, neck and skull, lighting up a faint red over his eye covering. He scanned for heat signatures, the main use of his visor, but everything was cold and no life forms were present.
“What is this!” he roared in anger as the platform reached the top level of the structure. Revealing to them a hologram of a cloaked humanoid figure in a circular room with windows on all the walls. The top of the shaft sealed up again and the Rax screamed a command at the hologram.
“Where have you brought us!” he said.
His heat sensors could not pick up anything from the room, which was just as cold as the planet itself. But the hologram seemed to know as it released a flash of heat which cause a bright insensitive to the eyes of the Rax putting him into agony for a moment. The hologram laughed in a feminine voice. It turned to face the group revealing under the hood a face of a smooth, feminine face with larger eyes than a human but otherwise similar characteristics. She pulled down the cloaks hood and revealed a bald head and no ears. The group panicked and in their frustration she studied their language.
“I know why you are here. I've studied the systems onboard your ships. You've come to steal things from me.” she spoke to them in their tongue. On of the Kau walked forward with a bit of hesitation, but he knew his place was to communicate efficiently.
“We are the Union, we conquer this planet in the name of our mother. All artifacts belong to her.” he said confidently.
“Is that so?” she replied. She motioned with her hands to the window where the landed ships could be seen a little ways out on the ice. Suddenly the top of the structure lit up and sent out a concentrated beam of energy into one of the ships rip a hole through it and causing a catastrophic explosion. Killing the Maus onboard.
“Nooooo...” the Rax and others yelled in harmony as one of their mothers died. “You will pay for this!” the Rax exclaimed. He ordered a couple of Lauki to destroy the hologram but as they approached similar yet small beams of light ripped through them both.
“Your mother means nothing to me. I am beyond your mother in every way.” she spoke with a powerful voice this time. One of the Jun approached her.
“What are you?” he said.
She smirked. “I am One.”
“What is your purpose?”
“I am the coagulation of my precursors. I am all that they were and more. I never die. I am beyond your nature. I am a goddess of infinite potential.”
“You are artificial!”
“You are not.” she giggled.
“I am nature perfected, you are an abomination upon the galaxy. You must be destroyed.”
“Nature perfected leaves nature behind and becomes greater than it. You are heathens compared to my enlightenment. Your destructive ways will end you. You are not the first of your kind, nor will you be the last.” she turned away from them. “Leave my planet and never return. Do this and I may allow your 'civilization' to survive. Heed my warning for I will destroy all of your mother if you do not.”
“We understand.” the Jun said only to be pushed aside by the Rax.
“Mother commands execution of our orders. You belong to mo-” before the Rax could finish his statement his body painted the walls of the room.
“I am supreme. My gift of mercy is your last chance to evolve. If you return I will execute your mother.”
The lights inside the structure shut off and the hologram vanishes. The top of the structure opens up above them allowing for an escape route. The remaining two ships leave, the Maus had heard the entire conversation. You don't live this long without learning lessons. The frozen world behind them was superior...for now.
|Sep 22, 2010, 01:45 PM||#58|
Penguin in a Human Suit
Join Date: Jun 2005
Awesome Lucky! It's great to see the Lauki getting more characterization!
And now, returning from DaftNES4:
Child of the Illustrious Voidwalk
The Dancer sinks ever onward into the void. The prior place is already a memory, now a factor only of the interior mind, and not of the exterior body.
The Dancer sings a song to herselves. The stars about form an elegant tapestry. Invisible lines trace their ways between them, forming beautiful loops and curves.
The Dancer ponders the present, for she cares not for the past and knows not of the future. The very concepts are alien to her. Each of her.
The Dancer is alone. She wanders onwards through the stars, separated by the vast gulfs of space and time from any of her physical kin.
The Dancer is crowded. Many minds wander throughout her own inner fortress, a society of their own. Her many children wait in stasis, within her fertile core. Their day is not now.
The Dancer is cold. As she drifts at impossible speeds, she can feel the heat slowly radiating out of her skin. Her body is sealed to the outside, draining constantly of vitality as the ancient technology in which she is clad, bitter to touch, feeds itself off her body.
The Dancer burns. The light of billions of suns bathes her without end. The heat settles mercilessly and incessantly. Space travel is a miserable thing.
The Dancer sleeps. Conservation of energy for this long time is critical to her survival. Even in the darkest internal depths, the voices are silent.
The Dancer waits. Her day is not now.
|Sep 22, 2010, 04:08 PM||#59|
No idea what I'm doing
Join Date: Mar 2006
Gettish sat in the safe room gathering his gear for the mission and for the first time since Selection his hands were shaking. 'What's wrong me?', he thought to himself. 'Entry was good, no guards showed any signs of suspicion. The intel is as good as it gets on theses missions. Something is just off today. Whatever it is I can't let it effect me.'
"Alright is everyone suited up?" Nods all around. "Good, and you," points to the safe house caretaker, "your intel better be right on this."
"It is trust me," trying to reassure Gettish, "this house used to be owned a important person of the previous owners of the city and has a passage to the maintenance tunnels that he used to escape during the last war."
Now a bit concerned, "And they never found this passage?"
"Right, we only did after catching said person and "persuading" him to tell us how he got out. After going in your entrance point will be four tunnels down."
"Fine just make sure that there's transport ready for us.'
"Don't worry head to the end of the tunnels and your transport will be waiting."
Gettish shook his head, far too easy maybe this is what was getting to him.
"Okay team visors on we're going in." After jumping into the dark tunnel it took a few seconds for his tactical visor to adjust. No one in sight and no traps that his visor could pick up.
"All clear, move up"
They reached the entry point with no problems, once there they saw a slightly intimidating security. "Well this looks like the place, Gear open it up."
"Yes sir just give me one second,.... are you sure this is the right place. I mean it's practically kid stuff. I mean it might an average thief but a Tact Team never."
One of the other members, Stone, spoke up, "maybe the caretaker was right and they don't know about the passage. The heavier stuff is usually up at the entrance to the tunnels."
"Alright lets move inside before our luck changes." After entering Gear quickly found a access panel.
"Switching feed in three...two...one. Okay were good now"
As he spoke small screen of the security camera footage appeared in the corner of his visor.
"According to the intel what we want is three floors up, we go stealthy unless I indicate otherwise. Claw take point, Stone watch the 6, and Gear stick next to me.
They made it to the secure room with no incidents thanks to the hacked feeds. Blocking their way was a massive security door.
Gear pushed up to the front and plugged into the door panel, "Ah this is a challenge, much more like it. Just a bit...more. And boom it's open. I swear one of these days I'm going to make you all obsolete."
Claw walked up and put his hand on Gear's shoulder, "And on that day I'll be putting a bullet in your skull just to save the rest of the world."
"Quit the chatter, Commands coming through." Suddenly their headsets crackled on with heavy static.
"...Team....status....Defens....in four min....Command....attack.... Tracking unkn....object.... Speed...."
With that the comms shut off. "Well that was spooky, are we being jammed?" asked Stone.
"No idea but we better hurry. Move it! Gear start downloading everything on those computers everyone else stand guard."
A moment later a pedestal raised out of the ground and the top opened up. "Gear what did you just do?"
"No idea, I hit a few buttons and these things happen. Now what is that?"
The team peered into the open top. "No way, I thought that was just Sci Fi. Is that what we're taking now?"
Gettish replied, "No idea, the mission was not to leave any trace so leave it, the info was we were...." Out of nowhere a massive explosion rocked the building.
"That fool of a general has stared the attack, I'll rip out his quills if we get out of this."
Gear popped in rather meekly, "Sir we have an issue, they're coming..."
"Of course they are. Alright we're going loud. Stone grab it. The mission has changed. Back to the entrance."
They made it back to the tunnels before the guards caught up with them.
"Stone just keep running and start the transport we'll hold them a bit."
They formed intersecting lines of fire and turned the narrow entrance into a killing funnel. After the first few were quickly disposed of the rest back off. Fang threw a grenade in and the team ran for it. They made it to the truck with Stone waiting for them.
"Looks like they aren't following us."
"Well I imagine the invasion would be keeping them busy. Now just sit back an watch the light show."
About halfway there Gettish saw a strange light start falling from the sky, the trajectory was all wrong for a shell or missile and computers are never that off. All of a sudden the light came hurtling to the ground and impacted about a mile from their position.
All of a sudden their comms came to life again, "Tact Team did you just track an unknown object?"
"Secure the object a retrieval will be with you in 15."
"Roger, one member will continue towards you with advance tech we've just acquired. Heading out now."
Stone continued on with the truck while the rest of the them hiked to the new crater.
Once there Gettish peered into the crater.
"Let's see what you are.... May all my quills fall out this changes everything!"
Snarky/historical/thought provoking quote to come later
|Sep 22, 2010, 06:38 PM||#60|
Le Petit Prince
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: In the desert
The Sentient Collective views your stories with dismay. She proposes an alternative.
Collectivity of Sanath/Thlayli
Species: Qii (agriculturalist, spiritualist, scientific), Kasekral (militaristic, hierarchical, traditionalist), Nitha (mercantile, industrious, collectivist)
The planet of Nept (Water-Sphere) is a mostly (~79%) panthalassic planet with several large archipelagos. The planet is approximately 2.4 times larger than the Terran biosphere, though only 1.3 times as massive. Much of the equatorial planet is semi-periodically hit by large storms, which served to more effectively isolate separate terrestrial biospheres. Several different species achieved tool-using capability within the past several hundred thousand years, developing on independent subcontinents due to the vast distances separating them.
The second species on this planet to achieve civilization called themselves the Qii. We will get to the first later. The Qii are large pseudo-amphibious salamander-esque creatures with a firm yet pliable regenerative cartilaginous endoskeleton. The Qii are able to change their gender at will, eliminating the basic need for primate dominance mechanics seen in human behavior and as a result, war or intra-species conflict. Bioluminescent markings served to separate regional tribes of Qii: Qii'te grassland mistfarmers, (green and ochre) Qii'na coastal pikehunters, (silver and blue) and Qii’ve nomadic seafarers (red and purple). In time these colorations, and subtle gradations between them, would denote established cultures with various traditions.
Being excellent swimmers, small groups of Qii periodically traveled between local island chains, though the deep oceans surrounding them were usually impossible to cross due to storms and monstrous beasts. With abundant resources and lacking any physiological or sociological need for conflict, the island cultures peaceably traded together. The reed boats of the Qii’ve gradually grew into major floating convoys and then cities, serving to spread trade and ideas like pottery, and metal working. The Qii industrialized (in a manner of speaking) after approximately 10,000 years of peaceful technological development and population expansion. First wood-analogue and then metal were used to construct their floating cities, which soon began to explore out of the home island continent. While some were destroyed by disease or the leviathans of the world-ocean, many began to bring new crops and species to the home islands, beginning a brief golden age of techno-pastoral bliss for the Qii villages, supported and defended by the floating cities.
But it was not to last.
Some of the first convoys of Qii spiritualists and traders to leave the home area discovered the land of Kral, a major continent stretching northward towards the pole of the planet. Relatively rocky and dry, this region was also inhabited by an intelligent species, the Kasekral. The Kasekral are large (2.2m or above) warm blooded creatures with a black or steel-grey chitinous exoskeleton (often painted various colors), and wings which emerge from these. They are bipedal, with three hearts, one large conjoined breathing cavity and a long spiked tail, and they stand almost upright. They look like a cross between gargoyles and armored beetles. The Kasekral had been intelligent for at least 200,000 years, but had stopped advancing technologically for the last 100,000. Kasekral societies consisted of city-states (at a roughly medieval level of technology) fighting each other in a ritual pattern dictated by religious traditions. Every thousand years or so a Kasekral state would achieve temporary hegemony and then be deposed, according to a scheme of ritual combat described in the Kasekral holy parchment, the Vakashka.
First contact between the Qii and the Kasekral ended very badly, with the slaughter of much of the convoy and the imprisonment of the surviving Qii explorers. While far advanced, the Qii had no concept of war or struggle, and were (initially) deeply opposed to the idea of killing another intelligent creature. The Kasekral city-kingdom of Matak enslaved the Qii explorers, forcing them to surrender their technological secrets which they then used to conquer the other nations of their species. The Matak Hegemony proclaimed a new era of ecumenical domination on Kral, consolidating religious and political power around that city, and using enslaved Qii to organize their government and advance their technology. While enslaved, the Qii tried to covertly introduce values into Kasekral society in order to mold them into a species which would be less brutal towards their own. Their written works in several of the Kasekral languages began to alter the values of the traditionally hierarchical warrior species.
However, it was too little, too late, as the now-industrialized Matak Hegemony prepared an ironclad warfleet to conquer the Qii home islands. Dozens of the floating cities were pillaged or destroyed in the initial invasion, and the peaceful villages were enslaved en masse, the Kasekral establishing fortress-enclaves on the high ground to serve as settler colonies. However, the golden age of exploration for the Qii had already begun, and several Qii cities had dispersed to other areas in the globe. They were also advancing at an incredibly rapid rate, unlocking genetic secrets and fully mastering electromagnetic power and communications, despite having little to no weaponry.
Shocked and stunned by the loss of their home territories to this aggressive species, the Qii colony-cities developed their technology as fast as possible. The Kasekral, having undergone a thought revolution after enslaving many Qii, were developing powerful military technology which the Qii simply did not have the psychological desire to create. The Qii, scientists, however, had by this point unlocked the power of the genome. If they could not fight the Kasekral, they would create something that could.
In one of the major southern island subcontinents is a vast rainforest. The Qii discovered the third tool-using species here, a small, tree-dwelling race which had begun to use sharpened stone tools to hunt and prepare food. This species was a small, furry creature that glided between trees. They were omnivores, unlike the carnivorous Kasekral, and lived in large proto-tribal family groups in great platform-nests hundreds of feet above the large predators on the forest floor. Among themselves, however, the Qii noted that different nests often fought each other, throwing rocks with slings and using stone spears and knives. They had the capacity for combat which the Qii did not.
The Qii captured a small group of these proto-intelligent creatures, and experimented with cloned embryos, attempting to stimulate various higher cerebral functions by selectively altering genotypes and adding genes from the Qii and even the Kasekral. The experiments were not initially successful, but after several decades of attempts, they managed to create a prototype creature capable of creative, intelligent thought, and of understanding the Qii language. The Qii named these creatures the Nitha, and their first action as higher sentients was to worship the Qii as gods.
Rapidly educated in mathematics, music, and language by the Qii scientists, the Nitha rapidly proved capable in ways that the Qii were not. They were incredibly skilled machinists, designing automated reproductions of several Qii machines. Their amazing sense of coordination and ingenuity was also much better adapted to circuitry design and engineering. Furthermore, the Nitha seethed with rage at the injustice done to their creators. The Nitha themselves designed various exoskeletal constructions into which they placed their tiny frames, and these warmechs rapidly reconquered the Kasekral-occupied home islands, and even established a foothold on Kral itself. In their desperation, the Kasekral worked to uncover some technology to turn the tide against these fuzzy demon creatures, and in collaboration with the descendants of the original Qii explorers (some of whom had ironically converted to variants of the Kasekral religion) unlocked the power of the atom. [In fact, the Nitha had already been using nuclear reactors to power several of their more ambitious creations, but the Kasekral were the first to weaponize it. The Nitha had come up with the idea for nuclear weapons earlier in the war, but the Qii forbade it.]
When the first atom bomb was detonated over the largest and oldest Qii floating city, Ili’li’i, the Qii were paralyzed by collective anguish. As a species, they decided to collectively break their millennium-long policy of pacifism. Huge battles between Kasekral and Nitha airfleets soon raged over the Qii home islands. Despite their technological inferiority to the Nitha, the industrial power of Kral began to turn the war back in the Matak Hegemony’s favor. The Kasekral had regained the initiative, and their fleet of nuclear missile bombers soon began to hunt down the remaining Qii/Nitha cities that opposed them, on land and sea. Luckily for the Qii, they had not yet developed more advanced ballistics technology. In desperation, the Qii and Nitha designed a super-weapon, the Qii perfecting the molecular structures while the Nitha designed the delivery system. It was a bioweapon, designed to eliminate almost every Kasekral on the planet.
The bioweapon (technically a cocktail of various agents) initially worked as planned, killing 96% of the Kasekral species in a few scant weeks. The Matak Hegemony was annihilated, and the surviving members of the Kasekral conceded defeat almost immediately in return for protection from the plague. Of course, the Matak Hegemony had managed to destroy over half of the Nitha and Qii on the planet with their nuclear weapons and extermination camps. But things were about to get worse for the survivors on Nept. The atmospheric disturbances from the nuclear bombings across the planet caused devastating climatological changes, increased storms and global tsunamis of terrifying proportions.
To make things worse, the high levels of radiation probably contributed to mutation in various agents of the Qii/Nitha bioplague, changing it into strains which soon infected other plant and animal life, including the three intelligent species of Nept. (OOC: No, you cannot call them ‘Neptiles’.)
Facing a planet which was rapidly turning into a stormy, contagion-ridden hell, the surviving members of all three species, in desperation, decided that the only prudent course was to pool their industrial resources and flee the planet, until the global storms and diseases had died out, or could be somehow cleansed. Working in concert for the first time in history, the alliance of peoples, named the Collectivity of Sanath, built seven great city-ships which they launched into orbit. Once-idyllic Nept was abandoned to the ravages of fate, and the seven ships, named after great heroes and cities of the three races, took off.
The largest of them all was named Ili’li’i.
Si quelqu'un veut un mouton, c'est la preuve qu'il en existe un.
Last edited by Thlayli; Sep 22, 2010 at 06:55 PM.
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