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Basic Facts[]

Current Date: 188YR Cataclysm: 743-738BR

Language Pointers[]

To keep the somewhat pastoral feel, a few language pointers are offered.

  • Surnames before given names in Edenic, Hellish, Mishese
  • Prefer Anglo-Saxon to Latin Words: teeth, guts, wolves, rather than denticles, stomach, lupis.
  • Prefer lay language to scientific language, even when talking science
  • Prefer geocentric language: the World defines the system, not the star. "Sun" means the star(s) a world goes around, "star" means the little points of light in the night sky.
  • Use English measures in Edenic and Hellish. Traditional measures in other worlds. No Metric system.

Historical Structure[]

Here is the essential historical framework:

Expansion Age[]

1100 to 742 BR (Before Revelation)

  • Mostly peaceful: no major interworld wars.
  • Interworld travel at near light speeds. I.e., elapsed time = lightyears traveled, plus 2 years accelerating and decelerating, plus 5% to 50%. Time shipboard is reduced to 2 years plus 80% to 10% of lightyears traveled.
  • No psionics, cybertech (machines wired to nervous system) very crude, biotech restricted to minor modifications (no created creatures).
  • Dominant languages are English, Chinese, Hindu, Arabic, Russian, French and German. Small pockets of other terrestrial languages are permissible.
  • Interworld trade is minimal, and restricted to speculative free traders.
  • Earthly crops, bacteria, livestock, pets, and a few pests (rats) spread across worlds, sometimes taking over the new environment, sometimes failing to establish.

The Cataclysm[]

742 to 738 BR (Before the Revelation)

  • Superluminal speeds possible due to Alcubierre Drive.
  • All major populated worlds hit with nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and suffer major if not total devastation to structures, population, and environment.
  • Most marginal worlds (e.g., those with insufficient or toxic atmosphere or extreme weather, causing technological dependence) gradually die out.
  • Most surviving worlds tend to be at a distance from Earth, sparsely populated, and reasonably conducive to human habitation and agriculture.

The Insular Age[]

737-1 BR

  • No Interworld travel.
  • Technology rapidly degrades, varying from Neolithic to simple internal combustion (usually methanol-based) and electric (no electronics or vacuum tubes). Check precedent for world of concern.
  • Languages and races diverge.
  • Some "old tech" can be found and used. Nuclear strike sites are still hot.

The Latter Days[]

1-present (188) YR (Year of Revelation)

  • Psionics discovered
  • Softech discovered.
  • Latter-day religion begun, worlds reconnected
  • Interworld travel by psi-powered machines inducing an Alcubierre wave.
  • Second wave of expansion and colonization, now spreading the language and creatures of originating world.
  • The correct identity of Earth is not known. Earth has mythological status.
  • A small amount of regular interworld travel now occurs.