Wednesday, April 13, 2011

F is for fail

Which is what happened to me in the blogging challenge. I got the flu and totally lot all motivation for anything but sleep.  

So so long blogging challenge make way for the normal types of posts.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

E is for Exclusion Zones

Exclusion Zones are a funny little reality in the deep. People know about them. They are marked on charts. Some are even patrolled, governed or otherwise sign posted.  No one is going to stop you entering an Exclusion Zone.

Leaving... that's an entirely different story. With the naturally stealthy nature of the Jaunt drive and the existential danger posed by most Exclusion Zone's many people dont want to take the risk.

However due to the nature of the problem - vast distances, limited resources and stealthily travel options Exclusion Zones are largely left to look after themselves. A kind of modern "Thar Be Dragons" of the space lanes.

Certainly where possible the Zones are policed. However due to the absence of a single governing or enforcing body this coverage is patchy at best. Where these safety precautions are present it is often left to Digital Intelligences and automation to provide alerting and or corrective action.

As Exclusion Zones are often the result of a precursor civilization, unique conditions or post-singularity-divergence, the often attract adventurers freebooters and rogues.     


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for "the Deep"

The Deep or the Deep Dark is the common name given to space away from the main hubs of human civilization. Specifically when used by spacers it refers to the space between destinations and in a general sense refers to space outside of a planetary or solar system.

It is a little known fact that the Deep is in fact populated by the constituent parts of the Omega Engine a Precursor artifact. It is unknown what the function of the eco-system of nano-machines termed the Omega Engine actually does or why it is in place. It is known the Omega Engine is responsible for the Encapsulation of Earth during the Interregnum although why the Omega Engine did this is still under dispute - However it is suggested by leading luminaries in the field that this was in reaction to early terrestrial experimentation with nanotechnology and or digitized intelligence.The scientific community have also postulated the Omega Engine is responsible for the preservation of Livingston from cometary impact - redirecting the Livingston cometary path. Furthermore the bizarre structures on Wonderland are also attributed to the Omega Engine as are the various other worlds undergoing Encapsulation. Some in the scientific community believe the Omega Engine is responsible for the Ring-world in the Rosa-Capri System, the Dyson Shell in Beta-Eponus and the Moebius Circuit. Others believe the Omega Engine is a manifestation linked to and a part of the Moebius Circuit and posit that the two are in fact contiguous. This claim is widely discredited as the two mega structures share apparently different or divergent Precursor origins.           

Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for Colony

Colonies at this point coming it three predominant types

The boot strap colony is the result of squatters arriving on the frontier and setting up a homestead. Many of these make their living "farming" technical data conducting experiments on the colony world information exchange is the key value here as well as mining claims and exploration and salvage rights on precursor technologies commenly know as pre-tec.

The next most common type of colony is the corporate research colony which is the equivalent of a bootstrap effort only better funded and prepared due to corporate backing. Many bootstrap operations live in hope of a corp buy out and the credits it provides.

The last type is the faction/national colony effort; this is a grand scale development of the new world in the name of a political block, most of which are aligned along national lines.

Surprisingly the most common type of colony is not surface based but is what is known colloquially as an Orbital this space stations either made from locally mined  and manufactures materials or bored into a large scale asteroid provide the most common colony environments and have caused a proliferation of archology type  developments planet side as well.   

Sunday, April 3, 2011

B is for Blaster


B is for Blaster the hand gun of choice in the Deep Dark.

The blaster is a plasma based design effective against all targets, but even more so against Robots because of the ionized nature of the plasma (i.e. superheated gas with electromagnetic properties).
In plasma-based blasters, a high-energy gas moves from the ignition chamber into the receiving chamber where it is ejected by mico-magrail as a plasma bolt through the collimating components. This turned the mass of plasma gas and energy into a coherent energy bolt of plasma.