Barren are the majority of the Milky Way's cosmic shores. Bastions of life, islands of fertility dot the galactic scape amidst archipelagoes of their volcanic and turmoil ridden brethren. Yet still, even in perpetual, nature induced death these atolls are as rich and prized as their vibrant counterparts. Vied for they are constantly by empires reaching out past their native bounds. Violently these planet-nations thrust outward into the endless waves of primordial star matter, their children braving radiation and rocks, open field war and closed door diplomacy, untrue peace and unsecurable safety, for the glory of their empires and the sustainment of their homes. And by the hands of pirates, enemies, and eternal, endless space, they die.
Yet not safe could they be even with their boots in the soil of destination worlds. They are still subject to the cruelty of nature's oppressive design. Bombarded by radiation under gasless skies, freezing in the nights, boiling in the days, forced to breath toxic fumes from the earth beneath their feet, drowning in nearly liquid thick atmospheres and trying to suck in as much paper thin air as possible on these extraterrestrial missions, astronauts of all species were deterred by all native conditions. Thus the most important industrial boom in the Galaxy's interplanetary history was set to take place.
Enter the modern age of terraforming. The most expensive pieces of equipment in the known universe, Terraforming engines take decades to learn and lifetimes to master. These behemoths of pure power break continental plates to raise mountain ranges, crush land into ocean basins, evaporate noxious gasses into space, generate entire atmospheres, melt icy worlds, freeze volcanic hells, and can guide sea bearing comets from deep space all the way to arid systems. The ships they travel upon are captained and crewed by the most highly trained and experienced individuals brought and bribed from every corner of the known universe. For their sacrifices of years aboard the vessels, tremendous efforts to operate the equipment, bravery in defending the pride of empires, and losses of lives and limbs in the service, these crewsmen are paid like kings, and revered like gods.
By those who do not believe in gods. Though the grip of religion on the galaxy's consciousness has slipped in slight ways, the Djodaistic church, emanating from the Solar system to infiltrate the institutions of every species. The group, though dominated by the humans who brought terraforming into vogue, vehemently protests the practices as infringements of mortals onto the powers solely reserved for Djod himself. Their faculties stage passionate demonstrations damning terraforming and all of it’s conspirators, and theocracies governing in their name are constant source of historically empty yet increasingly violent threats. These unstable factors have thrown a dark light on the process, and, quaking under the influence of such indomitable oppressors or to avert disaster with neighboring powers, many of the otherwise secular dominions within the galaxy have scaled back their terraforming funding, some to almost or altogether non-existent, flooding the markets with trained crews, operators, technicians, and officers seeking asylum in other operations.
And thus, into the ever increasingly volatile galaxy, the Audhumla, chartered by the interstellar, nationally independant corporation Áes Dána and crewed by many of various races and nationalities from throughout the galaxy, leaves its port on Epsilon Eridani for deep space on a ten year mission. Captain Celebalda Ilúvatar has accepted a hefty workload for his crew, totaling seven contracts from varying corporations and nations for their services in making owned planets colonizable. The ship has been boarded by its menial crew, and prepared for the coming life. As the officers board once again, returning to the base from their home systems, Captain Ilúvatar requires a renewed personnel registration.
Remaining to be entered are:
First Terraforming Officer
Chief Terraforming Technician
When these positions are filled, with new faces or hardened crew, the Audhumla shall embark to sow the fragile seeds of life into soft sands of the Milky Way’s cosmic coasts.
For now, I’d ask that you just put down what role you are interested in playing. Should you be interested in doubling, or playing a non-officer character such as a defense soldier/pilot/gunner, etc or anything else, just say so and I can probably work you in. I am still working out the races, so character sheets will have to wait until the OOC. Thank you for reading and thank you for your interest.
Constricted by the original relatively few habitable systems before the advent of environment building, the races of the galaxy are unfortunately low in number. In addition, as nature finds similar solutions to similar problems, these peoples share many physical traits with one another.
Siria are a generally curious race of people. They are officially considered the third known race to become truly spacefaring, though by milky way charts Humans accomplished spaceflight before them, Siria moved living beings between planets earlier, as well as making contact with interstellar neighbors before the Earthlings. Their drive to leave their system stemmed from the lack of planets within their own system (only containing their rocky, temperate home world and one gaseous entity of Super-Jovian scale) to explore, and the relative proximity of the heavily populated Enian system (home to the Chiasathid). Their delay in making the short jump can be attributed to their stature. Because they only regularly reach half of the size of the average human, they required cumulative technology to build up for the basic processes of constructing the jump drives, engines, power sources, and the ships themselves.
Culturally, Siria hold no resentment of other races based on their size, and seem to prefer to make up for what they cannot offer in physical labor with mental pursuits, indulging their curiosity with copious research projects and feats of engineering genius. They are considered top of their scientific fields and often come to hold offices on ships and in the military generally quicker than others.
This aquatic species of sentient evolved from crustaceans in the shallow oceans of their planet, Ipofan. The fact that an aquatic species would come to be the dominant predator on the planet Ipofan is a direct paradox, considering that 84 percent of the planet is covered in land. However, all of the freshwater, inland seas that Marinaias call home are connected by wide rivers. The race's exoskeletons generally protect them from the rocky bottoms of these rivers and coasts, as well as the sharp and abrasive coral with which their homes and edifices are constructed. These are shed from time to time, and their society recognizes these as times of rest and rejuvenation, giving workers months off to molt. The only times that this race ventures onto the land is for their horticultural pursuits. Generally raising fish in ranching operations, the vegetations they are sustained by are grown on the coasts of islands easily irrigated from the seas, also giving the species quick refuge when they need to return to the water, and easy transport to their markets underwater.
Off world, their ships are filled with water from their seas, and oxygenated by the same processes air breathers use to recycle wastes. When in operations with other species, however, they are generally considered a burden due to their extreme extraneous needs. However, terraforming ships cannot afford to relinquish the expertise of anyone high in their field. These creatures are required to hold officer or research positions due to their movement limitations, but are accommodated by a series of clear piping following major pathways through the vessel, as well as to a small, special aquatic wing containing a few dormitories and recreational area, as well as the general natatorium.
The first species to officially become interplanetary, the Tirinith are strict predators. Since leaving their planet they have become known throughout the galaxy as mercenaries, pirates, and excellent ground troops. Adding to their military prowess, they are ruthless merchants. Though they are generally considered unpleasant, and avoided by most other species under normal circumstances, they have contributed greatly to the intragalactic trade and diplomacy routes. However, the early routes they established were mainly to bring in slaves and beasts of burden from other planets to work in their industrial operations. They cunningly hid this fact in the early days of intersystem diplomacy, as they understood the possible backfires of this trade on their mercantile endeavors. It was mostly blamed on privateers and black market slavers. The truth of how high into the society and governments of their systemwide kingdoms the practice reached took decades to be fully revealed, and a century to fully stop. Tirinith retain a societal grudge due to this meddling into their affairs by outside forces, and generally are taught to look down upon those of other species, especially the Ohnos, their former slaves.
In modern times, they are considerably rare in non-military operations, and have a hard time accepting and being accepted in crews containing multitudes of races. In addition, they are met with difficulty stemming from their strictly carnivorous diet. Most crewsmen are forced to eat a mixture of meats, meat substitutes, and flora for a full range of nutrition, and to cut down on amount of one specific supply consumed. Tirinith, thusly, rarely get enough to eat on ships such as terraformers.
These bipedal bovine have only recently come into their own in the galaxy. They are hardy, resisitant to both hot and cold (their coats shedding and growing rapidly to accommodate the relative temperature), immensely strong, quite large in stature, and yet not overly bright. This, though, is how they have been bred for some time.
Though they are as sentient as any other race of the galaxy, they were enslaved for over three centuries by the Tirinith, and bred larger, stronger, and less intelligent, with less will for freedom. Thus, now that they have finally been given their liberty, they have had general problems incorporating themselves into the galactic society. For the most part, they have taken menial, physical jobs to support themselves, but, like all species of the galaxy, there are delinquents and there are gems.
This species of people evolved on the world Inasthiran, a hell of heat, pressure, and sulfuric acid to all other peoples of the galaxy, shrouded in dense clouds. They are the most recent race to be seen in the galactic scale. When the Siria explored their system in the days before terraforming, the thick, noxious atmosphere seemed deterrent to any life, and no attempts were made to study the planet too closely. The appearance of the Chiasathid was a shock to many. Though their initial discovery was upon their first visit to their own moon, they were quickly contacted by the Siria and the other major races, and given the means to move out into the galaxy.
They are generally secretive as a society, utilizing their thickly clouded atmosphere to deter any surveillance, and only doing business on outlying planets. They have additionally turned down any efforts to study their biology by outsiders, thus making how they evolved in such an environment a mystery. In order to survive the oxygen based atmospheric systems of their interspecies colleagues, they are constantly dressed in a biosuit supplying them with sulfur, nitrogen, and other gases toxic to humans, as well as simulating the atmospheric pressure and heat of Inasthiran.
This is not an alternate species in and of itself, but an offshoot of humanity. This race developed from the original colonists of Pluto. On this harsh, cold planet, supplied with little sunlight and terraformed to the minimum of survivability, secretive eugenic policy out of line with what the heads of the mission on Earth approved was put into place to create a maximumly effective breed of human. The Allania grew tall due to the lower gravity, strong due to the constant demands of the environment, pale with lack of sunlight, and well resistant to the cold. Their hair has become a lighter and lighter blonde, and their eyes brighter and brighter green in line with the preferences of the original and subsequent colonial governors.
The Allania grow up with disdain for others, especially their fellow humans, who, over time, have grown into a mostly homogenous light tan with dark brown hair and deep, almost black eyes, save a few recessive exceptions. This disdain is largely unwarranted though, as though they have evolved into pictures of beauty, their stature renders them clumsy and unable to work too delicate of machinery, as well as giving them a disadvantage in fighting any ultraviolet radiation they may find in space.
The human race originally invented Terraforming, and is the fourth officially spacefaring race of the galaxy. Generally on par with the stature of the Tirinith and Marinaias, the race is on the more physically vigorous side, though their scientific learning is slightly less so than others. They have been expanding greatly since their first interplanetary forays, and have a knack and need for colonization. They originate from the planet Earth, but became the first race to entirely leave their home planet 427 galactic years ago in Astral Era 4051, with their upper class returning after a terraforming campaign to clean their damaged planet in 4053. In this time, the Djodaistic church, a powerful entity in human society which has spread attain belief and influence in all other races to at least some degree, relocated its headquarters to the Alpha Centauri system in protest of the use of terraforming on their original planet.
Humans in the terraforming practice run the gamut of positions. In terms of general spacefaring operations, Humans are often employed as menial or skilled crewmen, but positions as scientific officers are more rare. However, humans still maintain a monopoly on the production of terraforming equipment, and the systems are often made specifically for them. Thus it requires slightly less training for a Human to operate, and obtain a position operating such equipment.
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Year of Service to the Audhumla:
Personality and history, I have always believed, should come out in the story through your writing. If you would like to make that inclusion, however, be my guest. Also, post any questions, requests, etc.