JoeChuck Posted January 5, 2014 Share Posted January 5, 2014 The Gossamer world of Azmus is home to a technologically advanced race of humanoids that have reached the stars. The Azmans have colonized several planets and moons of their solar system, but reaching the heavens brought them no peace. The race has feuded amongst themselves for resources ever since leaving the cradle of their home planet. The Azmans also clung to nationalistic prides and political rivalries causing further strife. This territory and resource mongering quickly escalated into all out war on most of the colonized planets and the moons became free-for-alls. Then a discovery brought the Azmans back together. It was an undiscovered planet found lurking in the asteroid belt that the Azmans named Bolk. The planet itself only offered another place to fight for resources and land, but the mysterious Monolith was what united the Azmans. The Monolith is a large crystal etched with a language that no Azmans had ever seen or heard of. Its mystery enthralled the whole race bringing them together to question its existence and who had made it. ,, An uneasy peace was held until the Monolith fractured and released a force dubbed Simitre. This force sent an initial shockwave throughout the whole solar system disrupting all forms of matter. The Simitre also mutated all the Azmans on Bolk. The mutated Azmans went on a rampage destroying every part of the colony installation established on Bolk. The mutants then toppled the Monolith releasing more of the Simitre which start mutating Azmans all over the solar system with no rhyme or reason. ,, The Azmans united to fight the mutants and seal off the Simitre by restoring the Monolith. It worked for a while until the Simitre released another shockwave that imbued the mutants with the powers to manipulate their physiology and even the shadows around them. The Azmans were at a loss for a time, but their spirit prevailed. They drove back the mutant threat and restored the Monolith, but not entirely. The Simitre still plagues the solar system, but to a lesser degree. Azmans can still get Simitre poisoning and change into killer mutants. ,, The Azmans are still divided into four factions of note, which are called mega-corporations vying to gain supremacy in their solar system. These mega-corporations are as follows: ,, Black Helix- Masters of cloning, medicine, and genetic manipulation. Each solider is said to have a clone ready to take his/her place should they die in the line of duty. The Black Helix has recently spent most of their efforts on reversing mutations of Simitre poisoning. ,, Zyborg Technologies- Undisputed leader in robotic and cybernetic research, Z.T. outfits all of its soldiers with the latest cybernetic enhancements. Rumor says that they are working on thinking-machines capable of genuine thought and learning. These machines may eventually be able to decode the inscriptions on the Monolith someday. ,, Galactic Syndicate- This is an umbrella organization that has many interests. The syndicate is known for espionage and the selling of secrets. Ever since the discovery of the Monolith, it has been a very lucrative time for the Galactic Syndicate. Who or what caused the Monolith to fracture is still one of the only secrets that the Galactic Syndicate has yet to uncover. ,, Ares Inc. – The premier arms and armaments manufacture. Along with their massive arsenal and their full hardy attitude, they alone wield the most destructive force in the solar system. The Ares Inc. was the faction that landed on Bolk and laid waste to last large mutant threat inhabiting the planet allowing the Black Helix to restore the Monolith. ,, All four mega-corps still fight over the Monolith, but it’s a diplomatic battle. No one has stepped foot on Bolk after the Monolith was reconstructed in fear of fully releasing the Simitre again. The mega-corps all agree that the Monolith is power that needs to harnessed, but to what means is the debate. ,, There is another small faction, called The Clout, made of religious fanatics that believe the Monolith is a source of all evil and the horn of an ancient beast destroyed by their god called Immotus. The Clout is more-or-less welcomed in any colony regardless of what mega-corp. is running the installation. They are not considered harmless however and are kept a close-eye on. The Clout will “smite” any Azman that shows the tiniest bit of Simitre poisoning. ,, What does this Gossamer world mean to the Lords and Ladies of Gossamer? The Simitre is powerful and the shockwaves sent echoes to other Gossamer worlds that suffer the same results, but in lesser and varying degrees. If the Monolith were to fracture again and fully release the Simitre, there is no telling what havoc the echoes could cause in other Gossamer worlds. The mutants being formed from the Simitre could become a threat on the same scale as the Dwimmerlaik. The first Wardens sent to Azmus all came back with horror stories. Many have started to fear that the Simitre might be able to mutate Wardens of the Grand Stair. This fear alone has made many refuse to take post on the Gossamer world. ,, You are the few Wardens willing to investigate and control the situation in Azmus. The first entry should establish what planet or moon you’re on and what faction has garnered your character’s interest. You can include names of Azmans you meet or associate with and I’ll take note of them at NPCs that we’ll elaborate on as the story develops. You’ll be naming the planets and moons that you’re on yourself. To give some continuity with the naming of the planets and moons, most names are 4 to 5 letters long and contain at most two vowels. The Azmans do not normally name planets and moons after things or with words of great meaning, but it is common that the name of a planet known for something specific will become slang by association. Many refer mutating as “bolking-out” and a planet or moon becoming depleted of resources as “azmused”. Have as much with that as you wish. ,, The whole Azmus solar system is the Gossamer world with many Doors leading to the Grand Stair. Other Wardens have already linked Doors from one planet to another in Azmus, but there is no telling how long those linked Doors will hold. The planet Bolk and the moons of Azmus have no Doors to the Grand Stair. Money is handled in the same fashion as in our modern society. Many of colonies utilize a space tether system that functions similar to an elevator that exits the atmosphere and links up to a docking station to board spacecraft. ,, So, there it is… let’s see where this story goes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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