The Four Horsemen
Class And Research Focus
- Mortem Class: The Mortem class is composed of ships named after religious icons symbolizing death. Despite the connection to death, Mortem class cruisers are given tasks that are meant to prolong life. Their experiments tend to focus on medicine, genetic modification, and other improvements to humanity’s quality of life.
- Bellum Class: Bellem Class cruisers take the name of religious icons symbolizing war. Like the Mortem Class, This implies the opposite of their goals, but that doesn't make it just. Bellum Class ships research ways to eliminate war, focusing on methods that would be ethically questionable, at best. From civilian pacification, to forced sterilization, anything is permitted if it promotes peace in the long run.
- Inedia Class: Inedia Class cruisers are named after religious icons of fertility and agriculture. Despite the class being named after famine, and hunger, these ships focused their research on producing, replacing, or enhancing resources. Being an interplanetary civilization, humanity needed resources in abundance. Lab grown food, alternatives to fuel, and more are included in their projects.
- Victorum Class: The Victorum Class, named after religious icons of justice, peace and order, focused their research on psychological pursuits. Despite being named after conquest, these projects tended to focus on retaining power over territory already controlled. We know the origin system had moments of conflict, and these vessels were meant to find a solution. Mind control, propaganda, and other methods of manipulating the mind were all considered in achieving this goal.
The findings aboard The UEN Azrael by The Wayfarers leave much to be desired. They fill in some missing information, but reveal just how big the puzzle truly is. The Horsemen were long term projects. They were also meant to be a last resort. These were expensive ships, with great minds among their crew. Those who sent them into the void knew they would never see these projects achieve their goals in their lifetime. Those who left aboard these ships knew everyone they ever knew would be long gone by the time they returned. It begs the question: Which came first? Did they send these ships of their own initiative, or were they a response to the coming end? Did they know the earth would fall before it did? Did they seed the galaxy with our greatest minds to spare them from the earth's fate? Without more data, we may never know.