Introduction to the Kaleidoscope System

Inhabited by three sapient species.
Shaped by a swirling cloud of ever-shifting energy.
Visited by sentient spaceships - one of whom got left behind...


Important Factions

The Nimýric Empire and the Pereqaian Alliance

    The second planet from the star, Chryphóra / Quentora, is marked by the ongoing conflict between two early-industrial superpowers: The Nimýric Empire and the Pereqaian Alliance. While the former view themselves as the vanguards of civilization with a duty to unite the planet, the latter see themselves as the valiant defenders of freedom and individuality. Currently, they are locked in a kind of stalemate - but both sides are working on changing that...  

The Rilsu

    On Ranul, the inner moon of the third planet Kasavoa, the technologically advanced Rilsu civilization has arisen from the ashes of a devastating war. The fact that their neighbors are heading in an eerily similar direction piqued the interest of socialogists and ethnologists. And now that the mistakes of their own past are fading from memory, the Rilsu might need this reminder more than ever...  

Those Who Know

 
The Outer Planetoid
  At the outer rim of the star system, a small planetoid is held in a constant position relative to the Kaleidoscope - the colorful cosmic phenomenon which irradiates the system with the entire spectrum of electromagnetic waves. One single species evolved in this hazardous place, perfectly adapted to not only survive the destructive radiation, but to redirect it in order to shape the world to their liking. United in an ancient telepathic hive mind, they live to explore the other worlds and the life emerging on it.  

The Herd

  Once a century in the Calendar of Those Who Know, a large herd of sentient, organic spaceships stops by this star system. They roam the planets and moons in search of nutrition and water, hidden from sight by an innate camouflage mechanism, before leaving again - presumably for other feeding grounds.    

Recent Events

  The Rilsu launch their most ambitious space mission so far - a long-term scientific expedition with the goal of studying the socio-cultural development on the second planet.   The departing vessel catches the attention of a young herd ship, distracting it from the fact that the others are getting ready to leave the system. When it notices, it is already to late - the Herd is gone.
Shortly after arriving at their destination, a sudden malfunction forces the Rilsu ship to crash-land on the planet. Contact with the crew is lost.   Not much later, the Nimýrité have new rumors to tell, of yet another thing that a certain branch of the Empire's military whisked away from public eyes.
In the Nimýric town of Ondalin, a group of astronomers is awaiting the decision of the Duke's treasury. They are eager to find out more about the anomaly they recently discovered close to the Kaleidoscope - all they need is the funding for suitable equipment.   Somewhere near Ondalin, a lonely creature hides away in the forest, unaware of the role it will play in the story that is to unfold...  

Where to go next?

 
Table of Contents

Genre
science fiction with a touch of magic

Scope
three inhabited worlds

Mood
noble-neutral

Themes

  • patterns and parallels
  • separation versus unity
  • prejudice versus curiosity

The System

The Kaleidoscope System
 

Some Characters

 

Short Prose Scenes