A Settings Primer
Welcome to the Rosepetal
Worldbuilding and stories in this setting are focused around the near past and present day of the fictional galaxy of Rosepetal. While at least a part of humanity immigrated to the galaxy circa 3 million years ago, all that remain of them are a few archaeologic relics and perhaps a sliver of essence in the species descendent from them.
As the setting is still under heavy construction, a lot of the planned content mentioned below have yet to receive their dedicated articles. This primer will have their current sample entries replaced in the future.
The SapientsThe Rosepetal is home to a surprising number of sapient species, some originating from planets within the galaxy while others trace their ancestry from extragalactic or even extradimensional origins. Below you'll find a sample description for a few of the highest population ones. All sapient species will eventually be accessible through the Sapient Species A-Ö index.
A hominin species with strong felinin resemblance that's a common sight in most galactic states. They are attributed as the first species to form a unitary civilization and achieve interstellar space travel.
A hominin species descended from humans, and compared to related subspecies have physically changed very little from their ancestry. Like the akreian, they're a common sight in most galactic states.
A myriopodan species where only the larvae are fully sapient. Though still a fairly unusual sight outside their homeworlds, they're overall viewed in a positive light as pragmatic and tolerant.
A hominin species descended from humans, infamous for their strong supremacist views. Individuals found outside the Ascendancy are very commonly exiles or descendants of such.
The PeopleThe number of ethnicities are staggering, and aren't always confined within just one species, planet, or state. Some can be very widespread and diverse, while others are localized and exclusive. Below you'll find example descriptions of a few, but a comprehensive list of all of them will be collected in the Ethnicities A-Ö index.
They trace their origin from early Eörpan explorers and settlers, and are often associated with a nomadic lifestyle. Identifying traits have grown vaguer over time after spreading across multiple worlds, becoming multispeciest and -cultural, and with just as many groups being nomads as permanent settlers.
A transhumanist extremist group that were exiled from Thöll and instead formed their own society on the planet Llucav. They welcome anyone who share their beliefs about the inherent weakness of flesh and shortcomings of natural evolution, and want to join their effort to overcome the mortal condition.
The CivilizationsSignificant regions of Rosepetal's space is controlled by galactic states - either superpowers or formal alliances of independent nations. Worlds with one or more nations that have refused to ally or are simply too remote to be approached are often referred to as free or independent. Below you'll find short descriptions of the prominent galactic states, and you can also find them and the rest of the galactic states in the Galactic States category. All states and nations will also eventually be listed in the States & Nations A-Ö index.
A superpower that's seen a decline in power and influence as younger nations caught up with their technological advancements. Despite facing continual criticism from outsiders, the majority of its lusoyan population consider their society near utopian.
The former Atramenan Empire and surrounding worlds united as the Hextlan Accord after the Ascendancy were pressured to relinquish control over them. Much time and effort is still dedicated to helping each other rebuilding their respective societies, and recovering their cultural history and identity.
The Hextlan Accord
A small but influential theocracy with the Paradigm as it's state religion. They maintain good relations with the United Worlds and Rin Sovereignty, but otherwise don't concern themselves much with the rest of the galaxy and prefer keeping a neutral stance. The Lukariat are known to have some of the strictest laws concerning the possession and use of different technologies, such as banning cybertech, and severely limiting access to synthids and the meshverse.
When the skethal infestation arrived in their home region, the Ktlac Ktlac had no choice but to flee. The United Worlds offered them means to bioengineer a new suitable home, but despite this act of compassion they chose to remain independent and self-reliant. Some argue it could be a case of culture shock, believing they had been the sole civilization in the galaxy up until that point, and that they might eventually warm up to their new neighbors.
The Qcwu Ssractxa
A smaller stratocratic state ruled by its two top military leaders. Due to some opinional differences among the leadership, they chose to leave the United Worlds after having been one of its longest standing members. They still maintain good relations with both the United Worlds and the Lukariat, but chose to ignore their request to attempt a diplomatic resolution first and are mobilising against the Wheel.
The Rin Sovereignty
Another alliance of convenience that grew from primarily therännan and laocoatli populations. While the bulk of the Ascendancy's military were distracted elsewhere, underground movements and organized revolts led to a successive freeing of their occupied worlds. It's not been an alliance without friction, but so far focusing on their mutual goal and enemy has managed to prevent major internal conflicts.
The Twin Sun Alliance
Currently only rivaled by the Ascendancy in size and population, the United Worlds is a democratic union of numerous states and nations. It was originally formed as an effort to bring its members closer together while protecting sapient rights and promoting equality. The United Worlds have at times used their combined power and influence to fight for sapient rights outside their own borders too, and are known to provide aid to external groups and societies in need.
The United Worlds
Named after the party that seized control of the Thöll Collective and shortly after went on military conquest. Most neighboring states were caught too off guard to mobilize a response in time, and most chose to surrender when threatened with war. They were reduced to oppressed vassals and had their wealth siphoned into the military effort. Their march was halted when the Lukariat and Rin Sovereignty shut down all the riftgates leading into their territories. Many believe this won't fully deter the growing superpower from continuing their expansion.
ToneDespite the unrest and conflicts currently brewing in parts of the galaxy, and the looming threat of the skethal infestation, its average citizen enjoys a comfortable existence and remain hopeful of the future. In the last few centuries truly dark and desperate times have proven transitory as those who want to improve the livelihood for everyone vastly outnumber those who don't. It's been demonstrated on numerous occasions that the driving efforts of groups, sometimes even just a single individual, can lead to changes with lasting effect.
VoiceThe worldbuilding of this setting will be presented in the form of informational texts written, compiled, and curated by in-universe characters or organizations. This means that articles can deliberately vary in degree of formality, depth of detail, and even factualness or objectivity in order to reflect the source's knowledge and any intentional or unintentional bias they may incorporate. Whose voice and point of view an article is written from will be visually indicated with a unique color palette and in many cases also an identifying subtitle. So far, I have presented two different in-universe sources for articles and more may come to be added later.
PrimaryThe primary voice of this site is the Royal Atheneum of Hövnís. Most of the setting's worldbuilding is presented as a part of an initiative to provide citizens of the United Worlds with an easy to access public information's database. All articles that in-universe are provided from their point of view will clearly have the subtitle 'Property of the Royal Atheneum of Hövnís'.
SecondaryThe secondary voice is the Jarmen Bureau of National Security Concerns. It's only been used in a few articles written during Summer Camp 2023 that are all portrayed as confidential reports for an ongoing criminal investigation on the planet of Beckinsal. All articles that in-universe are provided from their point of view will clearly have the subtitle 'Property of the Jarmen BNSC Archives, Beckinsal'.
The DreamerStill under development, and a bit of a secret for now.
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