Humanity finds itself in a position unique in its history. We, for the first time in our civilization’s life span, possess technology at our disposal that we no longer know how to craft. The knowledge of a number of technologies and systems that we utilize, the secrets behind their inner workings and prototype designs have been lost after the events of the Catastrophe.
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“Ships come to life on København, and come to die on Gadani.”
In our last installment of Galactic Destinations, we introduced you to the Wreckage, and the shipyards of København. Today, we will give you a glimpse at a station light years away: The Yards of Gadani. Whereas “new” vessels are born on København, ships whose services are no longer needed come to Gadani for their final days.
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“What the noodle is made of is not as important as how the noodle is made. One can be a bad, as long as the bad is not in the preparation.”
(-Hsu, Noodle cook of Taungoo)
In our ongoing effort to provide a glimpse into some of the unique places you’ll find on your journey through the universe of Tau Station, we offer our latest installment of our Galactic Destinations series, The Broth Base & Seishu Pub of Taungoo Station. Like our previous entry, The Mermaid on Kobenhavn, The Broth Base & Seishu Pub is an inn catering to all forms of trader, wanderer, and traveler. But unlike The Mermaid, Taungoo Station’s inn features something that travelers can find nowhere else: Taungoo Noodles, the delicacy known throughout the universe as culinary art.
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“And when I ate you, we would grok together and nothing would be lost and it would not matter which one of us did the chopping up and eating.”
Valentine Michael Smith
This time period corresponds to a tradition from Before that venerates the spookier folktales and mythoi of our ancient cultures. Today we bring you a report on the ghoulish mystery that surrounds the station known as Moisson! Read on to discover more about the rumors of this alleged dark harvest.
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Cirque Centauri, once a mecca of leisure, hospitality, and entertainment, is again open for business. Back in its Golden Era, the station was a luxury destination for travelers wishing to see death-defying acts, go on thrilling rides, bask in opulence, and sample delicacies from all over the star systems. At one time a thriving station with high-end hotels, galaxy-class restaurants, a spectacular circus, and the finest of recreational activities, Cirque Centauri was the gem of the system, with visitors traveling from far and wide to indulge in the station’s wonders and delights. Until it all came crashing down…
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I shut my eyes in order to see.
The eyes, it is said, are the windows into the soul. With a little tweaking, we have made this window something a little more functional from the other side as well. Enter the CORETECHS, a happy and successful marriage of form and function. Brought to you by Benevolent Dynamics, one of the corporations you will find within the Tau Station universe, the CORETECHS is a blend of in-game utility and immersive storytelling.
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There is a common understanding among all walks of conscious life: rules exist. Human-kind, through careful tailoring by social norms, have a set agreement about what those rules are and that agreement is put into a system of laws. The laws put boundaries on acceptable behavior. They protect and secure and sometimes oppress and restrict. But they exist and like everywhere else in the recognizable human experience, the breaking of those laws leads to detainment and incarceration. The universe of Tau Station is no different.
We are all that is left of humanity. Our laws matter.
Read on below about what we call “law and order” in our days, but what is a special experience in Tau Station. Try to avoid going to…the brig!
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A very wise and gifted old man once stated:
Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. Its process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.
While we do have the utmost respect for the afore-quoted gentleman, the denizens of Tau Station’s ‘verse have taken a slightly more extropian approach. Born of necessity and the need to survive in the new situations that arise when one seeks to colonize new star systems with their own idiosyncratic gravities, atmospheres, and a whole host of new dangers, humanity bio-engineered its own evolution.
Read on below to discover Tau Station’s Genotypes!
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Founded by wealthy Gaule philanthropists looking to fashion a station devoted to the arts, Nouveau Limoges has long existed as a haven for artists, poets, musicians, and idealists. With its reputation for independent thinking and a resistance to authority, the station has always been seen as somewhat of an eccentric anomaly to the Gaule administration. With its large population of free thinkers, devoted to creative pursuits, the government was often at odds with the non-conformity of its citizens. The imposition of tighter control was met by increasing civil disobedience and the threat of outright rebellion.
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København, once a beacon of industry, a station of shipwrights and world class engineers known far and wide as the very best in the building of spacefaring vessels. Now, after the Catastrophe, this station is a husk of its former self. When the Catastrophe struck here, it struck hard. Hundreds of gargantuan ships moored above the station, some for repairs, others being built outright, came slowly but inexorably crashing down upon the luckless denizens below. Cruiseliners, built to ferry thousands of passengers across the solar system disintegrated entire city blocks, other buildings exploded into fiery balls of deadly plasma as fuel tanks ignited or dangerous payloads caught a spark. In the aftermath, København’s people crawled out of the wreckage and, those that did, marvelled at their survival.
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