Lore

Space

Written by  on November 27, 2014

Space is big. Really Big, You just won’t believe how vastly hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.

The Coming of the Great Reset

Written by  on November 27, 2014

The central tenet of the Altairian metareligion The Children of Amiga says that the human race is actually living in a vast, undetectably realistic computer simulation being run from a time period believed by many to be the early 21st Century.

The most hotly debated part of the religion’s canon is the so-called “Coming of the Great Reset” when “all peoples shall be renewed and made equal to one another”. 

Belief/hope that this either will happen, won’t happen or has happened several times already so won’t happen again appears to correlate directly with bank account size.

The Dark Wheel

Written by  on October 16, 2014

The Dark Wheel is a semi-legendary space unit, star-riders who made it their business to seek the truth behind the plethora of myths and romantic stories that filtered back from all corners of the Universe: fabulous cities, parallel worlds, time travellers, even planets that appeared to be the old ‘heaven’ of Earth legend. The Dark Wheel was as mysterious and as mythical to the traders of the Galaxy as King Arthur might have been to the first spacemen.

Legend has it that long ago, a corps of The Dark Wheel discovered the location of Raxxla and lived there, exploiting gateways to other universes for all the wealth and riches they could provide.

Raxxla

Written by  on October 16, 2014

Raxxla is a fabled planet, a ghost world, a myth. As the legend goes, on Raxxla there are alien structures which serve as gateways to other universes. Legend also says that long ago, a corps of The Dark Wheel discovered its location and lived there, exploiting the gateways for all the wealth and riches the other universes could provide.

Not a shred of hard evidence has been uncovered to suggest that Raxxla actually exists. This world is kept alive by word of mouth and hearsay only, and is one of the Galaxy’s most discussed, and intriguing, legends.

Galactic Timeline

Written by  on October 15, 2014
  • 1950s  First man in space. controlled nuclear fission, transistor, start of first nuclear arms race
  • 1960s  First man on Moon, commercial fission power, integrated circuits, computers
  • 1970s  Probes in Solar system
  • 1980s  End of first nuclear arms race
  • 1990s  First serious environmental problems on Earth, controlled nuclear fusion
  • 2000s  First (minor) anned conflict between a nation and a “multi-national” corporation
  • 2010s  First serious population problems on Earth
  • 2020s  First international environmental protection enforcement agency, first commercial space station
  • 2030s  Major energy crisis, fossil fuel restrictions, religious unrest, first baby born off Earth
  • 2040s  World War III. Huge technological advancements, huge loss of life, dreadful environmental damage.
  • 2050s  War gradually abandoned due to popular rebellions. Commercial fusion power
  • 2060s  Rebuilding. Dominance of corporations increased.
  • 2070s  First man on Mars, first permanent Moon base
  • 2080s  Manned exploration of solar system, orbital cities around Earth, first interstellar probes launched.
  • 2090s  First permanent Mars base, heavy industry on the Moon.
  • 2100s  Discovery of fossils on Mars, “hyperspace” discovered. humans throughout solar system.
  • 2110s  Arrival of message from first interstellar probe to Alpha Centauri system. First pictures taken of an extra-solar planet in the Lagrange point of the two main stars.
  • 2120s  Presence of life on Tau Ceti 3 detected, first armed conflict in space over rights in the asteroid belt.
  • 2130s  Hyperspace capable probes sent to all nearby systems.
  • 2140s  Manned space craft sent to Tau Ceti.
  • 2150s  Colony established on Tau Ceti 3. Major corporations sending first private colony ships.
  • 2160s  The race for the stars. Enormous production effort to produce colony ships, and mass exodus started.
  • 2170s  First attempt to terra-form Mars started.
  • 2180s  Life on Delta Pavonis discovered and made extinct in same year from bacteriological infection.
  • 2190s  Discovery of life on Beta Hydri 4, Altair 5. Human colonials spreading out of control.
  • 2200s  Earth environmental recovery program started, terraforming of Mars abandoned.
  • 2220s  Extinctions on Tau Ceti 3 increasing. Earth threatens to send a police force if nothing is done about it
  • 2230s  Ultimatum sent to Tau Ceti ignored
  • 2240s  First interstellar battle, formation of the Federation, founder members: Earth, Tau Ceti, Delta Pavonis, Altair, Beta Hydri.
  • 2260s  Spread of Federation influence.
  • 2270s  Second attempt to terra-form Mars started.
  • 2280s  Discovery of first non-human relic in space. Origin still unknown in 3200.
  • 2290s  First man “outside” on Mars (ie breathing unaided) on completion of terraforming.
  • 2300s  Remaining indigenous life on Tau Ceti 3 preserved in special enclosures.
  • 2310s  News of elimination of a reputedly sentient race on Achenar 6d by private colonists causes outrage in the Federation. Achenar refuses to join Federation, many terra-forming projects started.
  • 2320s  Federation sends war fleet to Achenar. Resulting enormous space battle won by Achenar
  • 2330s  Spread of Empire from Achenar to surrounding worlds. War between Empire and Federation.
  • 2340s  Continuing battles between Federation and Empire.
  • 2350s  Sirius corporation founded, and grew rich supplying the war fleets.
  • 2360s
  • 2370s
  • 2380s  Treaty signed between Empire and Federation.

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Quitolline

Written by  on October 15, 2014

Quitolline. It is amazing that until the planet Topaz’s life forms in the Ayethti system were studied for pharmaceuticals, over 80% of all space travellers were subjected to hyperspace sickness. This is a tremendously debilitating syndrome which is now almost unrecognised. Only the very few people who suffer from allergic reactions to Quitolline need endure the disorientation of hyper-jump sickness. (And most such people really prefer to remain at home and do their stellar travelling second hand by way of sensavid). Quitolline is the most effective anti-h-sickness drug ever discovered and its synthesis from naturally occurring forms on Topaz is a closely guarded secret.

 

Sourced from Frontier: Elite II – Gazetteer
© 1992 by Ian Bell, David Braben, Kathy Dickinson and David Massey.

Gazetteer

Written by  on October 15, 2014

Many entries in the Guide reference an earlier work,  the Frontier: Elite II – Gazetteer. These articles are all attributed and can be found in the category ‘Gazetteer

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Trumbles

Written by  on October 13, 2014

Opinions differ whether Trumbles are pleasant and affectionate pets whose presence can be soothing to their owner’s psyche, or rather the most annoying and disadvantagous vermin to have one’s spaceship be cursed with. It’s not, however, unlikely that the former opinion has been hyped by the the PR department of the alleged creators and current Trumble™ genetic copyright holders GenFun, and to most shipowners, the only good Trumble is a sun-scorched Trumble.

Source: Elite Wiki

Babel Fish

Written by  on October 10, 2014

Nothing to do with the Elite : Dangerous universe at all, but simply far to awesome to be left out of the guide.

 

The babel fish is small, yellow, leechlike, and probably the oddest thing in teh universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconcious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the concious frequencies and nerve signals.

42

Written by  on October 10, 2014

The answer.

Pay attention to how often you get assigned docking bay 42. It isn’t a coincidence.