Jump fuelHumanity discovered the first jump point almost a half a century before anyone knew what it did. The discovery of what the jump points offered came with great joy tempered by one sad fact.Jump fuel by ~Tscroggs
The amount of energy required for a ship to use a jump point was so steep that fusion power simple wasn't efficient enough to trigger the points. A couple of anti-matter powered vessels were able to trigger the points successfully, but anti-matter was both dangerous and cripplingly expensive.
While some people began to design large anti-matter 'jump ferries' humanities space program withered. The discovery of jump resonance material was a complete accident that came about just before humanity lost all interest in space outside their solar system.
Now universally know as jump fuel, jump resonance material can sharply decrease the amount of energy needed to trigger a jump point. The drop is so steep in fact, that even a low-powered fusion reactor
On the Edge of Known Space____ _______On the Edge of Known Space by ~Tscroggs
(Super-science, human-only, long time space faring)
Power: Fusion is the most popular power source, used in everything both planet side and space born. Anti-matter is used in a handful of extremely high performance vessels, but is considered too hazardous to be worth it.
Portable Power: Power cells are compact enough that anything that isn't directly self-powered will use power cells instead. Recently the Edge has been using inferior-quality resonance crystals instead. The crystals have a much denser storage capacity than power cells, but anyone from the inner rings thinks the practice is highly sacrilegious.
Force fields: Do not exist, even in lab form. FTL drive fields DO produce a repulsion field that acts similarly in combat, and this field has been used to block attacks by the desperate. Weapon attacks with the right frequency however, can damage the drive by attacking
The Galactic RaceThe Galactic RaceThe Galactic Race by ~Tscroggs
The universe is populated by many intelligent species; many have been space faring for as long as humanity has been able to use fire. The largest technological expo of the times, the Great Race, is going to have a new entrant this year. Nothing will be the same again.
Galactic Council: A semi-governing body of FTL-capable alien species. The council has very little power, but instead maintains the standards galactic trade needs to survive. They regulate what can be sold to 'Minor' races. They archive all territory claims. The council also runs the Great Race and determines its rules and route.
1. The council has about 103 members, down from the original in the 261. Some members have gone extinct or withdrawn from galactic affairs
2. There is no provision in the council's charter to add new members to the council and there are enough arch-conservatives on the council to resist revisi
An Unpure WorldAn Un-pure worldAn Unpure World by ~Tscroggs
Society Technology Levels:
Power: Fusion generally. Anti-matter generators are available, but anti-matter itself is very rare and expensive. (See notes on anti-matter below.) "Cold" fusion is also available, but while cold fusion plants are much smaller, they produce only a fraction of the power and cost almost as much. Cold fusion is most often seen as a back-up power source and in small vehicles that need more then fuel cells, but less than hot fusion. (Surface-to-Orbit shuttles, large land vehicles, large ocean vessels, etc.)
Potable Power: Power cells exist in the form of rechargeable loops of superconductive materials. Almost all hand-held personal devices are powered by interchangeable power-cells. An exception is instant high-demand applications like energy weapons. Those also use power cells, but the cell is different and can not be used in devices that