eXpanding the 4X strategy genre
Prologue: We’re part of the First Generation, the first group of races, to travel the stars in our young galaxy. Over millennia we progressed, always looking skyward dreaming of what awaited us when we reached the stars. Upon exploring the vastness of space we found it almost empty of other races comparable to our own. True, life was flourishing on many worlds but the vast majority of other species had not progressed to our level of technology. We encountered a few races who rivaled our own. The K’Linq and the Trancahta were the first. The K’Linq, a feline race, are very fast and maneuverable. Their ships match their agility and are armed with pulse weapons but have limited defenses. The Trancahta, sentient tortoises, are heavily armed and armored. Both civilized and reasonable but not interested in more than occasional trade and sharing of information. The Trancahta did warn us about the “Shadow”. Another species no one has ever seen because their ships employ cloaking technology and rarely leave survivors. The Shadow hunt in packs of smaller ships and demolish their targets with mass driver weaponry at close range. For several years our young galaxy was at relative peace as the First Generation began exploring. In Sector 32 a discovery was made that turned everything we thought we knew into chaos. Part of a advanced derelict ship of unknown origin was found while exploring a planet. Dating proved it to be billions of years older than our home system’s star! And yet its power source still functional and beyond our understanding was clearly not that old. Continued testing proved the material of the power source and the ship were in fact older than our galaxy and yet were comprised of elements made from our galaxy. This ship did not come from another galaxy it had come from another time in the distant future! The discovery sent shock waves throughout the First Generation. There were whispers and reports of other derelict artifacts scattered throughout known space but none of these were confirmed.
It was then we noticed a new species emerging from the fringes of explored space. They were relentless in their approach to Sector 32 refusing any reasonable attempts at communication. They devastated anyone who attempted contact with vastly superior firepower. We sent a fleet along with our allies, to protect the artifact and the planet. From several star systems the various populations of the First Generation watched as during the battle the enemy ship fired a beam at the star. The entire system, the star, the planet, the derelict ship, along with all our fleets vanished! Sector 32 became known as the Lost Sector. Nothing remained, not even space dust. That region of space was completely empty as it if had just been created. Radiation measurements pointed towards that fact.
Some scout and colony ships of varying races began disappearing in other sectors. Garbled reports came in of possible findings of technology from the future before communications were cut short. The First Generation began spying on each other desperate to get any information on the terrible foe they faced. Some were exposed. Chaos ensued as the cooperation of the peaceful races of the First Generation fell apart into a cold war.
A new fervor of exploration has been embraced by the races of the First Generation. Except this time armed conflict is sure to follow. For the first time since leaving their home systems the races of the First Generation fear their extinction, or worse; never existing in the first place. An advanced race from billions of years in the future that has traveled to the past could do so again…at any time. Perhaps any derelict technology if from the future would provide a means of defense? Or the species who controlled it may rise to dominance!
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