Hi Tom and Dark,
I really like where you guys are going with the topic, and I was hoping to
throw in my five dollars(inflation, you know, grin).
My only concern about a scifi universe like what dark explained was that the
primary purpose might get overshadowed with all the very cool things a
player can do in the genre.
I think, as an example, I would make a foundation like this.
Earth was left behind after it was nearly destroyed in a nuclear exchange
thousands of years ago, prompting the remaining human race to seek out new
homes in the stars. Thousands of years later, humanity has been around, has
colonized many worlds, some highly technical, some more wild, until they hit
the mother lode. A core of worlds that could be a new home. They colonize,
terraform, they expand and you get a new human home, with a space empire to
boot. Never the less, as time progresses, the first human galactic empire
falls, it's borders dropping only to about a half dozen worlds. and that
leaves many planets cut off except a very few, allowing those "rogue"
planets to become whatever without interference from the Hi Tech empire.
Thru the time of this space "dark age" humanity all over the galaxy starts
to change thru cybernetic implants, eugenic programs, genetic manipulation
to make humans better suited for a particular world, radiation, magic, or
just simple breeding and racial traits adaptations and mutations.
In any event, after the many thousands of years and the continual changing
and manipulation of DNA thru all the hybrid worlds, humanity established in
the small galactic empirefind out about a strange genetic flaw which is
causing the human race to become unable to produce viable offspring. In
effect, the babies being born die only minutes out of the womb.
Furthermore, this same genetic flaw has started to affect each and every
human being. The only hope for humanity is to find a "pure strain" of humans
in order to discover the answer to the mystery and save the entire human
race from eventual extinction.
Needless to say, brave bands of Seekers need to be brought together to go
forth and search the galaxy for that elusive "pure strain". This means that
all manner of characters with all manner of job skills are needed. Some
examples would be military personnel who would protect the starcraft from
bandits, pirates, marauders and hostile enemy war vessels. Highly trained
soldiers like rangers or green beret types would be needed to go out in the
field for or with the scientists to protect them and things of that nature.
scientists of all sorts are needed to help discover, and create the cure to
save the human race. They would also be experts in various fields like
computers and A.I. , robotics, cybernetics, biology, chemistry, even
archeology. Then there is the medical personnel, space craft crew to
maintain and drive the seeker ship. A few ambassadors would be good for
dealing with planets with civilized governments, and even some criminal
types would be needed to get into some more "stealthy" situations of all
sorts(after all, we are talking about saving the entire human race , by hook
or by crook). Merchants would be invaluable as they would be needed to
barter for things from food and water, fuel, or for a broke hyperdrive out
in the middle of some desert planet somewhere. grin. The seeker ship could
have a small squadron of single man or two man fighter space craft for
various missions or ship defense as well, meaning maintanienc crews and
space jocks would be needed for them. Then there is the possiblity of
androids and robots, alien friendly races etc.
Now as the seekers go searching, they will run into all sorts of strange and
new worlds, and there might even be oppurtunities to grab skills not
immediatly available, like maybe magic, or certain types of implants, or
psionic mind powers etc and so forth.
In addition, each quest does not have to be immediatly focused on the pure
strain cure. The seekers could be asked to clear up some pirates at an
asteroid mining colony before given a crucial bit of equipment, or a star
map leading to some new unexplored planet. New technologies might be out
there as well and could be bought, stolen, invented such as cloaking
devices, light sabers, teleportation devices, holtzman engines etc and so
Also with the storyline is questions like, is the human flaw problem the
inevitable product of human genetic self manipulation, or is it the new
deadly weapon of an alien race not encountered yet. Could it be something
introduced to humanity by a nazi like group of "pure" humans who hate all
humanity not pure like themselves (which they ironically would have the very
cure for humanity in themselves). Is it an attack from an alternate
dimension, or was stephen hawking right and there really is some kind of
information paradox out there (I watch a lot of the science channel, grin).
How does that sound?
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