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Wormholes

Wormholes

Hypothetical traversable wormholes may be possible according to solutions for the equations describing general relativity within the real universe. This is if they can be stabilised through negative-energy density exotic matter (Casimir effect constraints and all that). There are even solutions in which natural wormholes can exist and have done since the early universe, being held open by negative mass cosmic strings.

In Phoenix we use Inter-spatial Resonance (ISR) as a base mechanic. While not Newtonian in terms of absolute location, it does define all parts of the universe as having a definite resonance. This resonance is not well understood, at least not by anyone other than a few boffins deep in research labs and the occasional exotic alien species who are even more inscrutable. Most bandy the word subspace and shrug.
There are two things that are commonly known by star captains, this is that there are epiphenomenon called subspace drift and subspace oscillation.

The former is believed to be related to the expansion of the universe it seems that the decoupling of energy and mass in the early universe may be just one decoupling of exotic states. The decoupling of space and subspace (all those little dimensions curled up on themselves) meant that given a period of time the constants used to determine jump parameters will change and in unpredictable ways. Professors of esoteric subjects say it is due to cosmic strings and point apologetically at superclusters and the general clumpiness of the universe. They may even dumb it down and say it is not unlike the ripples in sand left behind by the tide. The changes to the constants are analogous to the seawater in contact with the seabed moving over these ripples but also reforming them. Then again they will say anything to ensure their tenure.

The phenomena of subspace oscillation is however a much more extreme version of subspace drift, changing the localised resonance of a region of space by huge amounts. There is some support for these natural wormholes to be from the dawn of time for two good reasons first, they do not have a shell of exotic matter associated with their openings and secondly there is evidence for them also exhibiting subspace drift. There are rumours (of closely guarded research by certain affiliations) that point towards wormholes naturally changing which systems they connect to.

There are some indications that cosmic strings with 'loose ends' may be responsible for the vast majority of natural wormholes. This would explain why one end of the wormhole is constrained within a region of space though the other end appears to move between systems. It is of course more complicated than that and it may well be proved that in fact it is one of the higher dimension knots described in m-theory that accounts for the localised changes in resonance. Suffice to say, most wormholes have one end that changes its resonance. Each resonance point matches that of another region of space, resulting in the wormhole leading to a new region of space. The two ends are therefore referred to as origin and end-point. The end-point being the side of the wormhole that 'leaps around the universe'.

As natural wormholes are linked to ISR to some degree, it explains why wormholes appear to have a limit on the distance they can span. This is somewhere in the region of a few hundred light years. It is almost certainly a function of the upper limit of the negative-mass cosmic strings generated by the Big Bang.


Of Wormhole Anchors
While natural wormholes are an accepted part of the Phoenix universe, there are those that have found it horribly inconvenient that they tend to undergo subspace oscillation, connecting with multiple locations. Efforts have therefore been made to anchor a wormhole between two regions of space. This would not have been possible without the discovery of gravitron. Gravitron is a peculiar mineral that under normal circumstances is nothing more than dull grey rock. If however it is subjected to certain fields it will induce a negative gravity field. There are even rumours of a world where both gravitron and these fields exist simultaneously resulting in large floating islands.
While gravitron has positive mass, its ability to generate a negative gravity field can be used to approximate to negative-energy when cleverly applied to a natural wormhole. When done so in sufficient amounts it stops the wormhole cycling. There are two leading theories on this the first is that it absorbs energy from the wormhole, preventing this from leading to instabilities that eventually cause it to jump its resonance cycle. The other is that it establishes an exotic matter sphere at the opening in order to generate a new Lorentzian wormhole within the existing one. Either way it seems to work.

Closed Wormholes
Even though a wormhole is only ever traversable between two points, there are indications that it is still connected to all the points (largely in agreement with m-theory). It is possible to pick-up energy fields in proximity of the closed end. These readings are so weak that unless the region of space has already been identified, such as when the wormhole's endpoint connects there, that they would not be discovered without a lot of research into local stellar cartography. There are some that even speculate that this might be used to send energy through a closed wormhole.

WoMD and Wormholes
There comes a time when an open wormhole is an open invitation to be invaded. The solution wing a few nukes down the wormhole and blow it up. Unfortunately, something forged in the early universe and enduring for billions of years is not so easy to destroy. It can however be done through the timely and careful detonation of a few nukes while within the wormhole. There are so many critical parameters that simply firing a salvo into a wormhole will not work. For a start, entering a wormhole requires the negotiation of the entrance this needing the full guidance system of a starship. There are also a lot of complicated mechanics involved in the launch something only an officer with quite a lot of skill can achieve.
In other words it is final trip of a dedicated crew captained by an exemplary officer.
Finally, it is only a temporary solution. The maths indicate that there is also increasing resistance to sequential attempts. The first successful closure is believed to have lasted a year, but following suicide runs proved significantly less impressive. At best it is a sacrifice to buy time to meet the invasion through construction or diplomacy.


Other Wormholes
There are other types of wormhole on Phoenix referred to as artificial or induced. The artificial wormhole of Dyson is similar to a Schwarzchild wormhole though the mechanics of its formation and manipulation are a well-kept secret (either that or the people responsible for its use haven't a clue and use the controls created by the Architects). Threats to open the wormhole directly on a world have so far failed to come to pass. It seems unlikely that a wormhole could be opened on a world with a stable ISR field. There is even some speculation that attempting it would cause a feedback loop capable of destroying the entire Sphere.
There are induced wormholes, spontaneously created through the collapse of a gas giant that exhibits peculiar phenomena. There is debate as to whether this is not in fact a natural wormhole that is actually closed. The reason for its closure could be that subspace drift caused either the origin or one of the endpoints to align with a large gravitational well such as a giant. This would in theory cause energy and mass bleed into the wormhole each time it attempted to open, causing disruption. If a method could be determined to hold the opening open or lower local energy, the wormhole could be induced to expand, either swallowing the giant whole or destroying it utterly.


 
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  Star Date: 221.22.5

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RAGNAROK BECKONS

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Assault on End Game

The ancient Architects have declared war on the Dewiek Elder Nation. The first sign of the conflict was subspace transmissions in a remote system in the Pocket Periphery. This followed reports that the ancient Ragnarok shipyards on Beacon were malfunctioning. In response, the Wolf Mother sent urgent orders to several Dewiek scout ships to patrol the End Game system.

The Konungr Smidamadr was the first to encounter the gigantic, “Planet Killer” class ARC ships. Measuring in at thirty-two hundred heavy hulls and armed with a hundred ARC plasma weapons, the ship was more like a mobile armed platform. It is certainly the largest vessel ever recorded. The scout ship was vaporised instantly.

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ARC Planet Killer dwarves largest DEN warships

 
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  Star Date: 221.11.4

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Caste Apart

The Flagritz Republic is (very nearly) no more. In its place, a single Hexamon and Flagritz power has arisen. The new Collective has absorbed much of the Flagritz holdings with only a handful of Clique-caste Flagritz systems choosing instead to align with the other Elder species, the Dewiek.

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Flagritz and Hexamon Hybrids - A hope for the Future?

 
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  Star Date: 221.3.3

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Meklanmania

Meklan scout ships continue to be seen around the Orion Spur periphery. These cyborg creatures in service of hidden ancient masters appear to be terrorising the Wimble Nation in particular. Despite public lamentations against the hardship of defending themselves, the Wimble leadership have not yet responded to our request for comment.

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Artist's impression of a Meklanised Wimble

However, Xavier Fox, CEO of Galactic Transport and Trade, did give us the following statement:

“We have engaged several Meklan ships, although currently the source has not been identified. GTT Directors have been running patrols and have engaged and destroyed numerous ships that have attacked outlying outposts belonging to different affiliations. The pattern of ships encountered leads us to believe there is a central source, but until that is found we would suggest any affiliation with assets in the area provide adequate defences.”

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Doomsday On Pause

At the site of the Thete anomaly, the Dewiek Nation has sent media sensation Sharon Aleman to the scene. Aleman, whose cybernetic enhancements allow her to directly interface with her ship’s sensor array, led her hardened crew into a dive of the outermost “edge” of the anomaly. After spending several days collecting and analysing data (mere minutes to the rest of us outside the anomaly), Aleman reported her shocking discoveries.

 
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  Star Date: 220.50.5

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Veil Lifted on Flagritz Home Space

As the Hellcadium ISR field continues to fluctuate, one of the newly exposed systems is Junista inside the previously hidden and inaccessible home periphery of the Flagritz Republic.

Over the past few weeks Flagritz Republic patrols and platforms have dealt with a number of scout ships from the Human Empire as the IMP wasted no time in exploiting this opportunity to poke around in their old enemy’s backyard. It is understood that at least one of these unarmed scouts was destroyed with no one willing to estimate how many more might be buzzing around.

Coincidentally, suspected IMP lackey, SSL TOAD, has also been overheard showing an obsessive interest in the Flagritz periphery. However, we have received no reports of this being anything other than his usual drug-fueled, barely decipherable mutterings at this stage.

Either way, this sudden, uninvited interest in the Flagritz Periphery has left the FLZ leadership muttering darkly about appropriate measures being taken. Defensive fleets and supporting structures are being deployed in the Junista system and beyond in expectation of further uninvited guests.

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When You stare into the Flagritz Periphery...

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Thete's Timey-Wimey Tease

Investigation into the Thete anomaly continued in the Dewiek Pocket Periphery. The anomaly was scanned from all angles by a number of the Dewiek Nation’s best sensor ships and officers. The data, collected over several weeks, was sent to one of the DEN’s most advanced scientific laboratories for analysis.

What they found will shock you!

 
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  Star Date: 220.45.1

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Perfidion Reached

Long speculated by theoretical Stellar Cartographers, Perfidion Reach finally opened in the last few weeks. Immediately, the Detinus Republic boldly staked a claim on the first accessible system, Hellcadium. Only time will tell the true value of this strategic move but their much-taunted bureaucracy may have finally proved its worth.

Early reports from scans of the system reveal a wildly fluctuating ISR field. Rumours suggest that at least one ship was destroyed as it was forced into an asteroid belt chasing a stable jump field attempting to exit the system. Casual travellers are warned away from the system at this time for their own safety. Leave it to skilled explorers and navigation officers.

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Mathematical model of Hellcadium ISR Field.

We spoke to Captain Zakiyah Ummahi via subspace link. Zakiyah led the first DEN expedition into the Perfidion Reach. "Spirits remain high but this is largely down to the extended R&R we were all forced to take immediately prior to jumping into this hole. Initial scouting reports show at least one planet with plenty of forests and grasslands which might help if we're going to be stuck here for Folkvar knows how long waiting for this damned ISR field to stabilise."

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Valhalla Stargate Reopens

Dewiek engineers and scientists have finally managed to re-enable Stargate Valgrind this week and the protective Exclusion Zone is to be lifted. If DEN investigators discovered who caused the gate to malfunction, or why, they were not willing to share it with us. Military sources, however, have announced a project to provide a significant boost to the already formidable defence platform in the stargate’s orbit.

 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***

Empire - DEN action grinds to a halt

After months of tension relations between the Empire and the Dewiek Nation, which rose to several large scale fleet actions ending in the DEN losing over 60 Direwolf warships in Solo, things appear to have moved from antagonistic to unfriendly. With the Solo system being a particular issue an agreement has been reached between the Wolf Mother of the DEN and Xavier Fox of the GTT. Since this things have become very quiet, not just because the shooting has stopped, but also because my reporters have been on their summer holidays.
 
News For Discerning Naplians!
---- Special Galactic Edition ----



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Host: Naambta!
Good Greetings, and welcome to the show.

This is News for Discerning Naplians, and i’m sure you are all showing much impatience to see this week’s Panel Discussion. We will be discussing religion with the Lady Ghadir of the Temple of Ya Zoon, renowned neo-naplian spiritualist Chairman TonTon, and a very special guest from our imperial neighbours, Bishop Samantha Porteus of the Brotherhood. But before we get to that...

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Welcome to the latest version of ESNN, giving the news and views from the ESNN's reporter and news anchor, Ainsley Moore, making this the peripheries' most favourite unbiased publication in the known universe from our new home in the Heartland,

And so with the news from the last few weeks,
 
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*** Inter Galactic News ***
  • DEN assault FEL base and get wiped out
  • CIA Trade fleet caught and destroyed by the DEN
  • Krell denounce worship of the True One

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    Huge fleet skirmish at the London/Crossley wormhole

    A large fleet of over 700 DEN warships responded to the EMP action in Crossley, where a 4000 hull DEN platform was destroyed. Reports show the DEN ships caught a group of CIA ships napping and inflicted significant losses on the humans. IMP and GTT fleets moved to assist the CIA, matching DEN fleet numbers, but the arrival of over 1200 Hexamon ships seems to have tipped the battle in favour of the DEN-HEX alliance.

    The combined DEN-HEX force pushed through the wormhole into the Heartland area of human space and retaliated, attacking several CIA platforms in response. The outnumbered Empire fleets abandoned the area and fled, they are currently waiting for the larger alien force to make their next move from their hiding places.
     

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