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Stargates

Stargates

The mistaken concept of a stargate is that it is a big annulus structure somewhere in a bunker that rotates and opens a wormhole between itself and another stargate, probably in a desert... This could not be further from the truth.

The thing about stargates is that they rely on Interspatial Resonance. This is such a weak field that the noise of a pin hitting the ground would drown out any instrument capable of detecting the signal from another stargate and as for pumping out a signal that is louder than the combined emissions of the planet’s own fields and the population’s technology... The difficulty isolating individual resonances from background noise is why ships have to fly out beyond Uranus before they can even begin to probe for the subtle subspace resonances from a nearby star.

A stargate has to achieve a number of things – it has to be able to detect the emissions from other stargates; to communicate with them across light years of space; account for subspace drift over time; it also needs a source of energy to do this. The final fundamental thing needed is that it needs to be able to transfer matter from one gate to another.


The means by which matter is transferred from one gate to anther differs fundamentally from wormholes. In the case of a wormhole, the two regions of space have the same resonances resulting in entanglement. This allows a ship to navigate a path into the region of entanglement and out the other side – not unlike going through a maze. Stargates on the other hand work in tandem to create a jump field around the object to be transported. The field is powered by the stargates and is generated external to the jump sphere (unlike the field generated by a jump drive). As the resonance of the jump sphere changes, the sphere drops out of real space and re-emerges at the location of the other stargate. Unlike a wormhole, there is no apparent movement through space and the actual transition is instantaneous (though the procedure itself is slow). Another fundamental difference is the use of keys – though to understand this, some speculated history on their creation is necessary.

Alien Creation
As humanity ventured beyond the Stellar Empire it encountered space faring aliens that told of mythical organic ships that had meddled in their histories for enigmatic purposes. For this they were called the Architects. When they were finally encountered, meeting one or two that had been around (if they were to be believed) for millennia, it was presumed that they were the builders of the stargates. This however seems not to be the case. Though clearly capable of demolishing a star system and putting it back together, even for them, the construction of a gate seems a little beyond their abilities.

From what can be fathomed a gate is a vast mass of degenerate matter that has been partially ‘exploded’ at the point a jump field has been created around it. As this happened the mass expands beyond the limits of the jump sphere, extending it into subspace and effectively pinning it beyond realspace. Within realspace, the point where the large mass existed becomes little more than a cold region of space. Detonating nuclear weapons in the vicinity does nothing to them.


Defining Stargate Nature
It is not a quantum black hole as some have described it because the energy output and gravitational field are insignificant, though it does share a lot of the math with respect to general relativity. A note about the energy is important as at first they appear to be entropic anomalies. The regions of space they occupy are almost at absolute zero. They actively absorb virtually all long wavelength emf. They do however emit high energy particles and emf including gamma rays and cosmic rays. They therefore convert some high entropy energy into low entropy energy and cause energy to ‘disappear’. This may be an application of an inverse ISR field*.

While this at first appears to break fundamental laws of physics, it is explained by the formation of the stargate. It has been presumed that the sheer mass of degenerate matter is the source of the low entropy emissions. It is also presumed that some of the energy being absorbed is actually stabilising the degenerate matter forming the stargate. In other words, the degenerate matter is reverting to normal matter. From calculations, a typical gas giant converted into degenerate matter would have sufficient energy to power around twenty thousand transitions (or three billion years) before stabilising sufficiently to emerge from subspace – probably as a very powerful explosion.

There is one final piece to stargates – they are programmable and can be controlled remotely. They can even be switched off. As has been pointed out they actively absorb low energy emf. If this energy happens to contain signal patterns such as those transmitted by stargates keys, the gates respond by forming the jump sphere around the signalling object and the ship. Unlike wormholes, stargates are not linked to a single specific destination. Providing that the gate has been programmed with the details (addresses) of other stargates, they can form a connection. A group of stargates connecting to each other is known as a ring. From all accounts there is no distance limit (unlike natural wormholes). Theoretically, two gates at different ends of the universe could be connected. The problem however is that for this to happen, somebody needs to program into the gates the addresses of the gates they will be connected to. This means studying both gates and transmitting their respective addresses from nearby. This is the fundamental flaw in their design (degenerating an entire gas giant aside). A gate cannot be connected to an unknown gate. Even if a gate is known, building another at the far end of the universe to connect to it still requires going back to the original gate with the address of the new gate. If that can be done in a reasonable amount of time, why bother with a gate? This presumably is why those that created the original gates both stopped building them and are no longer around. The universe is vast and they have simply left this region of space, never to return. Others suspect that the Architects have done a very nice job of cleaning up all the evidence they can – bar the stargates.



Alien Interests
Here is one worrying fact – recently a few TCA ships (organic ships – maybe related in some way to the Architects) were spotted seemingly interacting with stargates. They didn’t seem to do anything and in at least one case was destroyed mid-scan. As stated earlier – physicists have calculated the theoretical amount of transitions a gate can perform before stabilisation. Were they simply taking a meter reading? Alternatively, had these ships come from a distant system with a gate address and were attempting to program a link? Were they successful?


*Nuclear-damping technology works by inducing ISR fields around a world. These cause high energy particles and emf to pass into subspace (bleeding back into realspace over a sphere a few light seconds radius) thereby dissipating the explosion. The field is weak and works on resonance, meaning that the entire world is used as the emitter. This does mean that high energy devices need to be protected from this field. Nuclear reactors for example would simply stop working on a world with an ISR field.
Even though a nuclear device could be shielded from the planetary ISR field, allowing for detonation, the detonation would destroy the Inverse ISR field, and the explosion would end. This also explains why most naval weaponry is not overly powerful. Weapon systems have to use low energy (high entropy) methods of passing under the ISR threshold while still delivering a punch.




 
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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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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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