Pirates Among the Asteroids

Out in the asteroid belt, the Dominion would like you to believe it’s a bunch of happy, go-lucky miners bashing rocks for a living. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s more like the high seas of the 1700s when Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Jack Sparrow terrorized merchants and travelers alike with their criminal antics. Pirates…

Views from the Conning Tower: How Much Cybernetic Enhancement is Too Much to be Called Human?

The following was a digital story that went out on the Colonial News Network (CONN) a few days ago. In an age where cybernetic enhancement is the norm, how much is too much? At what point do you become more machine than human? It’s a controversial topic and one tackled by Dr. Hideo Karnak from the…

Real Estate in the Universe

The universe is a big place. As Douglas Adams once wrote, mindbogglingly so. But the thing it doesn’t lack is space. The commute may kill you, but there’s an infinite number of places to hang your hat if you look hard enough. Here on Earth, we’re running out of room in a lot of the…

Religion in the Dominion

It was once said that there are no atheists in foxholes and I suspect the same might be said of being a spacefaring race. Though Aliens & Asteroids may be set a couple of centuries in the future, I suspect that our need to call on a higher power in a time of need may…

Treasures in the Belt

There are few things in the solar system as unique as the asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Since Giuseppe Piazzi discovered Ceres, the first and largest asteroid, we’ve had a fascination with discovering what was out there. And when we finally started a process of not only mapping, but mining the…

Reports from the Edge: Eager Shadow, 2228

The Excursori are a secretive society of explorers who brave the edges of space, exploring uncharted worlds and treading where few souls dare. Through many of their explorations in the last century and a half, they have aided greatly in expanding human understanding of the larger universe in which they find themselves in. Though the…

Sparks – The Empire of Sand

The Empire of Sand has always been a bit of an enigma. Rumors abound. Facts are in short supply. Here is what we know: Situated squarely in the middle of the Continent, it occupies several hundred square miles of space but remains hidden behind Greffon’s Wall – a mysterious magical barrier surrounding the whole area.…

Phaedrus Friday: Not All Who Wander the Great Plains Are Lost

On the great plains west of No Man’s Land lies an ocean of grass punctuated only by the forgotten places of the once great Kingdom of Bede. Where communities once bloomed, nature has reclaimed wood and stone. Ruins dot the landscape, explored only by herds of grazing beasts, the occasional predator, and the wandering tribes…

Phaedrus Friday: Discovered!

My liege, I have failed you and taken refuge among the Waktok. They are protecting me as I make my way home to you. Their migration takes them across the world seeking the lost knowledge of Bede. I have promised them secrets in return for my safety. Please make sure that one of your Lieutenants…

Phaedrus Friday: Adan the Mad Has Escaped!

It seems that Adan Talorn has escaped his father’s care and broken free of the asylum in Charis. The King and Queen have sent searchers in all directions, but rumor has it that even the gnomes are without word of his current whereabouts. The troubled boy has spoken of a “coming age of darkness” for…

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