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July 1, 2015, 2:11 pm

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Magitech Space Opera


Space travel is achieved by exposing Aerstones to mana while ancient threats awaken throughout the galaxy.

In the time before even legends recall, demons1 discovered space flight.

Space flight involves exposing aerstone to mana. When exposed to mana, the aerstone moves towards it. As more mana is exposed, the aerstone moves faster. The demons developed methods to gather and store mana in materia. This allowed continual and controlled exposure of mana to aerstone.

After an amount of exposure to mana, aerstone's internal structure organizes and the aerstone becomes sentient2. Sentient aerstones are able to project illusions and sense their surroundings3.

A sentient aerstone no longer needs mana exposure since it has a will of its own.

In their exploration, Demons discovered the other races and enslaved them. Demons used members of each race in different areas of their society across all the worlds in their empire. Elves were used in scholarly pursuits. Dwarves were used for manufacture, Goblins were bookkeepers, Orcs were security, Humans filled in the gaps that were left.4

Eventually the immense amounts of mana needed for space travel were depleted by overuse. Knowing the mana levels were decreasing, the Demons built giant artificial superstructures throughout the galaxy to keep themselves in stasis until mana levels had returned to sufficient levels to support their empire. The Demons also removed all of their technology from subjugated worlds in an attempt to keep their empire stabilized as much as possible. Their plan was that without the technology and mana, the subjugate species would not be able to travel space or develop new technologies.

They also set up tombs on various key worlds that will awaken them periodically so they can keep a closer eye on those worlds. They included materia in these tombs so that their watchers could use magic if needed.

The tomb on one world, Izus, malfunctioned and the demons never awakened. This malfunction was actually sabotage. A group of Elves and Dwarves, realizing what was happening and seeing a chance to finally overthrow the Demons set up a secret society on Izus that kept a true record of who and what the Demons are.

During the intervening time. Being completely cut off from each other, practically every world relegates Demons to myth, even the secret society on Izus.

As mana slowly regenerates, magic becomes possible again

Izusian Dwarves discover the malfunctioning tomb. The Izusians realize that the Demons were real and begin reexamining the old legends. After piecing together what happened, the Izusians begin working on a plan to keep the Demons from regaining their empire. Part of this involves developing a newer more efficient form of space travel so that the worlds can begin reconnecting before the Demons awake.

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Other Worlds

Although the Izusians are the only ones that planned it, there have been a few other worlds that managed to regain space flight. These other worlds were not key worlds that the chose to Demons leave tombs on.

The Tomb Worlds

The tomb worlds have had regular harassment by the Demons and have not progressed magitechnologically. However, those worlds are important to the Izusians and everyone else that wishes to resist the Demons. Not only do those worlds contain stashes of Demon technology, but the inhabitants have a more recent memory of the Demons and their tactics.

Lost Technology

Everyone in space is looking to rediscover Demon technology. When a citadel (the megastructures that Demons built in space) is discovered it is generally scuttled for the technology, but great care must be taken during the early stages of the process, otherwise the citadel will awaken the Demons.


2015-07-01 11:49 AM » Link: [8208#94379|text]


Ancient tales speak of a war between the Demons and Angels. Modern magiscientists are not sure who or what the Angels might be, or even of the tales are in any way accurate.


2015-07-31 09:05 AM » Link: [8208#94511|text]
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Voted Murometz
June 26, 2015, 16:09
The "space opera" part caught my eye. That is the kind of hard sci-fi I can get behind :)

This seems to be rather original to me with the demons and mana and aerstones gaining sentience (love that part.)

Interesting Cosmology you have going here!
Voted Scrasamax
June 26, 2015, 17:18
There are formatting errors, and from the syntax I'm going to venture that English isn't your first language.

But I want to know more, space demons and long term civilization engineering, caste races and hypertechnology and magic meshed together? I'm in.

I want to read more.
June 26, 2015, 17:36
I'm not sure what you mean by formatting errors, but if you mean the question marks, they are designer's notes that pop up if you hover over them. Sorry about the syntax. English is my first language, I just have an odd way of expressing myself sometimes.
June 26, 2015, 17:41
Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I didn't even know we can do that (question mark thingies--designer notes) and I've been here 9 years :/
June 26, 2015, 18:00

I don't think the functionality is built into the editor. I created it as a html post and copied the markup that the website uses for their popups. I've modified them so that they are no longer question marks.

In case you are interested, the code is: <i class="icon-tag" rel="popoverb" title="" data-content="content" data-original-title="title"></i>

June 26, 2015, 18:38
You can edit comments. Just click on the all-seeing EYE to the left, under your user name.
June 26, 2015, 18:10
Just wanted to add. This is my first submission to Strolen's and I wanted it to be a collaborative thing. So, anyone can add ideas to it if they want.
Voted valadaar
February 9, 2016, 10:35
Some good ideas here - I like it!

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