April 12, 1961. Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human being to leave the planet Earth and travel into space. April 12, 1981. The first of NASA’s space shuttles, Columbia, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on her first mission into the cosmos. April 12, 2041. U.S.S. Voyager embarks on her ill-fated maiden flight to find intelligent life beyond our solar system… hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s back up a bit, shall we? It is the year 2041. Mankind has already sent and retrieved five manned missions to Mars. The first permanent, self-sustaining lunar colony has just celebrated its first decade of operation. Large-scale terraforming of the moon’s surface has been going on for the better part of three years and a plan is in place to artificially accelerate the rotational speed of the moon in order to produce a shorter, more suitable day/night cycle. It is estimated that the moon will have its own breathable atmosphere and will be able to support life as soon as 2061. Recent breakthroughs in research of the 4th and 5th dimensions have led to the development of Hyperspace drive, which now makes long-distance interstellar travel feasible for humans. A science vessel was specially designed to partake in the first manned extra-solar mission, and is christened the U.S.S. Voyager. She was relatively small, her hull only measuring about sixty five feet long, twenty five feet wide, and thirty feet tall, but her three decks provided plenty of comfortable living space for her crew. She was accompanied by a pair of much larger drone-controlled cargo barges that each measure 425 feet long, 120 feet wide, and 90 feet tall with four main decks situated above a set of three large cargo holds. One of the drones was named "To Boldly Go," while the other was named "Where No One Has Gone Before." Each drone ship’s navigational systems are linked directly to that of the science vessel, so wherever Voyager jumps the barges will follow. They carry years’ worth of provisions, tools, various ground-based and hover-based vehicles, spare parts, repair equipment, everything the expedition crew would need in case of any emergency. Each drone carried an identical load, so the loss of one or the other for any number of reasons wouldn’t jeopardize the lives of the Voyager’s crew or their mission. Their most valuable pieces of hardware, by far, are the high-powered Hypercomm systems. By sending messages and data through Hyperspace, they allow communication between the expedition force and mission control in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Even though the Voyager is a research ship, she is by no means defenseless. She is armed with a pair of forward-facing, rapid-fire plasma cannons, a single Hermes Mk II missile tube, and two turrets that each mount a pair of plasma cannons. Her primary weapon, however, is a marvel called the Glaive Beam. Quite possibly the most powerful ship-based weapon system ever devised, a Glaive Beam can slice an asteroid the size of a football stadium clean in half in less than four seconds. In addition, the two drone barges each carried three Y-wing fighter-bombers in their forward holds for added protection. With the expedition force assembled, a target star system was chosen; a large planet which could possibly harbor life had recently been found during a scan of the Alpha Cygni system. Alpha Cygni Four, as the planet was officially called, orbited two stars, a blue giant and a brown dwarf, only about thirty light-years from Earth. On April 12, 2041, U.S.S. Voyager and her cargo barges made the jump into Hyperspace, bound for Alpha Cygni Four... None of the ships were ever seen again... They did, however, reach the Alpha Cygni system, but were pulled out of Hyperspace much later than intended and ended up far too close to Alpha Cygni Four’s massive (and previously undiscovered) planetary rings. Voyager sustained critical damage and was unable to relay comms back to Earth through the Hypercomms on the drones. As one of the barges automatically began orbiting the planet at a safe distance, the damaged engines on the Voyager, several of her escort fighters, and the remaining barge began to falter and quit. They dropped out of orbit and plunged down through the atmosphere of an alien world that looked very similar to home. Surviving a brutal crash landing, they discover that Alpha Cygni Four is eerily similar to Earth and is inhabited by intelligent lifeforms that could be called human if not for one big difference… they’re more than thirty times our size… The surviving crew of the Voyager now faces a serious dilemma: try to repair their ship and somehow get back to Earth, or count themselves lucky as it is and stay here on Alpha Cygni Four. Either way, they’ll have to adjust to a new point of view as they try to survive on a world like home while standing relatively only two inches tall… *Inhales deeply* Alright, THAT... was a mouthfull. In case it's not already discernable, I'm pretty certain I have a size fetish. I also have a bit of a talent for creative writing. Put 2 and 2 together and baddabing baddaboom, this happened. I've already had a copy of this same roleplay going for about two months now on a smaller site and I felt that I wanted to expand a little, experiment with moving beyond the rules of that forum and get a little more profane, a little gorier, a little sexier, etc. And, of course, experiment with a larger croud. Let me know what you think of the idea and if you'll be interested in joining once I start the roleplay up on this site. Lastly, I'd like suggestions for which group RP forum I should put it in, mainly Modern/Fantasy, Scifi, or Miscelaneous.