Premise: 4000 A.D. The Solar System has been united under a single government. The Terran Kingdom has set up advanced colonies on all of the major planets throughout the system. The many worlds have their own lesser governments, each striving for the betterment of the homeworld. From Mercury to Neptune, the adopted children of the Terran King rule as a divine prince or princess. Every thousand years, the Interregnum begins to establish a new dynasty. The Terran King remains frozen in time, waiting patiently to crown the heir to his throne... ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Story Roster Defiant Worlds Extra CS Rules The scribes from the Church of Solaris are a bit stingy in their willingness to educate folks on the origins of the Terran Kingdom. Such information is usually reserved for government officials or church leaders, and the version of the story used in schools has been heavily altered over the years. The truth remains a well-guarded secret. Bloodshed is the only force more binding than gravity in this bizarre future. The Terran Kingdom was officially founded in the year 3000, following the first Interregnum. Before this, it was the long-forgotten United Nations that pushed humanity into the stars with primitive FTL technology. Mankind was still divided in this ancient era by nation and creed. A civil war had erupted between Earth, Luna, and Mars for unknown reasons, and the conflict had not ended until an Earth-born general declared himself the first Terran King. His name has been recorded as King Invictus I, otherwise known as Invictus the Great. Invictus I took eight wives for himself, and all but one of the children born of these marriages were banished to the distant colonies. Upon his death, Invictus the Great was worshiped as the god Solaris. His firstborn daughter, Mizuki, was crowned as the Terran Queen shortly thereafter. She ruled from a grand palace on Luna. This choice of location angered the residents of Earth, prompting a series of revolts that came to be known as the Solar War. Queen Mizuki had birthed a son of her own, although the lack of an apparent father resulted in the murder of every sibling in the royal family. Mizuki herself, as well as the other residents of Luna, vanished in a mysterious event known as The Corruption, in 3068. Her son, meanwhile, evaded certain death by returning the seat of power to Earth, and from there he restored order across the many worlds. King Orion made sure to keep the royal bloodline firmly on the homeworld, while the empty thrones of the colonies would be filled by his adopted children. Relative peace had been achieved, and a golden era was ushered in. Innovation quickened its pace at a rate never before seen. Centuries passed. The Church of Solaris grew in power as the kingdom expanded in population. Increasingly, kings and queens relied on its guidance for setting policy. The Church of Solaris mandated strict control over society, as well as full control over the universities of mankind. These demands were met, and in the year 3500, the Church's Grand Elder confirmed the Interregnum as a holy event. Solaris' glory was to be honored by the introduction of a new dynasty. This event was to occur on the thousandth anniversary of the Terran Kingdom's foundation. Similarly, The Corruption which rendered Luna uninhabitable was condemned as an unholy event. Any attempts at reclaiming the moon was forbidden by sacred law. Citizenship for artificial intelligence was revoked by King Arges III, enabling nonhuman slavery to flourish in the kingdom. These changes sparked the Martian Wars in 3795, wherein the moons Phobos and Deimos seceded to become the Martian Union of Socialist Republics. In 3822, the Hades Virus broke out on Pluto and Charon. Reports at the time indicate that the disease was brought onto the dwarf planet and its largest moon by a contaminated asteroid. The Hades Virus outbreak culminated into symptoms that closely resembled old myths of vampirism. Aversion to sunlight, a thirst for blood, and superhuman strength was the fate awaiting anyone who was infected. Royal doctrine addressed Pluto as a quarantine zone. Small pockets of the contagion have been rumored on multiple planets. The diseased were excommunicated by the Church of Solaris, persecuted by the government, and eventually classified as subhuman. Other types of subhumans, like cyborgs, harpies, and fusions, received similar treatment. Before placing himself into cryostasis in 3999, King Ignis V set the rules for choosing an heir. The next Terran ruler had to be wise, strong, and brave. They must show a unique vision for guiding humanity, as well as respecting the culture of the homeworld. There was no doubt in his head that the princes and princesses of the colonies were adept leaders. Only in battle would the strongest among them carry on the legacy of Solaris. Ruler of Mercury: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Venus: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Mars: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Jupiter: Orin Centaurus Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Saturn: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Uranus: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ruler of Neptune: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Other(s): -Mucada (knight-Venus) -Brian Sinclaire (admiral-Mars) Luna: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Mankind's first steps into the vast heavens started with Earth's moon, renamed as Luna by King Invictus I. Prior to this, it was a symbol of hope for an endless expansion into the cosmos. This hope was dashed in The Corruption. It was the event which marked the end of Queen Mizuki's chaotic reign. Not only that, but millions of lunar colonists managed to disappear without a trace. Not a single corpse was ever found at the site. The stations themselves were relatively intact, however. The Church of Solaris has banned all travel to Luna and blamed the incident there as punishment from the divine. Treasure hunters are frequently arrested and executed for defiling Luna. Its posthumous nickname is the Dead World, as no sign of life can be found. Aged moon dust is often illegally sold as a hallucinogenic. Phobos & Deimos: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Ignored by the vast majority of the solar system, these two rebellious moons are the only two official members of the Martian Union of Socialist Republics. Adhering to the ideology of Marxist-Leninism, the M.U.S.R. frequently stages attacks on merchant ships heading to Mars, seizing their cargo and imprisoning the crew. Defectors from the M.U.S.R. describe the People's Republic of Deimos as being the primary governing moon. Eyewitnesses and merchants who escaped custody from the M.U.S.R. are quick to mention its totalitarian leadership. All citizens there are members of the Martian Worker's Party. Its primary economic/military rival is Triton, with the conflict being dubbed as a 'Cold War'. Io: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler This moon is the closest of habital worlds to the hostile atmosphere of Jupiter. It started as a simple research colony in the days of the United Nations, until its occupants slowly went mad due to the resemblance of The Great Red Spot to an omniscient human eye. Now those who are born on Io are typically members of the Cult of Vortex. The moon became shrouded in secrecy and isolation, but modern observers have noticed the construction of massive pyramids dedicated to the worship of their heathen god. Io is allegedly governed by an immortal mad Pharaoh whom claims to be a descendant of Vortex. Like other rumors regarding Io, it is unverified. Triton: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler For the most part, Triton is a fairly unremarkable moon of Neptune. It was never officially incorporated into the Terran Kingdom. The reason why is linked with Triton's self-proclaimed status as the shadow government of the United States of America, a country believed by royal historians to be little more than a myth propagated by insurrectionist colonials. Triton is a hyper-nationalistic world which operates as a constitutional, democratic-republic. Efforts to reclaim Triton have been delayed on account of their impressive economy and large military. Occasionally the Tritonian government is willing to cooperate with Mars in order to oppose the M.U.S.R. and other remnants of communism. Historians tend to agree that this moon is a vestige of religious tolerance compared to Earth (although Triton is simultaneously referred to as a vestige for Christianity in addition to the other Abrahamic faiths). Pluto & Charon: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler The coming of the Hades Virus has converted these once-simple living station conglomerates into an independent, thriving civilization. The Necrocracy of Pluto is a somewhat democratic society, led by an elected Blood Chieftain and the Dark Council. Citizens require a daily intake of blood due to their genetic mutations. Human slaves are frequently brought in from Venus illegally and sold on Charon, where they are processed and sold to the commoners. It is unknown if any human has survived a tenure on Pluto. At the moment such a task is considered impossible. Church of Solaris: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Worship of the first Terran King stands as the central religion of modern man. Blasphemers, heretics, and converts face unspeakable punishments for diverging from the teachings of the faith. Plenty of small moons in the solar system have fearful religious pilgrims as large minorities. The Church Elder confirms new teachings, brings change to old ones, and is typically appointed by the Terran King and Queen simultaneously. That being said, the church always intervenes in political affairs when it deems fit. There are few instances of its doctrine being overruled by the monarchs. Ida Syndicate: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler As authoritarian rule was accepted on Earth after the fall of the United Nations, much of the world's criminal organizations joined together to create a single group that is feared by all. Its early leaders were mafia kingpins that fled the homeworld in search of a new base of operations. Luckily for them, such a place was found on the asteroid Ida, located between Mars and Jupiter. Under the guise of a mining station, Ida found itself home to the Terran Kingdom's criminal underworld. Smuggling, drug trafficking, assassinations, bounty hunting, piracy, and numerous other vile acts cemented the Syndicate's reputation for brutality. Knights of The Star Dragon: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Although each of the colonies are expected to maintain their own armies at all times, the Knights of The Star Dragon is an esteemed order of devout warriors that serve the Terran King and his children. The order is entirely composed of orphans, drafted in while any extras became clergy for the Church of Solaris, or just meager slaves. The order's leadership has very little centralized control over its members. Instead, a Patriarch and Matriarch (two of the oldest knights alive at any point in time) make decisions as to choice of weapons, training techniques, and preferred starships for lower-ranking warriors. Beyond that, a knight is loyal to their prince or princess alone. Leviathans & Cloud-Eaters: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler These are the two dominant forms of life on Jupiter. The former uses its gigantic maw to devour the latter in one fell swoop. Studying either creature is extremely difficult, as they are known to attack human research teams when they get too close. A Leviathan 'swims' around in Jupiter's atmosphere, expelling gases from its thick skin to attract prey. This illusion can sometimes cause these beasts to be mistaken as a cloud. Cloud-Eaters, on the other hand, have long, electric tendrils that are highly dangerous to all foreign life forms. Their pod-shaped bodies absorb nutrients from nearby clouds, hence the name 'Cloud-Eater'. Sulphurics: Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler The most frequent of nightmares on Venus is to be spotted by one of the Sulphurics. Males are about 2 stories tall, whereas females can reach anywhere from 3-6 stories tall. Aimlessly, they wander the planetary surface for food or mates. Upon finding a mate, the two Sulphurics will retreat into an underground cave and hibernate until a hatch of eggs is produced. The male continues searching for food above ground, while the female protects the nest from intruders. Human colonization has posed a serious threat to the Sulphurics' environment. It is not uncommon for terrified humans to provoke a Sulphuric into attacking their settlements, justifying poachers into hunting them down. Character Application~ Name: Appearance: Race: Role: Age: Gender: Personality: Backstory: Equipment/Weaponry: Starship (capital ships are reserved for monarchs): Other: Starship Application~ Name (official designation): Weapons: Length & Width: Speed (not counting FTL): Allegiance: Commander: 1. No godmodding. Essentially there will be no Death Stars for you to wreak havoc with. 2. You cannot control more than one prince or princess. No exceptions. 3. Please be respectful to others while OOC. 4. No one-liners! Try to use proper spelling and grammar at all times. 5. Do not be fazed by character deaths. 6. OP's word is law! Dissenters, please escort yourselves out of the nearest airlock. 7. If you have any creative ideas, feel free to share them! The only bad idea is the one never shared.