The Second Tau Empire
The Second Tau Empie is a group of humanoid beings that rebelled against the ISC, and are now free from their Human overlords.
A map of Tau-A1, a few years before it's destruction
Tau-A1 was much larger than earth, and to the very end was split into many different factions.
It's central regions being made up of mainly desert, such as the great Empty, a place that remained un colonized to the end.
The many different Empires and Democracies had vastly different technology, some still using gurrela warfare coupled with the simple Bow and arrow, all the way up to Using Vast mobile vehicle based towns, to cross landscapes like the Great Empty.
The Desert region's remained cut off from the rest of the planet for millenia, to this day, the only land bridge being all the way up in the forrested Dart Place, due to the enormous flowing rivers seperatting the desert's from the Northern forrests and Vast Green Plains.
Two Medium sized Islands once Split off from the rest of the landmasses, housing Stella Insula "Star Island", and Harenae "Sand".
Alongside these islands, Two larger landmasses formed, Housing Usque oceanum Terras far ocean land, and the Magna Terra Libertas great land of liberty
The Empire of the Sun And Magnum Quattor great four, have been at war for around 200 years over control of the Three Great mountains, scince the treaty 47 years ago, the Mountains have become a De-Millitarized Zone.
Around 1273 Years ago, a paper was signed by all major powers, to "even out the land" leading to the much straighter borders, and overall a much cheaper border defence for everyone, the only land that has remained un-Touched is The Great Empty, as it is just Vast Desert.
Two ice sheets Encompass the flattened map of Tau, but in reallity would form a Circle on the poles of the Globe.
CHAPTER 1, I stand with pride
The Tau people on Tau a3 once looked up to the sky, and saw a light. A blinding, burning flash, then nothing.
People in orbit of Tau a3 looked on, as a light shredded the atmosphere, burning everything on the planet More here .
Seconds later, hundreds of ships warped in, they knew what was happening, and realised the true scale of this war they heard about on the galnews network. Ships where scrambled from the sole station in orbit. They didn't stand a chance, but. The hopes that their children could see peace again forced them to fight, civil, military and even some mining ships faced the oncoming fleet. Their pleas for mercy being met only with static. Until the static was broken.
The words made even the most stern of captains falter. It was the end.
A huge ship fell through ftl still going ludicrously fast. The ship was the pride. The largest ship ever to be built by the Tau-Empire. The ship smashed through ship after ship, but soon came to a halt. Her captain Graham ordered all ships to leave and regroup at Tau-A1, the capital, as a world-ship was due to arrive to rescue them.
Only a few ships left.
The rest, both military or civilian used the confusion the pride had caused to take out a few ships. But it was not enough. Within an hour losses had mounted to breaking point. The pride was heavily damaged, so a final manoeuvre was carried out by graham. A ram More detail in this post, then Ftl away and later regroup.
The civil and military ships where all gone by this time, some falling towards the scorched planet, others left drifting in space with their crew all dead.
All however, shared one thing
CHAPTER 2, these are the voyages of the Tau worldship...
The voyager, words rarely spoken now, yet once it meant so much.
Sirens wailed from every direction, the single space elevator on Tau-A1 proved a issue for evacuating 8 Billion people thought the commanding officer in the lift.
He wasn't wrong.
Around an hour earlier the world-ship Voyager arrived in system and deployed multiple "continent ships" to pick up refugees. Although they couldn't land on any other planet, which proved a problem, so it stationed itself in orbit instead.
However now problems where arising, the space elevator was being overused, and not enough ships where present to evacuate enough people. With the Hypatien Republic ships closing in on the planet. Drastic measures would be needed. And so the order was given. Glass all unimportant planets, of course it would not be known by the public until now that it was the voyager destroying planets.
This slowed their advances, due to increased radiation affecting their FTL drives.
Around this time, Grace, the leader of a rebellion group wanting to go back to a democracy, shot and killed the Emperor. This marked the end of the empire, and while Grace scrambled to communicate this to the Hypatiens, the Voyager charged its drives.
CHAPTER 3, The kind folk of the galaxy
Maybe the voyager warping without telling anyone was not the smartest idea. But it was of no consequence in the long run. The plan was clear. Warp a few more times, then accelerate out of the galactic plane, then use the single warp gate to send people back and forth More here.
This was when Wade Grady realised the weight of this, and decided to use the inactive news station to broadcast a meeting point in orbit, So anyone who wanted to stay could do so. This was perfectly timed (by sheer coincidence) to the kind donation of many GoCo ships, which allowed many civilians, around 16 million to meet up and discuss warping to a nearby system to set up shop.
At this moment, multiple hostile vessels warped in, starting to charge at the ships, when yet again, The pride came to the rescue, however, instead of fight, Graham ordered all crew eject towards the voyager, and he would overload the FTL, and warp the hostile ships (including the pride) to a random place in the galaxy.
This act of chivalry bought Wade's ships enough time to plot a jumps to xc-6235, or the soon to be renamed New Tau, some however jumped to both the x-8872 and x-7509 systems, most refuges ending up on the world of x-7509-2 some way or another.
CHAPTER 4, peace in our time
Months have passed since the voyager, vast cities have been constructed, alongside a shipyard-moon
Great companies have been founded, Deserthut, apex mining, to name two.
Yet, something feels out of place.
A rift seemed to gracefully open up beside x-7509-2, the new capital.
It caught everyone's gaze, although some fearful of another planet destroyer ran to hide.
Through the rift came three ships, a cruiser and two smaller ships.
Immediately they realised who it was.
The ships landed beside the newly constructed ISC HQ, and out came a figure dressed in a jet black robe decorated with various medals. Out from the HQ came one of the main governor for the planet, he had been being given a tour of the facility while the head of the ISC explained how his planets money would pay for their protection.
"what do you want" said the Governor in a unusually stern tone for a man as soft as him, but the remnant's presence meant only bad things for the United Coalition of planets.
"I wish to sign a peace treaty. There will be no civil war between Tau people."
The remnant leader had an expression of shock on his face, unfitting for someone so aggressively dressed.
"excuse me, but did I hear a no?"
"you know what I said, now leave."
"please we really need resour..."
"I know what you need, but you see.." said the governor pulling a cigar from seemingly thin air." from someone other than grace being here to greet me, I know there has already been a civil war on the voyager."
"well yes bu..."
"you know what, ill accept your proposal on one condition."
"and what is this condition" the man was now visibly sweating.
"you disarm your nation and hand control of the voyager over to the UPC"
"that can be done" the man was now visibly disappointed.
The governor turned and walked back towards the ISC leader, Wade.
"wade I want defensive platforms built around that rift. And I need it done asap."
"it will be done."
Tonight an ISC ship The Seeker was sent to investigate an anomaly in a unknown system, the captain had this to say.
We entered the system at some time in the night in terms of time on our home, and saw a large star, we Uhhh, met these people (@Sombreroman here ) there, and err. Had some drinks yes that was it!, turns out there was nothing there at all! So we just spoke about.... ah the new Insectoid species we now allow to join the ISC! Yes that and err, how we all have so much in common, or something.
Clearly, he does not want to remind everyone of their past
The takeover of the ISC
on the 22/04/3033 the (almost) entirety of the Tau-A1 species planned for a rebellion the following day, the plan was as follows:
step 1: attack ISC forces stationed by the dyson sphere and jam communications to bait Surgeon ships into attacking the ISC.
step 2: assist the surgeons in destroying the ISC while having planetary citizens rebel against their human leaders
step 3: begin the new empire.
this did not go entirely to plan, and instead the surgeons managed to communicate with the ISC ships and cooperate. However Graham was dead, so the ISC had fallen.
Renaming the TSC to become the Empire
tonight, the temporary Tau Species Coalition has been superceded by the Second-Tau-Empire, led by Empress [REDACTED], tommorow, a cerimony will be held, where the newly made Flagship will be unveiled
from this point on, the TSC will now become the STE.
A blood red feather
the Feather came with the following note:
Blood red feather is not a toy! Do attempt to use blood red feather for any tasks it was not designed for. Blood red feather may have the following effects:
- Increased demonic presence
- Summoning of creatures
- @mentions of demonic presences
@jbox1 is not responsible for any effects that the blood red feather may cause. Nor do we know how to destroy it, so it’s really the problem of whoever owns it.
[19/05/2018:] So far, it has caused her to tie it close around her neck, and become slightly parranoid whenever someone mentions the Feather (Here) . It also caused her to hear faint whispers...
Vastly different from one another, due to a much longer period of pre space age evolution, and slower transition to becoming civilized. And also due to the now dead Tau-A1 being absolutely huge.
Tau-Beings fit into these different categories:
typically humanoid beings, such as furred and scaled creatures, but not entirely human. Lifespans often shorter than Earth-humans, typically have animal features while keeping a humanoid shape.
none remain citizens after the events at the Dyson sphere.
Almost all gone, due to their reluctance to board the Tau-planetship during the evacuation, but where varied, and often not that human at all, leading to their segregation from most society.
Owing to the existence of so many different languages on Tau, for an eternity most species thought of them as pests, barbaric and cruel, until one day a "bug" managed to sound enough like intelligent creatures to become "accepted in society", of course, they weren't. The only surviving insectoid race are the Ildirans, four legged creatures around 1+1/3 the size of a human, with a vertical mandible to knock prey off their feet/paws.
driven to extinction long ago by other species during tribal ages, not much is remembered about them, other than that they where rather tall, and often could not wear any protective armour, due to their size, which made them strong, but weakly defended large targets, hence becoming extinct.
during the voyagers trip, various other species where found, but most where very similar to the hundreds of sub-species of the above categories.
Eta Granesa IV: Earth-like, city like building, population: 1,367,276,322
miutune: Rocky, low water, no atmosphere, Habitat based modular building, population: 1,348,274
iophus: Tidal locked, Very Hot / Very cold, Habitat based modular building, population: 1,130,654
franuliv: Ocean planet, unexplored, mobile inflatable landmasses for construction, population: 3,200,082
X-8872 asteroid belt: High in metals, stations instead of stationary constructs, population: 8,145
X-8872-3: Volcanic, Ancient (dead) civilisation, possible artifacts?, Roving nation, population: 15,464
x-7509-2: small, once Earth-like now entirely cityscape, home to the ISC Academy, population: 5,310,203,092
Dart Core: Carved out to create a shipyard moon, vast industrial lanscape, population: 264,982
x-7509 Crystal belt: huge amounts of expensive crystal used in ship electrics, no static population
x-5021-1 Hot arid Planet covered in vast deserts, home to many Desert adapted races from Tau-A1Population: 2,261,961,572
x-6836-3 large amount of lush green landscapes. Population: 2,626,321,126
Apex mining corp, mining corporation, indipendent
Dart corp, ship design and manufacture bureau, owns Dart Core
Cruise Corp, Transport corp, space taxi's all the way up to cruise liners
Deserthut, Planetary construction company, responsible for the Dart Core
Globalcloud, interstellar news broadcaster
13M per real time day
all money not spent per day is given back to the planets the tax is taken from.
+ any extra money from trade is kept past these days. IE, if Dart corp sell a ship, ISC get a 30% cut.
Disliked (barred from trade):
Hated (comms ban and 0 tolerance to visitors):
old pixel art for the ISC: