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neoXeno

Pronounced: Nee-O Zee-No

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Created by: AJ Favorite

 
The name neoXeno means NEW PEOPLE. Pronounced Nee-O Zee-No. The over arching plot within neoXeno is the arrival in the galaxy of two new species of people the Apsu (humans) and the Syk'a rii and the conflicts that result.

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Welcome to a New Galaxy...
There are millions of galaxies filled with thousands of stars orbited by billions of planets, populated by trillions of people of billions of species. Their lives and stories are as infinite as the blackness of the bythos between them. These are tales of but a few of those people, the natives of the galaxy and the new comers from a region of space not that far away...
Introduction

The name neoXeno means NEW PEOPLE. Pronounced Nee-O Zee-No. The over arching plot within neoXeno is the arrival in the galaxy of two new species of people the Apsu (humans) and the Syk'a rii and the conflicts that result.

The first new comers to arrive were the Humans; calling their race Apsu as a general term, they traveled on ancient ships in fleets of dozens. Their ancestors had wandered the stars for generations seeking a new home world, cast into the bythos by an ancient war whose participants and disputes were long since forgotten. Driven only by a desire to survive, they moved into this new region of space where they discovered an abundance of life supporting worlds not all of which were inhabited by sentient peoples; small colonies were established on planets across a trio of star systems; Helas, Tawantin and Ahlamah were settled in rapid succession. Though each had their problems and setbacks, nearly all the settlements were successful at creating permanent homes for the Apsu. Their cities were built from the ships they arrived in, agriculture and industry soon followed. The original groups of Apsu had little contact with the native species and were content to find uninhabited planets upon which to build their futures.

The second wave of Apsu that entered the galaxy traveled in convoys with another species; their name lost to the stars, the collective peoples refer to them only as The Ancients. Bringers of knowledge and technology, the Ancients united all the species of the galaxy with a single language and lifted them all to an equal level technologically. In half a millennium the Ancients had seeded the galaxy with the flowers of their knowledge, and then… they were gone, off into the stars just as suddenly as they had arrived leaving behind not a single image or even description of what they looked like. Rumors and conjecture abounded in those early days, but in time most people were simply content with what they had been provided and investigations into who the Ancients were became taboo. The Apsu that traveled with them lived with a collectively lost history much like their predecessors, however they knew the participants in the war; their forbearers had been enslaved by a race known as Mechaniques who were at war with the Ancients. When the war ended the Ancients led the second wave of Apsu to this plentiful region of space to find new homes. They would lead the way in riding the cresting wave of advancement with the natives of the new galaxy.

Having traveled with the ancients for centuries the second wave of Apsu were well schooled in their technology and as a result were often deployed to worlds across the galaxy to teach other species how to master it. The first wave or Krohlah as they began to call themselves to differentiate from the second wave, hardly encountered natives, content to remain on the worlds upon which they made their homes. The Krohlah tabbed the second wave of Apsu, Morlah the terms both were derived from old Apsu slang words; Kroh meaning timely, or original, and Mor meaning late or delinquent, the suffix lah being a generic pronoun. The Morlah encountered every race the Ancients did. Their position as masters of the great new technologies generated tensions among the native species toward all Apsu, natives made no distinctions between the two not so distinct groups, the tensions increased over time as the numbers of Apsu grew and their settlements began to encroach further into territory claimed by native species.

Peoples such as the Arthyeir and Ravus eagerly accepted the Ancients knowledge, but others were bothered by their "pets" as many native peoples called the Apsu. Yet other species like the Tuatarans, Akrotyrians and Cipa'ci were hesitant to allow off-worlders to move about among their people. In all three instances all knowledge of life beyond their planets was kept a close secret from the general population; allowing a small elite to take advantage of the new technology and knowledge. On Prisca, a world that was already engaged in space travel the people were more hesitant to accept the ways of the Ancients, however in time, the Priscans, like every other species in the galaxy eventually accepted the new common language or galactic tongue, the words of the ancients, became the words of every people they touched.

Everywhere the Ancients visited the Apsu were busily working on their behalf. Building space stations, terrain bases and research facilities; these construction projects would eventually become permanent homes for the Apsu. Such as on the planet Tchefuncte, where the Ancients had them construct an elaborate research center in the side of what is easily the largest mountain in the galaxy. Dubbed the Mountain of the Stars it dominates as the planet's greatest feature, visible from the nearby planet Tuatara, the peak of the mountain reaches out into the planets upper atmosphere. It is so large that it actually effects the planets rotation, causing it to wobble slightly so that the regions south of the mountain are in a near perpetual spring.

The neighboring people of Tuatara, who from their earliest experience with telescopes have seen the mountain as a mystical, magical place, are obsessed with the Mountain of the Stars, and their religious devotees clamor to climb its peak. The originally small contingent of Apsu, fewer than 300, working on the Ancient's research facility settled along a vast bay to the south east of the mountain, they would later be joined by a much larger group, of nearly a dozen ships full of wanders. This Morlah fleet had initially tried to settle on Bacchus in the Helas system, but were rejected due to their large numbers; the other Apsu world in the system, Demeter would not allow them to even remain in orbit. So they would wander the systems for another 10 years, visiting several worlds, picking up cultural tidbits here and there, only to be turned away time and again, before finally finding their way to Tchefuncte. So joyous were the people that they began calling themselves Functites before they ever landed there; with charts and maps already on their ship's computers, they portioned out the unclaimed land and began planning to build cities from their ships. It took them nearly 34 days to land and break down the ships in their proper locations, which they celebrate annually in a 34 day long festival simply called "Landing." In less than 5 years an uninhabited wilderness had been transformed into several bustling cities across the planet.

During their time in the galaxy, the Ancients meticulously mapped every inhabitable planet, catalogued every plant and animal, and documented the weather and orbital patterns of each life supporting planet in every system in the known galaxy. This information was shared with all peoples, or at least all governments who would decide how to parcel that information out to their people. This collection of information was dubbed the Galactic Record and is readily accessible with any connected device. Every ship is equipped with a flat file copy of the Record for quick access without occupying too much data space. Where ever one travels in the known galaxy data on geology, geography, weather, flora and fauna is at their fingertips. With so much information available, there is little research activity among the people, the common saying being that “all the knowing is known and there’s nothing left to know.”

Even before the Ancients departed however, things were already beginning to change across the galaxy. Two whole races of people were nearly wiped out of existence; one by disease and climate, the other by the folly of their leaders. In the Alahama system, the Sagol people had been exploring their neighboring planets for a century before the ancients arrived. They were preparing to escape the looming end of an interglacial period in which their society was built. The pending ice age was forcing them to attempt to uproot much of their population. They attempted to colonize another world in their system, a planet they called Condura. Cities were being built, infrastructure installed, roads, docks, space ports were all in the works, when calamity struck. A previously unknown virus, released in the hurried building, spread rapidly among the colony workers, before they realized the infection was even a problem; it had been ferried back to Sagol on a humble transport. Taking nearly 3 months from contact to infection the people hardly had a chance to seek a cure before it was wiping out large swaths of their already weakened population. The cold of the ice age reduced the amount of arable lands, reducing their food supply and putting their people on the edge of disaster just as the virus began to spread. In a few short years a population of nearly three hundred million people was dwindled to fewer than a few hundred mostly young people who eventually scattered to the stars.

The second case occurred in the Hellas system; the people of the planet Akrotyri who themselves had just been emerging from a century of war when the Ancients arrived, were in the early years of a golden era. With the technology provided by the Ancients they increased their crop yields tenfold, becoming an exporter to the two Apsu colonies in their system on Demeter and Bacchus. But in time as Akrotyri's leaders attempted to consolidate their populations into urban areas, to better serve the people, tensions escalated, ancient sectarian hostilities boiled up and eventually came to armed conflict between the government and a religious minority. In an attempt to wipe them out, the government first created an ecological disaster before setting of bombs in a tectonically sensitive area that triggered quakes and volcanoes that would eventually wipe out 90% of the planet. Again, a small remainder survived and wandered out into the stars.

The last wave of new comers arrived after the Ancients, using Ancient’s ships but not in convoy with them. The Syk'a rii people fled their home world, Syk'ara, in a distant region of space when the Ancients warned them of a pending tectonic calamity to be caused by a combination of a passing comet and a near pass to their home systems sun. For over 500 years they traveled through the darkest bythos, hundreds of years from the nearest system, on a course provided by the Ancients. They survived as the Apsu had with massive agriculture ships that grew crops to feed the entire fleet. Shuttles moved goods produced on the different ships among the fleet, and kept the people in contact from one ship to another. They emerged into the new galaxy and went directly to the planet the Ancients had identified for them. Named Syk’rha, in homage to their home world, they built their cities as the Apsu had from the modular sections of the ships that carried them. In time they too were producing goods and trading with other worlds, mostly Apsu colonies across the galaxy. As the two new species became increasingly wealthy trading with one another, tensions grew further with the native species, particularly the Cipa'ci whose Crimson Quill transport company would eventually become the second largest Trans galactic shipping operation in the galaxy. The leader in that regard being the Apsu run Co'ir; with bases on worlds and space stations across the galaxy they move people and goods to every settled world in known space and unlike the Crimson Quill are willing to venture deeper into space to find new markets.

There are more people beyond the knowing of the Galactic Record; primitive, lost and unusual species never encountered or considered viable by the Ancients. And beyond the Galaxies Edge, a massive asteroid belt at the edge of known space, there are any number of peoples, including Syk'a rii and Apsu settlements who wandered deeper into space before the calamity that created the asteroid belt, just as the Ancients were leaving the galaxy. Even further out, deep in the darkness of the bythos are countless more peoples, some strange, some quite common, all with lives and stories of their own

Where Do I Go?
On the left side of the screen you'll see six links: They will take you to listings of people and places across the neoXeno galaxy. Whenever there are mentions of other charecters and places in one description, there will be links to take you deeper into explanations of who they are or what those places are like. If you have ideas to add to any of those descriptions or a detail doesn't quite sit right, chime in and your input could be added or subtracted whichever the case. On the right side of the screen are links to neoXeno stories. If you have a story idea please share it with us and it can be woven into the neoXeno tapestry. If you want to write you own story thats great too, we love having a variety of voices telling stories on neoXeno.com
Open Source Science Fiction
What we want to create here, is an environment of collaboration and idea exchange where readers and writers help to expand the neoXeno galaxy. As the creator I have tons of ideas but I love hearing about yours as well. Characters, places and circumstances are all subjects open to your opinions and contributions. You can create your own characters that interact with those listed on the site, tell their stories, fill in their histories, and set them out to solve the mysteries of the galaxy, or just wreak a little havoc, which ever you prefer. Not every story will be posted, but feel free to share amongst yourselves. All posted stories will be fully credited to the author, if we make any changes, or edits to fit into the wider time line, you will still be credited as the originator of the story.

This website is an exercise in creativity and expression, we have a vision for where we would like to take things in the neoXeno galaxy but it will be interesting to see what other folks have to add to it. If you are an artist with skills in comic book style drawings and would like to take a stab at rendering characters or places we would love to hear from you. World builders are equally welcome: star systems, planets and cities are all open to your visual interpretations. As always, you will get full credit for your work and link backs if you have a site of your own. Thanks for coming to neoXeno.com, we look forward to your input, enjoy your stay. And welcome to the Galaxy of neoXeno.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Way back in 2003 I created a charecter called Siam Seethe. When I sat down to write a story about him, I realized I needed more details, so.... over the next 10 years the neoXeno galaxy was built around him. Now we want you to contribute too; create your own charecters and share them here on neoXeno.com