Telloni'ath is a Science Fiction setting in three different eras, which vary in theme and mood. It is Earth in the present, near future and far future. This setting is mainly intended as a basis for written fiction, and possibly artwork and comics. To find out more about the different eras, click on the links above. If you have not come here by way of the website for Serenai, you may want to take a moment to read this.
The year is 1966. The space race between the United States and The Soviet Union is heating up, and every day counts. Then, one day soviet scientists catch a faint signal from space. At first it is written off as an anomaly, but they soon realize there is an unmistakable pattern to it. They soon manage to pinpoint and enhance the signal, and realize that there must be a message behind the pattern.
Now they faced a difficult choice : try to keep up with the United States in the race to the moon, or gamble on this unknown message. In the end, Soviet command decided to divert resources and researchers from their space program to decoding the message. In the end, this decision cost them the space race, and by the time the Americans set foot on the moon, Soviet scientists had barely made any progress. The program almost was axed in the political fallout, but a breakthrough in the work managed to save it. Piece by piece they put together what seemed to be a set of blueprints and instruction, some alien construction for unknown purposes. Hoping for a new weapon or new technology that could be used in the cold war, Soviet high command gave the program top priority, and in the decades that followed, work moved on from deciphering to research into how it could be realized. But work progressed slowly, and with the fall of the Soviet Union, the program was archived and nearly forgotten.
That is, until 2002, when the program was once again put forth, and given new funding. With fresh minds and new technology, there was more hope of realizing the construction. It would still take a full decade and many failures to complete, but in 2013 a final working construction stood complete inside a deep Siberian bunker. It was a great dome made up of four arching pillars and supported by a central column, reaching towards the heavens. When it lit up and whirred to life, there was as much cheering as there was fearful silence. Now that it stood complete, what would it actually do? Throughout the project's lifespan, there had been a debate about how wise it would be to pursue this thing, when no one had facts but only speculations about its purpose.
But in the end, military pragmatism won out. This thing had been finished at a great cost, there was no turning back now. And so the experimentation began. Under the supervision of a veritable army of scientists, they methodically pieced together the workings of the construction. However, without knowing what sort of end result to expect, they were fumbling in the dark.
It was mere luck that finally revealed the true nature of the construction, when a researcher accidentally dropped one of his tools under the dome. No one had noticed it by the time they started it up for a new experiment, and suddenly there was a shimmer of light and a sharp ringing in the room. A stunned silence filled the halls. Had there been a failure, or some error? But barely had they recovered before another flash erupted from the dome, followed by the same ringing sound.
They waited a long while before daring to investigate closer. It was then that the instrument was discovered, but it was covered in strange soil which could not have come from anywhere in that facility. Further testing showed that it didn't even have a proper match on the planet. At long last, they realized the true purpose of what they had built : an interplanetary transporter.
Experiments took on a new fervor, with cameras and measuring equipment being sent through and taken back. There was many failed attempts, but little by little they started understanding the physics and mathematics behind it. Soon enough they could pinpoint the exact place to send things, even to distant systems in the galaxy. So they moved on to sending animals through for a short period, to see if living things could survive the travel. Many of them succumbed either to stress or radiation poisoning, but it was concluded that these were all due to other factors than the travel process itself. The time then, had come for the greatest test yet : sending people through.
At first it was discussed if convicted criminals were to be used for the experiments, to mitigate losses. But there was many protests that such people hardly deserved the honor of being the first humans to walk on other planets, and there was not a shortage of people ready to take the risk, for the chance to walk across another planet. In the end, five candidates were chosen, all given a different planet. The first human to be sent out beyond the stars was an Astrophysicist by the name of Ludmila Yegorova. She would not be remembered in any history books, only in top secret files. Her heartfelt account of walking beneath a strange sun and vast, alien moons, but none who read them would ever forget them.
And so, the other four were sent out, with varying results. It seemed that the travel process itself was relatively free of danger, but the change could be too much for the human mind to handle, and predicting environmental hazards was harder than expected. But little by little they improved their protocols and practices, and test subjects were replaced with military personnel. Now the aim was to start exploring these planets more, in hope of establishing small bases and permanent jump points, and possibly even new jump domes. And thus, the Russian space expeditions were begun.
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