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Speed of Light - Dev Diary

This is the Development Diary of the Space Based MMO being created by UK Games Design student Phil Ward. It'll be updated at least once a week.

Author: neowolf06

SoL: Prelude to the Game - History Part 1

Posted by neowolf06 Sunday May 30 2010 at 11:12AM
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The War 
During the mid 21st century Earth was a burning husk of a planet, the exact reasons for why World War 3 were started were lost to the sand of time the instant the war started.
 
Humanity went from the masters of their planet to scavengers and thieves in a matter of weeks, over the course of 25 years small groups of people banded together and began to expand out, discovering forgotten technologies and knowledge.
 
Eventually Humanity recovered, a little bruised and very wary of its own mortality.
 
Throughout the world 4 Corporations that weathered the war took fledgling settlements under their wings and offered them safety, food and medical supplies. soon each Corportation had control over a portion of the earth.
 
The Alliance Corp had control over the USA, Canada, South America and Greenland.
The Europa Corp controlled Europe, Africa and Antarctica.
The Imperiya Corp controlled Russia and the Middle Eastern States.
The Hoshiko Corp  had control over Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
 
By the end of the 23rd century Earth had reunified.
 
Technological and Scientific strives lead to Earths natural resources becoming dangerously low, the Corps spent a great deal of time trying to find a solution, eventually it was decided that the colonisation of space was the only option. 
With the near unlimited resources of the solar system, mankind would survive indefiniatly outside of the reletive saftey of Earths protective shell.
 
In the Year 2320, it was decided that each Corp would becoming a trading Empire, taking up 2 of the 8 major planets each.
 
Europa Territory would extend to as close to the sun as possible to the edge of Venus's gravity well.
The Alliance took Earth and Mars as it promised to preserve the birth place of mankind.
Imperiya took the Gas giants, experts in gaseous formations they took advantage of their now massive homes.
And Finally the Hoshiko Empire had the daunting task of building a community in the outer reaches of the solar system.
 
Each empire took decades to full explore and begin normal operations of mining and trading resources. 
The War 
During the mid 21st century Earth was a burning husk of a planet, the exact reasons for why World War 3 were started were lost to the sand of time the instant the war started.
 
Humanity went from the masters of their planet to scavengers and thieves in a matter of weeks, over the course of 25 years small groups of people banded together and began to expand out, discovering forgotten technologies and knowledge.
 
Eventually Humanity recovered, a little bruised and very wary of its own mortality.
 
Throughout the world 4 Corporations that weathered the war took fledgling settlements under their wings and offered them safety, food and medical supplies. soon each Corportation had control over a portion of the earth.
 
The Alliance Corp had control over the USA, Canada, South America and Greenland.
The Europa Corp controlled Europe, Africa and Antarctica.
The Imperiya Corp controlled Russia and the Middle Eastern States.
The Hoshiko Corp  had control over Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
 
By the end of the 23rd century Earth had reunified.
 
Technological and Scientific strives lead to Earths natural resources becoming dangerously low, the Corps spent a great deal of time trying to find a solution, eventually it was decided that the colonisation of space was the only option. 
With the near unlimited resources of the solar system, mankind would survive indefiniatly outside of the reletive saftey of Earths protective shell.
 
In the Year 2320, it was decided that each Corp would becoming a trading Empire, taking up 2 of the 8 major planets each.
 
Europa Territory would extend to as close to the sun as possible to the edge of Venus's gravity well.
The Alliance took Earth and Mars as it promised to preserve the birth place of mankind.
Imperiya took the Gas giants, experts in gaseous formations they took advantage of their now massive homes.
And Finally the Hoshiko Empire had the daunting task of building a community in the outer reaches of the solar system.
 
Each empire took decades to full explore and begin normal operations of mining and trading resources. 
The War 
During the mid 21st century Earth was a burning husk of a planet, the exact reasons for why World War 3 were started were lost to the sand of time the instant the war started.
 
Humanity went from the masters of their planet to scavengers and thieves in a matter of weeks, over the course of 25 years small groups of people banded together and began to expand out, discovering forgotten technologies and knowledge.
 
Eventually Humanity recovered, a little bruised and very wary of its own mortality.
 
Throughout the world 4 Corporations that weathered the war took fledgling settlements under their wings and offered them safety, food and medical supplies. soon each Corportation had control over a portion of the earth.
 
The Alliance Corp had control over the USA, Canada, South America and Greenland.
The Europa Corp controlled Europe, Africa and Antarctica.
The Imperiya Corp controlled Russia and the Middle Eastern States.
The Hoshiko Corp  had control over Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
 
By the end of the 23rd century Earth had reunified.
 
The Expansion & Exploration of the Solar System
Technological and Scientific strives lead to Earths natural resources becoming dangerously low, the Corps spent a great deal of time trying to find a solution, eventually it was decided that the colonisation of space was the only option. 
With the near unlimited resources of the solar system, mankind would survive indefiniatly outside of the reletive saftey of Earths protective shell.
 
In the Year 2320, it was decided that each Corp would becoming a trading Empire, taking up 2 of the 8 major planets each.
 
Europa Territory would extend to as close to the sun as possible to the edge of Venus's gravity well.
The Alliance took Earth and Mars as it promised to preserve the birth place of mankind.
Imperiya took the Gas giants, experts in gaseous formations they took advantage of their now massive homes.
And Finally the Hoshiko Empire had the daunting task of building a community in the outer reaches of the solar system.
 
Each empire took decades to full explore and begin normal operations of mining and trading resources. 
 

SoL: The Setting - Introduction

Posted by neowolf06 Sunday May 30 2010 at 8:43AM
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Speed of Light is set in the Year 2847 in the Solar System.

Humanity has left Earth and now 4 Empires have taken control of the solar System.

 

The Europa Empire has control over the metal and mineral rich planets Mercury & Venus.

The Alliance reigns over the Earth and what remains of the now broken Mars, they benefit from an almost inexhaustible supply of water and ore.

The two Gas giants are slave to The Imperiya, heavy mined for their gasses and exotic particles.

And the Mysterious Hoshiko Empire control the 2 outer Ice Giants with.

 

The 4 Empires are all a a relative peace after the age of enlightenment of the mid-21st century. They simply use Mercs to wage their wars are create profitable trade lanes.

Rouge Factions of pirates strive to destroy and horde all equipment and raw materials for their own twisted means.

 

Become a Merc for the Empire of choice or take the role of a ruthless pirate. Create huge fleets of warships, trading vessels or mining barges.

War is not only won through the barrel of a gun, but also through a fist full of cash or a cargo hold of ore.

 

See you out there.