The game world we are playing in exists in the far future, approximately 3600 years from now. Your characters were born, grew up and now live and work on the frontier of what is called the Third Imperium. It is the third star-spanning empire of mankind. The word Mankind (Humaniti) has a new meaning in this far future world.
Around 300,000 BC a mysterious race known only as “The Ancients” ruled this part of the galaxy. It is believed that they had a technology level well beyond anything that the Third Imperium currently has. For reasons unknown, the Ancients took population and genetic samples from Earth and spread them to many different worlds. The first human empire was founded by humans from a planet called Vland. This Vilani branch of humanity created a star empire that lasted 1500 years before the humans of Earth discovered space travel and the Jump drive.
The Jump drive is the technology that allows ships to travel quickly between stars. It operates by the manipulation of gravity to create a singularity that is then used warp into another dimension. The singularity can only last so long and the first Jump drives could only travel about 3.26 light years. As Jump technology matured Jump drives were created that could travel up to 6 times as far. However, no matter how far a ship Jumps it always takes the same amount of time, between 150 and 184 hours, or about 1 week. So whether you’re travelling 4 light years or 19 light years it will only take a week’s time.
When humans from Earth started to spread out to the stars they encountered the first human empire, often referred to as the Vilani or Old Empire. The Vilani Empire was 1500 years old by then and was in the midst of a long, slow decline. It was still huge and very powerful and was completely uninterested in the people from Earth and considered them barbarians that needed to be stepped on. The people from Earth, who came to be called the Solomani, quickly learned and adapted and soon had a fleet of starships that could challenge the old empire. They attacked and took the head off of the giant empire by attacking the capital system and then claimed it as their own. So began the Second Imperium or as it was called then “The Empire of Man”. The people of the Third Imperium refer to it as the Ramshackle Empire because it did not last long.
The Solomani took over governing the old empire but it was already on its way to collapse and the war had made things even worse. Within a few hundred years the empire collapsed catastrophically into what is called “The Long Night”; over a thousand years of dark ages. Technology was lost, trade disappeared and entire planetary populations were wiped out. A small group of planets called the Sylean Federation where the first to rediscover the Jump Drive technology and began to expand quickly. A few hundred years later they crowned the first emperor of the Third Imperium and declared Year Zero of the new empire. The year is now 1105 and there have been many challenges and triumphs for the new empire. The borders of the Third Imperium have expanded further than all the previous empires and many new branches of humanity have been discovered.
There are currently three human star empires; the Third Imperium (a mix of Vilani and Solomani humans and several alien races, the largest and most powerful of the human empires), the Solomani Sphere (a small empire of humans still loyal to the memory of old Earth) and the mysterious Zhodani Consulate.
There are also several alien races and empires in and around the sphere of charted space.
Aslan – A cat-like race of proud and noble warriors. There are a few Aslan that consider themselves to be Imperial citizens.
Vargr - A race that was genetically engineered by the Ancients from canine stock from Earth. They are the second most common species in the Third Imperium after humans.
Droyne – Droyne worlds are scattered in and around the Imperium and they don’t seem to form cohesive government entities like empires. Droyne look like large winged lizards.
Hivers – Hivers are the most alien looking of all the different alien species. There are very few hivers in the Imperium.
K’kree – This race looks like centaurs from Earth mythos. They are herbivorous herd creatures and seldom leave their own space.
|Terran/Solomani||Vilani Imperium||Third Imperium||Events|
|~300,000 BC||~300,000 PI||~-300,000 TI||Time of the Ancients|
|752 BC||922 PI||-5272 TI||Vilani Discover Jump Drive|
|476 AD||1 VI||-4045 TI||First Imperium (Vilani) established|
|2087 AD||1231 VI||-2431 TI||Solomani Discover Jump Drive|
|2113 AD||1247 VI||-2408 TI||First Interstellar War (Solomani vs Vilani)|
|2302 AD||1372 VI||-2219 TI||Nth Interstellar War ends|
|2317 AD||1383 VI||-2204 TI||Rule of Man (Solomani Empire)|
|2745 AD||1705 VI||-1776 TI||Collapse of empire, Long Night begins|
|4122 AD||2739 VI||-399 TI||Sword World colonization begins|
|4335 AD||2899 VI||-186 TI||First Sworld World Confederation begins|
|4491 AD||3016 VI||-30 TI||Future Emporer Cleon begins military campaign|
|4521 AD||3039 VI||0 TI||Third Imperium established|
|4635 AD||3096 VI||114 TI||Solomani Hypothesis proposed|
|4731 AD||3196 VI||210 TI||Vargr Campaigns|
|4901 AD||3324 VI||380 TI||Imperial - Aslan Border established|
|4941 AD||3354 VI||420 TI||First Survey of Imperium completed|
|5109 AD||3480 VI||588 TI||Sol/Earth system incorporated into Imperium|
|5110 AD||3481 VI||589 TI||First Frontier War (Imperium vs Zhodani)|
|5125 AD||3492 VI||604 TI||Civil War|
|5136 AD||3500 VI||615 TI||Second Frontier War|
|5145 AD||3507 VI||624 TI||Xboat system established|
|5225 AD||3567 VI||704 TI||Solomani Autonomous Region created|
|5321 AD||3639 VI||800 TI||Psionics suppression begins|
|5471 AD||3752 VI||950 TI||Solomani reintegrated|
|5500 AD||3774 VI||979 TI||Third Frontier War|
|5511 AD||3782 VI||990 TI||Solomani Rim War|
|5586 AD||3838 VI||1065 TI||Second Survey of Imperium complete|
|5603 AD||3851 VI||1082 TI||False War (Imperium vs Zhodani)|