I'm Imperios. I'm one of the people responsible for the current status quo of the community for which you may offer thanks or death threats.
I used to write about space rats and angry fantasy humans. Then I broke up with my dinosaur boyfriend and went into exile for two years which I filled with coding and plastic toy soldiers. Now I think I'll go try finish everything I never could and then leave this place behind.
I'll get to it in June, though, because university.
There's not actually much left to salvage. Post-Shattering stories are mired in astropolitics that aren't particularily interesting, so might as well ignore them. Fantasy crashed and burned.
What can be salvaged is the Shattering itself, which will fit very well into a kind of short summary format like the War of the Ancient Three. I will also try to finish the planet series I started with Sanctuarium and Praestol, because TBH that's the kind of worldbuilding that I actually liked. All the rest may rest.
Here's the summary of the stories that I wanted to do but I never actually finished.
- The Prophet Stone was pretty straightforward: Javina gets flashbacks and gets the stone which she sends to her master Pero. However, it was supposed to become a part of a pretty long story arc where Javina gradually turns from a loyal enforcer of the Empire's will into a revolutionary out to destroy it:
- Javina would survive an attempt on her life by Pero's assassins, and join in with a band of revolutionaries led by the man who believes himself to be an heir to Ahmalhrich Stormsword and therefore the true heir to the Empire of Man, named Roveros. Javina would join in out of spite.
- One of Roveros's advisors would later be revealed to be Carlini herself, who had survived and hidden her identity.
- Pero's ultimate plan would be: start a war with the elves together with Lady Lucretia Marzanna, and then use the war to take power, sacrificing the people of the Empire of Man to Alar'xashan so that he could materialise on Koldenwelt.
- To defeat Pero, Javina would take Fellcraver. The irony of her character would be revealed as the blade, which can only be wielded by a descendant of the Dawn Wardens, will refuse Roveros (revealing that he wasn't Ahmalrich's descendant after all), and instead choose Javina as its wielder. Turns out, she has been Mequelet's direct descendant all along.
- Javina goes to the Imperial capital, kills Pero but ends up being consumed by Fellcraver and becomes a spirit of pure darkness. Carlini sacrifices her humanity and becomes an equally powerful spirit of light to counter her, so they'll be together forever.
- Where Ley Lines Meet was to be part of another big storyline, which also featured Alar'xashan as the main villain, centered around Valdemar Mistwood and his fight against the Endless Host. Compared to the Javina storyline, it wasn't so well-outlined, but it would culminate in Valdemar making peace with the Host and leading it back to the Outworld so that they would beat Alar'xashan back rather than hide from him. Metempsychosis would be a prequel to it detailing how the Endless Host came to be.
- Revelations to Come would introduce Thessina as an important protagonist, and introduce the Rades into the universe's lore, as well as their conflict with the Isio'Nar (see below)). The story would culminate with Thessina meeting her idol, Professor I'kt, who had been possessed by Rades biotech, and seeks to return the Radeons under Rades control. He'd also use Angolmois, who is buried under Praestol, as a power source, and after he's defeated she'd awaken and run back to Tyromairon. Thessina would eventually become the Shattering's deuteragonist and Quendor's boyfriend. It would also introduce Tenri'sai, the daughter of Kagu'sai and Sheophatia from the Fog War, who'd also serve as an important character and probably a romantic foil to Thessina.
- Ziggurat of the High Proedros would reintroduce High Proedros Ursolen, a rogue Isio'Nar who ruled the Metropoly, one of the original four Andromedan precursors. I actually had no idea what to do with him after that was done since it'd make sense for him to try to get to power again but that would just make him Tyromairon 2.0. Maybe he'd become a kind of sketchy advisor to the protagonists during the Shattering or something.
- Lemmo Meronis would have his own story where he would engage in Borealis's criminal activities and eventually run in with Lamni Lemnara, who was actually alive all along (which you may notice is just Carlini's storyline but in space, yes). Because the Tertanai are kind of inspired by Star Wars she would wear heavy armour and generally act like a Mandalorian.
- I had plans to finally conclude all of my fiction with a spy story centered around a Divinarium spy named Agent Qof, who would actually be Quinniath from Borealis War who had his memory wiped. He'd discover the truth about the Isio'Nar and ally himself with Laurinn Ma'fest, who will convince him that he was actually a good guy out to save the Radeons from Iovera's tyranny and, for the first time in ages, make their species truly free. Qof ends up imprisoning them together inside a pocket dimension, and the Divinarium would then collapse, bringing the entire story of the Radeon race to a conclusion.
Because a lot of the stories had important lore revelations, there are many lore details I would never actually reveal. Some I just never had the chance to write down. Here goes...
- The original Rades plan for the Radeons was just new bodies for Rades consciousness, that's it. The Rades would transfer their minds to hidden vaults before they were killed by Adaru, seed races to settle the universe, and then once these races would repopulate Andromeda, hijack their bodies. They were also made with Artharon DNA (or perhaps some ancient Artharon ancestors), which is why they kind of look alike and can sometimes crossbreed. Howeever, the Isio'Nar would interfere with that process and destroy most Rades vaults, leaving the Radeons under their influence instead.
- The ancient Radeons had a matriarchal society where old women would rule while men would be expected to die young in combat or be considered unmanly. Because of these harsh gender norms, they'd develop a lot of alternative gender expressions which means that, while very homophobic, their society wouldn't be particularily transphobic, kinda like Iran IRL.
- Iovera IX was trained from childhood by the Anointed to become an instrument through which the Isio'Nar would control the Radeon race. She grew up sheltered as a result and resented the Anointed, which is why she started to exercise a lot more power once she became Clericarch. She was still ultimately loyal to the Isio'Nar's ideals, though; she just wanted to do it her way.
- Jahric never developed psychic powers, which kind of made him an outcast in Radeon society. He grew a strong conscience to counter the stereotype that just because he couldn't read others' emotions, he couldn't feel empathy.
- Venoriel came from a long family of officers; at least one Venoriel was Primarch of the Dei'Ar and her father was one of the officers commanding the invasion of Earth during the Jaharani Crusades (and therefore would be one of the main antagonists in Rights of Earth. She viewed Thessina as something of a disgrace as a result.
- The Venoriels have a longstanding rivalry with a human family of officers called the Suns (as in, Sun Tzu and Sun Wukong), who are famous for their eccentric personalities and unpredictable tactics. The core concept of their rivalry is "humans who act like monkeys vs Radeons who act like rats". Thessina would form a friendship with the younger Sun (or even a romance?), again, much to the older Venoriel's rage.
- Laurinn Ma'fest was pretty powerful even after being Descended by Tyraz. He had a lot of connections in the Divinarium's intelligence (which is extremely ancient and has survived the War of Ages practically unscathed), so his knowledge alone made him an important asset; which is why Iovera would later try to capture him.
- In Iovera's absence, the political conflicts between different factions in the government would quickly get messy. Her charismatic personality is the only thing that really keeps it stable.
- Althron used to be an officer for the Church of Spode during the Jaharani Crusades (or the early days of the Divinarium - it would fit better chronology-wise), who participated in its bloody purges and became disillusioned with the Radeon government in general. He conflicted a lot with his co-pilot/girlfriend who was a Ferric to the core. His tipping point was having to bomb his own homeworld; he thought about whether to bomb it for a day and then finally decided to do it, only to find out that his girlfriend did it for him. He then went nuts and betrayed the Church (and he also doesn't date girls anymore).
- The Tertamian Alliance and the Metropoly (which I never wrote about because it was based on pre-SporeWiki fiction made by another person, whom I only found again years after I started writing on SporeWiki) were both remnants of a single empire, and both the Tertamians and the Melfoge (the Metropoly's main species) were descendants of a single species called the Ila-Adam (which is broken Arabic for "the God-Men" or "the Gods of the Earth" - but also sounds like "Illidan").
- The Ila-Adam empire would fracture because of an incompetent emperor called Fivalnoris the Blind (get it? blind, because Illidan!); after which the worker population would form a kind of socialist one-party state (except it's led by a literal god but the ordinary Melfoge did not know that) and become the Metropoly while the aristocrats would flee to Segmentum Umbra and become the Tertamians. Basically Morlocks/Eloi except the Eloi aren't dumb.
- The Tertamians would specialise in robotics (which we kinda saw in Andromeda War and New Dawn) because they needed a lot of cheap labour to replace their worker population. Millenia after their split they would still think of themselves as nobles and refuse to work certain jobs.
- The Melfoge, on the other hand, would be proud of working, and instead of using robots, would improve their bodies with cybernetics so that physical labour wouldn't be as hard. After Adaru killed everyone, the remains of the Melfoge became these guys, who're found in French Andromeda. Their architecture and aesthetics are a mixture of Stalinist and Mesopotamian, with some Egyptian influences.
- The Isio'Nar and the Mali'Nar gained their power by studying and harnessing the Artifacts. It'd be implied that Andromeda exists in a kind of Mass Effect-like cycle where the Artifacts' appearance heralds civilisational collapse. The Nars themselves are vaguely aware of that, too.
- The Artifacts have a One Ring-style effect where prolonged exposure to them will make you want to use them - that's why Grochius went insane and Br'klakkon became reckless after channeling them. Genderr/Khanjar and Vesperon became obsessed with it just from brief exposure, but they're more outlying cases (since they were the first to uncover it). The Nars are likely also a little crazy from that trace Artifact energy running through them.
- None of the Isio'Nar and the Mali'Nar really know their end goal. They have vague ideals and each strives towards them their own way, and collectively their efforts help further the broader goals of Divin-Ra and whoever actually leads the Isio'Nar, who manipulate events behind the scenes.
- The Rades had a pact with the Isio'Nar who provided them with psychic expertise necessary to create an entire sapient race (the Radeons). One of the two eventually double-crossed the other and they've been sworn enemies ever since.
- The Klaxxa have a caste society where those with more draconic traits become aristocrats and those without become commoners. Their noble houses are sorted depending on the type of dragon they intermixed with to preserve their draconic traits. The earth ones were the priests and lived underground; the metal ones were craftsmen and the more conservative ones; they also were good warriors; the water ones lived at the steam vents and were very powerful because they controlled the steam engine industry; the wood ones were like hillbillies, and I do not remember what the fire ones did but Lekren was one.
- Javina was very conflicted about falling in love with Carlini. Her thought patterns went from "she is so cute and very nice to me, why does she make me feel soft inside" to "she is nice to me, I think she's cute and she makes me soft inside; she's clearly a witch who's enchanted me" to "why do I think she's cute, I am a terrible person" to "she also thinks I'm cute, yay, love".
- Valdemar Mistwood is half-Outworld; his father was Magister Zevanni, one of the Outworld leaders who didn't like Praetinnath's "let's get to another world" plan and stayed behind. Everyone thought he was dead, including Praetinnath, but he actually survived and fought Alar'xashan alone with his band of followers. Valdemar got conceived when his mother read the Metempsychosis chronicles and decided to teleport herself to Outworld to learn more. That's what made Praetinnath listen to him.
- Ophellatar went insane because she was poisoned by her sister Marjatar (who leads the Daisarvi); her heartbreak after the supposed death of her orc boyfriend Mikko also contributed. He actually survived and became known as the Shatterer.
- Matheoward, Angolmois, Aerlon and (I know, shocking) Javina are gay.
- Quendor, Lemmo, Agnassana, and Thessina are pan.
- Althron's pan/bi, but exclusively dates men by choice.
- Reminocles and Aerlon are trans.
- Sanktanaar Felaanith is non-binary.
- When in mortal bodies that require food, the Isio'Nar and the Mali'Nar just poop where they stand and use their psychic powers to remove the image from the perception of those surrounding them. Then they may or may not disintegrate the actual poop.
- The Jaharani Crusades are a metaphor for transmisogyny.
- Imperios is actually a transphobic English writer in her 50s in the body of a Russian man in his 20s.
- Everything here is canon, unless it isn't.
- Nothing is canon.
- Everything is canon.
- Epstein didn't kill himself.
Music themes for my fiction
- The Divinarium - Civilization V - Phos Hilaron (Theodora's Peace Theme)
- The Coalition - War for Cybertron - Defend Iacon (or Duty Calls, it will fit too)
- New Tertamian Alliance - The Old Republic - Republic theme
- Andromedan Grox Empire - Doctor Who - The Dark and Endless Dalek Night
- Legion of Badmanz - Dawn of War - The Great Devourer
- The Brotherhood - Tiberian Dawn - Nod Map Theme
- The Inheritance - Mass Effect 3 - Geth Dreadnought
- Other fictionverse stuff
- Klaxxa - Walid Feghali - London, 1856
- Empire of Man - Triarii - Heimkehr
- Deonari Realm - Bassbrony - Dark Hysteria
- The Outworld - - World of Warcraft - Undead