Travelers, Upstarts and Free Thinkers: The Agenda of the Terrans in the Neox Sector [DEV BLOG #5]
Albeit a comparatively young race with a short life span, the Terrans have made remarkable break-throughs in the fields of space travel and space faring – many of which were born out of necessity. After the unavoidable flight from their dying home world many centuries ago, the ambitious Terrans quickly found new turf to colonize in the adjacent star systems. From there, their unparalleled opening of new territories began. Erecting outposts and establishing jump gates all over space, their interstellar network grew and grew. Needless to say, this rapid expansion of a fledging, hungry faction did not only find favor among the other inhabitants of the galaxy. And hence followed hard-fought wars with the Vossk and costly skirmishes with the Voids. But both of these conflicts got solved in the meantime – the former via diplomacy and the latter via force. So now, the Terran’s endeavors for expansion are in full swing again, with the Neox Sector being the epicenter of their interest.
A high-detail concept artwork of a Terran station in Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore. Compared to GOF2, the stations and other structures in GOF3 are not only much bigger, but also more integral parts of their respective orbits.
The reasons for that are obvious. First, the Terrans want to harvest the abundance of resources the Neox Sector holds – especially the mysterious substance called Mhaan-tiq, which can be found nowhere else in the galaxy. Second, they want to keep their rivals, first of all the Vossk, in check and prevent them from gaining sovereignty over the newly found territory. And third, their inborn curiosity makes it impossible for them not to advance further and further into the unknown, disclosing whatever secrets the inner core of the Neox Sector might hold. Having traversed space with open minds and open eyes for centuries, the Terrans simply cannot ignore the beckoning lure of an uncharted fringe world filled with natural riches beyond belief. If such a place exists, they have to explore it and lay claim to it.
A collection of rough sketches of Terran pilots, including both civilians and soldiers. Who do you think is the sharpest dresser in this picture? ;)
The majority of Terrans you are going to meet during your flights through the Neox Sector are either stationed there by order of their government or have fled there to escape a dark past better left behind. While the first category includes regimen officials, career soldiers and professional researchers, the latter group consists of bar owners, mercenaries and other upstarts – many of which have not achieved their current positions in an honest way. But that should not unsettle you too much. If you are criss-crossing Neox in a light-n-swift scout, you will already be gone before their weapons are geared up to fire. And if you take on your journey in a heavily armed gunship, the no-goods around should better not pick a fight with you in the first place.
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