Under the microscope: Dissecting the Voids
Throughout the course of the past two weeks we witnessed, accompanied and traced the arrival of a new force in the Shroud Nebula – the greatly feared Voids. Opening their wormholes close to selected high-level planets and sending their high-tech fleets into the orbits of the worlds they chose to conquer, these devious alien raiders put more than just a few lines of worry onto the faces of the brave commanders of the Nebula. In the following we’d like to take a closer look at these infamous yet little studied invaders who launch their attacks out of the murky, undefined twilight of known space.
A Void fleet using sophisticated wormhole technology to enter the orbit of a planet they are about to seize and raid...
The Voids first appeared on our radar in the year 3598 A.D, when the so-called Void Threat put the brittle peace between the differing factions of the galaxy to an acid test. Back then, this hitherto unknown species advanced into the sovereign territories of the Terrans, Vossk, Nivelians and Midorians via the aid of sophisticated wormhole drives and raided convoys and fleets of all of these factions. This sudden interruption of intergalactic fabric caused the ill-disposed parties to band together and drive the uninvited guests off their turf – a risky undertaking whose outcome was more than a little uncertain. After quite a bit of to and fro, the tables ultimately turned when decorated space war hero Keith T. Maxwell joined in and took the battle straight to the Voids’ doorstep. Within the bizarre confines of the aliens’ remote home world, put a definite end to the invaders’ evil doings by blowing their mothership to pieces and ridding them off the hub from which their operations were run. But apparently this was a set-back rather than a fatal blow. Now that the Voids have returned to charted space and spread fear and terror among the residents of the Shroud Nebula, we’d like to take a closer look at them and tell you what they’re after and how they function.
The blueprint of a Void carrier... black market dealers charged a fortune for this gem, but the insights it provides are almost invaluable.
The only hard facts we ever learned about the Voids have been gathered by Deep Science, a factionless research conglomerate formed with the single objective to unravel and understand the mysterious ways of our new dangerous enemies. They identified the Voids as an aggressive race of insectoid aliens, whose myriads of fighter drones are guided by a collective “hive mind” orchestrated by a comparatively small selection of queens and under-queens. Consequently, the common Void does not have a clear notion of individuality or introspection – a fact that makes him an all-the-more dangerous enemy!
This mock-up illustrates how our scientists imagine the assembly of a Void carrier... we have yet to confirm this depiction to be accurate.
At this point of time we can only speculate how the Voids conduct their plans of invading the Shroud Nebula. It looks as if they will go after abandoned and inactive planets first, setting up base in strategically important positions and observing their immediate surroundings with keen, insectoid eyes. We do not know yet whether they will lash out attacks on their own or wait for their victims to make the first move, similar to a spider lurking at the edge of its net. If attacked, however, there is no doubt that the Voids will retaliate with everything they got. The obscurity and unpredictability of the new force in the Nebula will present a whole new challenge for the resident commanders as they either have to find a way to coexist with their erratic neighbors without stepping onto their toes or find means of driving them out of the area for good. The latter will be particularly tricky as a single commander will hardly be strong enough to do the Voids any serious harm. Thus, trusted friends and even former enemies will have to team up and attack with joint forces in order to chase the Voids from the high-level planets they occupied.
A collection of some of the most crucial components of a Void carrier. It's findings like this that will someday enable usto build advanced Void technology ourselves.
Engineering-wise, the Voids are way ahead of the other factions in the galaxy. We have yet to figure out the sophisticated mechanisms behind their unique blasters and special ships, but one thing we can say for certain: Void tech is light-years ahead of our own products. The purple-shimmering carriers and fighters of the Voids are not only stronger and faster than their Terran, Vossk or Nivelian counterparts, but they also bear more stowage space. The latter is particularly puzzling as the slim, curvated hulls of the Voids ships do not hint at all at such immense holding capacities. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the first commanders have already set out to raid a piece of Void equipment and leverage it to their own advantage…