Planets in science fiction
When putting together the foundation for something as epic as the Alpha Universe: The Origin Saga, you have to take into account how to approach building science fiction planets that are interesting, believable and most importantly, how they will fit into the overall scheme of a sci fi universe that is at total war.
With a science fiction project that has been in the making for over 10 years, you tend to wonder how you can take something that has been done hundreds of times and put a different spin on it. Is adding a different perspective to our planets really that important? Well, yes because planets are the vessels that house everything substantial to building a great science fiction saga like the one we’ve created.
In science fiction, most stories, settings and pivotal moments happen on planets.
The importance behind a planet
In the Alpha Universe, planets take on the aspect of currency.
Money is power. It’s tangible, iconic, obtainable, desired and separates those who have from those who have not. It can be the root of all evil when in the wrong hands or it can be the source of hope when spread throughout the community.
Much like the currency of our world, planets play a vital role in the Alpha Universe. Meaning that they are not just a placeholder for science fiction settings in a story. A planet is not just a place that houses life throughout the universe. A planet is a form of currency used by immortals in order to gain power, establish strategy or spread influence.
Immortal vs. Immortal
As explained in detail on the Planets page of our website, immortals can obtain power from the birth planets of other immortals. When a Cosmic Challenge is issued, it simply means that the immortal’s birth planet has been invaded by another immortal.
The invader’s goal is to simply draw the planet’s occupier to them and kill them. By doing so, the invading immortal gains access to the planet’s imprinted power in order to absorb, maintain or sacrifice that power.
Like it was said before, this whole process is explained in greater detail on the actual overview page along with a brief story of the Cosmic Challenge between Eternal Valor and Sire Dread.
The overall breakdown
As you can see, the sci fi planets that we create differ from other science fiction sagas that you are familiar with. A few of the more important aspects are pointed out below to reiterate:
- Used as currency by immortals.
- Are connected to the current occupier by a cosmic link of imprinted power.
- Trophies to some immortals.
- Used to spread influential cosmic power throughout that sector of space.
- Establishes territory.
- Instrumental in strategic planning.
- One of the methods to obtaining The Blessing of OriginThe universe’s most sought after treasure, the blessing of Origin is the creator’s gift given to an immortal, increasing their overall cosmic power level to new heights forever. Origin’s Blessing can be earned in various ways or found hidden throughout the universe. It is well known that immortal’s who have received Origin’s Blessing have always changed the universe’s history in their favor..
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Welcome to Hell
Sil Ethis is one of the first worlds that fans of the website have been introduced to. It is the birth planet of Sire Death and also the home of his palace called Shade. Planets in science fiction like Sil Ethis require a unique touch due to the fact that they are significantly connected to the saga’s main villain. A little bit more importance is exercised when creating a planet for the universe’s darkest evil.
The planet of Sil Ethis is a world of absolute darkness and chaos. It never sees light from the star it orbits due to the fact that the sun has been eclipsed by dark powers, only allowing it to radiate dark energy throughout the system.
It’s only fitting that one as evil as Sire Death must also have an establishment fit for a Darkstar King. That is why the decision was made to create a palace of everlasting suffering and misery like Shade.
Let the punishment fit the crime
When building a science fiction planet like Sil Ethis, we needed to provide a place that carried significant weight throughout the universe. We wanted it to have a site that was known strictly as a place for pain and suffering. Shade was the perfect opportunity to represent a twisted dwelling established on the foundation of sorrow and misery where interrogation and imprisonment was the norm. A place no entity in the universe wanted to find themselves unless absolutely necessary.
Shade is a perfect example of the dark science fiction behind The Origin Saga.
Abandon all hope
Those who are senseless enough to cross the Darkstars and live are sent to be imprisoned in Shade. Pain and suffering in Shade exceed all universal logic and limitations. Death is always preferred then to have to be sent to Sil Ethis for imprisonment.
When Darkstars want something, they don’t ask, they take. Enemies and allies alike who harness useful information are sent to Shade whether they are willing to fully divulge the information or not. A Darkstar is more than willing to wait eons as the captive is painfully extracted of every single ounce of vital and non-vital information that they have accumulated over their lifetime.
Those who suffer in Shade are immune to dying as Sire Death himself has nullified death for all of Shade’s captives.
More to come
As said before many times, the Alpha Universe is a dark and disturbing place. We take pride in producing intriguing dark sci fi for a mature audience who can appreciate it. In the future, we look forward to creating more science fiction planets like Sil Ethis. Planets not just for show, but that have actual meaning and consequences in the universe.
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