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Sci-fi Galaxybuilding
Sci-fi Galaxybuilding Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:23 UTC+1 No.32941822 Report

Let's build a sci-fi setting, /tg/. Introduce or embellish things per post; stuff that contradicts previous posts is to be ignored or reconciled.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:30 UTC+1 No.32941964 Report

The object at the centre of the galaxy is not a huge black hole. It's a wormhole. Where does it go? Who knows.

Only know that it is horrific beyond measure.

Galaxy is circling the drain to Help.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:37 UTC+1 No.32942091 Report

The method of FTL travel is actually achieved via teleportation and has been for several centuries. Recently however an accident has proven that the process actually destroys the original and replaces it with a duplicate. Officially the information is being suppressed from the masses, but it's only a matter of time before the truth is known...
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:37 UTC+1 No.32942095 Report


Quick, make a thread about REALITYbuilding, before somebody else thinks about it!
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:39 UTC+1 No.32942112 Report


Point of view is from a federation of species that was once conquered by humans. The human empire is ancient history, now; there are no surviving humans in this sector. Where did they all go?

One popular theory is that they cracked the secrets of the wormhole and left. Another theory is that the precursors to the federation killed them all in a bloody rebellion.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:41 UTC+1 No.32942146 Report

There is a planet whose dominant species is insectoid. The hotter the temperature the more active they become. Humans have inhabited the poles where it is coldest. Any colonies established in warmer temperatures than sub arctic have never been heard from again.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:43 UTC+1 No.32942178 Report

You should check out Stephen King's short story The Jaunt.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:44 UTC+1 No.32942201 Report

>No Humans
It's not cool or clever, humans exist as the baseline to provide an entrypoint into an otherwise totally alien setting. Removing humans is fucking full retard...
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:53 UTC+1 No.32942356 Report

The nomadic Hrasl-Zal are spread thinly across the galaxy, traveling in their great habitat fleets, moving from system to system using long range rift jumps.
The habitat fleets usually reside within any given star system only for few quarter cycles, making repairs, refueling, gathering resources for the construction of new habitat ships and establishing their Q-link listening posts.

If the system has life bearing world/s within it, the Hrasl-Zal will descend upon these worlds, and "preserve" them into one of their habitat ships. This process is usually only slightly destructive to the biome in question, as the Hrasl-Zal collect and catalog the biomes of the planet, preserving as much biological data both in living, and in genetic form within their habitat ships.

Civilized races, that have not yet met same stage of civilization, meet the same fate in the hands of the Hrasl-Zal, with the addition of their culture, languages technology also being archived and preserved. Usually, such species survive the encounter, though not without a degree of devastation, as the Hrasl-Zal archivists methodologically carry out their work, despite any opposition the natives might attempt.

The Hrasl-Zal remain enigmatic towards space faring species, preferring to keep their distance, and usually only rarely engage in trade of both goods and information. There are rumors of them "archiving" far flung colony worlds of even space faring species, but their fast moving fleets are hard to catch in action, so there has not been any confirmations of events like these.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)21:57 UTC+1 No.32942435 Report

The whole galaxy is inside of a giant space dome
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)22:08 UTC+1 No.32942608 Report


Removing humans from active consideration lets you actual play with the various species, entities, and organizations without a constant implicit comparison to whatever thing the author is doing with humans.

If you're talking a commercial product, sure, you have humans with their space marines and their tanks and their brick-shaped ships because that's what sells; but for the point of a pure worldbuilding exercise...why not?
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)22:10 UTC+1 No.32942638 Report

It's not a true dome, however. It's like a gigantic Dyson Swarm, a massive shell of independent constructs that orbit the galaxy. No-one knows who built them, or what they do, or why they activate infrequently.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)22:13 UTC+1 No.32942688 Report


The origins of the Hrasl-Zal are a mystery, that is known only to them, as is the nature of what they even are.
They posses no home world, not even a lost one, at least to anyone's knowledge, and they seem to be sighted with reasonable regularity all across the galaxy.

In ways, they resemble advanced machines, while in others they resemble organic creatures. They are known to be capable of surviving within the vacuum of space, and can recover from grievous trauma, if sufficient energy source and organic material is present. They can also change their shape with disturbing speed, morphing into new forms better suited towards their goals, and even combine with one another should it be necessary for them.

Their technology is very advanced, and most of it's workings are unknown to other races. What is known that they can manipulate gravity fields with finesse that is unmatched by other races, as well as they possess extremely sophisticated nanite technologies. Though mostly neutral and peaceful in nature, if the need arises, the Hrasl-Zal can utilize their gravity manipulating technology to very destructive effects, causing threats to simply get crushed by their own weight, and flinging nanite fletchettes at their foes, that upon contact, will start rapidly consuming and converting the target, until it no longer poses a threat to the Hrasl-Zal.
Their most enigmatic technology are the way their FTL travel is achieved. Their Rift Jumps allow them to move great distances very swiftly, though such jumps consume great deal of energy, which limits the rate at which they can make such jumps.

Culturally, there is very little known about the Hrasl-Zal, and some federation scholars suspect that they don't even posses one, as they could be just some sort of ancient machines left by some long begone race. If these sorts of theories are true, only the HRasl-Zal know, and they thus far have not shed any light on such suspicions themselves.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)22:19 UTC+1 No.32942799 Report

The technologies that humanity used to enslave other beings through entertainment have also been banned and the culture generally revolted against hedonism imposed by the human empire and replaced it with feverish religious zealotry. Essentially it is a return to primitivism but with space faring technology. pleasure technology exists but again, its very taboo. Akin to drugs
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)22:45 UTC+1 No.32943330 Report


Abiogenesis is fucking great.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)23:00 UTC+1 No.32943607 Report

There's a machine the size of a planet hurtling through space on a seemingly random course. When it enters a Star System, it begins to scan everything. If it finds intelligent life, it abducts them, makes a copy, then destroys the original.

Stored inside the computer is a simulation of the entire universe.

It was created by a long dead precursor species, and tasked with finding the meaning of the universe. Today, thousands of years later, it still works silently. Strangely, there appear to be anomalies on its surface which suggest the machine has traveled across dimensions in its quest.

The vast archives contained in the machine has made it the target of many treasure hunters.
Anonymous 06/22/14(Sun)23:11 UTC+1 No.32943800 Report

Usually these threads are more lively.
Did the removal of humans by that one anon really bum people out this much?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)00:15 UTC+1 No.32945066 Report

Birrins are cute.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)01:27 UTC+1 No.32946390 Report


>Is that anon
Apparently? The HFY is strong with this board; deny them the opportunity to wank and they rapidly lose interest.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)01:43 UTC+1 No.32946678 Report

scientists are actually thinking this is true
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:01 UTC+1 No.32946967 Report

There exists a small religion based around sharing one's feelings via technological implants (similar to the Borg or other hiveminds, but only for actual experiences, not thoughts.).
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:01 UTC+1 No.32946969 Report

This is an alien species ive been working on for a while, but recently stopped for about a month. Theyre super humanid and I think thats their biggest fault.

also ive got a bunch of stuff written on them that I havent edited in ages
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:02 UTC+1 No.32946976 Report

A-are the pink things on the far left their genitals?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:02 UTC+1 No.32946980 Report

No those are just their head tentacle things
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:03 UTC+1 No.32946991 Report

Oh, OK. Where/what are their genitals then?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:05 UTC+1 No.32947018 Report

I....dont have any drawings that im willing to post
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:05 UTC+1 No.32947023 Report

>it is horrific beyond measure
Sure sounds scietific.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:07 UTC+1 No.32947047 Report

So we can Event Horizon now?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:08 UTC+1 No.32947066 Report

Lurid, graphic, explicit descriptions (with references to various real-world animal genitalia) would do just fine.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:09 UTC+1 No.32947079 Report

this is the opposite of what I wanted to happen
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:20 UTC+1 No.32947235 Report

no just that its a worm hole
it probably is horrific beyond measure (statistically speaking)
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:26 UTC+1 No.32947318 Report

Since we're building a galaxy we're probably not building our Galaxy.
Humans possibly still exist in their home Galaxy and long ago entered this one.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:31 UTC+1 No.32947404 Report

Those head tentacle things remind me of Mass Effect.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:34 UTC+1 No.32947438 Report

the crest on the bigger one or the actual tentacles? because the crest does look a lot like asari head-tentacle things yeah its unintentional. They can have tons of differently shaped head crests
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:35 UTC+1 No.32947464 Report

Humanoid aliums a shit.

Nice concept art, though.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:45 UTC+1 No.32947602 Report

Yeah, just the crest on the bigger one.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)02:46 UTC+1 No.32947615 Report


perhaps a defense system built by a universe wide predecessor civilization to contain the wormhole to heck at the center of the galaxy?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:37 UTC+1 No.32948441 Report

Face it, if you draw an alien with at least one hole somewhere on its body, it's likely that someone on /tg/ will have found his new waifu
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:37 UTC+1 No.32948448 Report

I think any civilization advanced enough to make it to the "universe wide" level would have such an absolute understanding of natural laws that they'd be able to fucking close a wormhole outright.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:43 UTC+1 No.32948541 Report

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Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)03:45 UTC+1 No.32948574 Report

the short ones are what we would call guys and the big ones are what we would call girls
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)08:46 UTC+1 No.32952929 Report


What a shame.
Indonesian Gentleman 06/23/14(Mon)08:52 UTC+1 No.32952989 Report

Whoah, listen, listen.

What if the Hrasl-Zal was originally built by a different ancient species to preserve the universe from this planetary library?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)09:15 UTC+1 No.32953150 Report


That could work.
The two are kind of similar to one another, the Hrasl-Zal just preserve things in physical form in addition to just digital data.

In any case, the setting needs more races.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)10:38 UTC+1 No.32953693 Report

One of the most widespread 'races' in the galaxy is a self modifying hive-minded, think tyranids, but with a VERY different philosophy. Rather than being driven by an unquenchable desire to consume, this hivemind is instead a deep thinker and philosopher. Knowing that it can adapt to nearly any environment it places very little value on physical resources and has instead has set out to claim a much more ethereal resource, original thoughts. Recognizing its own creative limitations it seeks to ingratiate itself with as many and varied intelligent species as possible so that it can best observe and interact with them. At this point it more or less forms the entirety of the galaxy's FTL communications network, thus making itself indispensable to spacefaring civilizations and having direct access to the large quantities of information shared between planets.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)10:43 UTC+1 No.32953729 Report

One of the most popular remnants of humanity is coffee which many alien species find quite pleasant to consume.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:36 UTC+1 No.32954474 Report

Is it just me, or do have world building threads become increasingly rare, and lifeless on /tg/?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:42 UTC+1 No.32954516 Report


OY! Teuthoid-anon! We've missed you in the /coc/ threads (and on plus). The other /co/smic writers keep wanting to do stuff with your guys. Get back to us, huh?
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:47 UTC+1 No.32954554 Report

>Is it just me, or do have world building threads become increasingly rare, and lifeless on /tg/?
They're increasingly "self-moderated", meaning people are more likely to shitpost in them till they die, plus waves of moderation crackdowns chase away most people. I daresay we're slowly going the way of /x/.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:48 UTC+1 No.32954564 Report

ah hey sorry guys ive been super busy and also really distracted, ive dont nothing with worldbuilding for a while. Ill drop by sometime though and see what I can do, it means a lot to me that people are interested.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:51 UTC+1 No.32954600 Report


What a shame.
I remember just few years ago, when world building threads like these were often full of creative anons fleshing out the setting, to the point where new threads were needed to be made in order to continue the world building.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:55 UTC+1 No.32954627 Report


Stop reminding me that this is just a short story.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)12:56 UTC+1 No.32954643 Report


Mostly it's consisted of things like "Hey I want to use a teuthoid for ____ but I dunno if if Teuthoidanon allows it". So yeah, we're always interested in hearing from you, dude.
Indonesian Gentleman 06/23/14(Mon)12:58 UTC+1 No.32954656 Report

Good times, good times.
But unfortunately good things won't last... at least I hope we don't end up like /x/. Poor board. There used to be more good, scary threads there. But now... tulpa and RP nonsense infests her festering corpse.

I really hope that /tg/ will not go down that way. I hope /tg/ will molt into another bout of good stuff.

That said, another contribution to the thread: There is a legend about the wormhole, that the humans did not create it; They were, however, the first one to explore it. But soon after, there was a sort of mass migration of humans into the wormhole... or so the legend said.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)14:13 UTC+1 No.32955312 Report

It's not just that, people need usually something to relate to, a point of view we understand, and a setting without humans can easily run into problems because of that.
Still, HFY, and it's more realistic, but (due chauvinism) less popular counterpart, HFN, play of course a role, too, but more minor than you think.
If you dislike both of he above it's usually a good option to choose the Lovecraft route:
Humanity is unimportant, and only there to provide us with narration.

A shame, really.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)14:24 UTC+1 No.32955399 Report


Well, we can hope so.
I think that the evo game you stared, and the setting that spring up from it was probably the longest lasting communal setting creation thing /tg/ ever had.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)14:31 UTC+1 No.32955443 Report

But we didn't. We KNEW we could have closed it off. We knew that closing it off would probably benefit the galaxy as a whole. But we didn't. The wanderlust felt by our land-locked ancestors when they saw the land give way to the sea overtook us. And so we built exploration ships instead of stability emitters. We sent expeditions, military units, civilians. We sent our whole civilization through the wormhole just because of the sheer exhilaration we felt when we discovered a new frontier.
Kocoayello 06/23/14(Mon)14:43 UTC+1 No.32955526 Report

Legends of a tall, upright, fairly plain looking (except for their elaborate head manes) starfaring species called Humans has been told throughout the ages on the Pringk planet for ages. They were said to have uplifted the Pringk from mere desert-hopping herbivores to the intelligent, brachiating forest dwelling forms they are today with the use of psychedelic fungus that they brought to the planet. Ancient Pringk culture is riddles with stories of these Humans aiding them in building huge elaborate domes, helping them domesticate the large flegd beasts for extra sustenance, and even tales of them bringing Pringk to the planet's large singular moonfor joyrides.

Sadly, no evidence of the Humans have been shown to be conclusive, and most Pringk scientists and historians consider Humans to be fringe theory.

>(Also, how far from now are we building in? 1 million years? More? Less? This is a good thread, first time I've ever been to /tg/ too.)
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)17:01 UTC+1 No.32956759 Report


I love the idea of humans being ancient astronauts for alien species.
It is neat.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)17:39 UTC+1 No.32957299 Report

These constructs are possibly ancient enough to have been around during the human era. No one knows what they do or how they work.

They also exist so far from the Edge-stars that few want to risk getting stranded. Trying to capture one causes them to either detonate like a very powerful nuclear warhead or carefully disassemble the ship and use it to build a copy of itself.

No one knows for sure their function. All they seem to do is orbit the galaxy in a slow eternal dance.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)17:56 UTC+1 No.32957511 Report

vote on it
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:27 UTC+1 No.32957869 Report

Humanity long ago created not-skynet and the self building AI robot apocalypse went so far that it wiped out humanity and or they escaped through the wormhole. When not skynet had cleansed the galaxy of human vermin they simple float out in space having no other primary directive. Humans completely bombed their own planet into dust trying to fight back. The name of the game is Through the Wormhole. You choose one of the races mentioned in this thread thus far, or a human, or a not-skynet not-arnold spy as you are going through the wormhole or your life after the wormhole. Where the wormhole goes is determined at the start of the game with a series of random table di rolls with labels. Some of them are instant death. You come up with a concept for a person and roll a random place to be in. However, since the wormhole spits people out in an infinite universe, very rarely do you run into mass amounts of known entities on the other side. The same ship usually holds together so whoever is on the same spaceboat (if they survive the wormhole) is alive. Most races that go through the wormhole to escape not-skynet or to continue cataloging the galaxy or whatever, have advanced enough technology to make communications/beacons so they can try to regroup on the other side, but the travel time or distance between makes it not that likely
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)18:29 UTC+1 No.32957886 Report

Life neve evolved in the entirety of the universe and the game is a meta game about building blocks
Kocoayello 06/23/14(Mon)18:47 UTC+1 No.32958141 Report

Mind if I add a few more alien races besides the Pringk? I could probably squeeze out like 2-3 more today, with drawings too.
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)21:23 UTC+1 No.32960563 Report

That was the humans of only one galaxy. By that point in time humanity had at least colonized most of the galactic super cluster. One galactic population, especially some small peripheral domain, was not that big of a deal to the human commonality as a whole at that time.

To the people's and cultures that evolved millions of years later it's a big fucking deal. Humanity was god-like. Titans leaving foot prints in the playground of ants.
Kocoayello 06/23/14(Mon)21:28 UTC+1 No.32960631 Report

Lecc-huge viking like warriors from another galaxy, they maraud and pillage every planet they come across. They have sensitive antennae on their head which is a weak spot, but other wise their skin's natural armor, strength and stamina are the best of this lineup

Pringk-peaceful planetbound brachiators, theya re in an extended agricultural age and are only now being recruited for interplanetary war they have climbing skills, stealth in the forest, and speed, fairly weak but can kick fairly hard. Tehir heads are within the top of their torsos.

Ff'jun- these are highly advanced xenos that now live as flying-floating blobs that use EM forces to manipulate their world. They can fly, have speed, and high magick skills.

Sytori- these are pious, knight like warriors, evolved to sprint after prey on the plains of their homeworld, they are the main offense to the Lecc. They have speed, strength, and stamina like no other, and can throw spears incredibly far.

Turians- Some think turians are secretly Humans due to them looking so close to ancient descriptions of them, and they are looked upon as an anomaly in the galaxy, hated by some and revered as gods by others. Fairly weak, they have incredible stealth and magick usage, as well as nightvision.
Kocoayello 06/23/14(Mon)21:31 UTC+1 No.32960670 Report

Lecc addition - Basically think of them as crosses between Halo elites and brutes, they can also easily wield two handed weapons with one arm.

All aliens wear clothes except the Ff'jun, I just havent designed their clothing yet (just whipped these up now).
Anonymous 06/23/14(Mon)22:50 UTC+1 No.32961987 Report

There is a patch of stars known as "Where God Can Not See". Something seems to have happened to the laws of probability. If it can go wrong it will. The closer the centre the worse that this gets.
Anonymous 06/24/14(Tue)00:05 UTC+1 No.32963485 Report


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