In the year 5344 CE, the exploratory ship E.S. Starfall departed to discover new worlds in the name of the Terran Empire and its glorious Empress Titania. Equipped with the most modern in conveniences and boasting a fully sufficient population for colonization, the Starfall was helmed by members of two minor but ambitious noble families: House Petakova and House Stocklin.
Their mission was a success; fifty years of FTL travel brought them to the beautiful Earth-like planet of Voltumnus, tucked away in a distant corner of the galaxy. Voltumnus offered fertile soils, glittering seas and majestic mountains, the city of Titania established where all three met.
The early years were as prosperous as the settlers had hoped, the new colony flourishing under the guidance of its leaders. Yet one by one, the giant rocs that soared through the sky on forty-foot wingspans grounded their exploratory aircraft. Individuals who wandered too far from the heart of civilization tended to simply disappear.
In their seventh winter on Voltumnus, the world itself revolted against them. The local wildlife, inexplicably ignoring all natural rivalries, launched a fierce and bloody assault that nearly wiped out all human life on the planet.
It is the year 6101 CE- or, as the citizens of Titania call it, 709 AT. Days of living in peace on their planet are a hopeless dream; the never-ending war that begun that winter has only paused briefly in the centuries since. Humanity has regrouped and fought back, carving out a permanent foothold, but they have come no closer to understanding the mysteries of their world.
Their implacable foes command powers that science can't explain, abilities to work their will directly on the world around them that have come to be known as magic. Teleportation, calling down fire, illusions- the scope of these powers is vast and varied. They have appeared among the humans of the city as well, creating individuals known as Celestians who are unable to co-exist with technology.
Finally, in a single overwhelming attack, the beasts took both halves of the city, and the colonists fled to the only sanctuary left to them--the Arcology at its heart. Now their city lies in ruins, riddled with threats both human and non, and their very survival hangs in the balance. Will the colony grow to reclaim what it has lost? Will the Voltumnus Experiment be but a fantastic tragedy? And what is the secret of Voltumnus?
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