"To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—could one dream of anything more?"
'Mankind was never satisfied with what it had.' Those were the words that stood out to many. On the day the first shuttles went on sale, the world was forever changed. The revolutionary investment into Ethanoral technology led to the expansion of traversing the stars, unleashing the potential to forever jump from system to system. Life had begun being explored in all quadrants of the Milky Way's charted stars. For the next 63 years, humanity thrived outside of their Solar System, and forged colonies across a linked network of inhabited planetary civilisations. Millions who'd only dreamed of cosmological transportation had now been granted that very gift in their daily lives. It was commonplace to frequently converse between societies across the maps, and soon enough the discovery of cooperative species came into light. Another century of small wars, diplomatic engagements and eventual peace resulted in the creation of the United Galactic Coalition, or the U.G.C. And so, the Milky Way opened up to become a plain of existence thriving with life, activity and civilisation. Life was amongst the stars, no longer confined to its atmospheres. Barriers of nature were deconstructed. Lines were crossed between the boundaries of the possible and impossible. And through all of this, the stakes would only soar higher and higher, reaching their most ambitious objective in the eyes of humanity and its fellow species' of the U.G.C: Andromeda.
Breaching the boundaries of the milky way was never going to be fully explored, but as the aforementioned dictated, humanity was never truly satisfied with what it had. Forever, it yearned to know more about what it could have. Ethanoral technology was by far the strongest benefactor to the galaxy's awakening. With enough stockpiled, a one-way trip to Andromeda could be achieved. Being the nearest galaxy to their own, the endeavour was the only option that the U.G.C had to choose from. And so, following the ten years of preparation, the Atlas was forged from the depths of precursor technology, creating the finest hub world for outer-galactic traversal. The days began to tick down and the final volunteers prepared to start a new life beyond the starts they'd explored for generations before. Everyone knew the potential risks. No one was going to come home, not in a lifetime. Millions would find a new home, new worlds, new life and new mysteries across the uncharted emptiness of space beyond their own galaxy. Once the driver cores were prepped, and the destinations set, those aboard the Atlas were placed into cryogenic sleep, leaving the next 700 years to the whim of artificial intelligence. The years counted down, and the day finally came for rewawakening.
It's been about two years now, and the process of colonisation hasn't exactly gone smoothly. The Atlas has awoken, and the people are beginning to exit cryogenic stasis, yet no planets have been successfully encountered. Drifting alone in space, with supplies only down to the necessities brought, a plan needs to be set up. Under the orders of the Atlas' Chief Operations Executive, several qualified members of the slumbering passengers are awoken and recruited into the mission of a lifetime. And this, this is where you are, traveller.
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Andromeda: Know no bounds! This is a science-fiction character focused roleplay scenario set within the depths of an unfamiliar galaxy, cut off entirely from the devices of that in which they came from. From the very start, I do want to emphasise that the focus on characters is going to be a large portion of this roleplaying experience, and that the events and open-ended plotline acts as more of a moving development to the scene, the universe we inhabit and the developments of our characters as well. Hopefully I haven't convoluted this idea from the get-go though. Regardless, the story I intent to create revolves, as mentioned, around a crew awoken from Cryogenic Stasis and employed onto a single exploration/operations craft to find leads, hope and locations for settlement, encountering foes and new lifeforms along the way. I do also want to highlight that this story is not about us being "the necessary heroes" or the obvious choice, as other starships are committing to the same mission equally. We, as the travellers, will join as a skeleton crew and grow our ranks through interactivity, blossoming friendships, potential rivalries, romance and the skills each character brings to the table. Whether they are the engineer of the ship, the general pilot, navigator, security detail, science team or even the local nurse hoping to tend to everyone's boo-boos, a vast cast of interesting individuals should help drive the RP in the right direction.
Now, I am sure some of you reading this will be quick to point out: "This sounds awfully familiar to Mass Effect Andromeda." First off, I am impressed you shared the same commitment as myself to play it. Secondly, there are many things in this roleplay that are similar to that of the Mass Effect Universe. General science-fiction "tropes" you might come to expect like alien races, humanoid creatures, artificial intelligence, precursor technology soaring everyone is essentially welcomed and expected. Setting this in a separate universe with our own laws, however, gives us free reign and control over how and where the story goes. When the OOC goes up, there will be more information on the races, three specifically, that can be chosen and some of the lore/technology that is available to us as characters.
As the tags dictate, I want this RP to share some themes of maturity, but welcoming light-heartedness throughout as it can be a staple method of character interactivity. The 18+ tags left above are more for listing those themes. Whilst the Roleplay won't shy away from potentially dark themes, scenarios and outcomes, they will not flood the roleplay (I hope) to the point where it becomes a hopeless tale. After all, we want this story to have some mystery to it! Foes that are encountered along the way will only add to the danger and stakes we as characters will face. I'm hoping to provide those interested with an equally fun, enjoyable and intriguing hub for character interactivity and conversation. Developing relationships and different lore-building is openly acceptable from everyone, and I hope to bring a new exploration-esc story for us to forge along the way. I'm thankful that you've read this far! More information about this can be discussed upon questioning and should be expanded upon in the OOC if we get this kickstarted.
Also, if the interest comes, I will create a discord channel in an established server for easier OOC conversations, as personal experience has shown that to be the most engaging for conversations about our story. Once again, thank you for reading this far, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this story may take us!