But more than
any of that,
Archive is a large structure that was completely covered by the aggressive
The Great Archive, which most believe may have been a simple astronomical observatory to its creators, contained a treasure trove of information on surrounding star systems, but most of that information was millions of years out-of-date, as the stars and their planets had long since moved and shifted from the positions the creators charted them at. However, the archive contained data on physics, the fabric of space-time, quantum mechanics and gravity control that catapulted both power production and FTL propulsion at least a century forward in a matter of months. FTL drives went from a maximum speed of about 10 times the speed of light to speeds over 200 times the speed of light (and now approach speeds of nearly 400 times the speed of light). And for the first time, humans were able to begin mass production of stable antimatter and a stable form of unupentium, also known as Element 115. Element 115 has two incredible properties: First, it has a gravity field that extends beyond the perimeter of the atom which can be manipulated and amplified. Second, when Element 115 is subjected to fission, it releases an incredible amount of energy several orders of magnitude beyond what one can get from uranium or plutonium. When it is bombarded with antimatter (usually antihydrogen), the energy release is fantastic.
This sparked a
renaissance and an expansionist period that is only now beginning to slow down.
And it made
The Order of
Voltaire was the natural choice for a clan to steward this world, and the order
has turned out a significant number of discoveries and insights into the
creators. There are still secrets buried on
are a number of restricted sections of
several large cities on
Population: 18 million
Controlling Clan: Order of Voltaire
Diameter: 3,190 miles
Atmosphere: Earth-like, with slightly higher pressure and extremely high humidity. Believed to be cooling off from a greenhouse gas effect, it is estimated that the moon will only have about 4,000 more years of habitability unless terraformed. It is assumed that the creators of the Archive stabilized its atmosphere for much of its history through artificial means.
Gravity: .8 G
Satellites: A Cerberus-Class Defense Space Station orbits the
planet. All traffic to and from the planet is monitored and coordinated from
this heavily armed battlestation. There is also a
scientific research station that orbits Cleopatra IV in a lower orbit, and
Defense Assets: The Cleopatra Star System is home to a large task force meant to keep the system locked tight against smugglers of artifacts and saboteurs. The task force has a large number of fast, sub-capital vessels. It includes three Armstrong-class heavy cruisers, two Archer-class escort carriers, 14 Rama-Class destroyers and 30 Holstein-class pinnaces. The Cereberus-Class defense station also has two wings of Crossbow fighters and a wing of Ballista fighters.