Thad’s .38 has a five-round cylinder, is shown to be fully loaded, and is discharged four times over the course of The Dualist. The weapon may or may not have been brought aboard the Sabrosa.
The unbranded four-chamber .50 caliber revolver is a handgun favored by Ornix. It fits his minimum requirements of being ridiculously high powered and man-portable. Ammunition capacity is not a consideration.
Unlike Thad, Ornix is shown to handle the weapon with a degree of skill.
The .50 caliber revolver is completely discharged over the course of The Dualist, and may or may not have been brought aboard the Sabrosa.
Known to modern humans as Morgan Bay Observatory Unknown Object 1 (MBO-1), the Aeon is an autonomous starship, tens of thousands of years old and apparently of human origin. The ship was briefly boarded by Heirotus founder Brandon James, security consultants Robert Carrington and Michael Yang and psychic consultant Aleph Stevens approximately 40 years before the events of Dead City Radio. James received a critical head wound and lost an eye. An object known as “MBO-2” was removed by Aleph and Yang as the ship initiated what was later determined to be a Biomagnetic Transfer (aka a “Space Fold”).
The Airbase, located deep in the Australian outback of Earth 2.0, is home to the crew of the Daedalus and the resting place of the Heirotus FTL test platform Epiphany. Defenses include automated turrets, a mine field, and unspecified sensors monitored by the crippled freighter’s eponymous artificial intelligence system. Read More →
Am is the colloquial (and technically incorrect) term for a “condensed” quad-axial space, accessible by certain life forms and organic technologies. Am is a form of “hyperspace,” in which travel and communication circumvent general relativity. Prior to the development of the Heirotus BTS, Am was only accessible via the will of humans possessing certain genetic mutations unique to navigators.
Motion in Am is possible through five dimensions – the XYZ axis, time, and “depth.” Space condenses along the depth axis while time does not, effectively enabling “realtime” FTL travel on a logarithmic scale.
A dimensional “variance” in the firmament, between Am and Prime and between the Veil and pocket universes, best defined as the relative ease with which Will can be exercised as a Force in a given area. In practical terms, the AEI determines the relative effort required for a Navigator to transition themselves and additional matter into Am, the mental fatigue incurred by a learned individual crossing between realities, and the relative “ease” with which psionic disciplines such as telepathy and remote viewing can be verifiably conducted.
A measurable divergence (positive or negative) from the local AEI is known as a Holt-Rischmann Variance.
The Arvak class transport is the fleet backbone of the Interstellar Transit Authority. A relatively short range transport designed for hauling humans and cargo from station to station, the Arvak type is solid, reliable, and a common sight in docking rings and bays all over known space.
Heirotus founder Brandon James contracted a range-extended Arvak from the ITA in order to rendezvous with MBO-1 near Helios. At the time, Heirotus space assets were limited – it was, simply, the first available spacecraft.
A cognitively-informed plane of perception, Astral Space is a blanket term applied to Astral Projection, Remote Viewing, and other forms of cognitive or psychic non-corporeal translocation in which the physical location of the characters has little or no bearing on events or actions. It is, in short, “Head Space.” While Am and the Veil share certain visual similarities, the key difference is that astral space is perceived only by directed mental observation, and perception depends entirely on the worldview of the participants – accounts of Astral events vary wildly from person to person, and those not directly involved often don’t see anything at all.
Dyluck appears to be capable of physical relocation through Astral Space, though this may be how she perceives the act. As physical travel through a cognitive plane is presumed impossible, a more likely explanation is that while Dyluck perceives it as an Astral act, she is in fact generating a biomagnetic transfer through Am.
The Barghosa F/A-38 Banshee is the first GNOMES-powered optionally-manned attack aircraft on the market, so named for the enormous amounts of RF interference kicked out by the high-powered GNOMES laser – a weapon capable of slicing through steel at a thousand meters and FM radios at a hundred kilometers. The laser and reactor both feature retractable RF shielding, enabling the Banshee to function as a basic-but-highly-effective EWAR platform if operating with a crew – otherwise the aircraft requires a direct line-of-sight with a control satellite, Majestic or mothership to function, as the interference obliterates the spectrum traditionally used for unmanned vehicles.
The Barghosa Submachine Gun (Disposable, Model 12) is just that. Disposable. Made of cheap ultra-lightweight plastics and polymers with an absolute minimum of metal parts, the weapon is designed to fire a few hundred rounds with low to middling accuracy. Typically used for suppression fire, the SGD-12 persists in space security and related fields for two very simple reasons – first, it’s less than half the weight of the lightest equivalent durable SMG, and second, the low weight and poor build quality come with an equivalent price.
Weapons of this type are typically carried by long endurance spacecraft, where the low mass and long shelf life are considered key selling points.
While the Sabrosa has real guns in its armory, Grij orders the troops deployed to Earth equipped with the lowest quality kit on board – he expects casualties, and doesn’t want the good stuff falling into the hands of a less advanced civilization.
Bethlehem Medical Centre (BMC) is a hospital and detention facility located in the first parallel universe attached to Earth (aka “Earth 2.0”). Were it in this universe, the building would be a short drive from Elmira, New York.
During the events of Dead City Radio and The Dualist, BMC is the headquarters of Thule Garrison. The facility is equipped with silicon and carbon mainframes, biomagnetic concentrators, a BMRI, advanced Cycom psionic visualization hardware, an internal video telephone system, and a satellite uplink. The main building sits on top of a “fallout block,” with at least three large sub-levels underneath.
The Biomagnetics lab is located somewhere in the bowels of Bethlehem Medical Centre. It contains a pair of biomagnetic concentrators designed to attract and retain negative biomagnetic energy, the source of the Negative Biomagnetic Entities unique to annexed realities. Read More →
A Foundation class heavy cruiser, the Castores is a long endurance survey ship leased by Expert Technologies with a Templar command crew officially following up on first-pass charts plotted by smaller Discovery class ships. The Castores is a typical sample of the Foundation type: equipped with high resolution sensors, an optionally pressurized flight deck, low gravity hydroponics bays, a rocket assisted rotating section, cruise missiles and a number of small support craft, she can comfortably support a modest crew for as long as they can stand each other.
A Titan class low orbit and upper atmosphere patrol craft, the Cheops is the sole Templar vehicle permanently assigned to Terra. Orbiting the earth in Am or within the Veil at a depth of 1.5, the Cheops keeps watch while staying well out of the range of terrestrial sensors.
The Cheops is equipped with the standard Titan class armament – particle cannon, kinetic point defense batteries, nuclear and conventional cruise missiles. The ship also mounts a high caliber after-market nuclear powered railgun and a long-duration Crew Service Module. While the “angry end” of the vehicle is capable of atmospheric entry, the CSM is not. It does, however, have the capability to fly the Command Module remotely via an encrypted tight-beam telecommunications link, and can function as a lifeboat or orbital platform if required.
A Colonial Authority is a corporation that has been delegated key responsibilities of the state within a specific region of space. Colonial Authorities are invariably influential mega-corporations with a significant number of government contracts – so significant that the state has determined that it’s better to keep them happy than it would be to run the risk of pissing them off.
The designation is typically granted to corporations that provide services deemed vital to human health and security, whose assets and income total more than sixty percent of the gross domestic product of the company’s geographical area of operations, and for whom the state (or a major state contractor) is the primary source of revenue.
A rough equivalent would be the East India Company.
Compartment A3 – the rec area – is the living room and kitchen of the Daedalus. The compartment provides access to the bathroom, the spacesuit locker, the cargo transfer lock and the central corridor. It is the biggest pressurized compartment on the ship, and has been used as a reading room by Ornix and as a language transfer theater by Inga Murnau. Read More →
Due to ongoing maintenance issues with the seals in the neighboring Compartment A5, Compartment A4 functions as the primary airlock of the Daedalus. Read More →
Aboard the Daedalus, compartment A5 is the Cargo Transfer Lock – the intersection between the cargo bay and the pressurized top deck of the ship. It also provides direct access to the reactor and contains access points for the air and water purification systems. As the cargo elevator seal is imperfect, West elects to keep the compartment depressurized, which makes compartment A4 the ship’s primary airlock. Read More →
A Javelin class Am-capable high speed cargo transport, the Daedalus is the property of ex-Templar Captain John West. The workhorse of a shady courier service run out of the Australian outback in a nearby pocket universe, the Daedalus is frequently far from Earth, and often under the command of John’s executive officer and co-pilot, Naomi.
Designed to haul moderate amounts of cargo incredibly long distances at incredibly high speeds, the Javelin class is equipped with the most efficient engines and non-organic power plant designed to date. The ship generates artificial gravity by acceleration, and can sustain a 0.5g burn for upwards of six hours. The type is incredibly nimble in a vacuum, though maneuverability in atmosphere is extremely limited. While the advanced RCS system provides a degree of ground effect and the capability to turn on a dime at extremely low speeds, the ship has an atmospheric turning radius of hundreds of kilometers at any significant speed – a maneuverability that decreases exponentially on approach to escape velocity.