[++Pirates of the Crimson Galaxy++]
The Crimson Galaxy consists of the tyrannical, power-hungry Dominions, disillusioned mutantsand rebels, those who would seek to overthrow humanity and those who wish to ensure itsdominance. The galaxy is filled with people trying to make a living, be it piracy, sellingthemselves, or stealing and killing. Life is short and brutal and you will not be remembered.2.
This is not the greatest time to live. If you grew up living under a Dominion, you are brainwashed into believing everything that the authorities want you to believe. If you didn'tgrow up under a Dominion, it's quite likely you are on a backwater world and you have other problems to deal with, like mutant gangs, pirates, and the native creatures.3.
Not everything is high tech. The distant colonies of many of the Dominions suffer from this problem, as do those who are cut off from contact due to disruption of communications for asignificant amount of time. Some planets are being discovered with humans on them, they aretypically from cut-off colonies of long-extinct Dominions. This is fairly uncommon.4.
The setting is a back drop for
games and stories. In addition, the Dominions
powerful but are avoided and ignored outside of systems that they do not control. Do not feel constrainedto make your story about the Dominions when mercenaries and pirates and gangers are on therise!
Author's Note on Technology:
Technology in Pirates of the Crimson Galaxy has been purposefully left vague, and for severalreasons. Basic descriptions are all that is really needed so that the players will understand, and that isall there is unless a more complex description would be required. Too many scifi universes fall into thetrap of over-describing their weapons and armor, breaking the suspension of disbelief that is needed for fantastic situations.The most important reason for not describing everything is that, to be plainly honest, no-onewould understand it. Current 21
century terms are not adequate to describe a society in whichconcepts such as
heads up displays
are about as ground-breaking as a stone wheel.Though many dominions are more technically inclined, they do not make up the entire galaxy. Thosewho are lucky (or unlucky enough, depending on your point of view) to be born outside of a Dominionwill not have as great of an education and will doubtfully understand the majority of technology.Due to the Nuclear Dark Ages, humanity had to rediscover almost everything again, thoughmost its progression was still linked to pre-Dark Age technology due to key discoveries during its newdevelopment. This vital difference means that post-Dark Age civilization advanced far more rapidly butin a way that would still be familiar.. Yet regardless of the obvious link, different progression meansthat very little can be accurately described with 21
century terminology. Virtually all weapons,equipment, ranks, and names are interpretations and as such more subtle parts of Dominion languagewill not transfer correctly or be understood by today's readers.