Shining Paths

Adventures Beyond Known Space




The Tril are a non-humaoid race resembling a disc-shaped spiral of tendrils. They are one of the few non-human races who build Darkships and travel the universe. Tril are more remarkable still since they usually get along with humans and find them amusing,... Continue Reading →


Security Ops (SecOps) Agent

The Security Operations teams (SecOps) responsible for maintaining security of ships and stations are no joke. Space stations are isolated habitats floating in space, and a threat to the station could kill everyone inside or send the vessel plummeting to the planet below.... Continue Reading →


Hackers are known for their technological wizardry, adept at manipulating the ubiquitous computerized systems people take for granted. However in space Hackers more often find their skills useful as Electronic Warfare (EW) specialists. While the threats of guns and torpedoes are perhaps... Continue Reading →

Space Police (“Scops”)

Space police are present in every civilized system and sector. Spacers commonly refer to them as "space cops"  or "scops". Depending on the local laws and demeanor, they may be a blessing or a curse to Spacers, and their capabilities may vary... Continue Reading →


Burners are bounty hunters or assassins assigned to track down and "burn" designated targets. They can be government agents or private individuals working for pay. While some of the most notorious Burners are known to operate alone, most Burners actually work... Continue Reading →

Akashi (“Fragments”)

Akashi (commonly "Fragments") are people who simultaneously live multiple lives. Each "Fragment" of an Akashi is a separate person, who also shares a common experience with the other fragments, which ranges from abstract feelings to a fully shared consciousness. Most Akashi have... Continue Reading →


Mercs are mercenaries--individuals or units who fight for pay. Some Mercs also hire as bounty hunters, but in general Mercs are broadswords, not scalpels, and tend to cause too much collateral damage. Mercs are fighters and usually have a military background, and... Continue Reading →

Space Pirates

Some spacers turn to a life of crime,  raiding other ships, stations or even worlds. Space pirates routinely conduct nefarious operations such as capturing and plundering spacecraft for cargo, looting and occasionally stealing an entire spacecraft itself, and possibly killing or enlisting the hapless crew... Continue Reading →

Lancers (Space Commandos)

Lancers are professional space commandos who pilot Harness in a variety of combat roles. Lancers are trained in ship security, boarding actions, reconnaissance, surface missions, but also gain invaluable and unique practical experience out among the stars. Most military ships carry a complement of... Continue Reading →


Espers are psychically sensitive individuals who can read psychic impressions. They are often uncanny scouts, trackers, empaths, detectives, and telepaths. They are widely believed to be able to "read minds", and perhaps some of them can, but the ability to read psychic impressions has... Continue Reading →

Mthu’bo (Dark Psions)

Mthu'bo are "Dark Psions" who have learned to manipulate psionic energy they call Mthu. Knowledge and understanding begins with the self, and Mthu'bo tend to have a profound self-awareness and "grounded" feeling. They practice meditation and Mthu'Rygas, and are usually quite adept... Continue Reading →


Most Spacers are Incarnates, simply for reasons of economics and convenience. Some travelers like to "keep it real" and pay the extra expense of remaining in a real, bona fide, 100% organic body, ideally the one they were born with.... Continue Reading →


The Shining Paths is a game about Spacers, space-travelers. Whether beset by wanderlust, fleeing from the past, or seeking fame or riches, spacers are always moving moving. While it's natural to think of Spacers are pilots, they are usually skilled navigators... Continue Reading →


The Jidn are wanderers, searching beyond the stars for fragments of beauty, collecting them in their gallery spaceships. Their artifacts, when available for sale, can fetch tremendous sums from private collectors. Along the way, the Jidn also learn something of themselves and the... Continue Reading →


Incarnates are people who are imbedded into mechanical bodies. They once had biological bodies, although for some Incarnates that was so long ago that it has faded from memory. Incarnates are nearly immortal, for even if one mechanical host begins to fail they... Continue Reading →

Space Samurai

Space Samurai are warriors who wander the stars and seek glory and self-perfection in ritual combat. Most Space Samurai encountered in space are Incarnates, with Harness stylized as ancient o-yoroi samurai armor. They are adept at many weapons, but their signature are their Rygas-bladed void swords, which in... Continue Reading →

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