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Reflex/Rygas Blades

Reflex Blades (Rygas Blades) are swords or other edged weapons constructed of Reflex, a crystalline matrix that can be hardened similar to steel, but in the hands of a psionically trained warrior can become Void and cut through armor to sever the... Continue Reading →

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Remotes (Drones)

Remotes are semi-autonomous, programmable drones. They can be remotely controlled manually or programmed for autonomous function. Remote Control Remotes usually have a proprietary remote control, which can operate either wireless or wired, in order to prevent hacking. An operator could send a... Continue Reading →

Credits (Cr)

Credits (Cr) are the standard currency in the Shining Paths. Credits are a cryptocurrency that can be stored on credit sticks or transferred between banks. Each system issues its own credits, and purchases must be made in the currency of... Continue Reading →

Couriers

Couriers are Void Ships specialized for quick delivery of messages, small cargo, and passengers. They are the equivalent of the old "pony express", physically relaying their cargo from sender to recipient. Couriers are built for speed and quick pick-up and... Continue Reading →

Trade Stations

Trade Stations are the hubs of interstellar trade, where Cargo Ships and other Void Ships dock to transfer cargo and passengers. Other ships can pick up the cargo for distribution to other systems, or Shuttles can glide down planetside. Logisticians and form-fillers rule supreme... Continue Reading →

Shuttles

Shuttles are specialized transports that ferry people and cargo between trade stations and planets. They Void Catapult into orbit, exchange cargo on a trade station, and then glide gracefully back to the planet. Since a major role is to move people between planets and stations, shuttles... Continue Reading →

Omegas (Corpse Soldiers)

Mot make extensive use of Omegas to crew their ships, man their lancer cohorts, and populate their garrisons. Omegas are often called "Corpse Soldiers", for they are Necroincarnates--cybernetically enhanced corpses. The Mot create their Omegas by forcibly Incarnating captives (dead or alive) and putting them through complete... Continue Reading →

Void Ships (Darkships)

Void Ships (Darkships) are spacecraft able to Void Shift and travel vast distances at the speed of thought.  Equipment Void Ships have Reflex Matrices embedded in their hulls, which are then activated by Void Inducers to Void Shift. Void Sails (Darksails) are used to follow the Shining Paths, discovering new worlds.... Continue Reading →

Void Shift

Void Shift refers to matter shifted out of phase with normal matter. When matter becomes "Void" it does not interact with the physical universe, neither matter nor energy, only with psychic energy. Void Shift is accomplished using a Reflex Matrix. Starships and Harness that incorporate a Reflex Matrix... Continue Reading →

Reflex (R, Rygas)

Reflex (R, Rygas) is a crystalline matrix that resonates with psionic energy. The universe is filled with ambient psionic energy, which is especially concentrated in people and psionic currents called Shining Paths. People can interact with Reflex both physically and psionically. Modern instrument panels... Continue Reading →

Harness (power armor)

Harness are mobile suits of powered armor. Most Harness are built for use by Incarnates, becoming their bodies, but some are able to be worn by an Organic pilot. The term "harness" was originally used to describe ancient suits of armor. Pilots Most Harness are built... Continue Reading →

Incarnates

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 →

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