The following is obviously a WIP. My hope is that perhaps it will interest someone who is (most likely) a better writer than I am to help me with my storyline and overall RTS concept. Please leave me critiques!
In the Beginning
Far in the future, humanity has finally solved its issues between different beliefs and ideals. The United Nations has finally become what it had hoped to eventually achieve – a truly United Earth. While there are still dissidents and those who don’t believe that this should have happened, these people mostly being religious fanatics such as radical Muslims and Christians, for the most part the world’s population is happy. The United Earth Council (UEC) consists of many different leaders from all parts of the world. With the advent of the UEC, a capitalist economy was done away with. The development of technology to help build and create anything made capitalism near worthless, considering the near free costs of this advancement.
While there is global peace on Earth, there are still those who would fight and rebel against this government. The UEC developed the Terran Defense Grid (TDG) – a distribution of troops and military property to areas of the world to defend against terrorist actions. This grid locates potential hot spots and allocates more military support to those areas. An additional benefit to the TDG is that humanitarian aid is lent to any who need it, helping to build communities and societies.
Many people do not have jobs, but rather hobbies. These hobbies include conducting research into mathematics, science and technology, and even philosophy. There are many, who work on projects to develop better space flight, further advanced military technologies, and ways to better the quality of living. The UEC conducts it’s own secret projects, mostly military related, to combat any terrorist actions with more effectiveness, and to be ready for any unforeseen enemies.
With all these incredible advancements in technology, faster than light travel by ship has not been developed by physicists. Teleportation had been developed years ago, and was used to travel to Mars and the Moon, making humans an interplanetary species. This technology, however, is limited by it’s requirements – a portal must be built on the destination and linked to one on Earth before humans may travel there. For this reason, the UEC launched a ship to travel to a distant planet that was revealed to be very Earth-like by photos and spectrograph analysis.
It has been many years since the probe had launched, and it should have finished its journey and task to construct a portal by now. Scientists have been trying for the past few weeks attempting to open the connecting portal here on. Yesterday, to the amazement of all who were present, the portal was opened, showing that the massive undertaking was not a waste of resources. Humanity now has a connection to another solar system, and a new world to explore and discover. Many have lined up to travel through the portal and create new settlements. However, the first to go through will be an expedition consisting of the brightest minds on Earth, escorted by the TDG military.
Through the Portal
The first few people to travel through the portal found themselves in a very different environment. While the life on this new planet is similar to life on Earth, there are major differences. There are still small grasses and bushes that are very similar to Earth, but the trees and most other vegetation are far different. The animals these explorers have encountered so far are anything but reminiscent of home.
The geology of this planet is almost identical to Earth, with many elements found in abundance. However, there is one element that is unlike anything found on Earth. It has the potential to boost technologies to even greater heights, though that is only a prediction. Tests and development are in progress, but any advances are not expected for years.
No sentient life has been found thus far in the exploration, but with a planet this filled with life it is hard to believe that there isn’t any. Explorers have not traveled far enough from the portal to attain any reasonable evidence to either answer, and they won’t for a while – their first priority is to establish a base colony to work from. The UEC feels that it would be prudent to be very strict as to how many people are sent to this planet, and how much damage is caused to the environment. Everyone on Earth is taught the lessons from history of how humanity was almost lost because of a climate crisis due to the burning of fossil fuels.
Considering this will be the first planet that humanity has truly colonized – Mars is still being terraformed and the Moon is just as desolate as ever – the UEC wants to very strictly dictate where any settlement will be located and what will be in it. Earth has still not recovered from the extremes it was pushed, and the UEC will try in all it’s power to stop this same event from occurring.
The first colony founded was named Eden. While not many people of Earth are religious, it seemed an appropriate name to call this newfound paradise. This colony was founded around the portal upon the new planet – Haven. It serves as a base of operations for expeditions into the wilds of the planet, and as a welcoming committee of sorts to those who travel through the portal. Additionally, it is an extremely secure facility, protecting the portal from any hidden foes. Within this colony are laboratories for research on animals found in the wild, new elements found, and overall the study of Haven.
Everyday recon groups are sent out to explore new sections of the planet in efforts to find anything new and interesting, and potential sites for colonies. Aerial vehicles are launched to take pictures of and scan the surrounding area, which are used to coordinate and expedite exploration. There have been photos taken where signs of civilization have been noted, but when recon groups are sent to those locations, there is nothing to be found. It is puzzling to the commanders of this expedition, but nothing to be concerned about.
Several months have passed since the establishment of Eden and one other colony, Paradisus. Up until now, no contact has been made with a sentient species, but many claims have been made by people to have seen winged creatures that seemed to be studying them, and then disappear. None of these claims have been proven, and have been brushed aside. Many believe that Haven is simple a world with life, but none that is sentient. Only a small portion of the planet’s total land mass has been explored and discovered, though if there were a sentient species on the planet, many say they would have found evidence already.
These claims were proven wrong one day when one recon group made contact with the phantom winged creatures. This recon group consisted of two marines, an ecologist, a geologist and several other science oriented individuals. Their mission was to survey an area that was believed to contain large quantities of the element not found on Earth. October Reid, the ecologist in the recon group, had been following a creature that was similar to a squirrel in its behavior when she realized she was a bit lost. She tried to find her way, but only managed to get herself more lost, eventually running into a predatory animal from Haven. The predator saw October as prey, and charged her. With no means of defense, October screamed and flung her hands over her face, scared that she was about to die. Instead, the attacker never reached her. When she opened her eyes, she did not see the animal at all, but instead a bipedal, winged creature unlike anything she had ever seen. At its feet was the animal, unconscious. She stammered out something like a thank you, stunned by the creature’s appearance.
They stood on two legs, with feet that resemble those of a dog, and had two arms that ended in clawed hands. It had a pair of wings, very large and powerful, and wore very primitive clothing – at least to her standards. The clothing resembled that of the 18th and 19th centuries in Earth history. The creature’s face was what most intrigued October. Rather than primate features that humans like to imagine on aliens, this creature looked more like a bird. It had a massive beak, almost the size of its head, and only a pair of eyes. Fluffy, down feathers covered its entire body, which were colored different hues of red, orange and yellow. October could do nothing but stand and gawk at such a beautiful creature.
The creature turned to her and bowed. In return, October waved and stuttered out a “Hello.” The creature replied in a serenade of song, presumably its language. Communication was impossible except on a very basic level, considering humans cannot recreate such notes, and the creatures have no lips with which to form our words. However, October managed in conveying a message of thank you and what she thought was friendship. Then, the creature simply vanished without a trace.
When October returned to her group and told them of her encounter, they laughed at her. Only when she showed them the picture she took did they believe her.