Voyagers

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Voyagers are immense non-sentient space-bourne geovore organisms capable of making interstellar jumps and of travelling at sublight speeds between star systems.

Description / Specifications[edit]

Most Voyagers seem to follow a generally elliptical body form, though no two are the same, and some are very different indeed. Voyagers are truly massive: in starship terms, the biggest “Mother” Voyagers mass hundreds of millions of displacement tons.

Ingestion[edit]

The species have a voracious appetite for rare minerals and can launch “harvesters” to gather resources. A single mother Voyager is able to launch many millions of harvesters.

Harvesters are self-contained units able to gather, extract, separate and ingest minerals and metals. Most mass a few tens of displacement tons and rely on their launch velocity (basically gotten from being 'spat' from a mother voyager) to reach their target. They are rugged, have a limited awareness of their surroundings, and are capable of minor course corrections whilst travelling in space.

For the most part, Voyagers appear to prefer to "graze" within planetoid belts.

Environment[edit]

Records indicate that Mother Voyagers were generally reluctuant to approach significant gravity wells, though harvesters did so in pursuit of significant targets.

  • There are reports of “Lifters”, a specialised form of Voyager able to descend to a world’s surface, gather up gorged harvesters, and “spit” them back into orbit.

History & Background[edit]

Voyagers arrived in the Distant Fringe around 3730AD and utterly ravaged the region, bringing on an 800-year technological Dark Age. They departed during the 46th century for reasons that are still not fully understood but seemingly connected to the events of Slaver Year (4498AD).

  • The species are mysterious and considered extremely dangerous, if not outright hostile.

The last verifiable sighting of a Voyager was by an optical observation in the Mengo system, in Shadow Rift Sector, in 4570AD.

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