New Era 1248 Sourcebook 1: Out Of The Darkness

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Out Of The Darkness
Author Martin Dougherty
Publisher Avenger Enterprises
Version Traveller The New Era
Edition 1st
Format Book (Softback) (PDF)
Language English
Pages 166
Year Published 2006
Canonical Yes
The New Era sourcebook 1

New Era 1248 Sourcebook 1: Out Of The Darkness is a Avenger Enterprises product.


A century after the Third Imperium tore itself apart in a civil war and dragged the rest of Charted Space down into ruin, Humaniti still teeters on the brink of extinction. But now there is hope.

For emerging from the darkness are the powers of the New Era: the Fourth Imperium, the Terran Commonwealth, the Freedom League, the Zhodani Concord, and many others. Diminished, battered, and bloody, they remain as beacons in the night and as bastions against the howling tides of destruction.

Out of the Darkness continues the story begun with MegaTraveller’s Rebellion setting and moves forward from the early-reconstruction era of Traveller: The New Era. Compatible with all rules versions, Out of the Darkness presents an overview of Charted Space, with answers at last to the big questions of the New Era.

The history section tells of the fall of the Third Imperium and the fate of each faction. The tales of the survivors are told as well as those who strove to survive and failed. The bright defiance of Archduke Margaret’s faction, holding the line to the end; the vainglorious grab for Capital by the Vilani Imperium, and of course the horror that became the Black Imperium of Emperor Lucan. From the Second Rule of Man to the New Lords of Kusyu; from the honourable Republic of Regina to the living hell of the Black Imperium remnants, each successor state is unique. Out of the Darkness presents an overview of each, to be further developed in future products.

Between these fledgling empires lie whole sectors of Wilds, punctuated by pocket empires and trading alliances. An entire section of the book deals with conditions in the Wilds and how to generate UWP data for Wilds systems. Later sections of the book present answers to the big questions of the New Era universe: the Empress Wave and its effects on Human Space, the nature of Virus, and what lies behind the Black Curtain surrounding Capital. The fate of the Star Vikings is revealed as they forge corewards to the aid of their lost human cousins.

Finally, a complete setting for Traveller games in the New Era is presented. The County of Ukse lies on the very fringe of the Fourth Imperium. It is a frontier between the civilized interior and the untamed Wilds, a place where adventurers can make a fortune or meet a miserable end.

Table of Contents[edit]

New Era 1248 Sourcebook 1: Out Of The Darkness
Section Page/s
The Last Page of History 7
About this Book 8
Standards and Assumptions 8
Author’s Introduction 9
The New Era: 1248 Setting 11
Chapter 1: A Unified History of Charted Space 14
The Second Civil War and the Collapse (1116-1130) 17
The Dark Years (1130-1195) 24
The Early Reconstruction (1196-1205) 46
The Rise of the Powers (1206-1208) 52
The Curtain War (1209-1211) 57
The Calm (1212) 60
The Storm (1213-1218) 61
The Founding Years (1219-1221) 65
The Expansion Period (1222-1228) 68
The Grand Clashes (1229-1242) 70
The Last Rally (1243-1246) 73
The Year of Lucan the Great (1247) 75
The New Era (1248-) 78
Chapter 2: Charted Space in the New Era 79
The People of Charted Space 80
Significant Minor Races 85
The Wilds 88
Major and Minor Powers in The New Era 91
The Fourth Imperium 91
The New Ziru Sirka 93
The Freedom League 96
The United Worlds 98
The Spinward States 100
The Solomani Successors 101
The Terran Commonwealth 101
The Solomani Imperium (The Second Rule of Man) 104
Distant Lands 106
Organizations and Power Groups 109
Chapter 3: Referee’s Information 114
Virus 115
Common Viral Strains 116
Viral Entities as Characters 119
The Empress Wave and Related Matters 121
The Tragedy of the Yaskoydri 122
The Eighth Zhodani Core Expedition 126
Avery’s Mission 127
Longbow and Related Projects 129
Matters of History 131
The Great Rescue 134
The Droyne, The Ancients and Related Matters 134
The Deadspace Phenomenon and the Ghost Fleet 135
The Forward Timeline 136
Final Notes 144
Appendix 1: Generating UWPs for Worlds in The New Era 145
Appendix 2: The County of Ukse 153
The County and Surrounding Region 154
Worlds of The County 156
Nearby Worlds 158
Adventuring in Ukse County 160
Ukse Map 164
Luurii Map 165
Ginugmuu Map 166

Library Data Entries (Public)[edit]

  1. Avery
  2. County of Ukse
  3. Deadspace
  4. Empress Wave
  5. Ghost Fleet
  6. Longbow
  7. Lucan
  8. Margaret
  9. Virus
  10. Wilds
  11. Yaskoydri

Library Data Entries (Automated)[edit]

Library data entries

Selected History & Events[edit]

  1. Collapse
  2. Curtain War
  3. Grand Clashes
  4. Second Civil War
  5. Year of Lucan the Great

Selected Polities[edit]

  1. Black Imperium
  2. Fourth Imperium
  3. Freedom League
  4. New Lords of Kusyu
  5. New Ziru Sirka
  6. Republic of Regina
  7. Second Rule of Man
  8. Spinward States
  9. Terran Commonwealth
  10. Zhodani Concord

Selected Sophonts[edit]

  1. Droyne
  2. Humaniti

Meta-history & Background (Dossier)[edit]

New Era 1248 Sourcebook 1: Out Of The Darkness is a New Era 1248 source book supporting a milieu beyond Traveller The New Era.

New Era 1248 Series[edit]

The TNE series had a small but significant run:

  1. New Era 1248 Ships 1: Small Merchants
  2. New Era 1248 Ships 2: Scout Ships
  3. New Era 1248 Sourcebook 1: Out Of The Darkness
  4. New Era 1248 Sourcebook 2: Bearers of the Flame
  5. New Era 1248 Sourcebook 3: Spinward States
  6. New Era 1248 Sourcebook 4: Freedom Leagues

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Credits (Primary Sources)
Credit Authors & Contributors
Author Martin J. Dougherty
Keepers of the Flame Hunter Gordon, Marc Miller, and Dave Nilsen
Explorers and Cartographers Shane McLean, Eric O'Dell, and Michael Taylor
Cover Art B. Thomas Dillion and Scarecrow
Interior Art Bryan Gibson
Editorial Assistance Mike West and Michael Taylor
Movers and Shakers Martin Laurie, Neil Frier, Michael Taylor (layout), Jason 'Flynn' Kemp, The Sunday Gamers of Yore, The Wednesday Night Gamers, William Andersen
Bearers of the Flame and Assorted Pyromaniacs David Gill, Harold Hale, Daniel Hammersley, Shane McLean, John Muncy, Mike West, Michael Wightman, Nate Zettle
Special Thanks All those that playtested the 1248 manuscript on the Citizens of the Imperium boards and all who pre-ordered 1248

Other articles:

  1. 1248 Alternate Fan History by Admiral Savage
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