- Jun 14, 2018
Lunar Kingdom of Everglory:
Capital: Nova Solyma, Luna
Territories: The Moon, Lunar Colonies.
Population: 200 million, including Lunar Colonies
Goals: Uniting all of mankind under enlightened Psychodriver rule, Systemic dismantling of inefficient, oppressive governments.
Motto: "Ex Luna Scientia" (From the Moon, Knowledge)
The original Lunar settlements, only a handful in number, were established by the governments of Earth shortly before Over Era, and were mostly for research and implementing the Aegis Plan. After the discovery of Extra Over Technology in the Lunar Crevice, the Moon became a vitally important asset to the Directory, changing the course of history.
Over the course of the next hundred years, 38 Lunar Settlements were established and expanded, and the Lunar Colonies were brought in to house additional populations as well. The discovery of EoT made the Lunarians fabulously wealthy, and their immediate access to countless technological breakthroughs made the standard of living the highest in the Earth sphere. The Settlements specialized in carefully extracting and analyzing the technology from within the Crevice, and developed an elaborate system of tunnels and precision machinery purpose-built for the job.
Countless automatons and androids were created to serve the needs of the populace, and slowly the need to work began to erode, leaving a people that were engaged only in the work of research, whilst all their worries were taken care of. The Lunar Colonies were a scientist's utopian dream - a place where one could study free of interference, among a community of enlightened individuals working together for the common good of all mankind.
But, that began to change.
As time went on, more and more began to develop an unusual ability: psychic powers. These developments were accompanied by strange, vivid dreams of terrible strife, visions of the future, and a sense of mysterious dread from the Lunar Crevice. Aware of the Directory's paranoia of alien interference, this discovery was suppressed for a considerable amount of time by Lunarian officials as they studied its emergence.
It was discovered that - for reasons not yet fully understood - greater proximity to the Moon resulted in a higher likelihood of being born with the required mutation. The term "Psychodriver" was coined to describe these individuals, and the T-Link System was developed to make use of their skills with machinery. What was an even more surprising discovery was that some of the technology excavated from the Crevice reacted specifically to Psychodrivers and their mental commands, such as being able to channel their abilities into raw energy.
While the existence of the Psychics was ultimately disclosed to the Directory, the findings regarding Lunar proximity were not, nor were the growing numbers of their kind among the Lunar elite, who had begun to form their own aristocratic society, emboldened by their newfound abilities.
The Directory, weary of disturbing the golden goose, turned a blind eye to the goings-on for the most part and accepted the findings with little fuss, so long as the Moon remained compliant in mining and providing the precious EOT it desired.
Lunar society began to be defined by a ruling class of Psychodrivers, and their "vassals" - the citizens of the Lunar Colonies that followed them. Territories were carved out, and an honor culture began to develop - when wealth meant little, prestige and honor became the means of differentiating the high and the low.
Fantastic dueling machines were constructed, equally beautiful and deadly, an expression of its user's talent, and these were used to resolve interpersonal disputes on the surface of the Moon itself in spectacular, yet highly regimented battles - occasionally, to the death.
When conflicts erupted with the Lagrange Colonies, the Lunar settlements didn't lift a finger to help - to the eternal fury and shock of the revolutionaries, who had been counting on their support to win their freedom. Little did they suspect that the Lunarians had already foreseen the resolution of the conflict, and played their cards accordingly. When the rebellion was summarily crushed, the citizens of Luna looked upon the squalor of the L-side residents with contempt and pity, seeing them as individuals who had been let down by a short-sighted government.
Following the failed rebellion, the Lunarians began to contemplate their own place in the universe - and grated under the newer, tighter grip imposed upon them by the Directory. They could already foresee that the existing government was beginning to rot from within, and the time would soon be ripe for a new leader of humanity to rise to the fore... But the future, from then on, became murky, suggesting that it would be a time of great conflict. They pondered how, in that event, they could ensure their own survival... And dominance.
The answer came in an unexpected discovery, one that not even they had predicted.
The discovery of the substance Orgone was one of enormous significance - its applications myriad, its power never before seen - but rather than share it with the Directory as normal, they kept it for themselves, having forseen that they would soon be at loggerheads with their would-be-masters.
They also discovered - and concealed - the existence of the substance known as Larseilam - a rare material that, in an Orgone Extractor equipped machine - could stop time briefly in a region for all but itself. Thus emboldened, the aristocracy became more aggressive in its actions, using the Larseilam to inflict inexplicable, untraceable attacks on Directory garrisons, and to surgically remove or kidnap Earth-born officials that began to pry too deeply into their business.
So it was that in OE 102, when the horrors of the Crevice burst forth, that the Lunarians were the only group not caught off guard, despite being in the heart of the storm. The opportunity was taken to do away with the Directory remnants that had been making to flee, and the Lunar territories declared themselves the Lunar Kingdom of Everglory - separating formally from the Directory as it did so.
They had foreseen the future - a brilliant world full of light, where they would lead the blind masses of humanity to a new age, one free of the tyranny of the unknown.
There was no crisis for them.
Only opportunity... And certainty of victory.
Mass Production Machines:
Dia: An elegant, performance dueling machine used by the knight-errants of the Moon. It's equipped with a powerful D-Extractor reactor that allows it to harness dimensional energy as a power source, making it a well-rounded fighter.
Lympee: The first mass-produced machine to use Orgone Energy, the Lympee is the weapon of choice for Luna's rank and file, equipped with an Orgone energy blade and rifle.