Starfall: Stars Away From Home

In the distant future humanity is spreading through the galaxy, colonising world after world. They have fought wars, met aliens and made a name for themselves in the universe. Now they are approaching a landmark event: the colonisation of their 100th world. One squad, led by the famous Sergeant Connor Scott, has been tasked with scouting out this world and making way for the colonists. Amongst this squad is Private Eric O'Neill. A new member of the squad, O'Neill recently graduated from the Terran Military Academy. His first real mission, there is no telling what he may be faced with.
***** A "reboot" of my original Starfall story. Will hopefully lead on to a series. *****


1. Prologue: The Galaxy As It Will Be

The Galaxy As It Will Be

In the year 2114 humanity achieved international peace through the Shadow Union, who exposed the lies of every nation on the world and brought together the people of the world as a single, united force. This new existence allowed humanity to make considerable advances in technology. There were considerable leaps in spaceflight technology, and poverty on Earth was almost entirely eliminated.

Space exploration led to the discovery of a derelict spacecraft just outside the solar system, which had avoided detection for decades. Humanity claimed the ship, and worked on analysing the technologies on-board. Such research allowed humanity to challenge the laws of physics; spaceflight leaped forward even more, with human ships travelling through space at faster-than-light speeds.

With humanity moving ahead so quickly, they soon drew the attention of other space-faring species, such as the Runian – a warlike, reptilian species – the Loromian – a scientific, amphibious species – the Dranian – a religious, bird-like species – and the An’Petari.

Whilst humanity was able to build up good relationships with most of these species, the An’Petari proved impossible to deal with. The Hive-based insectoid species showed no interest in diplomacy with other races, and instead seemed focused on expanding to every planet they could find…including those already inhabited.

Such events led to the formation of the FMC (Federation Military Corp) to combat aggressive aliens. The existence of the FMC led to respect from the Runian, an alliance with the Loromian, and a friendly rivalry with the Dranian. It also meant that humanity could combat the An’Petari.

They also heard stories of an ancient space-faring race called the Olimpyite. The Olimpyite were supposedly the most advanced species ever seen; they created a great number of technologies and studied many biological species, lifting some to sentience. However, they were reportedly wiped out by one of their own creations, known to many as the Cerberus Units.

It was soon discovered that the spaceship the humans had reverse-engineered was, in fact, an Olimpyite ship.

Fifty years after humanity was united, in the year 2164, colonisation began. Humanity spread out to other planets, setting up colonies and using terraforming equipment to make the planets habitable.

This ushered in humanity’s Golden Age in Space.

By 2197 humanity was approaching a milestone in colonisation: its 100th planet. The planet, code-named A-100.2 (“A” meant it could support life, “100” meant it was the 100th planet chosen for colonisation, and “2” meant it was the second planet from the star), had been deemed ideal for colonisation by the FRC (Federation Research Corp), which had been set up to study alien lifeforms and planets.

However, to ensure things went smoothly, the FMC was tasked with surveying the planet and identifying an ideal place to set up the colony. This duty fell to Gamma Division, Squad Gamma-13, led by the well-known Sergeant Connor Scott.

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