From the journal of Havok “Kovah” 40k:
Over the last few days, I’ve been working closely with my new… associate… in unraveling the secrets of an ancient relic his organization recently dragged from the depths of the frozen lake east of New Berlyn City. He, along with his dogmatic organization that he just referred to as “the Illuminated” made the discovery roughly a week ago, and quickly erected it upon a small platform near their compound established on the glacial haven.
I worked many long nights cleaning and deciphering the runes etched around the perimeter of the structure. After a few nights of hard examination, I still was not quite certain that this was indeed a relic of the fabled Oort. Certainly, aspects of the ancient script were entirely Oortian in nature, with it’s geometric simplicity, but there were other segments that seemed totally foreign. A lost dialect? An undiscovered language? It did not share the mathematical logic of Oortian script, but was instead a scrawling, sweeping pattern like a brush across paper.
Regardless, I was able to decipher enough of the Oortian runes to eventually discern a purpose. It was indeed a portal, much akin to the likes we have discovered before in abundance. However, this portal was notably different.
Foremost, was it’s size. at 7 units wide and 9 units tall, it far exceeded the typical size of common interplanetary portals. From this fact alone, it was evident that it is intended to connect to worlds far far beyond any we have ever known.
Secondly, was it’s fuel requirements. Now as any intrepid explorer should know, 50 Oort shards are required to open any interplanetary portal, and varying degrees more are required per hour of maintained connection. Basic knowledge taught in any explorer’s guild academy. But what was unsettling about this portal… and indeed my new companion’s company… was the opening cost.
Now, I’ve no love for the wild spitters that populate the known worlds. But I do not see how their mass slaughter, nor the strange ritual performed by this cult of “The Illuminated” could possibly aid in the opening of a portal, even one as large and foreboding as this one… but it did. The screams of spitters dying in the hundreds… and the unearthly green glow that followed… I will never forget.
Where ever this Dark Portal leads too… I’m sure there is a reason the Oort tried to dispose of it in the bottom of that frozen sea.
Hey everyoort! Please allow me to formerly unveil the creation (or rather, the beginning of) a new portal network to connect the Boundless universe! Now, story aside, this portal network is intended to act much as many of you are familiar with through the old Prozee1 hub with a few small differences in organization. Rather than a colossal hub with many small outlets and various direct connections to get lost in, this is a simple 3-hop hub. There will be a small central hub with only 4 connections, one to each home world. from each home world, there will be a larger hub connecting specifically to that local regions worlds. So, from Berlyn to Munteen VII, you will simply travel through the Berlyn portal to the central hub, then to EU’s home world, Therka, and then to Munteen through the inner-region hub. This keeps navigation down to just regions that can be seen in the sky above each home world, rather than through ring worlds. The central hub is parked in the dreary skies above Nasharil, and floats high above any threats from creatures. Just… don’t fall off! There are no handrails to protect the incautious.
This is still a work in progress, but the first connection from Berlyn to the Hub is completed! I’ll be working tirelessly on the remaining three platforms after work all week. Feel free to visit and explore while I work! I will be basing each platform on portals from some of my favorite sci-fi and fantasy universes including Oblivion, Warcraft, Warhammer40k, and Stargate SG-1. I hope to see this grow into a successful community hub that will stick around as we march toward a 1.0 release!
Here is a screenshot of the Berlyn connection. Themed after the Dark Portal in Warcraft! Enjoy! Coordinates 31N, -1474E, New Berlyn City.