When Humans finally discover sentient alien life forms on another planet, we’re surprised at what we find. Our intergalactic neighbors look like us. They call themselves Sarion. Their homeworld Sarios lies in the Ceylon Star Cluster, a galaxy situated far from our Milky Way.
For many years after our first contact, the Human-Sarion relationship is both peaceful and mutually beneficial. A United Planetary Council comprised of both races is formed to facilitate diplomacy and enrich interplanetary relations. As a result, Humans learn of spacefold technology, cell-sampling, and organ regeneration. From us, Sarions gain advanced knowledge of nanite, robotic, and laser-based technologies. The relationship between our two worlds ushers in a galactic-renaissance.
Generations come and go. Human and Sarion explorations into the universe reveal many dead planets, dying stars, and hollow solar systems. But no other sentient beings. Besides marked differences in eye colors, Human and Sarion anatomy is identical in every way. In time, our two races intermingle and hybrid babies are born. Our two planets are joined by spacelanes, commerce, and culture. As the Earth-Sarios friendship grows, it seems nothing will inhibit our union.
But secrets are the undoing of many relationships. Unbeknownst to their Human counterparts, Sarion space probes discover the location of a third planet with sentient life in a remote part of the Mistral Galaxy. Sarion scientists, explorers, and ambassadors ready their starships for a journey across the stars. They reason that by solidifying a relationship with the inhabitants of this new world first, they stand to gain a strategic advantage over Earth.
Following a two year journey, Sarion starships emerge from foldspace within the Mistral Galaxy. However, within hours of their arrival, the fleet is plagued by a series of unexplainable disasters. Navigation and positioning instrumentation cease to function. Communication systems fail. Propulsion drives sustain critical malfunctions. Life support modules shut down. Of the six vessels in the Sarion expeditionary fleet, just one survives.
This remaining ship, named Sol Luminus, limps through the cold void of space for weeks. Slowly, it makes its way towards the fleet’s original destination, a giant exoplanet orbited by three moons which the locals call Rynaga. Here, the Sol Luminous crash lands in a remote part of Etherna, a country of dense flora and fauna, as well as intelligent native inhabitants.
Of the 842 on board the Sarion spacecraft, less than half emerge from the wreckage alive. On Rynaga, these proud aliens face a harrowing struggle for survival spanning many years. With every passing season, the survivors abandon their hopes of ever being rescued by their space traveling kin on Sarios. They turn their attention to growing their numbers and learning all they can about Rynaga’s inhabitants.
When news of Rynaga’s discovery and the subsequent failed Sarion expedition reaches Earth, a period of deep distrust between the two civilizations develops. While our worlds remain irreversibly connected, both races contend with ongoing issues involving transparency, cultural insecurity, and xenophobia.