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The Discovery of Rynaga

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.

After weeks of traveling foldspace, Sarion starships emerge within Rynaga's star system. However, within minutes 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. Only one ship manages to stay operational – the Sol Luminus.

After days spent rescuing all they can from the disabled starships, the crew of the Sol Luminus continue on a course towards Rynaga. But as the ship closes in on the giant exoplanet, it too begins to suffer from strange system errors, shut downs, and malfunctions. Rather than drift off into space aboard a dying starship, the crew decides to enter Rynaga's atmosphere. Here, the Sol Luminus crash lands in a remote part of Etherna, a country of dense flora and fauna, as well as intelligent native inhabitants.

Of the 1242 Sarion travelers on board the Sol Luminus, 812 emerge from the wreckage alive. On Rynaga, these proud aliens face a harrowing struggle for survival spanning many years. Many succumb to illness and shock. Some are devoured by wild beasts. With every passing season, the survivors abandon their hopes of ever being rescued by their kinsfolk back home. With much resourcefulness and determination these lost Sarion turn their attention to growing food, increasing their numbers, and learning all they can about Rynaga.

Using the fallen Sol Luminus as a base of operations, the Sarion build a small city. The colonists salvage all they can from their starship such as historical records, starcharts, schematics, tools, and other resources. Disrupted by an energy source called radia, advanced Sarion technologies cease to function. Object replicators, laser weaponry, and healing devices all become useless. On Rynaga, the Sarion colonists find themselves living in an age unlike anything they've known. Despite the challenges before them the Sarion adapt. And in time, thrive.

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.

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