In the year of 2014, humanity witnessed an unknown artifact entering the orbit of the atmosphere of our closest neighboring planet of Mars. It was clear for all to see: humanity was no longer alone in the universe of Destiny 2. This strange object was of immediate concern to the powers of Earth, and fifteen months later, with cooperation, planning and commitment, humanity sent its response. The combined powers of the People’s republic of China, Russian Federation and United States of America led to the creation of the most famous space voyage known in human history, the voyage that would come to be known as Ares One. And so it was that one Taikonaut, one Cosmonaut and one Astronaut, Ciao, Mihaylova and Hardy, all set out on a journey that would change history. Mars of course is a planet with little thin atmosphere, and yet, when the Ares one craft touched down, it did so in the middle of a storm. The breath of god as the wind buffeted them back and forth before landing. This was not some strange coincidence, this was the work of the artifact, and as they took their gear and trekked across the martian surface, they could start to see the artifact come into view over the horizon. As they crested the ridge ahead of them, they saw it completely for the first time: it was at this moment that the first martian rains began to pour, and the actions of the object were made clear. It was terraforming Mars. And something else became clear as well. This alien presence was not some conqueror or some terrible invader, but was instead benevolent. They called it the Traveler, and its arrival in Sol would change humanity forever.
This would be known as the start of our Golden age, the Traveler’s divine presence would be a boon to our system and under the radiance of its light, Sol, Earth and humanity would blossom. The planets and moons of the system were terraformed, with worlds like Mars and Venus becoming habitable planets with diverse ecosystems of life, and repositories of resources. The moon became the waystation for all of the system, sending resources from Earth to far-off colonies on the methane oceans of Titan, or the Garden world of Mercury. But perhaps the most profound change of them all was the people of Earth themselves. Human lifespans tripled, and the fundamental ethos of our society changed and evolved. Not only were we more intelligent and longer-lived as a species, but we also put that knowledge to use instead of squandering it. We cured a myriad of diseases that had haunted us, put study into any number of emerging scientific and philosophical fields, and we extinguished the old hatreds of mankind’s past forever. Humanity created vast monuments throughout the solar system as the traveler worked to seed it for us. From the great Martian city of Freehold to the New Pacifica Archology of titan. From the Solar research stations of Mercury to the Ishtar academy on Venus, humanity began to flourish in every place imaginable in the system. Beyond merely the places we laid claim to, there were the remarkable accomplishments we attained in this time, with great minds of the Clovus Bray Corporation and others like them leading the way and bringing forth some of humanity’s greatest inventions. The rise of one of these was most notorious and important of all: the Warmind, Rasputin. A supercomputer tasked with the mandate of defending humanity from extrasolar threats, or Skyshock alerts. Rasputin was an intelligence of such immense might that it was capable of predicting and calculating threats before having even encountered them, and of devising a solution to them so they might never threaten humanity, even if they did enter the system. Rasputin was armed with a vast defensive array of weapons and doomsday devices. That could scorch black the skies of a thousand worlds in the name of humanity’s defense, should the need arise. But this wasn’t the only great invention of Clovis Bray. They also created many incredible technologies, such as the intelligent nanotechnology knows as SIVA, which could be commanded to construct anything imaginable. This made it a particularly valuable technology to those colonists who were heading outward to the stars, as it could be spontaneously used to create anything from a prefabricated shelter to an oxygen rebreather, if given the correct direction. Furthermore, when Relic iron, a mysterious new material was studied on Mars. The Clovus bray corporation discovered an entirely new state of matter, where data was completely free from the restraints of physical matter. This state was known as Engram, and it allowed any idea imaginable to be stored.
And of course there were the Exos. A project of Clovis Bray that allowed humans to transplant their consciousness into a mechanical body, and live on past the point of normal human life expectancies. However, there are hints un the programing and the past lives of Exos still alive today that give us an idea that they may have been more violent in nature. The Exos dream of a place where they born, the Deep stone crypt, and whilst some go there and walk peacefully through a field of golden millet. Most of them dream of almost endless battle to reach the tower where they were born. But this is not to say that Clovus bray was the only one researching remarkable technologies for humanity or making incredible discoveries throughout the system. The researchers of the Ishtar academy on Venus at this tome discovered the ruins of an ancient civilization on Venus that predated humanity by billions of years. These were the Vex, and the ruins they discovered were those of the Vault of glass an the Infinite steps. The Ishtar academy and the Ishtar collective would make it their responsibility to study Vex and their constructs at any place possible. As our golden age magnified our glory, humanity’s greatness shone loke a beacon in the night, illuminating the very stars themselves and convincing us that our destiny was not to remain on Earth like our ancestors or to continue their pretty wars, but instead, was to reach forwards and upwards to the stars, and to grasp the very majesty and grandeur of the universe itself. We flew out into those stars and spread our wings. Alas, that we let our hubris get the better of us. Not all were so ill-prepared or foolish, though. Whilst most sat in complacency beneath the glorious bounty of the Traveler. Some, such as the 3 families of the Black harmony, were to begin crafting Phase technology and weapons so they might fight back or defend themselves. A noble effort, but tragically, it would not be even close to enough to stop what would come next. As the centuries of the Golden age passed, the Warmind began to defect something far beyond the reaches of the system. Something dark and terrible, something that spelled our doom. Rasputin’s responsibility was to defend humanity, and to this end, the Exodus program was created. A colonization effort that involved thousands upon thousands of souls, all being loaded onto colony ships and sent outward, to the stars. But in spite of this titanic effort by Rasputin, and his sub-minds, such as Malahayati, in spite of the valiant efforts of General Chen Lanshu, in spite of everything that humanist would attempt to accomplish before the end. It would not be enough. As the vessels of the Exodus program began to reach further out towards the edges of the solar system, something terrible and dark swept them back in the other direction. The Warmind raised its mighty weapons that were strong enough to shatter the might of stars, and responded to the threat with the full fury of its arsenal. But Alas, even this was not enough. The Darkness had found our system, and in doing so, had found the traveler. Doom was upon us. The Golden age was ending. The collapse has begun.