Playground

Discover the Stellar Overload's playground through Watts' stellar journey...

Tellus 1 Merx 2 Istara 3 Selene 4 Novo Ares 5 Nepton 6 Aetherion 7 Juno 8 Skahar ? The Cube ?

Tellus

Name Tellus
Archetype Telluric
Resources All
Biomes All
Terrain Variable
Flora Variable
Temperature Average
Humidity Average
Climate Variable
Atmosphere Breathable
Gravity 1G
Specificities Forbidden
Human Colonies High
Imperium Machina High presence
Radius 1500m (5000ft)
Watts logbook entry 001
"My name is Watts. Yeah, no first name. It sucks, I know. Great way to start a logbook also... Whatever, I am currently conducting interesting research on Tellus, our good old blue planet. And I have discovered some fascinating facts.

First, I admit I still don't know why the Stellar Overload occured in the first place. However, I am pretty sure that this event triggered a transdimensional shift of our whole planetary system. We have moved in a parallel universe.

Gravity, rules of physics, laws of nature, our way of thinking, everything changed... My theory is that a rounded Earth (what an inconcevable shape, really) finally became our lovely cubical Tellus. Fascinating. Already said that."

Merx

Names Merx
Archetype Agricultural planet
Resources Fruits and vegetables
Biomes Grassland
Terrain Hills and valleys
Flora Grasses, flowers and roots
Temperature Average
Humidity Average
Climate Temperate
Atmosphere Breathable
Gravity 1G
Specificities N/A
Human Colonies Low
Imperium Machina Low presence
Radius 300m (1000ft)
Watts logbook entry 045
"Our scientists are still trying to understand why the human collective bottom has been handed to us by aliens and rogue machines. Me? I’m just going to find out a way to save the whole mankind from these threats. I am Watts, the smartest guy in this part of the universe after all. OK, I must admit the Imperium Machina kicked me out of my homeworld. And now my journey through the Sol system has just begun.

I have landed on Merx, another small boring backwater rock in our Sol System. Or, this is what i thought at first. This is a lovely planet in fact. At least, if you love a green environment, peaceful smiling people, lovely pets, verdant gardens, beautiful flowers, fresh air and great food (if you love worm food). A small paradise. Yeah… Who am I kidding? I'm no fool. A reserve for humans under the rule of evil robots is what it is. Not really my cup of tea actually. I must plan to escape to another planet ASAP."

Istara

Name Istara
Archetype Forest planet
Resources Wood
Biomes Forest
Terrain Mountains
Flora Giant trees
Temperature Average cold
Humidity High
Climate Temperate
Atmosphere Breathable
Gravity 1G
Specificities N/A
Human Colonies Average
Imperium Machina Average presence
Radius 500m (1650ft)
Watts logbook entry 062
"Next stop: Istara. This forest planet is truly amazing. On one hand, sunny skies, lush emerald forests with giant trees and rolling hills. On the other, you have all these dangerous things. I can handle venomous arachnids and the robots of the Imperium Machina. However, I was not expecting to stumble upon members of the Merchants Guild.

Under the guise of respectability, they are just despicable slavers. Trading human flesh to the machines and robots to the humans. Their definition of a win-win situation I assume. Their headhunters almost got me. Fortunately, the ambushers have fallen head first in a trap set by the human rebels. My ancestor Faradays used to work for their predecessors until the defeat of the first rebellion years ago. They are the remains of what was probably humanity’s last hope against the cognitrons and the machines. I think I will stick with them a while. As a most skillful engineer, I have a lot to offer."

Selene

Names Selene
Archetype Satellite
Resources N/A
Biomes N/A
Terrain Lunar craters
Flora N/A
Temperature Cold
Humidity None
Climate N/A
Atmosphere N/A
Gravity 0.5G
Specificities Fractured
Human Colonies N/A
Imperium Machina Average presence
Radius 200m (650ft)
Watts logbook entry 093
"As our goals are very similar, I finally accepted the offer of the human rebels’ leader. Months have passed since I joined them. We have fought fiercely the evil robots of the Imperium Machina whenever we could. However, the task seems impossible. Moreover, I heard the machines have now cybernetic fortresses all over the planets. The villagers who are not enslaved are too afraid to help. As the new Chief Engineer, I have the mission to create a new weapon which will bring balance in this war for the survival of mankind.

Therefore, here I am, on the cold broken moon known as Selene, making my way to the next planet. This is really a lunar environment. Dramatically beautiful or beautifully dramatic, I can’t say. Today, I found a small outpost hidden in the dark side of the far moon fragment. Probably space pirates. Nothing to bother about. Maybe they are not dangerous. Besides, they can’t detect me. I think. I hope. Honestly, it’s not my main concerns for now. I encountered a group of selenii natives and they were quite hostile. I assume there is m... [transmission interrupted]"

Novo Ares

Name Novo Ares
Archetype Arid planet
Resources Minerals
Biomes Arid desert
Terrain Plains and plateaus
Flora Scrubs, dry grasses
Temperature Very hot
Humidity Traces
Climate Desert
Atmosphere Breathable
Gravity 0.5G
Specificities Forbidden (50%), dust storms
Human Colonies Low
Imperium Machina High presence
Radius 500m (1650ft)
Watts logbook entry 141
"After what seems an eternity, I finally survived the selenii onslaught. I lost some teeth though. But, my friend, you should see them. I am in a better shape than these beasts. So, I am back on track now, following my path to find a way to create a new weapon against the empire of the machines. Said like that, it seems an impossible mission. Nice! Being the smartest man alive, I always love a good challenge. I am on Novo Ares now. And I’m like a turkey in a roasting pan.

A luck this planet is rich in minerals. I have found enough materials to craft a thermal mod to cool my integral suit. The environment is harsh, so hot, so arid. And the giant scorpions really don’t help. The endless canyons are all dust and rocks, no humidity at all. By the way, I banged my head on a force field while I was searching for water. Locals told me that this is a huge dome preventing access to half the planet. Rumor has it that the Cognitrons may not have disappeared after the 1st rebellion. They would still be active but hiding themselves. Does not sound safe. Time to go elsewhere.

Note to myself: the robots here are much more agressive since I left Istara. I feel I will need to craft a cloaking device soon, or a better weapon, or a shield, or anything to stay alive a bit longer."

Nepton

Name Nepton
Archetype Ice planet
Resources Water
Biomes Cold desert
Terrain Mountains
Flora Roots and underground mushrooms
Temperature Very cold
Humidity High
Climate Desert
Atmosphere Breathable
Gravity 1G
Specificities Icicle blizzards
Human Colonization Low
Imperium Machina Low presence
Radius 500m (1650ft)
Watts logbook entry 165
"Apart from an archeologist who pretends to have discovered clues of a hidden outpost dating from the 1st rebellion, I did not found anything interesting on Novo Ares. So I decided to try my luck on Nepton, the ice planet. After being roasted for days, I needed fresh air. Bad idea. Nepton is even worse than Novo Ares. It’s so cold I’m literally freezing inside my heating suit. I thought there wouldn’t be any life on this giant ice cube. I was wrong. Blinded by an icicle storm, I tried to find shelter and I fell in an ice cave filled with a bunch of snow apes. Human-flesh-eating-snow-apes kind.

I barely escaped myself but my accompanying guide had no such luck. Badly hurt, and with my suit scratched and offering no protection against the freezing air, I thought my last hour had come. Being smarter than brave, I just passed out. And now I’m in a warm, soft bed, all fixed. With space pirates around me. Sounds weird. But, hey, they saved my life for whatsoever reason they have. I should be grateful. Until now, they keep asking me questions while they do not answer any of mine. Interesting but intriguing people, really.

Note to myself: All the pirates are using cloaking devices which are amazing pieces of technology. I should have invented this. I stole one. They are thieves after all. No big deal stealing from a thief. And it may prove useful for the next part of my journey."

Aetherion

Name Aetherion
Archetype Gazeous planet
Resources Rare minerals
Biomes N/A
Terrain Floatting islands
Flora Exotic shrubs, grasses, flowers and roots
Temperature Hot
Humidity Low
Climate Temperate
Atmosphere Toxic
Gravity 0.5G
Specificities Strong electromagnetic field, EM storms
Human Colonization Average
Imperium Machina Low presence
Radius 1000m (3280ft)
Watts logbook entry 192
"Nepton being a dead end, I pushed towards Aetherion. I made a deal with the space pirates. I won’t talk about it in my log. For now, I mostly need more than ever a jump pack or jet pack, a thing that could help me travel on this planet. Aetherion is a giant planet. With my improved suit, I don’t mind the toxic gases or the electromagnetic storms. But there is no solid ground except floatting rock islands and exotic flora. This is really disorienting.

Anyway, my first observations are already promising. The core of Aetherion acts like a big magnet. The powerful electromagnetic field overwhelms all my instruments. It may explains why there is so little robots on this planet. This is refreshing not to have to always sneak through the Imperium Machina's patrols and defenses. But I digress. I need to perform further analysis of the effects of the planet’s core. I may finally find what I need to create a new kind of weapon specifically tailored against all kind of machines.

Note: As incredible as it can be, I found an unexpected form of life. The cognitrons are here. But not the cogs we know. They seem different. Their look is… strange. I will avoid them as long as I can but their presence here is really intriguing."

Juno

Name Juno
Archetype Ocean planet
Resources Water, rare minerals
Biomes Aquatic
Terrain Underwater mountains and plateaus, abyssal plains
Flora Marine flora
Temperature Cold
Humidity Very high
Climate Oceanic
Atmosphere Toxic
Gravity 1.5G
Specificities Deep-sea life, tornadic waterspouts
Human Colonization Low
Imperium Machina High presence
Radius 650m (2150ft)
Watts logbook entry 234
"My mission for the human rebels against the Imperium Machina made a giant leap on Aetherion. The exceptionnal features of the planet’s core will lead to a new generation of electromagnetic weapons. My first calculations indicates that the effects on the robotic legionnaires should be devastating. After all the months passed during my journey, my real work is finally beginning. However, I still need more data, tools and materials. That’s why I’m currently on Juno. I need some unique materials I’m sure to find in the deep water of this ocean planet.

Unfortunately, I can’t go deep with my suit. And besides, there is far too much teeth and agressivity in the fish population to take a risk at this point. So, I went on a small island owned by these pigs of the Merchant’s Guild. And I’ve given away all my best stuff against a small submersible watercraft. This is how they trade here, with a gun pointed on your sides. I’m ashamed to admit that there is some times where being the smartest man alive is not enough. I’m also growing increasingly uncomfortable as I go deeper and deeper. There is a lot of movement in these waters, strange noises, lots of shadows and... [transmission interrupted]"

Skahar

Name Skahar
Archetype Lava planet
Resources Rare minerals
Biomes N/A
Terrain Mountains
Flora N/A
Temperature Very high
Humidity N/A
Climate N/A
Atmosphere Toxic
Gravity 1.5G
Specificities Ring system, hyperactive volcanism, meteor showers
Human Colonization N/A
Imperium Machina High
Radius 750m (2460ft)
Watts logbook entry 241
"Finally, I won’t go to Skahar. I’m stuck on Juno, stranded on the shore of a small island. I don’t know how I managed to escape all the dangerous perils hidden in the cold depths of the ocean planet. I have a punctured lung, dozens of broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. At least, my pain reminds me I am still alive. My watercraft is like me, a complete wreckage. A shame, really. It will take a lot of healing, repairing and bribing until I find a way out of here. Good news is I successfully recovered all the materials I need to create my new robot-killing weapon.

Thus, I decided to use my healing time to perform a preliminary remote analysis of Skahar, the lava planet. The first results are somewhat frightening. Skahar should have been my next destination. However, after what I have just experienced, I am not keen to pay a visit to this planet. Too much hostility, too much toxicity and ultimately, it’s just too hot. I just won’t go to Skahar. No need to push my luck more than I already did. I have collected some useful data though. Might be useful for the next guy with suicidal tendencies."

The Cube

Name The Cube
Archetype Artificial planetoid
Resources N/A
Biomes N/A
Terrain N/A
Flora N/A
Temperature N/A
Humidity N/A
Climate N/A
Atmosphere N/A
Gravity N/A
Specificities N/A
Human Colonization N/A
Imperium Machina Very high
Radius 300m (1000ft)
Watts logbook entry 273
"I’m back on Aetherion and currently developping a game-changing weapon in my secret lab. If everything goes well, this new generation of weapon might turn the tides of the war. The human resistance might prevail against the Imperium Machina. At the end, mankind might be free. Am I really so dramatic here?

For the time being, my back hurts, my feet hurts, everything hurts. My recent adventures have taken a toll on me. I’m feeling old suddenly. And there is so much work to do. Lucky me, the “inhabitants” are greatly helping me in my herculean task. Building a new kind of weapon from scratch is not as easy at it sounds at first. This is a real challenge, even for the smartest.

In order to clear my mind, I am studying the Cube in my spare time. Obviously, this planetoid is a complete mystery. What is it really? The Imperium Machina HQ? A space station? A giant piece of junk? The main function of the whole thing eludes me. Sadly, most of my instruments are of no use when I try to run some scans. And acquiring more data might be vital for us."
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