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4. SCP-4887 by MaliceAforethought


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Over the course of the early 2040s, Earth is abandoned.

Following a continuous rise in the number and severity of Lethe Events, the Foundation evacuates what's left of Earth's population and brings them to colonies throughout the solar system. This is not humanity's first foray into the void, though. Since the 2020s mankind has been leaving its cradle, staking claims around the sun with the assistance of the anomalous. First contact after first contact has come and gone. Extraterrestrials are no longer science fiction — they are mundanity.

Outside the public's view the Foundation still keeps to their secrets. Beyond permitted colonizing territory, the Extrasolar Activities Division has been launching fleets of FTL ships far from the solar system, streaking from Neptune into the far reaches of interstellar space. Alien realms and wars and horrors unlike anything that could've been imagined. An entire galaxy of wonders, all an arms-length away.

With normalcy no longer a necessity the Foundation evolves to survive the cosmos: ruthless, expansive, and more driven towards scientific and corporate advancement than ever before.
With Earth far from sight the world is born anew.

There is no veil, there is no home.

Only the stars above.

Welcome to the future.



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1980-2019

The First Steps


At the Space Race's end the Foundation takes a greater interest in the stars. Extraterrestrial anomalies make it clear that Earth is not the only world affected by the anomalous, and as human space exploration continues the need for research grows. Beginning with joint space agency ventures, the Foundation slowly establishes a network to monitor the solar system, all the while exploiting paratech and other anomalies to establish a physical presence beyond Earth.

Come the 2000s. Orbital Task Forces, containment stations, lunar areas and outposts on other planets form and expand. Progress is slow, space still being a challenge to traverse, but it is no matter — the first steps out of the cradle have been made.


  • SCP-2821 - A Lunar True Vacuum — "As it takes 1.3 seconds for light to travel from the Earth to the moon and vice versa, both the moon and Earth would be destroyed before the Foundation could take a course of action." Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • SCP-3484 - Missing PiecesED-K Lethe — "Under test conditions, D-51174 demonstrated the techniques to D-43922. With practice, D-43922 proved capable of body part separation, despite never having viewed SCP-3484." Written by WrongJohnSilverWrongJohnSilver
  • SCP-3070 - Highly Unusual Attempts at Solar Conquest — Sometimes the best way to try colonizing a locale is to blend in with its environment. Just don't take the names too literally when doing so. Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • SCP-3848 - History Exists for the MemorableED-K Lethe — "Knowledge of a concept, object, or entity will be expunged through anomalous means from the memory of the affected humans." Written by Cyantreuse

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2020-2029

Breakthrough


In 2020 the world changes. The Foundation decides that maintaining the Masquerade can no longer be a priority, and that staying on a planet easily susceptible to K-Class events will inevitably lead to extinction. Efforts on colonizing the solar system begin. Mars turns habitable, space habitats are built, and economic incentives are offered for all who are willing to embark on these ventures. People's eyes turn skywards.

At the same time interest in what lies beyond the solar system grows. The Extrasolar Activities Division is established. The aim: ascertain the dangers an interstellar humanity would face. The Lang Distortion Drive, the first FTL engine, is developed. What follows is the mass exploration of neighboring stars and the establishment of extrasolar outposts, a process kept secret from the public.

It's a golden age of space exploration and the Foundation is at its forefront.


  • Low Earth Orbit Divinity — "It was a retrieval. Send the probe to intercept a gold-and-silver statue of some Middle-Eastern farmer-healing-law god, and drag it down for actual containment." Written by mlistermlister
  • SCP-4790 - Do not go gentle into that good night. — "In a study population of 2,700 civilian and Foundation researchers attached to the observation of Toliman, 83% tested positive for cognitohazard infection and expressed distress toward their findings." Written by FloppyPhoenixFloppyPhoenix
  • SCP-4774 - The Ninth Planet [citation needed] — "The current theory among research staff is that the effects of SCP-4774 represent either an anomalous memetic hypothesis masking the state of the planet, or an ontological anomaly surrounding its potential existence." Written by MaliceAforethoughtMaliceAforethought
  • SCP-4313 - Stormy Seas in the Milky Way — Always clean up the bodies of your prey. You never know who, or what, may run into them. Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • PaperpushingED-K Lethe — "The Foundation does not punish its operatives for existing as unique individuals with personal ethics and convictions, but rather renders those personal beliefs and behaviors obsolete." Written by Cyantreuse

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2030-2039

Expansion, Stagnation


The progress of the previous decade carries into the new. Colonies grow, stations rise, ships soar. However, the Foundation runs into problems: the Lang Distortion Drives are glitch prone. Pushing them past their standard accelerations cracks reality in unpredictable ways, limiting the extent of Foundation extrasolar travel. In the solar system, civilians start establishing their own interplanetary settlements, acting independent of the Foundation.

On Earth, conditions deteriorate. Lethe Events increase in severity and wreak havoc at rates faster than could've ever been anticipated. Foundation agents stockpile themselves on any equipment available, taking to Schulman devices to repair the minds of civilians as the upper administration uses them to alter personnel. Alter for better work ethic, better management — better obedience.

The question isn't on how civilization will collapse. It's when.


  • HeadacheED-K Lethe — "It was the end of the fucking world and MTF-Sigma-66 were doing what they always did: getting themselves killed." Written by RimpleRimple
  • Oceanus, Father to AllED-K Lethe — "Our help number has five different lines now. Site-42's statisticians claim that the number of callers has doubled in the past two weeks." Written by Cyantreuse
  • SCP-3841 - Death & Rebirth — "SCP-3841 designates the remnants of a halted K-Class event (K-3841) that occurred on the exoplanet Luyten b at an unknown time in the recent past." Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • SCP-4547 - Exterminans — "Interstellar exploration is to avoid SCP-4547." Written by stormbreathstormbreath
  • SCP-4475 - So Long, and Thanks for All the Milk — "Beware the mother that gives, beware the children that take. Hathor gave and gave until her heat decayed. Great starless darkness left in the womb." Written by KindlyTurtleClemKindlyTurtleClem and FloppyPhoenixFloppyPhoenix
  • SCP-002-EX - Lost it All — "It has been hypothesized that SCP-002-EX instances were the components of a spherical interstellar-scale megastructure, enclosing the Oort cloud and solar system." Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic

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2040-2140

Past the Cradle


2041 is when we leave home.

Evacuations larger than any performed in human history are undertaken, the Foundation and all available groups straining every resource they have to get as many people off world as fast as possible. Not everyone makes it. Half of humanity is left behind, stuck in the clutches of SCP-3848. For them they'll never remember what they lost. For the evacuees, they'll always remember the day they entered the night sky.

From here the world evolves. Corporations take a foothold on the interplanetary scene. The key to new FTL travel in the form of the Bifrost Engine is unlocked. Nations rise, fall, and go to war. Aliens migrate in from afar. Groups move from the loss of Earth, rebuilding or being replaced by the new. The planets aren't simply in reach — they're in hand.

Welcome to the future.


  • Heavenwards Shrapnel — Terzan 2: home to countless alien species, territory of one of the largest Ortothan sects, and the site of an interstellar war. Why humanity needs to explore the cluster is unknown. The Bifrost Engine, the newest and best in FTL travel, is redacted to hell and back. Why the war even began is unclear. The crew the Foundation sends in has to figure it out on their own. Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • 25/12/2047 — Between the holidays and the asteroid mining, it can be hard to let go of home. Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • The Postmodern Prometheus — "You may experience moderate to extreme discomfort during disassembly, but this should subside as you become accustomed to your remaining anatomical features." Written by MaliceAforethoughtMaliceAforethought
  • SCP-4887 - Bloom! — Ah, summertime. The manflowers are ripe and writhing, and the scents of blood and larvae hang sweet and sickly in the air. Somewhere far above, a mother orbits. Written by MaliceAforethoughtMaliceAforethought
  • A Hole in Mars — "The only reason they consider it a crater, instead of some demented sinkhole, is from the unidentified object that cut a blinding trail through the sky and boomed over the downtown markets at midnight. Exactly one minute later all communications from the city cut out." Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic
  • Acrophobia — When you're trapped in a cable car miles above the surface with a gun trained to your head, sometimes the only available course of action is to punch your way out — risk of falling to your death aside. Written by NatVoltaicNatVoltaic



WRITER'S GUIDE

AD ASTRA PER ASPERA is a space opera set in the not-so-far future of the Foundationverse. Pushed by the threat of K-Class scenarios on Earth, the Foundation elects to transfer humanity off-world, spreading mankind throughout the solar system while, in secrecy, exploring the stars to find further worlds that could become homes. The setting is a blend of hard sci-fi and urban fantasy, where the anomalous is the mundane, the paratechnology is simply technology, and the aliens are no longer alien.

It's nothing like the world that was left behind.

It's only going to escalate from here.




INFORMATION

These next couple of tabs are an in-depth look at Ad Astra Per Aspera's lore, intended to inform prospective writers and lore junkies about what the canon has to offer.

Bear in mind that none of this is required reading for the canon. If you only want to casually read the canon you can safely ignore this section (Misc. tab may come in handy at times, though), unless you want a closer look at the canon's world.

The next tabs are on:

Tab Description
The Solar System Overview of the solar system and established locations.
Extrasolar Space Overview of what lies beyond the Solar System's borders.
FTL Travel The mechanics of faster-than-light travel and the devices at play.
Groups All the groups and aliens active in the anomalous cosmos.
Misc. Information that fits into none of the above tabs, such as term definitions and common technologies.
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