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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:46 pm 
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What I'm hearing here is that the Toughs are going to need to massively recruit intellectual talent if they're to have any hope of tackling the problem before them. But...aren't they broke?

I hope that the Oafans aren't expecting the Toughs to do more than play a bit role in Project Save the Galaxy.


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I disagree with her sentiment. It's rather like the old joke "if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". While all of those fields may play some distantly connected part in the greater scheme of things, most are completely unnecessary to understanding why things went the way they did. A few more might be helpful in devising a plan to fix things, but I expect that will be bumping into Kevyn's area of expertise. Astrophysics for example is terrible for understanding history, but it's great for inventing time travel.


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When the history you're dealing with is so old the stars were in markedly different positions, you need astrophysics just to know where everything was.

(For reference, the first prologue of Book 19 happened 73 million years ago. The Sun orbits the Milky Way once every 225-250 million years. History that old requires backtracking a lot of celestial movement.)


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I still don't think it matters much. If they were looking for why a single galactic civilization went extinct, the astro-geo-political-land-star-scape of the time might be relevant. Knowing who was unfriendly neighbors with whom can help to piece together the reasons they might have fought and even some of their methods. However, they are instead looking for a common thread across multiple independent civilzations millions to billions of years apart. The alignment of the stars probably 99.999% certain isn't going to be that thread, unless maybe they are talking about a galactic-scale "Red Star" and a completely different kind of "thread".


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I remember that plot from when it was called Mass Effect.

(yes, I know, nothing new under the stars...)


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Doing some digging ...

https://www.schlockmercenary.com/2017-09-10

I’d be willing to bet that this is a clue-drop to the future course of the story, and the subject makes it relevant here.

I can fit it together with other possible clues, but they only lead me to silly ends. Except for one, which reaches instead an absurd end. It works thus:
The all-star is a civilization that dug a hole, climbed into it, and pulled the hole in after themselves. Oaffans did something vaguely similar, however the all-star group occasionally interferes in the outside world, hijacking bodies, sending out warships, etc, etc, to achieve their long term goals.
Let’s propose that it wasn’t just two civilizations to hide from the galaxy, and posit that a third civilization did the same. One that, like the psycho-bears, sees itself as superior to all other races, and will tolerate their existence only so long as those races not a threat to them, but once a threat appears, they send their own agents out to topple the civilization. The terraport and long guns are both new to the scene, meaning that things must now be toppled, soon, to ensure the continued safe existence of this shadow group.

As I’m the one proposing the existence of a faction that for all intents and purposes may rival the All-Star, I propose naming this shadow group the “Death-Star”. I did say it was an absurd idea, it merits an absurd name.


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