Having only just been accepted as a Lord, I'm keen to put my best foot forward and kick off with a good RP. This is an idea I've been working up for some time, drawing influence from multiple sources. I don't have a name for it yet though.
In a galaxy where mankind is subject to racial bias, as it was originally created as a biological weapon, the descendants of Earth, having integrated themselves into galactic civilisation, struggle to overcome the negative racial view and prove themselves to the universe. The plot centres around a small group of men and women from all walks of life, brought together as passengers on a transport freighter - unbeknownst to them, a smuggler vessel using their fares as a legitimate cover for their less legal business. When the transport is intercepted by a patrol, they take refuge in a nearby asteroid belt. Within the depths of this belt, on the rim of charted space, they discover an ancient secret, the key to redeeming their race in the eyes of the galaxy...
Or dooming it.
Races - Human
A biological weapon created by a small, independent empire from the DNA of the Ra'Nahu, the dominant galactic race at the time. Mankind was designed to follow the same pattern as a virus, but on a galaxy-wide scale: Infect, spread, consume, reproduce, repeat. While physically similar to Ra'Nahu, Humans genetically resemble them only superficially.
Twenty years following the demise of their creators as a free race, small yet numerous pockets of Humanity across conquered words began to reach maturity and breed with the local Ra'Nahu, the offspring proving pure Human despite their genetic material. Within a century, the Human movement announced independence, seizing a large portion of space centred on the conquered worlds of their forebears. Within another century, these same worlds lay barren, the race having stripped them of all resources, left them to rot, and moved further into the galaxy, seizing habited and uninhabitable planets alike.
In one thousand short years, the Human movement controlled almost one quarter of the entire galaxy.
Led by the Ra'Nahu, desperate to cleanse the universe of what they considered at best their bastard offspring, the free races of the galaxy at last entered into a desperate plan to end human subjugation of the galaxy. By this point, the race was indomitable in battle, having the sheer force of numbers on their side, and having innovated new and effective means of destruction, far beyond those designed by more advanced species, building on the knowledge they had usurped. The alliance of free races willingly began sacrificing planets, completely obliterating all worlds within the standard operating range of known Human vessels, essentially creating a buffer zone - without the technology to travel further or faster, and without the resources to engineer it, Humanity collapsed upon itself, worlds declaring war on one another as supply began to dwindle. In time, the great scourge starved itself to death as a result of it's own actions.
In later years, the centuries of warfare against humankind, alongside the last-hope plan that defeated them, came to be referred to collectively as 'The Purge'. Not the name mankind would have chosen, but history is, after all, written by the victors. The quarter of the galaxy they had occupied, left empty and lifeless, was termed 'Barren Space', and the giant asteroid belt surrounding it, the testament to the sacrifice of the homes of countless species, was named 'Victory'.
Races - Human (Earth)
In recent years, immigrants have been arriving in cryosleep-equipped vessels from Barren Space, claiming to be colonists from a planet known as 'Earth'. They are genetically identical to the dreaded Human scourge that ravaged the galaxy some time ago, though seem to have experienced stunted development: the race has taken over two thousand years to attain rudimentary spaceflight, wheras detached Human colonies achieved the same result in just under two hundred. They appear to be loyal to a code of conduct centring around the central ideas of 'good' or 'bad' - abstracts in which the intent of an action is used to classify it towards serving a planetwide consensus of the 'greater' good, or failing this, it's counterpart. Many researchers have deemed this 'morality' the race has created for itself to be responsible not only for their stunted progress, but also a factor separating this particular group from the aggressive, short-sighted expansion we have come to expect of mankind. This group is non-hostile, and appear to be exactly what they claim: Refugees, oblivious to the actions of their kind. For this reason, their presence is tolerated, and they are offered minimal aid, but the Purge is still fresh in the minds of the galaxy's people, and a lingering anti-human bias has proven pervasive through almost all levels of society.
Technology - Mass and Melee
The Human Race was as adept at the creation of weapons as their creators, and upon seizing technology from across the galaxy during the Purge, they designed numerous devices that still remain in widespread use. The most prominent of these is the Spatial Mass Field Generator. Adapting technology originally intended for FTL travel, mankind designed a device which 'folds' the space around a ship back upon itself. This device renders ranged weapons, be they Mass Drivers, beam-based weaponry, or warheads, completely ineffective, as it is impossible to chart a trajectory through folded space which will result in a successful hit: Any ranged weapons fired at a ship equipped with a Spatial Mass Field Generator will seem to veer off course on impossible angles when nearing impact, when in truth, they have actually been travelling in a direct line within folded space.
However, being designed to stop ranged weaponry, these generators do have a weakness. Insertion of a physical object that has enough mass to bridge the folded space will cause a Newtonian paradox which will result in the failure of the SMFG. For this reason, most modern ships are equipped not only with ranged, but also melee weaponry: Rams, blades, spike drivers, ect. Use of any of these will not only cause the SMFG to fail, but will disable it until repairs can be conducted, in addition to any physical damage the weapon does itself.
Interpersonal SMFG's, while complex, difficult to manufacture, and valuable, have also seen widespread use, resulting in the reintroduction of new, improved designs of archaic weapons such as swords, axes, and hammers. General strategy when dealing with an enemy equipped with a personal SMFG is to wound the target and disable their generator with a melee attack, before retreating to a safe distance to finish them from afar whilst they are defenceless.
Like most human tech, the SMFG is designed as a short-term solution, and little to no tests have been conducted on the long-term effects on space itself of their use. Many theorise that whenever an SMFG collapses, the space within it is lost, and so the universe is constantly shrinking whilst they are in use. Recent orbital drift charts provide anomalous readings which support this theory.
Updating with more info as I write. This is still in the concept/development stage, so any ideas, input, or suggestions will be weighed and considered carefully. I've a little idea of the overall political state of the galaxy, and some ideas for interesting races, but there's a lot of blank space yet to fill. Also, as previously mentioned, I'm new, and would welcome any and all advice/tips/pointers on running my own Elliquiy RP, and where it may differ from other, similar things I've done.