The IC setting of TF2k5 takes place on several different worlds in the galaxy, and because of this, space travel is a daily fact of life for many characters on this MUSH. To avoid the rather sticky technical details of 'hyperspace' or 'warp' technology, all superluminal travel has been lumped under the blanket category of FTL: Faster Than Light.
In order to purchase FTL as an ability, there should be sufficient IC justification for the ability: FTL systems are ICly a costly and extensive modification to have added, and few of the factions on this MUSH have the resources to do this to just anyone. (Obviously, the Flight and Space-Flight abilities are required as well.)
In the interests of fairness and realism, as well as keeping the game system manageable, there are a few basic rules that apply to space travel and FTL:
- You can't use FTL within a solar system, due to the gravitational forces there.
- You can't use space-flight to travel between regions of deep space (well, you CAN, but it'll take you a few centuries or so, so we're not letting you.)
- NO ONE CAN LEAVE A SHIP TRAVELING FTL! A ship must slow to subluminal speeds to allow passengers to disembark.
- Only people with space-flight or space-walk ability can do anything very well outside a shuttle while in space. People without these abilities can feel free to bumble. This is why people with Space-Walk, Space-Flight, and FTL get a slight combat bonus in the appropriate room-types.
Although our 'deep space' area is a (relatively) small chunk of the Magellanic Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, each space room is actually a vast tract of intergalactic real estate that probably spans many light-years. You should not automatically assume that you are near someone or something just because you find yourself in the same room--paging them to agree on where the two of you are is a good idea.
There are 6 directions in deep space:
- Spinward - in the direction that the galaxy is rotating
- Driftward - in the opposite direction from spinward
- Coreward - towards the galactic core
- Rimward - towards the rim of the galaxy
- Above Plane - 'upwards' (arbitrarily defined by agreement) from your current plane
- Below Plane - 'downwards' from your current plane
FTL has been made much easier. Simply use the exits as normal. If you have the FTL ability in your current mode, you may pass. If you do not, then you don't. Note that while RP-wise FTL takes up a lot of energon, for simplicity's sake using the exits do not. RP being tired, exhausted, or out of energon at your convenience.
Shuttles, which are the big honking ships that travel through interstellar space, are occasionally incapable of combat. Their large size and heavy hulls usually protect them from damage, and while traveling at FTL speeds they're untouchable. However, serious damage can make FTL travel impossible. Some shuttles go to the expense of carrying small fighters on board for defense.
A lot of things have almost destroyed the galaxy, but not one attempt has succeeded yet. Pretty much everything, ever, has happened here.
- Cybertron is not actually in the Cybertron System.
- How do you get to the Lost Nebula? It is a mystery!
- For planets, see Places.
|Theme||Factions, Subspace, Energon, Cybertronian Creation, Races, Locations, Timeline, Combiners|
|Character||Getting a Character, Unlisted FCs, Pre-App Rules, Application, Creating Original Characters, Upgrading Your Character, OC Ideas, Overdone|
|Systems||Commands, Transform, Combat Rules, Beginner's Guide to Combat, Vehicles, Human Vehicles|