Gammergan

Former lost colony in the MPA Ophiuchus Region

Gammergan
Image from Steve Bowers

During the Version War the wormhole contact to the IC 4665 cluster region in Ophuichus was destroyed, and the region was isolated until 9885 when the Sk¡iiws'nnii STC Displacement drive ship Namor laid a wormhole to YTS 98754-34500 , a G3/K5 binary system 15 LY from the cluster.

This system had been at one time colonised by the Interstellar Frontiers Group, but contact had been lost for 3300 years. Records showed that the colony had once held a world named Gammergan, but this world was no longer evident. No sign of the colony was found either, although there was a much greater dust burden in orbit around both stars than before, forming a remarkable nebula shaped like the symbol for infinity.

The Skiiws'nnii astrometrists considered that this could only be the result of hostile action, and with great caution set up a thallasaforming regime on a frozen moon of the remaining jovian planet, which the old IFG had named Munroe. An active shield of collapsed amat microspheres was setup to protect the moon and the wormhole, and the provolved dolphins continued to warm the new freshwater seas using orbital solettas as they scanned the skies for the invisible enemy.

The Orbital Council, Skiiws'nnii's allies from their home system, began to collect the debris using magnetic scoops, to gather raw material for orbital habitats in the near-empty comfort zones. The debris however began to agglomerate and move as if under conscious control, and destroyed an OC RAIR magscoop dust/collector ship. It was then determined that the particulate dust was made of individual sentient elements, and contact was finally made using a simplified form of the old IFG trade language.

For five hundred years the IFG colony on the partly terraformed world of Gammergan had tried to continue without contact, until the ruling theocorps became convinced that they were the only humans left in the universe and made a long term strategy for survival. Collecting the energy of both stars they disassembled all four inner planets and created a swarm of sophont bodies made from metal foil and computronium.

The newly-redesigned colonists sailed around and between the two stars at will, creating new diverse cultures and alliances in a gigantic figure-of-eight-shaped living space as they used their flat bodies to tack in the solar rays and feed on the solar winds.

After contact with the STC and Skiiws'nnii, the Gammergan culture was established as a swarm reservation, visited by researchers and tourists alike. Many Gammerganners joined the STC Exploration corps, and are well known as as a versatile, rather idiosyncratic space-adapted clade.
 
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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 08 June 2002.