Humanity discovered the Webway just over 50 years ago, and it is as mysterious now as when the first Gate was found near Saturn. An interconnecting system of – wormholes? Dimensional rifts? To this day, what they are, and how they work, and who created them, remains elusive.
Whatever the answers, one thing is clear. They have ushered in a new era of discovery for mankind. The Webway provides the stepping stones to hundreds of new worlds which are ripe for exploration, and for exploitation. For 50 years, a trickle, then a torrent, then a flood of ships, from Corporate Cruisers to Military Scouts to cobbled-together chunks of aluminium and wire, have made their way to Saturn, and from there to destinations unknown. Fortunes have been won. Lives have been started afresh. And many, many people have disappeared without trace.
It’s a high-risk business, travelling the Webway, and the lifestyle attracts its fair share of chancers, crazies, dreamers and thrill-seekers.
People like you.
You paid your life-savings to SatWeb Incorporated. You signed the disclaimers waiving them of liability for loss of life or limb. You sat through the two-week induction. You joined the Xenon at the Saturn Gate.
You had been aboard for a day when the Captain made the announcement to “buckle up”. There was a flash of light, a moment of nausea. Then noise and spinning and shouting all around.
This isn’t supposed to happen, you thought.
You woke to a strange sky.
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