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As the captain of a Mandate starship, you lead a crew through the galaxy where they will adapt and grow as they fight alongside you.
As the captain of a Mandate starship, you lead a crew through the galaxy where they will adapt and grow as they fight alongside you.
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Lore Update 1

Posted by Perihelion Interactive LLC (Creator)

Hey backers,

As mentioned in the previous update the topic of today is the lore update part 1 (LUP1). It includes background information about the Romanov, Arkwright, Black Eagle and Europan factions as well as their respective sub factions. Furthermore, it includes information about how each faction sees both itself and the other factions and makes mention of key figures for each faction.

LUP1 currently stands at 27 pages of text with around 12000 words. This document will grow and expand as we release additional information. Click HERE to access LUP1 directly and click HERE to download backer design templates for your tier(s). The lore document is also accessible from the backer design templates page. 

If you are a regular backer we hope you will enjoy reading more about the backstory and lore. If you also pledged for design tiers then we encourage you to use this lore update to improve your backer design.

Lore update part 2 (LUP2) will include background information about the Osmani, Rebels, Pirates and a few other factions. It will include a revised and expanded timeline which covers major events in Mandate history. It should help put things in perspective. LUP2 is scheduled for a late May release.

When LUP2 comes out we will simultaneously send emails to all backers who pledged for design tiers to remind you to start sharpening your virtual pencils.

A few notes about the lore updates: 

  • The writing style and vocabulary used may sometimes seem a bit unfamiliar or even obscure. It may even motivate you to dig out your favourite dictionary or at the very least google a few words online. This is intentional and by design
  • Naturally we did not have a lot of time to flesh out the universe before and right after the Kickstarter campaign. As we added sub factions and discussed the role of each major faction it made sense to do certain adjustments. Therefore there are some major changes compared to information we have released previously
  • Whenever there is a conflict between the lore updates and any previously released information then you can assume that the lore updates contain the most current and correct information. For example some of the articles on the official website are out of date
  • We plan to maintain the lore update document going forward and it will contain both a version number and a changelog (in case we add data or do tweaks/typo fixes)

Also, as announced earlier, with the launch of this update we will disable the ability to purchase backer designs. We will give a few days for anybody who came late to the party or who got motivated after reading LUP1.

The final deadline for purchasing backer designs will be 5th of May at 11.59 PM GMT (6.59 PM EST, 3.59 PM PST).

We will keep the option to pre-order game copies at the $20, $30, $40, $50 and $75 tiers open until LUP2 has been released but eventually both our BackerKit pre-order store and our PayPal store will be deactivated. If you have friends who have been sitting on the fence, you should poke them soon.  

Your friends at Perihelion Interactive


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    1. Kjell E on

      @Peri Lore is looking good!

      And for the backer design documents, I have to say - wow - so many options and decisions to make for the higher level backers. you'd probably need an excel sheet to properly balance a squadron design?

      The Mandate must be one of -if not THE - most involving kickstarter community funded game ever?

    2. Perihelion Interactive LLC Creator on

      @Rishav Sharan: Feedback noted.

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      Rishav Sharan on

      Love the lore and will eagerly await for the next one. However, my main concern is still unresolved. We are yet to see a gameplay video. no matter how alpha or halfbaked the footage is, the devs need to show something concrete to their followers.

      Otherwise it makes me question the legitimacy of this project.

    4. Jean-Luc Picard on

      Read the whole thing, great stuff.

    5. Vocarin on

      Loving the lore. Very detailed, great history, and everyone feels unique. I love the changes in voice when it comes to how everyone feels about everyone else, and it makes me very eager to see what the diplomacy system ends up looking like.

    6. Rand Chua TL on

      Sweet news! If there are gamers and backers wondering about designing in game items check out the list.
      $150 - War Commissioner: Design an Officer
      $200 - Second Major of the Guard: Design a Captain
      $250 - Captain, 1st rank: Design a Starbase
      $300 - Premier Major of the Guard: Design a Legendary Ship Weapon
      $500 - Brigadier: Design a Ship + Design a Ship Encounter
      $750 - Lieutenant Colonel of the Guard: Design a Merchant
      $1000 - General of Fortification: Design a Mercenary Company
      $1000 - Rear Admiral: Design a Mandate Battle Squadron
      $1500 - Engineer General: Design Great Captain
      $1500 - General Field Cannon Master: Design a Famous NPC
      $2000 - Scourge of the Mandate: Design a Pirate Captain + Design a Pirate Captain fleet

    7. Anaxphone

      Loving the lore. If the game has the same level of detail in the politicking, it's going to make for a ton of replayability, that's for sure.

    8. John Gardner on

      I love reading the Lore Update !! it's fantastic...

    9. Simon Rust on

      im gunna read all of this after the game comes out for i dont really like spoilers and im really good at seeing where things are going by looking at the past

    10. Rune

      I have never been so excited for a game as I am for "The Mandate". Every time you guys release a new update I'm baffled by the complexity of the features and the lore. Thank you so much for creating something that will not only be a game - something that will be a piece of art.