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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.
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 2 & revised timeline

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Hey backers,


Time for another update! We want to start this update by giving a huge thanks to the volunteer moderators and scribes who we have used as "beta testers" for our lore updates and who have given countless suggestions and important feedback. Thanks guys!

So today we have the lore update #2. It includes background information about the Osmani, Pirates, Rebels, Corporations as well as a couple of Secret Factions. CLICK HERE to read it.

In terms of word count it is similar in length to the first update with around 12000 words in total. We have amended the previously released lore document to include both the text from lore update part 1 and part 2. The document is now 54 pages long with approximately 25000 words.

Also, with this updated version of the document our writers added a preface "balancing influences" to explain some of the design decisions we have made (for the sake of gameplay and fun factor).

In terms of historical inspiration and references the Osmani faction stands out. But unless you have studied the history of the Ottoman Empire some of the details may be difficult to pick up on. Still we hope you will find this faction interesting and different.  The historical references are of course not limited to the Osmani. Another example would be the Third Section. Some readers may think of Section 31 from another well-known sci-fi universe when reading that faction's backstory. That's fine as there are indeed similarities but you may also wish to google "Third Section" or  "Okhrana".

Besides the lore update with more faction information we are also sharing a revised timeline as part of this update. CLICK HERE to read it. The timeline should be helpful to get a good overview and especially for those of you who are creating captains, officers or other designs for inclusion with the game.

If you compare to previously released information then you will see that in the revised timeline The Mandate itself is much younger than previously. This change was done in part to better align with the faction conflicts which could be seen as out of place in a scenario where The Mandate had existed for several hundred years already. 

A few notes about the lore updates which we want to reiterate:

  • 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
  • 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
With both lore update #1 and #2 released we will send out reminder emails over the next couple of days to all backers who pledged for backer design tiers. That way you can start to review the lore, begin to work on your concepts and initiate the peer review process. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!


Finally, all the backer design templates, the timeline document and lore update document can be accessed from one central page. CLICK HERE to have access to everything at the same time.


On a completely separate note: next week we start recording the 120 minute soundtrack for The Mandate. We plan to do some filming and also ask questions of the composer and conductor. If you have any specific questions that you would like us to ask about The Mandate soundtrack then feel free to add the questions here in response to this update or post your question(s) over on the forums. Provided we have time we may ask your questions and get responses (no promises, however).


For the next update (which should arrive late June or early July) we plan to give a production status update. Also our designers, programmers and artists have been very busy and we will share both visuals and gameplay footage.


Cheers,
Your friends at Perihelion Interactive

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      Nathaniel Zaharia on June 18, 2015

      This is great! But, it there a reason that some portions of the text seem to be in grey rather than black? For example, the text describing the situation in 3464, 3479, 3494, 3499, and 3511,

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      gijobarts on June 10, 2015

      What format will the soundtrack be in? Any chance we can get it in FLAC or another lossless, open format?

      @lokiracer The update said that they'll have a production status update in the next update, so we'll probably find out then.

    3. lokiracer on June 8, 2015

      This campaign was set to deliver pledges in March. What's the updated delivery timeline?

    4. John Gardner on June 6, 2015

      Wow !!! Loved the Lore Update & the timeline was great to read, very interesting... Keep up the Incredible Job you guys are doing..

    5. Amenomade on June 6, 2015

      "Early May, 2015 All necessary lore information
      Traits list"

      where is the traits list ?

    6. João Henrique Roque de Almeida on June 6, 2015

      Great update, I am loving the development of the universe so far! However I must point to the Brazilian descent Captain Inés Carnaval, as a Brazilian this name sound strange as John Mardi Gras would sound strange to an American

    7. Rand Chua TL on June 5, 2015

      @Jonathan Peterson
      Well done there!

    8. Jonathan Peterson on June 5, 2015

      check this out: https://goo.gl/Mf7GXa I took the timeline document and turned it into a scrollable timeline

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      Marco Gohl on June 5, 2015

      Love the Lore Update! I love reading trough all of it. I love the world of The Mandate!

    10. Jean-Luc Picard on June 5, 2015

      So who's doing the soundtrack? Are you really working with the Alexandrov Ensemble? Something to that effect was hinted at in a previous update.

      Loved the lore and the many historical/fictional references, especially Dune and Ecologist Kines. I felt an appropriate quote for the Rebels would be "Sic semper tyrannis!" or a translation thereof. I guess it kinda already is but with a looser translation.

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      Julien on June 5, 2015

      Lore updates are awesome. I can't wait to play in this universe.

    12. Helena on June 5, 2015

      I absolutely love the lore updates; keep it up!

    13. Rand Chua TL on June 5, 2015

      The empress Anastasia is now age(25)? in the new lore.

    14. Rand Chua TL on June 5, 2015

      Going to take my time to read it!

    15. Grinsevent Wheresluggage of Sin on June 5, 2015

      Thanks too ! And, really eager for the next one, you know how to keep us hyped :)

    16. Stavros Tsiakalos on June 5, 2015

      Thanks! Been waiting for this :)