Every faction has a story--a history. Each group's unique motivations drive them to control Planet Maxwell and further their hidden agendas. This is one such story...
By Tory Niemann
Knowledge is power. Much is made of space exploration and colonization, but anyone with intelligence must see such pursuits are merely the means to an end. Science is humanity’s true great endeavor. What is branching out to a new world in comparison to branching out in a new field of knowledge?
At the heart of most great discoveries in the last century has been one group: the Specialized Research Think Tank at Promixa Centauri University. Founded by Dr. Nathanson soon after PCU was launched as Earth’s first geosynchronous school of higher learning, the group consists of a rotating roster of tenured faculty, handpicked research fellows, and particularly brilliant doctoral students. Their areas of expertise encompass theoretical astrophysics, chemical engineering, AI programming, quantum mechanics, xeno-archeology and a dizzying array of other spheres. The vast range of knowledge possessed by the Specialized Research Think Tank, or “Scholars” as they are known on campus, is key to their discoveries. One of their greatest recent successes, the Higgins-Gunther Trans-Warp Acceleration Drive, freed humanity to travel beyond its own solar system and seek out distant worlds.
The Promixa Centauri Scholars do not exist to make money or for political gain; their charter is only for the advancement of Science. Despite this status as pure academics, the Scholars decided that they could not ignore the situation with planet B212011P, colloquially known as Maxwell. The sheer volume of useful discoveries to be had is staggering, and they agreed it would be a crime against Science to let less educated groups take control of the planet and squander its enormous potential.
The Promixa Centauri Scholars have already begun to decipher the alien wonders of Maxwell, focusing especially on how some devices can be dismantled and repurposed to broadcast effects across vast regions. With intense study, the Scholars have developed methods of manipulating and creating these fields without the destruction of precious alien technology. The strategic use of these field generators to repulse, entice, and neutralize their opponents is calculated to bring success for the Scholars. And that means success for Science!
Facility Benefit: (upper) Any player may dock a ship and pay 1 fuel to the faction owner, and then pay 1 fuel to the stock to move any Field Generator token already on the planet to a different territory.
Owner Benefit: The facility owner may pay 2 fuel to add an unplaced Field Generator token onto the planet in a territory of their choice, or to remove an existing Field Generator token from the planet.
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