Many, many years ago, I made a mod for Homeworld 2 called “Mothership Warfare.”
The mod is now defunct, but I wrote a pair of accompanying Historical and Technical briefings which stand up quite well on their own. Inspired by the original Homeworld manual, the briefings tell the story of an increasingly toxic Hiigaran Empire, its growing obsession with Motherships, and the brutal civil war which breaks out over an uncharted area of space known as the New Frontier.
Here are a couple of extracts:
Dearest boy… your side-effects speak only of the flesh. Perspective is something that can never recover from being–what did those children used to call me? A Wirehead, I think, when they were feeling ignoble. Perspective never recovers from that. My true body was decommissioned years ago. It now lies buried in land, and pretends to be a museum. The replacement was deemed unworthy, and sent drifting to the centre of time. And my last body proved too much of a strain, for myself and others. What’s it like to be a Wirehead? I suppose I might live forever. But the bodies always rust.
–Karan S’jet, offering a rare interview to the Hiigaran State Chronicle. Dated 137 AHL. Shortly after, Karan vanished from public society altogether.
Each God was born in a bursting star
And their children made to suffer
The children grew and slew those stars
And Heaven was made to weep
The Demons rose, and cast the children all asunder
Where they were made to remain
And solar storm
The Children shall endure
For there will come time
To make Heaven weep again
Hopefully they’re as fun to read as I recall them being to write!