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    Chapter seven is now online. While the body rests, the mind remains awake. Vance dreams of a pivotal day in his past, shedding some light his unexplored past.
    We're halfway through the intermission period now. One more chapter remains before we get onto the next arc.
    I'm continuing to make adjustments to the way the story is written. Currently, I'm adding in some names and symbolism from Greek myth. If you want to get all the various references, a quick skim of Wikipedia ought to do it. This chapter's data file contains info on UC faster than light technology, which will set up some plot developments later on. This next data file will contain information on everyone's favorite spaceship, the United Colonial Ship Blackstar.
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    Good. Good so far

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    Chapter 8 is posted. Vance's new gear is in, he has some new skills, and now a new mission awaits: Destroying the remaining juicers.
    Intermission over! Lets get back to the action! This new arc isn't based on a level in the game, instead it is a continuation of previous events leading to a new conclusion. It look a little while to get this written (blasted real life, always getting in the way), but I think it was worth the wait. I've also added the first forum characters into the story. Congrats Cahaun and bronislav84! Keep the names coming, and maybe your character will appear in the story.
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    Real life got in my way too
    Well we are both in action now! My lore section is getting updated now, and I added the last in game lore before I can start going to the side lore.

    Edit: Chapter 8 is locked. Says I need an access key for early access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cahaun View Post

    Edit: Chapter 8 is locked. Says I need an access key for early access.
    oops. I'll get that fixed.
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    Fixed it.
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    Read it, and I love it. It was worth the wait. A good, long chapter. You struck true with the new characters, and introducing the new factions as well.
    One more thing: I've been thinking of adding your data log into my Lore section as I see this will help explain the technology used in Star Legends. I'm just asking for permission of use of the content, and I'll make a small source section so people know you provided it
    Also, you sparked my interest in the Elf Guard again as I did mimic them before the SL game came out.

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    Sure, feel fine to use the Data Files for the lore section. I'm glad you like the new characters and factions. The various galactic powers, especially the Confederacy and Federation, will be having a much larger role in later parts of the story.
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    Great! I'll log the data in tomorrow

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    2020: First military laser invented by US military.
    2032: The plague of terrorism and efforts to stop it came to an end as allied forces from the USA, Russia, Germany, Britain, and France launch a massive assault on the Middle East. The attacking military forces ignore national boundaries, pursuing terrorist and raiding suspected training camps, aiming to end the scourge of violence once and for all. Israel takes the opportunity to launch a major offensive, tripling its territory and seizing control of the Suez Canal. The massive attack triggered international outrage, but also results in crippling damage to remaining terrorist organizations.
    2050: Most of Europe, South America, and North America, along with Russia, Japan and Israel join NATO. NATO, in acknowledgement of the shift in membership and purpose, changes its name to the Alliance. In response to the increasing political, economic, and military threat posed by the Alliance, most of Asia, The Middle East, and Africa form the Beijing Compact.
    2055: Fusion power perfected by US-Swiss joint research program, resulting in the end of energy crisis that had plagued the world for decades. Tensions between the Alliance and Compact rise as the Alliance refuse to share the technology beyond its borders. Fusion power and trade began to draw Alliance member nations together. As relations between the two massive entities sour, a new cold war begins.
    2060: Based on plans stolen from the Alliance, the first Compact fusion reactor goes online. Both the Alliance and Compact began pouring funding into R&D. Fuelled by limitless fusion power, technology advances at a rate not seen since the second world war.
    2075: Alliance and Compact joint space exploration projects establish the first permanent lunar outpost. The project falls apart when the Alliance is discovered to have placed ground to space weapons emplacements on their part of the base. Both sides approach the brink of war as the Compact demands the weapons be removed, and the Alliance refuses to do so. Eventually, the Alliance dismantles the weapons systems.
    2077: The Alliance completes work on the first space based shipyard and orbital elevator, and began constructing spacecraft in earth orbit. The Compact’s efforts to construct their own shipyard and elevator continue to suffer setbacks. Alliance sabotage is suspected, but never proved. Tensions once again rise when Compact ships discover that the Alliance ships have been armed. Alliance nations withdraw from treaties banning the militarization of space. Alliance R&D efforts secretly create the first nanocomputers.
    2080: Compact nations launch an assault on the Alliance orbit shipyard and elevator, destroying the shipyard and damaging the elevator. The Alliance responds by issuing a declaration of war, launching a massive attack against the compact with space based weapons mounted on board their ships. Compact anti-missile lasers prevent most of the strikes from landing. Ground combat follows, and WWIII begins.
    2083: The Alliance starts to be driven back on the ground, losing territory in Canada, South America, and Russia. The first lunar military base is established by the Alliance, providing a base for resupply and repair of spacecraft. The Alliance also launches the first wartime nuclear strike since world war two, obliterating the Compact Fourth Northern Army, responsible for attempting to conquer a substantial beachhead inside Canada. A Compact retaliatory strike destroys the Russian-German tenth division, along with the city of Buenos Aires it was defending. Several other strikes and counter strikes are launched, before cooler heads prevail and ban the use of nuclear weapon during the conflict. Almost five hundred million lives are lost in the exchange.
    2088: Battered Alliance forces began pushing back against the compact, reclaim lost ground. They are added in this effort by the Zeus Orbital Particle Beam Cannon, more popularly called the Ion Cannon. Alliance forces make massive gains, until a Compact task force is able to destroy the Ion Cannon. Alliance forces dig in along the front lines, and the war settles into a stalemate.
    2090: Alliance frontlines began to buckle, and a major Compact offensive is planned to break through Alliance lines and overrun Russia and Europe. The Alliance spaceborn naval forces finish project Star Hammer, the largest kinetic weapons platform ever built. Created by grafting dozens of capital-scale engines onto an asteroid. The massive rock was steered into Beijing, capital of the Compact. The massive impact caused the largest explosion in military history, and inflicted crippling damage across a blast area hundreds of mile wide. Almost 2 billion people are killed. The Compact crumbles, unable to sustain the war having suffer such massive loses. World War Three official ends. Almost four and a half Billion lives were lost. Seventeen percent of the Earth’s land area was uninhabitable, and trillions of dollars of damage was caused. Experts and computer models predicted it would take more than sixty years to repair the damage. The victorious Alliance had won the war, but now faced the task of rebuilding a shattered home world.
    2100: First Colony outside earth orbit established on Mars. Heavy mining began in the asteroid belt. FLT research began to show fruit. Military nanotechnology becomes available to civilian sector. Most Alliance territory had been rebuilt, Compact areas were still being rebuilt.
    2120: Artificial Wormhole Generator invented, FTL travel became possible. Martian colonies continued to expand, human population not residing on Earth reach 6 billion. Alpha Centari colony expedition launches. First Mode created.
    2130: Earth-Centari jump gate link established. Terraforming technology becomes viable. Massive expansion of Alliance colonies begins. Population of Humans not residing on Earth is now three times larger than Earth’s population.
    2150: Mode become self-aware. Humanity grants full citizenship rights to the now-sentient Mode, Who rapidly form their own nation, the Mode Confederacy. Alliance has established 30 colonies, with a population of almost 40 billion colonists. Alliance efforts to control and supply the colonies begin to falter, as the centralized government becomes overtaxed.
    2175: Alliance government launches a massive reorganization. The Alliance formally dissolves, and the various colonial governments from the United Colonies as a replacement. The UC launches preparations for a second wave of mass colonization.
    2190: UC launches second wave of colonization, pushing number of colonies up to two hundred. Mode Confederacy and United Colonies become formal allies, establishing trade treaties, military alliances, and exchange of technology.
    2200: UC and Mode joint expedition establishes first contact with Altera. Ursan Federation formally joins preexisting treaties between Mode and UC, becoming third member of the major galactic powers. Contact with UC asteroid mining colony of Alpha five is lost. UC relief makes first contact with Vular. Colony is retaken, with massive loses. UC begins to reorganize its military after the debacle.
    2240: UC military reorganization completed. UC Navy is rebuilt, with new ships, newer weapons and tactics, and massively expanded numbers. UC Marine Corps rebuilt as well. Carrying over many traditions of the earlier Alliance Marine Corps, itself a descendant of the United States Marine Corps, the UCMC becomes the largest spaceborne infantry force of the major powers. UC military launches large scale offensive to crush pirates that had established themselves across known space.
    2260: Dozens of dormant Vular hives awaken across UC frontier, leading to massive effort to eradicate the infestation and protect civilians. After containing the infestation, the UC sees the need for a larger presence along the frontier.
    2280: UC launches first Colonial Support Carrier (CSC), the UCS Lewis. Intended to supply colonies with everything from medical supplies to military aid, as well as serve as a mobile factory to construct needed materials, and be able to act as a mobile jump gate platform to speed transit across UC space.
    2300: UCS Blackstar launched. The Blackstar is the last CSC to be launched, bringing the CSC fleet up to a total size of two dozen. UC territory now encompasses five hundred colonies, with a population of almost seven hundred billion. Mode Confederacy numbers two hundred colonies, with three hundred billion citizens. Ursan Federation controls one hundred colonies, with two hundred billion members.
    2330: Colonial Independence movement begins, as a number of frontier colonies began to petition for permission to form separate nations beyond UC oversight. UC initially considers granting request, but denies petition once several coups are attempted in the colonies.
    2335: Numa Prime mining colony established, and excited UC archeologists flood the planet when ruins of an unknown culture are discovered. Attempts to decipher writings discovered at the site fail, though links to other sites found in Alteran desert are found.
    2340: Voleria colony founded. Heavy military presence established on colony, to serve as hub for UC and allied forces out in the frontier.
    2351: New London bombing attack by terrorists triggers wars between UC and outer colonies.
    2360: UC-colonial war ends with a UC victory.
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    Nicely done so far. Did nicely on the personality I had planned for my character. Love it.

    Is it too late to mention she has naturally blue hair ingame? I guess it's genetic manipulation or something. Kinda not important really. Karaii the Commando sister is the brunette ingame but if you put her in she can just be the blue haired one I guess.

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    I've been slacking a bit on my part. I'll get on my PC and update my research ASAP.

    Great work on the history, Battle. I'll email you my research goals later tonight.

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    The Mobile App can't handle the size of the timeline >_< and there's a thunderstorm here so... I'll get it in soon.

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    Sorry its taken so long to get chapter 9 written. Between A week long hiking trip, starting college, and the larger than average amount of research I've need to do for this chapter, its taking a while to write. Hopefully I'll finish it sometime Monday. Also, I'll be posting the story to Fanfiction.net as well as figment, as Fanfiction's reader base seems a little more suited to reviewing and critiquing the story (feel free to write a review). However, due to fanfiction's posting rules, the writing commentary will be staying on figment. Hopefully my schedule will stabilize shortly, and I'll be able to continue writing at my former pace.
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    Chapter Nine is finally out. Between plotting out the story, a camping trip, moving into college, and doing the research need for various background details of the chapter, this toke a long time to write. As a product of said research, I've learned a lot about pharmaceutical production, small unit hand signals, explosives, and how US Navy ships are laid out (I suspect the last two have landed me on some kind of government watch list).
    Vance and company are aboard the Bellerphon, intent on placing explosive charges on board to destroy the ship. All they have to do is sneak past the crew of juicers and break into the most secure location on the ship. How hard could it be?
    I'm getting better at introducing characterization for Vance and company during the chapter, and am hoping to continue improving this as time goes on. I'm also making the story take on a slightly more mature tone, making the humor and language more teenage level.The chapter data file is one of the last covering material taken directly from the game, and from this point on, data files covering more original aspects of the universe be more prominent. I'm starting to lose ground in the fight to keep the data files short, but hopefully I'll be able to shrink them down again as time goes on.
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    Is the story on Wattpad? Just read the 1st the chapter good job and feel free to use my main Kiith even as dead commando number 3 if you want

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    Great job in this chapter, Battle. I like how the story feel is changing and how characters are interacting. The moments when the scene changes to different group members also improves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cahaun View Post
    The moments when the scene changes to different group members also improves it.
    Yeah, that's something I've been meaning to experiment with for a little while now. I'll still experimenting with how much I should use it, and when, but I'm pleased at how its worked out so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battlegrinder:754057
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    The moments when the scene changes to different group members also improves it.
    Yeah, that's something I've been meaning to experiment with for a little while now. I'll still experimenting with how much I should use it, and when, but I'm pleased at how its worked out so far.
    It changes up the regular feel and reveals a few things characters tend to hide in certain scenarios like Cahaun voicing his worries on Vance or Karashii (can't remember if I spelled this one right) talking to the Mode.

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    Ok, I've now uploaded Blackstar Chronicles to Fanfiction.net as well as figement. Hopefully, I'll be able to get more and better reader feedback from FF.Net than from figment, given the reader demographics of the two sites. Link to FanFiction.Net Posting: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8450111/...tar_Chronicles
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