Civil war has broken out across the Solar Empire
The central government on Earth struggles to maintain order in the outer rim as resource scarcity threatens the survival of humankind.
From this chaos emerges an incredible new technology
Capable of creating almost anything from raw material, this technology would finally allow humans to colonize worlds outside their star system.
A suitable planet TRM-175 "Kerberos" is selected a thousand lightyears away, and the best and brightest are recruited for this covert mission. 5 massive colony ships are commissioned to begin their thousand-year voyage, their crew sagelt asleep in cryostasis
The flagship “glorious future” is lost forever. At near lightspeed, the EMP burst also reaches three of the sister ships. Roused from cryostasis, the remaining crews face the prospect of living out a one-way thousand-year journey.
Over the generations, the three damaged ships evolve brutal new societies: the theocratic holy corporation, the despotic gearbreakers, and the anarchic metalpunks.
Generations of speculation and blame solidify their hatred and distrust for each other. And the longer they spend in space, each facing their own unique devastations, the more they diverge from one another.
Meanwhile, the final ship "The Arc" continues undamaged towards its destination, the last remaining "Earthers" oblivious to the brewing conflict...
A metal rich planet at the other end of the galaxy. The ships have arrived after a thousand year journey. And with the original mission now but a distant memory, the factions that have evolved over a millennia in isolation are about to descend upon an alien planet extreme consequences.