Nexus

Welcome to the Twenty Worlds Network's presentation of 240 hours [10 days] on Hol.

The mood on Hol can best be described as frantic. The skies are literally crowded with the living-ships of visiting dignitaries, and everyone seems to be taking an interest in the events here. Hol is seeking admittance to the Council of Worlds. What led to this point?

In the days before the Holy War against technology, Hol was a prison colony of the Galactic Empire. Since then, the inhabitants of Hol have developed a partially-subterranean civilization, ruled by a theocracy under the Archbishop of Hol, who has recently been attempting to reintegrate his ministry into the Church. Negotiators on Hol finally seem close to a peace accord, ending the civil war which prevented Hol's entry into the Council. The Council's hesitancy to guarantee Hol's membership even after the peace accord is complete has been met with threats of violent action, though the Council denies that it is those threats which caused the Council's visit to Hol to occur earlier than planned, while many important political and economic negotiations are still on the table. The Interworld Defense Forces have been keeping a wary eye on Hol and its possible allies for possible threats to the Council, though much of their attention is still focused elsewhere in dealing with the current warfare within the Twenty Worlds. IDF sees the admission as a chance to crack down on the black market traffic and piracy which thrives in Hol's current unstable situation.

The Church is the strongest objector to the readmission of Hol, citing its noncompliance with the Doctrine banning all hardtech. Although it may not have the more illegal items like robots, computers, or AIs, it is still a treasure trove of technology. To this day, hardtech weather regulators and defense satellites still hang in the skies above Hol. However, the Cartel believes that Church-approved trade in biotechnology will eliminate dependence on hardtech, as it has on other worlds. However, policymakers fear that the Megacorporations of the Cartel may merely seek a convenient testing area for new projects.

Whatever the official story, rumors abound. Some believe that the real reason behind the Church's objection is the prevalence of older forms of Saint-worship on Hol. While technically legal, the worship of Saints in the form of 'old gods' is hotly contested by certain factions within the clergy. The Church may have valid cause to fear that the popularity of Saint worship on Hol, along with Hol's importance to the officially-tolerated Jemini religion, will lead to further division among the faithful, as more worshipers devote their prayers to individual Saints rather than their joint faith in God. Some have even hinted at worship of even darker forces on Hol. When asked about this, all the Pope had to say was "Rumors that Hol is home to an ancient evil known as Cthulhu are completely unfounded." Compounding the issue, Church sources reading astrological alignments say that these ten days are the time of a spiritual nexus on Hol, a prime time for any religious rituals. Extremists even claim that recent events on Hol correspond to biblical predictions of the coming of the apocalypse.

Everyone seems to be going to Hol for these ten days. Council ambassadors, Cardinals, megacorporation executives, all seem to be present. The Pope said, "These ten days might very well be the most important in the universe."


Nexus is a ten-day high-weirdshit, sci-fi game full of mystic religions, interstellar warfare, intrigue, insane numbers of physreps, and one of the most twisted scenarios you've ever seen. It is running Jan 15 - 24 1999 (IAP) under the auspices of the MIT Assassins' Guild, and is being written by Joe Foley, Eddy Karat, Rickland Powell, Andrew Twyman, and Jim Waldrop, with help from Andrew Menard, and zampolition by Laura Baldwin.