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From:     James Perry <jperry@??.net>
Date:     Thu, 5 Sep 1996 18:04:35 -0500
Subject:  Re: Pre-spelljamming technology
>In our last episode, Shelby Michlin said:
>>I'm curious as to what your pre-spelljamming tech was, also I'd be
>>interested in hearing any other versions, as well as any mention from TSR-
>>published works...
>
>	Well, the original "space travellers" used technology that is not
>understood at all.  It had something to do with pulling energy right out
>of their environment, instead of from a mages.  At least that's the
>current theory.  This race was the one that seeded the universe with
>animals found on various planets.  They may also have had something to
>do with putting many world on the 24 hour day, 365 day year, etc. cycle,
>though they could have just taken advantage of a natural phenomenon.
>They vanished VERY long ago.
>	The empires that came afterwards also used modes of transport
>which are still unknown.  They were also very varied.  The Reigar empire
>used their Esthetics, which generated a natural "motive force" in wildspace
>and used an as yet unknown means of travelling between the spheres, though
>it is theorized that it involved planar travel.  The Thri-Kreen had a means
>of "folding" a gravity plane, so as to provide motion.  It is unknown how
>they were able to attain high (spelljamming) speeds.  Some theories state
>that the dwarves use similar technology in their forges today.
>	When the "modern age" began (~2500 years ago), the first travellers
>used brute force methods of getting out of gravity wells.  Giant ships with
>high powered Fly spells, "burp" teleportation (consequtive short distance
>teleports or blinks) for interplanetary speeds, ships drawn by giant
>birds, and so on.  Everybody had their own way of doing things.  The
>elves tried to grow ships similar to Reigar esthetics, but failed.  What
>they ended up with would eventually become their crystal ships.
>	Then the arcane came.  They started introducing all sorts of ways
>of getting around, including the "modern" spelljamming helms (~1200 years
>ago).  These helms were very underpowered, and had bad spell/power ratios
>(4 or more levels per point of SR).  These engines very cheap and plentiful
>enough to be used by everybody.  Humanoid races expanded and started to
>encroach on surrounding territories.  The elves, who took to spelljamming
>as a race, were the only ones powerful enough to try and stop this
>expansion.  With their few non-elven allies, they fought back the enemy
>forces.  Near the end of the war the modern manowar line was developed,
>and spelljamming started to become what it is today.  What is now the
>"minor helm" was developed ~700 years ago (about the same time as elven
>armadas and flitters), and "major helms" ~350 years ago.  (Yes, armadas
>were built before major helms.  They used "lowtech" techniques to move
>around, and were *very* slow, serving more as stationary space stations
>than big battleships.  Armadas were also much bigger than today.)
>
>	Some more random info.  Furnace helms were independently devoloped
>by non-arcane sources during the Unhuman War.  Less efficient Lifejammers
>where developed by the arcane *for* the goblinoid races before the war.
>In fact, the bad guys didn't start using real helms until near the end
>of the war.  Artifurnaces don't exist.  Mind flayers used raw TK to
>move their ships about when they first entered the void.
>
>	There it is, a quick overview of space travel technology and
>some of it's effects on history.
>
>	Comments?

Where did you get this information from, or did you just make it up?


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Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    05 Sep 1996 14:48:24
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Niall Hosking    05 Sep 1996 17:58:32
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    05 Sep 1996 18:20:25
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    James Perry    05 Sep 1996 23:04:35
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    05 Sep 1996 23:17:23
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    06 Sep 1996 01:16:29
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    06 Sep 1996 13:13:13
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    06 Sep 1996 15:15:36
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    06 Sep 1996 15:30:16
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    ADEPT@???.com    07 Sep 1996 17:11:12
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    07 Sep 1996 18:09:37
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    ADEPT@???.com    10 Sep 1996 15:41:38
Re: Pre-spelljamming technology    Eugene Shumu1insky    10 Sep 1996 16:00:37

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