War came to us from across the stars and in Humanities brightest moment, as the creeds of continents came together to fight off the invaders we were cast down, shrouded in darkness. Forced to pay our sins.
The Unknown, a group established in the 19th century was both humanities savior and it’styrant. Lead by people committed not only to humanities survival but it’s survival without a home and to give them the strength to either make one or take one. Revealing themselves at the end they began to develop bastions for those that survived the war and space stations to secure our solar system, from these designs rose the ARKS.
Ark Facilities were advanced orbital biome stations that provided earth like conditions but based on an ecology millions of years old where humanity was not the apex predator. Developed by Unknown scientists and lead by Doctors Warren Heyde and Claire Abernathy, the program went through countless changes and advancements over the span of six hundred years.
Research into the ever valuable Chromosome 24, cloning and cross-dimensional planes became the cornerstones to the technology and what at first seemed to be a means for humanity to grow and thrive soon became the most advanced and secretive human experiment known to man. In the year 2506 the third phase of the Ark program was launched and with it new goals, new hopes and new horrors.
In the following decades Ark facilities began to dot the solar systems in the thousands, some dead relics from early stages in the programs but many were fully active with budding populations. In the final phase fully automated Ark’s were deployed in orbits around distant planets, one in particular was Ark Installation 2403 “UXbridge”. Ark 2403 was a defining and proud moment in Unknown history, it was the first to fully integrate advanced Artificial Intelligence into it’s core operations and relieving the need of nearly all human interaction.
In the year 2543, a series of malfunctions ripped through the installation and catastrophic events nearly destroyed the entire station. The A.I continued operating as per it’s instructions and did what it could to keep the Installation alive. Once thriving islands, earthquakes and weakening gravity forced them to sink beneath the oceans as the water boiled and evaporated out of a weakened atmosphere, solar radiation and radiation leaking from the Ark’s own lifespring corrupted and twisted those who lived there, killing off most of the humans and turning the once magnificent creatures into darker reflections of what they once were.
It is now 2750 and the population of people has dwindled down to almost nothing, the Ark A.I sent out a beacon call; it was time for more subjects to be drawn. These unwitting survivors will open their eyes not to sand and beaches but to fire and ash. The Survivors would wake up, not on a beach but in a pit straight from the writings of Dante. Here they would be truly tested, here they would survive or die. Because there will be nothing to save them but for determination, tenacity and a sheer will to live. The survivorsmust save themselves and their new dying home before they to become another dead thing floating in the cold void of space.
This is their story, this is your story.
Advanced Server Lore
Formed in the late 19th century the Unknown was a body of learned men and women with a unique outlook on both Earth and humanity as a whole. Accepting that humanity was at its core a self-destructive race then sought to preserve it. Accepting that it was both a race against time and a race against technology they settled at securing the massive amount of funds and political ties they would require. Then they planned and 200 years later they began. Unsure if Earth would be habitable by the time they were ready, already it was falling to the disease of humanity's greed, desires, and pollution they sought at first habitable planets but when that became clear it was no longer an option. Instead, they went about creating their own. Using trillions, robots and advanced sciences they established a deep space installation where they began to work.
A fully artificial world, almost entirely made of fresh water with pockets of semi-artificial and natural islands. From Orbit, the planet was monitored, tweaked until it became stable. Foliage began to grow and while some of it was artificial the natural materials flourished.
While construction of the Ark was in full swing, divisions within the Unknown were working on other equally valuable projects. Herein is where the discovery of the 24th chromosome was discovered, while it was a profound unveiling it only occurred in less than 1% of the human population. It wouldn't be for another 30 years before it's true value was unlocked.
Another massive discovery that for many years was lauded as the biggest the Unknown had ever achieved and for a time even shadowed the 24th chromosome, was the unlocking of dimensional travel, essentially both time and space instantaneous movement. Giving the Unknown access to any point in history and time.
By this time the state of the human race had entered its death throes. Rampant war and disease had consumed over 2/3rds of the population. Most countries were in complete anarchy, those that survived which consisted of the North American Alliance (NAA) and the European Nation of Allies (ENA) ruled with an iron fist. The NAA was a pure dictatorship, a continent fueled by oppression and control. The ENA was a Monarchy which attempted to hold society as it once had a millennium before but failed under the most relaxed scrutiny.
The Unknown stepped in, from the shadows they began targeting at first individuals with valuable skillsets, this is where most of the Scientists and Doctors that the Unknown employ came from. Later though, when the 24th Chromosome was unlocked and it's potential discovered they began actively capturing those with the rare DNA. Nearly all of them immediately placed into cryogenics and when the current population ran out of these individuals they began looking backward into time. The further they went the rarer it became and eventually they just ran out of people to take.
They had to settle with the few thousand they had, and for years the people sat, safely in cryo, waiting to be awoken. In the year 2476 the Ark was deemed not only habitable but necessary. The amount of power it was requiring to keep the stasis modules active was beginning to take it's toll and acquisition of the required materials to keep them functioning was becoming harder to acquire.
They woke 36 individuals, all of them lacking the chromosome but all were ideally suited for the first trial. They lasted less than a year, even with direct aid from the Unknown. Still, it's unknown as to the direct cause. Most of them committed suicide, a few thrived for a time but lack of food or accidents took them.
In 2491 Phase 2 of the trials began. Another 36 were selected, this time they were told on the barest of information. They too failed to thrive and while it wasn't for three years before the final pocket of them died it was deemed a failure still.
Phase three began in 2506, 36 were selected and were immediately deposited on the shores of one of the islands. They each came awake in the following minutes after the shuttle departed. This group thrived, humanity knowing the truth couldn't accept reality. However, when left with no truth, no reveal they sought the answers anyways. This bred to survival. What ended this group was humanity themselves. Lasting almost twenty years they eventually killed each other over convenient resources and blurred cultural differences.
It was then decided a utopia wasn't an ideal setting, populating the islands with known animals was not enough to detract humans from their endless desire to kill each other. A superior predator needed to be added into the mix and the cloning of prehistoric dinosaurs began. They populated with an entire ecosystem of creatures, providing ideal breeding grounds and numbers for sustainable life. Tweaking some species are required, the aquatic ones, for example, were altered to thrive in fresh water.
As each island became stable, births were higher than deaths things began looking up. The Unknown began to explore methods to prepare their remaining survivors. The ones bearing the chromosome. They began planting subconscious knowledge or "engrams" into the subjects, bits of information that over time would become known to them. Their utilization, construction and application becoming apparent.
It was then decided that the only aid the survivors would get would be in sporadic supply drops of varying degree of value. As an added bit of assistance, either blueprints or high-quality materials or even in some cases the basic of tools. These drops would be their primary source of aid. Each Island was also outfitted with technically advanced monitoring systems in the event the Unknown was unable to provide assistance to the islands or the Ark itself. They would come to be known as Obelisks. These massive structures would monitor and repair the islands, repopulate the used up resources and provide a means of population control for dinosaurs.
Finally the decision to instead of dropping complete groups of survivors onto the island they would do it in smaller numbers. Ensuring that each small group would become established and grow, then watching them. How they behaved both with each other and other groups. Using this data they controlled when and where new people were added.
Sometimes however, things out of their control still happened. The obelisks becoming unstable, or the islands becoming utterly inhospitable due to unforeseen factors. When these events began to happen they would activate the implants each survivor had and put them into a coma, pick them up and transfer them to a new island while repairs on the old were underway.
A side effect of this process however sometimes undid valuable knowledge the survivors had, putting them back to square one. While most of their memories remained intact. their developed skills left them. This issue has yet to be fully resolved.
Suffice to say the Unknown exist as the last bastion of Humanity, the final gatekeepers, and the only hope humanity has left. Even if humanity doesn't know of their existence or their true purpose.