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So I went on a rant yesterday about the world of Terratech and gave a quite in depth analysis of the ecological and geological history of the world of Terratech. I would like to continue that analysis, but on a much broader scope, and of course, with the inclusion of the community and the devs. I'm not sure what is established cannon and what isn't, but hey, let's start the conversation anyways.

What I would like to see here is a communal effort to establish a rich Lore around the world, the skybox, and the corporations that the devs have graced us with. I know there are dozens of non cannon lore universes in the form of tech builders who write vivid back stories for the techs they create and showcase. Many of these back stories are interwoven and even hint to battles over faraway stars, or adventures in alien paradise, space piracy and free enterprise. We may all have been cast on this world, but it's a big galaxy out there, with much more going on than us gold rushers. I would like to see some form of unified cannon of course with the approval of the devs, and who knows, it could be a powerful tool for game development too.

So, I don't exactly know where to start, but show me some interest and I'll start gathering lore. And really anything goes here as long as it adds to the collective lore of the Terratech universe, tech bios, character bios, fanfic so or stories, artwork, pictures you may take out in game, videos of in game play (though try to keep it in character. Also please keep everything pg-13 at least. the devs will kill me if this gets too dark . Just be sure it's serious and about lore, no lemon kingdom randomness. (Yes I know there is a lemon kingdom in the lore. That's just fine, make it of relevant context. If people in the lemon kingdom are being significantly random, great tell me, but I don want to have to police you being random from relevant lore. just remember anything the devs establish is set in stone. Just do me a favor. If you can't fit your lore excerpt into a single post, post it as an attached file.

So yeah, post yer lore. Iv got some as well, but not for right now. Check out my analysis of the Terratech world in the weather effects thread on the unofficial modern board. I'll port it over to this threAd in a bit.
 

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Technically speaking, the world is flat, doesn't rotate, and is the center of the geocentric (or whatever you would call it for this world).
Its flat, not just because of infinite terrain with no curvature, but because the entire game world sees experiences day/night at the same time, and all celestial bodies appear in the same position regardless of world coordinates.
It doesn't rotate, because all celestial bodies always follow the same path (as far as I can tell). Also, the net downwards acceleration is always the same. On a rotating body, travelling in the direction of rotation effectively reduces your weight, and would require a greater downwards force to maintain the same downwards acceleration, due to how circular motion works.
Also, it is a geocentic system because, along with the aforementioned point, every celestial body orbits this world, and keeps the same distance, so they are all circular orbits.

As for why the horizon gets closer the higher you are, well, I can't think of a single surface that would allow that.
 
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Technically speaking, the world is flat, doesn't rotate, and is the center of the geocentric (or whatever you would call it for this world).
Its flat, not just because of infinite terrain with no curvature, but because the entire game world sees experiences day/night at the same time, and all celestial bodies appear in the same position regardless of world coordinates.
It doesn't rotate, because all celestial bodies always follow the same path (as far as I can tell). Also, the net downwards acceleration is always the same. On a rotating body, travelling in the direction of rotation effectively reduces your weight, and would require a greater downwards force to maintain the same downwards acceleration, due to how circular motion works.
Also, it is a geocentic system because, along with the aforementioned point, every celestial body orbits this world, and keeps the same distance, so they are all circular orbits.

As for why the horizon gets closer the higher you are, well, I can't think of a single surface that would allow that.
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thats the spirit. However. Several of those factors are being taken way too literally. the game is flat because the game engine is limited. the skybox doesnt contain a practical cosmology because the game engine doesnt track it. And the horizon disappears as you get higher because of draw distance rendering. in short, the computer that is processing the immages you see is way to primitive to track the real world physics of an entire universe down to each blade of grass. Lets pretend for a moment we are on a REAL world. Lets try to justify what we see, not pick apart the limitations of the engine. this is about the boundless nature of Imagination, not the limitations of technology.
 

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thats the spirit. However. Several of those factors are being taken way too literally. the game is flat because the game engine is limited. the skybox doesnt contain a practical cosmology because the game engine doesnt track it. And the horizon disappears as you get higher because of draw distance rendering. in short, the computer that is processing the immages you see is way to primitive to track the real world physics of an entire universe down to each blade of grass. Lets pretend for a moment we are on a REAL world. Lets try to justify what we see, not pick apart the limitations of the engine. this is about the boundless nature of Imagination, not the limitations of technology.
Sorry, I couldn't help but point out these things.

On the other hand, in terms of kingdoms, the IFTTES is a completely neutral organisation that is collectively run by representatives from all factions (wether they be kingdoms, corporations, etc.) whose main purpose is to simply act as a convenient platform for which diplomacy and trade deals can be made. They also supply resources/techs to individuals/groups/factions that are willing to hire them, but under the strict condition of not being used offensively.
In short, we aren't really focusing on making a profit, rather, we just want to help maintain peaceful relations between everyone.
 

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Do you speak Bocce?

And on that note, languages? I think it's safe to assume that GSO, while representative of a global organization, is based out of Russia (due to the obvious soviet influence in their blocks' aesthetic and naming trends) so I'm inclined to believe that our GSO instruments read out in Cyrillic. I'm inclined to beleive that Better futures is Chinese as I beleive the China of the future will be leading the world in environmental efficiency, especially in the mining and manufacturing areas. GeoCorp is a purely corporate entity, and without any tools of war, they have flown under the radar of Terran governments and enjoyed a lucrative head start in the terraforming business. Being purely corporate, I beleive the native language for geocorp is likely that of its laborers, changing locally, though free enterprise is good for business, so the corporate honchos are probably American. As is Hawkeye, the end result of a brief but aggressive space race between the U.S. Government funded DARPA and the corporate aerospace manufacturer Lockheed (Boeing competed but their smooth streamlined designs lost out to the more aggressive angular stealth tech of Lockheed. In the end DARPA and Lockheed joined forces to produce the offshoot paramilitary organization Hawkeye. Note, After losing the DARPA contracts to Lockheed, Boeing sold its ideas to the fledgling Chinese company called Better futures. Finally, in the wake of the terraforming race came tourism. Enter an enterprising collective of amateur rocketeers and extream sports junkies based out of Australia who see the next biggest jump lands them on another planet. Yep, that's Venture.

Our scrap Junkers didn't spring up until much later, long after colonization was a thing. Some people just don't like having rules, and in space there's plenty of places to hide from government meddling. Space pirates and mercenaries, the Junkers use their own language, new to the Terran race.
Reticule, like the scrap Junkers is a renegade organization, on the run from government regulations that slow their progress. Reticule scientists likely speak more math than language, but have no fixed language, as their members are often those who were rejected by the other corporations for their radical ideas.
Finally, legion. As legion is a fully automated organization with a very Secretive leadership, it's hard to pin down a country or language of origin. The drones out doing the work though, they communicate in bianary of course.

Anywhere I'm just dead wrong or that all make some kind of sense?
 

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Do you speak Bocce?

And on that note, languages? I think it's safe to assume that GSO, while representative of a global organization, is based out of Russia (due to the obvious soviet influence in their blocks' aesthetic and naming trends) so I'm inclined to believe that our GSO instruments read out in Cyrillic. I'm inclined to beleive that Better futures is Chinese as I beleive the China of the future will be leading the world in environmental efficiency, especially in the mining and manufacturing areas. GeoCorp is a purely corporate entity, and without any tools of war, they have flown under the radar of Terran governments and enjoyed a lucrative head start in the terraforming business. Being purely corporate, I beleive the native language for geocorp is likely that of its laborers, changing locally, though free enterprise is good for business, so the corporate honchos are probably American. As is Hawkeye, the end result of a brief but aggressive space race between the U.S. Government funded DARPA and the corporate aerospace manufacturer Lockheed (Boeing competed but their smooth streamlined designs lost out to the more aggressive angular stealth tech of Lockheed. In the end DARPA and Lockheed joined forces to produce the offshoot paramilitary organization Hawkeye. Note, After losing the DARPA contracts to Lockheed, Boeing sold its ideas to the fledgling Chinese company called Better futures. Finally, in the wake of the terraforming race came tourism. Enter an enterprising collective of amateur rocketeers and extream sports junkies based out of Australia who see the next biggest jump lands them on another planet. Yep, that's Venture.

Our scrap Junkers didn't spring up until much later, long after colonization was a thing. Some people just don't like having rules, and in space there's plenty of places to hide from government meddling. Space pirates and mercenaries, the Junkers use their own language, new to the Terran race.
Reticule, like the scrap Junkers is a renegade organization, on the run from government regulations that slow their progress. Reticule scientists likely speak more math than language, but have no fixed language, as their members are often those who were rejected by the other corporations for their radical ideas.
Finally, legion. As legion is a fully automated organization with a very Secretive leadership, it's hard to pin down a country or language of origin. The drones out doing the work though, they communicate in bianary of course.

Anywhere I'm just dead wrong or that all make some kind of sense?
Yep. They make sense.

But GEOCORP seems really American.
 

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Actually, I feel like Better Future is more like Elon Musk with SpaceX and Telsa, as it seems like a high-tech commercial company. After all, he does support several projects that encourage sustainability, such as the Long Now Foundation.
 

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While GSO did not immediately jump out at me as Russian, I can sort of see this now that you mention it. That said, GSO block design aesthetic definitely seemed retro to me. It felt like the aesthetic of a '57 Chevy combined with the 60's sci-fi genre. The GSO Cab, itself, looks like the cab of an old 60's-era industrial truck, possibly Russian. Certain blocks, such as the GSO Wide Gauge STUD Laser and the GSO Power Gauge just scream 60's sci-fi to me.

I'm inclined to beleive that Better futures is Chinese as I beleive the China of the future will be leading the world in environmental efficiency, especially in the mining and manufacturing areas.
I would agree with you that China will likely remain a major economic and military power in the future and that they should be connected with one of the corporations. However, I fail to understand how you could believe that China would quote, "be leading the world in environmental efficiency." In my mind, based on how behind China currently is in terms of environmental protection laws and concerns, this sounds unlikely.

China would be my last guess for the Better Future corp. Instead, I'd guess that it could be connected with a European or Japanese corporation or agency. (Perhaps it's related to ESA - European Space Agency - or JAXA - Japanese national aerospace and space agency?) Or, perhaps it has a connection to Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla autos?

GeoCorp is a purely corporate entity, and without any tools of war, they have flown under the radar of Terran governments and enjoyed a lucrative head start in the terraforming business.
Sounds believable to me so far...
Being purely corporate, I beleive the native language for geocorp is likely that of its laborers, changing locally, though free enterprise is good for business, so the corporate honchos are probably American.
First, what about GeoCorp suggests to you that their "native language" is "that of its laborers"? Second, that word choice - "that of its laborers": To me, this suggests communism or, at least, socialism. Being a corporation, netting more profits and impressing investors to invest more should be their primary aim. However, such an aim usually means that the voices and interests of their "laborers" - the lowest cast of employees or workers - are of lower priority. Third, what about it - specifically - suggests that it is American?

Considering the strictly non-military aspect of parts, the clear focus on mining technology and the design aesthetics, GeoCorp must have started out as a manufacturer of mining equipment. I'm thinking that it could have descended from a "heavy equipment" or earthmover corporation, such as Caterpillar (US), Komatsu (Japan), Hitachi Construction Machinery (Japan), Terex (US), Leibherr (Switzerland), MARAIS (France), XCMG (China), Sany (China) or Doosan Infracore (South Korea).

In particular,
I would guess either Caterpillar, Liebherr, Komatsu, XCMG or Sany as those corporations seem to stick with the stereotypical bright yellow and black color scheme, while the others mentioned do not. (Doosan is always orange; Hitachi is orange or orange/blue; Terex is white, off-white or tan; MARAIS is orange, white or whitish-yellow; and John Deere is obviously green.)
 
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Elon Musk made both Better Future and Venture; Better Future from both SpaceX and Telsa, and Venture from The Boring Company. Conveniently, The Boring Company has the Not A Flamethrower as a commercially available product. And anyway, have you even seen Elon's tweets? He likes his memes, so it isn't much of a stretch.
 

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As is Hawkeye, the end result of a brief but aggressive space race between the U.S. Government funded DARPA and the corporate aerospace manufacturer Lockheed (Boeing competed but their smooth streamlined designs lost out to the more aggressive angular stealth tech of Lockheed. In the end DARPA and Lockheed joined forces to produce the offshoot paramilitary organization Hawkeye.
I like this. It makes for a good story. And Hawkeye's angular design aesthetic does seem like something from DARPA or Lockheed. The F-117 Nighthawk - the world's first stealth fighter - was Lockheed's.

That said, compare Hawkeye aesthetics with the PL-01 light stealth tank. This Polish light tank mockup was created by OBRUM with support from BAE Systems, based on the Swedish CV90120-T light tank. Perhaps Hawkeye has origins from OBRUM (Osrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Urzadzen Mechanicznych, which is Polish for "Research and Development Center for Mechanical Equipment")? Or, maybe it has origins in BAE Systems plc, a British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company?

...Note, After losing the DARPA contracts to Lockheed, Boeing sold its ideas to the fledgling Chinese company called Better futures.
Yeah... no. I think we could come up with a better origin.

Finally, in the wake of the terraforming race came tourism. Enter an enterprising collective of amateur rocketeers and extream sports junkies based out of Australia who see the next biggest jump lands them on another planet. Yep, that's Venture.
That it originated from Australia sounds good. And I get that there needs to be an explanation for this corp's focus on speed. Though, I have to question whether amateur rocketeers and extreme sports junkies would have enough financial capital/backing, interest and business sense to start an extra-planetary corp to collect resources and develop and build competitive military/corporate/mining parts.

Consider the name of this corporation: "VENTURE". It sure sounds like this corp had it's beginnings as a subsidiary or startup company through venture capital investments by corporation(s) desiring to get in on the ground floor of the new space race.
 

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Technically speaking, the world is flat, doesn't rotate, and is the center of the geocentric (or whatever you would call it for this world).
Its flat, not just because of infinite terrain with no curvature, but because the entire game world sees experiences day/night at the same time, and all celestial bodies appear in the same position regardless of world coordinates.
It doesn't rotate, because all celestial bodies always follow the same path (as far as I can tell). Also, the net downwards acceleration is always the same. On a rotating body, travelling in the direction of rotation effectively reduces your weight, and would require a greater downwards force to maintain the same downwards acceleration, due to how circular motion works.
Also, it is a geocentic system because, along with the aforementioned point, every celestial body orbits this world, and keeps the same distance, so they are all circular orbits.

As for why the horizon gets closer the higher you are, well, I can't think of a single surface that would allow that.
the planets could be not moving because they are tidally locking terra