Ring World

Ringworld construction halted due to structural concerns

Habitable Section A, Bower System, Pcuss Star Congress

Construction on the Pcuss Star Congress' new ringworld has ceased due to structural concerns.

The eight circular segments of the ringworld did not align properly in orbit of the Bower Star and have left the superstructure highly unstable. In the most extreme example of this, adjacent ringworld sections labelled as 'C' and 'D' are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

Image: Ringworld sections C and D are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

Image: Ringworld sections C and D are separated by a gap of nearly 390,000km.

The failure of the project has been a major blow to the Pcuss Star Congress' reputation, as it had appropriated tens of thousands of minerals and 25 years of hard work towards the endeavour.

Pcussian chief engineer I'keea told Xenonion News:

"This is embarrassing. We spent quite a lot of unity points on getting a Master Builder's qualification from that Ascension program. For this to happen... well, maybe we should just lose the 'Master' bit of the title."

The ringworld has four habitable sections - A, C, E and G, which will remain colonizable for an estimated 40 years before the structure is torn apart by mechanical stress and collapses into Bower. In spite of this - the Pcuss are preparing to move their capitol to Section A in pursuit of the rare achievement of having a ringworld as a home planet.

The Bower ringworld is not the Pcuss' first attempt at mega-engineering, nor is it their first failure.

In 2094 they constructed their first space habitat in a highly excentric orbit around a gas giant, with its periapsis within the planet's atmosphere. Like the ringworld the habitat will most likely de-orbit in a few decades. 

Image: The Pcuss habitat is heated and shaken each time it passes by close to the planet.

Image: The Pcuss habitat is heated and shaken each time it passes by close to the planet.

In 2131 they sponsored a Deus Volt dyson sphere project in the Misstagg System. As Pcuss engineers were about to mount the last solar panels they realised that large portions of the sphere were submerged in the star it was supposed to encapsulate. It is still unclear how this happened.

Image: No one knows how the Dyson sphere in Misstagg was built.

Image: No one knows how the Dyson sphere in Misstagg was built.

Galactic construction shares on the Space Exchange Index (SExI) have remained buoyant on the news.

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Recently discovered Ring World has many scholars studying the primitive scriptures

Image: The remaining surface area of the newly discovered broken Ring World is largely covered by eroding ruins and debris. There are few signs of life on the ring.

Image: The remaining surface area of the newly discovered broken Ring World is largely covered by eroding ruins and debris. There are few signs of life on the ring.

Anor Ringworld Structure, Londo System, Uncharted Space

The newly discovered Ring World, named Anor, in the Londo system is currently a source of both fascination and controversy amongst archeologists from across the galaxy as it has a striking resemblance to the ring worlds mentioned in mythology of several primitive civilizations.

There are currently four known primitive mythologies that all tell of a ring shaped world and star that were dying despite the best efforts of the advanced civilizations to take inhabited this world. A common theme in many of these legends is that the world itself was under a constant threat of a coming darkness which the inhabitants struggled to hold back. Whenever a sufficient defence against the darkness was developed, the empire would fall and a new one take its place.

Other records show of how a Chosen Hero from would be put through relentless peril on this Ring World until they had completed a gauntlet of tests. These included ringing bells, strange magical rituals we know little of, and fights to the death. It is said that not even the most gifted warrior would be able to survive the countless challenges, but the Chosen Hero would always be brought back to life until they had saved the Ring from the darkness. Not everyone comes back though. The science team first to survey the Ring World has yet to return.

The origin of this mythos, and indeed the question how it appeared on four isolated worlds, is a mystery. Theories range from a connection to the Shroud, some have speculated that it was in the Londo system that our galaxy first breached the Shroud and the story of the Ring World has since been transmitted to consciousnesses across the galaxy.  This theory has been reprobated by scientists of the Asuri Republics, who have called it “superstitious guesswork” and suggest instead that it may be related to the “the Worm”, a religious figure and symbol of rebirth that have been found be worshipped by an increasing number of civilizations. Similarly to the stories of the Ring World in Londo, worship of the Worm have sprung up on worlds completely isolated from one another.

When asked to further comment on the recent discovery and the primitive mythologies, Asuri sociologists responded with “WHAT WAS WILL BE, WHAT WILL BE WAS. WHAT WAS WILL BE, WHAT WILL BE WAS. - our newsteam interprets this as a promise of more newsworthy findings in the near future.

> More accurate reporting from Xan’dolf Leexidanaca could not be possible.