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Published on May 29, 2014
ASTRO LORDS: OORT CLOUD is a free-to-play MMO strategy in 3D www.astrolords.com
Long ago, when humans were only just beginning to explore the cosmos, an asteroid passed by planet Earth. An automatic research probe was sent out: having landed on the asteroid, this probe made an unexpected discovery that forever altered the course of human progress.
The probe discovered an energy source which became known as a 'Rune'. This new energy source possessed remarkable properties: it had been created by an unknown ancient race, which subsequently came to be called the 'Forerunner Race'.
After this discovery, humans quickly learned to build space ships: even subspace portals between two given points in the Solar System soon became a reality. More and more Runes were discovered, which further sped up technological progress.
Despite these vast scientific advances, no one has been able to reproduce the Runes, as their exact modus operandi remains unknown to this day. However, humanity has successfully mastered their use: it's a shame that Runes instantly disintegrate once their properties have been activated. Since the discovery of Runes, humanity has come to master the nearest reaches of the Solar System and began to gain a deeper understanding of the Oort Cloud, which has the highest known concentration of Runes.
Those who were fortunate enough to receive command of their own space ships and savvy enough to equip these with Runes, established their own bases on various asteroids within the Cloud. This location proved ideal for undertaking search expeditions and locating new Runes and artifacts.
Because of the competition to get at these valuable resources, a number of civil wars inevitably erupted. No laws had any sway so far away from Earth and every asteroid owner began to establish their own laws, and to call themselves 'Lords'.
The asteroid research bases were quickly turned into military ones instead. These renegade Lords proceeded to establish the production of munitions and cyborgs which operated their numerous factories.
Having discovered how to use energy crystals, of which there was an abundance on many asteroids, the Cloud bases became completely autonomous and independent.