Howdy. It’s me again. It seems that it didn’t occur to me when I set out to communicate with the major factions, societies and clans in Euclid that they were rather exclusive clubs. I couldn’t go to the United Federation Of Travelers reddit page, or the Alliance Of Galactic Travelers discord, or their Facebook pages and say hey. And now I’m suffering a heat stroke (just kidding) after an errand because I hate summer and the feeling is evidently mutual. And I’m a basic lazy butt too. Which brings me to my second thread here, because even a lazy butt can type all day. Sometimes.
In the upcoming chapter of the My Journey fic, Nigel makes the stunning discovery that there are a whole gob of Traveler factions, societies, guilds and clans in Euclid, as well as other galaxies in this universe. My purpose in trying to contact these lovely folk in real life is to do a bit of actual involvement with whoever of them wants to play along and help poor Nigel find out that the answer to the meaning of Life and what to do about ATLAS and the Sentinels is a lot deeper than a mere two digit number. I thought about looking these groups up on Twitter because that is an unrestricted forum, but with a limit of 200 characters per post… well, you know how chatty I can be. So I thought I’d post here, and when I felt like doing a bit of research to see who has a Twitter account, I’d link to this thread. It didn’t even occur to me to ask permission to list them, but I’m assuming that anyone who responds is up for the notable prestige of being mentioned in the ETARC forum’s most incredible fanfic ever, or at the moment, the only one I’m aware of, so yeah, I’m overreaching.
What Nigel basically does is send a mail message. I’ll go ahead and post it here, and if you happen to know someone who’s a big wig in a NMS group, point them to this thread and see if they wish to contribute some replies. And no, I’m not looking to join a group in real life, though being a friend-associate would be groovy. And if anyone wants to play along and roleplay a “Traveler group,” feel free to respond here, or in PM if you want to keep it a sneaky surprise for when I publish the chapter, hopefully within a week. Full credit will be given to any participants in my devious scheme, unless they wish to remain anonymous. I want to cram in some action since I’m just getting back to this thing since last year! I hate real life sometimes… so anyhow, Nigel’s message, and a very mild spoiler.
And as a little footnote, I originally spelled “Traveler” with the two L Euro/UK convention, but slid back into our Americanese spelling in the course of the fic. But since this universe tends to use that two L spelling, it struck me that Nigel should use it in his mail name since he would have a chance of missing messages otherwise. Now I have to make sure to sift through my fic and make sure they’re all consistent, since I do a lot of writing half awake and lose track of nitty details like this. Plus, I keep forgetting that the actual name of my freighter is Infineon II. Oy.
Have I mentioned I’m slow? I should also point out that the person called Troq in the message is a renegade Vy’keen who sought refuge from his rather single-minded battle brothers, establishing a community of free-thinking refugees and running a small black market operation in a nondescript system, though his world is barren, Pillared, and overrun with hostile Sentinels. He’s also a broker of information, and his search for historic knowledge, artifacts and other relics to learn the true history of Euclid made him a somewhat valuable ally among the similarly inclined Traveler groups. Anyway, have fun!
This is Traveller Nigel Fox, of the race known as Human, of the people known as American. Friend of Troq, my sponsor, friend of honorable Primarch Andonai, friend of Sage-entity Asrial. Friend of all who seek knowledge and peace.
I am on a unique quest to understand the nature of this universe, and find all that can be learned of the Civilized Worlds before the Great Wars and the Resets, and of the Ancients, and of ATLAS. My quest has just begun, so my information is limited. I would be grateful for any knowledge that can be shared, and would be willing to render whatever service or resource is required for it. I have certain capabilities and skills.
I would be grateful if I could be welcomed to your worlds and societies, and await your response.
Live long and prosper in all you do, and seek to accomplish.
~ Nigel Fox