Accurate photograph of supermassive black hole Realta Major after eating the poor Phoenix 3 crew
- universe is progressing into the later stages of heat death; star and planet formation ceased trillions of years ago, and the rapidly expanding universe has rendered remaining celestial bodies unfathomably far from each other
- all stars have burned into white dwarfs, faded into black dwarfs, or collapsed into neutron stars/black holes
- only known life is the civilization living in a dyson sphere that encapsulates the dying white dwarf called Algira; they have to leave quickly, since Algira has dimmed considerably and is going to fade away within the century
Known Astronomical Objects:
- Algira: A white dwarf that, after burning away its heat for tens of trillions of years, is predicted to die within the century. It is entirely enclosed by a Dyson sphere constructed some ten thousand years ago by the ancestors of its current civilization.
- Realta Major: A supermassive black hole with a mass about four hundred million times that of our sun. It is located about five hundred million light-years away from Algira and therefore the closest known celestial body.
- Realta Minor: A stellar black hole seven times the mass of our sun, it is nine billion light-years away from Algira. Its discovery, two years after that of Realta Major, was largely a fluke.
- 4763 Octantis: An object three hundred billion light-years away and perceived to be a white dwarf.
- 5 Scuti: Four hundred billion light-years away and perceived to be a white dwarf.
- Unnamed "Wormhole Ex Machina": pretty self-explanatory
Five millennia ago, the government fearfully noticed the diminishing heat output of Algira. Suddenly realizing that their one source of energy was due to fade away very soon, they launched Project Phoenix, a mission intended to shuttle the populace to an unfathomably distant white dwarf known as 4763 Octantis.
Phoenix 1: Combusted before leaving the Dyson sphere due to malfunctioning thrusters. Oops.
Phoenix 2: Didn't leave with enough resources. Their last video transmission depicted a starving, desperate crew.
Phoenix 3: Abruptly disappeared approximately 50 million light-years away from Algira, consumed by an "astronomical anomaly" that was later proven to be a monstrous, all-devouring void--Realta Major.
Phoenix 4: Mysteriously lost contact with Algiran mission control a hundred billion light-years from their destination.
- nearby neutron star
- silicon-based lifeforms struggling to eke out a living around said neutron star/octantis?
- said silicon-based aliens except nomadic?
- artificial planet
- dying starship with a nerd civilization aboard who believe in huge, flaming balls of fire--like Algira, but bigger. lots bigger. (lmao, idiots. /scoff/)