The Janus Network is an anomalous network of labyrinthine naturally occurring wormholes spanning all across the Ambrosia Galaxy, made up of thousands of individual wormholes known as "Gateways." It has played a pivotal and essential role in the advancement of numerous Ambrosian civilizations and species, allowing them to traverse the galaxy very easily.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Layout and Dimensions
- 3 Manipulation
- 4 Races of the Janus Network
- 5 Bablet: Overview
- 6 Bablet: Physical
- 7 Behavior
- 8 Khakilagat: Overview
- 9 Khakilagat: Physical
- 10 Sirakton: Overview
The Janus Network is one of the most ubiquitous forces within Ambrosia, being as common to the galaxy as starlight, and as a result, it has been known to nearly every civilization and species that advances to the wider cosmic stage. It stands as the most pivotal and essential force in terms of the development of a group, as it has allowed numerous species and civilizations to advance much quicker then they otherwise would have, allowing them to be able to spread their influence over a wider portion of Ambrosian space.
The exact nature and origin of the Janus Network as remained a mystery to all who have been made aware of its existence, however due to the discovery of records mentioning a system of intragalactic wormholes that function much akin to that of the Janus Network dating all the way back to the Ones that Came Before, the oldest known type III intragalactic civilization to arise within Ambrosia, it is believed by most that the Janus Network has existed for as long as the Ambrosia Galaxy itself has.
Along with linking points of intragalactic Ambrosian space, the Janus Network has been known to create links through the wider Intergalactic Gateway system of wormholes. Though the exact number of other galaxies linked to the Ambrosia Galaxy remains unknown, the most major galaxies connected to Ambrosia through the network are the Via Sagittaria Galaxy, Aylothn Galaxy, Zalanthium, Lewis, and Via Lacrimosa Galaxies. Along with these, several more galaxies have been linked to Ambrosia thanks to the intervention of various groups, such as Verpletter, making the Ambrosia Galaxy a nexus of intergalactic travel and commerce.
It would also be responsible in heralding both humanity, and the Confederacy of Borealis into the Ambrosia Galaxy, as an Intergalactic Gateway leading right through the Janus Network would be discovered within the Zalanthium Galaxy, leading to the "Great Expansion," in 10,265 CE, a large scale colonization attempt to bring humanity further out into the Local Universe.
Thanks to its ability to link various other galaxies with that of Ambrosia, several Intergalactic civilizations and species have managed to find their way to the Galaxy of Wonder, the most notable being the Sedrua, who arrived in the galaxy after discovering the respective Intergalactic Gateway that led into the Janus Network, which in turn linked the the Suvaren Galaxy and Ambrosia galaxies together. Several intergalactic conflicts have been waged due to the Janus Network as well, such as the Dryas Galactic War in 2,899,619,067 BCE, the Lycurgy Invasion of 1,450,050,497 BCE, and more recently, the Siege of Ambrosia in 71,000 CE.
Layout and Dimensions
As the Janus Network spans across the entire length of Ambrosia, the exact diameter, length and dimension of each gateway that makes up vary widely from each other, with some only spanning a few light-years, to others linking across galactic neighborhoods, while others are so small they may only link a few nanometers. Each gateway is layered in a specific way across the plane of the galaxy, with many interconnecting and crossing within each other in a labyrinth pattern.
Due to this, the exact layout and number of individual gateways has remained a mystery to all civilizations across Ambrosia's history, with the more modern civilizations placing the exact number at around fifteen trillion individual wormholes, though this is not certain.
A fairly unique trait of each gateway that makes up the network is the exclusive color, pattern and appearance each respective gateway will take, with no two known networks looking identical to each other. There doesn't seem to be an exact reason why this is the case, but it has allowed various civilizations the ability to navigate them with more ease, as the respective appearance clues whomever is traversing the network which exact gateway they are currently located within.
The Janus Network can be fairly easily manipulated by an intelligent individual(s) by emitting a large amount of energy to warp space in a specific, spherical bubble around an opening of some sort through the use of exotic matter. Once the energy reaches its apotheosis, the respective individual(s) will then have to keep a steady amount of force around the opening, then hastily send whom, or whatever they wish into the opened Gateway. Once within it, the object in question will almost instantaneously exit the gateway at the exact exit point that the respective gateway leads to. Once an object is within the gateway, no known force can stop said object until' it reaches the other side, in a force much akin to that of black holes.
Races of the Janus Network
The Bablet are an energy-based intelligent species native to the Janus Network of naturally occurring wormholes spread all across the Ambrosia Galaxy. Their exact date of evolution is unknown, however records of their existence have been traced all the way back to the year 11,780,000,000 BCE The Bablet are amongst the oldest, and most mysterious beings to ever inhabit the Ambrosia Galaxy. Originating from within the Janus Network, they stand as one of the few sapient races to hold dominion over the aforementioned network. Thanks to this, the Bablet have been known to many different sapient races and civilizations across Ambrosian history, however no known formal contact has ever been established by any civilization outside of the Janus Network, as they seem to lack interest in the ongoings of the wider Ambrosia Galaxy.
They stand as the most mysterious member race of the Janus Network, due to their isolationist nature, never communicating with any who are not considered amongst their number. This seems to be in direct contradiction to the other sapient races of the Janus Network, as formal relations have been established with them by a select handful of Ambrosain civilizations throughout the eons.
Though no formal contact has been established, the Bablet are evidently aware of sapient life outside of the Janus Network, as they have been known to intervene whenever a ship maybe entering within a Janus Gateway considered to be within Bablet territory, usually simply ejecting them from traversing the gateway any further. In rare cases, the Bablet have been known to forcefully capture respective ships outside of the network into a gateway, transporting them to wherever they wish, though the exact reason they do this remains unknown.
Despite their lack of interest outside of the Janus Network, the Bablet have fought over dominion of the respective gateway system for countless eons, battling with the handful of other supernatural races that call the network home. The most notable of these would be their constant border skirmishes with the Khakilagat, another sapient race native to the Janus Network.
These conflicts aren't waged in the traditional sense, with armies being formed and battles begin fought across border lines. Instead, a strange game of opening and losing different Janus Gateways is had, with the victor being determined by who can create the most complex new maze-like corridor within the Janus Network.
The Bablet appear to be made out of a string of mysterious energy, which takes the vague visage of the top half of your typical humanoid species, complete with arms and what appears to be a head. While towards the bottom most section of their bodies, a long electric tails like appendage is located, giving the Bablet an almost "ghostlike" appearance. Located at what would be their shoulders, large pauldron-like arcs of lighting extend for several meters in the direction opposite to the rest of their bodies.
The exact size of a Bablet can range depending on how large said Bablet decides to make itself appear as at the time, however their size can only be within the boundaries of the respective Janus Gateway they are currently within, meaning they can not exceed the size of its boundaries. As a result, the Bablet can be extremely massive, with some being reported as large as entire continents, making them one of the largest living entities within the Ambrosia Galaxy. This ability seems to be exclusive to the Bablet when compared to the other sapient races of the Janus Network, as they all appear to have an exact size they all adhere to biologically, and it remains unknown as to what exact beneficial purpose this has.
The energy that comprises their being isn't very well understood to any race outside of the Janus Network, however given where they originate, as well as their physically similar appearance, the Bablet are more then likely made from the same sort of mysterious natural energy created from within the Janus Network itself. How this energy is created or forms sapience remains unknown, and the exact composition and nature is also a mystery as it cannot be extracted by any known means.
Janus Network Manipulation
Like all races who have emerged from within the Janus Network, the Bablet have the supernatural ability to control the Janus Gateways that comprise, being able to open, close, or traverse them at will. While they are unable to create wholly new gateways, they are able to link two separate ones together, then place them in a new location across Ambrosian space, in a manner akin to that of creating a wholly new gateway. The limits of this aren't very well understood, but it seems that a single Bablet is only able to open and close one gateway at a time, requiring a group of them to be able to manipulate large swaths of various gateways.
The senses of the Bablet seems to be connected with that of the respective gateway they are currently within, being able to supernaturally sense whenever something is approaching them, then quickly weaving themselves out of the way of the oncoming object. Along with this, the Bablet are able to communicate with each other by sending various electrical impulses across the structure of the Gateway, allowing for near instant communication across almost any distance within the Gateway.
How the Bablet move about is also akin to that of all races who call the Janus Network home, as they have the ability to eave their respective bodies across the energy that surrounds the Gateway they are currently within. The exact speed of this isn't exactly known, however it seems to be fairly slow compared to an object being sent through the Gateway, with a Bablet only being able to move several astronomical units at a time.
Outward Behavioral Traits
The Bablet hold the crown as the most aggressive in terms of their isolationist behavior towards other sapient races amongst the races of the Janus Network, never interacting with any species outside of their own kind. As well, they are often times outwardly aggressive to the other sapient races that call the Janus Network home, always closing off their respective gateways form being able to be traversed by anyone else, as well as attempting to overtake gateways not inhabited by them, though the latter of which they are usually unsuccessful in due to lacking great coordination as compared to the other sapient races.
While they are withdrawn from the other races of the Janus Network, they outwardly show aggression and hostility towards their most despised rivals, the Khakilagat, so much so that their normally peaceful conflicts may actually turn violent, with actual causalities being experienced by both sides, though these events are fairly rare then compared to most conflicts the two partake in. Why this is the case remains unknown to any outward observers, but the two have seemed to be at odds for their entire respective existences, and it seems that this hostility will not end anytime soon.
Internal Behavioral Traits
The Bablet's behavior to one another is much more accommodating, as all Bablet are linked within a shared hivemind, as well as each one having a friendly demeanor to one another. Specific Bablet groups within a gateway will form into disparate hiveminds from one another, but despite this, the cooperative nature will almost always carry over amongst the numerous Bablet groups that are known to exist. However, it extremely rare cases, small internal conflicts amongst Bablet groups have been known to occur across the eons, however these are few and far between, as well as usually being brought about due to overpopulation within a singular Gateway.
Each Bablet hivemind has a respective hierarchy which is seemingly decided at pure random, however the chain of command seems to be universal amongst all known hiveminds, with a Bablet monarch holding the title as leader of the respective hivemind. The monarch will decide on all matters and actions that their individual Bablet group takes, including expansion into other Gateways. The exact nature of the monarch will vary depending on each Bablet hivemind in question, with some choosing to remain within their Gateway of origin, while others choose to expand their kind across any Gateway they come into contact with, usually leading to conflict with the other sapient races who call these respective Gateways home.
The Khakilagat are an intelligent energy-based species native to the Janus Network of naturally occurring wormholes found all across the Ambrosia Galaxy. They have theorized to have arisen around the year 880,000,000 BCE, as records show an increased aggression in Bablet expansion around this time, which seems to be in-line with their overall predisposition to the Khakilagat. The Khakilagat are one of the most well-known sapient races to have arisen from within the Janus Network, and this is due to several factors. The first and foremost is their tendency to interact with select intelligent species who traverse the Janus Network from the wider Ambrosia Galaxy.
While the second would be the many alliances the Khakilagat would form with said groups they interact with in order for their assistance in the conquering of the various Janus Gateways they wish to invade, usually ones belonging to the Bablet, however some of the other Janus Races have been invaded by them.
Due to their tendency of invading their respective territory, the Bablet hold a great amount of disdain towards the Khakilagat, which they reciprocate in kind, often times waging border wars with their eternal foes. Unlike most conflicts between Janus races, their respective conflicts often times actually lead to fatalities on both sides, as many will be inadvertently killed with the opening and closing of a Janus Gateway. How or why this constant combat between the two started remains unknown to even its respective combatants, but this rivalry has existed for as long as the two have been made aware of each other.
A rather unique trait of the Khakilagat have when compared to most of the other sapient races of the Janus Network is their periodic manifestations outside of the Janus Network, though this only happens in rare circumstances, usually only manifesting to those who hold a large amount of political power within an organization the Khakilagat are currently allied with.
Along with their tendency of seeking allies from beyond the Janus Network, they have been known to combat outsiders as well if they traverse their respective territory within the Network and are deemed as undesirable to the Khakilagat. These, like their interactions outside of the Janus Network are very rare, but their have been documented cases of the Khakilagat closing off access points within the Janus Network to outsiders for various reasons mostly only known to themselves.
The baseline physical appearance of the Khakilagat looks much akin to that of various bipedal humanoid species across Ambrosia, with their bodies appearing as if they are made from a tangled-web of string. They also have a characteristically female appearance, however due to being monogendered, they do not have a concept of other genders beyond the singular one they are known to arise with. The exact composition of the structure their bodies comprise remains unknown to any outside observers, however due to their location, they are believed to be made from the strange physical energies that comprise the structures of the very Janus Gateways they inhabit.
Unlike their rival sister-species of the Bablet, the Khakilagat lack the ability to alter their height or length. Instead, they all have a shared height of around twenty kilometers, making them only be able to inhabit and traverse Janus Gateways the same or greater diameter to their bodies, leaving them unable to colonize much of the Janus Network as there are countless Gateways below this height threshold.
One unique ability the Khakilagat have over their rivals however is the ability to combine their bodies into one larger one. While the exact purpose of this seems suspect, it is believed by some that they use this to intimidate any would be attackers, however given that their main rivals have the ability to change their height at will this would be ultimately pointless. The more plausible reason is that they use this as a form of "relationship" between two or more Khakilagat. The exact nature of these relationships is unknown, however most believe this is a form of romantic closeness as usually only two Khakilagat preform this action.
Janus Network Manipulation
Like all sapient races of the Janus Network, the Khakilagat are able to manipulate the many Gateways that comprise the Janus Network, being able to open and close any nearby Gateways to themselves at will, as well as being able to traverse them by weaving themselves alongside the "walls" that make up the Gateway. However also much alike all member species of the Janus Network, they are unable to create wholly new Janus Gateways themselves, as they seem to be created at complete random outside of any sapient individuals influence. Their senses seem to be tied to the respective Gateway the Khakilagat are currently located within as well, being able to sense whenever an object enters within it.
The Sirakton are an intelligent species of Draco organisms located across various points in interstellar space within the Ambrosia Galaxy, though they are most commonly found in the Duality Nebula of the Elysium and Fantasma Arms. The Sirakton are an infamous species across many different species and cultures throughout Ambrosian space and this is mainly due in part to both their prevalence, and their characteristically hostile nature towards other species considered to be beneath them. While the latter trait are far from being exclusive to them, the Sirakton are most well known for their overly hostile nature, more often then not attacking any creature that is not apart of its own personal enclave.
Being apart of the various sapient races known as the "Great Space Dragons," the Sirakton are an interstellar species of Draco organisms who can traverse the interstellar void through their supernatural abilities to manipulate the Janus Network and the countless gateways spread across the whole of the Ambrosia Galaxy. As a result, the Sirakton have been able to become quite prevalent in Ambrosian space, holding control over many worlds, however they are most commonly found within the Duality Nebula, which is believed to be their realm of origin.
They are amongst the most mysterious of the Great Space Dragons due to their hostile nature, as no on who has been made apart of their enclave has been allowed to interact with them without being attacked by said Sirakton, and as a result, aspects of their culture and behavior has not been made privy to outsiders.