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To bend space-time, the quantum field permeating all of reality, is a relatively simple matter. Available to many civilizations that have barely industrialized, the mere bending of space-time is but nothing compared to the technology of galaxy-spanning civilizations. At this level of civilization, total mastery of space is unlocked and with it comes fabulous technology such as full utilization of the SICTIRIAD process.

Superspatial Inner Curve Transformational Inflation Ring Intersect Alteration Distortion is a process used as an alternative to Wormholes as a form of Faster than Light travel. The devices which use this process are mega-structures require the output of a giant star to function. While numerous ancient civilizations have developed the process interdependently, in modern times, the technology was first widely used in Via Aylathiya in 84,071 CE. A project promoting inter-connectivity to sparse areas without wormholes, SICTIRIAD technology would go on to become the dominant form of intra-galactic travel. Once civilians had access to the technology, trade, immigration, and general access to the galaxy greatly increased.

Currently, SICTIRIAD technology is rapidly replacing wormholes for intra-galactic travel. As energy-cost increases with the exponentially with distance, travel between somewhat distant galaxies is predicted to never be practical. It is estimated that by 101,000, most infrastructure designed for intra-galactic travel would use the SICTIRIAD process.

The SICTIRIAD Process

The Local Cosmos can be thought of as a very large bubble. This bubble has five dimensions to it (at least as far as SICTIRIAD is concerned, in reality it has several more irrelevant ones). Three of which are spatial and two of which are temporal (although this second one, much like higher spatial dimensions, is "scrunched up"). For the sake of simplicity, the Local Cosmos will be conceptualized as a circle. Everything that lies within our universe can be thought of as being on the surface of this bubble.

Our universe can be imagined as a circle

When a large amount of exotic matter is gathered in one place, that is, matter with a negative mass, and oriented in a specific way, space time warps enough to pinch a small amount of it off of the main universe. This pinched-off mass forms what is called a Surface Travel Bubble. A helpful analogy is how a cell splits during mitosis, the only difference being that the volume of a Surface Travel Bubble is often infinitesimally small compared to the main universe.

A way to visualize our own universe and a newly created STB (not to scale)

When the Surface Travel Bubble first comes to be, it undergoes a period of rapid expansion. From the perspective of the main universe, this STB expands to larger than our own in a matter of minutes. However, were someone somehow within this universe, it would have been experienced almost a googol years.

The Exotic Matter that is used to create the STB becomes a sort of "white hole" within its center. A white hole, in this case a virtual white hole, is the opposite of a black hole; it is a region of space nothing can enter. White holes have a functionally negative mass, rather than slowing down time as black holes do, they accelerate time.

The STB expands to be much larger than our own universe in a matter of minutes in our time

What creates this white hole is the exotic matter used to created the STB itself. The technology for creating an STB requires for a large amount of exotic matter to be put into it. The negative mass of the white hole causes the the STB is become far larger than the regular universe. This highly expanded STB is so much larger than the Local Cosmos that it intersects the Local Cosmos across a wide area. Where the STB intersects the universe is often kilo-light-years across with a larger STB correlating to a larger range for the ship that travels through it.

Once it has fully expanded, a ship will enter the newly created "universe." Usually these ships are specially equipped to handle the stresses caused by crossing into another universe and reemerging into the main one. The bubble analogy is particularly useful when picturing how one could travel between out own universe and the STB universe. Essentially, exactly like how two bubbles can clump together and form a ring, a region of space separating these two universes. This region of space is called a Membrane Intersect Ring, or MIR. The MIR, in our three dimensional universe appears to be a sphere stretching across many light years.

The ship will travel in a straight line in the STB, but over a large distance in our own universe, the same principal as a wormhole but with a wildly different procedure. It creates a short-cut in space-time. Time generally goes by much faster within the STB, causing most STB-traversing ships to be centered around an artificial black hole to make the subjective time aboard the ship take only a few hours.

How our universe and the STB interact are very similar to two bubbles sticking together like this.

The Leftover STB

By the time the ship exits the Surface Travel Bubble, this bubble is already destabilizing. The STB continues expansion, however, once pierced by the ship, it begins a rapid process of destabilization. The SICTIRIAD generators are designed to make the STB last about as long as it takes the ship to fly through before, afterwards, they "pop." This popping causes all matter within the STB to invert, becoming antimatter with a negative mass, while all exotic matter within the STB during the pop will be re-inverted back to standard matter. This matter would be flung back into the main universe, as it seems that existing within a universe gives the matter a lower energy state than existing outside of one. This exotic matter can then be harvested and used for further STB's.

Using this Process

A machine able to create an STB is very advanced, out of reach for all but Kardeshev III civilizations. A group of black holes are made to surround a large mass of Exotic Matter. These black holes serve to bend space, while a large mass of exotic matter amongst them expands space. When such extreme gravitational warping takes place over a small area, the space-time very quickly pinches off to form an STB. The black holes are usually carefully controlled Kugelblitz black holes, that is, a black hole created by shining a ludicrously large amount of light into a single area.

SICTIRIAD Generators

The energy required to generate these black holes as well as keeping the exotic matter in place is immense. A typical star does not provide enough power, even over geologic time scales, to power such a device. Only giant stars could ever hope to generate enough energy. Usually, a single generator will allow ten to twelve ships enter per standard day, compared to the millions that can flow through a wormhole gate. The difference is how massive these ten to twelve ships are. These ships can hold trillions of people and quintillions of kilograms of cargo. Considering the extreme queues that build up around wormholes, as ships need to enter single-file, SICTIRIAD has a much higher throughput. When taking into account the larger risk associated with wormholes, SICTIRIAD generators become a much preferable option for cheap travel.

Stars large enough to become SICTIRIAD generators have become hubs for commerce. Most stars are within a relatively short flying distance to a SICTIRIAD gate via Hyperlanes. Due to how these devices actually work, one could enter the device in one part of the galaxy and end up anywhere else in the galaxy within hours of subjective time. The convenience of not requiring extensive infrastructure at the definition is unmatched by any other form of travel.

Approaching one of these gates one would see what is most commonly a blue star almost entirely shrouded in trillions of energy-gathering panels. These panels will beam their energy to an accompanying mega-structure. This mega-structure is the SICTIRIAD generator itself. The device itself is tremendous, making it qualify as a proper planet in its own right. In the megastructure is the generator, described above. As though it were a small star, the generator emits large amounts of light. While there is significant shielding, much of the light still shines through.

Around this device would be large numbers of truly massive ships, often almost ten kilometers long. These ships would have millions to billions of smaller ones accompanying them, piloted by computers to minimize the chance of collision. A ship seeking to use the generator will wait in queue depending on where they want to go, normally docking within the large ships which will be traversing the STB. The longest one would normally wait for a popular destination is twelve hours from arrival, however, obscure destinations, while serviced, typically only have a handful trips taken to them.

Limitations

As mentioned before, the process is incredibly energy-hungry. Even travel from one side of Via Aylathiya to the other is more than most generators can handle. While power methods using supermassive black holes or controlled novae can greatly extend the distance, even these methods of power cannot allow even travel between galaxies. It is estimated that, without improvements to efficiency, it would take the mass energy of every star in the Local Universe to allow for travel from one galaxy-to another.

The reason for this exponential increase in energy consumption for distance traveled is the amount of exotic matter is takes to create an STB of any given size. While a small STB takes a trivial amount of exotic matter, the longest distance travels take asteroid's worth of mass to conduct. Going much larger would require planetary masses.

SICTIRIAD-capable devices are unable to be mounted on ships; they simply require too much energy for even the densest fuel source, antimatter, to supply. Anything short of an entire star system converted into a generator is able to produce this reality-bending process.

Additional Uses

Hypothetically, one could create an entirely stable STB, such a universe would be called a Seed Universe, a universe that is capable of remaining stable throughout the entirety of its existence. The Local Cosmos is one such Seed Universe. In other contexts, Seed Universes are referred to as Structural Realms.

For these universes to be useful, time would need to pass by at a similar rate. Otherwise, communication or travel between the two may be impossible. Of course, a universe where time passes by at a slower or faster rate could have uses, such as isolating a civilization forever or acting as some sort of containment space. Currently, such universes are theorized to be possible, however, doubt remains as to what the practicality of such a universe would be.

History

The devices seem to have been used by most major civilizations throughout history, from the oldest civilization known, such as the Lareas Alliance, to modern ones such as the Boreal Federacy or The Lewis Nations. However, the technology took quite a while for modern nations to develop.

The modern nations of Via Aylathiya first developed this technology in 56,000 CE. The technology was highly inefficient, causing the amount of energy needed to be too much for all but the smallest of experiments with the technology. This is where the technology remained until 71,000 when recent advances in kugelblitz technology allowed for the energy demand of the device to fall into the range of what a Supergiant Star could provide. The rarity of supergiant stars inhibited the technology and kept its use confined to regions of space where wormholes could not function, such as the area immediately around a black hole.

Before the War of the Ancients, the Quintet Payotari Association had essentially cornered the market for the SICTIRIAD process. Centuries ahead of other nations in its galaxy, the QPA was the only nation with access to the lucrative technology. The true potential for the technology was not realized until the War of the Ancients, when it was used to great affect against the QPA's enemies. At once, huge sums of money went into developing the technology, what would have taken the rest of Via Aylathiya another millennia to develop and implement only took two centuries. They were able to create a sufficient network of SICTIRIAD devices quickly enough to create a stalemate in the War.

After the war, many took note of the increased safety and efficiency and soon, various governments began creating hundreds of these devices. Travel to almost anywhere one desired was possible. Even so, few were quick to leave the galaxy to some far-off point on the other side of space. These devices were one-way trips, in order to have a round trip, one would need to go to use conventional forms of FTL to return. As more of these devices are built, round-trip travel times to nearly any point of the galaxy have continued to drop. Down from the years-long time it took to cross the galaxy, it now only takes weeks to visit anywhere in the galaxy and return.

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