Amber Zone - Jumps Damage Space Nugget

Last Updated 11 January 2004.

1999 #1806

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 13:01:13 +0000
From: Andy Coombes
Subject: Conspiracy campaign idea (was: Traveller without psionics)

Robert O'Connor wrote:
>Weird Trav meme :- all these starships moving through jumpspace may one
>day cause uncontrolled large scale deformation of the space-time
>continuum, leading to something like Cynthia Higginbotham's alternate
>collapse. Restrict access to jumpspace!

Actually this seems like a brilliant basis for a large conspiracy-type campaign:

A famous scientist approaches the PCs. He tells them that preliminary research results from Imperial Research Station Iota (which specialises in jump-space research) has shown that each Jump that is made causes an irreversable change to be made to the space-time continuum. Eventually, this will result in "damage" to the Universe (ranging from something minor, like non-stick pans becoming sticky to the complete heat-death of the Universe). He claims that these results are being suppressed, and that the results need to be publicised.

There could be several reasons:

  1. The scientist is a complete wacko.
  2. The results are wrong, but the Imperium needs to suppress them in case they affect trade.
  3. The results arise from a Hiver manipulation - but why are the cuddly starfish trying to stop us from using jumpspace?
  4. The results are correct, but the Imperium is trying to suppress them.
  5. The results are correct, other vested interests are trying to suppress them.
  6. Some other reason.

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