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The Civilians of Xenia’s Ark


       An empire can have the greatest military in the entire universe, but if its civilians aren’t motivated and organized, the empire will never prosper. Military units are designed to destroy and conquer, they have no long term imperial strategies. Civilians  conquer in a different way by taming the wild unknown lands around them. Specialized workers, or engineers, are able to build structures and defend their territories, while explorers go forth and find new worlds, bringing the culture and workings of their empire to new unknown races. The Empire’s military may make victory possible in the short term, but it is only through an empire’s civilians that they are able to thrive and prosper from generation to generation.

    Civilians may not be martial fighters, but they contain the courage necessary to bring an empire to new and possibly hostile worlds. The colonists are the vanguards of civilized society, and they bring new life to distant frontiers.  Engineers are builders of society, specialized workers who create physical infrastructures. The Great Leaders organize and govern these colonists on distant worlds. Colonists will take an untamed wilderness on a foreign planet, extract its resources, and turn it into a large metropolis, creating new centers of power in an empire.

    While colonists and engineers build new outposts for an empire on planets and in space, explorers go even further into the abyss. Colonists may be the first citizens to tame hostile new lands, but it is explorers who are the first civilians to set eyes on these new lands. Explorers push the bounds of the known universe, charting new star systems, and, more importantly, making contact with other races and empires. Through this contact, diplomacy is established and, whether for good or ill, the fates of war and peace between empires are all set into motion.

    In the midst of empire building and exploration, arises perhaps the most powerful civilian of all — the spy. A good spy is never known, and never seen, but is able to live and work within the confines of enemy (or friendly) cities, all the while delivering crucial information back home. A spy is not part of the regular military, but is the most dedicated soldier in an empire because not only do they risk their lives through deception on a daily basis, they are also willing to sacrifice themselves at any given time, if captured by the enemy.

   The civilian class of Xenia’s Ark are the glue that holds empires together. The lowly colonists risk life and limb to grow their small frontier to a large city on distant realms. The specialized builders and engineers lay the physical groundwork while explorers and spies find and insinuate themselves into other races. Mighty Destroyer ships and Kodiak Mechs may create large swaths of destruction across the galaxy, but all know that without the efforts of simple peaceful civilians the domination of the galaxy of Xenia would not be possible.

The Titan, a Capital Achievement

“Military Glory — that attractive rainbow that rises in rivers of blood”

  -Abraham Lincoln

       Conquering the massive collection of vital resources in the galaxy will be a monumental challenge for any empire. Planetary orbits of all types and sizes will need to be guarded, light years of space between resource nodes will need to be patrolled, vulnerable space stations will need protecting, not to mention the cities sitting on the planets below. The Titan is the primary tool for this job. The Titan is a signature achievement for any empire.

        The capital ships that are built upon the Titan Hull are the ultimate space vessels, and signify amazing achievement in, not only science and innovation, but an Empire’s capacity for production. The Titan is more of a mobile battle station.  With such a large weight capacity, the customization options will be nearly infinite, as you equip massive amounts of offensive, defensive, and utility modules, and even hangar bays that allow other smaller ships to be carried inside, obscuring the actual size of an Empire’s Armada.  The Titan is the ultimate in space combat in Xenia’s Ark.

     The Titan has been the launch pad for the beginning of many wars, and surprise planetary engagements. It serves as the ultimate utilitarian outpost: able to launch offensive weapons, guard Engineers crucial to keeping battle lines repaired, and escort colonizing operations to strategic points throughout the galaxy. The Titan also serves as the ultimate forward base, with the ability to launch scouting drones, and probes on long term missions to scout sectors of space and report back.

     In addition to being a mobile battle station, the Titan Hull also serves as a diplomatic way station, as it contains many essential buildings and offices at which important strategic meetings take place, and where heads of state can live and work. The massive Titan ship has been the place through which many treaties have been signed, ending large scale wars.

     Every empire making a play for power in Xenia will have memorable events, and moments that define its rise or fall. These moments, no matter if defined by victory on the battlefield or in the diplomatic office, will always revolve around the capital ships of an Empire. And whether they are used to make war or broker peace, the Titan Ships will be necessary if one is to take control of the galaxy of Xenia.

The Kodiak and the Destroyer

“ The bigger they are…the more they hurt”

 -Morix Engineer

       In every battle, there are those units that are referred to as Elite. Units which take a lot of resources to produce and a lot is expected from them on the battlefield. The Kodiak Chassis and the Destroyer Hull are two such examples. These units are constructed by only the most knowledgeable of engineers, and require a large amount of both planetary and space resources to manufacture. They are big and slow, but immensely powerful, and have the capacity to field more weapons and modules than any other military unit, save for the Titan, which will get its own dev blog later.

     Kodiak Bears are by far the largest subspecies of brown bear —  unique in their strength and power. It is from this majestic animal that the Kodiak Chassis receives its name. A Kodiak Mech requires a great deal of resources to produce, and will not be a unit that any empire can make in great quantity. It is for this reason that every Kodiak Mech is equipped to make a difference on the battlefield. The Kodiak’s speed isn’t noteworthy, but it does come with more weight capacity than any other mech, and because of this, it can be outfitted in much more powerful ways than the smaller classes of mechs under it. Kodiaks have the power and strength to break a stalemate, and it only takes a few of them to make a large difference.  A player must also carefully consider the strategic and tactical role of the Kodiak in the larger army.  Despite the fact that the Kodiak can give and take a beating like no other mech, it will most certainly become the focus of an enemy’s attack.  The customization of a Kodiak before it is produced will be just as important as its positioning in a battle after it is produced.  And the player that is most able to bring this mighty beast to bear in a battle, will surely be the one left standing at the end.

     As the Kodiak is to ground combat, so is the Destroyer to space combat.  It is as its name implies. These ships Destroy any other ships they come into contact with. Like their planetside counterpart, the Kodiak, the Destroyer Ships are built from top to bottom for massive power. Their Hull capacities allow for more offensive, defensive, and utilities modifications than most other ships, and larger engines to power it all. The Destroyer is designed so that its very presence can demoralize enemy troops, even before firing a single shot. When it does fire, the reason for its name and reputation become evident.  Players of Xenia’s Ark would do well not to underestimate the capabilities of this large and powerful ship.

     Both the Kodiak Mech and the Destroyer ship are engineering marvels. They are the cornerstones of either ground mech armies or space fleets patrolling the stars.  A military should be built and customized to compliment and support the Kodiak and the Destroyer. Not every empire will look to dominate the galaxy of Xenia with sheer firepower and military might, but you can be sure that the ones who do will rely on the potency of the Kodiak and Destroyer.