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Fath (Plane Space)
Written by Ekuryua   
Aug 06, 2007 at 09:51 PM


“Normal Space and Plane Space were like conjoined twins that had a botched separation surgery.” —Morioka-sensei

Fath, or what you call Plane Space, is the means by which our people travel across interstellar distances. Obviously, it is impossible for a vessel to exceed the speed of light while in Dath (normal space); this would make interstellar travel long and tedious were we restricted to this medium. Fortunately, Fath gives us an alternative.

Fath is an alternate universe, linked to our own via Sord Gulark. A Sord Gurlark, usually referred to only as a Sord , is the second form of a Yuanon particle, taking the form of spherical luminescent cloud approximately one Sedarj (1000 kilometers) in diameter. Using a Sord is the only known method of traveling between Fath and Dath. While the Fath side of a Sord resembles a spherical cloud, the Dath side resembles a flattened, twisted seashell. Although every point on the Dath side corresponds with a point on the Fath side, this relationship is not very precise and cannot be accurately predicted. Therefore, when a ship makes Sord passage, its location is random and must be calculated upon the completion of passage.

Fath exhibits different physical laws than Dath. It exists in only two dimensions of space, as opposed to the three spatial dimensions of Dath. By entering via Sord Gurlark, our ships can travel in Dath by creating a Flasath, or miniature space-time bubble that allows our ships to exist in three dimensions while in Fath. By rotating the Flasath, the entire miniature universe, along with whatever’s inside, travels through Fath.
 

A space-time bubble in the planar universe behaves like an elementary particle in the ordinary universe and assumes either of two possible states. Imagine the bubble is spinning (like the "spin" of the elementary particles). If its axis of rotation is perpendicular to the plane, it doesn't change its position. On the other hand, if the axis is parallel to the plane, it moves (or rolls) on the plane. The former is called the stationary state (teishi-joutai, scobrtamh) while the latter is called the mobile state (idou-joutai, noctamh). The maximum velocity of a moving bubble solely depends on its mass and is inversely proportional to its square root although the direction of movement can be set arbitrarily. The bubble can slow down by switching between the two states in a certain ratio.

 

Abh Interstellar ships and those of other nations carry a system (flathatia) to create a space-time bubble around itself. When two bubbles come very close to each other, they eventually merge into one. This is called space-time merging (jikuu-yuugou, gor ptarhoth). Battles between ships can only happen after this has happened. It is worth noting that, because bubbles are "spinning" even in their stationary state as mentioned above, it requires energy to maintain the bubble in the planar universe. When a ship runs out of energy, the bubble disappears and its content, including the ship, collapses. By the way, cutting off one's bubble from a bigger one is called space-time separation (jikuu-bunri, gor rytcosec).

 

Apart from the bubbles, space-time particles (kikuu-ryuushi, spuflasath) and quantum pressures are the only things that can propagate in the planar universe. Thus communication methods between bubbles are very limited. It is apparently possible to communicate directly by inter-bubble communication (houkan-tsuushin, droch flactaider). However, limitations in range and capacity mean, when there is a need to exchange large amounts of information, one has to rely on the very primitive method of communication ships (renraku-tei, pairriac). These are small ships that can create the space-time bubble and, thanks to their relatively small mass, can travel the planar universe much faster than their mother ships. Of course, once the bubble of a communication ship merges with that of the recipient of the information, they can use ordinary communication through electro magnetic waves.


There are approximately thirty billion Sord in the Elukufa, or Milky Way Galaxy. Although all known Dath Sords exist within the Elukufa, they do not logically correspond with their Fath counterparts. A central cluster of Sord is located at the galaxy’s center, with the rest organized in twelve ripple-like rings extending outwards. Each ring contains the same number of Sord, so the further out the ring, the farther apart the Sord are located. Generally, the Sord within the first seven rings are the most commonly used. Additionally, there is an anomalous cluster of Sord located on the edge of the twelfth ring that is widely believed to lead to another galaxy. Currently, the Frybar controls this group of Sord.

 

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