In 1106 a powerful radar
satellite was launched in the hopes of detecting larger
debris belts elsewhere in our star-system. A malfunction in
its maneuvering jets caused the satellite to turn towards
Kharak and scan the surface. This turned out to have
unforeseen benefits when a quick analysis showed the
powerful radar had penetrated the equatorial desert sand to
a depth of 75 meters and there was strong evidence of an
ancient city centered on some sort of metallic structure.
conditions that would daunt personnel in modern enviro
suits, by 1110 the first brave excavators managed to uncover
what has come to be known as the First City, Khar-Toba.
While this discovery was the stuff that Anthroscists dream
of, even greater secrets revealed themselves when the
central metallic structure was revealed to be the skeleton
of some kind of advanced vessel. Though virtually nothing of
relevant substance remained except a vast array of
structural beams, the real treasure lay in a shielded
chamber deep below the surface. While tracing the ancient
maze of power cables during the first triad of 1112,
engineers opened a shielded chamber containing the wreck of
the ancient ship's powerplant. Painstakingly transported to
the modern polar capital of Tiir, this ancient device was
back-engineered to provide another generation of
breakthroughs in power and material sciences. But what
catapulted our technology 500 years ahead was the analysis
of a module attached to the powerplant. This device was
nothing less than a solid state Hyperspace Induction Module.
In a decade of analysis, we were ready to take our first
steps back out into the galaxy. It was not until 1135 that
it was revealed just how far we had to go.
The discovery of the
powerplant and hyperspace module was considered the gem of
ancient Khar-Toba, and with them safely in research labs in
the temperate poles, the old city was left in the hands of a
few dedicated Anthroscists. They struggled to do their work
under some of the harshest conditions on Kharak. Led by a
young woman named Mevath Sagald, they gave our entire
civilization an answer and a goal as she pieced together the
location of the mythical Observatory Temple of Khar-Toba.
Accidents left her to excavate the site nearly
single-handedly, but when she opened the inner chamber she
recognized immediately the full import of what she found,
etched on a single piece of black stone.