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Hello and welcome to my Stellaris AAR. I will be playing Vanilla and with all expansions and DLC. I plan to update on a regular basis. Once or twice a week, maybe? We will see. I also don't know everything there is to know about Stellaris so I may make a few mistakes here and there but I don't think that will greatly affect the storyline I'm aiming for. There is no real plan as of yet. I'm just kind of writing as I go. I'm pretty good at improvising so this should be a good read if you like narrative story telling. Feel free to leave me feedback as I'm always willing to learn and adapt.

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Many centuries ago on Planet Aramen there was peace. Peace that stretched across the globe and throughout the binary star system in which Aramen was held. But peace can only last so long.

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An ambitious and charismatic archaeologist by the name of Valdar came upon an artifact deep in the arctic that had been well preserved for thousands of years. It was unlike anything he had ever seen. A small rune boulder that was slightly bigger than his torso was frozen in ice in a cavern not too far from his camp. The rocky brown rune glowed a bright orange that illuminated the ice around it and as Valdar began to chisel the rune from the ice, the rune grew more and more luminous, lighting Valdar’s face in the glow that had now stretched through the cavern. After struggling for roughly fifteen minutes Valdar broke the rune free from its icy hold and he held it in his arms and gently put it beneath him to study it further before calling to others for assistance in bringing it back to camp.

As Valdar continued to study the artifact on his own the rune slowly and steadily began to pulse faster and faster. Valdar brushed the rune with his hand, removing a small layer of frost from its icy surface and then suddenly Valdar began to feel a warmth from the rune. It continued to pulsate faster and faster. The cold icy rock below the rune began to melt and Valdar began to become startled by the activity. A few moments would pass and Valdar would continue to witness the rune as it pulsated and vibrated on the icy floor. And then a shockwave emitted from the stone, propelling Valdar a short distance away. Valdar quickly shuffled on the ground, getting his bearings once again and stood up and walked back towards the rune. As Valdar got closer and closer to the artifact he began to feel faint and scared. He was dumbfounded by his discovery and abandoned the rune and ran back to his field camp which was roughly two hundred meters to the west.

Valdar informed his team about his discovery and what had happened as he unearthed the artifact. Together, the science team along with Valdar returned to the rune only to find it resting idly by on the frozen floor. Valdar’s colleagues looked around and questioned Valdar with suspicion. They only saw a small boulder where Valdar excavated from the icy walls. There was no hieroglyphs, no melted ice. Nothing at all. Just a large rock sitting in a cavern of ice.

After thoroughly questioning Valdar the science team departed from the ice cavern and returned to the camp, leaving Valdar behind with the seemingly ordinary boulder on the ground. Valdar was at a loss for words and significantly humiliated by what had just transpired. He studied the rune once again, brushing it with his hand and patiently waiting for a response from the artifact. There was nothing. Nothing at all. And then Valdar’s hand began to shake.

His right hand began to shake more violently as seconds passed and his fingers began to blacken as if frostbite took hold, only that the cavern was not quite cold enough to inflict the amount of frostbite that had just occurred to Valdar. The rune once again began to illuminate and hieroglyphs once again began to glow on the rock. Quickly Valdar began to shout for his team to witness what was happening but there was no reply. No acknowledgment whatsoever.

While his hands began to die so did his arms and eventually his body as well. Valdar, by all intensive means, was dead shortly after calling to his team to return to the cavern. Valdar’s body was destroyed by the rune but his mind was still intact. Puzzled, he looked at each of his limbs and could not believe what had happened. The rune still rested on the ground, now slowly pulsating a fiery orange. Valdar picked up the rune and began west towards the camp to bring the ancient artifact to camp just a short distance away. He entered through the south gate and brought the artifact to a large, sturdy table that would be used to further examine the boulder. Valdar again called out for the others to join him in studying the rune and this time, due to his deprecated body, they would take him seriously.

The others entered the examination room and were very much alarmed with what they saw. Valdar stood there confidently but at the same time his body was seemingly frostbitten all over. His body charred black, dead on the outside but still alive on the inside. The others shifted their attention from Valdar to the artifact which laid on the table before them. Hieroglyphs began to glow a fiery orange once again. Faster and stronger the light emitted from the relic, once again pulsating as if it had a heartbeat. As if it was alive.

While the others starred at Valdar and the rune they too slowly began to decay into a withered shell of a human being. They would now soon be undead much like Valdar and the artifact would once again lay dormant until it would find its next prey.

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It wasn’t long after the infected science team was relieved of their duties and another team take their place. Valdar warned the newcomers of the ancient alien artifact but curiosity would soon get the better of them. What this rune was capable of was still a mystery. Why would it decay its discoverers? Where did it come from? Why was it on the planet Aramen? And who put it here?

It wouldn’t take long for the infection of the rune to spread to the new team of scientists. Now over thirty people were infected and undead. Their bodies aged beyond that of natural time and lifespan but their minds stayed intact. As if there was nothing wrong with them at all. However this curse of undead phenomenon roused the curiosity of the infected. For they were already infected and all those who resided in close proximity to the relic would soon bear the curse of its very nature. Valdar would convince the others in his team to return and smuggle the artifact to the mainland. For if he had to bear this curse, so would others.

And so, the Plague Wars would begin...
 
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Begun the Plague Wars have
 
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Under the cult leadership of Valdar and his followers months would turn to years and the viral rune of undead would continue to spread its decay among the people of Planet Aramen. Eventually the rune would infect hundreds of thousands of Aramen citizens and a civil war would erupt against the clean from the infected. Millions would participate in the war and hundreds of thousands would die from brutal combat. Nations would fall and Valdar’s cult would reign in glory but not before the bombs fell. In a last ditch effort from the clean, nuclear weapons were launched in a scorched earth policy from the remaining survivors of the clean world. The irony would be that the clean would massacre themselves and the cult to nuclear fire over that of a life as undead. Survivors on both sides were few and far between and eventually the undead would take control of Aramen and send out death squads to purge the remaining clean from the planet.


After years of mopping up the clean had been purged from Planet Aramen and Valdar would take direct control of the planet and declare himself King of Aramen. The rune would be installed above Valdar’s throne in the former capital of the clean world. The rune would continue to glow it’s vibrant orange as if it was still alive from its emergence some decades ago from the icy caverns of which it was found. King Valdar would assemble a cabinet of trusted personnel to take control of the populace while they would still bow to Valdar’s rule.


It wouldn’t take long before order took over the land. Freedom was no more as King Valdar had plans for his new empire which he announced to the world as the Gulkonga Imperium. A large military would be amassed and production would go into outer space development. A starbase would be constructed in orbit of Aramen to base King Valdar’s ambitions for space exploration. His mission; to find the creators and or deliverers of the death rock and find out their purpose, should there be one. After all, the rune was found in the arctic of Aramen and it was impossible for it to develop there naturally.


Along with governing, military expansion and outer space advancement, a new religion would be declared and the unholy rune of death would be used as the token of this new religion. All would pay homage to the artifact and honor King Valdar as the Black Rune Messiah. As dark lord of the undead Valdar tasked it upon himself to spread his reign amongst the stars and convert all that fall into his path to the interstellar road ahead. Death or conversion would be the official rhetoric of diplomacy should the Gulkonga encounter sapient alien life through the neighboring star systems. Those that declined conversion would be eradicated through military means and it was only a matter of time before King Valdar would be informed that they have made first contact with sapient alien life.
 

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It was the dawn of a new century and the Gulkonga had formed a newly constructed spaceport orbiting their homeworld of Aramen. The spaceport would currently hold three military corvettes, a science vessel and a construction ship. Orders for the corvettes would be for them to remain in the home system until a sizable fleet could be produced. While for the science and construction ships their orders were to set out and explore the neighboring systems. The construction ship GIS Thetek would construct research and development stations on points of interest while the science vessel GIS Nektep would explore and catalog the adjacent star systems. Both the science vessel and construction vessel would work together to further expand the Gulkonga Imperium.

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Weeks would pass and the science vessel Nektep would finally reach the end of it’s homesystem Seyta. This would be a historic moment for the Gulkonga. What laid beyond the Gulkonga homesystem was unknown and no Gulkongan had ever traversed past the outer banks of the solar system. With much anticipation the commander of the science vessel Nektep would give the order to launch the hyperdrive and journey onward to what would be known as the Tiyana Vek system which was to the north of Seyta. With engines at full throttle Nektep launched through the cosmos and to the great unknown in search of answers and wonders that would soon be revealed.

As GIS Nektep blasted through space onboard sensors would detect an unknown signature relatively close by as Nektep continued forward. The anomaly would be ignored until Nektep reached Tiyana Vek. Once there, all would be revealed as the commander of the science vessel along with his bridge crew was left speechless at what they had discovered.

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Alien life had been found. It seemed as though this species was able to exist in the vacuum of space without any assistance. There were literally thousands of them swarming the system and Nektep would use extreme caution as it closed the distance between itself and these space faring giants. Once GIS Nektep got closer to the alien lifeforms it was apparent that these creatures were similar to common animals found back on the homeworld of Aramen. The creatures would not pose an immediate threat as Nektep continued surveying the system. The nature of Tiyana Vek was profound. There was much research to be done in order to understand the unusual makeup of the system as gas giants orbited the lone star in close proximity along with constant cosmic storms that shot lightning in random patterns throughout the center of the solar system. It was unlike anything the Gulkonga expected and images were taken and transmitted back to the Aramen for further study as the science vessel Nektep continued surveying the system.

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Meanwhile the construction ship GIS Thetek finished construction of research and mining stations inside Seyta. Now Thetek would be tasked with establishing a spaceport in Tiyana Vek once funds were available. After a starbase was established the construction ship Thetek would build research stations on the gas giants orbiting the star of Tiyana Vek as studying these planets would bring much understanding to how the Universe works, or at the very least explain the phenomenon of Tiyana Vek’s unusual nature along with its alien inhabitants.

Traveling to and beginning to survey the neighboring system of Tiyana Vek would take exactly one year. Due to the vast distance between Tiyana Vek and Seyta, another science vessel would be produced and commissioned. As news of the alien lifeforms reached Aramen, the populace was excited to learn more of the alien system and its space dwelling animals. A boost to enlistment in both the military and science departments grew and it seemed that the Gulkonga would enter a peaceful spacefaring era. At least, for now…
 

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I am highly concerned with the at least for now. It was expected though.
 

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Well, the zombies have discovered space creatures. Let's see how the universe reacts to them...
 
0009 Year of Imperium

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As months turned to years, the Gulkonga Imperium expanded its borders throughout the galaxy uncontested, with no signs of intelligent alien life encountered. Until one day a GIS science vessel came across an unidentified spaceport in the Wilcam System. This sentient alien species known as the Muutagan were galactic merchants and showed no favor or quarrel with the Gulkonga Imperium. Instead, a look at their wears was in order but they had little to nothing to offer the Imperium at the current moment.

It took eight years of space exploration to find the Muutagan and there was still much of the galaxy to uncover. However the Imperium was able to hold a significant portion of their quadrant in the galaxy with expansion. There was a few planets capable of supporting an off world colony but colonization was not an immediate interest for the Gulkonga. Instead galactic expansion was top priority. The mysteries of the Death Rune had to be uncovered. It’s makers found. It’s questions answered.

As time went on the year reached to the Ninth Year of Imperium. Nine years with no answers or clues towards the Death Rune’s purpose or origin. Patience was running thin. And then a small alien science vessel appeared in Gulkonga Space. They called themselves the Bebaki Ravagers and they claimed themselves to be fanatical purifiers. It seemed as though the Gulkonga would find a likely rival in the galaxy. As initial communications continued between the two science vessels it was clear that both empires would not be able to work together any time soon. Instead a passive distancing would be the current strategy, for the Bebaki resided on the opposite end of the galaxy and their ability to travel so far from their home system was concerning.

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To meet the Bebaki threat four additional corvettes were set into production for a total of eight military vessels in total once the order was complete. In order to sway the Bebaki to think twice before committing aggressive acts, a larger navy would suffice for now. Along with more ships, technology research had to be of upmost importance. Concentrating on the sciences would provide very useful in the not so distant future in all aspects of Gulkonga life, whether it be civilian or military. Once technologically and militarily enhanced the Gulkonga would consider constructing colonial ships for off world colonies in nearby space. This was of course further down the pipeline of the galactic agenda but it has been proposed several times to Death King Valdar and his subordinates.

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Currently the was no real reason to occupy another planet for colonization. The population on Aramen was not overcrowded and there was still much work to be done on the homeworld. Instead focus was concentrated on Discovery which enabled the scientific branches of service to evolve faster and research criteria more effectively and efficiently. The Gulkonga came across many strange anomalies in their travels throughout the cosmos. Some were worth investigating while some proved to be too difficult or time expensive to invest in. Either way, the Gulkonga were on a direct mission for answers regarding the Death Rune and little would get into the Death King’s way. Not even fanatic purifiers swayed Valdar’s obsession as the rune had completely consumed his soul for the past several years with no sign of letting his ambitions go.
 

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For now, perhaps. Not for long, I wager
I'm so far surprised that there are no nearby neighbors. The cosmos can be a lonely place.
I am highly concerned with the at least for now. It was expected though.
The Gulkonga are a vengeful race. You are right to be concerned.
Well, the zombies have discovered space creatures. Let's see how the universe reacts to them...
Zombies? How dare you?! No mindless zombie can take over the world and create FTL travel!
 

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Oh my. The FP managed to get quite far from where they should be.
 

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Oh my. The FP managed to get quite far from where they should be.
I imagine the commander of the Purifier science vessel was watching Star Trek Voyager and wondering if he could beat their distance record.
 

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