F@nService Diner: a genre jumping odyssey
I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths of and heights of our psychic nature. Its non-spatial universe conceals an untold abundance of images which have accumulated over millions of years of living development and become fixed in the organism....Beside this picture I would like to place the spectacle of the starry heavens at night, for the only equivalent of the universe within is the universe without; and just as I reach this world through the medium of the body, so I reach that world through the medium of the psyche.
F@nService is the story of a 1950's style diner built inside a decommissioned alien warship, the motley crew of fugitives who call it home and their adventures traveling through The Morpheus Patch.
The Morpheus Patch is a universe; much like our own, existing in the same plane of existence but separated from ours by cosmic gulfs so vast that the physical laws that govern it are slightly different.
Gravity is manifested by primordial stem-matter found in the cores of stars, planets and some asteroids.
Faster than light travel between the stars is made possible by an intergalactic web of synapse gates.
It is a place where our collective unconscious, channeled through extra-dimensional titans known as mythospheres, manifests as reality and our dreams have lives all their own.
The events of F@nService: Project Skeleton Key take place roughly 70 years after the end of The Minkan / Human War. The decade long, bloody conflict was ended only after The United Solar Federation detonated a blackhole bomb, destroying the minkan fortress world of Rehanaku.
Her back against a wall, Empress Xilu Tassara was forced to sign a treaty which forbid The Minkan Empire from building a fleet capable of traveling through Synapse Gates and attacking other star systems.
In most human societies the demilitarization of it's fleet would have been a matter for the government. However in minkan society, warships are privately owned by families who swear their allegiance to The Empress. These ships were passed down from mother to daughter and a family's prestige was largely determined by how many ships they could send to aid in imperial expeditions.
The human general Gabriel Kaufman had an appreciation for minkan culture and took this into account when he drafted the treaty. The treaty allowed the families to keep their ships, provided they were demilitarized. This meant the minkan families had to allow weapon inspectors to drop in randomly to make sure any ship capable of synaptic gate travel did not also have orbital strike capability.
Several of the families decided that if they had to allow foreigners onto their ships they might as well get paid for it, so they converted several of the demilitarized ships into small businesses.
Tevera Suloca's grandparents turned their Scout Marauder class corvette into a 1950's style diner they called F@nService.