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“The Beta arrived to Ecosystem Nine on their last leg. Believing their race and homeworld to be exterminated, the surviving Beta forfeited their sole spaceship, the Sturas, to the surface of Nine. Here they found safe harbor and proceeded to rebuild their culture. For the past 50 years, they have been collecting Catalyst and other resources from Nine in order to build a new ship and return to their rightful place in the stars.”
Stage 1 - Entry: A relay node is immediately constructed around the keyhole. The Goo are then directed toward the keyhole, where they enter and begin to traverse the full length.
Stage 2 - Transfer: The Goo are now completely within the keyhole and with pinpoint precision, map the keyholes traceroute and determine how useful the keyhole may be for repeated trips.
Stage 3 - Exit: The Goo successfully exit the keyhole and construct a relay station, sending back a continual stream of information about the coordinates and distance of the keyholes exit location.
KEYHOLE VARIETIES AND DISTRIBUTION
More than eighty years after Souza theorized these wormholes, radio astronomers received a Super Wow signal known as the Big Echo, a series of radio signals originally sent from Earth now originating from various points in space. Analysis of the signal placed the nearest cluster of points being between Earth and Mars orbital paths.
Souza, in his feeble old age, rejoiced, "If we cannot travel to the Heavens, then perhaps we can bring the Heavens to us."
TYPES OF KEYHOLES
PERVASIVE - A complex, active, layer over the fabric of the Galaxy, the Foam Layer offers little value to Humanity providing only 'friction' and 'noise'.
ABUNDANT, 2T/parsec - The banner name for all wormholes, keyholes are the most utilized. Nano-scale drones (NEx) are deployed through these wormholes to map the Galaxy.
COMMON, 2K/parsec - Large enough to transfer an average sized person, these wormholes are valued as ports. Large stations are constructed at these sites to enable transport of persons and goods across the Galaxy.
Super-Wormhole"Backbone" (3+ meters)
RARE, 1-2/parsec - The rarest and most prized discovery, backbone keyholes are large enough to transfer spacecraft. They were the backbone to Humanity's reach across the Galaxy, and highly contested locations during the Celestial Age.
WHAT IS A KEYHOLE
The typical model for explaining wormholes is a crisp sheet of paper folded over on itself so the two distant points can be connected by accessing another dimension. Space is not naturally this ideal and the amount of theoretical energy required to fold space in such a manner is astronomical.
The Spitball Model
Souza speculated that such energy was present in the first moments of the Big Bang. A more accurate model for describing how wormholes could exist is to imagine a sheet of paper wrapped up into a tight ball, and then flattened out on a table.
Placing corresponding points where the surface of the paper had made contact with itself, would fill the paper with a sea of dots separated by a web of folds and creases. This is the canvas on which the Milky Way was born.