Founded and launched in 2180 CE, the Horizons Initiative is a civilian, multi-species project created to send scientists, explorers, and colonists on a one-way trip to settle the Andromeda Galaxy in an effort to preserve life as we know it.
The Initiative’s ultimate goal is to establish a permanent presence in Andromeda away from the Ubiar Invasion, and eventually create a reliable route between it and the Milky Way Galaxy, assuming it is broadcasting the all-clear when that time comes.
Six Havens equipped with cryostasis chambers have been constructed for the century-long journey to the Andromeda Galaxy. The HCS Aether (Haven 1) serves as a temporary hub until a major colonial presence is established.
The Initiative is governed by an incredibly selective council known as the Initiative Conclave. The conclave is compromised of notable Milky Way figures from across the United Nations, including the UN Navy, Trailblazer Program, and UN Council.
While the Conclave governs the Initiative, its exploratory leads are truly the heart and soul of the program. These leads are responsible for scouting worlds, making first contact with any sentient life, ensuring the peace across the frontier, and just above anything else that just so happens to be assigned to them.
The Exploratory Leads are:
Due to its incredibly rushed formation, the Initiative is largely understaffed, underdeveloped, and underfunded. It is incredibly reliant on establishing successful colonies in Andromeda.
- Rations: Even with thousands still in cryostasis, monthly rations are critically low. The shortage has resulted in mission-critical personnel often receiving preferential treatment, while those deemed expendable are often allocated far less.
- Equipment: Its top-of-the-line TV19 (Trailblazer Version 19) ships, technology, and gear are reserved for its Exploratory Leads, while more common equipment is available for purchase on Haven 1. Under special circumstances, settlers may receive additional equipment loans if they undertake Conclave-endorsed assignments.