It's been eighty-seven years since their world had been abandoned. Its inhabitants left to die from disease and starvation. Those who survived, learned to tame their world and prosper. Then the first ships arrived bringing their advanced technology with them. Those who desired power and domination would use this new technology for conquest, setting off a brutal civil war. More
This is the story of Tissus, one of the former plague worlds that had survived the ravages of disease and the hardships of isolation. Nearly a century later a vessel is dispatched to this rugged world to find out what became of this once vibrant, former colony. This planet contains a vast wealth of minerals and was once a very lucrative mining project. If there were survivors, who still had legitimate claim to Tissus? Was it the company who had set up the colony and had invested so much money all those years ago, or the descendants of those who had been left to die during the age of the plague? Humans on Tissus had not become extinct, they had prospered. After the epidemic had run its course, scientists and miners became farmers and herders, living a simple existence with what little their world had to offer them. The inhabitants of Tissus divided themselves into four different tribes; each living in an uneasy truce with one another, the Brownsmen, farming the fertile river valleys, the Desert People, living a nomadic existence and roaming the desert in an endless quest for food, the O’kalla, tending their herds high up in the grassy hills and mountain valleys, and finally the Koopra, a fierce and cruel people who inhabited the lands in and around the old colony, still clinging to what little technology that hadn’t disintegrated over time. The arrival of people from the stars would fulfill their ancestors prophecy and plunge Tissus into a brutal and all-inclusive civil war, pitting those who would use the new weapons and technology the newcomers would bring in their lust for power and global domination, against those who saw the newcomers as the catalyst for democracy and a chance to bring their world out from the dark ages and once again into the light of a modern society.