Literature: Galactic Crucibles
"Dreams are fictitious things that are molded into reality through mortal hands."
— Robert Sterling, founder of Selene's Promise
Ilion, the moon featured in the wiki's background
Galactic Crucibles is a large Science Fiction Shared Universe
comprising of a series of short stories and encylopedic-style article entries using wikia format. Founded on March 13, 2012, the wiki is set in a hard science fiction universe ranked 4 on Mohs Scaleof Science Fiction Hardness
. Most of the wiki's stories take place in the Omni 01 universe particularly revolving around a Space Opera
setting. Originating in 2009 as part of the Spore Wiki Fiction Universe
, three years later it would break off into an entirely different series of its own and having very little to do with Spore
Galactic Crucibles focuses heavily on professionalism. Anyone can contribute to the wiki, though new writers are required to put their ideas through a quality assurance test to make sure it fits the setting.
After its first year anniversary, the series received numerous reboots in an attempt to fix some long standing problems including the use of numerous Dicredited Tropes. New rules were also made to remedy past conflicts.
Galactic Crucibles is located here
.There are still many more stories in Galactic Crucibles, varying in style and size. Galactic Crucibles has its own page of Shout Outs
along with a trivia page
Formerly, the wiki was science fantasy until a sister project spawned from it. Galactic Crucibles retained the science fiction elements, while the fantasy elements broke off into a new wiki called Erudite Tales. Erudite Tales is a fantasy-based counterpart drawing heavy influence from Dungeons and Dragons although the series gradually evolved to become something more original. Later, a third, alternate history-themed spin-off, Infinite Histories, was founded. A fourth, horror-themed project, Hallows Maleficent, was short-lived and is now abandoned. Together, they comprise the Omniverse Nexus Wikis.
In June 2014, a spin-off known as Tapestry of Stars was created by the original authors. While similar to its parent wiki in terms of setting and species, To S
has more tightly controlled user content, and it is set in an Alternate Continuity
. The original Galactic Crucibles is still open to new users.
Galactic Crucibles contains examples of the following:
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General Wiki Tropes
- Shared Universe - Galactic Crucibles has been contributed to by a wide range of authors. In fact, it's open for anyone with a Wikia account to edit, provided their pitch is approved by an admin to prevent Sturgeon's Law.
- The entire Omniverse Nexus project can be considered this, though it's closer to a shared multiverse/omniverse.
- GC's second sister project, Infinite Histories, takes this Up To Eleven. It's a shared multiverse of shared universes which is part of a shared omniverse.
- Above Good and Evil - A commonly enforced theme to encourage users to be more original. An example is the Big Bad Ensemble of the greater arcs who tend to fall under Well-Intentioned Extremist or follow a different kind of moral compass.
- Abnormal Ammo - Expect to see things such as acid spit or shuriken being fired from a gun.
- Action Girl - An increasingly common trope as more characters get added. While good at enforcing a positive view of females in situations like the battlefield or black ops, it also tries it's best to avoid negative ultra-feminist stereotypes. damsels in distress still crop up from time to time.
- Alien Blood - Played with. Some aliens have normal, red blood. Others have yellow, green or blue blood. Off-colour blood is, as usual, a sign that a member of species with a defined blood colour is probably more than meets the eye.
- Alien Sky - Given the setting, this is to be expected. Usually, the first thing that is described when a character lands on another planet is the sky.
- All Planets Are Earth-Like - Heavily subverted. Almost every single habitable planet is vastly different from Earth.
- Ashadra is an odd example, having an environment similar to Earth due to terraforming by Ancient Astronauts to make it hospitable to human subjects.
- Karnas, the Karnasaur homeworld, averts this nicely with, among other things, a far lesser amount of oxygen and a greater amount of nitrogen in it's atmosphere than Earth's.
- Hilariously, not only do the Khoikapek live in a very un-Earth-like world, they believe Earth-like planets are unlikely to sustain life!
- All Myths Are True - Zig-zagged. Only a small fraction of mythical creatures from various human cultures actually appear (Dragons, Chimeras, etc.), in addition to some of those from the mythologies and cultures of other civilizations in space. The Gomodd Megalon, for example, is taken from an in-universe myth similar to that of "The Behemoth".
- Alternate Universe - The whole setting of Galactic Crucibles. Humans had left Earth in the 1980s after being attacked. (Being reconsidered.)
- Antimatter - Used as one of many weapons as well as a source of energy, but explained in great detail rather than being something you find stuck to the bottom of your chair that happens to also be a scientifically and naturally implausible fuel source.
- Author Appeal - Many creations by the same author share numerous common, repeating elements.
- Author Tract - Averted. A rule was made against this after multiple author tracts begun to conflict with one another.
- Beauty Equals Goodness - Naturally averted when most aliens are modelled after monstrous/animalistic creatures.
- Bilingual Bonus - Most names given to planets, aliens, creatures, etc. are actually just ordinary words in other languages. A multitude of different languages are used, but Swahili and Lithuanian tend to be used the most. The name of an object describes what they are in a nutshell. The first arc Big Bad's name translates from Dutch to Destruction. Happens in-universe too.
- Canon Discontinuity - Can happen frequently due to large scale retcons and lack of communication due to a number of reasons.
- Cyber Punk - It heavily depends on where the story is actually taking place, but this tends to be the dominant "punk".
- Darker and Edgier - GC is the darkest of the Omniverse Nexus due to its greater focus on realism than the others.
- Early Installment Weirdness - Stories were originally written on the spot akin to roleplaying with little to no planning in advance. They were often much more lighthearted and cartoonish in nature.
- The Empire - While not as obvious now, in early Galactic Crucibles, every faction fit this trope. It was expansionist versus expansionist. After some debate, far more political systems were introduced.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel - Notably, Galactic Crucibles makes use of almost every known method, again with deep scientific analysis and citation from official sources.
- Follow the Leader - It is not uncommon for new users to create civilizations that have remarkable similarities to those that have been around since the beginning, thankfully for the most part avoiding plagiarism and sometimes improving on some aspects overlooked by the inspirational material's original author(s).
- Genre Shift - Originally a science fantasy, the wiki has shifted from level 2 to level 4 on Mohs Scaleof Sci Fi Hardness since its inception, largely due to balancing concerns.
- Grey and Black Morality - If the bad guy is straight-up evil, then usually, the hero has some dark backstory to boot. There are few paragons in the world of GC.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet - Earth is treated as background material with no particular significance to the overall story. Most of the action in the major storylines occurs in the larger Milky Way and beyond.
- Invincible Hero - A common trope employed by users very new to fiction, especially for protagonists. Does not occur in the canon, however, thanks to the efforts of the admins and insistence on Constructive Criticism.
- Knight Templar: A frequent villain/Anti-Hero trait, often well founded and justified beyond a simple Freudian Excuse. As a Meta example, one of the site's less active admins falls under this category in, crossing over with Grammar Nazi, but in a constructive way.
- Loads and Loads of Characters - Galactic Crucibles at one point had nearly 100 different characters. The number has decreased but is picking up again.
- Loads and Loads of Races - There are 100+ races with their own articles, but it is implied that thousands if not millions of sapient beings inhabit the universe.
- Mythology Gag - Previous drafts of Galactic Crucibles are referred to as parallel universes and an in-universe video game, Myth Galaxy.
- The sister wiki Erudite Tales is referred to as a popular holonovel series.
- Planet of Hats - Played with. Most are aversions, but some are deconstructions.
- Psychic Powers - Subverted. Technology is advanced enough to imitate psychic powers, though actual ESP is labelled as not known to exist.
- Self-Parody - One-Man Army and the Malexemplum are examples. Both take a satirical look at Mary Sue One Man Armies and Marysuetopias, respectively.
- Single-Biome Planet - Played with. While most habitable planets avert this trope, the ones that play it straight have justified explanations to them.
- Shared Universe - Not only does Galactic Crucibles have over a dozen authors, both Spore Wiki Fiction Universe and Multiverses Wiki are considered part of Galactic Crucibles' canon.
- Space Clouds - Played with. It is acknowledged that the strange colours of nebulae can only be seen through telescopes. However, some nebulae can serve as hiding spots or barriers.
- Sturgeon's Law - When this begun to occur on the wiki, a pitch system was put in place.
- Troperiffic - Used plentifully with character backstories and overarching storylines.
- Universal Universe Time - Averted. Every planet has a different year length and all civilizations have their own unique calendar. However, the Gregorian calendar is still officially used for organizational purposes.
- Unreliable Narrator - When continuity discrepancies became problematic, this trope was put in place.
- Used Future - The primary background setting. Many civilizations make use of the technology that belonged to precursors.
- Xeno Fiction - More than 95% of the wiki is from the POV of a non-human.
- All Myths Are True - Zig-zagged. Greater focus is put on world religions rather than urban legends and folklore.
- The Demons are modeled from their counterparts of Christian mythology though they seem to incorporate more elements from angels.
- The Harbingers are inspired by the hierarchy of Hindu deities while "I" mixes elements of Brahma and the Christian God.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture - Quite a number of them. Entire alien civilizations are modeled after regions of Earth.
- Eteno Imperial Triumvirate - A mix of Russia and the Roman Empire.
- Karalian Empire - A mix of Germany and pre-revolution France.
- Confederacy of Greenwater - Colonial America.
- Mizani Empire - Ancient Sumeria
- God - The main deity of the Galactic Crucibles is known as "I".
- Plot Coupon - The Omni data module and the cipher in Chaos Crisis Phase I.
- And I Must Scream: Indoctrination could be considered this. It involves an individual being mentally altered to serve the [[Big Bad]]. And then they're physically altered, resulting in super soldiers incapable of empaphizing with non-idoctrinated beings, and they're aware of everything they do in this state.
- DungeonPunk - The plane of Eidyn is based on this idea.
- Crystal Spires and Togas - The Segaran Technocracy.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink - Definitely present, although there is a growing number of original creatures to the point where it overlaps with Starfish Aliens.
- Fantasy Gun Control - Only the After Shattering Era has any sort of gun control, but even so, one can still find firearms commonly used in the 18th century.
- Genre Shift - The Volveros Revolution starts off as a simple quest story with a party of heroes going to retrieve an Artifact of Doom, but soon reveals itself as a deconstruction of The Quest. The whole scheme of sending adventurers to retrieve the artifact is the result of a multinational conspiracy with heavy Grey and Grey Morality.
- Ground Hog Day Loop - The Segaran Technocracy is stuck in a time loop in the past due to the king making a wish that he could rule a kingdom for eternity.
- Magic A Is Magic A - Magic is internally consistent with numerous schools of magic.
- Medieval Stasis - Inverted. Technological advancement is comparable to that of the real world.
- Left-Justified Fantasy Map - Inverted. Eidyn's ocean is on the right side of the map.
- Lighter and Softer - ET is not nearly as dark at GC, but it still has its creepy moments.
- Lost Technology - Ruins of the Atlantis-esque Segaran Technocracy.
- Low Fantasy - ET is considerably less epic in scope than GC. This is done deliberately to establish a different narrative style with focus on short stories. Even larger scale stories such as the Volveros Revolution only have an impact over a small region rather than entire worlds.
- OceanPunk - The Volveros Revolution storyline is set predominately within the South Nautilus Isles.
- Our Dragons Are Different - There are numerous types of dragons, but they all descend from the Protegnoi Dragons who were originally created in the Creator's image.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same - Though they are modeled off the classic dwarf, their traits don't stand out as much when humans, and even elves, share some of their traits.
- Our Elves Are Better - Averted. Elves are merely different than humans, not so much superior.
- Our Orcs Are Different - A unique spin on the orc concept where they are more involved in cults rather than war.
- Planet of Hats - Older creations are most definitely this, but newer ones make more of an effort to avert it.
- Schizo Tech - In a post-medieval setting, things such as remote detonators, spaceships, and Humongous Mecha particularly stand out. It's all Magitek of course.
- Standard Fantasy Setting - When ET was first founded, it took heavy inspiration from Dungeons and Dragons. Today, Erudite Tales evolved into a high magic setting with technology equivalent to the 1500s - 1700s.
- Steampunk - Khyorgan contrasts Eidyn with a greater abundance of non-magical technology.
GC's 2nd sister project run by a number of the same authors. It's primary universe is a world where Rome never fell, and a powerful empire replaced the Islamic Caliphate. However, the wiki contains several other verses, such as Atra Mors, an under construction Shared Universe
where the Black Death wiped out civilization in Europe.
- Genre Shift: A heavily enforced one at that. The setting turns from subtle historical science fiction to pseudo-superhero.
- Time Skip: Between the two (planned) main arcs, approximately one year of hell takes place in which the Nexus' otherworldly properties cause havok.
Tapestry of Stars
- Adaptation Expansion - The wiki greatly elaborates on parts of the Karalian Empire and the EIT that were only glanced on in GC.
- Alternate Continuity - To S has Vaikan, Eteno and Ghorax, but the history among them is drastically different.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture - The EIT is representative of Russia while the Karalian Empire is similar to the Holy Roman Empire.
- Feudal Future - The Karalian Empire has a very medieval style government.
- Sturgeon's Law - The whole point of the wiki was to avert this trope.