—The Chronology's Tag Line
A Crossover Fan Fiction in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the "Not Your Sky" Chronology details the adventures of various characters from different works waking up in the Galaxy of No Man's Sky (which serves as the Chronology's main setting) after experiencing a bizarre Dream Sequence. These characters have been "Picked" by the setting's Big Good, The Atlas, to serve as extradimensional members of The Cartographer's Empire, which is seeking to explore and map out the Galaxy once again following the disappearance of the Midecadians and their allies, whom had led it into a cultural, scientific, and technological Golden Age 250,000 years earlier.
The Chronology is divided into three different parts called "The Overture", "The Chorus", and "The Symphony", each with their own set of different stories, as follows:
- Not Your Sky (The first story)
- No Mare's Sky (Crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)
- No Man's Trek (Crossover with Star Trek: The Original Series)
- No Man's Effect (Crossover with Mass Effect)
- No Boy's Sky (Crossover with Calvin and Hobbes)
- No Man's Sam (Crossover with Pajama Sam)
- No Man's Crossing (Crossover with Animal Crossing: New Leaf)
- Not Your Sky: Debutante (Sequel to Not Your Sky)
- No Man's Trek: The Next Generation (Sequel to No Man's Trek)
- No Man's Sam: An Impossible Day for Those on the Way (Sequel to No Man's Sam)
- No Man's Crossing: City People (Sequel to No Man's Crossing)
- No Man's Effect 2: The Overlord (Sequel to No Man's Effect)
- No Mare's Sky: Appaloosa (Sequel to No Mare's Sky)
- No Boy's Sky: Weirdos From Another Universe! (Sequel to No Boy's Sky)
- Not Your Sky: Pacify (Sequel to Not Your Sky: Debutante)
- No Man's Crossing: Country Folk (Sequel to No Man's Crossing: City People)
- No Man's Trek: Enterprise (Sequel to No Man's Trek: The Next Generation)
- No Mare's Sky: Clydesdale (Sequel to No Mare's Sky: Appaloosa)
- No Boy's Sky: Scientific Progress goes WOOSH! (Sequel to No Boy's Sky: Weirdos from another Universe!)
- No Man's Sam: A Wonderful Night For a Wonderful Fight (Sequel to No Man's Sam: An Impossible Day for Those on the Way)
- No Man's Effect 3: The Citadel (Sequel to No Man's Effect 2: The Overlord)
- Not Your Sky: Finale, Part 1 (Subtitle: "Prisms", sequel to Not Your Sky: Pacify)
- Not Your Sky: Finale, Part 2 (Subtitle: "Radio Protector", sequel to Not Your Sky: Finale, Part 1)
- Not Your Sky: Finale, Part 3 (Subtitle: "Retreat! RETREAT!", sequel to Not Your Sky: Finale, Part 2)
The Overture and The Chorus both have seven stories contained in them, while The Symphony, which contains the Chronology's Grand Finale, has ten; resulting in twenty-four stories overall.
Each of the stories focuses on one particular theme on top of the overall theme of exploration and discovery, including those of materialistic desires vs. metaphorical needs, the "short-end-of-the-stick" mentality, the needs of the many versus the needs of the few, and the concept of friendship across generations, among others.
The Chronology is an Unpublished Work, something that is unlikely to change in the near-future.
Tropes found in the "Not Your Sky" Chronology include:
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Preserver robots, due to not receiving any new information from the Midecadians after their disappearance, eventually developed their own Artificial Intelligence and determined that the best way to preserve the planets they were on would be to violently kill anyone who screwed around with them, leading to them becoming The Malevolent Force.
- All Planets Are Earthlike: A sort of Running Gag throughout the series is for Cartographer "Helper" Drones to explain the trope's aversion and discuss why it's not viable in Real Life.
- Big Good: The Atlas. It's not exactly nice to the extradimensional aliens it "Picks" (after all, would a nice guy let its extradimensional trainees end up alone and stranded on the surface of a hostile alien planet, possibly light-years away from a nearby Cartographer base?), and it doesn't exactly speak, but it's the one that wants things to be how they were back when the Midecadians and their allies were around and gives The Cartographer's Empire, as well as the protagonists, the means to do so.
- Couch Gag: Each story has a different title card that does something to The Atlas, mostly replacing its orb with something else, though there are other variations. For example:
- Replacing the orb with a Pony's Cutie Mark (No Mare's Sky), the Starfleet insignia (No Man's Trek), a chunk of Element Zero (No Man's Effect), Spaceman Spiff's head (No Boy's Sky), an S (No Man's Sam), or the Animal Crossing leaf (No Man's Crossing)
- Dream Sequence: The Atlas uses these to "Pick" potential Cartographers. Part of the sequence involves touching The Atlas—according to the Cartographers, if a candidate touches it then they're accepted into the Empire and if they don't they forget they ever had the dream. Of course, the protagonists, who are extradimensional aliens to The Atlas, all touched it and had to be brought in. To them, that involves experiencing a Disney Acid Sequence on par with 2001: A Space Odyssey's famous one. What happens when someone from The Atlas' home dimension touches it during their dream isn't elaborated on.
- The Empire: The Midecadian Empire in the backstory and The Cartographer's Empire in the modern day. Unlike most examples, they're both examples of good guys.
- Got Volunteered: Being "Picked" by The Atlas is essentially this. Those who are "Picked" can reject it simply by refusing to touch The Atlas during the Dream Sequence that accompanies The Atlas' "Picking" procedure and some people volunteer (assuming they haven't rejected being "Picked" beforehand) to join The Cartographer's Empire to avoid being "Picked".
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human Hybrids, despite the name, subvert this, instead being the descendants of the survivors of experiments that infused otherwise normal Humans with animal DNA.
- LEGO Genetics: Lampshaded with Human Hybrids. The fact that they exist is "a miracle", due to the fact that animal DNA put into Humans doesn't normally do much more than change the proteins produced by that DNA.
- Little Bit Beastly: Human Hybrids generally are these, due to the fact that they are descended from lab experiments that hybridized Human and Animal DNA. The main Hybrid characters, Kendall and Masuna, have the ears and tails of a fox and a squirrel, respectively.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There are a ton of characters, primary, secondary, and otherwise that have some significance to the story. The main ones, organized by debut story and excluding their "Helper" Drones, are:
- Nami Hotaro, Maria Ramirez, Kendall Williams, Masuna Takyoto, Octavian Khylis, and Oswald Laindras (Not Your Sky)
- Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Spike, Discord, Princess Celestia, and Princess Luna (No Mare's Sky)
- Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Commander Spock, and Leonard "Bones" McCoy (No Man's Trek)
- Garrus Vakarian, Tali'Zorah vas Neema, Urdnot Grunt, and Liara T'Soni (No Man's Effect)
- Calvin, Hobbes, and Susie (No Boy's Sky)
- "Pajama" Sam and Mark (No Man's Sam)
- The Villager and Isabelle (No Man's Crossing)
- Loads and Loads of Races: A ton of them show up. Among them are the Midecadians, the Eloki, the Zekerat, the Khinstra'as, those races' descendants, the Miletans, the Elosha, the Zekarri, and the Khishal'anti, as well as Humanity, Human Hybrids, the Hykerians, the Equestrians, the Turians, the Asari, the Salarians, the Batarians, the Quarians, the Krogan, the Hanar, the Volus, the Elcor, the Vulcans, the Tellarites, the Andorians, the Klingons, the Romulans, the Cardassians, the Ferengi, and the Bajorans.
- The Multiverse: Mentioned a few times, specifically in that The Atlas will often reach out to people in other universes that would be able to comfortably house life from its home.
- Neglectful Precursors: The Midecadians' failure to automate their Preserver robots is what eventually led to the bots becoming The Malevolent Force.
- Petting Zoo People: Hykerians are these, most resembling wolves, foxes, tigers, and lions. The main Hykerian protagonists, Octavian and Oswald, resemble a tiger-chipmunk (a result of his parents being a tiger and a chipmunk) and a skunk, respectively.
- Precursors: The Midecadians, as well as their allies the Eloki, the Zekerat, and the Khinstra'as, who had their own (unnamed) Precursors who left the technology behind needed for them to build a Portal Network.
- Portal Network: Midecadian, Eloki, Zekerat, and Khinstra'a Temples all have these. Many of the Cartographers speculate that, due to the fact that the races never created Portals for use beyond their Temples, they got the technology from aliens who came before them, and never fully understood Portal technology.
- Schmuck Bait: The Atlas exploits this by convincing those it "Picks" to touch it.
- Sigil Spam: Anyone from The Atlas' home dimension that have been "Picked" to become members of the Cartographer's Empire, as well as people who volunteer to become Cartographers, have The Cartographer's Empire's symbol (The Atlas) show up on the backs of their right handsnote . The symbol also shows up on Cartographer bases and relics once used by the Midecadian Empire's Guild of Cartographers.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Nami, Kendall, Octavian, and Oswald are all toddlers when they're "Picked" by The Atlas. This is due to them having had some serious gene therapy to enhance their intelligence and learning abilities.