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"The search for Kalid" takes place in 108 ANE (After the New Elections). This is the year 2472, as years were previously counted on Earth. Before the start of the story, the conflict between members of the Futurist Party (including Set), telepaths from the Haldus Order, and members of the Antiquist Party has become very nasty and spread to other worlds beyond Sakkara. Sybil finally learns that telepaths of the Haldus Order did give evidence about the destruction of the space elevators to the Sakkara Department of Justice. Sybil tries to find out what was done with that evidence. She first asks the Department of Justice, but she makes no progress. She then decides to ask her old friend, Leone, an Antiquist Party official on Sakkara who was involved with government over-sight of the Space Elevators project, for help. She invites Leone to her home and tells him that evidence was given to the Department of Justice but now the Department of Justice claims that they never got the evidence. Sybil fears that someone in the Department of Justice is obstructing the investigation.
Leone, who is head of the Department of Transportation, secretly assembles all of the Planetary Council except Aristark. Leone gets permission from the Council to perform a secret investigation of the Justice Department. Leone uses the resources of the Department of Transportation to investigate the Justice Department, but Leone cannot find evidence that there has been a cover-up of evidence related to the destruction of the space elevators. Of course, Aristark is the guilty party and as head of the Department of Justice he has been able to get rid of all evidence linking the destruction of the Space Elevators to the Antiquist Party. After a few weeks Leone returns to Sybil's home and reports that he has made no progress. He offers to make public the evidence she has, but Sybil is under orders to not put the Haldus Order at risk by bringing back to Sakkara the two telepaths who have the evidence. Sybil's refusal to explain the source of her evidence makes Leone suspicious. He becomes angry and tells Sybil that he does not believe anything she has told him. She tells him that the evidence was obtained by telepathy. Leone laughs, thinks she is crazy and leaves.
Leone, who is friends with Aristark, tells Aristark about Sybil and the secret investigation of the Justice Department. Aristark reports back to Ketar that Sybil might be able to lead them to the source of evidence linking the destruction of the space elevators to the Antiquist party.
Ketar (head of the Galactic Antiquist Party) has a spy who penetrates one of the cover organizations of the Haldus Order, so he becomes aware of the fact that the Haldus Order is behind many cover organizations including Silver Tulipan. Ketar fears that the Haldus Order will eventually make public the evidence that they have about the involvement of the Antiquist Party in destroying the elevators on Sakkara. Ketar decides to make use of Leone to get information from Sybil. Ketar makes use of of the Galactic Antiquist Party's extensive spy network to leak information to both Sybil and Leone about Set's plans and this makes Sybil and Leone both believe that Set is massing forces for an attack on Sakkara. Leone is tasked by Ketar to go to Sybil in order to get help in protecting Sakkara against Set's plans. Ketar hopes to bring high-level members of the Haldus Order out into the open. Ketar's spy within the Haldus Order has reported that the Haldus Order is developing a secret science of telepathy. Ketar wants to learn if this is true. If so, he wants to lay claim to such technology for his own goal of advancing the power and influence of Azur.
2471 CE - space elevators disasterEdit
The Space Elevators are destroyed on Sakkara. The attack was planned and performed by agents of the Spaceship Guild. The Spaceship Guild knows that if space elevators such as these are allowed to go into use then the Guild will not make such good profits...they will no longer have a monopoly on transport to and from the surfaces of the major colonized worlds of the galaxy.
Set's ability for telepathic reception is awakened when his girl friend dies in the attack on the nearly completed Space Elevators. With his new mental powers, Set detects two telepaths who are working on Sakkara. These telepaths are part of the Haldus Order and after the attack on the elevators, they were able to quickly obtain some information about the agents of the Spaceship Guild who destroyed the Space Elevators. Set makes use of his telepathic reception as a detection and homing method and Set finds the two telepaths of the Haldus Order on Sakkara. However, Set does not yet know about the Haldus Order, and the two telepaths are at first only know to Set only as members of a cover organization, the "Silver Tulipan Order". By looking into their thoughts, Set gets the feeling that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths have seen the evidence linking the destruction of the elevators to Antiquist Party members. Set demands that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths tell him what they know. The Silver Tulipan Order telepaths say that the people who destroyed the elevators have already left Sakkara, but they passed their evidence on to the Sakkaran Department of Justice which is investigating the disaster.
Set puts the Futurist Party on the path to getting revenge against the Antiquist Party. Set also begins to investigate the Silver Tulipan Order and finds evidence that the Silver Tulipan Order traces its roots back to Earth and ancient beliefs in mental powers. However, the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths leave Sakkara and Set cannot make much progress in his attempt to learn about the link between telepathy and the Silver Tulipan Order. Set learns more about the Silver Tulipan Order from spies within the Antiquist Party: the Silver Tulipan Order has sometimes given support to the Antiquist Party. Set wonders if this shadowy Silver Tulipan Order should also be held responsible for the attack on the space elevators.
Thus, Set and his agents in the Futurist Part have obtained evidence that seems to indicate that the attackers who destroyed the elevators were funded by the Spaceship Guild, with the funds passing through the hands of Antiquist Party members on Sakkara. Set does not trust the government of Sakkara which is dominated by the Antiquist Party. Set asks the Justice Department what they did with the evidence they got from the Silver Tulipan Order. The Justice Department denies ever getting any such evidence (However, this is not true. The head of the Justice Department, Aristark, has suppressed the evidence in order to protect the Antiquist Party). Set kidnaps several mid-level Justice Department officials who are involved in the investigation of the destruction of the elevators and uses his telepathic powers on them. He senses that they are telling the truth about not having seen any evidence from the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths. Set assumes that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths lied to him and were trying to cover-up evidence of a connection between the Antiquist Party and the destruction of the elevators.
Set makes use of his allies in the Futurist Party and his telepathic abilities to extend his search for Silver Tulipan Order telepaths and any Silver Tulipan Order or Antiquist Party members who were involved in the destruction of the elevators. This ignites a struggle between Set and Ketar and leads to the deaths of some Silver Tulipan Order telepaths as well as Futurist and Antiquist Party members. Set also makes trouble for Leone by claiming that Leone did not adequately protect the elevators. The Haldus Order has pulled all of its telepaths back to secret bases where they are safe from Set's revenge (even though the Haldus Order had nothing to do with the attack on the space elevators).
2470 CE - Leone re-electedEdit
Leone is re-elected as Planetary Counselor for Transportation.
2467 CE - space elevator construction of SakkaraEdit
Construction begins on the Space Elevators using private funds raised by the Futurist Party. Set continues to work politically, obtaining all of the required government approvals for the Space Elevators project. Set's girl friend works on construction of the Space Elevators.
2466 CE - Leone electedEdit
Leone defeats Set in the election and becomes Sakkara's Planetary Counselor for Transportation. The vote is close and disputed. Set has campaigned on the basis of his goal to obtain government funding for space elevators. Leone is a member of the Antiquist Party which works closely with the Spaceship Guild and does not support government funding for space elevators.
2462 CE - radio-assisted telepathyEdit
The Haldus Order makes a major technological advance in radio-assisted telepathy. They learn how to couple telepathic signals to electromagnetic signals. This allows the Haldus Order to become much more aggressive in how they use telepathy to prevent war and other social disruptions.
2458 CE - Ketar rises to powerEdit
Ketar becomes head of the Galactic Antiquist Party, the umbrella organization that supports local Antiquist Party branches on planets such as Sakkara. Ketar plans to gain enough political power to return his home world of Azur to its former glory and levels of influence that it had before the galactic wars.
2453 CE - technology advance for space elevatorsEdit
A new material is discovered that makes it possible to build space elevators for planets with a force of gravity similar to that of Earth. Set and other members of the Sakkara Futurist Party begin to lobby for government funding to build space elevators for Sakkara. The ultimate goal is to end the practice of landing antimatter-powered spaceships on Sakkara.
2425 CE - Explosion in the Polastis star system Edit
The Haldus Order has learned how to teleport from the Haldus star system to Polastis III and has a large research facility on that planet. A spaceship near one of the teleguide conduits on Polastis III explodes, creating a blast crater similar to that at the position of Egypt on Earth.
Taking advantage of the chaos following the galactic wars, the Spaceship Guild completes a program in "historical revisionism". In order to try to erase the true history of Earth, the Empire alters all databases and creates a false history of Earth, including a galaxy-wide falsification of Earth's actual location. They enter into the databases false coordinates for Earth, coordinates which correspond to a Green Planet located in another star system that is 22 parsecs from Earth.
2364 CE - End of the galactic warsEdit
After the terrible destruction of the galactic wars a new distributed political system spreads to claim dominion over all human settlements in the Galaxy. Ketar is from a powerful but secretive family on Azur. The power and influence of Azur was greatly reduced during the galactic wars. Ketar and many people on Azur remain devoted to the task of returning Azur to glory and galaxy-wide influence. The Haldus Order often comes into conflict with men like Ketar in an attempt to limit their ambition and prevent warfare and destruction of human life on planetary scales.
2312 CE - Flammis re-colonizedEdit
The Haldus Order discovers how to shield a base or a ship from conventional scanners. They re-establish a secret telepathy research center on Flammis.
2278 CE - Flammis becomes a Green planetEdit
Starting in 2211 CE, members of the Haldus Order at the first off-Earth base of the Order (on Earth's Moon) start an effort to prevent anti-matter powered spaceships from landing on inhabited planets. Members of the Haldus Order on the Moon dispute the claim that Earth was rendered uninhabitable by a micro black hole impact. They have evidence that an exploding spaceship was the cause. Rumors also circulate that the "green nanite cloud" of Earth must have been intentionally created by blocking the normal nanite fail-safes. In 2278 CE, the Spaceship Guild finally tries to end this long-running conflict with the Haldus Order members from the Moon by force and so it turns Flammis into a Green planet.
2211 CE - Earth becomes a Green planetEdit
A spaceship explodes over the Sinai Peninsula, creating a crater over 200 kilometers across and destroying most life on Earth. The Spaceship Guild covers-up the fact that the disaster was caused by the explosion of one of their anti-matter powered spaceships. The Spaceship Guild wants to retain their monopoly on transport of cargo and passengers to and from the surfaces of inhabited worlds. They release a swarm of nanites that turn Earth into a toxic "Green planet". Most people in the galaxy believe that the reason Earth is no longer inhabited is because of the impact of a micro black hole which caused release of damaged nanites that went out of control, turning Earth into a Green planet.
2187 CE - Colony started at FlammisEdit
The Haldus Order accelerates its secret research program for development of technologies that will allow for amplification of human telepathy. Since Epsilon Aurigae is too well known on Earth, a new center for this secret research is started on a little-known world called "Veritas Flammis".
2156 CE - Colony started at HaldusEdit
The Haldus Order spreads beyond the Solar System and starts their first base in another star system, the Epsilon Aurigae system (among memebrs of the Haldus Order, Epsilon Aurigae is known as Haldus). This colony splits from the original Haldus Order of Earth and starts using modern science in an attempt to find ways to amplify telepathy.
2137 CE - Wadden CharterEdit
The Wadden Charter is adopted on the Earth-like planet Wadden. Nanotechnologists, including the famous Gena Calore, terraform Wadden and introduce many lifeforms from Earth by making use of nanotechnology in order to modify the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans and make Wadden a pleasant world for human habitation. After several unanticipated ecological disasters during the initial colonization of Wadden, Gena Calore played an important role in understanding these dangers and then she and others established guidelines for how to avoid them in the future. These guidelines developed into the Wadden Charter, a document defining the responsibilities of nanotechnologists and other wielders of advanced technologies to respect and protect planetary ecosystems and manage human societies on Earth-like worlds.
2131 CE - Spaceship Guild foundedEdit
The Haldus Order starts in Egypt as a training center for the development of telepathic powers. For the ancient Egyptians this meant trying to improve their powers of divination and also exploration of their perceived spiritual connection to animals such as cats.