It has been almost 2 years since the sudden disappearance of hundreds of star systems in the Gold Sector. However sometime last Thursday, A strange portal had appeared on a lifeless planet. As travellers started to venture into it, rumors began to spread to many nations and empires about a strange "world" on the other side of said portal.
After confirmation that it was indeed safe to travel through, Intelligence and Exploration agencies of many powers began sending scouts and diplomats into this alternate dimension to make contact with whomever was on the other side.
Given their history with the Empires that once inhabited the Gold Sector, the authorities of the Imperial Magikstrate and their M-Throne allies have both sent dignitaries to investigate this place.
20200731_005018 by Kastrenzo, on Flickr
Upon travelling through the Portal, Generals Ebus of the Magikstrate, and Richter of the M-Throne are greeted by a long queue of other travellers funneling down the gateway, heavy turrets watch their every move, and they notice that they are encased in some kind of field preventing anyone from jumping off the sides
20200731_005039 by Kastrenzo, on Flickr
PA Announcement: Welcome to the realm of Novomir, All interdimensional arrivals must first pass through customs. Please refrain from brandishing weaponry until you have passed through this station
20200731_005131 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrEbus: Huh, this isn't the most festive welcome...
20200731_005308 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrPA Announcement: All Magikal items classified as level 2 or higher are considered Contraband. Entry is not Gauranteed
A security guard in a strange uniform halts a traveler in front of them
Containment Agent: Hey! this guy's got something on him!
20200731_005443 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrTraveler: What of fuck?!
The Agents pin the traveler to the ground and pull a Magik wand from his pocket. The two Generals squeeze by the commotion
Containment Agent: Magik weapon!
Customs Officer: Did you think we wouldn't find this you shit?!
20200731_005708 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrRichter: Good thing you didn't bring any "items" with you... pfft
They pass through the doors into a blinding white painted customs room. Visitors are passing through it rather quickly
20200731_010012 by Kastrenzo, on Flickr
Each goes to a window to speak with an officer. The officer at Ebus' window questions him , in a flat monotone voice like he's been asking these questions thousands of times all day
20200731_010236 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrCustoms Officer: Welcome to Novomir.... Visitation, Migration... or Diplomatic Envoy?
Ebus: Uh. Visitation....and Diplomatic?
Customs Officer: We'll go with Diplomatic... Of which entity and world or territory do you represent?
Ebus: Oh, well I wasn't prepared for this.. but Uh. I represent the Imperial Magikstrate, of Galaxia Nehellenium
The Officer slides a document onto the booth
20200731_005936 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrCustoms Officer: Alright.. this is your pass. Be aware that violation of any capital laws during your time here will revoke your right to use the portal back to your home realm. Go on through
20200731_010358 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrEbus: Right then, where might I speak to one of your dignitaries?
Customs Officer: Sir, when you pass through the gate the Concierge representatives will accomodate your questions,
now please move along you're blocking my lane.
As he leaves, he looks over the "Capital Laws" on the pass, he notes that there isn't anything of note on it except for a lot of draconian restrictions on use of magik, posession of magik items, and smuggling/theft of a bunch of kinds of materials and tek with long confusing names.
20200731_010416 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrEbus: What the hell? they don't even have Murder on here as a crime, what?
They both pass through customs
20200731_105241 by Kastrenzo, on Flickr
They enter into another blinding white room, layed out almost like a star port terminal. People are all funneling towards the black gateway at the end
PA Announcement: Please proceed to the localized teleport gate. Speak with a Concierge assistant for recommendations on popular travel destinations!
20200731_105302 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrRichter: Localized Teleportation... Seems to be pretty advanced for a place that's seizing and banning all things Magik..
Along the concourse there's someone in hooded red robes, preaching loudly to the annoyance of passerbys
20200731_105418 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrPreacher: Only the power of the elders, that which our foolish leaders have condemned, can we truly fight the forces of Ruin! They are blind! Do not trust these tyrants! Magik is not evil! evil is evil!
They approach the gate, some travellers are talking to Concierge at the gate. While they are waiting in line, a group of local thugs approach them
20200731_105451 by Kastrenzo, on Flickr
20200731_105550 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrThug: Eyy you look like important fellows. Need a travel guide? Vostok is where you wanna go for all your adventure needs.
A group of armed soldiers approach and chase them away
20200731_105637 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrSindrian Soldier: Stop harassing people and get out, go home!
They turn behind them to question some others hanging around
20200731_113314 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrEbus: Hey, who are these guys with the guns, I see soldiers everywhere but only they're armed?
Merc: This transit station is controlled by the Imperiya, only their guys are armed here... but Those guys aren't even army, not sure who they are. Volunteers of some sort, shouldn't be here...
Merc 2: Oh, hey... by the way, don't go to Vostok. They tried to pull a fast one on you, that place is a warzone... Unless that's why you're here.. you know.. to fight.
Richter speaks to the Concierge
20200731_113508 by Kastrenzo, on FlickrRichter: Hello, my accomplace and I would like to visit your government's embassy.. how could we get there, I'm not quite sure what this place is all about since we arrived...
Concierge: Oh of course!.. So our home is a little different than most of our visitors are used to. Our Realm consists of many seperate worlds that are accessable only by teleporting or flying in a special ship between one another. This is an L-Gate, you walk in it and will be teleported to another. Wherever you want to go...
As for the Embassies, I can send you there... but unfortunately I'm required to tell you that they're experiencing a signifigant backlog, there have been over 40 requests today alone, it could be weeks before you see someone!
Richter: I think it'd be in your best interest to see that we get to see someone sooner..
Concierge: I'm sorry sir.. I don't have that authority, Would you be interested in visiting one of our culture centers instead?
Ebus interrupts, with the Preacher in his company
Ebus: Don't worry about it!... I was talking with this fellow, he's convinced me that theres someone we'll want to meet..