Разработчики Jumpgate Evolution сообщили о пополнении Galactic Database новой информацией о расе октавианцев (Octavius) — в разделе Sectors размещены сведения по зонам для начинающих игру персонажей, тогда как на страничку с описанием фракций добавлены данные о встречающихся в JGE организация и группировках.
Founded untold centuries ago and preserved through history by the honor of its soldiers, Octavius is a society grounded on military discipline. Every man, woman, and child of Octavius is born into a legion and driven by the desire to restore their ancient empire to its former glory, dreaming of a day when the Empire once again rules known space. Octavius is governed by the Senate, which rules from the transported world of Ares Prime. For the moment, the imperial throne stands vacant. Generals and prelates alike dream of seizing the imperium, but in the struggles of the past century, no one faction has had the power to enforce a claim. The aggressive Phoenix Rising faction calls for conquest, to reunite and preserve humanity beneath the banner of the Nation. Aegis, meanwhile, fights to guard the Imperial Bastion and cooperates with trusted human allies against alien threats. The continual intrigue is a drain on Octavian spirit and resources and a distraction within the Senate. Should a new emperor one day be acclaimed with the full support of the legions, it could herald a dramatic Octavian resurgence.
Once, Octavius ruled a thousand worlds, and not for a moment is that forgotten by anyone with Octavian blood. Brought low many times before by ancient disasters or internal strife, Octavius has always survived to rise again. Though the Shift scattered the once-mighty Imperial forces and ripped the Nation’s very heart away from stars humanity knew, the stoic traditionalists of Octavius regard this merely as a stark turn of Fortune’s wheel, a challenge to be met with resolution and courage.
Famine, struggle, and desperation have characterized this most recent Dark Age. Enemies old and new seemed to assail the remnants of Octavius on all sides, and only through careful management and resilient defense have the Senate and the Navy once again preserved their people. As in ancient times of threat, the Imperial military organized the people. All resources were marshaled for survival. Farmers and grocers became quartermasters, clerks became military staff, scientists were placed in Research and Development divisions, and laborers fell under the auspices of the Imperial Corps of Engineers. For everyone there has always been a place of honor within Octavius, and no task too mean to be performed with pride.
Internal contention is not unknown, of course. The seat of Emperor has lain vacant since the Shift. Authority now lies with the Senate. Generals and prelates, as ever, strive amongst themselves for influence and prestige, hoping one day to be acclaimed worthy of that highest seat. Every family seeks to improve their station. Honor above all is the unspoken code, yet even bloody deeds may be forgiven by superiors if the victor can honorably prove that the good of the Nation was in some way preserved. Even Senators, trusted to direct consuls, prefects, and generals alike, quarrel over policy and engage in bitter political intrigue. Politically, two factions dominate. Phoenix Rising advocates the traditional policy of conquest, reunion of all humanity under the Octavian banner, for the sake of mutual survival. Briefly discredited in decades past, and most certainly impractical in times of scarcity, the voice of this faction has been growing gradually louder. The opposite side of the same coin, Aegis promotes the venerable creed of peace through strength. Seeing Octavians as leaders of humanity rather than conquerors, Aegis promotes a shining future of cooperation with other Nations, while defending the civilized Bastion against any threat.
The Bastion is indeed threatened. Ravager pirates and mercenary Nova Wolves gather close, seeking to wrest from Octavius that which it needs to survive. Whether opportunity or further threat lies beyond is merely a matter of perspective. But not without reason is the phoenix, the firebird reborn, the symbol and crest of Octavius. Now, after a century among these new stars, the stalwart Octavians have at last looked about themselves and found that, once again, they are strong.