Welcome to the ancient future of mankind. Humans have been in space tens of thousands of years, and societies have risen and fallen so many times that no one remembers where we came from. Colonies huddle together in clusters of a few star systems connected by slip-streams—artifacts of the cosmos, or perhaps a forgotten technology. Only the slipstreams allow travel faster than light. Apart from that, spacecraft make do with reaction drives, dumping heat as best they can. Lost technologies of a fallen civilization thrum beneath your feet. Just the other side of the slipstream live the last dozen members of a post-Singularity culture bent on raiding your system for the raw construction material of its moons. It’s dangerous out there—and where there’s danger, there’s the possibility of profit, if you’re brave or crazy enough to seek it out.