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The Drift
The Drift
(Plane)
Sphere Inner sphere
Alignment Neutral
Denizens Triune, androids, dreadworm

Source: The Ruined Clouds, pg(s). 47-53

The Drift is a hyperspace dimension that connects every point in the galaxy. The galaxy's inhabitants traverse the Drift as a form of faster-than-light travel.[1][2][3]

History

The Drift was exposed to mortals by the post-Gap deity Triune. This dimension cannot be accessed except through Drift engine technology associated with Triune, which gifted the technology to sentient races.[1][2][4]

Properties

Travel through the Drift removes pieces and inhabitants from other planes, including Heaven and Hell, and adds them to the Drift. Trips that cover more distance in reality tear a greater amount of matter from another plane.[1][2][5]

The Drift is unreachable through magic.[2]

Navigation

Unlike conventional astrogation, which allows for many different routes between two poitns, Drift navigation requires precisely targeted jumps that become more difficult over longer distances.

Drift beacons

Drift beacons scattered across the galaxy allow for easier targeting of Drift jumps.[6] These beacons serve as navigational buoys and are placed by priests of Triune or are spontaneously generated. The most prominent, and least understood, of these beacons is the Starstone at the center of Absalom Station; its extraordinary power allows Drift-capable ships to use it for fast transit from Drift-accessible locations to the hub.[7]

Having multiple Drift beacons at a location make it easier for a Drift engine to target that location, and it is Drift beacon density, not distance, that differentiates Near Space from the Vast.[7]

Travel times

Drift travel typically takes an amount of time proportional to the distance traveled, though that time is far less than it would take through conventional slower-than-light propulsion methods. Using the Drift to travel within a star system takes less than a week and as little as a day, while travel from the Pact Worlds to Near Space can take up to 3 weeks, and travel to the Vast can take up to a month.[7]

The sole exception is Absalom Station. Thanks to its Starstone, travel from any Drift-accessible point to Absalom station takes as little as a day and no more than a week.[7]

Intergalactic travel

There are no confirmed successful intergalactic transits using the Drift, and the reasons for any failed attempts are unknown. Theories suggest travel times might be too great to manage, or that the Drift's reach is limited, or that the dangers of such an extended expedition through the Drift are too great.[7]

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