Verse map, history, technology etc for fanfic

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:54 AM


If anyone can provide these for me. I really want to tell a story about the verse, but I dont know the layout of the planets, maybe some historical facts about the verse, maybe even some info about the technology would be very helpful. Something is better than nothing.

Thanks. (I hope i put this in the right section.)


*Firefly is my escape, it doesnt work to tell people about firefly because i get too excited and scare them away, i have to set a trap!


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 10:51 AM


This is from Serenity: The Official Visual Companion. It was written by Joss Whedon himself.


A Brief History of the Universe circa 2507A.D.

by Joss Whedon

"Earth-That-Was couldn't handle the growing population and resource needs of humankind. Amazingly enough, instead of wiping itself out, the human race rose to the challenge of finding a new home for the species. A nearby star was located, home to dozens of planets and hundreds of moons, almost all of which had enough mass and solidity to be templates for new earths. Through giant atmosphere processing plants, terraforming technologies, gravity regulation and the introduction of every known form of Earth life, each planet became its own little (or in some cases, huge) Earth. Every person willing and able to leave the Earth migrated to the new system. An entire generation never even saw the outside of a spaceship, the journey took so long. But the planets were ready for habitation (despite the odd quirk of nature or miscalculation on a few) and civilization as we knew it began to rebuild. The work started on the two largest, most central planets, SIHNON and LONDINIUM.

"On Earth-That-Was, the two ruling powers were once known as America and China. Though their empires remained separate, the two powers worked together throughout the colonization process, their cultures - as so many had - melding at many levels. Londinium, called so after the Roman name for England's capital (a country long before annexed by America in a somewhat ironic reversal), represented what was once the American Empire. Sinon ('SEE-non,' a bastardization of Sino, our word for 'Chinese') was the new China, basically. These two powers, still working in harmony, grew at once into the most populous and advanced civilizations in the new galaxy.

"'Advanced' meant just that: these were enlightened cultures, with respect for all non-aggressive religious beliefs (though the main religion on both was Buddhism). Literacy levels were at 94%. Average lifespan was 120. Public Service was not law - it was simply an ingrained part of the people's ethos. And pot was totally legal (though I probably won't stress that). (In fact, forget I said it.) The point is, certain social mores had evolved (whether forwards or backwards is a matter of opinion) beyond our modern conceptions. As, for example, sex. Prostitution as we understand it had long since been abolished by the legalization and strict federal regulation of the sex trade. 'Companion' houses were set up throughout the central planets. No house could ever be run by a man. No Companion could ever be coerced into accepting a client. Companions trained in all the arts, extremely well schooled. They lived not unlike Nuns, worked not unlike Geishas, and often rose to political or social prominence when they retired.

"Such was life on the central planets: among them Sihnon, Londinium, and Osiris (where Simon and River Tam grew up). On the outer planets, things were a mite different.

"The thing is, we had enough worlds to go around, but not enough resources. And people didn't exactly stop making babies. The outer planets, the worlds and moons that hadn't been chosen to house the new civilization - they were the destination for the poorer, more extreme, the pioneers. They traveled out to the nearest planet someone hadn't claimed yet and started turning their rockets into roofs. Building off whatever the land had been shaped to provide them with. Some of these people were brought near to savagery by the conditions they encountered. Some were just hard-working, independent folk who didn't want their lives mapped out for them before they'd lived them. Didn't want convenience. Some were orthodox in their beliefs to the point where they were not comfortable among non-believers, and wanted whole worlds where they would not be slowly homogenized into society. And some had reason to avoid the law.

"There were troubles. There were famines, there were wars - the human race didn't get better or smarter just 'cause they had made scientific leaps. Things were definitely more peaceful among the Central Planets, but that peace was bought at a price. Nothing resembling totalitarianism, but a certain regulation of existence that would not sit well with some. And even among these planets, conflicts over resources, trade, and political influence strained the civil relations of sister nations. In an effort to unite and quell this conflict, the Central Planets formed the ALLIANCE, a governing structure that unified them all under one governing body, the PARLIAMENT. The few members represented each planet, and worked in genuine harmony to fulfil each planet's various needs, economically and politically. In harmony, and very often, in secrecy.

"For we are nothing more than humans, however high we reach. The Parliament ruled over people with fairness and intelligence, but also with a strong army and a wary eye toward any insurrection. The MILITARY COUNCIL worked under the Parliament to deliver swift, effective control of any real unrest among them or their neighbors. And even beyond the knowledge of the Military council were other bodies, secret bodies ... human experimentation. Spies. Assassins. Schemes, secret up to the highest level, to get people to behave. To improve.

"The real trouble started when the Alliance started to look beyond its borders to the worlds around them. Partially out of a desire to see life improved there (and it WAS often unnecessarily barbaric), to bring all the planets into the fold of enlightenment, and partially out of a simple imperialistic wish for control and need for resources off-limits to them, the Parliament - and the Allied planets as a whole - decided that EVERY planet should become part of their program. Should be an Alliance planet, whether they wanted to or not.

"The War for Unification was the most devastating in human history. Outer planets such as Hera (where the battle of Serenity was fought), Persephone, and Shadow mustered forces - more than half volunteers - to stop what they felt to be nothing more than imperialist hegemony. For almost five years the war tore into the planets between the central ones and the rim worlds (fighting never reached such pissant moons as Whitefall or Beaumonde, nor did it touch Sihnon and Londinium, except in the odd protest or terrorist act). The forces of the Alliance had the technology and the weapons to overcome almost any foe. But they never expected the kind of resistance the other planets could provide. They did not expect so many men and women to still consider freedom worth dying for.

"Malcolm Reynolds was on Shadow, living on a cattle ranch his mother ran, when he joined up. He was a smart kid but green. He joined out of belief and nothing more. Five years gone found his homeworld destroyed, his army beaten down, and every shred of belief ripped out of him. He had made Sergeant by then, of the 57th Overlanders. Would have gone higher if he had ever kept a single opinion to himself. But he wasn't in the war to get a title. He was there to fight, and in the Battle of Serenity, waged for seven gruelling weeks on Hera, he fought like nobody else. Some say the valley was the bridge between the worlds, and that when it fell the Independents fell with it. Surely Mal believed it, for he and his held the valley for a good two weeks AFTER the Independent High Command had already surrendered.

"When it was all done, there was some talk of holding the 'Browncoats' such as Mal who had held Serenity Valley as war criminals, since the war had officially ended. They were held in camps for a short time, but the Alliance considered it an important gesture to free them. The stain of criminality never left those few thousand - but in some quieter circles, the legend of their tenacity made them heroes."

If you briefly post your email address, I'll email you the far more detailed info on Verse history and detailed info on the planets and moons, corporations, organizations, religion that was in the Serenity: RPG.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 3:37 PM


Um, hey, could you send that far more detailed version to '' too? I'd like that. :D

And yes, my email address is awesome.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 4:32 PM


Firefly Wiki has a listing for technology, plus a map of Serenity, episode guides, and lots of other fun stuff.

There's a map in the BSR showing the planets in their orbits:

Hope this helps!

"I love my captain."


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 7:57 PM


my email is and that'd be great. Thank you very much.


*Firefly is my escape, it doesnt work to tell people about firefly because i get too excited and scare them away, i have to set a trap!


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 8:13 PM


Also, if you get a chance to take a look at the Serenity RPG, it has a lot of tasty little tidbits about the various worlds and how they operate. The corebook's come in tremendously handy for my fanfic adventures.

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal, Fox!


Wednesday, March 15, 2006 10:48 PM


I've emailed you both.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:36 AM


I'd love an email of that info too please, if you can! Thanks.


Monday, April 3, 2006 8:33 PM


This has nothing to do with this subject. Just saw a comment you made under an image (Mal on horse) and was trying to find the Was told the name was for sale. Is there some other spelling or is it .net???

Please let me know.

While I spend most of my time here, I do occasionally go and look elsewhere.


Live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.


Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:23 AM


Humblest apologies. It's

Sorry for wastin' your time, but it will be worth it...



Wednesday, April 5, 2006 8:09 AM


Thanks!! I'll go check it out. Well, I will when I can. I'm actually supposed to be working at the moment.

Live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.


Monday, April 10, 2006 10:59 AM


my E-mail is and I've been looking for a map of the verse and will be much abliged if you E-mail me one!



Sunday, August 12, 2007 9:08 PM


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I've been looking for that stuff for a while! I would be all manner of grateful if you could e-mail it to me (if you still have that stuff on hand I know it's been a while) my e-mail is

Thanks !!!

—"You know, you're not quite right."

—*grins*"That's the popular theory."


Monday, August 13, 2007 2:30 AM



Here is a great site with lots of great info:

with info like this:

Firefly Information:

* About Firefly
* Firefly Episode Guide
o Characters
o Actors
* Firely Lexicon
* Firefly Links
* Firefly Timeline
* Firefly Theme Song
* Firefly Universe (design)
o Medicine
o Places
o Planets
o Ships
o Technology
o Weapons


Monday, August 13, 2007 3:50 AM


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Wuh duh ma huh ta duh fung-kwong duh wai-shung doh! That's neat ! Thanks.

—"You know, you're not quite right."

—*grins*"That's the popular theory."


Saturday, September 22, 2007 3:26 PM


just vumpin whats useuful:)


Saturday, September 29, 2007 12:52 PM


Me too!!
potterworkmail at


Saturday, February 23, 2008 4:47 PM


hey, could you send me that version too. My email is


Thursday, March 13, 2008 5:22 PM


Toss me a bone please!

Many thanks

There's a widow in sleepy Chester
Who weeps for her only son;
There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
A grave that the Burmans shun;
And there's Subadar Prag Tewarri
Who tells how the work was done.


Thursday, April 16, 2009 10:52 PM


For those still looking, this stuff is on the Official Map of the Verse by QMX (available Nov 09), and in the White Paper posted online around Feb 09.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:20 AM


please send!

Mine is an EVIL laugh!






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