Hello! This is the first topic I have made aside from my introductory post, and I just wanted to talk about an idea I had about Ascension and how your species would achieve that. I think that the Ascension Gate works well for religious species, but what about very scientific species that don’t believe in anything supernatural, and think that the Ascension Gate will never be anything more than fiction? How would they achieve Ascension without the Ascension Gate? Well, I had an idea.
The species could build a Matrioshka Brain. A Matrioshka Brain is a theoretical megastructure built around a star, similar to a Dyson Swarm/Sphere that would convert as much energy from a star as possible into unimaginable amounts of computing power. The species, with their highly advanced technology, could use this machine to simulate a digital universe, where they could all upload their minds into the universe and rule over it like gods. Unimaginable amounts of time could pass in this digital universe in a fraction of a second in the real universe.
If you think this idea is good/bad, or want to share an idea, please do!
I mean researching and powering the ascension gate should be a major undertaking. After all it’s the end of the game. So this is similar / maybe what we’ll do in terms of the research required. The concept of the ascension gate is that it is this thing that seems magic to us primitive humans but interstellar empires that can harness the power output of multiple stars and do research on a galactic scale, but they actually figure out how to build one and convert their species into beings of pure energy that can mess with the fabric of reality as they please. It’s not really a religious / spiritual thing at all.
Also real science is already surpassed way before the ascension gate is being built. Already early on in the space stage with FTL and other technologies we don’t have, will transition Thrive into a scifi game.
It would be cool if little Easter eggs surrounding one of your species which ascended would pop up in your future playthroughs. Maybe a religion starts in the society stage of your next world with allusions to your previous species, or maybe you can seed the galaxy with monuments or technology to provided bonuses to another save.
It always gets rightful criticism for a lack of continuity between stages, but one thing Spore did right is having those little moments which made you feel part of a larger galaxy. For example, that spaceship which visits you in the middle of creature/tribal/city stage.
That can add to the lore of a player’s gameplay in a significant way. Kind of like how in Halo, there was a species of extinct advanced aliens which inspired the religion of the alien groups you fight.