The Gate to Everywhere was one of several attempts to improve the Ring Transit System. Prior to the entrance of Humanity into the galactic community, the RTS had seen very little change in centuries. Little more was being done with continued development, beyond attempts to streamline the process of deploying new Rings. With Humanity introducing the first truly new method of FTL travel, many feared the potential collapse in usage of the RTS network. While we now know that idea to have been largely a panic reaction, several major advancements did come out of said reaction, the product of various experiments begun in attempts to keep the RTS competitive.

The most spectacular failure among these experiments is arguably The Gate to Everywhere. This failed experiment was envisioned by noted physicist Walter Hamilton as a way to create a single, central gate that would allow ships to jump to any place in the known galaxy. It ultimately exploded with such violence on first powering up fully, that it destabilized local space for some days. Such was the destabilization, that one ship involved in the experiment may even have been temporarily ejected from reality entirely, though claims to this effect have yet to be completely proven.

Despite being, in most ways, an abject failure, The Gate to Everywhere did produce a number of major upgrades to the Ring Transit System as a whole. In addition to these hardware improvements, the project also pioneered use of natural Rift energies for artificially directed travel. This would eventually lead to another of the known methods of faster-than-light travel, giving rise to city-ships that collect Rift energy and use it to open small artificial rifts for cargo and passenger vessels.

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