The transshipment platform, also known as a transshipment
rig, is the single most valuable tool in the Psychlo
A transshipment rig has a raised platform and a complex console
for use by a trained operator to control the coordinates and
settings of the rig. Using exact settings, the rig is able
to transport anything on its platform to any other place in
One hundred thousand years ago a Psychlo
physicist named En untangled the riddle of teleportation.
Prior to this, it was thought that teleportation consisted
of converting energy and matter to space and then reconverting
it in another place so it would assume its natural form. But
this had never been proven. En apparently found that space
could exist entirely independent of time, energy or mass and
that all these things were actually separate items. Only when
combined did they make up a universe.
Space was dependent only upon three coordinates. When one
dictated a set of space coordinates, one shifted space itself.
Any energy or mass contained in that space thereupon shifted
with that space shift. In other words, matter and energy were
pinned to the space, and when it was exchanged with another
space, they simply changed too. Thus matter and energy would
seem to disappear in one place and appear in another. The
matter didn't actually change. Only the space did.
After this discovery was made, the Psychlos
began using it to run their industries, including mining.
With the use of teleportation, transporting large amounts
of metals and personnel to and from planets in all quarters
of space became fast, feasible and economical.
Teleportation platforms are very practical. However, one
of the limitations of a rig is that it must not have any other
teleportation platform operating within a fifty-thousand-mile
The rigs are used for transporting both ore and personnel;
however, these items are shipped separately due to speed requirements.
In an ordinary transshipment, dispatches and ore are transported
to the home planet. However, a slow firing is designed to
handle bodies without killing them.
While the above information is well known, the exact technology
teleportation is a closely guarded secret.