Ex Tempore
 

I saw Eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light
-- Henry Vaughan

Introduction

Ex Tempore is a time travel setting, intended to be fairly hard sf but dealing with issues of culture, politics and exploration. When time travelers find themselves stranded not just centuries from home, but in a world where their home will never ever occur, what do they do? How to deal with people from alternate timelines and beings from alternative earths and universes? What do you do when you find yourself stranded at the gates of a technological Heaven and Hell?

In Ex Tempore history is something constantly being edited: it is erased and rewritten again and again, by beings whose motivations range from curiosity and aesthetics to grandiose schemes to reshape all of reality in their image. Whether the universe will continue to exist is a political issue, not physics.

The Setting

The universe, time and time travel

Ex Tempore and the Ex

Namaqua

Politics of Namaqua

Technology

Terminology

Reading Suggestions

Beings

Beings

Trilos

Strigae

Timelines

Overall timeline

Republica Aquincorum

Shoukakegawa

The Immortal Kuang Empire

Magellanica

The Big D

The Tranquility War

Cultures

Karnetn

Lamplandae

N'Modugno

Nitlaki

Belkazanthe

Game Resources

Operation Fukuyama

Contingency Orders

Evaluation Form

Babel Disease

Flaws, Virtues and Backgrounds for the Storyteller system suitable for Ex Tempore campaigns.

Running Ex Tempore Campaigns