The SEAS were the only ones capable of predicting the appearance of gateways to the parallel world and using them in an organized manner. Over the years the SEAS developed into apowerful secret society, whose enemies were either discredited or kidnapped to the other world.
Due to the absence of electricity and the instability of plastics in the new world, the SEAS had concentrated on the use of older but proven technologies such as steam.
Notable members and associatesEdit
- Jarvis Babbit was the founder of the SEAS.
- Ada Loven was Babbit's most trusted companion, but was suspended from the SEAS when she went against Babbit's orders.
- David Leighton was among the most powerful men in the SEAS. Following Ada's suspension, he became second in command of the society.
- Heinrich Kleemann was a member of the SEAS, but was expelled for showing Jules Verne the other world. He was apprently accepted into the society again some time after.
- Nikolaj Taslow built a machine for the SEAS, but eventually turned against them. He tried to foil them, but was banished to the ParaWorld.
- The Governor of the Holy City was in league with the SEAS.
- The Barbarian tribe were loyal Norsemen servents of the SEAS in the ParaWorld.
In 1815, as a student in Cambridge, Jarvis Babbit stumbled across documents which seem to indicate that there is another world which can be reached by entering "gateways". The location and times at which these gates open change constantly and may only be predicted using calculations based on astronomical constellations.
As analytical mathematics was not a subject in which a lot of research was done in England at the time, Babbit was faced with a problem. He was missing information absolutely critical to the calculations.
In 1820, Babbit founded the Analytical Society together with two other mathemeticians. Their goal was to introduce and propagate analytical mathematics within England. In reality, the Society is nothing other than a cover for the SEAS. Using the Analytical Society as a cover, Babbit searched for potential sponsors and others willing to join him in his endeavors without having to subject himself to public ridicule. In 1821, the Catholic church allows the dissemination of the Copernican teachings. This made it easier for Babbit to gain access to documents describing the movements of celestial bodies.
In 1822, Jean-Francois Champollion translated the Rosetta Stone, giving Babbit the basis for the successful study Egyptian writings describing the astronomical calculations required to predict the gateways. Jarvis Babbit began to design his "Differential Machine". In 1823 the "Mechanics' Institute" was founded in London and Glasgow. Babbit managed to witness his first manifestation of a 'permeation'. In 1825 two further expeditions to manifesting permeations proved successful, but were offset by three failures. The basis data for Babbit's most precise calculations appeared to be either flawed or incomplete. The SEAS returned to performing basic research.
In 1830, after a number of "experimental animals" were seen to have successfully crossed such permeations yet could not be brought back, it became obvious to the participating scientists that an essential factor had to be missing. The search for this missing factor was intensified.
In 1834, since the differential machine was not accurate enough (exact to 31 places, as proven by a reconstruction built exactly according to the original plans in 1990), Babbit designed the Analytical Engine (in principle a modern computer).
In 1846, Neptune is discovered, providing Babbit the last piece in his puzzle. His calculator wasn't the problem, after all – a planet had been missing in his calculations. From this point on he was able to predict the appearance of permeations exactly. Babbit himself was the first to take the risk of entering the other world, accompanied by a single helper.
Setting up baseEdit
In 1847, Babbit and his companion experienced a great deal of difficulty in the other world. Thanks to his genius and constant astronomical observation the scientist was finally successful in applying his theories to the other world, as well. In October the two finally returned to Earth after having spent over a year in the other world.
After considerable preparation a larger expedition set off for the other side. Babbit chose the gateway well, and seven scientists and a number of servants managed to make it through with their equipment. Development begans in Ash Valley, as did the construction of a submarine in order to move about the world unseen by the local inhabitants.
In 1864, in his search for affluent sponsors, Heinrich Kleemann decided to show Jules Verne the other world. He there showed him the new headquartes, prototype spaceships and the SEAS' submarine.
Upon his return Jules Verne wrote "From the Earth to the Moon", whereby the technology he described was clearly influenced by what he has seen. Kleemann was expelled from the SEAS for his ill-considered actions and the danger they presented to the Society.
In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. This sped the development of the SEAS base in the new world immensely.
In 1871, Heinrich Kleemann began to excavate at Troy in the hope of finding his own way into the other world. Babbit simulated his own death in order to supervise operations in the other world. Due to his long stays there he had aged but little since his 60th birthday.
In 1884 Nicolaj Taslow arrived in New York and worked with such greats as Edison and Westinghouse before going into business for himself. His brilliant research and accomplishments brought him to the SEAS attention.
Ten years after, Babbit contacted Taslow to offer him a commission to invent an electrical machine capable of calculating the appearance of gateways with the utmost precision. Even though he had no interest whatsoever in the other world he accepted the job for the challenge it proposed.
After a year, Taslow was successful in building the desired machine. He and Babbit celebratde deep into the night. The next day Taslow realised Babbit's plans for the other world - so he burnt down his own laboratory, his plans, and his machines.
Taslow moved to Long Island, where he began to set up a radio station and a system designed to transmit energy wirelessly. His secret goal was to prevent the SEAS from travelling between the worlds. However, the laboratory on Long Island was forced to close for financial reasons before Taslow could complete his work.
In 1914, World War I begans. Babbit returned after a long abscence and, appalled at the changes, returned once more to the other world.
In 1937 Taslow, who still tried to foil the SEAS wherever possible, was badly injured in an automobile "accident".
In 1942, Babbit was disgusted at the state of the world. For the first time he seriously considered leaving the Earth forever. Taslow accused Babbit of being partially resposible for the state of the world, as his example encouraged some of the worlds best minds "to think of nothing other than flight and exile".
The following year, the SEAS faked the death of the 86 year-old Taslow.