Supreme Commander Profile Preview - The History of the Aeon Illuminate

We have some of the first details regarding the history and background of the mysterious Aeon Illuminate, the third playable faction in this anticipated real-time strategy game.

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THQ and Gas Powered Games' Supreme Commander remains one of the most anticipated games of 2007 thanks to its huge scale and pedigree. Considered to be the spiritual heir to 1997's acclaimed Total Annihilation (both games were designed by Chris Taylor), Supreme Commander will feature gigantic battlefields with the idea of putting the "strategy" back into real-time strategy. It will also feature intense combat, futuristic units, and plenty of nuclear explosions. What's not to like?

Meet the Aeon Illuminate, a human faction armed with alien technology and an alien philosophy.

Of the three factions in Supreme Commander, the one we know the least about is the Aeon Illuminate. The Aeon forces are barely glimpsed in the videos and screenshots of the game released thus far, as much of the focus has been on the United Earth Federation and the Cybran Nation. But now we have some of the first details regarding the history and background of this mysterious faction.

Aeon History

Like the Cybran Nation and the UEF, the Aeon Illuminate is a human faction, though it's one that's heavily influenced by alien technology and philosophy. The roots of the Aeon Illuminate go back to the second great human expansion into the galaxy, when the Earth Empire settled a large number of newly discovered worlds. On the planet Seraphim II, however, humanity encountered the first intelligent alien life.

Unfortunately, as happens to be the case in these situations, tragedy unfolded. Trent Smith, the human commander, ordered a violent crackdown on the aliens. This was completely unwarranted, as the aliens followed a philosophy of peace and love. However, it was believed that Smith had a psychological flaw in his character that led him to such belligerent behavior.

Not all the colonists obeyed Smith, though, and a small group made friends with the aliens and learned their ways. This included advanced research into quantum and temporal mechanics. These humans also were exposed to the aliens' peace and love philosophy and became enamored with it.

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Fearing that the aliens were brainwashing humans, the Empire attempted to eradicate the aliens. To the Empire's surprise, the aliens responded with highly advanced war machines based on their technology. A stalemate followed, only to be broken by a devastating viral weapon unleashed on the aliens. With the end at hand, the dying aliens taught their "way" to their human allies. This included a vision of the future with the galaxy torn apart by war and life on hundreds of worlds wiped out. The human sympathizers realized that following the alien "way" was the only way to avoid such a future, and so they adopted the philosophy wholeheartedly.

Thus, the Aeon Illuminate was founded. It is a faction with the ultimate goal of peace, but also one that believes that this message of peace must be spread by any means necessary. It may sound hypocritical, but the Aeon believe that if they fail then humanity will destroy itself. Thus, the only way to instill universal peace is to eliminate disparate beliefs and replace it with the "way."

Timeline

Aeon Containment
2679 - The newly enlightened humans from Seraphim II inform the Earth Empire that it must adopt their "way" in order to prevent galactic catastrophe. The Empire responds by establishing a quarantine around Seraphim II and dispatching military forces to put down the revolt and recover the alien technology.

2679.3 - EarthCom military forces on Archon VIII, a border world near the quarantine zone, report civilian resistance. Soon, other border worlds are in revolt, and contact with those worlds is lost.

2679.8 - Contact with all EarthCom forces in or near the quarantine zone is lost. To prevent the revolt from spreading, the Empire destroys all quantum gates near the quarantine zone.

The Aeon believe in peace, and are willing to wage war to get it.

2812 - The Earth Empire has more than doubled in size with the establishment of new colonies. However, EarthCom is stretched to the breaking point. Already busy with the Cybran revolt, EarthCom is forced to pull forces away from the Aeon quarantine. The Aeon take advantage and break out of the quarantine zone.

2817 - The Aeon launch a coordinated strike on nine worlds. EarthCom rallies and contains the offensive, but cannot make any headway against it. Both sides settle into a war of constant skirmishing along this front line.

Discussion

85 comments
rockerode
rockerode

i so want to be the aeon, they are in my opinion the best!

LegionofClouds
LegionofClouds

dammit i want to be in the beta test T_T it looks so awesome i probably would be just able to run this game at its lowest specs well maybe with a few extra things thrown in and a bit of tweaking... but anyway this is an awesome game and the Aeon look espacially cool they have awesome looking units ^^

De_ath
De_ath

Stop comparing games... I've seen this on SC and that on Tiberium Sun...Oh big deal. Here's my question. Have you ever seen terran like units and NOD like units fight? Would you like to? With new story, with new tech and in a HUGE map? I thought so.

alchemist889
alchemist889

This game is looking great! Though my playstyle best matches that of the UEF, I sympathize the most with the Cybrans... But I'll love blowing up these traitorous alien-loving heretics no matter who I play as.... FOR THE EMPEROR!!!

thebigabd
thebigabd

Sounds great... after reading all of the updates, it seems I will be mainly a Cybran player... of course I will try all of them, but Cybran appears to be my faction...

saliutamario
saliutamario

Know minimum specs for playing this game yet? I'm not sure my computer can handle this game.

FireJade
FireJade

As I read through the description, I at first thought this race would be my favorite... but they sound like they're going to indoctrinate as many people as they can in "the way." I wouldn't be surprised if a heavy-handed dictator popped up sometime to enforce "the will of the Aeon Illuminate"...

DarkLord
DarkLord

The Aeon: So Peaceful that they'll kick your butt so you are too! They certainly look the most alien of the 3. I wonder what they'll have to keep them interesting...

Xiux
Xiux

The Aeon: Hippie aliens that have been royally pissed off.

Necrobob121
Necrobob121

I watched the trailer for this game. and i want to get a whole new computer just to play this game.

KingShivan
KingShivan

Well, pathetic back-story aside, I'd have to say that the similarities to other great RTS franchises only encourages me more for this game. I mean, Starcraft- 3 factions, great game. Became a korean national sport. hmm... apart from starcraft, I don't have any other first-hand experience of similar games, but judging from other comments, I can only find it encouraging that it's similar to other great games of the past. And remember that what got ALL of our attentions to this game was not the units, was not the different races or their qualities... it was 2 things and 2 things only- Rediculously huge arena for more Strategic gameplay; Total Annihilation. And personally, that's all I need. (and the Aeon are more similar to the Brotherhood of nod than just their philosophy of "peace through power". According to most C&C fan sites who chronicle known c&c story and make educated guesses about probable story, both nod and the aeon were influenced by aliens, make use of time technology, and have the similar fanatical philosophies. Although, the major differance here is that from the aeon backstory, we can only assume that their aliens were the kindest, coolest kind of aliens, whereas the whole tiberium war in C&C is possibly due to a terraforming attempt by aliens who sent tiberium to earth and may be using Nod to further the terraforming efforts. So the main thing to get from this is that the Aeon Illuminate are almost the good guys along with the cybrans, while Nod and their aliens really ARE the bad guys...)

dudecus420
dudecus420

Uhh ..... peace through war ??????

rhcpvisigoth
rhcpvisigoth

I seriously hope that GPG doesn't disappoint me. I've been looking forward to more games from these guys ever since Dungeon Siege 2 (if I'm not mistaken...). Gamespot DOES have a lot to say on SC, but we'll all have to play the stinkin' demo before the game. I don't think I'm gonna take any chances with SC, considering all the hype around it...

theone86
theone86

Will all you people with no lives quit comparing the SC factions with any and every comprable faction in RTS history? Yes, there're a lot of similarities because there're only so many ways to balance the strenths and weaknesses of different factions in a RTS game. Furthermore, there're only so many different types of units. A cheap, inexpensive ground troop is just that whether hes holding a sword and shield or an uber-futuristic machine gun. The trick is making a game that doesn't recycle storylines or gameplay mechanics. So far, it seems like SC is doing a pretty good job on both counts

animeart
animeart

Oh wow! From now it can be my FAVORIT FACTION! Sounds like very positive. Thank for the news.

darfvader
darfvader

They come in peace , like every alien scum who tries to invade our planet.

ezra1
ezra1

This game will be the God of RTS, and be what Empire At War Should of been.

JesseEK
JesseEK

I feel its kinda like the 3 planetside races..... UEF - New Conglomerate Cybran - Terran Republic Aeon - Vanu Soverntry I loved planetside when it came out . Still do a little. (Red and Blue colors even match up for both games)

SolInvictus-HGG
SolInvictus-HGG

Cybrans are a cybernetically enhanced, evolved form of human. They are to humans as humans are to monkeys, hence their big spider robot is called a Monkeylord, or lord over the monkeys. Terrans? No way. The UEF are a bunch of pro-human fascists who want to reclaim the galaxy for humanity, and they are bent on destroying the Cybrans who want their independence and are afraid of their evolutionary superiority and the Aeon whom they do not understand. The Aeons are religious zealots who seek to "illuminate" (hence Aeon Illuminate) the infidel humans with their knowledge of the stars, through the 'technology of peace'. When they're through destroying absorbing humanity into their fold, the galaxy will finally be at peace. The peaceful aliens whom they gained their knowledge are dead, long since destroyed by the UEF, but their knowledge rests with the Aeon. Of all the factions, I like the Cybrans the most - but I'll have to admit that the Aeon units look freaking cool.

DaDestroyer
DaDestroyer

UEF-GDI AEON-NOD Cybran-Terrans from starcraft.

DaDestroyer
DaDestroyer

Brotherhood of Nod-"peace through power" "the technology of peace"

DaDestroyer
DaDestroyer

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gdinod074
gdinod074

This reminds me of an RTS version of Planetside. Which is an awsome idea. The main human empire(Terran Republic - UEF), the first small group to break away for independants(New Conglomerate - Cybran), and the humans that break away thinking alien technology is the best way(Vanu Sovereignty - Aeon).

SimuLord
SimuLord

So the Aeons are the Cuotl then, and the other two are the Vinci and the Alin? OR, as someone else said, we've played this game before, and in South Korea they're still playing it. Either way I'll probably give it a pass, especially since the sys-reqs will be prohibitive (my computer already chokes on Oblivion.)

cblamo
cblamo

Yeah. The Aeon back story is a little iffy. What with all the hypocrisy and contradiction. Otherwise, just give me a time machine so I can go play it. And a new computer. And a cybernetic brain for me to upload into. I don't ask for much.

t0M0733
t0M0733

While I'm definatly looking forward to this game i must say that elements of it are looking a bit "same old" and a little bit dirivative of some of the very first RTS's i mean 3 teams with the colours blue, red and green and with one team looking to be all hyper advanced (Aeon) one having lots of power and then one being a bit between the two of them To me that says DUNE 2 Also i must say that so far the Aeon have got to have the lamest backstory so far. Minor critisms aside iI'm still dying to play this game as it looks like the kind of RTS id like

Turisman4
Turisman4

It looks really cool, and my computer can definitely run it. Except for my pathetic 512 mb of system RAM.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

I don't care what anybody says or what happens, this game will be good.

rodrigo_br
rodrigo_br

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LoneHusky
LoneHusky

The Aeon Illuminate got it right... after they lose the war against the UEF and the Cybran, then the future unfolds just as the aliens showed the converted humans. Only 2 sides continue waging war between then, 1 of them decides to put all their knowledge into a single computer consciousness while the other opts for cloning, then war ravages the galaxy and decimates 1000 worlds for millennia. And Total Annihilation takes place :D Just as it was meant to be... PS: I'll be damned if supreme commander is not a TA pre-quel :D

lord-omega
lord-omega

i have a GeForce 7300 gs .. do you think i can run this game ?

j_sparks777
j_sparks777

It's all about the CPU, they do the big army numbers...*sigh*. .....GODDAMN PENTIUM D....you promised me performance. I got nothing, you hear?! NOTHING!!! Ok, Done. Yeah, a new CPU is in order. ooh.....Core 2 Duo?

AquaMantor
AquaMantor

The moment I looked at the screenshots for this game, I immedietely realized: "My PC will NOT run this" that is...unless you can lower down the graphics to the point where every unit is a red and grey shape that disappears instead of exploding when it dies, and the environment turns into a flat, green plain. I might be exaggerating, but if the game is at the scale that they say it is, I might not. I think everyone should keep in mind what kind of specs you will need to run this.

last12exile
last12exile

Did anyone see that first screenshot! This game is amazing!

SilverDeath
SilverDeath

Peace.... at the end of a barrel of a sub atomic plasmic fusion cannon.

SunnySimantov
SunnySimantov

Don't you see its like Warcraft and not Starcraft? UEF= Human Cybran = Night Elf Aeon = Undead kidding :P Meh, stop the comparing crap and start commenting about the faction itself!!

DerekLee688
DerekLee688

Forget the toy tanks and paper air planes. Show me some big alien-inspired superweapon! I don't care if it looks like a Scarab rip off from Halo 2, it will still be cool. Unit wise, the Cybran's got the coolest looking big-boy. I wanna see the UEF's and the Aeon's big units!

arczero01
arczero01

seems pretty interesting if i ever get a good pc i might have to go out and get this one

overlord5
overlord5

Sounds awesome but" you will have peace or i'll kill you all and plunder your homes "is kind of a wierd philosophy. so does this mean hippie+pirate+warlord=Aeon

Pharoah6
Pharoah6

I may play as an Aeon. Kind of a funny philosphy. " We know better than you.. no really we do.. wanna fight about it?" I also really like the Cybran so its between those two for me. This game is definately why I will being going all out on my next system. Looking forward to playing.

akhorahill
akhorahill

At least the hype is great. All I see is yet another RTS thats going to change the genre forever, much like the last half dozen. You can actually use the very same remarks about this RTS to the next. Maybe peeps forgot all the noise about Rise of Legends... it would be great too, wouldn't it ? I don't see why there's so much noise about scale ... but it seems to be only me.

freakykidd
freakykidd

HunterX was right about the sides being a bit like Starcraft's. Only they are all human... and there wont be any aliens, just people who use advanced technology. Oh, and this game will be much better than Starcraft IMO.

suomies
suomies

Still looking awesome! Supreme commander will sell about a gazillion copies in 2007.

zminos
zminos

Chinbobbabobot I was thinking the same. the thing is scale, when playing TA etc 64mb maps were a mission to play for my system at the time. now upgrading is way cheaper even here in NZ and games and beer are what I care about. shhhh don't tell my partner. :)

Asmodeious
Asmodeious

This just proves that hippies are everywhere. Including the far stretches of universe.

chickenoverlord
chickenoverlord

These guys sounds pretty cool... I'm still wondering if the scale is too big tho