Welcome to The Face of Sol, a timeline where the Solar System's protoplanetary disk and Sol itself forms divergently from our timeline's Solar System.Hello, and Welcome to The Face of Sol. The Face of Sol (FoS) attempts to make an outstanding use of an extensive lore and worlds, initiating the timeline from the Point of Divergence onwards. Introducing The Face of Sol, created by Ace009, JoshTheRoman and Dreamcaster1
Points of Divergence
A Different Formation of Our Solar System
The Solar Nebula collapsed 4.5 billion years BCE, and began to form the Terran Solar System. However, in this timeline, Sol forms slightly larger, and this begins to change the way the Solar System forms. One of them being the fact that our timeline's Mercury never forms. As this continues, Venus (in this timeline named Illium), forms slightly farther from the Sun, bringing it into the Terran Solar System's habitable zone. While the planet did have the potential to develop life, eventually, it's atmosphere was stripped away by the solar winds. Theia still crashes with Earth and forms Luna, but the Earth's tectonic plates are very different from our timeline at the time of Earth's formation, while Neptune (in this timeline named Juilo) is smaller than in our timeline; however, it is still a gas giant. Mars (in this timeline named Killp), in the process of Sol's formation, becomes larger than Terra and with a liquid iron core, with an atmosphere capable of sustaining life as well as a magnetic field. As a result of this sort of formation, the history of the Solar System as we know it becomes very different.
Life develops on Mars
With Mars being larger than Terra, it is able to develop a magnetic field for a prolonged period of time, and thus it is able to develop life eventually. In fact, as a result of this development, Mars becomes a very interesting habitable planet, with a capability to sustain life, and exotic animals, and plants never before seen on Earth. While this planet and Earth develop diverging evolutionary paths, the humans on Earth are still the first to develop sapience.....but not on their own.
The Von Neumanns
2.8 million years BCE. A time when man was beginning to arise on the Earth. Austrialopithecines are beginning to be hunted down by the Dinofelis species. They are on the verge of becoming extinct. In our timeline, these species evolved to give birth to the Homo genus. In this timeline, that process is greatly accelerated by the arrival of a Von Neumann probe of extraterrestrial origins. These probes began to explore the Earth, and once they detected the dying Austrialopithecines, they decided to accelerate the process of their evolution, and thus, they begin to guide the rest of the Homo genus along desirable paths for their long-extinct masters. When the probes became inactive, humanity's path towards civilization greatly accelerated, but it was not until 12,000 BCE that they began to develop agriculture in the form of Homo Sapiens. This eventually resulted in accelerated human progress that by 2015 CE in our timeline, humanity is already a sort of Type I civilization on the Kardashev Scale.