Prologue: Once upon a time a bunch of down on their luck explorers stumbled by blind jump on to a verdant and unspoilt world in an uncharted patch of space. They landed and after doing a few deep scans found the world to be absolutely jampacked with mineral wealth. There were a few odd readings in the planets noosphere but no one seemed too fussed.
Well pirates killed those explorers and decided to do some investigating of their own. They promptly all started having bad dreams and eventually went mad and killed each other.
Eventually and almost as accidentally as the first ill-fated explorers an adrift starship carrying telepathic exiles rediscovered the world. The telepaths were overjoyed to discover that the world was able to support carbon-based life and promptly settled. They named the planet Moebius.
Something was off almost from the start, hallucinations, visions and insanity afflicting the hypersensitive telepaths. Soon the worst affected became utterly demented and tried to kill anyone not similarly insane. The ‘possessed’ as they came to be known threatened to destroy the entire colony with their rampage.
For five years the unaffected battle the possessed and constant assaults upon their psyche. During this time latent telepath and leader of the colony, Serenthia Kaan, discovered that the source of the attacks. The planet was host to its own sentience; a vast telepathic field covered the entire planet.
Serenthia realized the only way to save her people was to placate the entity. She communed with the world spirit and became one with it, her physical body dying in the process. The possessed regained their sanity and the colony survived. Serenthia was venerated as a saviour.
The new colony soon began to develop a society that grew rich as the mineral wealth of the planet was exploited. Over time hyperspace lanes connected Moebius to the wider universe and corporate interests as well as new immigrants swelled the size of the world.
A curious thing occurred during those years; the world spirit was found to have retained Serenthia’s consciousness within itself. She would return to life several times over the course of millennia in order to save her people. Over time understanding of the world-spirit was lost and Serenthia became more mythological deity then historical figure.
The world continued to swell and grow, the telepath population fading into the background as the number of unattuned grew to untold billions. Two thousand years after its settlement Moebius is a vast planet-wide city of billions.
Its corporate nobility has grown rich off of its rare minerals and the sale of forbidden psychic technologies. Meanwhile, in the darkest recesses of the planet city, the poorest toil in darkness never seeing the sun. The nightmares have begun again, terrible madness afflicts the masses, a droning background noise slowly rising to become all-consuming.
But the people have forgotten the world spirit, their leaders blame extremism and poverty for the rising violence utterly ignorant of the truth. Moebius has deified Serenthia, worshipping her as an immortal god, but they have not seen her presence in centuries and they cease to believe in her return. If something is not done soon the planet will be consumed by the rising tide of madness and despair.