Does everything you write have to have some meaning, some higher purpose? I think not. The whole point of writing is the freedom to express yourself. The beauty of it is you can write complete gobbledegook and it doesn’t matter so long as it’s working for you. But when you’re writing a story for other people I think it does make sense to have a back story for some things. Even if you never tell it, it probably helps to keep you consistent as the story progresses. If you want the mother of all back stories you can’t go past The Silmarillion – good luck with that one.
So what does that emblem mean:
The Guild is the repository for information on exploratory voyages, the ones that opened up the Galaxy, and the logo represents that first successful voyage. From the planet Montrachet, the adventure mapped three wayfinder stars that brought the ship safely back to the spaceport outside of the city of Duclair. Much like the mariners of old and modern spacecraft (with their star trackers) use the stars to navigate, so the Serĉanto use stars to mark their routes.
That’s OK, but stars are by no means uniform in nature. They vary enormously in size and brightness as this figure shows:
So we can do better than simply represent these things as gold stars – there is a rich variety of possibilities to draw upon. Then Navigators have always given names to features as they are discovered. Australia and New Zealand are littered with names assigned by the first European explorers, and in many cases they have stuck. So we can go a bit further with that emblem:
I couldn’t help myself:
Now I could leave it there (and probably should) but technology offers us so many other possibilities – there is no need to stay in the 2D realm anymore – put it into 3D. With a program like Blender you can do just that:
I would be the first to admit that is very rough and ready – it is. The fantastic thing about 3D is that you can create these objects in space and then move around them, mess with the lighting and the colour, and encounter serendipitous moments as you see connections or relationships that might not be possible any other way.
This is what the scene looks like in the Blender window:
That funny triangular thing in the bottom left hand corner is actually the camera used to determine the view to render the final image. If you’ve never used Blender I would recommend having a go. It’s free and very powerful but has a fiendishly difficult user interface which takes time to master. To save yourself a lot of grief work your way through this course to get you going.
That is the back story of the emblem of the Gildo de la Serĉanto.