The ringworlds have the ability to create artificial wormholes to other solar systems with limitless range. Each ringworld arc contains a set of four enormous particle accelerators parallel to each other. When activated, the ringworld particle accelerators harness the power of the sun to open multi dimensional portals, enabling travel across the universe instantly.
Creating these artificial wormholes requires a preon particle, harvested from the target star. This means it isn't possible to create a connection to an unexplored system.
All ringworlds have a control center. It is always located on arc 1 at 0°E 0°N.
The control Center looks like a square platform with a pillar in each corner, in the middle is a tiny hologram of the ringworld.
While holding a preon particle in your hand the ringworld hologram the sun appear at its center, lighting the ringworld. The lighting shows the current night and day areas of the ringworld. In addition, a lit spot appears on the ringworld as a "you are here" marker. Only the avatar holding the preon sees this effect. Other light sources, such as your environment suit light and vehicle lights, may interfere with the hologram so it is best to extinguish them.
The star gate is activated simply by dropping the preon particle on the control center's platform.
The control Center will take one preon particle from the platform every cycle. A cycle starts when all the ringworld's particle accelerators (the mountains between each arc) have clear line of sight to the ringworld's star and ends when the shadow casters block the line of sight. Due to the geometry of the ringworld and position of the control center, the activation cycle corresponds with the sunset to sunrise period on the platform.
When the cycle ends, the artificial wormhole dies. This means that activating the star gate close to the end of a cycle will cause a very short lived wormhole.
The artificial wormhole will appear at 0°E 90°N of the ringworld's star and the exit will appear at 0°E 90°S of the destination solar system's primary star. The exit wormhole always appears at the primary star, even if the preon particle was harvested from a companion star.
The originating wormhole created is positive and the destination wormhole is a negative wormhole, in other words it is a two-way wormhole just like naturally occurring wormholes. This means that it is possible for spacecraft at the destination to travel through the wormhole to the ringworld system.
While the star gate is active, the ringworld's particle accelerators will be firing particle beams at the ringworld's star. The light output from the origin and destination stars is reduced by half while the star gate is open, giving them a darker appearance. Farms, orchards and solar power plant production may be affected. Outer worlds could drop below the light level needed for the locals to work without electrical power. These conditions are temporary, passing when the star gate closes.
Legends describe an ancient Empire that spanned the Universe. Their expansive reign was made possible by building a vast network of interconnecting star gates. To accomplish this feat, they developed technology to build ringworlds using the crushed remains of planets that once orbited the ringworld's sun. As the Empire spread among the galaxies, they built their ringworlds, a lasting testament to the former glory of the Empire.
A steady supply of preon particles at each end of the star gate connections maintained valuable arteries of travel that heralded a golden age of civilization in the Universe. All empires fade in time, rotting from within. Greed led to war. With their cities battered and cratered, preon harvesters stopped returning from their missions. Connections were lost; the network broke down and disintegrated. Daunted by the star travel needed to reconstruct the network, the empire withered, faded into obscurity. This was the beginning of the dark ages of their downfall.