The Time Race
Using technology left by a temporal marauder from Gallifrey's future, Rassilon discovered the first secret of Chronoambulatory Egress. This was the key to mastering directional control of time travel and directly led to the an understanding of the glorious secrets of Time.
However the temporal marauder was just the beginning. Other species were taking an interest in time travel. It was during this era that Gallifreyans became involved in a "Time Race" with the people of the planet Crial. The Crialans were a race of telepathic bacteria that infected hosts. They were determined to become the masters of space and time. They planed to travel back in time and infect all the species in the Universe. This led to a desperate dash to see which culture would develop unlimited time travel first. Some of the Crialans' time technology was even stolen by the Gallifreyans.
Twenty three years after the Qqaba mission Rassilon returned to the Sector of Forgotten Souls and seized the nucleus of the black hole. He brought it to Gallifrey and installed it beneath the Citadel creating an even more efficient and powerful source of energy. Using Temporal Fission Omega's Black Star became the anchor point for all of History, creating the Space Time Vortex in such a way that it had always existed. At the moment the Web was anchored, other Lords of Time in the Proto-TT Capsules waited at the extreme boundaries of what would become the Noosphere. The black star was called the Prime Eye of Harmony because it anchored the Web of Time, becoming an all-seeing eye, that observes and crystallizes history. The limits of the Eye of Harmony set the Space/Time range limit for all Gallifreyan TT Capsules, and thus defined the Gallifreyan Noosphere.
One of the key developments that allowed the Gallifreyans to become the
Lords of Time was the Rassilon Imprimatur. Early capsules required a link with a pilot who had a Symbiotic Nuclei to function with in the Vortex. While the Symbiotic Nuclei had already been created in the Qqaba mission, it took Rassilon some time to reveal that exposure to the energies of the Eye of Harmony could elevate any lesser species. With their unique power over the Weak Nuclear Force the Lords of Time invented Huon Energy to be used in the Hearts of their
A few years after the creation of the Eye of Harmony,[/ref] a Lord of Time (known today as the Other) used block transfer mathematics to discover trans-dimensional Warp Matrix Engineering. This allowed the Gallifreyans to abandon Tachyonics for Warp Matrix Engineering.
By this time Gallifrey's chronosphere was filled with failed prototype TT Capsules. Some of these abandoned Capsules became sapient, escaped Gallifrey's temporal pull and slingshotted out into the space/time continuum. Despite all these failures, future breakthrough would lead the Gallifreyans to victory in the Time Race. With the achievement of the early types of TARDIS, the Gallifreyans erased the Crialans from history so that they never existed. The Gallifreyans become the true Time Lords.
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