Thursday, November 16, 2017

Narmada Subsector Library Data           

Note that this blog entry will be updated periodically to reflect later adventures.  Currently, it only has information that is current as of Volume I.

085-773 (2214 X3356AC-0) *Red Zone*
The alien lifeforms found here have a silicate-based biology and view carbon-based lifeforms as food.  After five failed attempts at making contact (resulting in dozens of fatalities), the Imperium has declared this world off-limits.
553-088 (1719 X333443-4) *Red Zone*
The inhabitants of this world are the surviving offspring of a penal colony that was abandoned nearly six hundred years ago.  The residents are a collective that is dedicated to its own survival – meaning they will appropriate anyone and all their possessions by force to aid in that goal…
Abava (1912 C573262-4)
Baron Gervas hault Abava oversees a single diminutive settlement of planetary engineers and their families as the Imperial Science Bureau attempts to make the planet’s atmosphere more suitable for additional colonization.
Baron Gervas hault Abava (b. 1047)
Baron Gervas, the owner and ruler of the planet that is named after his family, bucked Imperial tradition and served twenty years in the IISS as a planetary surveyor.  He has put his career experience to good use as he leads a team of planetary engineers attempting to remove contaminants from the planet Abava’s atmosphere.
Acute Zonal Occult Outer Retinopathy (AZOOR)
A new, weaponized strain of this degenerative eye disease was reported on Narmada (1918 Wayhaven) in 1105 where the onset of vision symptoms advanced over a period of weeks instead of years. Quick action by Dr. Marquis Westin Toyama stopped the outbreak,
Alagon (1819 D300300-8)
The thousand or so residents of this abandoned mining facility are descendants of the workers who refused to leave when the megacorporation operating it pulled out over two centuries ago.  The people are still extracting salable ores and minerals, trading them for the essentials needed to maintain the facilities.
Back Berth
Among spacers, especially Imperial Navy service members, this is an insult of the highest order, and will often be met with anger and possibly violence.  Derived from ancient wet navy terminology, it means “of least importance” or “worthless” when used to refer to a person or spacecraft – which was typically assigned to the back of a convoy, furthest away from the flagship – the back berth.
Bandalor (2317 C647416-8)
The Bandalor Filter Mask Corporation (BFMC) became the government of this world three hundred years ago by maintaining a hammerlock on the one commodity no resident or visitor to this world could live without.  Other aspects of the planetary government are run by subsidiary companies in which BFMC holds the plurality or majority share.
Barlow (2017 C120404-D)
This small radio-isotope mining colony is the personal fief of Baroness Danielle Barlow, who has been using some of the profits from the family business to fund private terraforming efforts. Many would-be miners find that work here is scarce, fueling a burgeoning homeless transient problem on a world with little living space.
Sir Charles Barlow (b. 1086)
The youngest child of Baroness Danielle Barlow is the Imperial Liaison for his family’s world, knighted in 1104 by Duke Darius Ingersoll. He is an outspoken advocate for the homeless, refugees and other displaced persons throughout the subsector, and is frequently engaged in efforts to assist them.
Baroness Danielle Barlow (b. 1053)
The ruler of the planet that bears her family’s name looks somewhat younger than her physical age of 53, but is the mother of four children, three of which were conceived artificially after the death of her husband, Sir Noland Pembroke.  She is cordial to most, but has cunning, and some would say ruthless, business sense as well.
Belgran (2217 D477653-A)
The Chartered Belgran Corporation acts as both employer and government for this world, hiring a number of other contractors to provide the various government services needed by its 1.2 million residents.  While subcontracting those services to other parties is supposed to be illegal, the CBC has better things to do than pare its limited law-enforcement resources that fine…
Benue (1916 A584578-B)
This high-tech agricultural world is a hotbed of tension between the larger corporate operations and the independent and family farms that have been increasingly displaced by them.  Several incidents over the past decade have made activists more vocal and have brought mercenaries to both side for defense…
Beowulf-class Type-A Free Trader
The most common commercial vessel class in known space, this is a Jump-1, 1G acceleration vessel with ten staterooms, 20 low berths and 84 tons of cargo space.  It is frequently used to haul incidental trade between worlds off the main trade routes and for engaging in speculative trade.
Clear Skies to You
This is a common expression among spacers as a way to wish interstellar travelers good luck or good fortune.
Damas (2413 C326534-6)
The busiest X-boat hub in the subsector is home to a Scout base as well.  The aristocratic elite who run this world ensure that all of its populace is polite and efficient to all visitors.  However, there have been a number of high-profile individuals from off-world who have gone missing here over the past year with no explanation and seemingly no effort by its government to locate them…
This is a spacer slang term for heavy water – the fuel of standard spacecraft fusion reactors.  The hydrogen atoms of the standard water molecule are the isotope deuterium which is electrically separated from the oxygen atom before being injected into the fusion chamber.  While carrying fuel in this form is less efficient, it is easier to manufacture and store than atomic hydrogen.
Dilgry (1812 B788431-9)
Dilgry is home to a race of amphibious humanoids that, with one exception, are all of greatly advanced age and are succumbing to natural causes.  The exception is a lone female called Matriarch, who become mother to the next generation when they spawn from clutches of egg cases in approximately twenty years.  In the meantime, the opportunities for employment here abound, despite the difficulties of working for extended periods underwater…
Dnieper (1717 C87765A-6)
Generations of selective breeding along with a rigid social caste system have made the Dnieperi somewhat specialized for their particular places in their society.  Veterans of the planet’s military caste often are hired off-world for mercenary contracts due to their superior physical characteristics and exceptional military discipline.
Dubna (2415 B6576B9-A)
This agricultural world is run by benevolent religious order that has existed since the early days of the Third Imperium. The leader, called The Highest, is believed to be reincarnated in an infant that is conceived among the masses at the time of his or her former self’s death.  Visitors to this world are advised to keep their religious opinions to themselves and accord common courtesy, as most residents here are quite amicable – save on matters of their governmental and religious leader…
Duchy of Sabina
This Imperial client state was established in the Salween Subsector (Subsector L of Wayhaven) for the settlement of Imperial Aslan citizenry.  While claiming autonomy, the ruling Sabre Claw Pride is recognized as being members of the Imperium, with Duchess Rha’gawn Murr a member in good standing in the Wayhaven Moot.  The nineteen worlds of the Duchy lie just one parsec outside the recognized Trailing border of the Imperium.  The capital of the Duchy is Sabina (3023 Wayhaven).
Viscount Trager Duvalier (b. 1068)
The current head of the noble family that rules Yantra has fought a score of duels with other members of the Imperial Peerage, despite Duke Darius Ingersoll’s objections to the practice in general.  While this has left him with few friends, he is still well-regarded by most nobles in the subsector for his staunch support of the Imperium.
Ebonscale is the common name of a highly infectious degenerative disease affecting humaniti that produces distinctive and horrific black patches of scaly skin on its victims.  The disease is disfiguring and often leaves permanent scarring on its survivors – the disease has a fatality rate around 42%, even with advanced medical aid.  The recent outbreak of ebonscale on Kiewa (2117 Wayhaven) in 1077 claimed approximately 125,000 lives before its spread could be stopped.  The entire planet of Kiewa was quarantined by the Imperium until 1079 as a precaution.
Empress Marava-class Type-A2 Far Trader
This 200 ton commercial starship employs improved drives and fuel capacity for Jump-2 and 2-G acceleration with fuel tankage to support one jump-2 or two jump-1’s.  The ship has ten staterooms and four low berths with a cargo capacity of 61 tons.  The ship typically equipped with a double pulse laser turret and dual sandcaster racks.  It is typically engaged in speculative trade off of established interstellar trade routes.
Baroness Selene Fairfax (b. 1052)
The wife of the duke of Narmada subsector (Wayhaven G), Baroness Selene holds a fief within the Imperial Autonomy District on Narmada (1918 Wayhaven) – an arcology block labeled Alpha Emerald Oh Four.  She has four children with her husband and is fashionably active in a number of charity organizations.
Baron Glen Forbes (b. 1081)
Considered to be the most eligible bachelor on Kiewa, the young baron is cheerful to the point of exuberance and quite handsome besides.  He makes of his playboy image by holding a number of social events throughout the year, but they are also the means for him to maintain cordial relations among the leaders and administrations of Kiewa’s many balkanized nations.
Goorudee (1813 E200343-4)
The subterranean dwellers of this world are methane-breathers, living within caverns that are replenished by natural processes.  The Goorudeen are also exceptional miners, trading ores, gems, geological curiosities and manufactured goods for luxury items and items to help advance their technology.
Imperium-class Type-Y Yacht
This 200 ton starship is typically owned by a member of the Imperial peerage and is used for political and commercial missions as well as for personal pleasure.  This ship is capable of Jump-1 and 1-G acceleration, with enough fuel tankage for two successive jumps.  There are fourteen staterooms, two of which are combined to form the owner’s suite, along with 11 tons of cargo capacity.  Most ships of the class have a single hardpoint.  Yachts are typically equipped with an air/raft, ATV and a 30-ton Ship’s Boat, though many owners customize these options.
Duke Darius Ingersoll (b. 1042)
The subsector duke of Narmada Subsector (Wayhaven G) claimed his title in 1103 after the passing of his grandfather, Duke Wyndham Ingersoll.  Duke Darius is a retired Imperial Navy Captain who served with distinction during rescue and relief efforts on Kiewa (2117 Wayhaven) during the Ebonscale Plague of 1077.
Karakash (2218 E250847-3)
This small desert world’s government transitioned from a participating to a representative democracy about fifty years ago, with an emphasis of extending it into the business sector.  Be warned: don’t make any claims in a business transaction that you can’t prove as dishonesty in commerce can result in a lengthy prison term, if you’re convicted…
Kasai (1913 E554873-3)
The 430 million residents of Kasai are divided into fifty-eight principalities, each of which has its own language, traditions, art and culture.  Because of this and the world’s low technological level, starport facilities are minimal, but tourists still flock to this world to bask in its cultural diversity.
Kazanka (2211 A633577-9) *Amber Zone*
The dizzying array of local noble states found here – some of which encompass only a few hectares – stems from a hereditary appanage policy dating back hundreds of years.  On the down side, battles between neighbors are frequent (which explains the Amber Travel Zone); but on the upside, they tend to be brief and (generally) non-lethal – except when one side hires mercenaries to fight for them…
Kerepets (2412 C594548-7)
This agricultural world is renowned for its exceptionally healthy foodstuffs which are in high demand across the subsector.  Unfortunately, they are in such high demand that piracy is commonplace in the system and competition is fierce for each and every lot fresh produce that becomes available for purchase – sometimes to the point of strong-arm tactics and outright intimidation and theft…
Kiewa (2117 C343876-9) *Amber Zone*
This world’s population is still recovering from an epidemic that resulted in quarantine nearly three decades ago.  While the Ebonscale Plague is history, the Imperium was forced to step in to help the stigmatized offspring and survivors of the plague just last year.
Kolan (1815 C754753-5)
This agricultural world has benefited from the aid of IISS agronomists who have bioengineered strains of common staple crops that thrive here.  Unfortunately, it has also left the world completely dependent for off-world supplies to support their professional agriculture, a fact with several megacorporations have exploited over the past century…
Landor (2011 A6568A7-C)
The Exalted One rules a surprisingly peaceful and orderly world by being a shining example for his subjects to follow.  His exploits and teachings permeate the planetary media, but visitors to this world are advised to keep their opinions to themselves…
Lankin (1911 E9E4456-4)
The atmosphere of this world is only breathable in the vicinity of the Great Equatorial Quag, where ten thousand hardy settlers are developing the planetary flora into marketable products for interstellar markets.
Baroness Orlena Lefevre (b. 1047)
The Imperial Liaison of Ussan (1818 Wayhaven) owns an expansive tea and tobacco farm near the capital city of Belle Plain.  Baroness Orlena has never married, though she has adopted and raised three children who remain with her on Ussan to help run the family business.
March-class Type-R Subsidized Merchant
This 400 ton starship operates on established interstellar trade routes, capable of Jump-1 and 1-G acceleration with enough fuel tankage to support one jump.  It has thirteen staterooms, nine low berths and a cargo capacity of 200 tons.  The Type-R typically has two turrets – a double beam laser and dual sandcaster racks.
Mezen Hegemony
This is an independent interstellar government located in the rimward half of the Limpopo and Tarim Subsectors (Subsectors O & P of Wayhaven, respectively) just beyond the Imperial border.  The Hegemony has 34 worlds that are inhabited by the descendants of Imperial Vargr who engaged in commerce raiding for the Solomani leading up to and during the Solomani Rim War from 980 through 1004.  The offenders were exiled from Imperial space after the war and settled initially on Mezen before expanding to dominate the worlds around them.
Moksha (2216 C444402-9) *Amber Zone*
Moksha is infamous in law-enforcement circles as a den of scum and villainy – a place where interstellar outlaws tend to hide out until the heat it off.  While the heavily armed and somewhat paranoid population tends to scare off most would-be bounty hunters, many locals who are sick of the bad reputation are willing to help off-worlders bag the worst of the criminals living there – for a price…
Mologa (2220 E97879C-1)
This primitive agricultural world’s government has a conservative bend that has stagnated its culture, development and business.  As a result, all interactions – social and professional – are highly ritualized and complex affairs.  Visitors to this world are strongly advised to adhere to local customs at all times and to hire a reputable cultural interpreter.
Nan (2015 C47497B-8)
The infrastructure and cities of this world are still badly damaged from an unrestricted world-wide conflict between its nations that ended ten years ago.  Relief and rebuilding efforts continue, but many areas of Nan will remain uninhabitable for hundreds if not thousands of years in the war’s aftermath.
Narmada (1918 B260997-D)
The subsector capital is located on this small desert moon of the gas giant Orgus. The Imperial Autonomy District here is where many former service members are out-processed to start their post-service careers.  Due to the low gravity and significant atmosphere, human-powered flight – ornithoptery – is a popular sport here.
Narmada Subsector
Subsector G of the Wayhaven Sector on the rimward-trailing border of the Third Imperium contains 45 inhabited star systems, all of which can be reached with Jump-1 technology.  The world with the greatest population in the subsector is Oya (1811) with 4.38 billion residents, while the greatest technological level is found on both Barlow (2017) and Narmada (1918), each of which are TL 14 (D).  This subsector has ten agricultural worlds but only one industrial world – Nan (2015).  Two of the worlds in the Narmada subsector – 553-088 (1719) and 085-773 (2214) are not members of the Imperium and have red travel codes.  There are three worlds – Kazanka (2211), Kiewa (2117) and Moksha (2216) – which have amber travel codes.
Nive (2212 B241653-A)
The roughly two million natives of Nive have developed excellent lung capacities and the ability to tolerate the tainted atmosphere over many generations.  Several subsector corporations have exploited their abilities over the past several decades while effectively strip mining the world of what few resources it has…
Noosa (1714 E570578-6)
This desert world has become home to political and war refugees from dozens of worlds around the sector, with each group maintaining its own enclave, all of which tend to be insular.  The situation has also made the planetary marketplace (located just outside the extrality of the starport) the place to sell and purchase contraband of all types…
Oban (1915 B465568-7)
This world is the personal fief of Baroness Sybella von Oban who takes advantage of the Imperial Navy base to maintain control of the fractious populace that openly chafes under her heavy-handed rule.  It is suspected (but has never been proved) that one of the planet’s many resistance groups was responsible for the death of her husband and oldest son five years ago…
Olt (2016 B67A341-A)
This water world has a single chain of volcanic islands straddling its equator.  With the tropical climate, an incredible variety of colorful flora and fauna, this is a popular vacation spot and port of call.  It is also home to a large hollow structure resembling a mushroom that is of unknown origin.
Oya (1811 E8889BA-4)
This planet’s government is proof to the universe that no good deeds go unpunished.  The hereditary Ruling Council is generally benevolent toward the citizenry, but never explains why it does anything, punishing severely any who would dare question their actions.  This has spawned an underground resistance movement called “Y” that imports all sorts of contraband for its activities…
Paquin (2118 B9C57CA-7)
The Guardians of Public Service take the job of running their planet’s defense, infrastructure, health and education very seriously.  Everything else is contracted out to the lowest bidder – with the predictable results, given the hazardous nature of Paquin’s atmosphere…
Sir Benson Pembroke (b. 1047)
The Imperial Liaison to Olt is a retired Merchant Marine Captain who was knighted for his efforts to bring medical personnel and relief supplies to Nan during that planet’s most recent worldwide conflict, and given this laid-back assignment as an additional
Photon Cannon
A colorful spacer term for a ship-to-ship laser weapon.
Quirindi (1712 C779753-7)
This world’s residents are required to work for the planetary government for two cycles every year instead of paying taxes.  It is also a popular destination for merchants with the low licensing fees here making it a flag of convenience for many independent trade vessels.
Rauma (1814 C361584-9)
Rauma’s government was formed to manage its water resources, eventually expanding into all areas of planetary management.  While the planet is a model of conservation, there is an extensive black market in water smuggling as well.
Skagit (2013 A84A48B-A)
The red-tape nightmares spawned by Skagit’s bureaucracy are the stuff of legend among interstellar traders, despite the fact there are only twelve-thousand residents.  Visitors are advised to triple-check their identity cards before attempting to leave the extrality of the starport…
Sok (2114 C9B2854-8)
Sok is uninhabitable due to its exceedingly thick and corrosive atmosphere, so the population lives on crowded orbital space stations.  There is money to be made harvesting the exotic gaseous compounds in its upper atmosphere, but it is very dangerous work that claims hundreds of lives every year.
Starwind-class Type-M Subsidized Liner
This is a common passenger liner used by larger corporate carriers on long haul routes, capable of Jump-3 and 1-G acceleration with enough fuel tankage for one jump.  Installed on this 600 ton ship are thirty staterooms, twenty low berths, and a cargo capacity of 129 tons.  Armament varies from ship to ship, though all ships of the class have three hardpoints.  The ship also carries a 20-ton launch – typically used to ferry passengers in and out of particularly busy starports.
Sulieman-class Type-S Scout/Courier
A very common sight in the space lanes, this 100 ton starship is typically used by IISS personnel who are on detached duty.  It is Jump-2 with 2-G acceleration and enough fuel tankage to support one jump.  It contains four staterooms, has an air/raft and can hold up to three tons of incidental cargo.  Most Type S are modified to accommodate a double pulse laser turret, and can be operated by a single crewperson with the right set of skills.
Tara (2012 E475857-8)
The government of Tara has garnered extensive criticism in recent years for its policy of socially ranking its residents by their “genetic purity.”  While off-worlders are supposed to be excluded from this, there have been rumors that particularly gifted visitors to this world have been kidnapped and had genetic samples forcefully taken from them…
Tarn (1816 B6766A9-6)
This agricultural world is ruled by an absolute monarchy – specifically, Matriarch Elana – who is used to getting what she wants without question, much to the chagrin of the wealthy and off-worlders alike. Defying the Matriarch tends to endanger one’s life and limb, as she is wildly popular among the locals…
Teleajen (1917 C223420-8)
This world exists as a tax haven for several subsector megacorporations and many Imperial nobles as well.  While no taxes are collected, the planetary government literally sells voting rights in its affairs at the rate of one million credits each, with no limit on the number of votes a person can have…
Marquis Olam Thorpe (b. 1060)
The Imperial Liaison to Narmada is an accomplished merchant and entrepreneur, being the majority owner of Thorpe Transit Interstellar – a subsector-level merchant and passenger line.  By all accounts, he is an expert administrator, but may rely too heavily upon his subordinates in the Liaison office, as he is frequently off-world.
Tarim Concordiat
This is a client state that lies just beyond the Imperial border in the coreward half of the Limpopo and Tarim Subsectors (Subsectors O & P of Wayhaven, respectively) as well as a portion of the Salween Subsector (Wayhaven L).  The Concordat has 33 member worlds with Tarim as the capital, though it is ruled by Duchess Penelope Alderson – a recognized member of the Imperial Peerage.
Trave (1914 B141779-7)
Although this world’s government is a plutocracy, the corporations within it are highly competitive with extremely dedicated membership in their factions.  While wars are uncommon, violence is not, taking advantage of the extremely corrupt planetary law enforcement organization.
Upa (2219 C000100-A)
This asteroid station is owned by a married couple who earn their living off of leasing fees they collect from the IISS, which operates the tiny, but well-equipped starport to support X-boat operations.
Ussan (1818 C554520-5)
Ussan operates a planetary collective to manage its primary export – agriproducts and foodstuffs.  Much of the planet is untamed wilderness which attracts hunters and naturalists throughout the subsector.  The medicinal plants found here are used for homeopathic remedies as well.
Vazuza (2416 C100630-9)
The ruling class of this airless world consists exclusively of military veterans and civil service retirees.  Everyone else, including visitors to this world, are considered second-class citizens – though veterans of the Imperium’s military rank just a bit higher.  The law of tradition rules here, so travellers are strongly advised to review local cultural customs before interacting with residents of this world.
Wayhaven Main
There are a large number of worlds within Wayhaven Sector than can be reached by Jump-1 starships.  The Wayhaven Main is regarded as one of the most extensive of such interstellar trade routes within the Imperium.

Wayhaven Sector
A sector on the trailing border of the Third Imperium near the remnants of the Solomani Confederation and the spinward borders of the Two Thousand Worlds and Hiver Confederation.  There are two Imperial Client States – the Duchy of Sabina and the Tarim Concordiat – along with an independent state – the Mezen Hegemony – within the sector as well.
Wekiva (2113 C611476-7)
Control of this world is divided among three arcologies with social and political outcasts from them operating and living in the starport extrality.  There have been a series of incidents of violence during the past five years over ongoing territorial issues along with the usual disputes regarding water and mineral rights.
Xiang (2314 B300105-B)
This airless rockball world has very little to offer, even though it has excellent port facilities.  A brother and sister are the sole residents of this world, and yet seem to be everywhere they’re needed by visitors…
Yantra (1718 B202766-C)
This airless moon orbits a super-terrestrial world – Belgariad – that provides a wealth of resources for Yantra’s industries.  A number of subsector megacorporations have facilities here as a result. The world is the personal fief of Viscount Trager Duvalier, who is a staunch supporter of the Imperium and takes great pains to instill that into the planetary populace.

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