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The Verse

“The ‘Verse” is a very small star cluster, about the size of the “Earth That Was” system. Six stars, each with their own orbiting planets, slowly revolve around a common gravitational center-point.

When the “Earth That Was” could no longer support life, humanity built great ships called “arks” that they launched into space. For decades these gigantic craft lumbered through space until they found this cluster of six stars in co-dependent gravitation. The first planet the arks reached was orbiting a star they called Prime. The first ark to land was a joint British-European vessel, and the planet was called Londinum. The second planet landed upon was called Sihnon by the joint Chinese-American vessel that found it. From there, the colonists expanded throughout the Prime system, and from there to the surrounding five stars. These other stars were named for figures of Chinese astronomy.

Distances between the stars and planets is measured in Astronomical Units (AU’s), which is a length of 150,000,000km. This rather dated unit of measurement is based on the distance of “Earth Than Was” from its sun. It is equivalent to 8.33 Light-minutes. The ‘Verse is roughly 72 AU’s in diameter.

The Core, aka System Prime

Prime is a G-sequence star (Yellow) of close to the same size as Sol. The five planets and one habitable moon are called the Core Worlds. They are sometimes called the Central Planets, though Prime does not actually occupy the physical center of the system. The Planets of Prime are (in order outwards) Sihnon, Londinum, Ariel (and it’s habitable moon Bellerophon), Osiris, and Bernadette.

Sihnon is known for it’s beauty (particularly it’s skies) and as the center for both the Buddhist religion and the guild system.

Londinum is the governmental center of the Alliance.

Ariel is a paradise of technology and culture, known for it’s restaurants and the most advanced hospitals in the ‘Verse.

Bellerophon is a heavily terraformed moon that is largely a collection of desert land masses surrounded by deep oceans. The wealthy of the Core own huge estates that hover over the oceans.

Osiris is the center of the Alliance legal system, and reknowned for its universities and banking.

Bernadette is the last planet in the system, and its environment is harsher and colder. It is a way-station for those travelling out to the Borderworlds and the Rim.

Yin Kongque, aka the “Hub”

Yin Kongque, or the Silver Peacock is the center of the Border Worlds. It is nicknamed “The Hub” by Rim spacers, as it is the most centrally located system, making it a well travelled waypoint. The sun is a large G-sequence yellow star. Four planets circle the Phoenix, Liann Jiun, Persephone, Hera, and Boros.

Persephone is the most heavily travelled of the Hub worlds, acting as junction for cargos passing through. The Eavesdown docks on Persephone are the most busy, and chaotic, in the Verse.

Hera is an agricultural world, and was fought over bitterly by the Alliance and Independents, not only for it’s agricultural crops, but for its location. The infamous Serenity Valley is on Hera.

Boros is a mixed planet of industry and prairies of scattered ranches and farms. One of its moons, Ares, houses the main shipyard of the Alliance navy.

Bai Hu, aka “East”

Bai Hu, or the White Tiger, is also called “East” by less poetically inclined Rim folk. It was the next system colonized as mankind expanded outward from the Core and “the Hub”. The inner planets of Verbena, New Canaan, and Highgate are well established and considered Border Worlds. The outer planets of Highgate, Regina, Ezra, Higgins Moon, and New Melbourne are called Rim Worlds, and considerably wilder.

Verbena is a world of lush, thick forests, and after the actions of Indepenence leaning terrorists, considerable anti-Browncoat sentiment.

New Canaan is a center of Rim banking, and the new home of the Hebrew faith. It is also known for its wines and high fashion.

Regina is a mineral rich planet, and a center of mining. Unfortunately, the miners suffer from a malady called Bowden’s Malady, and they rely on medical shipments from the Alliance.

Ezra is a world in political flux. It was heavily settled by veterans of the war, but the planet’s economy had been shattered by the conflict. Unemployment skyrocketed, riots swept through the cities, and the Governor was assassinated. The planet is now ruled by the criminal mastermind Adelei Niska, through a series of legitimate business fronts.

Higgins Moon revolves around the gas giant Georgia, and is known for its mud farms. The mud is mixed with other ingredients and kiln fired into a ceramic used in a wide variety of products.

Zhu Que, aka South

Zhu Que, or Red Phoenix, is called “South” by many. It is a very small system, with an M-sequence red star with four planets orbiting very closely, Jianyin, Harvest, Dyton, and Greenleaf.

Jianyin is known for its cattle industry, and its relative lawlessness. There is no central government, and the Alliance doesn’t bother to patrol it. The locals are considered some of the most “Backward” in the Rim.

Greenleaf is a hot, jungle planet, which is a center of pharmaceutical inrgredients. It also is known for a brisk black market for such goods, as many workers skim off the crops.

Xuan Wu, aka West

Xuan Wu, or Black Tortoise, is also called “West”. It is the busiest of the Rim systems, though still retains its relatively wild Rim nature. The G-sequence yellow star has many planets in its orbits, Shadow, Whittier, Deadwood, St Albans, Newhall, Beaumonde, Santo, an asteroid belt, and four gas giants.

Shadow was once a beautiful agricultural world, but the terrible damage from Alliance bombing during the war ruined the fragile ecostructure. The Terraforming collapsed, and the planet is now an uninhabitable hunk of rock.

St Albans is one of the coldest planets in the Verse, comprised almost entirely of jagged mountain ranges. Foolhardy souls brave the ice and snow to mine its considerable mineral deposits.

Newhall is a world covered almost entirely by oceans. Water, as well as seafood, are primary exports. The importance of water to terraforming means the Alliance pays a little more attention to the world, and it is considered a Border World.

Beaumonde is also considered a Border World, as it is the most densely populated and industrially powerful world in the Rim.

Santo is a planet well known for its beauty, and quickly became a favorite vacation spot. Sadly, the war ruined its economy, and the vacation planet soon became known more for its gambling halls, strip clubs, and brothels than anything else.

Orbiting the various gas giants of the system are the habitable moons of Triumph, Paquin, Lilac, Ita, Haven, and Three Hills.

Triumph is a decent world, but quite distant. It is favored by those who prefer the simple and quiet lifestyle of the wilderness.

Paquin is known as the “Gypsy Planet”, home to a wide variety of nomads, carnivals, and other circus folk, though it also houses many respected and famous acting troupes, theaters, and liberal arts universities.

Lilac is a moon where terraforming has barely taken, and the environment is barely habitable. Unfortunately, many settlers traveled to the world lured by false claims of a frontier paradise. More unfortunate is the fact it lies very close to Reaver-space, and suffers from the occasional raid.

Haven is a small moon orbiting a large blue gas giant where wildcat miners are struggling against larger mining corporations for mineral rights.

Athens is a world that is now a bombed out shell. The cities are merely tangles of rubble from Alliance bombardment. Licensed salvage teams comb the rubble for useless scrap and parts. It has four moons, all of which have been terraformed.

Whitefall is a lawless moon on the fringes of civilization, orbiting Athens. The inhabitants are the largest concentration of Independence supporters in the Rim, and prefer to be left alone.

Qing Long, aka North

Qing Long, or Blue Dragon is the furthest from the Core Worlds. It is sometimes referred to as “North”. The planets of the K-sequence orange star are the most sparsely populated of the systems. Mining is important here, as three large asteroid belts circle the star, along with the planets Kerry, Muir, Silverhold, Aberdeen, Angel, and Beylix. Furthest from the Core, they are also the furthest from “civilization” and the least patrolled by the Alliance. These worlds are the most recently terraformed, and in fact some are not exactly stable or complete.

Beylix is a world of scattered farms across its prairie land, but it is best known as the ‘Verse’s junkyard. Thousands of square miles of Beylix’s badlands are covered in the accumulated detritus of civilization. The junk is sorted by the corporation United Reclamation, and the better pieces are placed in junkyards to be sold for parts or scrap metal. Several businesses have arisen there taking whatever junk can be made to work and reselling it.

Chugach is a small moon belonging entirely to the Danube Mining Company. It’s a cold place, with winter type weather dominating for most of the year. However, the richness of the mineral mining, especially gold, makes the harsh climate on Chugach worth the trouble.

Muir is a manufacturing world with a large number of colonists of Scottish descent. The planet has an insidious, corrosive atmosphere and is very volcanically active, so all cities are built underground.

The Patinir Belt This asteroid belt was heavily mined for its reserves of Lanthanum, a metal critical in the manufacture of pulse drives. However, Alliance “environmental” laws have forced mining consortiums to look elsewhere for ores. Only a few scattered wildcatters still ply the asteroids looking for other valuable ores.

System Map

Distances between Systems are in AUs. The circles show the orbits of the outermost planets in each system.

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