Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The NEW DAWN - Stars without Number Faction

My Wolf Sector setting for Stars without Number has a star called Aesir with the viking sounding planets of Geminus, Fenris and Valhalla orbiting it. The viking sounding names draw parallels to the “Space Viking” novel by H. Beam Piper or the Sword Worlds in Traveller.  Rather than mimic these I decided that the viking names were from the original discoverer of the system but the culture that developed has no viking connections. In fact I decided to put all 3 worlds under the authority of the New Dawn cult which is both authoritarian but can also be benevolent in their own minds.  The concept here is that there was a Preceptors of the Great Archive organization and data store on Fenris which managed to retrain its knowledge but also came to rule the planet and has very particular rules about what knowledge is to be shared with the local population.

Aesir System - The NEW DAWN.



FENRIS
Atmosphere
Breathable
Temp
Warm
Bio
Miscible
Pop
1 M+
Tech
3

Tags Preceptor Archive, Hatred of Outsiders, Theocracy.
Enemies New Dawn monitor, New Dawn fanatic, Zealous paladin
Friends Local heretic, Sympathetic New Dawn monitor.
Compl. Spaceship ceased to search of AI, Cargo Impounded.
Things New Dawn data, Star gate.
Places Spaceport, New Dawn Library.

Fenris is one of three populated planets in the Aesir system. Before the “scream” Fenris was an important trade hub with a Preceptor archive. When the star gate in the Aesir system went silent the economy of Fenris collapsed. There were no spike capable starships in system and Fenris lost contact with all other planets. The preceptors of the Great Archive managed to maintain the data store and it became a focal point for the people of Fenris with people looking to the preceptors for knowledge and leadership. The archive saved Fenris but it also locked Fenris in a technology theocracy. Only knowledge that the preceptors of the New Dawn deemed appropriate was released to the public. The theocracy feels that artificial intelligence and avarice led to the collapse. Psionics are distrusted but not outlawed. The theocracy has spread their brand of knowledge to the other two inhabited planets in the system. The burning world of Valhalla and the cold, barren planet of Geminus. The New Dawn do not build spike capable starships but they do allow traders to visit the planet and land at the one spaceport. Off worlders are accompanied by monitors if they land on Fenris who make sure they do not corrupt the local population. Outworlders even come to Fenris to pay for the right to look in the Great Archive, considered one of the more intact archives still in existence in known space.


VALHALLA

Atmosphere
Breathable
Temp
Burning
Bio
None
Pop
100K +
Tech
3

Tags Theocracy, Industrial state.
Enemies New Dawn monitor, Corrupt Factory Magnate.
Friends Friendly fixer, Helpful dockworker.
Compl. Price for raw material spikes, Outbid for shipment.
Things Raw material, Metals
Places Spaceport, Refinery, abandoned factory.
Valhalla is the next nearest planet to the star Aesir after Fenris. Before the Scream it was an industrial powerhouse with mostly automated factories producing innumerable products from the raw materials coming from its enormous metal deposits. The local population all starved to death after the ships stopped coming during the silence. Ships from Fenris re-discovered the factories of Valhalla 80 years ago. Some factories and mines have been re-opened. There is opportunity for traders to purchase material directly for sale or to ship material from Valhalla to Fenris (and return with foodstuffs).

GEMINUS

Atmosphere
Inert
Temp
Cold
Bio
None
Pop
400K +
Tech
3

Tags Barren, Domed Cities, Police State.
Enemies Paladins, Anti Off worlder riot, Xenophobic Rebels.
Friends Moderate rebel faction, Corporate functionary.
Compl. Rebel attack, Food Riot, Oxygen shortage.
Things Oxygen Factory.
Places Spaceport, Failed Dome city, Secret Oxygen Mine.
Geminus is located just far enough from the star Aesir to be too cold to be comfortable for human habitation. The world is small and the atmosphere does not have sufficient pressure to be negotiated in less than a pressure suit. Geminus was a mining colony from Fenris which managed to survive the silence by adopting a socialist model with each citizen assigned a job/task. Conflict was to be avoided as the world was one miscalculation away from everyone starving, or freezing or suffocating. Oxygen is mined from ice located beneath the soil. Eighty years ago ships from Fenris arrived. The followers of the New Dawn subjugated Geminus. Protests were put down brutally. New Dawn police called Paladins patrol the dome cities making sure there is no unrest. Out system traders are rarely allowed to visit Geminus.

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