System Guide

This is a guide to the systems or stations mentioned or visited in the story. I'm putting this here as much for my own benefit as yours, because I got myself all tied up in knots over it. (Should have made the map first!) In fact I might have taken some of them out.

Before you read on, I found a recent article on 1970s tech designs built for NASA depicting toroids and other types of space colonies.

AMBER 107

BETASIVIEN

CABOKAN
So named Jewel of the Galaxy some millennia ago, the three toroids were built to take advantage of the sun's heavy metal and carbon output. Emerald does the mining. Onyx's purpose long since disintegrated, causing unrest. Jade's primary production is agriculture, and it is the most beautifully landscaped of the three. The image on the right (which I stole) gives you a basic idea of a toroid, though the Cabokan toroids are significantly larger.

CHAUCER

CN SHIPYARD 7-2

CN SHIPYARD ...

CN AERBASE 04-05

DENIFER

FAROKK

GARETH NEBULA

HELIOS M2.931

KARNAAN
Karnaan is a desolate minor planet with immense stores of H2O ice underground. This ice is sold to other systems and profits go to the workers who are part of a cooperative. Working conditions are horrible, and the miners' town, also called Karnaan, is usually usurped by some nefarious person who utilizes their resources and makes their lives miserable - and who skims some profit by taking ice from the miners to sell for their own profit.



MACATUR

MONDOLA

OASSO

QUAQUORO

REKLAR TITUS

SON OF TEARS

SPECTER

THORNOR
An Earth-like planet with slightly higher gravity (1.27g), Thornor was one of the earliest colonies. Civil strife and a millennia of isolation from the rest of colonial space resulted in a violent degradation of society. Thornor's geography is varied, but every landscape is dominated by an enormous spike-mountain, usually surrounded by low hills. Worshipped and protected by a large clan, the Life Crystal is a source of constant strife; its mysterious origins and strange energies give it a divine quality.



WEEPER
Weeper is a planetoid, an artificial planet shielded from cosmic radiation by an outer hull.Weeper is an engineering industrial plant. The people of Weeper have a central republic and generally live peacefully. Weeper is also home to an engineering university or whatever it will be called in the future.



YUCRETIA IV
The Yucretia system has four jovian (gas) planets. On the fourth and outermost planet, Yucretia 4, a mining operation was established to skim valuable gases from the planet. Some of these gases are used to process gurelium, the raw power for trans-dimensional jumps.