SYSTEM NAME

Planet

Volturnus

Colonists

*

Population

Moderate

Star

YellowYellow (G2)

Atmosphere

78% nitrogen, 21% oygen, 1% argon

Climate Range

Hot, arid to humid

Gravity

1.0013

Average Surface Temp

25°C

Spaceship Construction Centre Capacity

None (ASS)

Moons

Leo: Completes one orbit every three days, reddish-orange in colour.  Lulu: Completes one orbit every 27 hours, bluish-silver in color

% Water

 

Trade

Business, Industry

Year

400 Days GST

Diameter

12,895

   

Day

24 hours, 03 minutes

Orbit

 

Inclination

 

Planet

Anker

Colonists

*

Population

Light

Star

Yellow (G2)

Atmosphere

Suitable for all races

Climate Range

Suitable for all races

Gravity

0.9

Average Surface Temp

Suitable for all races

Spaceship Construction Centre Capacity

None (RRS)

Moons

Plato

% Water

 

Trade

Education

Year

400 Days GST

Diameter

     

Day

20 hours, -- minutes

Orbit

 

Inclination

 
 

System History:  800 pf. The evolution of the Mechanon race begins on Volturnus

NATIVE POPULATION:

  1. The Ul-Mor, desert-dwelling novepi (nine-limbed creatures). Number and range unknown.
  2. The Kurabanda, tree dwelling primates.  Number and range unknown
  3. The Edestekai, hill dwelling arthropods.  Number and range unknown.
  4. The Eorna, city dwelling warm blooded omnivores, Number and range unknown.
  5. The Mechanons intelligent, robotic decendants of Eorna robots.  Number and range unknown.

Lifeforms:  Native Species:  AIr Whales, Bachanda Trees, "Blobbies" (Droppers), "Bubba Bears" (Volturnian Cave Bear), Burrower Snake, "Chillasaur" (Megasaurus), "Drum-Nosed Glaser" (Rollers), Eagle, Giant Volturnian, Flitter, Funnel Worm, Loper, Mordax, Quickdeath, Rastie, Rogue Crystals, Sand Shark, Shovelmouth, Slavebots, Spitters, Tangler Vines, Tomar's Horse, Yernoids (Iguana Erectus)

Terrain/Climate: Named after the Greek god of the southwest wind, Volturnus is a hot, dry world with many types of hostile terrain. The endless deserts, rugged mountains, volcanic wastes, and dangerous salt flats are constantly scoured by a stroung southwesterly wind.  Despite these harsh conditions, rare patches of forest and even a few lakes have managed to maintain a perlious existance.

Domestic Travel:

Ex

Destination

Duration

1st Class (200 Cr/LY)

Journey Class (100 Cr/LY)

Storage Class (30 Cr/LY)

Zebulon

Truane's Star

5

1000

500

150

Zebulon

Prenglar via Truane's Star & Dixon's Star

15

3000

15001

450

           

Customs:

N/A

Duties:

N/A

Taxes:

N/A

Planetary Footnotes:

Zebulon:
  The Zebulon star system was first investigated 20 years ago by an unmanned exploration probe launched by Truane's Star. This probe indicated that Volturnus was the only inhabitable planet in the Zebulon system. It also indicated that great mineral wealth might exist on the planet in the form of molybdenum, tungsten, gold, and other heavy metals. Truane's Star soon made a legal claim to the ownership of Volturnus, and completed exploration of a star route to the Zebulon system one year ago.  The first manned expedition to Volturnus from Truane's Star was launched nine months ago. The four member team of specialists was instructed to set up an outpost, gather data on the possible colonization and mining of Volturnus, and report back.  After passing into the star system, the starship carrying the specialists was never heard from again. The four members of this lost exploration expedition were:

Anker:

Anker was noted, but not settled until 41 pf.
General Notes: Anker is the site of the University of Zebulon, the Frontier's largest and most prestigious institutions of learning.  The entire planet has been set aside for the University of Zebulon as well as one of the Frontier's largest zoos.
History:  Though this planet had been noted when the system was discovered in 46 pf, it was not settled until 41 pf when Alorne Zebulon, finished with mapping the Xagyg Dust Nebula, chose the planet as the place to found the University of Zebulon.  The University of Zebulon is receiving funding from most of the worlds on the Frontier, in FY106 following the Second Sathar War. Its facilites on Anker increase over the next 20 years until they are larger than most Frontier cities.
  The only government on Anker is that of the University of Zebulon. It is a bureacratic meritocracy.  Those wishing to enter into the administration of the University are subjected to a variety of tests which evaluate the skills and abilities of the candidate.  These allow the University to rate the individual as to how well they can perform any of the jobs which they they are interested in.  University of Zebulon: Larger than most Frontier cities.

  Truane's Star has found itself short of personnel and funds due to colonial troubles and associated police action on Cygnus Omicron IX recently. They have hired you, a team of unknown adventurers, to mount a relief expedition to Volturnus. Your mission is to explore Volturnus, gathering as much information as possible about mineral deposits, life on the planet, and other items of interest to future colonists. You are also to find and rescue the members of the original exploratory mission if possible.  The government has provided you with a minimal amount of equipment, and transportation to Volturnus aboard the starliner "Serena Dawn". After dropping you on Volturnus, the Serena Dawn will return in three months to transport you (and, with luck, the original exploration team) back to Truane's Star.

Commander Louis V. Jameson, Truane's Star Military Exploration Force
RACE: Human   HEIGHT: 1.9 meters  WEIGHT: 88 kg.  AGE: 43  SKILLS: 4th level computer
BACKGROUND:  22 years service Truane's Star military forces; combat veteran, Truane's Star Medal of Valor; commander two previous exploration missions
STR/STA  55/60  DEX/RS  45/35  INT/LOG  55/60  PER/LDR  55/70

Geeko-sur-Mang, professor of geology, Capital University
RACE: Yazirian   HEIGHT: 2.1 meters   WEIGHT 50kg.  AGE: 52   SKILLS: 4th level computer
BACKGROUND:  Recognized authority in geophysics, specialist in planetary crust formation
STR/STA  40/50   DEX/RS  50/50  INT/LOG  50/40  PER/LDR  55/55

Itklikdil, cartographer, Vrusk Atlas Manufacturing Corporation
RACE: Vrusk (female)  HEIGHT: 1.5 meters  WEIGHT 85 kg.  AGE: 32   SKILLS: 6th level environmental
BACKGROUND:  Ph.D., Capital University; experienced explorer and cartographer; loaned to exploration mission by employer in exchange for rights to produce maps of Volturnus.
STR/STA  40/40  DEX/RS  50/60  INT/LOG  40/50 PER/LDR  30/40

Grod, technician, Truane's Star Civil Service
RACE: Dralasite  HEIGHT: 1.3 meters  WEIGHT: 65 kg. AGE: 85  SKILLS: 5th level all skills, Technological Primary Skill Area
 BACKGROUND: Developer, hydro-magnetic stabilization system in Dralasite air cars; author, ''The Metaphysical Foundations of Dralasite Morality''
STR/STA  60/50  DEX/RS  45/45  INT/LOG  60/70  PER/LDR  40/40

Planetary Militia

Nil

U.P.F. forces

Nil

Incident 217-K

  A pirate base was discovered off the farthest planet of Zebulon. A punitive expedition under Admiral Kraal, consisting of the UPF Constellation (a battleship), the Port Yziar (a destroyer), the Klikk-T'llicck (a frigate staffed mainly by Vrusk), two assault scouts, and the military armed freighter, Rub'n Jamz, was sent to neutralize the pirate force. Acting as a decoy, the Rub'n Jamz fled from the pirates who sent their entire strike force, a frigate and two assault scouts (one a class B "gull-wing", and the other, a class A "arrow wing") after the freighter. Waiting on the sunward side of the planet was the entire UPF assault force.
 
In the following battle, the entire pirate force was destroyed, with only the loss of one assault scout to the UPF fleet of Admiral Kraal. This region of space remained pacified until three years later when the yacht, Cassidine Breeze, was waylaid by an old pirate assault scout which was obviously just passing through the area.
 
Set up: The Rub'n Jamz starts in the middle of the playing area. All pirate vessels start at maximum weapon range on a six o'clock intercept angle. On the second turn, the UPF force enters. The assault scouts start from the ten o'clock position at maximum weapon range from the freighter, and all other UPF vessels start at an eight o'clock interception angle from the UPF freighter at maximum range.
 
Victory conditions: For every vessel the pirate destroys, he receives victory points equal to the number of hull points of the vessel. A marginal victory is 70 hull points destroyed; a tactical victory is 175 hull points; a decisive victory is any score over 225 hull points. If the UPF player destroys one pirate vessel he receives a marginal victory; two pirate ships, a tactical victory; and three pirate ships, a decisive victory.

Incident 217-L

  After Admiral Kraal's victory over the pirates near Zebulon, he was alerted to a sub-space SOS and took his fleet to pick up survivors. In reality, the Sathar had picked up his communications and had hastily sent a fleet consisting of one Sathar heavy cruiser, one Sathar light cruiser, and one Sathar frigate to the area designated by the SOS. When the UPF fleet arrived, they found the Sathar fleet heading toward them on a twelve o'clock intercept course.
 
In the ensuing battle, the UPF assault scouts, the freighter and the frigate were destroyed. The destroyer was damaged badly and repairs on her were so extensive that she was not recommissioned until the hostilities of the second Sathar war were over. Even Admiral Kraal's flagship, the Constellation, was badly damaged and out of action for the better part of a year. The UPF did manage to destroy all the Sathar vessels involved in the action, but at a terrible cost.
 
Set up: The Sathar and UPF fleets enter on a collision course at maximum weapon range. The Sathar are fully armed, and the members of the UPF have only the armaments remaining to them after their destruction of the pirate fleet (see incident 217-K, scenario III). When the UPF fleet enters, the freighter is screened from the Sathar by the battleship Constellation.
 
Victory conditions: The Sathar receive a marginal victory if they destroy two UPF ships. They receive a tactical victory if they destroy three UPF ships, and a decisive one if they destroy four UPF vessels. The UPF receives a marginal victory if they destroy one Sathar vessel. If they destroy two Sathar vessels, they receive a tactical victory, and a decisive victory if they destroy all three Sathar vessels.

 

 

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