Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Traveller Sandbox: Sample Cultural Hub Write-Ups...

Good Afternoon, All:

Over the last week or so, we've gone through the effort of identifying several Cultural Hubs for the Traveller Sandbox Experiment, and then followed that with deeper development of three examples. Below, I'm providing a bit more of a formal write-up in the form of Library Data entries on the three worlds in question. Note that the write-ups are written with a few specific goals: maximize the potential for flavor and adventure, yet remain concise so as to avoid overloading the reader with extraneous details. It's a balancing act, but hopefully, I achieved it in the examples below. As always, your thoughts are welcome.

NOTE: Based on the concept that this sector is part of the Traveller Universe that contains the Azri Drakara Sector (aka Cepheus Sector), as well as Dracos Sector, I've elected to call this region of space the Segin sector, named for a particularly bright star (Segin, aka Epsilon Cassiopeiae) which is located just under half-way between Dracos Sector and Sol Sector.

Jengu (2407 A79A89C-B Amber Zone): The secret society known as the Penultimate Order of the Sacred Spring left Old Earth during the First Diaspora seeking a world of its own where its members might exist without persecution. After founding a colony on the world of Jengu, the Order felt free to practice their alternative healing techniques in peace. Centuries later, Jengu possesses some of the most advanced biomedical technologies in Segin sector. The people of Jengu are highly xenophobic, and their laws regarding offworlders are particularly stringent. For this reason, the Explorer's Society has identified this world as an Amber Zone.

KOYANE (2706 A5699EF-B Amber Zone): Until thirty years ago, Koyane was ruled by the Fujiwara Clan, a psionic oligarchy known for its adherence to strong traditional Old Earth values. Their dynasty fell with the Kiyohara Clan and its supporting Emishi faction encouraged anti-psionic sentiment among the populace, then overthrew the Fujiwara Clan in a religious war. The victorious Emishi quickly replaced the psionic regime with a religious autocracy, which has maintained a state of martial law to insure that psionics remained abolished on Koyane. The Brothers of Sakari, remnants of the psionic heritage of former Koyane nobility, continue to wage a sporadic war against the Emishi faction in the hopes of recovering their lost empire. The violence of these conflicts, as well as the overzealous reactions of the Emishi, have earned this world an Amber Zone status from the Explorer's Society. Despite that, Koyane has a high reputation for service industry training; in particular, personal servants trained on Koyane are rightfully prized in interstellar society.

Sutekh (1707 AADA846-B): Sutekh has always been a trade center, and much of the Sutekh Empire sprang up from the interstellar markets that supported Sutekh world corporations. As Sutekh grew in prominence, many interstellar corporations also began to locate their research and development centers on Sutekh. The world rapidly developed an infrastructure to support scientific research. The University of Sutekh is known throughout the Beta Quadrant for the quality of its science departments. Sutekh has suffered a dramatic increase in natural disasters related to unstable plate tectonics over the last century. This has raised concerns among more outspoken researchers that these events are simply precursors to a cataclysmic global event that could potentially change the very face of the planet. Conservative scientists dismiss such thoughts as paranoia, claiming that the disasters are nothing more than part of a minor geologic cycle.

To complete this step, I'll follow the same basic approach for the rest of the Cultural Hubs I identified earlier, and record them in a master document. After that, I move on the Resource worlds, which we'll begin to discuss in my next post.

With Regards,

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