The Westernesse Star System is dominated by the Persean League, with one Independent market as well.

Westernesse, Yellow Star[edit | edit source]

Westernesse

A G2 type primary sequence star, estimated age is five billion years. Surface temperature is only about six thousand degrees, while core temperature could well exceed fifteen million degrees.

–In-Game Description

  • Center of the Westernesse Star System

Horn (Westernesse I), Rocky Unstable World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse I: Horn

A supermassive terrestrial world, the crushingly high gravity of Horn prevents both human habitation and economical resource extraction. Not that they would be much desirable anyway on this world of violent quakes, massive slumbering calderas, and endless ash plains pock-marked by meteor impacts.

–In-Game Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Rich Rare Ore Deposits: Thick bands of transplutonics spread with glorious profusion through the crust of Horn, promising great and potent power to they who would but reach out and take them.
+2 transplutonic ore production (Mining).
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Moderate Ore Deposits: Horn contains moderate ore deposits that, under the right economic conditions, could be profitably exploited.
No bonuses or penalties to ore production (Mining).
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No Atmosphere: No appreciable atmosphere exists on Horn. Its surface is exposed to the hard weathering of space, a steady drizzle of radiation and micrometeorites.
+50% hazard rating.
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Tectonic Activity: The surface of Horn is unstable and prone to violent quakes. Any structures require special reinforcement and any excavation will involve a great deal of risk.
+25% hazard rating.
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Hot: The high temperature conditions of Horn necessitates specialized equipment to perform normal operations, complicating life support and infrastructure.
+25% hazard rating.
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High Gravity: The force of gravity on the surface of Horn is crushingly high. Humans require powered exoskeletons for regular movement and find even basic actions exhausting. Continual habitation is grueling at best. All operations take place with a heightened danger of falls and - if specialized engineering is not performed with adequate paranoia - structural collapse.
+50% hazard rating.
-10% accessibility.
  • Hazard Rating: 250%
  • Orbits Westernesse

Athulf (Westernesse I-A), Rocky Metallic World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse II-A: Athulf

A remnant, perhaps, from the early and violent cycles of the formation of Horn, the moon Athulf is of like composition and provides convenient access to the ores and heavy metals inaccessible on its sullen parent. Humanity availed itself of the gift thus presented from the early days of Domain colonization of the Sector.

–In-Game Description

Athulf is traditionally considered a personal possession of whoever happens to be the King of Fikenhild, and offers important income for kings not otherwise wealthy. Court dress is extravagant and the noblesse oblige of kingship is demanding. The subjects of Athulf also form an important core of support, and treated well offer a strong voting block to a sitting king. However when strikes and riots ravage the rich mines of Athulf, it is a clear sign that Westernesse will soon have a new king.

–Secondary Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Population: Tens of thousands of people live on Athulf.
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Rich Rare Ore Deposits: Thick bands of transplutonics spread with glorious profusion through the crust of Athulf, promising great and potent power to they who would but reach out and take them.
+2 transplutonic ore production (Mining).
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Rich Ore Deposits: Rich mineral deposits form a thick lattice within the crust of Athulf but require an ambitious industrialist to exploit them for fabulous profit.
+2 ore production (Mining).
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No Atmosphere: No appreciable atmosphere exists on Athulf. Its surface is exposed to the hard weathering of space, a steady drizzle of radiation and micrometeorites.
+50% hazard rating.
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Hot: The high temperature conditions of Athulf necessitates specialized equipment to perform normal operations, complicating life support and infrastructure.
+25% hazard rating.
  • Hazard Rating: 175%
  • Persean League Market
    • Population & Infrastructure: The basic infrastructure required to support a given population, from rickety orbital hab-modules to megacities and everything between. Tens of thousands of people live on Athulf.
    • Spaceport: Facilities for loading and unloading cargo and performing basic starship repairs. A colony without a spaceport is virtually inaccessible to interstellar trade.
    • Mining: Metal and metalloid ores, organics, and volatile compounds all require heavy equipment, special infrastructure, and a specialized workforce to extract. The harsh work attracts a certain type, and an administration that's not willing to look the other way now and again may find itself running short of willing personnel.
  • Orbits Horn

Fikenhild (Westernesse I-B), Water World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse I-B: Fikenhild

This small ocean-moon is the political center of the system, seat of the King of Westernesse, and representative to the League. The five great floating arcologies of Fikenhild glitter night and day, and are notable for hosting a couple dozen highly competitive holo-entertainment studios.

–In-Game Description

The system of Westernesse is traditionally ruled by a popularly elected 'king' whose holding of court - handling of certain primary executive and judicial functions - is broadcast in the local system as entertainment. It is considered essential that the King of Westernesse be wise, just, and above all entertaining. Most potential excesses of the system are constrained by a culture of alternately raucous and sentimental audience participation segments; the King is powerful, yes, but the hearts of the people are mercurial and may be moved to .

–Secondary Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Population: The population of Fikenhild is in the millions.
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Water-covered Surface: This is an ocean world with no substantial solid surface to land, walk, or build upon. Operations are complicated by the need for specialized training and equipment.
+25% hazard rating.
No bonuses or penalties to food production (Farming).
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Hot: The high temperature conditions of Fikenhild necessitates specialized equipment to perform normal operations, complicating life support and infrastructure.
+25% hazard rating.
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Habitable: Human beings can survive unprotected exposure to the surface conditions of Fikenhild.
-25% hazard rating.
  • Hazard Rating: 125%
  • Persean League Market
    • Population & Infrastructure: The basic infrastructure required to support a given population, from rickety orbital hab-modules to megacities and everything between. The population of Fikenhild is in the millions.
    • Spaceport: Facilities for loading and unloading cargo and performing basic starship repairs. A colony without a spaceport is virtually inaccessible to interstellar trade.
    • Aquaculture: Farming on a water world requires a significant initial investment in bioengineering suitable species, but once the process takes off, algae farms and fisheries can be operated by the population without requiring much in the way of specialized training or equipment.
    • Orbital Station - Midline: A midline space station, featuring heavy firepower on one side and rapid axial rotation. Must be reduced before invasions or bombardment can be attempted.
    • Ground Defenses: A dispersed, semi-autonomous network of small, hidden weapon installations which makes the prospect of a direct ground assault and even simple raids extremely costly to the attacker. Only overwhelming orbital bombardment or massively disproportionate active screening can suppress these defenses.
    • Patrol HQ: The requisite hangars, maintenance bays, command/control center, barracks, and logistics operations required to project force throughout a star system. Once established, militarized patrols will hunt pirates and protect friendly convoys.
  • Orbits Horn

Westernesse Jump-point[edit | edit source]

  • Inner system jump-point
  • Orbits Westernesse as Horn's L4 trojan

Westernesse Relay[edit | edit source]

Westernesse Relay

A Domain-era technology used primarily on the frontier, this is a hyperwave communications array which transmits and receives data between star systems at faster-than-light speeds. The rapidly pulsing hyperwaves suitable for FTL data transmission have been shown to damage DNA so these relays are always stationed away from habitats.

–In-Game Description

Orbits Westernesse as Horn's L5 trojan

Suddene (Westernesse II), Barren-Desert World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse II: Suddene

Categorized as a secondary terraforming candidate by the first surveys of the system, Suddene is a desert world lacking a closed hydrological cycle. The seas formed during pre-Collapse terraforming are slowly seeping into deep aquifers, becoming smaller, saltier, and toxic to each succeeding meta-generation of genemod krill. Estimates put total ecological collapse at only a century or two off. Natives of Suddene are typically portrayed as fatalistic romantics in Fikenhild's holo-novels.

–In-Game Description

The terraforming of Suddene and attendant trains of water-bearing comets were rapidly abandoned post-Collapse as the remaining authorities focused resources on pure survival. Lacking infrastructure and population, Suddene has always been begrudgingly subservient to Fikenhild in economic and political matters. Reforms by one recent King of Westernesse have opened up the voting franchise and turned Suddene's bitter rebels into the recalcitrant spoilers of system politics.

–Secondary Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Population: Suddene is home to hundreds of thousands of people.
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Thin Atmosphere: A rarefied atmosphere clings determinedly to Suddene's surface.
+25% hazard rating.
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Habitable: Human beings can survive unprotected exposure to the surface conditions of Suddene.
-25% hazard rating.
  • Hazard Rating: 100%
  • Persean League Market
    • Population & Infrastructure: The basic infrastructure required to support a given population, from rickety orbital hab-modules to megacities and everything between. Suddene is home to hundreds of thousands of people.
    • Spaceport: Facilities for loading and unloading cargo and performing basic starship repairs. A colony without a spaceport is virtually inaccessible to interstellar trade.
    • Refining: Smelting plants here convert ores and transplutonic ores into metals and transplutonics, respectively. Teleoperated robotics are used to handle the most dangerous tasks, usually.
    • Light Industry: Produces domestic and luxury goods. One of the few industries relatively unaffected by the Collapse due to its low-tech nature.
    • Ground Defenses: A dispersed, semi-autonomous network of small, hidden weapon installations which makes the prospect of a direct ground assault and even simple raids extremely costly to the attacker. Only overwhelming orbital bombardment or massively disproportionate active screening can suppress these defenses.
  • Orbits Westernesse

Ailmar (Westernesse III), Tundra World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse III: Ailmar

A cold and forbidding world, Ailmar nonetheless was selected for seeding by an early sporeship due to extant volcanism. When humans arrived in the Westernesse system, they found a world of lifeless highlands worn smooth by ice-storms. But life found small valleys and canyons, and even forests of genmod larch-6 clustered in volcanic provinces. Living is tough on Ailmar, but it is a world alive despite hardship.

–In-Game Description

Industrialized pre-Collapse, Ailmar has been able to maintain its independence from the Kingdom of Westernesse by compromising with various competing out-of-system powers, including the Luddic Church and occasionally pirates, notoriously including a temporary alliance with the Warlord Leonis. The Ailmarene are the go-to antagonist in Fikenhild's holo-entertainment, portrayed as stoic as they are treacherous.

–Secondary Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Population: Ailmar is home to hundreds of thousands of people.
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Poor Farmland: Plant life grows only stunted and wearily here. It would require farmers with talent equal to their desperation to make these lands bear fruit.
-1 food production (Farming).
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Diffuse Volatiles: Diffuse volatiles can be found here, and may be sufficient for industrial extraction.
No bonuses or penalties to volatiles production (Mining).
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Cold: The low temperatures found on Ailmar necessitates specialized equipment to perform normal operations, complicating life support and infrastructure.
+25% hazard rating.
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Habitable: Human beings can survive unprotected exposure to the surface conditions of Ailmar.
-25% hazard rating.
  • Hazard Rating: 100%
  • Independent Market
    • Population & Infrastructure: The basic infrastructure required to support a given population, from rickety orbital hab-modules to megacities and everything between. Ailmar is home to hundreds of thousands of people.
    • Spaceport: Facilities for loading and unloading cargo and performing basic starship repairs. A colony without a spaceport is virtually inaccessible to interstellar trade.
    • Farming: Agriculture is a trade and technology as old as civilization itself; for thousands of cycles Humanity has harnessed the power of natural, modified, and artificial biological machines for sustenance. So it has always been, so it shall be so long as humans are human.
    • Mining: Metal and metalloid ores, organics, and volatile compounds all require heavy equipment, special infrastructure, and a specialized workforce to extract. The harsh work attracts a certain type, and an administration that's not willing to look the other way now and again may find itself running short of willing personnel.
    • Light Industry: Produces domestic and luxury goods. One of the few industries relatively unaffected by the Collapse due to its low-tech nature.
    • Heavy Batteries: Armoured subsurface batteries supplement a dispersed network of small, hidden weapon installations. Ground-based batteries are capable of truly awesome firepower, though it only manifests by making ground operations more difficult, as no starship captain would be foolish enough to get within their firing envelopes.
    • Patrol HQ: The requisite hangars, maintenance bays, command/control center, barracks, and logistics operations required to project force throughout a star system. Once established, militarized patrols will hunt pirates and protect friendly convoys.
  • Orbits Westernesse

Rymenhild (Westernesse III-A), Barren-Bombarded World[edit | edit source]

Westernesse III-A: Rymenhild

A lifeless rocky world, the battered surface tells an aeons-long story of intermittent meteor bombardment. What atmosphere there is clings to the scarred crust in near-vacuum. There is no significant magnetic field or tectonic activity. Deep regolith prevails, crossed by lava channels and spotted by ancient lava seas formed by especially large impacts.

–In-Game Description

  • Planetary Conditions
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Sparse Rare Ore Deposits: A few sparse transplutonic ore deposits exist here, but they are more of academic than industrial interest for their extraction is barely economical.
-1 transplutonic ore production (Mining).
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Sparse Ore Deposits: A few sparse ore deposits exist here, but they are more of an academic than industrial interest for their extraction is barely economical.
-1 ore production (Mining).
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No Atmosphere: No appreciable atmosphere exists on Rymenhild. Its surface is exposed to the hard weathering of space, a steady drizzle of radiation and micrometeorites.
+50% hazard rating.
  • Hazard Rating: 150%
  • Orbits Ailmar

Makeshift Nav Buoy[edit | edit source]

Makeshift Nav Buoy

Built using the best technology available in the Sector, a nav buoy monitors the in-system hyperfield and is capable of transmitting its findings to friendly fleets in-system. The data is often somewhat unreliable but still useful in making on-the-fly drive field adjustments.

–In-Game Description

Orbits Westernesse as Ailmar's L5 trojan

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike most systems, Westernesse can spawn procedural generated worlds in its inner system, meaning that the designations on this page might not be accurate for a given seed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Westernesse is the primary setting of the chivalric romance King Horn, of which Horn is the protagonist.
  • Athulf and Fikenhild are Horn's companions; Athulf proves faithful, but Fikenhild betrays him.
  • Suddene is the kingdom Horn rules.
  • Ailmar is the king of Westernesse.
  • Rymenhild is Ailmar's daughter an Horn's love interest.
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