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The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:04:51 PM »
Misclick



On the outer edge of current colonial space ('C Zone'), the Misclick system was discovered in 2174 due to a navigational error by a scout ship of the British Rocket Group. It is an unusual, fast-fluctuating K-S star, casting a scintillating pinkish-orange glow. There are two linked planetary bodies: A gas giant designated Misclick I, and its large habitable moon, Misclick II.
 
Misclick I
Jupiter class gas giant of sodium/hydrogen admixture. No significant further scientific study has yet been done.

Misclick II
A world of pink-orange sand and dust with no surface water. Claimed for His Majesty and designated a barren, Near-M class world with no intelligent life. A single landmass, geologically stable but subject to occasional asteroid collisions. The GCC has recently ceded planetary authority to the corporationWu Xing Pan-Galactic for low-level global terraforming and associated colony preparation activities. The only major conurbation is the (C Class) Spaceport of Sulu's Folly, after which the planet is sometimes named.

Of the few indigenous life forms so far detected and catalogued, the team surveyed the thornsnake, giant sandmole, and a bipedal reptile of limited sentience known as gekh, with parrot-like imitative abilities (some even managing to repeat simple phrases).
 
The population consists entirely of a few thousand Wu Xing-Alchemex staff, and a small number of semi-independent prospectors and surveyors. Population is concentrated on the nominal administrative capitol/spaceport of Sulu's Folly. Beyond this area, the inhabited portion of Misclick II is largely scout stations, supply ranches, and dust farms. A handful of rogue prospectors, criminals, and adventurers are known to wander the wastes as a minor irritation, thieving and scavenging garbage, collectively known as the Dustmen.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Local hazards include (dry) quicksand and phenomena known as "oxy-rock" which causes highly flammable, oxygen-rich pockets to develop on  the surface. Rubberised covers are recommended for all planetary scout machinery.

  • Initial colonisation attempts utilised the now-defunct Heston Industries advanced labour programme, utilising uplifted howler monkeys. A number of these creatures still roam the wilderness. Wu Xing Alchemex maintain a standing bounty on these creatures.

  • The Terraforming process involved multiple tactical nuclear detonations to raise the ambient temperature. A handful of radiation “hot zones” remain, although these are far from colonial staging areas.
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Re: The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 10:11:20 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 06:09:13 PM »
The Transhuman League



Born just before the Strontium Wars of the mid-22nd century, the Transhuman movement has suffered almost as badly as their mutant brothers from humanity's prejudice. In the minds of some, deliberately tweaking their DNA to splice in alien genes is even worse than being a mutant - because they chose to be this way.

In the beginning, only the rich could afford to combine their genes with the best traits of alien races, and this let them get (or stay) off-planet once the wars began. As the years went on however, their wealth and status was whittled away, leaving the Transhuman League as virtual exiles from their own race, endlessly moved on, and slowly forced to the outer colonies. By the modern age, they have become a nomad race, using ancient yachts and pleasure-boats converted into combined squalid colony ships and improvised genetic research labs. They are looking for a planet to make their own, their 'New Jerusalem' where they can finally build the transhumunist community they have dreamt of for generations.

One such ship is the Mayflower VI, under Captain Columbine Jenner.
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Re: The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 06:24:15 PM »
The Shankle System



Unfortunately close to the infamous Slavers of Jerboos, the Shankle System is a corporate-owned colony.

The Shankle system holds two worlds: Shankle Prime and Skybo Tsong. Skybo Tsong receives most development, owing to the presence of the Eldorado distillery, distributors of low grade brands of whisky and macmac, favoured drinks across the galaxy.

Shankle is a mining colony owned by Shankle Industries and devoted to the production of various metals mined from the planet’s copious reserves. Shankle is noted for its annual hang-gliding championships which take place over the mighty Riverhead Gash, a canyon two kilometres deep and half a kilometre wide. Participants aim to sail the 50 kilometre length in the shortest time, following a complex route that flows through and around a variety of naturally occurring geological obstacles. The race traditionally claims between two and five lives each year but is a popular challenge amongst the adrenalin junkies of the sector.

Skybo Tsong is owned and governed by the Tsong Liquor Corporation. An entire continent is given over to the production of the raw materials for a variety of different alcohol brands distilled and brewed in the vast, city-sized distilleries of Eldorado, Port Tequila, and Glen Fuji. The produce is shipped galaxy wide and its macmac is a popular spirit amongst mutants.

With warehouses everywhere and a complex logistics/ distribution operation dominating the spaceport, security is always a problem on Skybo Tsong (the strange name Skybo is rumoured to be that of a Tsong director’s pet dog) and bootleggers have continually stolen produce from under the administration’s noses. A standard reward of Cr. 25,000 and a lifetime’s supply of macmac is offered to anyone who can bring the bootleggers to justice.
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Re: The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 09:03:51 PM »
The Shankle Straw



Rising up from the warm equator of Skybo Tsong, the so-called 'Shankle Straw' is a giant space elevator connecting Tequila City to the orbital depot that is the hub of interstellar alcohol trade. High-powered plasma-lasers send platforms of trade liquor roaring skyward, where the myriad beverage delights of the company are shipped across the quadrant. Far cheaper than shuttles or transports.


Tequila City

Tequila City is the 'second capitol' of Skybo Tsong, a shining new, sun-soaked metropolis on the tropical equator - one of several that sprung up in recent years, forged by Tsongcorp's fiercely competitive subsidiaries. Tequila City specialises in mezcal-based alcohol, and the city is surrounded by vast fields of blue-agave and mezcal-rich cacti (the latter also providing the city with a lucrative source of illicit drugs).

Tsong executives govern the city from the extravagant, up-turned ziggurat known as the 'Chalice-Palace', located at the base of the Shankle Straw. However the city is as famed for its flamboyant organised crime as it is for its tequila! Tame by galactic standards, the gangsters here model themselves on the prohibition celebrities of earth's yesteryear, more tourist attraction than 'real' criminals... but are nevertheless a constant thorn in the company's side, through smuggling and corruption, but they are known to 'play ball' with authorities with regards to trade: "the sauce must flow" is everyone's motto.

Travellers are advised to check out the wide Moonshine Strip that runs almost the length of town. Alive with neon holograms, it's home to countless bars, shows, clubs and gaming tables, all open from dusk til dawn - and also to colouurful characters from the underworld; found at infamous gangster-haunted establishments like the Slippery Nipple Club, the Maguey Worm a Crocket's Casino. Tourists in search of a more scenic view can tour the city by Red-Eye Monorail, or visit outlaying holiday villas, scattered amidst the endless agave fields. 

Beyond the safety of the corporate rent-a-cops and the controlled disreputable delights of the Moonshine Strip, tourists are advised to watch their step - especially in the sprawling favelas controlled by worker's unions and street gangs like the spike-haired Kjotes. Common street weapons in the favelas include the Timmy Thwupper, a cheap and unreliable repeating blaster, and the coa - a circular, chakram-like blade that can be wielded in hand, on an extendable pole, or sent flying from a pistol-like launcher.   
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Re: The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
Extract from the GCA Galactic Encyclopaedia: Due to innovative Tsong corporation lawyers, Tequila City operates under a specific, very advantageous rule of 'asset forfeiture' - statutes that allowed law enforcement agencies to confiscate the property of bootleggers and drug dealers for official use. As a result, many detectives in Tequila City live in beachside apartments, wear 18,000 Cr. comms units, and drive around in hover-porsches. The exact benefit this brings to the crime rate has yet to be properly analysed.


Bounty-Hunting, Tequila City Style....

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 07:05:57 PM »
There's a legend shared by criminals, anarchists and sociopaths, by the extremely rich and by those without any hope left at all, of a place where all the laws of civilisation and human decency and swept aside in an orgy of anarchy and violence, pleasure and despair, and revelling in the inevitable entropy that destroys whole planets, wipes out whole species, and which will one day consume the universe in fire. The call it

THE ENTROPARTY

Entropartyists believe that no matter what the living may do, at some point everything will come to an end, and the universe will burn. Nothing is meant to last, no matter how stable or well-made it may seem. According to them, entropy should be embraced with open arms and the end brought about as swiftly (and enjoyably) as possible.

The Entroparty is held intermittently, and never in the same place twice. It always takes place in some great symbol of death and destruction, and the venue rarely survives the entertainment: Sometimes it is a planet being torn apart by volcanic activity, or a flaming asteroid colliding with the sun, or in the midst of the Killing or a Feud World's war. This year, its reputed to take place on an ageing starliner, the Michael Bay.Where it's heading, no one knows. May Jerboos or Utopia, or somewhere equally vile?

The Entroparty is said to attract three kinds of people: Sociopaths and madmen in search of a venue to indulge their whims, the jaded super-rich in search of a thrill, and people with nothing left to lose. Every party is uniquely different, but there are usually elaborate and dangerous games, copious amounts of drugs and alcohol, and lethal brinksmanship about exactly how and when the party will be destroyed, and when the party will degenerate into a desperate mob trying to survive and escape.... Last time, for example, the party was held on the Bacconian homeworld, while it was under nuclear bombardment by the invading Wolrog fleet.

Despite its secrecy, rumours abound in the underworld about the Entroparty, and the celebrities and tycoons who secretly attend. It is as prestigious as it is dangerous: Very.
 
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Re: The Bounty Hunters Guide to the Galaxy
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 04:45:05 PM »
The Dark Nebula



Secretive home of the legendary 'Sorcerers of Lyra', the Dark Nebula is officially off-limits to all space traffic. This ban is enforced not by the Galactic Authorities or even the Sorcerers of Lyra themselves - it is a product of fear, superstition and the rumours of strange spatial and temporal anomalies that afflict Lyran space.
 
Whole parsecs no longer occupy normal space: Spells have caused the nature of space/time to completely collapse, leading to a merging of several dimensions into a single, chaotic region where no laws of conventional physics are possible and the powers or creation are unfettered. This area of space is known as the Entropy Collision.

On the fringes of the Dark Nebula, close to where Lyra borders with the rest of the galaxy, are the Tomb Libraries – whole worlds given over to the storage of the sorcerers’ grimoires and codices. Protected by a vast array of spells, these worlds support continent-sized libraries where entire orders of sorcerers spend their life researching and developing spells that are put to use by all practicing sorcerers in the Dark Nebula.

Beyond the Tomb Libraries lays a deeper blackness, the Womb of Night. A black hole spiralled by shattered planets and captured comets, by the wrecks of broken cathedral ships and gothic spires of orbital spell-stations. Space debris from across the nebula is thrown towards the Womb's event horizon, sacrifices to the infinite destructive power.

Some rumours say it is a gateway to other dimensions, to ruptured timelines and parrallel worlds that should never have existed. Only one things for sure - no one comes back.
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