Sunday, February 26, 2012
Today was our first Star Clans game! We had seven players to start, all from the Northernmost Kingdom, ruled by King Ossian, Chieftain of Clan Denby. Here’s our current cast of characters:
Lykaios is a female Gnome barbarian from the Valley of Arden. UPP: 877AB6/6, Broadsword-4, Leader-1, Brawling-1; has Telepathy level 6, Age 26. Her family serves under Artemis, Chieftain of Clan Maragos.
Alec is a male Gnome rogue from the Valley of Arden. UPP: B9CAA3/6, Longbow Cbt-1, Streetwise-1; has Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Awareness, level 6, age 18. His family serves under Artemis, Chieftain of Clan Maragos.
Zaccheus is a male Gnome scientist from the Valley of Arden. UPP: 673EA8/A, has Telepathy and Telekinesis, level A, age 22. His family serves under Artemis, Chieftain of Clan Maragos.
Cinnia is a female Uruki noble from the Valley of Arden. UPP: 9A686C/C, Gambling-1, Sporting Crossbow Cbt-1, Leader-2, Admin-1, Broadsword-1; has Telekinesis level 12, Age 26. Her grandsire is a first cousin to Kyler, Chieftain of Clan Gower.
Gildas is a male Uruki rogue from the Valley of Arden. UPP: 738796/6, Jack-of-all-Trades-2, Leader-1, Medical-1, Broadsword-1, Streetwise-1; has Telepathy and Awareness, level 6, age 26. His family serves under Kyler, Chieftain of Clan Gower.
Tiernan is a male Uruk noble from the Valley of Arden. UPP: 78658E/4, Admin-1, Longbow Cbt-1, Streetwise-1, Medical-1, Carousing-1, Leader-1; has Awareness, Telepathy, and a special talent, all level 4; age 26. His grandsire is the youngest brother (of 5) of Tevin, Chieftain of Clan Wyghmore.
Lairgnen is a male Uruk from the Great Central Plain. UPP: 8888A2, Interrogation-1, Broadsword-2, age 18. His family was exiled recently, and made their way to the Valley of Arden, where Madden, Chieftain of Clan Ludlow took them in.
Character creation ended up taking 2.5 of our three hours allotted. During the last half hour, we began actual play.
During the Northernmost Kingdom’s Kingsmeet, the characters were summoned to the table of King Ossian. Once they were all seated at his table, he spoke:
“Each of you has been recommended by your Clan and by your Family, as having the potential to accomplish a mission of great importance not only to our Kingdom, but to the other Kingdoms of the Valley as well. As you know, shortly after the Reformation in Uruk a century ago, Tristan, Chieftain of Clan Denby was banished for blasphemy. He and the entire Clan went into exile, moving to the Borderlands. His youngest son, Condon, led us to this Valley, and sued for peace with the Gnomes already living here. Together, we have grown and prospered during our banishment, and it is time to reunite our Kingdoms with the High King in Uruk. The Highsmeet, held every 20 years at the shore where planetfall took place, begins in two weeks. We have not attended since our banishment, though we’ve kept an eye on it each time. Your task, then, is to travel southwest, and leave the Valley. You will head west through the Grey Hills, and make an appearance at the Highsmeet, where you will request an audience with the High King. Tradition dictates he must hear you; and you will use the opportunity to open talks for reunification. Should he agree, you will let us know immediately, and I and the Clan Chiefs will depart for the Highsmeet ourselves. I recommend you outfit yourselves tonight; and leave first thing in the morning.”
He then granted them 2000 credits each to outfit themselves, and dismissed them. As the party visited the weapon smiths and other craftsmen, gathering the supplies they needed, night fell. The characters noticed an unusual abundance of shooting stars, an auspicious sign, before turning in for the night.
They were roused early by messengers from the King. “You are summoned back to the King’s tent immediately, for additional instructions before you depart! Make haste!”
When they’d reassembled at the King’s Table, Ossian again came in and sat at the head, and began without preamble: “Last night, you probably noticed the shooting stars… I’ve received reports that several crashed into the Grey Hills, due south of the end of the Valley. Since you’re already heading that way, and you should have the time, I want you to attempt to find the impact sites before you head west to the Highsmeet. Should you find anything of import, you will let us know right away!” With that, Ossian stood, and left the tent.
The party then gathered their supplies, and began their trek southwest along the main road running the length of Valley. Their trip was uneventful, and they passed through the other two Kingdoms without incident. Midway through the fifth day of their journey, they reached the end of the Valley. The road sloped up into the mountains, narrowing to the meter-wide path that led to the Grey Hills.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Melyn 32 is a type G yellow dwarf located at 0607 in the Kapu Subsector, Exile Sector Rasu. There are seven "planets" in orbit around Melyn 32. The system is inhabited by the Elekeen, a human subrace that, like many others, were apparently seeded to their pre-Exile homeworld by the Ancients. Not much is known about them post-Exile, but pre-Exile records indicate their race suffered greatly during the Long Night, leading to their isolationist tendencies. Although the Elekeen do participate in the New Imperium, they don't tend to allow visitors to this system. This survey was conducted with only their grudging consent, so data may not be fully accurate. They have requested (and been granted) Amber Zone Status, meaning travel to this system is discouraged, and only then with their permission.
M32-1, nearest the star, is a rocky worldlet 2000 km in diameter (UWP: D-100291-9). It has no atmosphere, and is tidally locked. The Elekeen have established an observatory on the day/night border at the northern magnetic pole; it includes a scientific research station housing approximately 400, and a Type D starport. The tech level listed is based on access to goods from M32-2.
M32-2 (UWP: A-A7659C-9) is a large world, but with an anomolously low surface gravity indicating it likely does not have a metallic core. This world has native plant and animal life both on land and in the oceans. Land-based animals are no larger than 20 kg; limited survey time found evidence of much larger sealife; possbily as large 10,000 kg. The Elekeen have made this their post-Exile homeworld, though their population appears to be much smaller than expected. Their government appears to have the full support of the people, though it is rather restrictive of individual rights. MP32-2 has a satellite roughly 1/8 it's mass which is also inhabited. Like their observatory on M32-1, the Elekeen have established a scientific research station on their satellite, though we were unable to learn any details of its purpose.
M32-3 is an asteroid belt, consisting mainly of metallic asteroids. Three separate belter stations were observed, indicating the Elekeen maintain an active mining presence here.
M32-4 is a gas giant with three rings and two satellites. The Elekeen have established an orbiting refueling station here, but we were warned not to approach; being told the rings create anomolous magnetic readings that would damage our ships sensors.
M32-5 is a gas giant with two rings and fourteen small satellites, the largest with a diameter of 4000 km. They have an orbiting refueling station here, and it appears the Elekeen are active on all fourteen satellites.
M32-6 is another asteroid belt, but consists mainly of rocky non-metallic bodies.
M32-7 is a large oddly-shaped icy body of approximate diameter F. It does not appear natural, and is worthy of further investigation. Beacons in orbit warned us away from this body; as did several Elekeen system ships.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Melyn 32 is a type G yellow dwarf located at 0607 in the Kapu Subsector, Exile Sector Rasu. There are seven "planets" in orbit around Melyn 32.
M32-1, nearest the star, is a rocky worldlet 2000 km in diameter. It has no atmosphere, and is tidally locked.
M32-2 (UPP: X-A66000-0) is a large world, but with an anomolously low surface gravity indicating it likely does not have a metallic core. This world has native plant and animal life both on land and in the oceans. Land-based animals are no larger than 20 kg; limited survey time found evidence of much larger sealife; possbily as large 10,000 kg. No sapient life was found. MP32-2 has a satellite roughly 1/8 it's mass. This world was recently claimed for colonization.
M32-3 is an asteroid belt, consisting mainly of metallic asteroids.
M32-4 is a gas giant with three rings and two satellites.
M32-5 is a gas giant with two rings and fourteen small satellites, the largest with a diameter of 4000 km.
M32-6 is another asteroid belt, but consists mainly of rocky non-metallic bodies.
M32-7 is a large oddly-shaped icy body of approximate diameter F. It does not appear natural, and is worthy of further investigation.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Georg II, the first Emperor born in Exile, and second of the Philosopher Kings, directed the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service to conduct a Survey of the Imperium in Exile. The Survey was completed in just twenty years, and it's publication was hailed by the Court as a sign of greatness to come. The Survey provided data not just on the 77 worlds of the Imperium in Exile, but on the several hundred worlds surrounding it that were not yet part of the Imperium. The Survey followed the same standards as the First and Second Surveys conducted by the Third Imperium. Cyril IV, last of the Philosopher Kings, also commissioned a Survey of the Imperium in Exile. It took about forty years, and wasn't finished until a decade after his death. By the time it was published, the Imperium was ruled by the Merchant Houses, and the data was quickly used both to expand trade with the surrounding systems and to guide colonial expansion of the Imperium.