The Rings

The star systems that dot the black skies of Emaria are like those of any other galaxy–they’re very densely packed in the middle compared to the outside, which is more barren. The planetary systems within the Emarion galaxy are categorized into four sections.

The core systems are those towards the middle. Each system is very easy to travel to, and the skies are patrolled well by each systems’ respective navy. The inhabited core systems consist of Sirius, the blue giant and green dwarf binary system, which is home to Azureus; Fuu’u’ll, considered the center of the galaxy, a white dwarf star which houses many planets, among them Nexus being the most populated world in known space; and Toroi, a yellow giant dominated by Lyndor-owned planets.

The inner systems are those which are not quite as close to the centre as the core systems. They are still well-defended and considered mostly safe, though a weaker governmental grip on some of them makes it a little easier for pirates to function, if they’re careful. The populated inner systems are Aum, a white dwarf which has no actual planets, but is surrounded by an artificial shell that uses the sun’s energies inside to power systems that make the shell hospitable to all sorts of people; Modra, the capitol system of the Ghrinite people; Graduill, a medium red star that supports some of its own life, with unpopulated planets claimed by Azurean races; Coet, “the poor man’s Fuu’u’ll”; and Etheria, a yellow star with three planets sharing the exact same orbit with their own strange politics.

The outer systems are those considered too far from the core to be easily defensible in case of any attack, and most people who are looking for easy prey will stay around these systems. Still, supplies often need to be brought out to the outer systems to sustain their populations, so it’s a good source of honest work as well. The populated outer systems consist of Sincri, a blue star with a very small planet whose only sentient influence is a single monastery; Bronach, a system with no orbiting planets, but is surrounded by artificial orbiting bodies, mostly research satellites; Eppita, an unstable system dominated by its two gas giants; and Oach, a system that spawned a major crime ring in the outer systems.

Finally, there are systems out in the Reaches. The Reaches are considered completely out of the jurisdiction of any core world government, and all colonies out this far are on their own. Most of the inhabitants are from planets in the Reaches, and few people purposefully travel this far out unless they’re looking for Paradeisos. The dangers of the reaches are well-known. For one, the Necros are safe to go as they please around the reaches, as there are no large navies patrolling the skies. Second, insane rogues can be found around the Reaches, preying on anyone and anything in an effort to survive. Third, and most dangerous, are the massive space-faring organisms of the Reaches. Though highly varied in shape and function, most of the non-sentient beings capable of travelling space do so in the Reaches to avoid the higher concentration of starts toward the core, and almost all of them are considered highly dangerous.

On the other hand, there are those who make their home in the Reaches for the excitement, and most of the inhabited planets are close enough to the core that the larger organisms will stay away. Some adventurers even try to hunt the larger creatures in hope of glory among the other Reachers, as they’re called.

In the end, everyone can find their place in the universe, so long as they look for it.

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2 Responses to “The Rings”

  1. Commentary: Next article is either Silvikk in greater detail or something about those big space beasties. All depends on what I can find in the way of giant gaping maws next to a planet that shows up tiny in comparison. And before anyone sees the similarities, yeah, Spelljammer was more than a little inspiration for those.

  2. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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