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Atlas Drake

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OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Planet Name: Freehold
  • Demonym: Providian
  • Region: Wild Space
  • System Name: Providence System
  • System Features:

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Squall

Providence 0

Squall is a Class M red supergiant, bathing the entire system in a warm crimson glow that belies the ferocity of its occasional solar storms which wreak havoc on sublight travel out to the heliopause.

 

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Magnar

Providence 1

A molten planetoid and the first orbital body in the Providence system, Magnar is far too close to Squall for its surface to be habitable, but its dark side is survivable for brief periods and a warren of subterranean mining facilities dedicated to extracting precious durelium and lommite. Working the Mines of Magnar is a fate consigned to those unfortunate souls who run afoul of a captain with influence.

 

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Freehold

Providence 2

The system's primary habitable world, Freehold is a tropical paradise situated precisely far enough from Squall to be optimal for human comfort, and surrounded by a veritable maze of moons with varying levels of atmosphere and wildlife of their own. An island world, much of the surface is covered in ocean which has contributed to its predominantly nautical and disenfranchised culture.

 

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Calypso

Providence 2.1

Calypso is Freehold's largest moon. It has more or less been terraformed into one massive shadowport and shipyard, notorious for its near lawless state and a willingness to cater to anyone. The system's main source of industrial labor, Calypso is little better than places like Nar Shaddaa or Point Nadir. What little bureaucracy has been established to keep commerce flowing is thoroughly corrupt, and roaming press gangs who kidnap urchins and force them into indentured servitude are all too common.

 

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Freehold has 39 other moons, some of which are airless and featureless but others have breathable atmosphere and ecosystems all their own. Each moon is claimed by one of the system's most powerful mercenary crews. Some serve as no more than hideouts, while others are miniature lunar colonies in their own right. Inter-lunar strife is not unheard of.

 

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Gorgon Asteroid Field

A massive ring of asteroids that shields the inner worlds from most stellar collisions, Gorgon has collected some planetoids as large as small moons in their own right and lesser crews make their home throughout its vast reaches.

 

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Cytrine

Providence 3

On an orbit that strays dangerously closely to the Gorgon asteroids, Cytrine has no atmosphere of its own and is subject to random asteroid impacts on a near constant basis, but its surface is covered in rare and valuable gems from simple lapis to rare star sapphires and even agrocite.

 

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Reckon

Providence 4

A blue green gas giant with a breathable atmosphere at the uppermost levels, Reckon is a rich source of Clouzon-36. Made wealthy off their trade, the gas barons live opulent lives on floating repulsor cities which are well known for their avarice. Gambling, flesh, and refined hyperspace fuel are all on offer here.

 

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Serpentis

Providence 5

No one lives here. No one lands here. It is barely possible to survive on the surface without equipment, and not for long. Serpentis has a dark reputation among the system natives, and beyond orbital sensor sweeps hasn't been explored. There are dozens of myths and legends about pirate treasure buried on Serpentis, but if any crew has been bold enough to search they've never been heard from again.

 

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Anchorage Nebula

Just outside the star system is a brilliant nebula which scatters subspace signals and wreaks havoc with improperly shielded hyperspace drives. While it is possible to ford this crossing with enough preparation, Anchorage isolated the Providence system from other deep rim colonies and makes it such an effective shadowport today.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

  • Gravity: Standard
  • Climate: Tropical
  • Primary Terrain: Oceans, Scattered Island Chains
  • Atmosphere: Type 1

LOCATION INFORMATION

  • Capital City: Freeport
  • Planetary Features

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Urban/Scattered Island Chains

 

Freehold has a lush topography, both vibrant island ecosystems and stunning coral reef formations teeming with aquatic creatures cover the surface. The planet's largest contiguous island chain has been more or less entirely converted into a sprawling capital city and starport. It is not the only heavily populated patch of land however, with other settlements like Cutter's Bay, the Wrecks, I'Chen, and Coldharbour. Some of these even rival Freeport, but are cursed by geography into a perpetual inferiority of scale.

 

Under the waves there is far more to explore. Complex reefs and deep sea trenches, tectonic shelves and complex cavern systems pocketed with hidden oases. All of it teems with brilliant life, both primitive luminescent fauna and the bright glow of Freehold's many underwater cityscapes. Hyperion Wharfs is often considered a gateway to the deeps, both vast and situated close enough to ocean level to conduct brisk surface trade. Outposts of the Great Sea also include Mesa Aqua, Marine Station, and Deepwater Hub.

 

And then of course there is Horizon Bay, not so much a place as it is a common altitude. Providians colonized the skies before they took to the stars, and for a native of Freehold airships are just as common a sight as a landspeeder or submersible. Under more organized regimes many early advancements were made in the field of repulsorlift technology, and preceding Freehold's first lunar colony were a half dozen sky cities drifting through the Bay. Some of the larger ships are the Nautilus, the Argo, the Demeter, and the Acheron.

  • Major Locations

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Freeport

De facto capital city and originally the largest spaceport in the entire system before construction began in earnest on Calypso, Freeport is the planet's most populous urban center. It is where the Brethren Court meets, where goods are shipped in from offworld, and where young bravos from distant islands go in search of a patron crew or decent wages.

 

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Hyperion Wharfs

Although far removed from surface troubles, Hyperion Wharfs is simply the greatest of many deep sea colonies that cover Freehold's subsurface landscape. Submarine travel is a common means of transport, and trade lanes which follow the dominant ocean currents are well traveled. Conflict is known even here, Hyperion maintains a contingent of large submersibles for defensive purposes.

 

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Horizon Bay

Not content to spread out over both land and sea, the natives of Freehold have also colonized the sky. Massive repulsor powered city ships are suspended by anti-gravity technology over open water, and the gulf between floating settlements is known as Horizon Bay. Airspeeders and repulsor carriers are another common method of transport, and the largest cities field patrol squadrons to defend against the constant threat of raids from competing air crews.

 

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Mount Ash

Only the most savage, dark minded crews make their home on these cursed shores. Mount Ash has a haunted reputation, and some of the planet's most infamous figures have taken advantage of those dark legends to prey even on their own kind from a volcanic island sanctuary. Few men survive the mountain, or live to speak of the crystalline caverns underneath.

 

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The Abyss

Less a landmark and more a supernatural event, many on Freehold believe that the Abyss is nothing more than a myth, an old sailor's tale. But the fearsome storms which seem to hunt anything that stays in one place for too long on the ocean waters are very real. Unbeknownst to the simple corsairs, their world is home to a very old force nexus.

 

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Primordial Ruins

Very little remains of the ancient primordial civilization which originally called Freehold home. Only a few scattered ruins buried deep under the waves linger, mostly eroded by pressure and time. For some reason, these half-forgotten structures seem to draw the largest and deadliest ocean predators. Any expedition to investigate the planet's extinct forebears is a dangerous proposition.
  • Force Nexus:
    • Intent: To add a supernatural element to Freehold that can be used to explain unnatural weather phenomenon and vicious deep sea predator attacks.
      Nexus Name: The Abyss
    • Nexus Alignment: Neutral/Elemental
    • Size: Large
    • Strength: Moderate
    • Accessibility: The Abyss is not a static location, but never seems to stray too far from the submerged primordial ruins. Sail out over the deep waters and it will eventually find you.
    • Effects: Although definitely supernatural, this nexus manifests as a violent weather phenomenon. Lightning infused cyclones roil over an ocean maelstrom which violently swallows anything unfortunate enough to linger in its path. This raw elemental energy can be channeled by force users regardless of alignment.

POPULATION

 

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Unlike practically everywhere else in the galaxy, pirates are not seen as monsters but romantic folk heroes. The pirate crews of Providence are treated as public servants, they provide defense for the people, oversight for labor, and additional income from raids.

 

GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

 

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  • Government: Freehold and its surrounding system is an anarcho-syndicalist nation state largely governed by a kind of pirate nobility. What little law exists depends on how influential a captain is, which in turn depends on how many blaster arms makes up their crew. Once a budding isolated colony, after several corrupt government regimes the planet's outlaw class banded together to overthrow their rulers and established a 'Pirate Republic of Freehold'.
  • Affiliation: Independent
  • Wealth: High. The Providence system is abundant in natural resources, and its mercenary crews often bring back ill gotten gains to further pad Freehold's coffers. These economic boons are unevenly distributed between fabulously wealthy pirate nobles, near destitute commoners, and a small sailor citizen middle class.
  • Stability: Low. Freehold is in a constant state of civil war. Allegiances are divided by island, by city, by crew. The land wars with the sea which wars with the air, all the while raiding one another. Settlements closer to the system's edge are only slightly more stable.
  • Freedom & Oppression: Theoretically lawless space, in practice the word of whichever crew is closest and strongest goes. Pirate clans of various repute act almost like feudal liege lords, pledging to watch over work communes in exchange for resources and manpower. The largest, most successful crews run their own cities and moons while those less fortunate are forced out to lurk among the Gorgon field.

MILITARY & TECHNOLOGY

 

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  • Military: Hive of scum and villainy though it may be, the Pirate Republic boasts a substantial if disorganized standing navy. One of the galaxy's most implacable criminal strongholds, Freehold can stand up to anything short of an organized invasion by one of the major galactic powers.
  • Technology: After reestablishing contact nearly two centuries ago, Providian technology which was only a few hundred thousand years behind has long since caught up to the modern galactic standard. They are known for their unique repulsorcraft, sail barges, and submersibles.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION
 

First settled hundreds of thousand of years ago, until relatively recently the Anchorage Nebula kept Freehold isolated from the greater galaxy. The first colonists crash landed on the tropical island paradise after their sleeper ships suffered severe equipment malfunctions passing through the nebula. With much of their advanced technological data lost, within a few generations the planet had regressed to a pre-industrial state.

 

Spreading out across the planet's many island chains, the Providians eventually began to develop a strong maritime tradition and experienced their first internal strife as communication began to break down largely across racial lines. Dividing into smaller nation stations over thousands of years, by the golden age of the original Galactic Republic the planet had reunified under a noble class of master seamen, the Tide Lords.

 

Around the Age of Rebellion, the first of the Tide Lords rose to name himself Oceanmaster, planetary sovereign of Freehold. The first oceanmaster colonized the seas, and subsequent oceanmasters expanded their empire to the skies and eventually the stars. Upon discovering their system was abundant with natural resources, Freehold entered a rapid space age before it was wracked by political strife while the rest of the galaxy suffered under the Gulag Plague.

 

Now known as the Tidal Interregnum, nearly a century of political infighting and unresolvable conflict took place between Tide Lords over who would be chosen next to rule. Branded as monsters by a corrupt and dysfunctional planetary government, the increasingly marginalized criminal class who lived free from Tide Lord rule finally managed to stage a successful coup.

 

Occupying Freeport and rallying the people behind communalist rhetoric, the Brethren Court of Freehold waged a war of 'liberation' across the system that stamped out most of the old world elite and saw themselves established as a new ruling class. While just as dysfunctional as the government which came before and far lighter on bureaucracy, the Providence system at least now is a kind of savage meritocracy where only the strongest or sharpest survive and prosper.

 

Since contact was reestablished with the wider galaxy, the Brethren Court maintains a mostly antagonistic relationship with other civilized star systems. Unrepentant over their continued raids along outer rim hyperlanes, many foreign marauders have swelled their ranks, drawn to Providence by the stories of a grand pirate stronghold.


Edited by Atlas Drake, 19 July 2019 - 02:02 AM.

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Gilamar Skirata

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Atlas Drake Under review



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Gilamar Skirata

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Atlas Drake

 

And what a hive of scum and villainy it is.

 

Newbie approved pending secondary Srina Talon Daro Tarsi 



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Gilamar Skirata

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Atlas Drake

 

And what a hive of scum and villainy it is.

 

Newbie approved pending secondary Srina Talon Daro Tarsi 



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Srina Talon

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Gilamar Skirata | Atlas Drake | Approval Pending


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Gilamar Skirata| Atlas Drake - I apologize for the unclear message before and the delay. I just meant that I was looking this over for a Secondary Approval.

 

Overall, Mr. Drake, you did a fantastic job. Your image credits all seem to be in order [huzzah!] and readers will thank you for linking pertinent information so thoroughly. I now understand alllll about the "hive of scum and villainy" that Gilamar referenced above xD. The part that I like the most about this submission is the fact that you presented much more than just a singular world. You added detail to the system itself. Not too many people go through all that trouble. I love it--Please pat yourself on the back. 

 

There are just a few small items to address and then I'll get you on your way.

 

 

 

Oddly enough...These are all template/formatting issues. 

 

1.) We shouldn't have any spoilers unless it's for an actual image. I know it looks neater but your "Image Credits" should be shown plainly. 

 

2.) You are always welcome to add fields to the template but you shouldn't be removing any. I'm not sure if perhaps you might have started with an older template or perhaps they got lost in the creation process but we're missing a few. If the field does not apply to the submission please just state "N/A" over removing it. 

 

A.)"Coordinates" should actually be "Location" (Minor, but since we're fixing the others - Might as well.)

 

B.) "Unexploited Resources" is missing. 

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C.) "Capital City" is missing. (Even though you have the capital listed as Major Location - It still needs to exist here.) 

 

D.) "Planetary Features" is missing. (It looks like Major Locations and Planetary Features may have been merged together in a way? We still do need to have this filled out, though, it does not need to be extensive. Please, by all means, keep the details in Major Locations but we still need something in this field as well.) 

 

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And that's all. Once you're done, give me a tag, and we'll get you stamped. 

 

If you have any questions/need help please feel free to ask. 

 

Thank you! 

 


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Atlas Drake

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Mr. Drake lol

 

I apologize for the unclear message before and the delay. I just meant that I was looking this over for a Secondary Approval.

 

Lies! Deception!

 

You are always welcome to add fields to the template but you shouldn't be removing any. I'm not sure if perhaps you might have started with an older template or perhaps they got lost in the creation process but we're missing a few. If the field does not apply to the submission please just state "N/A" over removing it.

 

Yeah this is a very old WIP that has gone through like a half dozen revisions, thought I had eradicated all the old template artifacts but apparently not.

 

It looks like Major Locations and Planetary Features may have been merged together in a way? We still do need to have this filled out, though, it does not need to be extensive.

 

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u knew what u were asking 4

 

Everything should be sorted now, added some tiddly bits about lava crystals underneath Mount Ash as an unexploited resource since the field got me thinking on it. Also switched the region to Wild Space since apparently that also applies to the Outer Rim Territories' frontier, particularly the spiral arm. Srina Talon


Edited by Atlas Drake, 19 July 2019 - 02:03 AM.

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Atlas Drake 

 

Ah, perfect Mr. Drake. I love what you've done with the place xD. 

 

On a real note I do like the additions. Anything that provides more depth and flair tickles my fancy. You've corrected all the issues I had - So, thank you, and please enjoy! 

 

Approved.


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