|Auritaurus/Khouth (Corridor 0401)|
|Classic Era (1115)|| |
|New Era (1200)|| |
Auritaurus is a low-population world with a population of less than 10,000 sophonts in size.
- This world has yet to take off economically or otherwise and the population remains low for reasons largely unknown.
- It is a member of the Third Imperium in the Khouth Subsector of Corridor Sector in the Domain of Vland.
- This world contains an Imperial Scout Base, capable of handling IISS starships and personnel.
- In the initial surveys this world was named Esla Ges.
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History & Background (Dossier)
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Era: New Era
Auritaurus ("Golden Bull") is a frozen ice-world that, in the past never garnered significant attention from the larger powers. Most of the population assisted smugglers and Vargr corsairs in evading Imperial border patrols, and were given a share of the profits. The world changed hands several times between the Third Imperium and various Vargr states, and when the Dzarrgh Federate took it in 1116, the locals did another perfunctory shift in their nominal allegiances, changing paperwork and accepting Federate bureaucrats. An allied corsair band announced that it would handle all customs inspections through the main starport, but they had actually been doing that for years previously, and the Federate was inclined to accept the status quo.
The arrival of Virus in 1139 wiped out the Dzarrgh Federate as a governing body. With anarchy descending upon the sector, most of its local officials and allies fled in panic, leaving the failing world to its own devices. Virus itself did not affect the communities' life support and data systems, which were too stupid to actually support infection, and Vampire fleets never visited the obscure little world at any time in the last sixty three years. In the midst of this chaos a psionically gifted offworlder calling himself "Seer" Kiirishi suddenly appeared not too long after the Federate had pulled out. Despite the distrust of the locals, Kiirishi used his clairvoyant and telekinetic abilities to assist them in repairing damage caused by the loss of interstellar contact, and he established a benign dictatorship that enabled the world to survive, if not prosper.
The starport suffered only minor damage during a spate of looting following the collapse of the Federate, but several non-functioning starships were abandoned by the Vargr. When Kiirishi died in 1151, the locals repaired a couple of free traders using parts salvaged or adapted from the other hulks, and the crews were sent out to find other psionically adapted individuals. The next leader was a brilliant but somewhat unstable Vargr psion known only as Graegvuer; after his death in 1155 the locals concentrated upon searching nearby worlds for psionically trained humans only. Seer Gilliam is the sixth seer thus far, and one of the more benevolent. Despite the increasingly ragged state of the world's two free traders, he has encouraged his people to forge offworld ties with groups in Deneb and Tuglikki Sector, in the hopes of staving off another bout of anarchy after he dies.