|Daken/Drexilthar (Reaver's Deep 1830)|
|Classic Era (1115)|| |
|Primary||M2 V M5 V|
Daken is a poor, low-population world with a population of less than 10,000 sophonts in population size.
- This poor world is struggling to establish itself and living conditions in many areas are rudimentary.
- It is a Non-Aligned world dominated by human sophonts.
Daken is an extremely hot, arid world, with little free-standing water; temperatures are too high for humans to survive except near the poles. The world would never have been settled, were it not for the presence there of Goldsand, a desert life form similar in evolutionary status to Earth corals.
Harvesting Goldsand is a dangerous business. Colonies spring up rapidly, grow with great speed, and are then scattered by the fierce sandstorms which sweep across the ergs. individual parts of the colony may survive to start up new colonies in new locations. Thus, to harvest Goldsand, crews must reach a colony soon after it forms, and work it quickly before a storm can carry it off.
Goldsand also forms the chief food source for the Sandroller, a small (25kg) animal which poses a danger to humans because of the highly poisonous spines which cover its spherical body. This makes goldsand harvesting doubly dangerous work, for a Goldsand colony is sure to be infested with the spiny menaces.
Binary Solar System
Daken Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Daken Primary Primary Red M2 V Daken Companion Secondary Red M5 V
Primary:Turrel, spectral class F3V. ICN S4K0210F3V. Mass 1.46 standard. Stellar diameter 1.52 standard. Luminosity 5.34 standard.
Planetary System: Six major bodies. One Inhabited world (Daken, IV). Two gas giants, one empty orbit (#3) in system.
IV Daken: Mean orbital radius, 343.97 million kilometers (2.3 AU). Period, 2.89 years ... No satellites ... Diameter, 10,994 kilometers. Density, 1.08. Mass, 0.456 standard. Mean surface gravity, 0.81 G. Rotation period: 21 hours, 12 minutes, 19 seconds. Axial Inclination, 10°15'4.3" Albedo, .20 ... Surface atmospheric pressure, 0.33atm; composition, standard oxygen-nitrogen mix, breathable with respirator to compensate for pressure. Hydrographic percentage, 2%; composition, liquid water. Mean surface temperature, 28°C.
History & Background (Dossier)
A colony of no more than 750 people has been settled around the south polar starport for the last 125 years. They have grown accustomed to life at the edge of the world's harsh deserts, and make their primary living harvesting goldsand and selling it to offworld markets. Several companies, including the imperial megacorporation SuSAG and the Dakaar Corporation, have attempted to cut out the locals and harvest goldsand directly, but planetary conditions are far too harsh and every attempt has ended in disaster.
Recently the Dakaar Corporation attempted to force an exclusive contract on the colony, to tie up the goldsand supply. Since the colony turned down this offer, there have been threats, rumors of sabotage and violence, and other problems around the colony. The Dakaar Corporation, of course, is suspected of being behind the problems, but there is no proof of this and corporate officials have hotly denied any involvement in the wrongdoing.