Hirada Shoal

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The Hirada Shoal is a Jump Shoal region located in Hirada Sector, within the Where The Stars End region of the Empty Stars.

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The Hirada Shoal is an irregularly shaped astrographic region measuring approximately 10 parsecs coreward-rimward by 6 parsecs spinward-trailing and affecting an area covering approximately 28 parsecs of space. Aspects of spacetime and jump physics appear to function differently within its general boundaries. It is not visible to the naked eye or to most conventional sensors.

The Hirada Shoal bears striking similarities to the Harmal Strange and Unstable Space regions lying within Halcyon and Far Home Sectors. The University of Selasia's astrophysical survey programs (applying a small degree of comprehension gained through the study of those local anomalies) have allowed the shoal to be detected and charted by indirect observation methods. Studies of the Hirada Shoal region are ongoing, though no definitive conclusions have yet been reached concerning its nature.


If the shoal does indeed share the same jumpspace properties as the Demon Cluster anomalies it would likely have the following effects on starships:

  • A Jump-1 ship will not be able to enter jumpspace at all in this region; any vessel attempting to do so will suffer drive damage, as well as damage to its physical structure.
  • A Jump-2 capable vessel should be able to enter jump within the shoal. It will function as though performing a Jump-2 but will only cover one parsec before being dropped back into normal space. Fuel consumption during the jump is at normal rates for the drive.


The feature was detected by the University of Selasia Spinward Survey. It became public knowledge following publication of the "Stars of the Rim" Astrographic Survey in 5570AD.

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Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This astrographic feature is primarily found in the following areas:
Uncharted Space - Empty Stars:

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The following systems and worlds are associated with this astrographic feature:

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