Obeyery

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Obeyery
Classification Omnivore/gatherer
Status Minor race
Size Unknown
Weight 400 kg
Homeworld Stave (Spinward Marches 0710)
Multi-world No
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference GURPS Traveller: Behind the Claw


The Obeyery are Minor race native to Stave/Cronor (Spinward Marches 0710).

  • The Obeyery are 400 kilogram bipeds with long lizard-like bodies covered with a fine fur.

Physiology & Environment (Ecology)[edit]

The Obeyery are a race of amphibious omnivores, who evolved in the numerous swamps and marshes found on Stave, from pack scavengers. The active geology as a result of tidal stress from the gas giant Taves forced the early development of intelligence in order to survive in a rapidly shifting environment. Loyalty was to the pack, a trait which still exists today, making the efforts of the Pelery (Lord High Protector) even more remarkable.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Obeyery were largely ignored during the early days of the Third Imperium in the Spinward Marches, and although the Zhodani were certainly aware of the races existence. Records of contact are non-existent. One Reya (Pack) of the Obeyery were contacted by the Third Imperium in the late 300s and a fuel point was established as part of the trade link from Sansibar (Spinward Marches 0412) on one end to Regina (Spinward Marches 1910) on the other.

For fifty years trade flowed through Stave, very little of it staying in-system, and the Obeyery receiving very little benefit. The Imperial Scout Service did maintain a low key mission studying the race, but due to the proximity of the Zhodani it spent more time watching for Zhodani incursions than watching the Obeyery.

The Scout Service was therefore surprised when the Reya which lived around the fueling station was violently displaced by another Reya. What fueled the dispute is now conjectural as none of the scout service personnel survived this coup. It is thought that the price being paid for Stave corn to the growers, then as now the principal export from Stave, may have had something to do with it. Whatever the truth may be by circa 500 the fueling station was abandoned. The Reya of Stave were in conflict with each other, and the trade link through Stave collapsed.

When the First Frontier War erupted in 589 Stave was an independent system. Visited by various free traders, both Imperial and Zhodani, trading for Stave corn. To deny the grain to the Zhodani the Imperium annexed the system. Ostensibly the reason given was to bring order to the turbulent Reya. The old fuel station was refurbished and a small naval base was established on Stave. Stave was to remain a part of the Third Imperium till then end of the Second Frontier War in 622 when Stave again became an independent world. It was at this time that the first Pelery, Basa Lery united the Obeyery under his banner, which entered Obeyery folklore as the Highsun staff. The united Obeyery did not survive his death and the Obeyery broke up into squabbling Reya.

Stave somehow managed to remain an independent system during the entirety of both the Third and Fourth Frontier Wars, exporting the Stave corn to anyone who wanted it. The Highsun Staff turned up in various hands during this period, and where ever it appeared the Obeyery united. It became a symbol for all the Obeyery.

During the Fifth Frontier War the Zhodani 40th Fleet occupied the system in 1107 and remained in position until the end of 1108. The 40th left a small garrison at the old fueling station, which remained in the system when the 40th fleet left the system. The Zhodani 47th fleet did not reoccupy the world when it moved into the region, and by the end of the Fifth Frontier War in 1110 Stave was again independent. The Zhodani garrison was not evacuated but no trace of them has ever been found.

Towards the end of the Fifth Frontier War the Highsun staff again became prominent, and Velesry Lery, under this symbol, lead a confederation of Reya in a bloody war, finally bringing all the other Reya under his rule, and has since named himself Pelery of Stave (Lord High Protector). So far no one has challenged the Pelery. He has established his capital near the old refueling station which has undergone major repairs and it likely to be upgraded if the Pelery can get off-world financing for it.

Psychology & Philosophy (Mindset)[edit]

Their culture is very reminiscent of the Vargr: a constant struggle for dominance among individuals; a trait dating back to their origin as pack scavengers. Historically, the Oberey mindset focuses on loyalty, which is always to the pack, a trait which still exists today, making the efforts of the Pelery (Lord High Protector) even more remarkable.

Culture & Society (Ethnology)[edit]

No information yet available.

Social Organization[edit]

No information yet available.

Government & Politics (Leadership)[edit]

Unlike the Vargr, though, the Obeyery recognize the need for semi-permanent leadership. The world has been unified under a "lord protector" since late in the Antebellum period. The Obeyery can be overbearing to offworld visitors, but they are quite friendly and accepting to such contact.

(Government) Structure[edit]

No information yet available.

Interstellar Relations[edit]

No information yet available.

Language & Letters (Communication)[edit]

No information yet available.

Calendar & Timekeeping (Chronology)[edit]

No information yet available.

Technology & Trade (Economy)[edit]

Unfortunately the Oberey have a low level of technological development, and few resources to trade beyond their excellent Stave Corn.

Military & Intelligence (Force Projection)[edit]

No information yet available.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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