Doom (RD 2412) (world)

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Doom/Caledon (Reaver's Deep 2412)
Classic Era (1115)
StarportX No Starport
Size4 Small (6,400 km, 0.32g - 0.46g)
Atmosphere0 Vacuum
Hydrographics0 Desert World 0%
Population2 Low (100)
Government0 No Government structure
Law0 No Law
Tech Level4 Industrial (combustion)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary F1 V
Planetoid Belts 0
Gas Giants 1

Doom (RD 2412) is a low-population vacuum world, with a population of less than 10,000 sophonts in population size, warranting hazardous environment precautions.

  • Life in a vacuum requires great discipline. After all, it only takes one forgotten seal on a vacuum suit to spell death. Those who survive tend to be very methodically-minded and attentive to small detail.
  • This a "forbidden" world designated as a Red Zone with an environment, laws, customs, life forms, or other conditions that make it extremely dangerous to visitors. Everyone is forbidden to travel here.
  • This die back world was once settled and developed, but the inhabitants have either died off or left leaving behind the ruins and remnants of their civilization.
  • It is a Non-Aligned world dominated by human sophonts located in the Scotian Deep Subsector of the Reaver's Deep Sector.
  • This world contains a xeno-archaeological site with suspected high-tech remnants of the now-vanished Saie precursor race.

Description (Astrography & Planetology)[edit]

Remarks: The names given to the bodies in this system ("Omen", "Doom", etc.) are said to have first been applied by the superstitious Caledonian merchant who made the first recorded visit to Mt. Orodruin, the great and terrifying enigma of the planet. That merchant arrived on Doom with a crew of ten; he escaped alone, gravely wounded, and it was only by the merest good fortune that his ship made a successful jump to neighboring Kolath (Reaver's Deep 2313). The injured crewman died on the jump back, leaving behind recordings of his experiences. These, however, are the largely incoherent ravings of a deranged and frightened man, and are of little value in unraveling the secrets of Doom.

System Data[edit]

Primary: Omen, spectral class K0V. ICN S4G0802K0V. Mass 0.25 standard. Stellar Diameter 0.908 standard. Luminosity 0.42 standard.

Planetary System: Three major bodies. One inhabited world (Doom, II). One gas giant. No planetoid belts. 'II Doom: Mean orbital radius, 88.26 million kilometers (0.59 AU). Period 182.2 days. Two satellites. Diameter 7048 km. Density 1.05 standard. Mass 0.131 standard. Mean surface gravity 0.53G. Rotation period: 30 hours, 41 minutes, 44 seconds. Axial inclination 20°0'15.0". Albedo .20 standard. Surface atmospheric pressure, less than .01 atm. Vacuum suits required for surface EVAs. Hydrographic percentage 0%. Mean surface temperature 40°C.

Point of Interest: Possible Precursor Ruins at Mount Orodruin[edit]

Some believe that strange, alien ruins found at Mount Orodruin may be a hidden treasure trove of precursor technology. The site has attracted considerable interest from numerous groups including Imperial scientists, xeno-archaeologists, and others.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Remarks: Something, apparently, lies within the great dead volcano Captain Donald Morrison christened Orodruin. It is uncertain just what it may be, from the content of the tapes, but Morrison seemed to be describing an artificial complex of some kind. By piecing together the rambling, incoherent statements made by Morrison and certain supporting information from later expeditions, scientists believe Orodruin is the site of an abandoned military base, probably belonging to the Saie. Morrison's account seems to indicate that one of his men accidentally reactivated a long-dead geothermal generator, which powered up the automated base defense system of this long-forgotten complex. These defenses worked with frightening effectiveness.

And, it seems, they continue to work today. No fewer than ten major expeditions have visited Doom since 678, when Morrison's visit occurred; none have successfully penetrated Orodruin. Every person who has attempted to enter has been killed, and vehicles outside the underground complex have been destroyed when they ventured within a given radius of the base entrance. Twice, ships have been brought down by effective particle beam weapons, as well. The Imperium has posted Red Zone warnings for Doom as a result, though a small, semi-permanent research colony is maintained hoping to crack the base and learn its secrets. There is little hope of this, based on past experience, though at least one researcher has advanced the theory that individual defense systems might be disarmed by a crystal key fitted into any of several locking devices near complex doors. A shattered version of the key was discovered at Crash Jura on Glenshiel (Reaver's Deep 1912); so far, attempts to duplicate it have failed.

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