Empty Stars

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The Empty Stars is a vast expanse of wilderness sectors lying to rimward-trailing of Terra.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Image Repository[edit]

A map depicting the Local Arm, or Orion Spur, an ethereal spiral arm of the galaxy around 3000 parsecs (some 10,000 light years) in length.
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The Empty Stars is a vast cluster of stars lying at the trailing end of the Local Arm.

  • The region within the green circle includes the whole of the Empty Stars.
  • The region within the red circle is the Distant Fringe.

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The Sectors that make up the Empty Stars region.
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Astrographic Surveys[edit]

The Empty stars covers three distinct astrographic regions:

The University of Tal Varisa Deep Sky Program and the University of Selasia Spinward Survey run parallel programs to survey and publish concise astrographical surveys of the systems that lie within the Empty Stars. The region is believed to be unpopulated except for occasional worlds with NILs.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Intelligent Life, Charted Space & the Distant Fringe: Although it is of course unknown to the inhabitants of the Distant Fringe, a debate exists within scholarly circles within Charted Space as to the existence of sentient life beyond the 200 or so sectors of that region. Most authorities argue that it does not exist, that intelligent life is contained within a "bubble" limited to the boundaries of Charted Space.

The reason for this island of intelligent life among billions of theoretically barren worlds is unknown. Of course, those scientists concede that there may be other sophont life out there, beyond the explored regions, who have not yet been contacted. There are certainly many kinds of strange and exotic lifeforms in those far-off realms, but the real question is whether or not any of them are are actually intelligent.

It is unclear whether the existence of fourteen known distinct sophont species within the Demon Cluster is an anomaly, whether it disproves the "Charted Space Bubble" theory of sentient existence, whether the Distant Fringe is a separate "bubble" in its own right, or whether the "Charted Space Bubble" in fact covers a far larger area than previously believed. Non-sentient life is certainly common within the Empty Stars – almost all worlds with dynamic oxygen-rich atmospheres exhibit lifeforms of some kind. The likely existence of other intelligences beyond the confines of the Demon Cluster only serves to complicate the issue.

Human Settlement[edit]

The Distant Fringe – the last bastion of Terran humanity – occupies the Demon Cluster.

Lost Settlements[edit]

There are many stories about lost settlements.

Historians argue that there are very probably human-settled worlds beyond the confines of the Distant Fringe, within the greater Empty Stars region. These outposts are most likely concentrated within its rimward parts, populated by descendants of the crews and settlers of the Cripple Fleet (to trailing) or the Dissident Fleet (to spinward).

The vessels of both the Cripple Fleet and the Dissident Fleet had healthy and viable crews and carried settlers and pioneers in long-term cold sleep, large numbers of Artificial Gestation Units, vast banks of embryos, and substantial quantities of supplies. It would be extremely unlikely that all of the vessels were lost without being able to settle one or more worlds. To date, none of these supposed lost settlements have made any form of contact.

The Dead Worlds[edit]

The Intersect Cluster, a large group of stars lying on the coreward edge of the Moat Rifts, contains the remnants of a dead human civilization, without a doubt descended from a divergent element of the Last Armada. It was explored by the Jannasta Expedition and supposedly contains the remains of five extinct sophont species.

Demographics: Native Sophonts[edit]

All known extant sophont species occur within the Demon Cluster:

Five sophont species are believed to have existed within the Intersect Cluster region. They are believed to be extinct: evidence of their existence was discovered by the Jannasta Expedition.

No other sophont species are known for certain to exist within the Empty Stars. However, various stories and legends make mention of at least four more:

The presence of anonymalous signals originating from the distant systems of the Empty Stars may indicate the presence of advanced NILs. Most authorities concede that there are likely to be many as-yet uncontacted intelligent beings, probably existing at relatively low technological levels, inhabiting its many worlds.

  • Those sectors of the Empty Stars lying directly to coreward-spinward of the Distant Fringe – specifically the systems of the Phanic Group – are believed to be the current location of the Voyagers.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

The greater Empty Stars region covers 67 sectors and contains 9,608 star systems.

Empty Sectors[edit]

  1. Amarada Sector
  2. Archos Sector
  3. Argent Sector
  4. Burden Sector
  5. Cauldron Sector
  6. Celeste Sector
  7. Coraline Sector
  8. Coro Sector
  9. Elysium Sector
  10. Extent Sector
  11. Fallow Sector
  12. Forge Sector
  13. Garadin Sector
  14. Hirada Sector
  15. Hollow Sector
  16. Jontell Sector
  17. Kalash Sector
  18. Kataran Sector
  19. Kineda Sector
  20. Ledge Sector
  21. Leiden Sector
  22. Lon Beon Sector
  23. Lucent Sector
  24. Mageera Sector
  25. Magister Sector
  26. Median Sector
  27. Murian Sector
  28. Mycene Sector
  29. Navarre Sector
  30. Omicus Sector
  31. Orsen Sector
  32. Palatine Sector
  33. Palladian Sector
  34. Perfection Sector
  35. Phanic Sector
  36. Range Sector
  37. Reikan Sector
  38. Remoran Sector
  39. Revenant Sector
  40. Serenity Sector
  41. Shandara Sector
  42. Suluru Sector
  43. Tarchon Sector
  44. Thrax Sector
  45. Tirell Sector
  46. Toller Sector
  47. Turoman Sector
  48. Ulund Sector
  49. Valiance Sector
  50. Wraith Sector

Void Sectors[edit]

  1. Abyss Sector
  2. Chasm Sector
  3. Denison Sector
  4. Pestilent Sector
  5. Quell Sector
  6. Samardin Sector
  7. Stand Sector
  8. Wayland Sector
  9. Yearn Sector

Inhabited Sectors[edit]

  1. Deep Sector
  2. Divide Sector
  3. Gulf Sector
  4. Halcyon Sector
  5. Far Home Sector
  6. Shadow Rift Sector
  7. Bourne Sector
  8. Course Sector

Other Astrographic Features[edit]

Clusters & Traces[edit]

Rifts[edit]

The main named rifts include:

Major Rifts[edit]

Shadow Rifts[edit]

Other Rifts[edit]

Some smaller voids exist within individual sectors. Only a few of these have been named:

Nebulae[edit]

Dust Clouds[edit]

Anomalies[edit]

Shoal Regions[edit]

Reef Regions[edit]

Deep Regions[edit]

Received Signal Sources (RSS)[edit]

Infinitys Shore[edit]

The "Infinitys Shore" region contains 23 anomalous signal sources with varying characteristics:

Where The Stars End[edit]

The "Where The Stars End" region contains 9 anomalous signal sources with varying characteristics:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

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

151 of 151 World articles in Empty Stars
Abernath  •  Abura  •  Amet  •  Ando Mal  •  Ansora  •  Athallo  •  Az Alam  •  Bharus  •  Blasi  •  Brinishu  •  Brycon  •  Bulthar  •  Busako  •  Cala  •  Centrum  •  Chalcyon  •  Chapu  •  Chaskim  •  Cho Velik  •  Chorvor  •  Curine  •  Deso Pol  •  Dhar Luka  •  Durugal  •  Durukin  •  Echur  •  En sadar  •  Enfarsan  •  Excalisor  •  Fa Mal  •  Faleck  •  Felero  •  Fense  •  Fhoru  •  Forell  •  Fralon  •  Gabino  •  Galavix  •  Gana Zell  •  Go San  •  Gott  •  Guvusa  •  Harad  •  Hevola  •  Higo  •  Ho Sovak  •  Hobol  •  Horch  •  Hostine  •  Hujura  •  Ig Sula  •  Igsos  •  Imadol  •  Imbur  •  Indo  •  Inso Pel  •  Ise Iniva  •  Iskoto  •  Jasta Rann  •  Jhum  •  Jirdik  •  Jivad  •  Jysat  •  Kavanagh  •  Kelal  •  Knuru  •  Lajaka  •  Lajo  •  Lamawe  •  Lebua  •  Leemo  •  Ligos  •  Lim Thosa  •  Lorn  •  Lud  •  Lugush  •  Mal Buran  •  Mavi  •  Modoki  •  Moloche  •  Muridan  •  Nahanah  •  Navo  •  Neeso  •  Nenn  •  Nevix  •  Nostus  •  Nucardi  •  Nyl Erosa  •  Nyso  •  Omadur  •  Omog  •  Onnesh  •  Ordares  •  Ortino  •  Palamas  •  Paranio  •  Pareetes  •  Phran  •  Plagan  •  Polosa  •  Purdesh  •  Qua Shan  •  Quook  •  Rago  •  Ret Micos  •  Rhalak  •  Rhedur  •  Ro Molot  •  Rol Saza  •  Romulak  •  Ruv Durin  •  Rybizin  •  Sal Vorin  •  Sarada  •  Shabura  •  Shassu  •  Shuvurisi  •  Su Huru  •  Syloko  •  Sysax  •  Tamourn  •  Telermin  •  Thrix  •  Throo  •  Thurn  •  Tiganth  •  Trindal  •  Trisi  •  Ugar  •  Ulbasa  •  Unarike  •  Unsarik  •  Urvani  •  Uschela  •  Vanalt  •  Vandis  •  Vas Loro  •  Vissola  •  Vorol  •  Voronian  •  Voy  •  Vriel  •  Vuchano  •  Wavin  •  Whelan  •  Wusk  •  Yand  •  Yelm  •  Zamba  •  Zur Azom  •  
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