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|Grendal/Drexilthar (Reaver's Deep 2127)|
|Classic Era (1115)|
|Primary||F7 V M6 V|
Grendal is a rich world with a moderate population over a hundred million, but not yet at a billion sophonts in population size.
- This world has high-grade living conditions with a good climate and a non-harmful environment. As such, this world is much sought after with large queues for immigration here.
- This is a rich world with a prosperous and thriving world economy.
- Most observers think that the planet's economy and population will prosper in the near future barring outside forces.
- It is a Client State of the Third Imperium in the Drexilthar Subsector of Reaver's Deep Sector in the Domain of Ilelish.
- This world contains an Imperial Scout Base, capable of handling IISS starships and personnel.
Description (Astrography & Planetology)
Remarks: The planet is named after the world's most fearsome life form, a bipedal, sea-dwelling amphibian christened the Grendal by Abercrombie, a long time fan of the old Earth classic, Beowulf (the capital-starport complex is named Beowulf, in keeping with this tradition). The grendal lives in coastal waters (down to a pressure of 6-7 atmospheres), but can also visit the surface and walk (rather awkwardly) on land. It is a fierce and dangerous creature, massing up to 300kg and has been known to raid colonial settlements for food (stealing livestock, game, garbage, and unwary colonists indiscriminately). Primarily nocturnal in its habits, the grendal has rarely been seen for more than a few minutes at a time. Little is known about their habits or natural environment for they shun noisy undersea craft and make short work of individual divers.
Grendals and colonists live in an uneasy balance, the grendals occasionally raiding a settlement, the colonists shooting back as necessary, but not going out of their way to make trouble for the creatures. This has necessarily tended to make pelagic exploitation difficult and a few vocal groups have been arguing for a more aggressive campaign against the grendals so that undersea farming and mining colonies can be established. Because the land on Grendal is broken into numerous island archipelagos, a step in this direction will be needed soon, as population continues to expand.
Against this are set various groups opposed to violence against the grendals, including environmentalists, conservationists, and a small minority who are convinced that the grendals are not dumb animals at all, but actually representatives of an intelligent amphibian species with a sophisticated undersea civilization. Reports come in from time to time of grendals spotted using tools, wearing small artifacts, and so forth, but these are usually not credible - most are easily explained as the results of too much alcohol, mistaken sightings, poor visibility or coincidence. Still, suspicions that the grendals may be more than a savage nuisance are the source of considerable local speculation and interest.
The Scout base on Grendal is on an island near Beowulf Down starport leased to the IISS under a client planet agreement. The base is small, with a staff of less than 50, but the staff xenologist is fascinated by the grendal question and has been agitating for funds and personnel to mount a proper study of the beasts.
Primary: Hopewell, spectral class G3V. ICN S4K0507G3V. Mass 0.98 standard. Stellar diameter 0.958 standard. Luminosity 0.886 standard.
Planetary System: Nine major bodies. One Inhabited world (Grendal, II). Three gas giants, one planetoid belt, one empty orbit (#0) in system.
II Grendal: Mean orbital radius, 94.25 million kilometers (0.63 AU). Period, 184.5 days... Two satellites ... Diameter, 13,715 kilometers. Density, 1.01. Mass, 1 .101 standard. Mean surface gravity, 1.0 G Rotation period: 22 hours, 58 minutes, 47 seconds. Axial Inclination, 3°17'2.6" Albedo, .45 ... Surface atmospheric pressure, 1.9atm; composition, standard oxygen-nitrogen mix, breathable without artificial assistance. Hydrographic percentage, 96%; composition, liquid water. Mean surface temperature, 15°C.
Binary Solar System
Grendal Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Grendal Primary Primary Yellow-White F7 V None Grendal Companion Secondary Red M6 V None
History & Background (Dossier)
Grendal was first explored, named, and settled by Dr. Charles Abercrombie, a scientist from the Principality of Caledon, who surveyed this region of space 750 years ago. The world was almost ideal, Earth-like in gravity, climate and most other factors - though with a much greater atmospheric pressure at sea level, and with far more extensive oceans. The scientist assembled colonists from the Principality and emigrated within two years of his original survey.
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Brett Kruger. Into the Deep 4 (BKP, 2011), TBD.
- EXTERNAL LINK: Into the Deep #1 Link
- EXTERNAL LINK: Archive.org RingSurf Reavers' Deep Net Ring by Author & Contributor: Keven R. Pittsinger of the RingSurf Reavers' Deep Net Ring
- EXTERNAL LINK: Caledon Subsector - Jimmy Simpson
- EXTERNAL LINK: JTAS Library Data
- EXTERNAL LINK: Non-Canon Traveller Library (defunct)
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Mitchberg
- Author & Contributor: IISS Junior Administrator and Master Astrographer Ensign Phillips
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science