Sapphyre (world)

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Sapphyre/Sapphyre (Dagudashaag 2137)
Milieu 1116
StarportA Excellent: Starship Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size9 Large (14,400 km, 1.03g - 1.33g)
Atmosphere7 Standard (tainted)
Hydrographics7 Wet World 70%
Population2 Low (800)
Government0 No Government structure
Law0 No Law
Tech LevelD Average Stellar (holo data)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary M3 V K0 V
Worlds 15
Gas Giants 4
Planetoid Belts 0
Cultural Details
Government No government
Law Level No law
Cultural Extension 1318
Army Size (BEs) 0
Economic Details
Technology Level 13
Economic Extension
Labor1Low (80)
Infrastructure1 Extremely limited
Importance Extension 1
Resource Units 6
GWP (BCr) 0
World Trade Number 3
Trade Volume (MCr/year) 0
Starport Details
Classification Class-A
Port Size 0
Building Capacity (Tons) 0
Port employees 0
Port passengers (annual) 0

Sapphyre supports a population of fewer than 10,000 sophonts. This is a high technology world with available technology over the standards for Charted Space. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Sapphyre Subsector of Dagudashaag Sector and in the Domain of Vland. Sapphyre, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight, a member of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world. During the Long Night this world was named Admii.

Astrography and planetology[edit]

Sapphyre is a member of the Dagudashaag Main.

The name of the world is truly descriptive, native micro-organisms in the oceans metabolize copper salts dissolved in the water, producing an intense blue color which is beautiful to behold. The metal salt saturated water droplets in the air trigger crippling allergic reactions within a matter of minutes.

Binary Solar System[edit]

Sapphyre Binary Star System
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

M3 V

Primary Main Sequence 0.3942 2300 - 3100 0.02
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00404 0.01179 0.11 - 0.18 0.404 4.04
Orbit #  *  * 0 1 6
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

K0 V

Secondary Main Sequence 0.825 4000 - 5000 0.42
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00845 0.05375 0.52 - 0.84 0.845 8.45
Orbit #  *  * 2 2 7

Native Lifeforms[edit]

Though Sapphyre has a chemistry which is profoundly non-Terran, it is still home to a wide variety of complex lifeforms which have evolved to cope with Sapphyre's metal saturated environment. Some secrete metal compounds into their carapaces which are shed at intervals, while others incorporate metals directly into their skeletal or other body structures.

The most surprising example of this was discovered in the early years of the Third Imperium. Some classes of Sapphyrian fauna have nervous systems consisting of pure metallic fibers carrying modulated electrical signals.

Described by Scout Service biologists as 'organometallic robots,' such life forms are almost unique in Imperial space, and Sapphyrian life is the subject of intense study.

History and background[edit]

Sapphyre's small population is entirely female humans, who own and lease portions of the world for mining of the planet. The locals are both immensely wealthy and extremely isolationist. A small group of Imperial officials and a number of Sternmetal Horizon employees serve as the planetary liaisons.

Historical Data[edit]

An all female group of ex-Medurma Pact military personnel, led by Vice-Admiral Madelaine Takachiho of the Pact Space Force settled the world around -550. She was, apparently, an extreme feminist who resented the 'male domination' of the Pact government and military. She fermented an uprising against the Vlisrikaa family and ruling hierarchy. She, and at least two dozen of her senior staff were sentences to death for their crimes. They managed to escape in commandeered Space Force auxiliary vehicles. Talachiho's attempted coup is referred to as the "Sapphic Betrayal" and the Vice-Admiral is a figure of hatred among native Medurmans.

The details of the events after Talachiho's flight from Medurma remain unclear, but Pact and Aakhri Empire archives suggest her band took up piracy to survive. They managed to capture cyrogenic gamete storage systems from an Aakhri colonization vessel, which gave them the means to have children. As commerce trading was becoming too dangerous, Talachiho decided to establish a settlement on Sapphyre, well away from patrol routes.

Through a combination of sperm genoselection and infanticide the 'Takans' have managed to maintain an all-female population to the present day. Since the discovery of Sapphyre's immense heavy metal resources in the early 300s, and the world's designation as the duchy capital in 498, the Takans have become immensely wealthy through grants of land to Sternmetal Horizons and the Imperial government. Though most have left Sapphyre for more comfortable and pleasant worlds, perhaps a hundred Takans still make their homes on the world living in complete seclusion on private estates and only dealing with outsiders through comlinks or S'mrii-designed robots.

Visitors to Sapphyre should note the terms of the Takan land grants prohibit anyone apart from direct representatives of the Imperial Government from permanent residence on world. Imperial corporations usually rotate their work force on and off planet on a six to twelve month cycle. Sapphyrian habitation complexes tend to be as modular as possible so they may be rearranged to suit the tastes of the new arrivals with little fuss.

References and contributors[edit]

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