Towering (world)

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Towering/Kerr (Massilia 0501)
Milieu 0
StarportB Good: Spacecraft Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size6 Medium (9,600 km, 0.60g - 0.81g)
Atmosphere5 Thin
Hydrographics4 Wet World 40%
Population4 Moderate (30 thousand)
Government5 Feudal Technocracy
Law5 Moderate Law (no concealable weapons)
Tech Level8 Pre-Stellar (superconductors)
Classic Era (1115)
StarportB Good: Spacecraft Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size6 Medium (9,600 km, 0.60g - 0.81g)
Atmosphere5 Thin
Hydrographics4 Wet World 40%
Population8 Moderate (600 million)
GovernmentA Charismatic Dictator
LawC Extreme Law (no privacy)
Tech LevelA Early Stellar (jump drive)
New Era (1200)
StarportA Excellent: Starship Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size6 Medium (9,600 km, 0.60g - 0.81g)
Atmosphere5 Thin
Hydrographics4 Wet World 40%
Population8 Moderate (300 million)
Government5 Feudal Technocracy
Law4 Moderate Law (no light assault weapons)
Tech LevelC Average Stellar (robots)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary G4 V M2 V
Planetoid Belts 0
Gas Giants 0

Towering is a pre-agricultural, moderate population world with over a hundred million, but not yet at a billion sophonts in population size.

Description (Astrography & Planetology)[edit]

The world is very hot, and long dry spells are common in the temperate regions, and to conserve water and deter predators, most trees and plants are equipped with either thorns or small, sharpened leaves. Most of the worlds water is locked up in the southern hemisphere ocean and adjacent ice cap, and the northern summer can be unbearable.

Binary Solar System[edit]

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

G4 V

Primary Main Sequence 0.96 4800 - 5700 0.778
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00869 0.07316 0.7 - 1.14 0.869 8.69
Orbit #  *  * 3 3 7
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

M2 V

Secondary Main Sequence 0.4258 2400 - 3300 0.027
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.0044 0.01358 0.13 - 0.21 0.44 4.4
Orbit #  *  * 0 1 6

Native Lifeform: Towering Nopales[edit]

Towering receives its name from its huge (200 meter tall) trees, called Towering Nopales.

  • These are not trees in the conventional sense, but resemble huge saguaro or organ pipe cactus, with tall stalks surrounded by sharp thorns up to a meter in length.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

A lightly agricultural world in the Kerr Subsector in Massilia Sector.

  • Towering is a member of the Imperium.
  • The Ziru Sirka and its bureaucrats deemed the world inhospitable, and did not even consider a colonization enterprise for lack of exploitable resources that would recoup the costs. After the fall of the Vilani, Terran colonists looking for an unsettled world to

call their own came across it in the early years of the Rule of Man. And contrary to the earlier Vilani misgivings, the Solomani discovered enough usable resoures to prosper.

  • The fall of the Rule of Man isolated the colonists during a crucial period of expansion, and the abandonment fundamentally altered their outlook.

Imperial High (Landed) Nobility[edit]

Towering, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of three members of the Imperial Nobility, who are charged with overseeing the world.

History-Era: Milieu 0[edit]

Blessed with strong democratic attributes by the end of the Long Night, the locals were less than thrilled by their incorporation into the expanding Third Imperium. After witnessing the results of several pacification campaigns it acceded to, but never completely agreed with, Imperial rule. Eventually it suffered the necessary evil of naming the Marquis of Towering in an effort to stave off Throne meddling in its internal affairs. It had several feuds with Imperial Megacorporations, including a period of civil strife in the tenth century that almost pushed into Anti-Imperial sentiment.

History-Era: Rebellion[edit]

Contrary to what might be expected, they saw Dulinor as a threat rather than a godsend, and swore (unenthusiastic) loyalty to Lucan. After the "boy emperor" gutted the Moot of their representatives, the Marquis seat became inactive; and Lucan's handpicked replacement died mysteriously shortly after arriving on the world.

History-Era: New Era[edit]

The Collapse killed about sixty percent of the population. Virus strains knocked out vital infrastructure, and one Vampire ship loaded with Lucan's biological weapons bombarded the planet in 1135, leading to an epidemic that wiped out sixty five percent of the population. Most urban communities were abandoned in the wake of this, except for the capitol city, where an interim government worked feverishly (literally; most died from the disease) to preserve and restore local technology. By some superhuman effort local scientist were able to use this knowledge to create a vaccine that stopped the virus, and by 1144 it had been wiped out.

  • The current government is composed of those agencies and groups that survived out of this council, creating a feudal technocracy that is a mixture of professional and geographic


  • Recovery in its wake has been slow, as bickering between surviving communities has prevented coordinated action. A civil war broke out in the 1160s, and was only put down by the appearance of ships from Kaggushus in 1175. Fear of dominance by their former overlord prompted reconciliation, and the war's leftover emotions spurred a massive reconstruction program that allowed the world to regain ship construction and TL–12 with little assistance from its bigger rival. Annoyance over Kaggushus' attempt to reconstruct the former Imperial nobility for local purposes has spurred it further in its efforts as a member of the Hub Worlds, and its entrepreneurs and scientists have taken a leading role in recovery efforts.

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