Vipan (world)

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Vipan/Gimushi (Empty Quarter 1038)
Milieu 1116
StarportC Routine: No Construction, Major Repair, Unrefined fuel
SizeA Large (16,000 km, 1.14g - 1.48g)
AtmosphereB Exotic (corrosive)
Hydrographics6 Wet World 60%
Population3 Low (8 thousand)
Government1 Company/Corporation
Law5 Moderate Law (no concealable weapons)
Tech Level8 Pre-Stellar (superconductors)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary M8 V
Worlds 8
Gas Giants 1
Planetoid Belts 1
Cultural Details
Government Company or Corporation
Law Level Moderate
Cultural Extension 1136
Army Size (BEs) 0
Economic Details
Technology Level 8
Economic Extension
Labor2Low (800)
Infrastructure1 Extremely limited
Efficiency-4Very poor
Importance Extension -2
Resource Units 0
GWP (BCr) 8
World Trade Number 2.5
Trade Volume (MCr/year) 0
Starport Details
Classification Class-C
Port Size 0
Building Capacity (Tons) 0
Port employees 0
Port passengers (annual) 0

Vipan is a fluid world with an oceanic geography of a liquid other than water such as ammonia, methane, hydrocarbons, or other exotic liquids. The system supports a population of fewer than 10,000 sophonts. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Gimushi Subsector of Empty Quarter Sector and in the Domain of Antares. Vipan, 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.

Astrography and Planetology[edit]

Part of the Sashar-Pamushgar Cluster.

Monostellar System[edit]

Vipan Monostellar System
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

M8 V

Primary Main Sequence 0.244 1900 - 2500 0.003
Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit
AU 0.00224 0.00415 0.04 - 0.06 0.224 2.24
Orbit #  *  *  * 0 5

History and Background[edit]

Vipan is a hellish world with a very dense and corrosive atmosphere and a roasting environment. Fortunately, Vipan’s atmosphere is composed largely of carbon dioxide. This gas is poisonous but comparatively inert, allowing a floating city of 30,000 sophonts to live and work at cheaply processing the more dangerous and valuable gases and liquids below into a form in demand by nearby industries. The town, called Vipanpura (“Vipan town” in Hindi), is noticeably on the low–tech side of such things, but it is reasonably self–sufficient. Living standards are noticeably better than you’d expect for a (largely) closed–system TL 8 habitat, but still nothing to write home about.

The very name, Vipan, means “Sail” or “Petty Trade” in Hindi. The world has been a centre of a minor trade network since the days of the Ziru Sirka: the very design of the city, relying on buoyancy instead of antigrav to remain in the air, points to its antiquity. The current city was originally built by the Bwaps in –220: the Bwap noble who ruled the system bartered it to an Indian prince in 581, but it’s a different Vilani/Indian family, descended from an old pirate clan than went legit (sort of), that sits on the local throne today.

The Cimbajah Graves were found dug into the earth of the roaring open-air oven of Vipan. The remains of several men in TL-D Battle Dress, surrounding a man in a distinctive version of the same battle armour, were uncovered. The identity of the man in the centre of the protective formation, probably a noble, is still under investigation.

UWP Listing[edit]

UWP Changes (all dates are Imperial Calendar)

  • T20 - 993 - Vipan 1038 CAB6498-8 Fl Lo Ni 311 Im
  • CT - 1105 - Vipan 1038 CAB6315-8 Fl Lo Ni 811 Im
  • MT - 1125 - Vipan 1038 EAB63A6-4 Fl Lo Ni 411 Ou - Outlands
  • TNE - 1201 - Vipan 1038 XAB6000-0 Ba Fl 011 --

References and Contributors[edit]

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