So here it is: Maresfield, home system for the player characters:
Maresfield 0605 B765544-12 Ga HtSo, thoughts and feedback?
Once home to manufacturers of luxury starships, Maresfield stayed relatively unified after the collapse despite (or rather because of) its low and dispersed population. The generally favorable weather of the world and a cultural gardening hobby allowed the populace to establish a sustainable food supply quickly after The Crash and avoid any major starvations. In the last 12 years Maresfield has reactivated the orbital spaceport and begun refurbishing/repairing the starships abandoned in-system in the last days of The Crash. This was made possible by the invention of The McGuffin (see below).
Home to three custom starship design houses, dozens of custom parts designers and luxury manufacturers, and a minor luxury hotel industry, Maresfield maintained a small but well educated population prior to The Crash. The wealth of proprietary data and artisan starship designs led to a modular and semi-isolated planetary compnet, which incidentally kept the [VIRUS] at bay long enough to safely preserve a great deal of engineering data past the end of the war.
After The Crash, the hodge-podge of ship and subsystem manufacturers pooled their talents to find a way to defeat the [VIRUS] as the [VIRUS] attacked their livelihoods by destroying the market for luxury and custom starships. Fifteen years of halting research eventually resulted in The McGuffin, a device containing software able to purge a system of the [VIRUS] and load a rudimentary operating system in its place.
There are two limitations to the McGuffin. The first is that the action of purging a system of the [VIRUS] also wipes out all previous data housed on the system in question. This was unavoidable due to the severe virulence of the AI-based computer virii. The second is that some of the components in the McGuffin require exotic elements not available in the Maresfield system. The existing McGuffins were built using spare parts on hand after the Crash, but the previous "just-in-time" supply train no longer exists and the original source world has been beyond contact for decades. Locating a new, closer, supply is a priority for all explorer ships leaving Maresfield.