Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pre-Crash Player Knowledge 5

System Name: Maresfield (Adab-0605)
B767544-12 Ga Ht
Yellow Star

Name      |Dist| Type       |Moons|
Walik     |   1| rocky      |    1|
Maresfield|  10| Terrestrial|    3|
Aesir     |  19| Gas giant  |    4|
The Belt  |  37| asteroid belt    |
Vanir     |  73| Gas giant  |    2|
Pescete   | 145| Ice        |    3|
Distances are measured in light-minutes (LM).

Maresfield is home to three custom starship design houses, dozens of custom parts designers and luxury manufacturers, and a minor luxury hotel industry.  It maintains a small but well educated population of employees and their families. 

Population: ~90,000 Human, ~35,000 Lante, <1,000 Low Waldi
Once home to manufacturers of luxury starships, Maresfield stayed relatively unified after the collapse despite (or rather because of) its sparse population.  The generally favorable weather 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.

The wealth of proprietary data and artisan starship designs led to a modular and semi-isolated planetary compnet, which incidentally keeping the VIRUS at bay long enough to safely preserve a great deal of engineering data past the end of the war.  The hodge-podge of ship and subsystem manufacturers pooled their talents to find a way to defeat the VIRUS as it 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 were two limitations to the McGuffin.  The first is that the action of purging a system of the VIRUS also wiped out all previous data housed on the system in question.  The second is that some of the components in the McGuffin require some 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.

Maresfield is a representative democracy, as long as you or a member of your direct family are employed by a Voting Corporation.

About the corporations on Maresfield:
Imaging a world where the colonists are the employees and dependants of Maseratti, Lamborghini, Porsche (before becoming part of VW), West Coast Choppers, Orange County Choppers, the companies that make stretch limos, and all the specialty companies that supply those companies high-end or custom vehicle components.  Make that starships instead of cars and bikes and you have an idea of who was on Maresfield before the Crash.

No comments:

Post a Comment