Worlds of Voskhod Subsector

Khankari (Vland 0205)

Based on library data that appears in Vilani & Vargr

When the wind blows on Khankari you notice. The dense atmosphere carries enormous kinetic energy and distributes heat from the tropics to the poles. Khankari's sharp axial tilt and short year (in the inner orbit around a cool star) contribute to abrupt seasonal changes and generate some of the sector's most dramatic weather. Hurricanes wiped out the first colony planted here and then decimated the population repeatedly thereafter. The small group now living here uses well-reinforced homes, often underground. Ironically, Khankari's adverse turbulence is the very thing that protected it from invading Vampire Fleets, who found the planet's tumultuous environment much to dangerous to navigate. -by CG

Enard (Vland 0307)

Enard was deemed unworthy of colonization by the Vilani during the First Imperium days. Its very dense atmosphere, high gravity (2G), toxic atmosphere (a mix of nitrogen and ammonia), and, thanks to an average surface temperature of -85°C, seas of liquid ammonia.

Things changed during the Third Imperium as a hungry Imperial economy demanded resources. When Empress Porfiria couldn't convince one of the megacorps to purchase the world, the Moot provided for a colony in the budget. After it was established, Ling Standard Products agreed to oversee mining operations.

The treacherous nature of the world's environment instilled a safety conscious mindset from the start of the colony. Over time, Enard's culture discouraged risky behavior, rebelliousness, and anything that might be perceived as "rocking the boat." Even elections are deemed potentially upsetting. The inhabitants are content to live in a strict society run by a Chief Administrator so long as all of their basic needs are met, their families provided for, and no unreasonable requests are made by the government.

The Scout Service has a base here and uses the planet's harsh conditions for training purposes. -by DED

Kharta (Vland 0507)

Another backwater world of the First Imperium, the Vilani made modest attempts to exploit the world's mineralogical wealth, primarily sticking close to the world's equatorial region where a mild, dry climate predominates. During the Rule of Man, Solomani from the highlands of South Central Asia made their way here and settled away from the equator up in the mountain chains that run parallel to it. It was a place for quiet contemplation and a simple existence.

While the world's average temperature is 1.3°C, the mid to polar latitudes are much colder. Summers are tolerable, and the snow melts from the peaks, running downslope towards the equator. Nights are tough to manage anywhere as the thin atmosphere sheds 45°, but the winters are especially brutal, forcing even the highlanders to migrate to the milder latitudes.

Over the last two centuries, as the population has grown, there seemed to be a need for more than simple existence. Several kingdoms coalesced around leaders promising technological advancement and the construction of infrastructure to support it. A landing field was constructed to help facilitate the export of raw materials which, in turn, was used to finance educational initiatives.

Lately, there is concern that the younger generations are abandoning the culture of their ancestors for trendy Imperial fads. While the kingdoms' leaders are trying to rally the funds for a proper starport, there is pushback among the populace that things are moving too fast. -by DED

Arfaan (Vland 0508)

A cursory examination of Arfaan's stats might seem to indicate that Arfaan is a pleasant world, prime for settlement. In fact, its host star is not quite warm enough, and Arfaan's orbit is slightly too far away. Arfaan runs cold. It has an average temperature of -14°C. Life is pleasant, albeit chilly, around the equator, but the rest of the world's climate, at best, runs from boreal to sub-arctic.

Few settlers from the First Imperium made their home here. During the Second Imperium, there were thoughts of investing in tourism infrastructure for winter sports and recreation, but the Long Night put an end to that idea and all the inhabitants emigrated elsewhere. Early in the Third Imperium, a wealthy man named Farouk Hamadani was moved when he saw pictures of the world, particularly some rock formations covered in snow. He invested his personal fortune in purchasing the world, naming it Arfaan, which in the Quran means "wisdom" and is typically used as a boy's name. It is unknown why Hamadani chose this name.

Access to the world is restricted by the Hamadani family. While visitors are allowed to conduct business with the family or its traders at the starport orbiting the planet, one must petition the family to settle on the surface, and typically only upstanding Muslims are permitted to do so. -by DED

Lenordi (Vland 0707)

Most of Lenordi's mineral wealth was plumbed out centuries ago. Belters can still find a payday, but there isn't enough here for corporations to take an interest. However, the way claims are processed by the government, you'd think they were still back in their heyday.

Infrastructure has seen better days. There isn't enough tax revenue to keep a planetoid settlement operating like it should. Spare parts have to be ordered from offworld suppliers, but that only happens when something breaks. Even fuel can be a problem. Without any gas giants in the system, hydrogen has to be cracked from iceballs in the outer reaches of the system or provided by the Ziru Sirkaa's kidash stipend (equivalent to a Vilani month or 48 standard days).

Unfortunately, corsair incursions have grown in frequency as the Ngath Confederation advances and the Vilani Navy focuses on more strategically important worlds. -by DED

Voskhod (Vland 0708)

Voskhod is the subsector capital and home to an Imperial Way Station.

At first glance, there's nothing remarkable about the world. It's just another airless rock orbiting too close to its sun. During the First Imperium, the Vilani dabbled in some lanthanum mining, but soon made short work of it. It wasn't until the Rule of Man that the world's wealth made itself known.

A Russian entrepreneur named Sergei Povnovich was poring over the survey data and noticed some anomalous readings at a large impact crater that the Vilani overlooked. He bought the mineral rights from the fledgling Second Imperium for a song and got to work. It turned out that the crater was incredibly rich in platinum, nickel, and palladium. But most surprising of all was the discovery of a stable isotope of darmstadtium. While the isotope had a half-life of 315 years, it was as if time had stopped after it had formed. Decay didn't start until after the lode was exposed to sunlight, further compounding the mystery.

Povnovich was instantly an incredibly wealthy man. He named the world Voskhod, the Russian word for "sunrise". A religious man, he felt it was divine providence that called him here and the discovery that made him rich was a reward for his faith. The message was: Faith plus hard work equals divine and material rewards.

Povnovich ruled as a benevolent dictator, but his descendants created a religion around his message and elevated him to prophet. A strict religious autocracy was formed. It stayed in power by ensuring everyone had a job. Investments were made into industrial infrastructure and technical academies. Megacorporations were invited to set up shop and utilize the cheap labor force. Over time, the world developed into an economic powerhouse with the population to match. To its credit, the government took care of its well-behaved citizens. However, dissent was never tolerated.

Despite all of its wealth, there was nothing that could be done to spare the world from Virus. When the world's massive computer networks were infected, all communications with the outside ceased. While it is assumed that everyone perished, the world hasn't been visited. Rumors abound about the world being transformed into a viral hellhole, but no one has been able to substantiate those rumors. -by DED

Kharzet (Vland 0709)

Until the Collapse, Kharzet was a quiet, but prosperous, agricultural world. It can be viewed as an positive example of Vilani governance. Steady guidance coupled with conservative investments in technology and infrastructure over time led to an advanced and prosperous civilization. It didn't hurt that Voskhod, with its one billion inhabitants, was next door to guarantee a steady stream of revenue.

Refugees fleeing the destruction of Voskhod, knowing how pleasant Kharzet was, settled here. Unfortunately, some of them were government officials who, while not among the elite, were heavily influenced by their tactics. In short order, they managed to usurp the existing government and put the natives into serfdom.

Gadiga (Vland 0806)

The ocean world of Gadiga has proven difficult to colonize. Attempts to set up fisheries and other forms of aquaculture have met with disaster as native lifeforms have preyed upon fishing vessels and demolished farms. Tourism never gained a foothold for the same reasons. A few brave souls call this place home and can be hired out as guides to sport fishermen and big game hunters.

After the Collapse, refugees unable to reach the Domain of Deneb settled here. Before they passed on, the locals warned the newcomers about the megafauna. As new batches of refugees arrived, they established settlements on the islands, each governing themselves. There isn't much trade, however they do share information on megafauna sightings and will work together to combat them. -by DED

Kunumi (Vland 0807)

Kunumi orbits its host star at 10 AUs, and yet the world is still warm with an average temperature of 29°C. A local year is over 17.6 standard years in length, so seasons take an exceptionally long time. In summer, the ice caps melt; in winter, the thin atmosphere bleeds so much heat that not only do they return but it snows along the equator.

As such, the world's population has been known to ebb and flow with the seasons. To provide stability, the Ziru Sirka granted ownership to Makhidkarun who has overseen it ever since. While the tourism industry ebbs and flows with the seasons, mining operations in the belts provide a steady stream of revenue.

During the Rebellion, Vilani naval forces have been spread thin, thus providing opportunities for corsairs to raid shipping, poach mineral ore, and hold tourists for ransom.

After the Collapse, refugees unable to reach the Domain of Deneb settled here. With plenty of land to go around, the groups of refugees and the locals have gone tribal. While they don't intermix much, there is some trade. The locals taught the newcomers about the lengthy seasons, and now all practice a nomadic way of life. -by DED