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Planet: Vahaba Asteroid Belt 8
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Of the many surveyed celestial bodies within the Vahaba Asteroid Belt, Asteroid 8 is among the most intriguing and dangerous. Traffic around Vahaba 8 is tightly regulated, and enforced by Golan defensive platforms. A minimum exclusion zone of several thousand kilometres for ‘Ecologic Preservation’ has been established around Vahaba 8. Adherence to these distance protocols and a complete ban on excavation or surface exploration of the asteroid is paramount to the survival of the entire system.

Prospectors were initially drawn to Vahaba 8 by its highly refractive surface. Core samples acquired by early surveying teams hoping for precious metals discovered an unusually high amount of inorganic hydroxyapatite. Having struck ‘bone’, researchers immediately stopped exploration drilling and established a formal archeological dig site. The surface of the asteroid was diligently excavated over the next several years, a prolonged and tedious process mostly completed with droid labour, as the nearby neutron stars' radiation proved lethal for both machine and flesh alike. As excavation reached the core sample depth, the asteroid began to experience seismic disturbances, with rolling quakes that shook the entirety of the planetoid. Assuming they’d dug too deep and compromised the structural integrity of the planetoid, researchers requested the evacuation of their teams and equipment.

The evacuation was not entirely complete before tragedy struck. Below the surface of the asteroid slumbered an infant Summa-verminoth. Several of the Summa-verminoth's tentacles erupted from within the planetoid, seeking out those on the surface and within low orbit. Ships were smashed and their remains were scattered across the system. Entire habitation modules were torn from their foundations and dragged through the crevices and down below the surface into the waiting maw of the monster below. Once the creature was satiated, it retreated into the depths of the asteroid and once more became dormant.

The discovery of the young creature has drawn the curiosity of the intergalactic community. Legacy of Ithor scientists were contacted by the mega-corporation that administers the Vahaba Asteroid Belt and tasked with fully understanding the slumbering creature, Herdships are occasionally seen in orbit, conducting invaluable research and observations of the young Summa-verminoth. Research into the creature's existence within the system suggested that it may have been drawn there by the collapse of Vahaba’s Star. Other theories suggest that neutrino energy may be required for breeding purposes, with nascent offspring laid down and left behind to develop in the radiation of a dead star. So far they have theorized that the creatures can endure millennia, sleeping for hundreds to thousands of years at a time. Fortunately, the Summa-Verminoth of Vahaba appears to be a newborn, a terrifying prospect considering the 5000m length of the asteroid itself. Should the creature awaken, the Golan installations are tasked with an interception, and failing that, a singular outpost was re-established on the surface of the planetoid as the final backup option. A network of R300-H engines powered by the outposts' fusion generators would effectively launch the planetoid into the neutron star at the heart of the system, hopefully eradicating the monstrous threat to life the creature could pose to the galaxy at large.

Details
  • Type: Asteroid Field
  • Size: 1x1
Governance
  • Government: None
  • Governor: None
  • Magistrate: None
  • Tax Level: 5.0000%
Population
  • Total: 385,684 inhabitants
  • Hireable Population: 1,000
  • Civilization: 67.7700%
Combat Settings
  • Ground Combat: PvE
  • Bandits & Creatures: Hostile