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Warning 
Site of an existing supernatural event.
Approach at your own risk.
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Vortex is a well-documented world with a rich history stretching back over 12,000 years to Hicco's first encounter with the Vors, an intelligent race of avian reptomammals native to the planet. Two thousand years later, Vicendi immortalised this world when he listed the Vorese Cathedral of the Winds in his Arturum Galactinum, and by 3975 BCGT, there were Vor representatives in the Galactic Senate. Known for their steadfast calm and powerful music, the Vors lived in a tribal society organised into autonomous communities that cooperated for the greater good of the planet.

Vortex itself is a perfectly normal low-gravity terrestrial object that circled its sun, Ten Tempests, once every 421 days. Spinning on a steeply tilted axis, the temperature shift between seasons is dramatic, and the result is a powerful atmospheric current that manifests as gale-force winds. These squalls can be particularly strong at the peak of the annual storm season when the Vors would perform their legendary Concert of the Winds. The first free interstellar city was founded after the signing of the Treaty of Vors in 186 BCGT, but at the outbreak of the Separatist Crisis, the Cathedral was closed, and in the year 19 BCGT, all communications with Vortex suddenly ceased.

There are neither stellar remnants nor any black hole, but Ten Tempests has completely vanished. Vortex, bearing no signs of solar cataclysm, continues to loop in space around a central point that is absolutely empty. There is no gravity well to create this behaviour, violating some fundamental and long-established physical principles. Stranger still, for half of Vortex's eighteen-hour day, the sky becomes opaque and the surface facing the centre of the planet's circuit is brightly illuminated, although the source of these photons cannot be detected. The scientific community has been in an uproar over the Vortex phenomenon and has never been able to offer any plausible theories to explain what is happening. Only eccentric religious groups discuss Vortex openly, making fantastic speculations that range from the meddling of mischievous deities to dimensional wrinkles and rips in the fabric of the multiverse.

Not only has the sun disappeared, but also the Vors themselves and indeed every indigenous animal on the surface. The Vors might have evacuated and taken everything with them, even their refuse, but the absence of the goa lawah and other wildlife is much more difficult to explain. The Vorese communes stood empty and in perfect condition, eventually being reoccupied by offworld settlers who began to build a new ecosystem with the common fauna that they introduced. Colonists frequently report hearing distant voices speaking in Vortexlex and other sounds such as footsteps in empty rooms. There are even cases of multiple witnesses reporting unexplained lights or hearing strange music.

Superstitious spacers avoid Vortex, citing tales of unregistered merchant ships entering the system and vanishing without a trace, although there are no documented cases of any specific ship having ever disappeared except perhaps the Jedi expedition. A team of researchers is known to have been dispatched from Coruscant to investigate the phenomenon, but their conclusions were never published, and all records of the expedition were deleted from the Jedi archives prior to the Empire.

Location
Details
  • Type: Temperate/breathable
  • Size: 10x10
Governance
  • Government: Quests
  • Governor: None
  • Magistrate: None
  • Tax Level: 5.0000%
Population
  • Total: 1,082,474 inhabitants
  • Hireable Population: 640
  • Civilization: 2.0600%
Combat Settings
  • Ground Combat: PvE
  • Bandits & Creatures: Hostile
  • Safe Zone: True