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Situated on the Aramis Trace and giving its name to the region as well as the subsector, is the world of Aramis (0710-A680656-B), trade centre and subsector capital. The planet is some 9,500 kilometres in diameter, swathed with a swirling corrosive atmosphere that makes life on its dry desert surface intolerable. Nevertheless, the world boasts a population of nearly 620,000, almost all contained within the tunnels of its only city: Leedor. The city is the personal fief of the Marquis of Aramis, and all important posts and contracts are let on the Marquis’ sufferance and can be cancelled at his whim.

The Deserts: Few people live outside of the city of Leedor; those who do maintain weather monitoring stations or scientific data collectors, or rove about in ATVs prospecting for exploitable mineral deposits.

The City: Leedor is underground, tunnelled into bedrock and often following the now empty veins from which ore has been extracted. The city’s population pursues many occupations:
mining, local and subsector governmental bureaucracy, life support for the city, light manufacturing, working for the local shipyard and starport, and various jobs within the smut and naval bases. The city is a comfortable home and a reasonable provider for hundreds of thousands.

The Starport: Aramis has a type A starport with an associated naval base, scout base, and shipyard (operated by the megacorporation Naasirka).

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Campaign starts on the date 001–1105. You are in the Class 'A' Highport on Aramis, looking for a job on the March Harrier A Fat Subsidized Trader.

This adventure starts in the city of Leedor on Aramis, capital of the Aramis subsector of the Spinward Marches

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Library Data Entries
Akerut: Wholly-owned subsidiary of Tukera Lines, organised to establish trade routes and shipping stations within the Aramis subsector. Akerut gains most of its revenue from Cargo
transport and trade within the subsector. Approximately 25% of its shipping involves transport of cargoes to or from locations outside the subsector.

Ancients: A race of intelligent non-humans who inhabited the general region of the inward Marches approximately –300,000. Archaeological evidence from excavation of the few known
Ancient sites indicates that the race destroyed itself during a 2,000 year period of intense warfare which left only ruined cities and shattered planets.

The Ancients were responsible for several major features within or near the Imperium. Many asteroid belts in the region seem to have resulted from the Ancients’ war. The multi-world rosette at Tireen in the Vargr Extents has been attributed to them. The Ancients are generally accepted as being responsible for the wide dissemination of humaniti; for reasons unknown, they transported specimens of humaniti from Terra to at least 40 worlds across a span of some 560 parsecs.

The Ancients were also responsible for the creation of the Vargr through the genetic manipulation of Terran canines.

Anola (Anolla grevii): An arboreal omnivore native to Pysadi in the Spinward Marches, occurring nowhere else in the wild or in captivity. Anolas are considered holy by the Mother Church of Pysadi. Their export, capture, or study by any but those high in the religious hierarchy is banned. They are kept in special, heavily-guarded garden preserves and are cared for by specially appointed keepers. Killing one of these animals is a capital offence. Although anolas are occasionally encountered in the wild on Pysadi, those close to civilised areas have been taken into the preserves.

Anolas mass an average of three kilograms and are usually between 50 and 75 centimetres in length, including their two prehensile tails. Since anolas were known only from poorly preserved pelts smuggled off-planet, for many years there were thought to be three species but as more complete specimens became available, it was determined that the three different
types were only different sexual phases of one species. Respiration is accomplished by paired lungs in the upper chest cavity. The circulatory system is closed, with a pair of two chambered hearts moving the blood, Gas exchange is typical, making use of an iron-based haemoglobin. Details of the neuromuscular system and the digestive system are not presently available.

Anolas are now known to be hermaphroditic and the three phases are stages in sexual development. Upon reaching maturity, an anola’s male system becomes active, the female system remaining dormant. Under certain conditions, the male system degenerates, glands for the nourishment of the young develop and the male becomes a neuter, or parental. Under certain conditions, the female system of a parental will activate and the individual becomes a female.

Little is known for certain about the details of the reproductive cycle but the following is currently the accepted sequence of events. Anolas live in small groups. Five adults is the average sire, one male, three parentals of varying ages and one female.

Females mate soon after assuming the female phase and soon bear a litter of three cubs. The birth process is hard and she is quite weakened from the ordeal for about three months afterward. With each successive litter, the females become weaker and few survive their third. When the female dies, it appears that the lack of a certain pheromone triggers the female organs in the oldest neuter into activity and that neuter becomes female within a few weeks. The change in proportion of the parental pheromones causes the male to become a parental. The group then seeks out a new male as rapidly as possible.

Each phase (male, female, and neuter) has its own distinct pattern of fur coloration, density and length, caused by hormone changes associated with the shift in sex.

Several universities, zoos and xenobiological institutes have offered substantial rewards for live anolas. Wealthy animal collectors are reported to offer as much as Cr. 7,000,000 for a breeding group (five adults, as outlined).

Atrake: Fruity wine produced on Zila from trakes. Atrake enjoys a solid reputation within the Aramis subsector as a quality wine. Trakes grown on Pysadi, however, are acknowledged to be of superior quality to those grown on Zila and Atrake produced from
Pysadian trakes is also superior; since winemaking is illegal on Pysadi, the logistics of producing Atrake from Pysadian trakes can be complex and the price is correspondingly high.

Cryptography: The science of concealing the meaning of a message by the use of codes and ciphers. Codes involve the substitution of other words for entire words or sentences; ciphers involve the substitution of single symbols for the individual letters of a message.

Currency, imperial: The basic unit of legal tender in the Imperium is the Imperial credit. Individual worlds may issue their own currencies and those currencies may or may not be acceptable on other worlds.

Similarly, corporations and mega-corporations may issue scrip, and its acceptance outside of the corporate environment is a matter of conjecture.

But Imperial credits are accepted everywhere in the Imperium and in many locations outside of it. Imperial credits are almost impossible to counterfeit because of their unique method
of manufacture. Plastic fibres are combined under high temperature and pressure and extruded as a rectangular bundle of great length. The different coloured fibres form the pattern of the bill. It is not printed on but actually made a part of the structure of the note. The bundle is sliced to paper thinness and a 14-digit alphanumeric letter/number combination) is added for uniqueness. Credit bills are issued in 10, 20, 50, 100, 600, 1,000 and 10,000 Credit denominations. Plastic coins, manufactured in a similar manner in various shapes, are issued in quarter, half, one and five Credit denominations.

Imperial Credits can be bulky in large enough quantities. Bills measure 75 mm by 25 mm; one thousand bills stand 50 mm high and weigh 500 grams.

Dandelion: 1) Small flowering plant native to Terra and widely distributed within the Imperium. 2) Colloquial term used to refer to the Llellewyloly (which see).

Ebokin: Sophont race native to Yebab. Ebokin (singular: Eibokin) are bilaterally symmetrical and are built low to the ground, with eight legs and four small manipulative arms set close to the head. Adult female Ebokin average 0.8 metres tall, 1.5 metres long and 130 kilograms in weight; males are somewhat smaller. Ebokin society is a very conservative matriarchy, bound by strict, unchanging laws. Ebokin seldom leave their home world.

Emissary: Ex-imperial navy fleet intruder of the Azhanti High Lighting class (60,000 tons) currently in Oberlindes Lines service in the Vargr extents. Somehow, Oberlindes managed to purchase the ship with its weapons intact, which violates Imperial regulations. Thus, the ship is unable to return to the Imperium.

However, the Emissary has operated successfully as an Oberlindes flagship in the Extents and has proven effective, by the implied threat of its presence, in protecting Oberlindes
shipping from piracy. The Emissary is armed with a large spinal mount particle accelerator and considerable secondary weaponry.

Fibre Optic Computer: Computer whose logic circuits are constructed from fibre optic conduits. Such computers are less vulnerable to radiation effects than normal electronic computers and for this reason are often used on military vessels.

Groat: Herbivore native to Fulacin in the Rhylanor subsector. Individual groats are harmless, but the outer members of a herd will attack any perceived danger in groups. Groats have been transplanted to several worlds in the Aramis subsector, most notably Focaline.

The groat’s shaggy hair (known as groatle) is the most obvious resource it provides. Once sheared, cleaned and groomed it has a softness and silkiness rivalling the finest synthetics. In addition, groatle contains a high concentration of metal salts, which has two beneficial side effects. First, groatle cloth is proof against most life-forms which eat other animal fibres (such as various species of Terran moths). Second, a simple chemical treatment brings out an iridescent, shimmering quality which is very attractive. Groats are also raised for their meat, which is highly prized by Vargr.

Howood: Extremely dense, striated, ligneous material obtained from the trunk of the howood tree, a rare plant native to Pretoria and known to grow on Pysadi and Violante. The trees concentrate metals from the soil in their extremely tough bark. Howood is aromatic and its scent is especially pleasing to Vargr. It is also beautiful; the size, colours and intensities of its rings and striations vary unpredictably with the characteristics of the environment in which the plant grows.

Humaniti (archaic spelling humanity): Collective name for all of the various races of the genus Homo, including Solomani, Yilani, Zhodani and others.

Imperial Lines: Interstellar shipping corporation serving worlds off the main trade routes of the Spinward Marches. Most class C Starports in the Marches are served by Imperial Lines.

Restricted: Imperial Lines is wholly owned by the Imperial family through a devious line of shareholders. Although it engages in real trade, the company’s primary purpose is to provide a covert transport and courier system for the Imperial government.
Imperial Lines uses two outwardly identical ship types; type TI, capable of jump-2 and the secret type TJ, capable of jump-6.

Interdiction: The Imperial government interdicts worlds for several reasons, generally on the recommendation of the navy or scout service. Common purposes are to protect a world from outside interference or to quarantine a dangerous world. Interdiction generally extends to one planet in a system; ships may pass through the system but may not call at the planet. In some cases, interdiction may apply to an entire system.

Violation of interdiction is a serious crime.

Kedzudh, Commonality of: Loose interstellar government in the Vargr Extents. The Commonality dates from 1044, when several world governments joined together in an attempt to suppress piracy. The Commonality government has limited powers of taxation; government institutions include a small navy/police force and a university. Individual worlds conduct
their own interior and exterior relations.

Lanthanum: A rare earth element, the first of the inner transition metals. Lanthanum is vital to the construction of the inner coils of jump drives.

Ling-Standard Products: Imperial mega-corporation. Originally a mining firm (and still very active in that area), LSP engages in a wide spectrum of activities including (but not limited to) manufacture of electronic equipment of all sorts, ground and air vehicles, starships and starship armament systems, drive and power systems, computers and software, and small arms. LSP maintains mining and manufacturing facilities throughout the Imperium and beyond.

Stock ownership: Imperial family, 8%; Hortalez et Cie, 26%; GSbAG, 2346, noble families, 8%; Murdoch Holdings, LIC 8%; other, 27%.

Llellewyloly: Sophont race native to Junidy. Llellewyloly have five multi- jointed limbs which function as hands and feet interchangeably; main sensory organs are also located on the limbs. The spherical central body is covered with long coarse hair. Many body features are adaptations to the extreme temperature variations of Junidy’s day.

Llellewyloly have a complex society with many dimensions of social precedence; the same individual may be entitled to high status in one situation and low status in another and to make an error in propriety is a serious matter.

Marquis of Aramia: Title granted in 631 by Empress Arbellatra to Marova Hault-Hayashi in recognition of her services to the Imperium in the Second Battle of Zhirnaway. The current Marquis, 19th of the line, is Leonard Bolden-Tukera. The Marquis is titular head of the world government of Aramis; he owes direct fealty to the Count Knowln of Celepina. The Marquis is married to the Lady Arianne Tukera, heir to a large block of Tukera Lines stock. They have no children.

Meson Accelerator: Weapon which produces a beam of pi neutral mesons travelling at relativistic speeds. By controlling the speed of the beam, the mesons may be caused to decay inside the target, producing intense radiation effects. Since mesons do not interact with matter, ship armour offers no protection. Most large modern warships have meson accelerators as their main weaponry.

Meson Gun: Another term for Meson Accelerator. Mother Church: Religious institution and ruling body of Pysadi. Adherents worship the world itself, believing Pysadi to be the mother of all things. The Mother Church closely controls the lives of pysadians people. Alcohol is forbidden.

Naasirka: Mega-corporation specialising in the manufacture of information storage and processing equipment and software, computers, robots and other complex electronic devices. The firm is a Vilani corporation of uncertain lineage but it is known
to have been in business prior to the founding of the Sylean Federation. Naasirka is the largest supplier of communications equipment to the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service’s xboat branch.

Stock ownership: Imperial family, 4%; investment trusts, 24%; noble families, 23%; Hortalez et Cie, 1 2 %; other corporations, 14%; Igsiirdi family, 6 3%: private ownership, 11%.

Oberlindes Lines: Imperial trade and transport corporation of the Spinward Marches. Founded in 487 in the Regina subsector and still strongest there, Oberlindes has recently expanded its service into many other portions of the Marches and the Vargr Extents.

Sharurshid: Mega-corporation specialising in trade and speculation, with very little manufacturing capability. Sharurshid trades in luxury goods from all parts of the Imperium and many areas beyond. Most rare Terran wines and spirits are carried on the starships of Sharurshid.

Stock ownership: Imperial family, 3%; Sharurshid trust, 46%; Zirunkariish, 13%; Hortalez et Cie, 14%; other corporations, 14%; private ownership, 10%.

Skymelon: Pungent, sharp-tasting fruit grown on Pysadi, The skymelon grows on vines which co-exist with trees; the fruit appears in the upper reaches of the branches, making it difficult to harvest. Many farms have induced the vines to grow instead on trellises with overhead catwalks to facilitate harvesting. Skymelons have a light blue interior colour, hence the name.

Solomani: Human major race originating on Terra. Solomani form a major portion of the population of the Imperium and of the neighbouring Solomani Confederation.

Sophont: A general term for an intelligent life form.

Sternmetal Horizons, LIC: Imperial mega-corporation primarily engaged in mining operations and manufacturing. It produces mostly power generation equipment of all types, including power plants for starships, air and ground vehicles, cities, and industrial installations. Additionally, Sternmetal is the largest manufacturer of food synthesis equipment in the Imperium.

Stock ownership: Imperial family, 2%; Hortalez et Cie, 29%; investment trusts, 32%; noble families, 18%; Antares Holdings, LIC 19%.

Thoengling Empire: Large, centralised state in the Vargr Extents. The Thoengling Empire is one of the most stable of the Yargr states and has existed in its current farm since 792. The Emperor, who has great governmental authority, is chosen for life by vote of an elected Assembly; by law, no member of his family may succeed him. Sons and daughters of the higher nobility are brought up at the Imperial court, where every effort is made to inculcate personal loyalty to the Emperor. The Thoengling Empire has become a major trading partner of the Imperium and generally supports Imperial interests in the Vargr Extents.

TNS: See Traveller News Service.

Trade Station: Establishment for the promotion of interstellar commerce. There is no single controlling agency for trade stations; some are established by private companies, on their own or under contract to the Imperium, some are run by the scout service, and others are operated by different branches of the imperial government.

There are five trade stations in the Aramis subsector operated by the scout service to promote trade with the Vargr. The installations, at Lablon, Jesedipere, Junidy, Focaline and Zila, serve as clearing houses for merchant dealings. They provide numerous free services: language translation, temporary warehousing, brokerage, computer files of merchant information, a commodity exchange and others.

Trake: Small berry common to many worlds of the Imperium. The trake has a meaty, sweet body enclosing a single large seed and grows on a low, thorny bush. Trakes have been
grown in the Imperial core since the time of the First Imperium. Introduced late to the Spinward Marches. They have flourished on only a few worlds, notably Pysadi and Alell, although they are cultivated on many others. See also Atrake.

Traveller News Service: The major news agency of the Imperium. owned by the Travellers’ Aid Society. The Traveller News Service has bureaux on most major worlds throughout the Imperium and representatives at most starports.

Trojan Points: In a gravitational system composed of a small body orbiting three much larger one (such as a planet and star or moon and planet), there are two stable points lying in the small bodies orbit 60° ahead and behind it; these are called Trojan points, The Trojan points of a gas giant near an asteroid belt commonly collect clusters of asteroids. The name comes from the first such cluster discovered by Terrans, at Jupiter in
the Sol system; the asteroids were named after mythical heroes of the Trojan War.

Tukera Lines: Mega-corporation which operates a vast fleet of passenger and freight vessels throughout the Imperium, following the xboat lines. In some subsectors (particularly in the Imperial core), Tukera has a virtual monopoly on Long-distance shipping and travel. The oldest record of the firm is a charter from the government of the Sylean Federation but family tradition holds the company to be several centuries older.

Stock ownership: Tukera family, 29%; Imperial family, 3%; other corporations, 9%; private ownership, 31 %, investment trusts, 28%.

Vargr Campaigns (220 to 348): The series of wars, encounters, conflicts and disputes between the Imperium and the various Vargr states in Vland, Corridor and Deneb sectors along the coreward edge of the Imperium during its early expansion. Vargr Extents: The territory dominated by Vargr governments, situated roughly coreward of the Imperium, bordering on the Spinward Marches, Deneb, Corridor and Wand sectors.

Vemene: The covert security agency of Tukera Lines. The agency’s official mission is to thwart piracy, hijacking, theft and sabotage directed against Tukera’s ships and planetary
installations. Critics charge that the real mission of the Vemene is to suppress Tukera’s competition by any means necessary, legal or illegal.

Vilani: Human major race originating on Vland. The Vilani were the first humans to discover the jump drive and make up a large portion of the population of the Imperium.

Xmail: Messages sent by xboat. Xmail carries information only; material objects may not be sent. The message is digitally coded. The message may be sent using a standard Anglo character set (about Cr. 10 for a short text message) or a picture may be reproduced (typically Cr. 20). The message is printed out at its destination and delivered by a world’s local mail system.

Zhodani: Human race inhabiting the Zhodani Consulate, a region far spinward of the Imperium. The Zhodani differ most from other humans in their extensive use of psionics; Zhodani society is tightly controlled by a psionic aristocracy. The Zhodani have been a constant enemy of the Imperium for 600 years and have made four attempts to conquer the Spinward Marches (the First through Fourth Frontier Wars).
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Worlds of the Aramis Subsector

The worlds within the Aramis subsector have a greater range of characteristics than can be expressed only through a Universal Planetary Profile. The following paragraphs elaborate on the individual UPPs and detail additional facts about the various worlds of the subsector. Worlds are given below in alphabetical order.

Aramanx is a balkanised world.

Aramis is the capital of the Aramis subsector and is described in the chapter entitled Leedor on Aramis.

Carsten is a lawless mining world whose major resource is radioactives. Ore is found in small pockets near the surface; large-scale mining is not economical but a population of individual prospectors can make a good living.

Corfu is interdicted by the Imperium as a quarantine measure. Approximately 40 years ago, a virulent, crippling disease appeared and has since come to affect 5% of the population. No cure for the disease is yet known, although some treatments
have been found to relieve some of its effects. The Imperial Scout Service maintains a surveillance post in the system and is working to find a cure. In the interim, access to the world is prohibited.

Dhian is cursed with a very repressive government which maintains itself in power by virtue of its monopoly on the production of oxygen (as well as most food). All plants are grown hydroponically in government-owned farm complexes and the secrets of successful farming are jealously guarded. The government restricts technology to very low levels in order to safeguard its monopoly.

Feneteman was unpopulated until a few years ago when a survey sponsored by Ling Standard Products discovered deposits of lanthanum. When the concentration was deemed insufficient for commercial mining, LSP released the survey report to the public and offered to rent prospecting equipment in return for an interest in any discoveries. The offer has been sufficient to maintain a small population of fortune-seekers on the world but without visible results.

Focaline is mostly ice-capped but a few broad open plains provide excellent ranges for groat-raising. The plains are crowded with family-owned ranches; indeed, the small usable surface of Focaline is somewhat overcrowded and strict population control is practised. A trading station for commerce with the Vargr is maintained on Focaline.

Heguz is a dangerously mysterious world in the Scatters. Two colonies have been established on this planet and each has failed for unexplained reasons. The first had 20,000 citizens in 649 but when a supply ship arrived in 650, no trace of the colony
remained. Within a few years the colony was re-established, only to disappear in the early 900s with nearly 70,000 inhabitants. Both were formed around large, floating bases of the type often established on water worlds. Large areas of the ocean floor have been searched but so far no trace of either colony has been found. An investigative team representing another group of prospective colonists, numbering about 500 and based in orbit, is currently studying the world in an attempt to solve its mystery.

Jesedipere is a backwater world on the Imperial border, described in the chapters entitled Showdown on Jesedipere and Exotic Encounters.

Junidy is the most populous world in the Aramis subsector and is covered in the chapters entitled The Psionic Institute and Exotic Encounters.

L’oeul d’Dieu is a water world under the aegis of Sharurshid, a megacorporation specialising in rare trade goods. Sharurshid obtains a variety of exotic seafood and other products from this world. There has been much pressure to have the world opened up for settlement but Sharurshid, fearing damage to the local ecosystem, has resisted.

Lablon is an agricultural world at the very edge of the subsector; its economy is supported mostly by the sale of agricultural produce to the Vargr through the local trading station. Most of the population of 500,000 lives in small farming towns scattered around the most fertile areas of the four continents. The government is called the Lablon Planetary Cartel; its main duty is ensuring that no community exports goods for anything other than the legally set prices; since the prices are high, there is little resistance.

Lewis is an interdicted world holding an estate of the Tukera family.

Nasemin is a water world. A large, close moon, a high axial tilt and an energetic sun combine to produce giant tides and extreme weather effects. The world’s stormy seas are the home of a very large and nasty predator that is the source of an anti-inflammation drug, which has so far defied economical synthesis. Nasemin’s population is primarily occupied with chasing down these predators (called byssals) and excising the gland in which the drug is concentrated. Each yields about five kilograms of raw drug. The byssal (a 40,000 kilogram swimming carnivore/killer) regenerates the gland in about a year and can be harvested many times.

The byssal hunters operate in small crews aboard specially constructed submersibles. Much skill is involved in searching for the predator in the ocean depths; the actual capture process is short but dangerous.

Natoko is an undeveloped world owned by Tukera Lines.

Patinir is an asteroid belt being mined for its resources.

Pavanne is an empty world with no population or current development. At one time, a mining company conducted extensive prospecting on the world but found no economically exploitable deposits. A landing beacon is still maintained by the mining company; it marks the main landing location on the world. Other than the beacon, all that remains are a few abandoned mining camps scattered about the world.

Paya is a small, nearly unpopulated world that is the subsector headquarters for Oberlindes Lines.

Pysadi is a religious dictatorship.

Reacher supports its economy by exporting simple organic compounds, produced naturally in its exotic atmosphere and gathered more cheaply than they can be synthesised elsewhere. The recent introduction of better synthesis technology into the
subsector has reduced Reacher’s market (Aramis and Patinir, once importers, now produce their own organics) and recent incidents of violence against offworlders have led the Travellers’ Aid Society to declare Reacher an amber zone.

Rugbird is a world with an extremely insidious atmosphere. The system’s population lives in orbital habitats and the world’s considerable resources are exploited by remotely operated machines (heavily coated with resistant materials). Only repair crews, who receive hazard pay, venture down to the surface.

Towers was once the seat of government for the Towers Cluster for the few years before the area was absorbed into the Imperium. Towers is an amber zone; its customs include a definite sense of honour and a strict duelling code to right slights and insults. Offworlders are warned to be cautious in their interaction with locals. Even visitors are expected to abide by the local code duello.

Violante is owned by a consortium of wealthy nobles from Deneb sector, whose ancestors, foreseeing a time when the spinward regions of the Imperium would be heavily populated, decided to invest in an unspoiled paradise. The world was parcelled into estates with strict controls on population and land use. The world population consists of landowners and their families (about 30% of whom live elsewhere for part of the year), supervisory staff, technicians and servants.

Yebab is the homeworld of a minor race known as Ebokin.

Zila, an agricultural world famous for its wines, is described in the chapters entitled First Call at Zila and Zilan Wine.

Zykoca is an agricultural world under interdiction. Local society is extremely xenophobic and all contact offworld has been suspended. Foreigners are distrusted and have no standing in local society. The world was interdicted after a local mob broke into the starport, killing several offworlders
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Natoko (0809-B582211-8) is a moderate-sized world along the Aramis Trace. Approximately 8,000 kilometres in diameter, it has a dense atmosphere and shallow seas covering 20% of its surface.

Natoko is relatively uninhabited; its population is less than a thousand, virtually all employees or dependents of Tukera Lines, which operates a starship overhaul service on the world. Local law level prohibits the grosser forms of violence but generally leaves behavior as a matter between individuals. Natoko’s technological capabilities are low (Tech Level 8), but the starport is capable of performing its routine tasks.

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Patinir (0807-C000632-9) is an asteroid belt on the very edge of the Aramis subsector. Dominated by a large gas giant, the system has only a few small planets and satellites, all of little importance. Circling the central star, however, is a broad asteroid belt that is the primary source of mineral wealth in the system. In orbit ahead of, as well as trailing, the gas giant are accumulations of asteroids at the Trojan points. These Trojan points are each the site of a self-contained space colony of about 480,000 persons population. Effectively identical, the space colonies each operate a refinery smelter, which processes are taken from the larger asteroid belt which orbits starward of the gas giant.

The government of Patinir is a select board of directors controlled by the colony owners (descendants and heirs of the original financiers). Local Law Level is low in the colonies and non-existent outside the Trojan points. The local technological level reflects a deliberate colony design feature, which makes facilities and equipment maintainable even in the event of a technological decline.

The asteroid belt starward contains slightly less than half of the system’s population of 1.8 million as miners, prospectors, concessionaires and a small lawless element. This small population means that even after a century of prospecting, the belt remains virtually untapped and a ripe source of undiscovered minerals.