Monday, May 13, 2019

Additional Library Data

crystaliron. A ferrous metal grown with perfect crystal structure and carefully controlled impurities in order to gain maximum hardness and toughness. Crystaliron becomes available at TL10 due to advances in gravitic-assisted manufacturing, and is the standard material for use in armoring starship hulls up to TL14, when bonded superdense armor becomes available.

Delgado Trading, LIC. An Imperial megacorporation with extensive holdings in heavy mineral mining and refining, publishing, antiquities trading, and recently, the toy industry. Widely known for its work in miniaturization, Delgado was founded in 997 as a manufacturer of military hardware and is considered the youngest of the megacorporations. Its sector headquarters is located at Tolson (Magyar 2106 A432ADH-E). Delgado has a poor reputation within Magyar sector due to its exploitative hiring practices as well as its recent conflicts with several planetary governments.

Droyne. Intelligent major race inhabiting scattered worlds within an area slightly larger than the region of the current Third Imperium. The Droyne are a small race derived from winged herbivorous gatherers. They vary in size depending on caste but generally stand one meter tall (large workers and warriors can be larger than humans). The history of their evolution remains a puzzle because their homeworld is not known with certainty. Sterchi (Magyar 3212 B697663-A) has supported a Droyne population that predates the Vilani First Imperium.

Droyne society is divided into rigid castes determined when an individual reaches adolescence. The six castes of the Droyne all serve different functions within Droyne society. Although identical at the time of caste selection, caste members develop pronounced physical and mental differences by maturity. Different genetic programs are awakened by differences in diet and environment among the various castes.

express boats. Rapid communication ships that are designed to make optimum use of jump technology in communicating information within the Imperium. Because the Imperium is so large, ordinary communication must depend on ships travelling along established trade routes, making Kline (Magyar 3012) over 3 years out from the Imperial Core.

The express boat (abbreviated Xboat) system, established originally in 624 and expanded to cover the entire Imperium by 718, cuts this communication time by nearly 75 percent. Selected locations along major trade routes are established as sites for express stations, which are orbital facilities which service and refuel the Xboats on their communications runs.

As an Xboat arrives in a system, it beams its recorded data to the express station, which then retransmits it to an Xboat standing by for a jump outsystem. Time between jumps is almost always less than four hours and has been recorded at under seven minutes, making the speed of communication nearly the speed of jump. In practice, this speed is somewhat reduced by the fact that trade routes do not follow straight lines and that not all jumps are made at jump-4. Nonetheless, the system achieves approximately jump-2.6 per week.

Geschichtkreis Sternshiffbau AG (GSbAG). An Imperial megacorporation focused exclusively on high-end starship construction. GSbAG ships are expensive, but universally regarded as being of the highest quality. The company is one of only two authorized to manufacture personal vessels for the Imperial family, and it is a major contractor for the Imperial Navy. The company’s corporate security and counterespionage forces are considered to be among the best in the Imperium. GSbAG operates the small shipyard at Gustin (Magyar 3206 A779444-E). In 1085 GSbAG was awarded a controversial contract to redevelop the Imperial naval base at Hrongding (Magyar 2817 B621511-C). In a close referendum, the small democracy of Hrongding voted to dissolve its world parliament and turn administration over to GSbAG in exchange for substantial infrastructure investments and guarantees of high-paying jobs. GSbAG maintains its sector headquarters on Hrongding.

huscarles. The private household forces of Imperial nobles. Huscarle troops are chosen for personal loyalty and tend to be elite units, maintained at the noble’s own expense. Huscarles have Imperial sanction: each high noble receives his own legal document authorizing him to raise household troops, and the details can vary according to the Emperor’s whim. Traditional practice gives nobles at higher levels the ability to raise more troops. Huscarles are considered part of the Unified Armies of the Imperium. They have the right under Imperial law to bear military-grade arms, even in violation of local weapons ordinances, so long as they are in uniform and on duty.

All four subsector dukes of Magyar have huscarle troops of at least brigade strength. The Gadarur Ducal Guards are an elite TL15 Grav Tank regiment composed of seven battalions. The Duchess of Kobayashi maintains the 728th Colonial Rifles Regiment, a TL14 lift infantry unit made up of six battalions, while the Duke of Fugue maintain the 1st Fugue Grenadiers, a TL13 lift infantry unit made up of five battalions. The Duchess of Walpurgis maintains the TL14 8627th Drop Infantry Regiment.

Instellarms, LIC. An Imperial megacorporation concentrating in the manufacture, purchase, and sale of military equipment of all sorts. Instellarms is a specialty supplier of mercenary units of all sizes and types. Agents of the firm can often be found on a battlefield, negotiating the purchase of the equipment of the losing side before the battle is completely over. Within Magyar sector Instellarms is the preferred supplier of small private armies to Imperial nobles. Instellarms also successfully operates on Solomani Confederation worlds. Unlike all other Imperial megacorporations the Imperial family does not directly own any shares of Instellarms. This allows the company to avoid being punished by certain punitive anti-Imperial regulations that impose extra regulations on corporations with financial links to the Iridium Throne. The sector headquarters is located on Kline (Magyar 3012 A642987-E).

Ling-Standard Products. An Imperial megacorporation engaged in a wide spectrum of activities including manufacture of electronic equipment of all sorts, ground and air vehicles, starships and starship armaments systems, drive systems, power systems, computer systems and software, small arms, and a variety of other items. LSP maintains mining and manufacturing facilities throughout the Imperium and beyond. The megacorporation has been active in Magyar in the post-war era. LSP prefers to establish relations with local strongmen, oligarchs and dictators, using bribes and military contracts to ensure access to resources and markets. Often targeted by civilian protests and terrorists, many new LSP facilities have come to resemble fortresses largely staffed by off-world employees and protected by large and unfriendly mercenary security forces. Ling-Standard Products lawyers have also aggressively pursued legal actions against Magyar worlds to regain property—and sometimes even entire regions or planets—that were seized centuries ago by Solomani Party governments. LSP operates the shipyards on Kemper (Magyar 2103 A4217A8-E) and Pinnock (Magyar 2701 A8C9876-E) and directly controls the worlds of Pankow (Magyar 2518 A561412-C) and Dexter (Magyar 2416 B587510-B). The LSP sector headquarters are located on Dexter.

Magyar Starcraft. A former Solomani shipbuilding corporation created from the acquisition and consolidation of several smaller shipbuilders during the 800s and 900s. Its chief rival was Iouo Interstellar Yards, which it briefly surpassed in the runup to the Solomani Rim War. Based on Fornorb (Magyar 2616), MagStar controlled major yards in Anise, Kline, New Mars, Swan, and Olympus subsectors with lucrative contracts to the Solomani Confederation Navy. While Iouo ships featured innovative and elegant designs, MagStar ships were economical, ugly, but solidly built and reliable. During the Rim War MagStar won considerable work refitting Victory-class battlecruisers and churning out Minsk-class heavy cruisers. Although the corporate headquarters were transferred to Uebelhor (Magyar 1324) in the wake of the Imperial invasion, the loss of so many shipyards proved ruinous and the company did not survive the war. Its assets were seized by the Imperium and sold off, with many being acquired by Allied Prefabricated Ships & Vessels.

mail. Communication is limited to the speed of transportation: a message to the edge of the Imperium needs to be literally carried there. The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service operates both the Express Boat Service and the Imperial Courier Service. While the express boat system transmits messages and data, the courier service carries packages, small cargoes, and important personnel that cannot travel by express boat. In addition, private carriers provide similar services. In order to supplement their own capabilities, both governmental agencies and private carriers may issue special contracts for delivery of mail lots. Each mail lot always consists of at least one ton. Per Imperial regulations, to be allowed to carry mail a private ship must be armed and the crew must include a gunner. The ship must also contain a specialized one ton mail vault. Standard payment is a Cr15,000 voucher redeemable at any Class A Starport.

Within the Solomani Confederation, the Navy controls the Xboat network, giving it significant ability to monitor, interdict, or control the civilian flow of information. The Navy wields this message interdiction capability as means of concealing fleet movements from foreign agents or, at the direction of the Secretary General, of punishing misbehaving worlds. Rerouting a system or alliance’s Xboat access can cause great financial harm without the need for overt intervention or physical blockade.

Within Magyar sector Nauvoo Messengers, based out of Tolson (Magyar 2106 A432ADH-E), is perhaps the largest private courier service for the Imperial systems. Celestine Transfers and Agni Express, based out of Ramaniam (Magyar 1927 A431869-E), are the primary services providing cross-border delivery. Kuzu Couriers, based out of Iouo (Magyar 0624 A79A96B-E) is one of the very few courier services authorized for operation in the Aslan Hierate, Solomani Confederation, and Imperium.

seneschal. An aide or executive officer. For high-ranking officials, the wide range of responsibilities of high office are manageable only through computer assistance. Even then, the information flow may be too great. The seneschal is an adjutant or assistant with responsibilities in information management. The seneschal has no authority of his own; he manages the massive input of information associated with his superior’s position, keeping the official informed, but not overwhelmed.

Traders’ Guild. An interstellar professional organization within the Imperium representing independent merchant ship owners: a combination of fraternity, union, and professional society. The Guild works to maintain efficient operations for the benefit of independent ship owners. Despite their rivalries, merchants use the Guild to advance common interests and protect themselves from bureaucracy and larger corporate competition.The Guild maintains a standard reference work, the Catalog of Ships, which provides basic information about most commercial ships operating within the Imperium. The Guild provides a variety of services in return for a monthly fee of Cr100, including a retirement annuity equal to 50% of the crewman’s highest base pay, payable each year after he completes a full 20 year career in the guild—although standards for computing length of service vary.

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  1. The illustration next to the Droyne entry is a Chirper. If it is going to be the illustration for the race, there should be some mention of Chirpers in the text.

  2. Weird that they labeled that picture "Droyne" in the CT module.