The Razorwing Universe
The universe in which Razorwing is set (affectionately called the RW'Verse of just the Verse) is effectively a fictitious version of the future. The actually setting of Razorwing consists of the Milky Way that Humans have colonized. Adventures may (and probably will) take place outside of the galaxy, but for the sake of keeping things simple for both GM and player most major stations, planets and other space-landmarks are found within the Milky Way unless specially mentioned.
The Milky Way galaxy is explained in greater detail later on, however it is important to note a few things. There is as much as 3 million light years in between the farthest reaches of humanities colonization, and within that fast length and duration of space-time, there are slews of species and plentitudes of planets. It is a known fact that most planets are not habitable when first discovered because they orbit their associated star outside the Goldilocks Zone. Most planets found within this zone often have life already on them, and the bodies that do not sometimes end up being terraformed (see Terraforming in Razorwing).
Below is an ever expanding compendium worlds and space-stations in the galaxy. Please note that, while there are a very small number of planets listed here, the number of planets in the Verse is impossible to calculate accurately. The name of each planet is also a link to an image of the planet.
But Before That: Objection!
As this is a space opera RP, it is expected that PCs (and NPCs) will be dropping the names of planets rather regularly. This is list is incomplete; however it is expanding on a regular basis. Please take the time to at least scan this list and when you do use the names of planets your character might have visited, use the planets below BEFORE making up your own names.
As well, if you want to add a planet, PM Gwen in the IRC chat. And now, back to your regularly scheduled planetary omnibus.
The Milky Way Galaxy
The Milky Way Galaxy is where it all started. Well…no actually…no one knows where everything started. The Milky Way Galaxy is where humanity started, a beginning that upset many other races in the Milky Way. Earth-I (there are five Earths in total) was the launching point of humans in space (embarrassingly enough, Humans were one of the last races in the Galaxy to develop space travel) and thus has significance. The Milky Way was divided into three sectors after the fall of the AEC. The governing bodies are discussed on the Politics page.
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Places in the Orion-Cygnus Governing Authority's Territory
The home world of humanity. Once a lush green oasis in a very barren arm of the galaxy, now it is exceptionally over-crowded. It is effectively one large city that has most of its natural resources (food, lumber, etc.) imported from its terraformed moon.
The second baby-step for humanity in its colonization of the area around Earth-I. Mars was terraformed and colonized over a period of 10 years in order to relieve the pressure that the rapidly expanding population of humans was placing on the E-I. The once barren planet is covered in massive amounts of water, but is completely devoid of vegetation. This planet is home to the xenophobic Martians.
Another milestone in humanity's colonization of space. This was the first planet colonized outside of the Solar System. Earth-II quickly became a bustling spaceport soon after it was terraformed and to this day remains one of the largest spaceports in the Milky Way of galaxies. It has also gained a reputation as having slummy districts, each of which have their own special reputation.
Widely regarded as the first major terraforming mistakes in the history of human colonization of space. This planet was discovered orbiting well within the habitable zone of a solar system, but when a freak meteor swarm damaged one of the terraforming equipment, it became a snow-covered world. It is inhabited, but it is hardly bustling. Companies often have warehouses here, as well science-based corporations often have labs here.
The fourth planet orbiting the middle star of Orion's belt. Orion-B has sprawling beaches and lovely jungles (post-terraforming) and, because the settling of this planet was a joint Human-Lurk operation, Orion-B is a popular resort destination for families and adults (depending on the hemisphere). This is the youngest colonized and terraformed planet in the Milky Way, as it is only 75 years old.
As the number tacked on to the end of this planet's name would suggest, this is the third 'version' of Earth created. Several races were involved in the design of this planet, as it was four times larger than the original Earth. As it is such a massive planet, it is home to large industries, such as a spaceship manufacturing.
Similarly to the planet above, Aries-IV is found in the constellation Aries. During the terraforming process on this planet, humans first came in contact with a Lurk exploration party. After the process of terraforming was completed, it was the first planet outside of the Solar System to have Earth-based animals imported. This was a part of an important effort to improve the productivity of food for the human race as well as a good place to begin trading with newly discovered alien allies.
Yet another planet terraformed by humans and given the name of their home world. Earth-IV was largely considered a failure, as it was designed and built to get humans to move further away from the Sol System and the total population of humans on E-IV is less than 10% of the population of the planet. It is the base of operation of numerous companies who wish avoid the scrutiny of a more 'together' government and Nebula Cruises, the largest intergalactic and interstellar cruise company.
Another colonized volcanic planet, though this one is substantially more hospitable than the others. Prexe has a single city on its surface and several small space stations in orbit around. Like Issies, it's 'sister' planet elsewhere in the galaxy, Prexe is home to the spaceship building industry. That being said however, there is only one company on the surface of Prexe; Palladium Luxury Vessels, Inc. Amidst the corruption and chaos of a newly fragmented Milky Way, an incredibly vain Lurk (his all too young human wife at his side) began to design luxury vessels for 10 people to 10,000 people.
There is no one in the Milky Way that hasn't seen the ads: "Paradise is Only a Slipstream Away. Earth-V, the first 'super-planet' is now accepting colonists of all races. Vid-Call now!" The largest of the planets to bear the Earth name, Earth-V was completed only two years ago and as the ad suggests, it is paradise. Similar to a few other planets in the galaxy no starships of any kinda are allowed on to the planet, so everything is done through a series of sky docks. There are very few people on this planet without considerable wealth.
Places in the Tertiary Sector Provisional Government's Territory
The homeworld of the reclusive, under-developed Caw species. This small, jungle world is tucked away near the centre of the Milky Way in a very dangerous portion of space. The Veesa system, along with two neighbouring systems, is surrounded with a cloud of comets and asteroids that would prevent most ships from entering. Those outside that make it to the tribal planet, find the tribes unwelcoming and the jungles full of dangerous creatures and highly corrosive soil.
The lush, jungle, tropical homeworld of the Lurks, one of the first xeno-species discovered by humankind. A planet that is covered in large jungles and a single ocean that covers nearly half the planet. Most of the Lurk structures build in jungle clearings, but rather than building upwards like most races, they built into the ground, showing immensely advanced architectural understanding. All races are welcome on this vibrant, always active world. In recent years the 'couples-retreat' business has taken off on Taho-Prime.
One of very few planets discovered that was already covered in lush forests and basic fauna. It is also unique in that it is near a black hole. So near, it can always been seen in a hemisphere of the planet. This phenomenon has resulted in an incredibly philosophical population, which is where the planet gained its name. A Sesshoun who lived on this planet and became obsessed with the writings of Immanuel Kant, named the planet thusly.
This lush planet is a naturally formed satellite of a larger, volcanic planet. It is home to the Hydina, a mercantile, caste-based species that run some of the largest trading ports in the system. Few locals see the various ecosystems and biomes, but it is said that the biodiversity of Hytyra is 100 times that of any of the Earths.
A habitable planet the size of four Jupiters. This place is the capital of this sector. Is has an ecosystem that resembles that of Earth, and it is a natural planet. The city covered in a number of cities, the capital being Lao-Bu City. Talis is the centre of the Tertiary Sector's political power, and is rumoured to be home to a number of high-ranking AEC officers.
A very mountainous planet that orbits a pair of twinned white stars. The single megalopolis found on this city is built 360 degrees around the largest mountain on the surface. The planet itself is lush and covered in jungle (where there are no mountains), however these jungles remain largely unexplored as the soil is highly acidic, capable of melting even the toughest of space-faring metals.
A highly volcanic planet covered in metal forges and spaceship foundries. The 'population' of this planet is actually found in a massive network of interconnected space stations that surround the entire planet. Most people who live on this planet either have jobs in the stations or work planet-side under gruelling conditions.
A tropical planet wedged in-between the orbit of two beautiful, Technicolor gas giants. There are several large, multi-racial cities found on its surface, most of which are large trading ports. Wedged in the heart of one of the jungles is the headquarters of the Local Group's largest manufacturer of personal and ship-board computer systems. The planetary government of Kriya allows no ship of any classification is allowed to enter the lower atmosphere of this planet, instead they use the Kriya Skydocks, a series of docking bays in the upper atmosphere.
Found in a rather lonely Solar System at the very tip of one of the Milky Way's largest arms. Thest is a ringed planet with no land whatsoever, thus the twin metropolises that are found on this planet are, of course found under water. They are both very similar, very beautiful domed cities, known for the entertainment districts and very fine seafood (some of the finest in the 'Verse).
The rather dark home world of the spider-like race called the Anansi. Nay'r is a small forest world that is the last planet in its system. The star it orbits is rather large, and about four times warmer than Sol (Earth's sun), thus making Anansi very comfortable temperature wise. However, the little forest planet's light is almost always filtered through one or two of the four gas giants that orbit the sun in front of it. While this does make for a spectacular light show, if often means that Nay'r is a dimly lit place. The forest covers most, if not all of the planet, and thus the Anansi have turned the canopies and trunks into natural homes.
Places in the Confederacy of Allied Star Systems
A large gas giant known for its helium mining, Kabor and its 65 asteroid colonies resides in a binary star system on the edge of Andromeda, and operates as a cut rate raw materials resource haven for the backwater systems too far from most of the big corporations. Kabor Mining Corp, one of the few independent mining interests still operating, exists entirely on the export of materials from these unusually rich asteroids, all of which seem to contain large amounts of radioactive ore towards their cores.
The first world colonized after the cessation of the Catholic Church's attempts, Yutari Prime's orbit is very nearly circular. With an axial tilt a little less than Earth-I's, and an orbital radius five percent larger, Yutari Prime's seasonal patterns are similar to, and yet milder than, Earth-I's. Yutari Prime enjoys a mix of agrarian and urban development, and while by no means an ecumenopolis, the population of Yutari Prime see no distinction between the various continents, towns and regions other than convenient descriptors.
A planet covered in sweeping grasslands and many thousands of islands with eight moons. This is the homeworld of the Sesshoun, a strange, but ultimately friendly race. Discovered around the time of Earth-IV, this vibrant green-blue world is very tiny compared to most others, and it is believed by scientists of all races to be held in orbit by the complicated orbital dance of its moons.
This harsh desert/water world was discovered accidentally by a Chir'Tul vessel with Slipstream Drive problems. The vessel was deposited in the wrong spatial co-ordinates when the crew found a strange world that was just barely inside the Goldilocks Zone. The planet was not visited until around 10 years later when it was discovered to be the homeworld of the 'Squibble' race. The build beautiful structures and spaceports from the vibrant red and orange rock native to their planet.
The 'Moons' of Jart
Wealthy people live on Earth-V. People with excessive wealth live on the 'Moons' of Jart. Jart is a massive purple gas giant that orbits a lovely red star. So large this giant is, that it swallowed every other planet in this system. A mysterious company purchased this truly massive planet and began to design and sell the ULTIMATE display of wealth - custom built, private moons. They can be any shape, any size, any colour, and any environment. They are truly what most gazillionaires dream of owning.
A rather populous and regularly visited outlying world, as this planet, cast in a perpetual nighttime is home to some of the largest cybernetics factories and companies in the galaxy. Cybernetic augmentation has become a fashionable thing on this planet, and this aug-junkies with a lot of money flock to this world to get the best and the newest implants and augmentations. This by no means makes this place a bad place, in fact the amount of money of this world means that there is very little wrong going on (no need for theft and murder).
A volcanic moon in orbit around an equally volatile gas giant is home to a single city often (and not in a good way) referred to as 'Hipster Yung-Xe.' This is another planet that acts as a haven for both kinds of augs and the designers of such technology, but is where a lot of 'independent' and 'not mainstream' cybernetic designers make their living. It's a fine place if you want to put up with snobbery and purchase one of a kind augmentations, but unlike Yung-Xe, this quality is not guaranteed, and augmentation related illnesses (Neural-Net Bedlam, and Interface-Localized Necrosis, for example) often result from augs purchased here.
On the very outskirts of explored space, there exists this…thing. It is believed to be the remnants of a star system that suffered a violent end. The Osmere Nebula is a dangerous area of space and moves and shifts as if it were alive. It has a sort of Bermuda Triangle from Hell stigma about it, as its powerful electromagnetic storms have been known to disable ships permanently, and it's immensely powerful gravity wells can cleft even the largest ships in twain. One thing about this place is for certain…keep away!
Places in Neutral Space
The first truly artificial planet built entirely from scratch. No one knows where the funding came from, and no one is willing to say who built it. This wretched hive of scum and villainy (thank you Obi-Wan) is a thriving ecumenopolis of crime and is widely regarded as the single worst place to be in the Galaxy.
A large space station just outside of the territory of the OCGA owned and operated by a gang called Nightmare's Jaws. It's a massive entertainment complex, that is mostly a casino. The station acts as a hub for the gang's huge drug operations. The main space station is surrounded by a massive network of spacedocks, each capable of handling a Harrier-class vessel.
This planet is 90% wasteland. All of the water on the planet is toxic, and most of the land is dead. On this planet, there is one city that has no name. It is a smuggler's paradise. The planet is shared by a number of well known groups of smugglers and it serves a hub for their business operations. Most of the city is warehouses.
The Scrap Heap
This is not a planet, but a region of space. It's the largest junkyard in the Galaxy, and is crawling with all sorts of unsavoury types of people. It is not owned by any one, but various gangs lay claims to various sections of the scrapyard.
Mneria is a very large volcanic asteroid that has been hollowed out by a cult of extremely religious assassins known as the Order of the Bloodied Eye. Not many people enter the inside of this place and leave alive.
This is a naturally occurring ice world that has one purpose. It is a planet-sized jail. It is owned an operated by the Sigil company, who takes guarding this place exceptionally seriously. The planet was discovered by a team sent to explore the farthest reaches of the Scutum-Centaurus Arm. There was evidence of an ancient civilization on the surface of the planet, however, before xeno-archaeologists could visit the planet, it was purchased by the Sigil Corporation. Over a period of two years, the company turned the planet (and its surrounding space) into the most secure prison ever constructed.
The hub of criminal activity in the Milky Way, this massive space station (the size of two Venerable-class vessels) is well hidden inside a Nebula just outside the Milky Way itself. It's considered neutral ground for all criminals, regardless of gang or family affiliation. It is effectively a small planet, and operates as such. There are residential sections and commercial sections. There is a hospital, a school, and much more. The station is owned and operated by a woman called the Queen of Crows (see the people section for more information on her). The space station takes its name from a ancient train station on Earth-I.