Echoes in the Dark

Background

Setting

Welcome to the 31st Century. Mankind has pushed out into space and encountered all the imaginings of its science fiction authors. Alien races, colonisable worlds, nebulas, supernovas and cartoons of a strange robot dog called Jinky. Technology has flourished; with the help of ever advanced computer systems, magnetic shielding and geospatial mapping hyperspace travel can be enacted, reducing the journey times between star systems to weeks. As a result of this, space is, relatively, crowded and intermingling of species is common within loose protectorates of systems. The galaxy is split into factions, based either on racial history, common mercantile or religious views or even just common political goals.
You are currently in the Tau Ceti system, part of the Cetus belt. Tau Ceti is a weaker “SOL” like star, with 7 main planetary bodies, including 2 gas giants. The planet Deianara is colonised, mostly by humans and Var’lek. Also colonised is Abderus, Deianara’s moon Nessus and a small moon base on Abderus’ Moon Geryan. Furthermore asteroid mining is prevalent in both Inner Asteroid Belt (between Deianara and Cerneia) and the Outer AB (Lerna and Pholus). Refineries for interstellar fuel are present orbiting both gas giants.

By far the most impressive achievement of Tau Ceti is where you currently find yourself, within the Omicron Arcology. A floating space city, orbiting Deianara, a trade centre famed as a local hub for this quadrant of the galaxy.

The Tau Ceti system is part of the Omicron League (OL), a loose conglomeration of systems, focused on trade and mercantile wealth. They cooperate for mutual protection and fund the local police and military, but each one of the major corporations still compete for business and profit. The strongest businesses make up the higher council of 12. A lower council of several hundred represent civilian and smaller companies interests. In the 600 year history of the OL, only one of the original twelve businesses has been usurped and lost their position on the council.
The Arcology is a meritocracy based on wealth. The closer you are to the higher deck (referred to as Valhalla), the richer and more powerful you become. Within each deck, the poorer move closer to the spine, where the artificial gravity created by the centripetal effect is lessened. It is estimated 1,400,000 people live in the Arcology. Diplomacy and espionage is rife. Crime is prevalent across all decks, it just takes on a different form depending where you are. Large scale violence that threatens the integrity of the station is always frowned upon however.
A station A.I, Moriarty, is accessible by all, with various clearance levels and manages a lot of the day to day functions of the station.

Species
Humans – Bog standard run of the mill Humies.
Var’lek – A cat like species. Bipedal but can run on all 4 limbs. Has a tail, claws, good senses of sight and hearing. Average intellect, Strong, Poor at languages, Proud. Operate in tribes, several families bound together by an equivalent of marriage, ruled over by a leading matriarch. Can be outcast, whereby genetically they tend to become larger and fiercer.

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