Hex Location: 2332
Star Type: Single L1
Number of Worlds: 12
Gas Giants: 1
Planetoid Belt: Cometary and asteroid belt
Starport Type: C
World Size: Earth-sized
Atmosphere Type: Earth-like
Surface Water: 30%
Population: Medium sized (c. 890 million)
Political Affiliation: Vorgan Than Viceroyalty (Seraean Empire)
Tags: Primitive aliens, Thaumatophilia, Cold war
Notes: Khirunizan is a world around an extraordinarily dim brown dwarf star. Although the Vorgan Than has settled the world, there were already natives living here; humanoid, but with longer, narrower heads and large black eyes, called the Khirlings. The Khirlings had complex and sophisticated nations of their own, but their technology was still several centuries away from uncovering any of the secrets of space-flight (more or less equivalent to early 19th century Europe). When the Seraeans came with their orbital bombardments, sophisticated drop ships, radium weapons, and various thaumaturges: warlocks and Shadow Knights, they conquered the planet in fairly short order.
The Seraeans largely ignore the Khirlings, except as a cheap and expendable source of manual labor. They maintain their own "plantation culture" in their own settlements, and largely concern themselves only with each other, the elites of the rest of the Vorgan Than systems, and any passing interesting folks from the Empire on their way to Outremer or vice versa.
That said, the Seraeans belong to two factions (mostly) that hate each other with a passion. The first are the Imperials, who preach close association with the Empire and the Emperor. Their enemies see them as both suck-ups, and a threat to their freedom. The Free Heathens, they call themselves, chafe under the rigid culture of the Empire; that's one of the main reasons that they moved further to the galactic west in the first place, colonizing new worlds where they could be the masters. Three generations ago, this came to a head, and Kar Tanus I formed the First Umbral Crusade and went conquering with his own personal troops, vast legions of slaves, and a few tough mercenaries (mostly Cilindareans.) The result was the founding of the Outremer region. Those who remained in the Vorgan Than seethed with envy; many others organized their own crusades and expanded Outremer. But few forgot that Khirunizan was where Kar Tanus started. The tension between these two factions has grown tremendously in the last thirty years, and they now have self-sorted into differing settlements on the surface of the planet. Although the conflict is mostly at a dull roar; duels, raids, political maneuvering, espionage, etc., one never knows. The Seraeans are in general a brutal, pitiless, and impulsive people. The rest of the Vorgan Than wonders if Khirunizan will break out in open warfare between the various city-states on the surface. Rather than being concerned by this, the Vorgan Than's elites are eager to see what happens. Many are in fact placing extremely high bets on when violence will erupt, the scope of the violence, and the results.
|The weak brown dwarf sun of Khirunizan rises over sandstone cliffs.|