Scatterhome

Summary

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Maddox Khan, founder of Scatterhome

Scatterhome was founded nearly 900 years ago by Maddox Khan, the most famous and revered human in the history of their species, in the aftermath of the rebellion and subsequent execution of his daughter - Commander Tamiko Lane. It's a collection of asteroids - some massive, some not - that are, for all intents and purposes, the home of modern humanity, and substantial numbers of Elgan, Krona, and Bushraki and other races as well.

It's a rallying point within the Starmourn sector for anarchists, revolutionaries-in-hiding, criminals on the run, and other rule-breaking, lawless misfits, but also contains a healthy population of wealthy mining magnates, heads of intersellar corps, and others who appreciate the finer things in life in an environment light on regulation. Conveniently located near a Voidgate, the asteroids are rich with minerals and chunks of ice, providing a nearly limitless supply of both water and metal to the inhabitants.

Although there are thousands of asteroids in the field, only a fraction are inhabited to any extent, and most of the population is concentrated in half a dozen of the largest rocks, all of which have been fitted with powerful engines and set spinning to provide artificial gravity to the inhabitants. The population lives in tunnels, artificial caverns, deep canyons, and, for those who can afford it, huge biodomes on the surface.

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Haven City

The most populous habitat of Scatterhome, Haven City is named after Maddox Khan's flagship, The Haven, and is the first rock on which he landed when settling Scatterhome. Over the centuries, what was once an unimpressive and average asteroid was built on and into, and is now almost completely covered on all sides by huge structures. Commander Khan's famous words upon landing - "We're not taking off again." are engraved on a plaque in the center of the asteroid, and serve as Haven City's motto.

Bodean

Bodean is controlled by a number of Scatterhome corporations, their families, and their employees. Venture Chemicals, Ibix Manufacturing, GravCorp, Hercule Mining, and Amar Exports are some of the major corporations that call Bodean home and headquarters. Many of these conglomerations are family businesses, and the politics between the clans can be cutthroat. When Bodean was first discovered and spun up for habitation, deep wells were sunk into its surface with mining lasers, and these "reverse skyscrapers" are connected by an underground railway system. The wealthiest CEOs and land-owners on Bodean live in clear, rad-shielded domes on the surface.

Marle

The private security firms that keep Scatterhome's population more-or-less safe (when the money's good enough, that is) are located in offices and garrisons beneath the surface of Marle, which is a mid-sized, mostly round asteroid. Such "security" ranges from the semi-professional, garrisoned outfits of Homewatch and Nebula Arms, to individual bruisers willing to serve as bodyguards for a day's pay and a hot meal. Proximity to the security firms has led some of Scatterhome's wealthiest to settle on Marle, where they live in rad-shielded domes on the surface. There is a sizable settlement of less priveleged sorts who live beneath the surface, and serve the families aboveground in one capacity or another.

Ishbi

Ishbi is used as a stockyard and moon-sized slaughterhouse, raising both oversized insectoid livestock and warm-blooded mammals in underground corrals and selling meat to the population of Scatterhome. Ishbi is often derided by people on Bodean and Haven City as being a hick town, and they're not wrong.

Whittler's Hollow

The closest thing Scatterhome has to a garden world, Whittler's Hollow is, as the name suggests, completely hollow, and was claimed in the early days of the settlement by a young human engineer named Whittler, who immediately saw the potential of the rock. Working closely with the Elgan, with whom he struck a legendary deal, he expanded, reinforced, and terraformed the inside of the hollow asteroid. Trees and crops grow on the inside surface of the asteroid towards the nuclear-powered and levitating "sun" that shines at its heart. Much of Scatterhome's food is provided by Whittler's Hollow.

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