Gwynedd

Gwynedd System

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Ruler: Duke Erasmus Dodekatheon
Cathedral: Celaric/ Orthodox
Agora: Hornblowers/ Mōnstrum
Garrison: 7
Capital: Llanfyrth
Jumps: 2
Tech Level: 5
Human Population: 941,350,000
Alien Population: 35,000 (mostly Reikaw and Stoucrix)
Resources: Lumber
Exports: Lumber, furniture, wood products

Solar System

Star: Red Sun (binary system, red giant star orbiting a massive blue star, called Blue Sun, the Paracelsus Belt links the two stars with an ephemeral flame that runs 243AU below the plane of ecliptic and ships entering the flame suffer severe navigational problems and passengers routinely spontaneously combust!)
Planet Name Distance from Star Notes
Paracelsus Belt Molten rings in a figure 8 around two binary stars
Alpha 0.0154 AU Small, molten planet; Almost completely consumed by the star’s inner corona
Vanth 0.9101 AU Hot and turbulent world; Soaring red mountains, screeching solar winds, vast oceans of bright silver lava
Gwynedd 2.6882 AU Only planet with life sustaining atmosphere
(Norian) moon
(Cheux) moon
Somme 4.2512 AU Hospitable gravity; Vast mineral wealth; Military Depot and spaceport; Dodekatheon mining colony
Manx-1 10.5412 AU Tiny rock planetoid
Saturnus 19.5390 AU Like Saturn; One operating hotel for the super wealthy on an asteroid; Destination for space yacht cruises
Chantaclier 28.7541 AU Jovian planet; Emits electro-magnetic pulses at 8 second intervals; Rumors of 2nd Rep research base on one moon
Jumpgate 61.6651 AU One cruiser on station at all times Chandrasekhar Research Station orbits with the gate
Manx-2 70.587 AU Tiny rock planetoid; Ur ruins; Sectus forbids exploration since it is beyond the jumpgate

RedBlueStars.jpgGwynedd floats in a binary solar system with the blue super-giant, Blue Sun, at the center. Blue Sun has its own closed system of three planets, and around this closed system orbits Gwynedd’s sun, Red Sun, with its planets and the Jump gate. The twin suns envelope Gwynedd in strange plays of light, resulting in the planet having four distinct light cycles: daylight (only Red Sun visible), true daylight (both stars visible), half-night (only Blue Sun visible), and true night (no sun visible). 49% of the surface is land, its terrain range from tropical jungles to arctic poles, with a desert region on the continent of Fordan and mountain ranges scattered throughout the world.

History

Discovered in 25th century, Gwynedd is a binary star system. The hazardous Paracelsus Belt messes with navigation and incinerates ship crews. Primmortal ruins have been found in the system, but whether they have anything to do with the Paracelsus Belt is unknown.

Shortly after discovery the world was quickly sold to House Juandaastas, but they lacked the resources to exploit the world. Colonization of coastal regions was easy, but interior forest areas proved lethal due to rock trolls, which was a problem since the forests originally covered every single mile of the planet’s surface. The rock trolls were eventually mostly exterminiated, although hidden colonies remain underground today.

House Dodekatheon was going to marry into the planet’s rulers in GD 2849, but the bride was murdered so instead they invaded and conquered. The world was then the object of [Stoucrix conquest attempts in GD 2855. The Stoucrix allied with the Rock Trolls against the humans.

Gwynedd was bombarded by the Sectus after the fall and excommunicated for 300 years for refusal to give up technology and return to a pastoral life. In GD 4810 it was invaded by the al-Yazata and conquered for two years. During Primacy Wars, the Inquisition brutually suppressed the Forest People, who today are striking back against the Dodekatheon overlords for past injustices. Rock Trolls have resurfaced and are terrorizing remote villages and mining efforts.

Generally the populace is generous and free-thinking, with a high percentage of artists, philosophers and mystics. Many religions are found here, such as the Eurygnostics (Incarnate sect), Preceptors, Zuranists, pagans, et al.

Gwynedd and Romagnol nobles dislike each other, since Gwynedd nobles blame Romagnol for Gwynedd’s quarantine circa the 45th century GD, while Romagnol nobles blame Gwynedd for a blockade from GD 4687-4689 at Halvor Amatsukami’s bidding. The nobles of Gwynedd are also not generally friendly with Criticus.

Locations

Fordan
Fordan is ruled by Duke Erasmus Dodekatheon, who is loyal to the Emperor and wants to censure Duke William Rochfort. The province is subject to frequent revolts by the Forest People. It is also home to Reikaw ruins.

The planetary capital of Llanfyrth can be found in Fordan, home to the main space port, agora, Guild sponsored technical colleges, and a major Mahayana Ersetu Orthodox university. The city is a major center of art and learning and has a high percentage of yeomen and freemen. Varied transport methods are used throughout the city, from brutes to skimmers to glasteel pneumatic tubes (mass transit). (500 million population)

Tolth
Ruled by the Duke William Rochfort, an ascetic mystic, a scion of House Dodekatheon and a luminary of the Sectus. He is a religious fanatic and a genocidal madman. He has a Amatsukami mother and was raised and educated on Modiana. The Duke saw Tolth as infected with Paganism and evil everywhere, so called in Inquisition to purge it of sin. Mass executions were the hallmark of this cleansing, and affected not just pagans, but guilders, aliens, the intelligentsia and even the Duke’s noble rivals. The number killed is estimated as being between 2 to 5 million; forest people especially are in revolt over this harsh treatment. The Sectus intervened to stop the Inquisition, but the Duke continues the persecutions without Sectus support. The Duke is too militarily powerful to stop through force, but Tolth is under embargo.

The capital of Tolth is Londynium, home to a space port and Cathedral. It has a very heavy Mōnstrum presence and is under martial law. The city suffers from terrorism from the Forest People who want an end to religious persecution and freedom from the Sectus. (312 million population)

Moshala
Moshala is ruled by the Countess Elan Dodekatheon, a very popular, natural-born healer. Volcanically active, heat vents provide local greenery despite the polar climate. Despite this, the region is still heavily terraformed. Celaric geomancers come here to study leylines, while waging a shadow war with Antinomists. The Countess was recently the target of an assassination attempt, probably by the Van Gelder family (i.e. the Bogovi). (5 million population)

Paltrow
Once an area of numerous cities, they were destroyed after the Fall. Baroness Mary Elizabeth Dodekatheon opened the area up for exploration in GD 4745, under Mahyah Nostra administration. The Sectus and Mōnstrum eventually shut down the continent in GD 4810, shortly after Mary’s death. The Emperor has re-opened the continent with Sectus and Guild oversight. Not surprisingly, there is a heavy Mahyah Nostra and Ingenium presence, and some Mōnstrum presence. There are increasing reports of violent Ice-Pagans, religious zealots and bandits. (2 million population)

Hôd
Ruled by Baron Geoffrey Dodekatheon, this fief is noted for its Woodland Cathedrals. The island has not been conquered in over 1000 years, although former Inquisition excesses has lead to strained relations with Forest People. There is a major airport in the fief. (8 million population)

Rangor
Ruled by Count Phillipe Juandaastas, Rangor is home to House Juandaastas. It has the densest forests on the planet and is a sanctuary for aliens (especially Reikaw), unpopular Sectus sects, and psychics. The Count seeks good relations with the Forest People and is often accussed of harboring Aesir spies. (5 million population + 1 million Aesir)

Dûn
Ruled by the Baron William Erhardt Dodekatheon, this is a small, semi-forested island known for excellent cheese and folk-music. Baron William is friendly with the Forest People, which results in his often being accused of harboring Aesir spies, though there is little evidence of this. (3 million population + 350,000 Aesir)

The Clement Barony
Ruled by the Baron Clement Dodekatheon, an ultra-conservative who is supported the Inquisition and Duke Rochfort. Clement’s younger brother Lord Randall is a populist who lives among the Forest People and supports religious freedom for them. A pagan terrorist group operates in the area called “The Wake”, and may be linked to Lord Randall. Clement and Lord Randall are in constant conflict that could devolve into civil war at any time. (5 million population)

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