Parapet System

Parapet System

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Ruler Countess Magu Amatsukami
Cathedral St. Paulus Cathedral ( Orthodox)
Agora Independent Guilds
Capital Avaneir
Jumps 3
Tech 7
Human Population 423,000,000
Alien Population 4,000,000
Resources Forests, Lead, Zinc, Tin, Copper, Seafood, Agriculture, Oil, Uranium
Exports Technical Equipment, Electronic Equipment, Computers, Tech Weaponry, Chemicals, Textiles, Processed Food, Ships, Plywood, Pulp, Medical Equipment, Synthetic Bodyparts, Machine Tools, Transport Equipment, Entertainment, Magic Lanterns, Cotton, Clothing

Solar System

Star: Esperance (yellow-orange star)
Name Distance from Star Notes
Parapet 1.12 AU Primarily Amatsukami controlled
(Chevalier) moon Amatsukami military base
Devil’s Belt 3.267 AU Remains of planet Sisyphous; Pirate haven
Aeneas 6.011 AU Ketori Mining colony; Ruled by Admiral Koxinga; Only remaining city is Neo Carthaga; Neo Roma was destroyed earlier
Tiers Monde 9.03 AU Oceans teeming with life; Sea-farming colonies; Aquatic alien colonies; Underwater Primmortal ruins
Gargantua 16.207 AU Gas giant
(Draco) moon Active volcanoes
Lux 27.137 AU Small gas giant; Five moons; Two moons have monitoring posts
Kray’s Watch 41.33 AU Operating Second Republic era monitoring and guard station; Runs on old tech that can no longer be repaired
Jumpgate 62.33 AU

A pleasant world, Parapet was experiencing a minor ice age when discovered. Heavy terraforming amended this, but Parapet has again started cooling in the 4770s GD, now being temperate to cold. The gravity is lower than First Earth standard (0.89 G), causing higher mountains. Parapet has only primitive mammalian life. One continuing landmass, divided by two seas, cover more than 67% of the planet.

History

Parapet was one of the first worlds to break from the First Republic and its god-corporate Zaibatsu (Greedy mercantile god-kings whose zealot states replaced the governments of the known worlds prior and during the First Republic). Its first ruling family was the wealthy Consiglio merchant prince family – they spent lots of money on education, forming the Academy of Muses.

The healing and vision-inducing plant called Luhk can be found in the Verona province. Lodovico Lorenzeto’s prophecy based upon the Luhk plant was that Parapet was to lead the universe in education and government. Groups called Associations attempted to ensure the success of this prophecy, they were initially supported by the Consiglios until they surpassed the family in wealth. War between the Consiglios and Associations was won by the Associations in GD 3103, installing Lorenzeto’s great-grandson Tomasso as the leader of the new government.

After the Fall, Parapet was claimed by House D’Rouge Glace, who maintained law and order with food shipments from Grange, until Grange sealed its gate. In 4050, House D’Rogue Glace committed an unspeakable crime, perhaps bioengineering or Antinomy, though historical accounts differ on which. The family was declared heretical by the Sectus, and today only the Amatsukami recognize the family as being nobility. Every fourth generation D’Rouge Glace child is born with crimson skin.

In 4112, the Academicians (remnants of the Assocations) seized power. They joined the with Shoqëri Guilds in 4322 for protection from the pre-conversion Amatsukami who held fiefs on the world. The Duchess Ji Amatsukami drank some luhk sap and had a vision of herself as celestial ruler. She then lead a revolt in 4399 GD that overthrew the Academicians. Her rule was not approved by the Sectus or the Guilds and she ultimately had to flee the planet. The Guilds retook control and attempted to destroy every last luhk plant.

After Theocrat Halvor, the world of Parapet began conquering neighbors and openly talked of a Third Republic. In GD 4715, an asteroid named Kung-1 hit the planet, destroying Neo Londonium and devasting the world; the sun was blocked by resultant atmospheric debris for seven years. Some 17 million people died as a result of Kung-1 directly, and another 37 million in the famine that followed. The Sectus views Kung-1 as the All-Maker‘s punishment for the world’s technosophia.

In GD 4950, Parapet became democratic once again. During the Primacy Wars, the Amatsukami uncovered Parapet guilds conducting proscribed experiments in bioengineering, using captured Amatsukami serfs from Veneto. With Bogovoi intel, House Amatsukami conquered the world during the Primacy Wars, aided by the Hornblowers, D’Rogue Glace and the Sectus. Prince Flavius allowed the old leaders to simply retire rather than punish them, resulting in the power of the Sectus increasing greatly on this world.

The Parapet Resistance (in the Ceremanique Mountains) conducts a guerrilla war against Amatsukami rule. The heretical sect of Zhi-Su is found in some rural areas, which attempts to bridge the gap between plant and animal consciousness. They often cooperates with the Parapet Resistance. The sect has a great deal of Reikaw influence, and the Amatsukami call it’s teachings the “Dark Learning” (hsüan-hsüeh) for its denial of the All-Maker and Zeth’s gospels. The leader of the Zhi-Su, Pi, has been captured by the Amatsukami, but cells of the sect persist, mostly in pro-Republican areas.

The patron Saint of Parapet is St. Paulus (originally St. Kynon, but the masses prefer Paulus – they even stole his body from it’s prior resting place on another world!).

Locations

Veneto
Ruled by the Baroness Zhao Jun, this was the first Amatsukami fiefs on Parapet, dating back over 2000 years. It was a haven to pre-conversion Amatsukami after Cardano’s conversion, which has left its footprints on the current Amatsukami nobles here, even if they are officially Orthodox.

The region has a pleasant, mild climate ideal for farming and grazing, especially millirice. It is politically stable and free from strife. The city of Hai Tang is the capital of the province and is home to over 1.5 million people. It is noted for its blue apples, and houses a spaceport.

60 million population

Acadia
Ruled by the Baroness Damita D’Rogue Glace, Acadia is home to House D’Rouge Glace. The city of Vasilgrad is the main city in the region. Its mayor is Weywyrd Waneshift, a Amatsukami loyalist. The city was mostly destroyed in the aftermath of Kung-1. The surviving parts of the city produce computers and artificial body parts.

55 million population

Susa
Ruled by Sir Soueif al-Yazata this House al-Yazata fief is surrounded by Amatsukami troops, thus giving it no hinterland. It does, however, have an airport.

1 million population

Torenson Estates
Some of the rare Torenson lands are located in Avaneir, consisting of several large estates.

0.5 million population

Dodecados Fiefs
Ruled by Count William Dodekatheon, these fiefs consist of vineyards and a large rural estate outside of Veneto.

1.5 million population

Rio Azul and environs
Ruled by the Archbishop Su Tung Amatsukami, the Archbishop is old and will likely die or retire soon. Bishop Erasmus Chu Amatsukami is expected to be his replacement. Rio Azul was given to the Sectus after the Amatsukami conquest and contains a spaceport.

70 million population

Avaneir and environs
Ruled by the Countess Magu Amatsukami, Avaneir is the capital city of the planet. It houses the planet’s main spaceport, cathedral and agora. The buildings in the city alter their color, temperatures and features based on the populace’s emotional state (they are Second Republic era buildings, probably employing nanotechnology). The business district is known as Metier, while the governing quarter is called Perchoir Loi and the wealthy residential district goes by Colline.

The Countess Magu has largely left the old customs intact – some taxes were lifted and local elections allowed to continue (though pro-Amatsukami candidates have been winning of late). The Countess has shown favoritism towards the Shofar Hornblowers and some local guilds, in an attempt to divide and conquer the local factions.

The neighboring city region of Padua is where the working class people live, commuting by train or ferry into Avaneir. Interestingly enough, there is a space port in Padua. They city is, however, slowly sinking into the Sagesse Sea. It is home to the last Academian ruler of Parapet who is also a Parapet Guild Arius (Money Dealers) leader: Pierra Birac. Birac believes the merchant Shoqëri Guilds engineered the downfall of Parapet as it was a threat to their power and the Guilders aren’t republicans.

130 million population

Carllion and the Ombre Forest
The city of Carllion has a major airport. In the city are the ruins of the Biochime Lab, a bioengineering lab that tried to create super-soldiers. It is guarded by General Peng Amatsukami’s Red Dragon troops, a Midian general loyal to Count Gijan Amatsukami.

The Ombre Forest is home to many of the changed resulting from Biochimes experiments – the “Children of Yue” are the most dangerous, having merged animal and human genes. A few have allied with the local Amatsukami commanders, but most remain hostile, and a few have even allied with the Parapet Resistance. The capital city of the changed, E’tat D’ame, has been occupied by the Amatsukami.

40 million population

Parlsburg
Ruled by the Marquessa Claudia Ibis Amatsukami, Parlsburg is a large industrial town that houses a major airport. The area is a nest of guerrilla activity, and the Marquessa is ruthless in suppressing the rebels, using Ka Hadan commandos to raze entire villages, calling in air strikes liberally, and employing an overall scorched earth policy. The hinterland of the city is heavily forested, giving the rebels excellent cover for their operations.

25 million population

Ceremanique Mountains
The Ceremanique Mountains are controlled by the Parapet Resistance, and are also home to the Zhi-Su sect, lead by the Priestess Green Spring. In the mountains can be found the city of Sa’frya, with its population of one million and a spaceport.

40 million population

Parapet System

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