Romagnol

Romagnol System

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Ruler: Duke Cassius Dodekatheon
Cathedral: St. Maximillian Cathedral ( Orthodox)
Agora: Money Dealers/ Mōnstrum
Garrison: 7
Capital: Suryada
Jumps: 2
Tech Level: 5
Human Population: 450,000,000
Alien Population: 30,000 (mostly Reikaw)
Resources: Romagnol Marble, Gems, Precious Metals, Deuterium
Exports: Raw Mineral Wealth, Fine Art, Food

Solar System

Star: Storn (pale yellow star)
Planet Name Distance from Star Notes
Mosari 0.5721 AU Constant hurricane force winds; Carbon and Sulfur dioxide atmosphere
Romagnol 1.0215 AU Only planet with life sustaining atmosphere
(Triangulus) moon Artificial atmosphere and gravity; Two Mōnstrum mining ops; Employs many criminals and aliens
Jualwa 6.5827 AU Small world; Depleted iron mines; Currently uninhabited
Dro 18.541 AU Red gas giant; “Eyes of Azzurayelos”; Dro & Madro orbit in opposite directions
Madro 19.7228 AU Red gas giant; “Eyes of Azzurayelos”; Conjunction of Dro & Madro portends death and calamity
Nylus 32.9854 AU Large, rocky world; Monstrous gravity; Vast unexploited mineral wealth
jump gate 68.087 AU
Ploo 72.5827 AU Small, frozen rock; Is it really a planet at all?

Romagnol is a temperate and tranquil orb of blue and green. It has no discernible change of season as the planet has no set axis, instead spinning gently in ever shifting patterns around a great gravity engine at its core. Its biome primarily consists of deciduous forests with leaves that never change color, with cold needleleaf forests in the highlands. Romagnol also has wide stretches of prairies, arid (but temperate) deserts, towering mountain ranges and marshes.

History

Discovered in GD 2505, this world was originally claimed by Windsor-Hapsburgs, Mountbattens, Dodekatheons and First Republic conglomerates. By the 28th century, most of world was under Dodekatheon control. It was visited by Prophet Zeth in GD 2899, and its inhabitants became fervent converts. It is the most devout and conservative of Dodekatheon worlds. Famously, Saint Cato (Lord Cato Dodekatheon) crashed a ship full of pilgrims into the jump gate in emulation of the Prophet’s death.

The world underwent massive terraforming during Second Republic, and hunting of numerous dangerous predators became sport, to the extent that even importation of exotic species was undertaken. House Volitanti was brought in to deal with the imported wildlife and they occupied North Folari. They have always been allies of the Dodekatheons since the beginning. The Second Republic altered the axial tilt of the planet, and some blame the system’s frequent electromagnetic storms on this. Today the world suffers from runaway tectonics controlled by terraforming engines. Romagnol was one of first worlds to throw off the Second Republic rulers and live the Sectus’s prescribed rustic ideal.

The birthplace of Chryselios (who was born to Duchess Regnus Octavia and Duke Utar Vincius Dodekatheon of Lemminki), upon his becoming Emperor he ceded much land on Romagnol to his brother Alvarex, an act that many disapproved of. Active wars have broken out between family members in some parts of the world. The stereotype of the population here is that of disapproving and taciturn zealots.

Locations

Castillo
House Dodekatheon gave this continent to the Ersetu Orthodox after the Fall. It is mostly settled by people from Holy Ersetu and Omphalos, and the people here are considered the most holy and devout in all the Galactic Imperium. They are industrious and honest to a fault, and there is virtually no crime or corruption. The Inquisition operates openly and with the support of the locals. The Castillo Theological University found here is one of most important universities in the Imperium, and there are many cathedrals and holy spots besides, including the mount in South Castillo where Zeth addressed the multitudes.

Archbishop Sondra Nies is the religious leader and supreme theological authority for the planet, and ultra-conservative hinayanist. Nies works out of St. Maximillian Cathedral in southern Castillo. She is anti-Imperial (in general, and a strong critic of Chryselios specifically) and supports Alvarex to the detriment of Chryselios. Chryselios attempted to remove Nies from power in GD 4997 but failed.

There is a major airport in Castillo. Although there is little in the way of mineral wealth in the fief, there are many wineries and rich farmland.

40 million population

Andyra
The birthplace of Chryselios, Andyra is now ruled by his brother Alvarex. Chryselios remains wildly popular here and many pilgrims visit to see the birthplace of the Emperor. Duke Alvarex is an excellent military commander, but a weak politician; the Duke wants to command the Imperial Fleet, but generally attempts to undercut Chryselios. In the mean time, Andyra is home to a major naval base that falls under the Duke’s direct command.

The province contains the second richest reserves of Romagnol marble and many highly skilled stonemasons to exploit it. There are five operational deepcore cities in the fief and many guilds support their operations and other activities in the region. There is a magna-rail train system connecting the region, being especially dense in the southern part of Andyra.

Suryada, the planet’s capital city, is located in this fief. It has a modern spaceport, but only a modest number of automobiles amongst the general citizenry. Almost everything is built from quarried stone with very few synthetic materials. The capital is home to the royal palace, the agora and St. Regoe’s Cathedral, the official cathedral for state business.

275 million population

Folari South
Ruled by the Duke Cassius Dodekatheon, who is reactionary politically and theologically yet rational and conscientious. Lucky for the Duke, the populace is largely disinterested in politics, but strongly opinionated on religious matters. The Sectus supports nobles over the guilds when it comes to mining issues on Folari South, although there are three operational Deepcore Cities here – two run by the Mōnstrum and one by House Justinian.

Duke Cassius was recently ambushed in an assassination attempt, but no culprit has yet been found. The Mahyah Nostra are most strongly suspected, followed by Justinians.

50 million population

Folari North
Ruled by the Countess Morgana Solara Volitanti, this is a highly mountainous, forested and wild fief, with more species of wildlife than anywhere else on the planet. Strange beasts are common here and tamed by the Volitanti nobles for riding.

Mōnstrum, Mahyah Nostra and Justinians want Deepcore cities open, but Duke Cassius and the Sectus oppose this. There are, however, Mōnstrum mining and timber operations on east coast, under strict environmental regulations. The Sectus supports House Volitanti and seeks to keep the guilds out of the area, but recently there has been a series of Sectus fires and murder of prominent Orthodox clergy.

9 million population

Chul
Inhabitants of Chul are backwards, suspicious and insular, possessing only a very, very low technology level (TL1 or 2). They worship the local volano as an avatar of the All-Maker and they are often the targets of claims of heresy and antinomy. However, accusations of antinomy are unsupported by Inquisitorial investigation.

1 million population

Kasi
A Deepcore city, it has slightly higher tech level than rest of planet. In the mines associated with the city there has recently discovered a new vein of Ravennium (ingredient in ceramsteel). However, Mōnstrum miners are disappearing in the mines and mercenaries have been unable to identify and stop the source of the disappearances.

1.5 million population)

Trieste (The Morgein Barony)
Trieste is ruled by the Baroness Morgein Dodekatheon, who is possibly the daughter of a Bogovi father and Dodekatheon mother. Morgein is rarely present and the barony is ruled by Lady Elwynn in her absence. It is a heavily wooded fief, but none the less is a center of trade as the people here have a willingness to deal with technology, there is a heavy Guild presence, and a spaceport. One of the Imperium’s few sources for luminite, the fief is presently caught up in a bidding war between House Justinian and the Mōnstrum for contract renewal of mining rights.

5 million population

Austram East
The Austram Islands were divided by the last duke between his two eldest children. Today the two sides war upon each other for total control of both islands. Austrom East is ruled by the Countess Cassandra Dodekatheon, daughter of a Dodekatheon and a Justinian and popular locally for land reforms, but not popular planet-wide. Countess Cassandra is friendly with Countess Morgana Volitanti and is a favorite second cousin of Chryselios. She has permitted a strong Aegean presence in her fief. In juxtaposition to this is the presence of a strong naval base on the island.

A Deepcore city was recently opened, and earthquake activity started shortly thereafter, causing as well an increase in volcano activity, flooding, sabotage to dams and aqueducts. These deepcore cities, however, were opened to exploit newly found mineral deposits that are generate wealth for the Countess. The Inquisition has investigated the mining operations and have shown that Mōnstrum miners violated numerous Sectus and guild strictures by delving too deeply. The Inquisition thus blames the Mōnstrum for the earthquakes.

8 million population)

Austram West
The Austram Islands were divided by the last duke between his two eldest children. Today the two sides war upon each other for total control of both islands. Austram West is ruled by Count Otto Kierkegaard, who believes he should control both islands since he is the first-born male heir. Otto is widely supported by the Sectus, perhaps because he has been busy building many new churches in his fief, thus lending it a heavy Orthodox presence, in addition to a heavy Mōnstrum and Money Dealer presence and a major naval base.

The island is mostly a hilly, heavily forested, large-game hunting area, with many exotic spices.

5 million population

Lugano
A relaxed resort island with Ersetu-like wildlife, breath-taking scenery, crystal blue oceans and coral reefs, this is a popular tourist destination with many plush resort hotels. The region has a heavy Money Dealers and Guild Ingenium presence.

15 million population

Locarno
A relaxed resort island with Ersetu-like wildlife, breath-taking scenery, crystal blue oceans and coral reefs, it is a popular tourist destination with many plush resort hotels. There is a heavy Money Dealers and Guild Ingenium presence in Locarno, and the region boasts its own spaceport, a naval base, and lots of high technology.

40 million population

Bredonia
Bredonia is ruled by Brother Bernardo Amatsukami, the former commander of Teldor Garrison on Lemminiki. It is a retirement home for veterans of wars against the Aesir and houses the Lextius Academy, a well known military college, especially for Monk Militas monks. Technologically it is a backwards province except for the military college’s weapons collection. It is, however, the location of a spaceport.

500,000 population

Deepcore Cities

Deepcore cities are urban complexes built around deep mining shafts during the Diaspora and Second Republic. They are up to five miles in diameter, and up to hundreds of miles deep. Originally built for mining, they supported hundreds of thousands of workers. Today they are more frequently used for terraforming engines. After the fall, they were placed under Sectus interdiction until the Galactic Date 46th century.

Currently there are 13 active, with two more scheduled for use in the next decade. They are mostly run by the Mōnstrum and Mahyah Nostra, but House Justinian have put in bids to administer some of them. Power has been restored to only some of the cities, others still rely on oil light and other archaic methods. Officially mining operations are only allowed at near-surface depths for fear of terraforming engines, forbidden technology and monsters. These cities are generally seen as being cursed, as giant monsters are reported as already attacking miners and creating earthquakes. The Inquisition watches over each cities and Celaric geomancers are common since they want to study the planet’s deepest secrets.

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