Schatten Star System

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Type: B5IV Blue Subgiant
Radius: 1.52 x 106 km (2.19 times Sol)
Mass: 1.51 x 1031 kg (7.59 times Sol)
Temperature: 16,000 K
Luminosity: 4.49 x 1029 W (1172 times Sol)
Ecosphere:Between 32.64 AU and 47.02 AU
Location: Sigma Tamelos Sector
3 ly the Salah Star System
4.7 ly from the Beeria Sector
5.2 ly from the Xenoda Sector‎
172 ly from Sol
Affiliation 
Serenity Concord
Governor 
Andrea Maddox (Human, Female)
Senator 
Murrika (Romulan, Female)

This curious system is designated itself as a region os intense spacial instability, for reasons that are not clear. The star itself has an extremely strong magnetic and subspace field and produces a large array of spacial anomalies that move through the star system in spheroid orbits. Each disturbance effects the orbit and position of the disturbances near it. Navigation through the system is thus hazardous at the best of times.

Conventional transit into and out of the star system requires passing through the barrier surrounding the star system, which is a major navigational hazard. Vessels traveling at warp will have to drop out of warp and pass through the barrier, and may need to let their momentum carry them through. Methods such as using a jump gate, Stargate, gravitational displacement, and dimensional folding are all able to bypass the barrier and jump directly into the star system. In the case of travel using DFD (Dimensional Fold Drive), it requires a skilled pilot to plot an exit point from folded space in the correct location within the star system.

Those using GDD (Gravitational Displacement Drive) are provided specific coordinates by operations on Serenity Station for jumping into the star system. There is also a jump gate within the system and a Stargate in the Nimbus Station.

Facilities

The star-system has a number of facilities available in the system.

Warp Drive and Hyperspace are incompatible any vessel must vent all drive plasma prior to entering hyperspace.

Jump Gate

The Schatten Jump Gate allows for easy travel to and from the system, using the Jump Gate network. It bypasses the problems which come from travel through the barrier around the system.

Platform Stations

While the Platform Stations can be used to refuel and resupply small craft, such as fighters, runabouts, and shuttles as well as provide emergency medical attentions, their primary role is in rapid response, and do not run standard patrols but maintain operational readiness.

There are a total of 18 platform stations throughout the system, with 6 in the asteroid belt, 3 near the Umbral Shipyards, 3 placed near the Schatten Supergate and the remaining 6 placed between the systems barrier and the orbital path of Schatten V. Each station contains one flight from the 4th Hermes Wing.

Star System Features

The Schatten Star System has 5 planets total, one of which is habitable and Class M, a second planet is Class P and thus is habitable through either enclosed environments like environment domes or by life forms resistant to extreme cold. Due to the massive star, the habitable zone for the system is proportionally massive between 32.64 and 47.03 AU from Schatten.

Vethania

Class: A
Distance: Mean of 19.2 AU (+/- 2 AU)
Period: 14.86 Years
Radius: 4,462.28 km (0.76 of Earth)
Gravity: 0.76 G

A typical Class B world, still geologically active with a rather high concentration of radioactive isotopes. The planet has a thin atmosphere primarily composed of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. Orbiting Schatten at a steeply inclined elliptical orbit varying by +/- 2 AU depending on the year. This causes tectonic strain on the planet which maintains geological instabilities. There is one large satellite orbiting.

Leere

Class: A2
Distance: 2.92 x 105 km
Period: 21 Days
Radius: 1320.6 km
Gravity: 0.13 G

Leere is even more effected by the tidal forces that trouble the planet. Continuously in tectonic upheaval with a nearly entirely molten surface. The moon is composed similarly to Vethania.

Yalia

Class: C
Distance: 28.1 AU
Period: 21.75 Years
Radius: 4,065.02 km (0.64 of Earth)
Gravity: Unknown

A very small rocky world with no atmosphere composed of heavy metal ores but with trace amounts of most minerals. This planet also has a very strange orbit but one less effected by gravitational shifts. It has a thin system of twisted rings which surround the planet, mostly composed of frozen small-chain hydrocarbons. Deep underground an abandoned mining facility still exists, it was deemed to be unsafe for long term use due to the gravitational shifts and radiation.

Asteroid Belt

An extremely dense asteroid belt lies between Yalia and Soteria with an average distance from Schatten of 31.92 AU (+/- 3,800 km) and an average depth of 180,000 km (+/- 820 km). The asteroids themselves contain a good number of useful but not wholly lucrative ores. Due to the unstable nature of the asteroid orbits, it is suggested as automated drones scan and do what mining is possible. There are also a number of asteroids with highly radioactive isotopes putting off major interference, they are tracked as navigational hazards.

Soteria

See the page on Soteria.

Dilea

Class: I
Distance: 38.86 AU
Period: 16.28 Years
Radius: 16,536.83 km
Gravity: 0.94 G

An extremely unusual Class I planet, composed of gaseous ammonia, methane, and ice with a small rocky core. The planet is one of only a handful of Class I worlds to evolve within a star's habitable zone. The additional heat from Schatten likely contributes to the much thicker and denser atmosphere with a particularly high concentration of water within the atmosphere. Water vapor is present in the upper atmosphere, especially where the planet faces Schatten but transitions slowly from water to ice as depth increases. The water layer is much larger than average for Class I worlds. The ice-layer mixes with methane and ammonia at deeper levels creating vast seas of ammonia, methane, and ice which all exist in greater abundance than other Class I worlds.

There are six automated processing stations in orbit around this planet with collect heavy water (deuterium) from the ice-layer for use in fuel of Solas Tempus. In a higher orbit an automated deuterium refinery processes collected deuterium and transit to the Umbral Shipyards and Serenity Station. Umbral Station sits in very high orbit around Dilea, though not in orbit around the planet the Umbral Rift is particularly close to the planet and shares a similar orbit.

Eter

Class: P
Distance: 45.29 AU
Period: 30.99 Years
Radius: 6,210.42 km (0.97 of Earth)
Gravity: 0.92 G

A tectonically unstable volcanic world, though on the edge of the habitable zone the surface is bitterly cold. Liquid and frozen ammonia are common on the surface. The atmosphere is unusually thick though the world appears very young (500 million to 1 billion years old). This is quite the paradox, as the rest of the system appears to be quite old. Samples of the planet also show the remnants of protomatter at some point in the planets formation. Research indicates this world could, in fact, be a failed attempt to use a Genesis Device.

Avali Colony

An Avali colony has been established on this planet.

Ort Cloud / Barrier

Existing at the edge of the star system, approximately 57421 AU's from Schatten, it varies by about +/- 63 AU depending on the exact location. The barrier itself is only about 15,000 km thick, making it a very thin shell of intense spacial distortion in a spheroid shape around the entire system. The Concord has placed satellites on either side of the barrier at regular intervals, these act as communication relays and help to map the slow changes in shape and thickness of the barrier. Using this data ships can map the best locations to cross the barrier with minimal risk.