Schatten Star System
- Earth Designation
- 22 Cygni
- 1202 ly from Earth
1113 ly from Markab Star System
- Class B5IV
- Habitable Zone
- Between 1.14 AU and 4.613 AU
- Serenity Concord
- Andrea Maddox (Human, Female)
- Murrika (Romulan, Female)
This curious system exists inside one of the largest spacial rifts on record. The star itself has an extremely strong magnetic and subspace field and produces a large array of gravitational 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.
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.
- Schatten Supergate
- Automated Mining Drones (Throughout the Asteroid Belt / Schatten IV / Schatten II)
- Defense Platform Stations
- Umbral Shipyards (Schatten IV)
- Avali Colony (Schatten V)
- Janus Station operating the Janus Gate (a Trans-Dimensional Supergate)
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.
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.
The Class 2 Space Station known as Janus Station operates the Janus Gate project. There the Janus Project team calculates wormhole trajectories to allow the return of persons to their home realities after a splice into this reality.
The Janus Gate is a Type IV Stargate, also known as a Supergate, which operates as a Trans-Dimensional Supergate to allow for the formation of wormholes between realities. It can only be opened by Janus Station. Both the gate and station are in their own orbit beyond Schatten V above the orbital plane of the system.
An extremely dense asteroid belt lies between Schatten II and Schatten III. 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.
- 0.7 AU
A solid rock world with a core composed of a mix of lead and a variety of radioactive isotopes. There is no life on this world, nor can it support life due to the intense radiation present. The planets orbit is elliptical for an unknown reason causing enough changes in gravity that tidal forces cause extreme tectonic shifts. Due to the planets extremely heavy core and large size it does retain enough pressure and gravity to have liquid water along with a thick atmosphere of exotic gases.
- Orbital Period
- 5 Earth Hours
There is one satellite, Leere, which is even more effected by the tidal forces that trouble the planet. Continuously in tectonic upheaval with a thin crust and molten core. The cores composition is similar to the planet, mostly composed of liquid lead but with a mix of highly radioactive metals. Its orbit around Schatten Prime is erratic, likely due to anomalies shifting the gravitational field while it orbits.
- 1.2 AU
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.
Schatten III - Soteria
See the page on Soteria.
- 5.3 AU
This planet is made up of gaseous ammonia, methane, and ice with a probably small rocky core. It has a much thicker than average ice layer in the atmosphere than the mean average for a Class I planet. The ice layer is deep within the ammonia/methane upper atmosphere. 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 a deuterium refinery which is capable of utilizing subspace energy from nearby distortions to convert a portion of the deuterium to anti-deuterium for antimatter fuel. Due to the unstable nature of the region, the station still relies on antimatter supply shipments from the Saffron Consortium provided largely by the Markabian Mining Confederation, though a fair portion does come from other nearby sources.
- 7 AU
A tectonically unstable volcanic world, though due to its distance from its sun, the world is bitterly cold. Liquid and frozen ammonia are common on the surface and in the atmosphere. 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.
An Avali colony has been granted permission to be built on this planet.
Ort Cloud / Barrier
The subspace anomalies within the system seem to be either caused by or contribute to a massive distortion field in the star Ort cloud. The distortion field is what makes it incredibly difficult to transit in and out of the system and blacks out sensors, shields, and communications upon entering. Though most of the time there is no lasting damage, there is a 1 in 4 chance that a major system will suffer some kind of damage and become completely inoperative.
The barrier itself only spans between 329 million and 539 million kilometers in depth. On average it is closer to 360 million kilometers in depth. Fluctuations are random and occur slowly, Solas Tempus uses satellites to produce an active barrie "weather map" which can determine the best places to cross over.