Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Systems Constellation - "The Outrim Void"
A region of stars united by a desire to stay independent
The Outrim Void Constellation
Though largely uncharted, the Outrim Void is far from uninhabited. The Outrim Void is littered with abandoned or failed colonies, small outposts, and even small-scale interstellar empires. Many periphery and Inner Sphere factions also maintain hidden bases in the constellation. House Davion had established a single military depot and cargo way-station in the region, which came under criticism by both local independent worlds and factions within House Davion’s own nation-state. The outpost has since been shut-down, and its fleet assets removed to the Inner Sphere, taking much of that House’s interests in the region with it.
Except for System – Dumassas, there is no established HPG communication network within the Outrim Void; communication is only possible via courier ship. While this is also true for the greater part of the near periphery, the distances involved mean that many Outrim Void settlements are isolated from the rest of humanity, often for decades at a time. The name “Reaver’s Rift” is a popular term for the constellation, and aptly describes the dominating factor in the region; pirates are common in the region, particularly in “The Triangle”, those systems close to the System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster, that act as a buffer between Taurian and Davion trade and economic concerns. That some of this activity might be privateers supporting one side or the other is not lost on travellers in the region.
It should be noted, that the world System – Tarsus has long been the capital of Excalibur Corporation interests, and so that organization has an inordinate amount of influence in the sector. Between Excalibur Corp “traders”, active pirate bands and the various naval forces of the various systems in the region, the region is a hotbed of danger and adventure.
In recent years, * “The Iron Dingoes” have begun to establish a controlling interest in several worlds around their holdings in System – Dumassas. Moderate allies working in conjunction with Excalibur Corporation, the military might of the Iron Dingoes remains largely unsurpassed, and as they avoid direct conflict with Excalibur’s own interests, the two co-exist amicably. Several worlds, loosely referred to as the Systems Commonwealth in political dispatches, seems to be developing along the edge of the Periphery region known as the Davion Outback; all of it due to Iron Dingoes colonial efforts.
Origins : The region known as the Outrim Void is largely unknown to the population of the Inner Sphere, and is regarded by suspicion by even those who travel through the region, due primarily to its tradition as a natural haunt for corsairs and those fleeing Inner Sphere justice. Many Outrim Void worlds are believed to have been settled during the height of colonization known as the Diaspora (during the late 2600s), and since isolated from the Inner Sphere have fallen on hard times. It is rumored, some have retained links with various stellar nations.
Systems of the sector include:
System – Cassandra
System – Coventry
System – Drexillthar
System – Dumassas
System – Ganulph
System – Gollere
System – Hawktor
System – Star Forge
System – Pa’an
System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster
System – San Carlos
System – Tarsus
System – Tashrakaar
While Excalibur Corporation dominates trade in the region, primarily through its investments in numerous systems, the 3021 take-over of System – Star Forge from the Federated Suns military, and its occupation of the planetary starport in System – Dumassas, there are a handful of smaller trade concerns that exploit the worlds of the constellation. The Candle Route largely travels through this sector, and the worlds of that trade route figure prominently in trade and politics as a result. Most of these smaller trade concerns, however, operate on marginal budgets and deal in the remnants that Excalibur is unable or unwilling to transport.Excalibur will largely continue to be the primary traders of the region for the future.
The recent reconstruction of an active HPG by ComStar on Terramatrix in System – Gollere has begun to mark this world as important. While there is extensive civil strife among its formerly core nation-states, the rise of The Commonwealth of Nations has promised a new world order and stabilized off-world trade through its relatively safe orbital starport of “The Factory”. Its location on the terminus of the Candle Route, combined with a fair tech level and industrial base, has ensured the planet is a rising star of the Outrim Void constellation. Increasing industrial efforts in Dumassas have pushed the planet more and more into a trade hub for the region, not to mention its position along the border between the Taurian Concordat and the Federated Suns periphery worlds.