|Ag Ni V:9|
|Local Day:||45.75 hours|
|Local Year:||1.85 Standard years, 675.9 Standard Days, 354.61 Local Days|
|Avg Temp:||-6.5°C (6°C/lat row -48.5 to +11.5)|
|Seasons:||+13.2 Summer, -22 Winter (100% at 64° lat)|
|Daily Range:||+11.2 day, -22.9 night|
When Imperial colonists entered the system in 137, the mainworld was already
settled by Aekhu Vargr. There's no surviving record as to what they called their
world nor how long they lived there. While they tolerated the presence of the
humans, they didn't trust them.
An uneasy peace existed for several decades until a young human girl was found murdered. The humans blamed the vargr, who fervently denied any involvement. The truth has never been discovered. The humans retaliated by randomly attacking vargr and setting fire to their towns. The vargr defended themselves accordingly, and it wasn't long before a full scale war ensued.
The human leader, Ostov Kolgujev, petitioned the subsector governor for aid against "these bloodthirsty wolves." With skirmishes happening all along the Imperial - Vargr border, the first of the Vargr Pacification Campaigns begun. Military aid was dispatched, enabling the human colonists to not only defeat their vargr neighbors, but drive them from the world as well.
The world was renamed Ostov Kolgujev in honor of the human leader who "led the charge to drive the wolves from our world." Time would shorten the name to just Ostov.
As centuries passed, Ostov's violent past was forgotten. Its citizens transformed their world into an agricultural exporter. An equatorial ocean separates the world's two continents. The warm water has a moderating effect upon the otherwise cold climates of the two major land masses. With the seasons nearly twice as long as a standard year, farmers are blessed with a long growing cycle. Of course, downtime is just as long. Ostov's citizens plan accordingly, relying on fishing exports during the long winter.
Lacking the means to exploit both of the system's asteroid belts, mining permits were sold to interested parties, both large and small. The revenue from this operation went to purchase the ships that would comprise Ostov's planetary defense navy and bring in qualified personnel to train the Ostovian military.
Not forgotten were past prejudices against the Vargr. Whenever it seemed like the Ostovians were going to forgive and forget their past greivances with the Vargr, some war would always come along to stir up those old feelings. Vargr traders, headed rimward from the Extents, had to avoid the world for years at a time, until Ostovian animosity subsided.
When corsairs spilled over the border during the Rebellion, Ostovians fought back with extraordinary tenacity until reinforcements arrived from Tchien. The local navy, purchased with agriculture profits over the years, fought valiantly despite being outclassed and even outnumbered. Enlistment in the military was quite high during the war, with most able bodied citizens volunteering to join the planetary defense forces. Social programs were cut back so that the tax revenues could be used to maintain and purchase military equipment.
With the end of the war, it was hoped that life would return to normal for Ostov, but a greater threat was proclaimed: Virus. Ostovians were shocked that their world fell outside of the Regency Frontier. After the hard fought battles against the Assemblage of 1116 and other marauders, they took the announcement as a slap in the face. In defiance of the Abandonment, not a single person departed for safeside.
The Ostovians held their own for 35 years. Lacking the technological infrastructure to maintain their meager planetary defense forces, they continued to trade with worlds along the Regency Frontier, all the while respecting the Quarantine. Their crops were sold for spare parts. This strategy worked for a while, but as replacement parts were needed to outfit RQS ships, the scarcity of spares meant that the prices, for what was available, escalated.
But this lack of advanced technology proved fortunate as sophisticated versions of Virus passed over the world in their quest for parts or systems to infect. And with energy conservation a priority, the world didn't appear to be worth the effort for the more impulsively violent breeds.
The luck of the Ostovians ran out in 1158. That's when a corsair band, the Ursak A 1116, roughly translated to "Sons of 1116", invaded their system. Their neighbors on Trokuelats, sold them out. The Ursak A 1116 were able to catch the Ostovians off guard and overwhelmed what remained of their navy. With the high guard under their control, they demanded the Ostovians surrender. Their refusal to comply led to an orbital bombardment from the corsairs. Their cities destroyed, the Ostovians fled into the wilderness.
In 1159, with Ostov under their control, the Ursak A 1116 renamed the world Tuedhikhuez, claiming that this was the world's original name long before the "pinkies slaughtered" the original Vargr colonists.
With the Ostovians safely out of the picture, the Ursak A 1116 commenced with robbing their neighbors of anything deemed useful. They then set out for the Regency Frontier to commence further raids.
For the next six months, the Ursak A 1116 terrorized the subsector. Using captured free traders and other small merchant vessels, they lured ships into ambushes. They raided shipping along the Frontier while RQS patrols were detained elsewhere. Once the RQS realized there was a foe right on their doorstep they set to eradicating the Ursak A 1116.
The base at Trokuelats was the first stop on the RQS eradication campaign. Caught unawares, the corsairs were quickly pulverized. Only a few escaped with their lives, but these few warned the rest of the organization. Thinking that this was the extent of Ursak A 1116, the RQS withdrew.
Once the RQS realized their folly, they systematically eliminated the Ursak A 1116 down to the last ship. "Surrender or die," were their only choices. Those that surrendered were dumped on Tuedhikhuez; their ships hauled back to the Regency for parts and scrap.
After the defeat of the Ursak A 1116, the Vargr on Tuedhikhuez factionalized. Blame for the drubbing they took from Regency forces was tossed from one group to the next. As the vargr squabbled, the humans surviving in the outback began a guerilla warfare campaign, raiding their settlements for supplies. For many years the vargr blamed each other for these attacks. The humans were believed to be long dead from the harsh conditions in the wilderness. Continued success eventually made the Ostovians careless and sloppy. It took some time for the vargr factions to realize who was behind the raids. United against a common enemy, the Tuedhikhuez vargr have set aside their differences, for now, to eradicate the remaining Ostovians once and for all.