Riftspan Reaches Sector Information

Astrography
Discovery & Conflict
The Rebellion
Establishing the Khei
The New Era
References





Astrography

Dominated by the Great Rift, the Riftspan Reaches Sector is appropriately named. A 5 parsec route is all there is to allow traffic to cross the rift through this sector. Although the endpoints are the same, the route does split, forming a rough route shape of —{}—. Each branch is of the same length so there is no time savings by taking one route over another.




Discovery & Conflict

The explorer Ktouwaatritoikh discovered the jump-5 route across the rift in -1044. "The Wahtoi clan were the first to exploit his discovery. Wahtoi ihatei explored the worlds in and across the Rift, and the Wahtoi soon came to dominate the sector. The clan established Khu Si'ikh, a corporation, to trade throughout the Riftspan Reaches. As a result of the clan's importance, the Wahtoi were given a seat on the Tlaukhu." [TD#19]

Prosperity for the Wahtoi continued until -951 when a rebellion within the ranks occurred. The Fteweyeakh, a splinter group, attempted a coup. They were unsuccessful and forsaken as outcasts. The Fteweyeakh retreated to the Hlakoi sector to regroup.

The Wahtoi monopoly on Riftspan traffic made them grow soft. "Years passed peacefully, until the upstart Aroaye'i clan of Aulryakh (0507) challenged Wahtoi supremacy. Rivalry between the Aroaye'i and Wahtoi erupted into full-scale clan war in -750. The Aroaye'i were determined to overcome their second place status; within a year, they forced the Wahtoi to submit. In settlement, they demanded equal partnership in trans-rift trade and ownership of Khu Si'ikh." [TD#19]

Sensing weakness, the Fteweyeakh (200 years isn't enough time for a clan to forgive a grudge) decided it was time to strike. This time they were successful and the Wahtoi were beaten into subjugation.




The Rebellion

When word of the assasination of Strephon, and more importantly the Aslan ambassador, reached the Aslan Hierate, it set a fire underneath the Aslan. Aslan ihatei drove across the Hierate to join their clansmen here in the Aslan colonies. The Aokhalte bloc led the charge as the ihatei began to push their way coreward into the Trojan Reach and Spinward Marches.

Not all Aslan felt that attacking the Domain of Deneb was a good idea. The Ikhtealyo and Isoitiyro blocs opposed it, though for different reasons (economics and honor respectively). In 1119, hostilities between the clans began. The Hlaotiyoiho fought with the Hlyueawi and knocked them from the Tlaukhu.

Meanwhile, Trojan Reach sector duchess Sharik Arcadia set plans in motion to exploit factional differences among the Aorlakht clans. With the Aorlakht clans fighting among themselves, the Aokhalte bloc expansion quickly came to a halt. Arcadia shored up her position until reinforcements from Norris arrived. With the proverbial calvalry on the scene, Arcadia drove the Aslan back to antebellum boundaries by 1130.




Establishing the Khei

Relations between Humans and Aslan improved when Norris forewarned the Aslan about Virus. Knowing full well that the newly formed Regency could not "go it alone," he enlisted their aid in maintaining the Quarantine. Hailed as both "a stroke of diplomatic genius" and "a deal with the Devil," nonetheless it was not a moment too soon. A combined Regency-Aslan task force fought off the great Vampire fleet invasion of 1131 at Waikhta (1420). It became immediately apparent that clan cooperation would have to go to the next level.

Aokiylair subsector and its trailing neighbor, Ryuhleiea, were set up as the front line of defense, often referred to as Khei, which translates to "frontier stronghold," against Vampire fleet invasions. Unlike the Denebian frontier, morale here is high. The Aslan who labor here feel that their work avenges the wrongs done to their clans by Virus. They also view their location as being prime real estate for what they perceive as an eventual migration back into the old Hierate.




The New Era

After a number of decades, many clans demanded that the Tlaukhu begin the return to the Hierate and their homeworlds. They were impatient with the Regency, whom they perceived as hiding behind its precious Quarantine. This vocal minority suggested a return to the Hierate could be done without the Regency's knowledge. Since the Regency wasn't the enemy, there was no dishonor in not announcing the challenge to Virus to spectators. Justification for these clandestine operations was deliberated heavily among the Tlaukhu. Pro-Regency clans argued that the Regency had been nothing but forthright with the Aslan since word of Virus broke. Others claim that clan honor against Virus had to be served. To not do so would be Rukhtiywe (the act of denying one's Aslan-ness). The pro-Regency clans relented on the condition that the Khei be maintained at all costs.

The Aslan finally began forays in the Rift in 1183. Expeditions methodically swept systems and, once cleansed, were mined. Regular patrols ensured that minefields were maintained and destroyed anything even remotely appearing hostile.

Although reclamation wasn't perfect, the Khei Aslan finally managed to push their way to Wahtoikoeakh (2936) in 1194. This TL-14 industrial world, formerly a Fteweyeakh stronghold, had become a Vampire stronghold. Factories churned out infected robots and ships for several decades, which would be sent out to rimward systems. It was also the source of infrequent attacks against the Khei. A 2-year campaign was required to finally break the system.

Although Wahtoikoeakh has become environmentally hostile, the Khei Aslan are determined to establish another Khei here. Wahtoikoeakh's closest neighbors are 3 parsecs away, a decent barrier but not enough to stop any of the vampire fleets which originated there.

Shortly after the Regency announced that it would be opening its borders to Corridor to outbound traffic only, the Aslan announced the same for the Riftspan.

References:
CT Alien Module 1: Aslan
DGP's Solomani & Aslan
Travellers' Digest Issue 19
Regency Sourcebook