Worlds of Tsougak Subsector

Oksathughhaedzae (Windhorn 2519)

Lying just outside the habitable zone, Oksathughhaedzae is cold (avg temp -16°C) and dry (30% water). Its isolation in the Windhorn (four parsecs from its closest neighbor) made it a backwater world by default and a sought after destination for those tired of raiding and wars. Two million people have formed 362 nations and live as they see fit. Virtually anyone that can eke out a living from the land they claim as their own can be a sovereign nation. However, there is a codified set of laws that the existing nations agreed upon centuries ago and require all newcomers to abide by. A mutual defense pact keeps the peace and drives out anyone who refuses to abide by the rules.

Very little changed after Virus was released. Cut off from interstellar trade for decades and lacking the technological base to maintain a starport, it fell into disrepair and is now considered "E" class. However, it is undamaged, and it wouldn't take much to restore its former "D" rating.

Without outside support or trade to rely on, the multitude of tiny nations consolidated their resources and skills down to 54 nations. Survival through co-operation proved a smart strategy. Furthermore, a concerted effort has been made to advance the world's knowledge base. Friendly competitions have spurred innovation and limited manufacturing has begun.

The Tagan Pack contacted Oksathughhaedzae in 1202. Due to distance and the Tsougak Trade Federation separating the two entities, no formal trade or treaty was established. Envoys from the Pack promised to return in the future to check on their progress.

Tagan (Windhorn 2611)

One of three rift worlds in the subsector, Tagan lies four parsecs from its closest neighbor, Igodosakfell (3013). Tagan's temperature climate made it ideally suited for agriculture. In essence, it's been the breadbasket (or "cattle ranch" considering the vargr diet) for the industrialized world of Igodosakfell for centuries.

The world remained independent during the formation of the Tsougak Trade Federation due to the isolationist tendencies of its populace. It proved to be a wise choice when the the 17th Disjuncture annexed the trade federation. When Virus overran the pillaging polity, Tagan, who remained on its neighbors' good sides, received ample warning and sealed itself off from the worlds of the Tsougak Main.

Years later, an expedition reconnected with Igodosakfell. Realizing that their sacrifice shielded Tagan from catastrophe, the Tagans sent as much aid as possible to the Igodosakfellians and guided them in their rebuilding efforts. Refugees have boosted Tagan's population, however the world remains a net exporter of food and other agricultural products.

Despite Igodosakfell's recovery, Tagan remains the capital of the Tagan Pack. The world is revered by others in the Pack for the lifeline it extended to them. The leadership on Tagan has been careful not to abuse this loyalty, putting the needs of the Pack ahead of its own ambitions.

Oudhoegzen (Windhorn 2815)

The Corsairs of Oudhoegzen primarily made their living attacking lawbreakers: belters mining without permits (Oudhoegzen has three asteroid belts), illegal exports, smugglers, etc. And they weren't above acting as mercenaries or raiding large corporations on occasion. They tended to leave the little guys alone, provided they stayed within the local laws. "Bullies with a code of ethics" was how one politician described them.

They ignored the general recruitment notice of the 17th Disjuncture, finding their methods unsavory. In turn, the Corsairs of Oudhoegzen chose to raid the Disjuncture's worlds instead. While the Disjuncture could've crushed them if they'd brought their military might to bear, they were too consumed with their mission to be bothered.

Not joining in the fray saved Oudhoegzen. The corsairs heard through their connections about poisoned booty and went into retirement while the rest of the sector burned.

Years later the Corsairs of Oudhoegzen resurfaced and ventured back into the subsector. They've held their world together by scavenging the ruined worlds for the parts people have needed and selling it to them for a reasonable price.

When the Tagan Pack reached out to Oudhoegzen, the world joined in despite the "nay" vote of the Corsairs who preferred to be left out of political entanglements. While the Corsairs abide by the Pack's few rules, they are not above finding ways to provide for Oudhoegzen and earning a profit along the way.

Unarsukhgnargvo (Windhorn 2919)

One of the less successful members of the Tsougak Trade Federation. The generally tropical climate didn't attract many settlers, perhaps due to the frequent fierce cyclones (or the sand fleas). The humans that settled here didn't seem to mind.

With no central government, few local laws, and no major industry to exploit, the 17th Disjuncture ignored the world and took its indoctrination efforts elsewhere. The official word was that the world's culture was considered acceptable as is.

The world was attacked by a few Vakh ships over the decades but managed to survive. The system's four gas giants proved more convenient a refuelling source than descending into the gravity well. The threat rallied the population to organize itself to an extent. Rather than going their separate ways, groups coordinated their efforts with others. The end result was that most of their technological base was preserved along with their starport, albeit in diminished capacity.

The world was contacted by the Tagan Pack in 1202. Unbeknownst to them, the revived Tsougak Trade Federation had already been there.

Igodosakfell (Windhorn 3013)

Before the latest Imperial Civil War, Igodosakfell served as an industrial powerhouse for pre-stellar tech manufactured goods. It anchored the coreward end of the former Tsougak Trade Federation, but refused to stop trading with its rift neighbor, Tagan, an agricultural world. Theirs was an obvious sybiotic relationship. When the trade federation was annexed by the 17th Disjuncture, it did not budge from this policy, despite assurances that other worlds could pick up the slack.

When word of Virus reached Igodosakfell, it sent a courier to Tagan to warn its neighbor and insisted they seal themselves off from any further traffic. This self-sacrifice would later be greatly rewarded by the people of Tagan.

In the interim, Igodosakfell suffered repeated attacks from Virus, seeking to exploit its industrial base and A starport to manufacture starships and robots to further its own ends. However, Igodosakfell's tech level fell just short of what Virus needed to thrive. Unable to maintain its hold, Virus-infected ships, or Vakhs, opted to bombard the world in punishment.

Once the Vakhs realized Igodosakfell wasn't worth their time, they took their wrath elsewhere. Unfortunately Igodosakfell's suffering wasn't over. Primarily dependent upon agricultural imports, their farming community was woefully inadequate to meet the world's needs. Famine ensued, quickly followed by civil and international warfare. All told, over 800 million people died.

Out of one of the larger nations came a leader named Kaelthaen. Through many trials and tribulations, he united several nations who preferred a non-violent means of survival. His message spread, and though his alliance had to resort to violence for self-defense, he won over a majority of the world's population. Those that disagreed with his policies went their own way, peacefully. By the time the Tagans arrived Igodosakfell was ready to re-build. And Kaelthaen even recruited his critics to take part, saying, "The Tagans are here for all of us, not just my packmates."

Working with Tagan engineers and scientists, Igodosakfell, which had fallen to TL-7, recovered and surpassed its pre-Collapse status. Now the world functions at TL-11, with a newly constructed naval base for defending the Pack. Resources are now being invested into rebuilding the starport to "A" class.

Kaelthaen resigned his national presidency to devote himself fulltime to being Igodosakfell's Urrkhoerrol ("the wolf that united us"). Although Igodosakfell has surpassed Tagan in strength, Kaelthaen has not dropped his allegiance to Tagan's President Aedzueras. It's a feeling of mutual admiration, which the Pack's population finds highly admirable. Looking forward, Kaelthaen is getting on in years and they have taken a toll on him. Pundits estimate that he'll have the strength for only another four to six years before he'll need to step aside. As the Urrkhoerrol is a new position that arose organically, there is no established path or precedent for finding a successor.

Ourrgkhuzugh (Windhorn 3017)

Ourrgkhuzugh was a rock whose principle exports were ores mined from its surface and the asteroid belt. The corsair band, Ngidazerrzaghz, made their home here. While they never raided ships carrying exports, they felt that they were entitled to first pick of the imports. As they also acted as the system's defense force, there wasn't a whole lot anyone could do about it. The Ngidazerrzaghz didn't abuse this power, but they lived well.

A Tagan Pack recon expedition learned that greed eventually got the better of them. Infected merchandise was brought to their base where it quickly took hold and snuffed them and Ourrgkhuzugh City out by exposing the inhabitants to vacuum. Bodies in vacc suits were found but they died of puncture wounds from various implements.

The Tagan Pack Security Force considers Ourrgkhuzugh to still be contaminated and recommends that all citizens avoid the system.

Tsougak (Windhorn 3020)

Tsougak was the capital of the Tsougak Trade Federation before it was forced to join the 17th Disjuncture or be invaded. While the world was balkanized and didn't have one true leader, the nations of the world could certainly agree upon the benefits of free trade and acted accordingly.

The world was pleasant, albeit warm, with a balanced mix of agriculture and manufacturing. Leadership changes were always peaceful; transitions non-violent. While many believed that resisting the Disjuncture was the right thing to do, it was decided that war was bad for business and there was no certainty that they would prevail. They acquiesced and advised the rest of the trade federation to do the same.

At first, it was business as usual under Disjuncture rule. Within a year, most of the naval base's warships were confiscated for the state's campaign against the Imperium and neighboring states that weren't on board with their philosophy. Over time, the Disjuncture took an increasing share of the goods manufactured and food grown on Tsougak and the Federation's former worlds. When Tsougak's leaders united in opposition to the strenuous demands put upon them, a military governor was appointed to Tsougak to ensure that they met their quotas. Those that resisted were executed.

On their initial foray up the Tsougak Main, Vakh ships encountered stiff resistance from Disjuncture forces in the Tsougak system. Victory proved pyrrhic, however, as most of the remaining vessels were destroyed. An overconfident rear admiral marshalled every available ship that was still jump-capable and set a course back down the Main to "take the fight to the enemy." Neither he, nor any of the ships ever returned.

Left to defend itself with a naval base that only had a few ships—none of which were in top shape—Tsougak struggled to fight back with each encounter. A war of attrition was fought over time. The starport was lost along with orbital cities, the shipyard was destroyed, and the naval base ran out of ships. Fortunately, the frequency of attacks diminished and Tsougak was able to hold onto a handful of small ships.

A year after the last Disjuncture fleet departed, there was a coup led by Faegllidzae, a general in the local defense forces. It was followed by a violent purge of all Disjuncture officials, and they were all summarily executed. With justice done, Tsougak began to rebuild with Faegllidzae leading the way. Those states with spaceflight capability patrolled the reaches of their star system and made sure it was free of Vakh. Some of the more intrepid states insisted that the only way to be truly secure was to explore beyond their own system, perhaps find some salvageable ships in other systems. The Tsougak Trade Federation was re-started in hopes of rebuilding the old trade network. Initial forays were down the Tsougak Main into Sunggoe subsector. Having exhausted that jump-1 route, the TTF is now exploring up the Main, towards the Tagan Pack.

Gvunaeknun (Windhorn 3115)

Despite it's cold temperatures (-25°C avg temp), Gvunaeknun is technically habitable. The world's sole continent lies along the equator where the ocean remains ice free year round. While the polar latitudes are covered in ice, an abundance of cold-tolerant life abounds beneath. The few brave souls that resided year before the Collapse made their living preparing a regionally popular variation of sushi, introduced by the local human population.

Before the Collapse, Gvunaeknun served primarily as a refuelling station for ships passing back and forth to Igodosakfell. With four gas giants in-system, many ships opted for wilderness refuelling instead of hitting the starport. Luckily for the inhabitants, Virus followed a similar pattern. With the starport deliberately taken offline and the locals' insignificant EM signature, it wasn't difficult to hide. When a Tagan recon patrol made contact, they found the world's infrastructure intact. Those refugees willing to brave the cold resettled here and have accepted the ways of the natives, who welcomed them with open parka-clad arms.

Loudzaedze (Windhorn 3116)

Loudzaedze is in the midst of its 8.5 (Imperial standard) year spring. The ice retreats upon the world ocean and the island dwelling inhabitants return to harvesting the sea. The influx of refugees has boosted returns from fishing boats and archipelago farms.

The Collapse claimed the orbital starport but the downport was spared. Like Gvunaeknun, Virus turned a blind eye toward Loudzaedze and plowed on up the line to Igodosakfell. Once the latter proved to be a bust, Vakhs skipped the coreward end of the Tsougak Main and sought easier targets elsewhere.

Llaedh (Windhorn 3117)

Llaedh is a beautiful world with a temperate climate that runs a little on the chilly side in the polar latitudes. Its distance from its sun makes for long seasons, giving farmers enough time for a proper harvest.

A rigid, impersonal bureaucracy, a holdover from the First Imperium, has always maintained a glacial attitude towards change. The vargr that have settled here see this as a plus, prefering stability over the more chaotic nature of their brethren.

Amazingly enough, this staid approach proved to be a correct one when faced with Virus. Lacking any useful infrastructure, the system was bypassed. A rationing of parts and supplies kept the downport functional, albeit at a reduced capacity.

Since being contacted by the Tagan Pack, the populace has grown restless. They see what their neighbors are trying to accomplish and wish to do the same. The government, in an effort to retain control, has relaxed many restrictions but still maintains tight immigration quotas. The Llaedh leadership may be forced to change their policies to reflect the times or find themselves confronting more drastic calls for change than they can handle.

Guekha (Windhorn 3119)

With an average temperature of -40°C, Guekha was already an inhospitable place. Its atmosphere is a mix of nitrogen, methane and a surprisingly large percentage of Argon (11%). The world's oceans are covered in a 35-meter layer of ice. Life is known to exist at depth but it has not been properly studied.

The world made its living selling mining rights to its asteroid belt and the odd lot of compressed Argon. When word of Virus reached Guekha, the citizenry opted to abandon the world and resettle on Gvunaeknun. The starport was destroyed to prevent it from being infected by Virus.

Korstsouth (Windhorn 3120)

Largely ignored for millennia, due to perceived limited economic opportunities, Korstsouth branched out from fishing when geologists discovered that the sulfur taint in the atmosphere was due to undersea volcanoes. Deep sea mining isn't the easiest of jobs, but it appeals to some. Island chain was pitted against island chain as each sought to exploit the newly realized mineral wealth. Conflict often broke out over disputed areas.

This enmity proved to be disastrous when Vakh ships came upon Korstsouth. Vakh ships overran the naval base, destroying those that resisted infection (The locals still avoid it for fear that something may still be lurking there). They then turned their attention to the world below. One island nation after another was bombarded into ruin while the surrounding islands looked on with the attitude, "Better them than us." But their stay of execution was short-lived. In the end, their refusal to work together resulted in the loss of roughly 92% of the population.

While the surviving island nations have maintained their sovereignity, there are now mutual defense pacts and treaties of cooperation. The ruins of the starport have been cleared of debris. While it isn't functional, starships can land. When scouts from the revived Tsougak Trade Federation arrived, it was understood that a revenue sharing plan would be established to revitalize the starport and other lost infrastructure.

Irkoetae (Windhorn 3217)

Before the Collapse, Irkoetae specialized in fruit production (tropical and desert) and was home to a pharmaceutical research company. High carbon dioxide levels coupled with a very warm climate made for a laid back culture as exhaustion was all too easy. The naval base, located out among the gas giants, utilized the planet for R-n-R.

After the Collapse, the starport fell into disrepair for lack of parts and technical savvy. Virus ignored the mainworld and went straight for the naval base, purging it of its occupants. It is believed to have been the base from which Igodosakfell was attacked for years and is likely to have attacked other worlds in the region. The Tagan Pack was forced to destroy the base in a heated battle after infiltrating it proved impossible. It was the Pack's first major military operation in the Wilds.

Khugz (Windhorn 3218)

Khugz was an unwanted world for centuries after its meager lanthanum deposits were exhausted. The planet's frigid climate, corrosive atmosphere (nitrogen, methane, and ammonia), and seas of ammonium hydroxide made operating costs too high. The Khugz corsairs, as ruthless as the planet itself, claimed it as their own and established a base beneath the surface in the old mining facility. Few disturbed them there.

With help from the Khugz's former competitors, the Tagan Pack found the base and discovered that it had been exposed to the elements. Suspecting Virus was the culprit, the Pack recon mission departed without extracting any ships or equipment.

The Tagan Pack Security Force considers Khugz to still be contaminated and recommends that all citizens avoid the system.