Dominated by the Great Rift, Reft Sector is appropriately named. A single 7
parsec route is all there is to allow traffic to cross the rift through this
sector. During the short time between Imperial discovery of the route and
Islands Warfare making travel hazardous, traffic was light. Crossing the gulf
was uneconomical for all but the largest of freighters. Military vessels, who
were more concerned with time than with bank payments, made more use of the
route than civilian ones.
The sector can be divided into 3 parts: spinrift, islands, and trailrift.
Each of these sections, though just a few parsecs apart have led very different histories.
The trailrift portion of the sector was initially settled by the
Loeskalth, a minor human race from Vipach subsector (Gushemege M).
Having received jump technology from the Vlani, the Loeskalth plundered the
area, especially Dlaekan (3134), home to the
another minor human race. The Vlani absorbed the area, and the Tapazmal, after
destroying the Loeskalth around -4300. The Tapazmal fared better during the
Second Imperium as the Solomani were eager to have an ally in the area. The
Tapazmal were allowed to expand and colonize several worlds as a result of
The spinrift portion of the sector was settled by Vlani refugees fleeing Vargr attacks on worlds in Corridor. "Evidence of Vilani presence has been found on multiple worlds in Reft and Trojan Reach. Most finds are dated between -2300 and -1700. Most of the Vilani settlements in Reft died out long before the advent of the Third Imperium." [TD #20]
Unlike the other portions of the sector, the Islands portion was settled by Solomani. Solomani explorers set out from Earth in 3 sub-light craft in 2050 AD (-2471 Imperial). Over 2400 years later, just as the Third Imperium was about to form, they arrived in the Old Islands subsector at New Home (1925), Neubayern (1822), and Amondiage (2325). Further colonization of the Islands cluster continued slowly over the next several hundred years.
The trailrift portion of the sector, although on the fringes, enjoyed the
fruits of being part of Imperial society. Culturally, the worlds were
Ilelish and even joined with them during the Ilelish Revolt.
Permanent habitation of the spinrift portion of the sector began around 300. It has fluctuated from backwater to frontier but has never enjoyed the prosperity of the trailrift portion.
In 980, an Imperial Strike Cruiser misjumped into the Islands cluster at Serendip Belt (1323). The crew of the cruiser got assistance from the locals in repairing their jump drive who, in turn, learned how to make a jump drive. The Serendipians then set about to conquer their neighbors. Several years later, an IISS expedition contacted the area. Upon observing the unfair advantage the Serendipians had as a result of an Imperial misjump, these scouts felt obligated to distribute jumpdrive technology to several other worlds in order to restore the balance of power in the area.
When the Rebellion broke out, the trailrift portion of the sector once again
allied itself to the Federation of Ilelish. This gave Dulinor control over the
trailing portion of the route across the rift. This proved strategic later on in
the war as it prevented Archduke Norris from sending any reinforcements to
Strephon. The Tapazmal eventually became disillusioned with Dulinor and began a
series of guerilla wars to liberate themselves from him and join with Strephon.
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 in Riftspan Reaches & Trojan Reach and began to push their way coreward. The spinrift portion of the sector was in their path and they captured several worlds before being stopped by Archduke Norris' forces.
Meanwhile, just like old Earth, the Islands cluster had split up into several nation-states and went to war with one another in 1106.
The trailrift portion of the sector, like everything else trailing the Great
Rift, was infected by Virus. It is rumored, and quite likely, that several
attempts were made by Vampire Fleets to cross the rift through the Islands
subsectors. The RQS deems the matter classified.
Trojan Reach Sector Duchess, Sharik Arcadia, took over after her predecessor committed suicide in 1119. She initiated counterintelligence operations which caused the united Aslan front to disintegrate. Norris sent reinforcements to help her secure antebellum boundaries. By 1131 the conflict had ended. Aslan occupied worlds in the spinrift portion of Reft sector were absorbed back into the Regency, though the occupying Aslan typically stayed. This has led to conflicts on several worlds between Humans and Aslan.
Disgusted by the Islands petty imperialistic aggressiveness towards one another, and fearing a potential Viral infection vector, Regency forces stormed their way into the cluster in 1140. The region was pacified and has been under military rule by the RQS ever since. Although there were several dead worlds found by the RQS upon their arrival, it was unknown at the time if the cause was Islander warfare or Virus.
CT Adventure 5: Trillion Credit Squadron
DGP's Solomani & Aslan
Travellers' Digest Issue 20
Galactic 2.4 Gushemege Sector writeup by David Burden