THE SOLARIS SPACE STATION
RPG Universe Backstory
February 22, 2016
Location; Solaris system, Alpha Quadrant
The Solaris Star System
The Solaris system is an inhabited star system in the Alpha Quadrant, many hundreds of lightyears from the Sol system. It consists of a single primary star, five planets, several moons, and an extensive asteroid belt. It is located in a little-explored area of Federation space near the mysterious and dangerous Briar Patch Nebula. The Breen Confederacy and Cardassian Union are the closest rival powers, both several hundred lightyears distant.
The Solaris sun is a single star, spectral class K9V, which makes it slightly oranger and cooler than Earth’s sun. It has extremely unusual radiation bands with many metaphasic properties that are barely understood at present.
The first planet, named Fae’via, is home to a unique indigenous species, and there is a Federation facility, named Solaris Space Station, in orbit of the star itself.
Thirty years ago, the Dytalix Mining Corporation survey ship DMC Proxima was scouting the surrounding sectors for new minable resources. While skirting the edges of the nearby Briar Patch, they came across a small planet in a very unusual star system. The bizarre solar radiation emitted from the system’s primary severely interfered with their equipment, preventing close approach, long-range scans suggested that the first planet in the system was inhabited.
The information regarding the unusual radiation and life signs was forwarded as a diplomatic courtesy to Starfleet Command. The USS Pegasus, an Oberth class science vessel, was dispatched to investigate. In the field report by Captain Earlville it quickly became clear the unknown solar radiation would prevent any serious exploration of the system until special equipment and shielding was developed, Both the Daystrom and Felkner Institutes were given grants to begin studies into this natural phenomenon.
While science has barely begun to understand the many strange properties of the system’s radiation fields, the Felkner team did manage to develop some metaphasic shield modulations needed to finally enter the system and land on Solaris I.
What they found was unprecedented in the history of galactic exploration — Solaris I, called “Fae’via” by the natives, was a storybook eden filled with beings and creatures straight out of fairy tales. The native Fae’vians are tiny, winged sprites with the power of unaided flight. First Contact was actually initiated by the Fae’vians themselves, who seemed to somehow magically know the instant the landing parties touched down. They also spoke perfect English, despite never having met Earthpeople before.
The Fae’vians welcomed the Federation explorers with enthusiasm, and in the years since that first meeting, several of the tiny people have joined Starfleet or serve on other Federation starships. Most recently the USS Firefly, a miniature-sized Fae’vian starship, has been built to accommodate the wee folk.
Solaris System Data
Solaris Space Station
I – Fae’via
II – Raxon
III – The eye of Telak (a large gas giant with a storm similar to jupiter)
IV – Ticororia
V – Ii’unter
Solaris Space Station
The orbital facility known as Solaris Space Station is a small privately-funded civilian outpost jointly operated by several Federation scientific institutes, including the Daystrom and Felkner Institutes, the Gillian Taylor Oceanographic Institute, and Starfleet Science Command. It services several starships routinely, both Starfleet and otherwise, and is an open port to all friendly or neutral powers. Its main purpose is to further study the unusual radiation of the Solaris sun and the surrounding Briar Patch Nebula, as well as to maintain open contact with the native people of Fae’via.
Solaris I – Fae’via
Solaris I, known as Fae’via to the indigenous people, is a perfect example of a Class-M planet, and then some. A mild planet-wide climate, a land/water ratio of 1:3, a thick atmosphere, the biosphere is a natural eden. There exists an unclear interaction between the Briar Patch radiation, the Solaris sun radiation, and the planet’s own magnetic fields which makes Fae’via a truly magical world. The diminutive Faevians have the power of flight granted by their wings and the thick atmosphere, they have displayed significant Esper abilities. Starfleet maintains only minimal non invasive presence on the planet itself and since contact many Fae’vians have chosen to join Starfleet.
Solaris II – Class D Raxon,
A rocky grey world rich in mineral salts
Solaris III – Class J The eye of Telak
(a large gas giant with a storm similar to jupiter) ~some fav’ian mythology perhaps??
Solaris IV – Class H Ticororia
Shrouded in a thick layer of cloud this dead world is suffering an extreme greenhouse effect minimal studies have been done as to what its surface is like.
Solaris V – Class K Ii’unter (Eye-oun-ter)
An uninhabited ice world that could be adaptable with pressure domes
Asteroid Belt – in recent years being mined by the Dytalix Mining Corporation who in a novel approach hollow out the rocks and use them to shield from the star’s radiation
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