Feb 3

Loremakers Guide to the Galaxy: Davien System

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Loremakers Guide to the Galaxy: Davien System was originally a segment in Around the ‘Verse Episode 2.35

Welcome everyone, my name is Adam Wieser and I will be your host this week for another installment of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For those unfamiliar this is a show where a member of the lore team sits down and walks you through a specific star system, tells you a bit of the history, some of the stories that have occurred there, some of the science and other little tidbits about it. So, you can kind of get educated on the entire galaxy that you’ll be exploring in the PU and enjoying in Squadron 42.

So, this week we’re going to go to an extremely important system for many reasons. A lot of them being historical and some just on its mere placement. It is one of only two systems that is directly connected to the Sol System. So, as we look here on the map where we are starting we’re on Earth, it’s one of the systems we can just even pitch up here a little bit and there you see the jump point that will lead us to it. So today we are going to go and visit the Davien System. Alright, so we’re going to back out here.

As you can see besides Croshaw, Davien is one of only two systems that is directly connected to Sol, because of this the Davien System is notoriously, has notoriously difficult customs standards. Just because not only is it one of the gateways to humanity’s home world, it also lays on a very important and strategic trade route that connects Sol and Terra. So, Sol and Terra, I believe is like a five-jump journey which must go through, which goes through the Davien system as kind of one of the quickest ways to get there.

So, let’s zoom on in and take a bit of a closer look of this system. It’s a four-planet system with a K-type main sequence star at the center. Now a K-type main sequence stars are kind of like a yellowish-orangish in color and they normally have an average surface temperature of around 5,316 degrees Kelvin. Just for a point of reference the sun at the heart of our system sits at 5,778 degrees Kelvin on average, so it’s just a little bit cooler than what you would see in the Sol System.

Now Davien was first discovered in 2430 by Wendell Dopse who very smartly named the system after his father-in-law. It’s got a four-planet system and I think the best way to actually break it down and explore it is to actually work it backwards, so we are going to start out here at the Davien IV. Let’s zoom right on in and Davien IV is an ice giant that is renowned for having a very picturesque and beautiful atmosphere, yet the most interesting thing about Davien IV is what is in orbit around it, and that is the Banu Friendship Museum.

Now this is important and even though the museum is hardly ever visited and seems to presently be on the chopping block when it comes to government funding. It’s still there and still a very important part of UEE history, because it was in the outer reaches of the Davien System that humanity contacted the first aliens in their history.

It was out here in 2438 that Vernon Tar, an explorer, was searching the outer reaches for potential jump points. While doing this, he spotted a strange ship kind of following him, and just out of instinct figuring that this was somebody trying to jump one of his potential claims, he shot at that ship. Luckily for all parties involved he missed. And the pilot of that ship was a Banu who humanity would come to know and love and call Jerry who was piloting a Banu Merchantman. Jerry was just as surprised as Wendell was that there was a new race out there, and it turned into a meeting even though it started with shots fired across the bow.

After the authorities were contacted the UNE sent out a General Neal Socolovich to come and deal directly with Jerry and then the Banu delegation that was dispatched to the system shortly thereafter. Once humanity and the Banu were able to figure out how to communicate together it didn’t take long, I think maybe a month or two, before the first interstellar peace and trade accord was signed between humanity and the Banu. When this happened, this generated a lot of buzz within the UNE at the time, not only because there were obviously our first alien friends in the world, but there was also a lot of potential for trade. The Banu are huge traders, so people and corporations flooded to the Davien System in hopes of doing deals with a whole new market.

What was interesting though is that, and humanity did not discover this until years later as we back on out, is that Davien is actually nowhere near the Banu front. As you can see here, here is Davien which is essentially probably we would’ve considered a core human world, but the Banu world, you can see I’m backing out here and we’re not even, we’re not even getting it in the picture. We’ve got Geddon, we’ve got Bacchus here, so it’s still a good deal away from Davien space. It turns out that Jerry, the pilot of the Banu Merchantman, was also a fugitive from a few Banu guilds and had some people after him he did not want to have to deal with. It was because of this he found himself so far away from Banu space. So, even though a lot of people and a lot of corporations flooded this system in the hopes of making new alien friends it was never quite to be, because Davien actually in the grand scheme of things didn’t turn out to be on the edge of the Banu world.

So, let’s go back in and let’s move on closer to Davien III. Now this planet is a terrestrial smog planet with a very dangerous atmosphere filled with acid. So, it’s one of those you don’t want to get too close and humanity never really considered doing much with it, because the acid is supposedly so strong that it can melt ship hulls. So, while you may want to avoid it, there are often reports that crime syndicates in the Davien System use this planet to let’s say dispose of objects, ships, people that maybe they don’t want to be found. So, if you do pass this system be careful not only for its acidic atmosphere but also for the type of people who do spend a lot of time around it.

Now moving on to Davien II this is really the heart and the soul of the Davien System. It’s named Cestulus and the main city that you’ll be able to visit there is called Jata. Now Cestulus was recognized in the early 25th century and has been an important part of the empire ever since then. As I mentioned previously when the Banu were first discovered lots of corporations flooded to the system in hopes that this be a great place to spend time and meet the new alien race. One of those companies which you are all probably very familiar with is Aegis Dynamics, the ship company. Now Aegis was originally a merger between two companies which is Aegis Macro-Computing which was an earth based company and Dynamics Production which was actually based out here in Davien. And when they merged they came together and they put their center of operation right here to be able to access the wider world. So, when you visit Jata you’ll be able to go to the Aegis showroom and see the show floors and see a variety of their ships.

Now Aegis famously were the favorite ships of Ivar Messer, the despot that ruled the UEE for, whose family ruled the UEE for centuries. And because of this they were popular with the military for a handful of centuries, but once the Messers were deposed they quickly fell out of public favor and were almost seen as a symbol of that era. In the subsequent decades and centuries after the Messers went aside a lot of these military ships that Aegis had built trickled down to the secondhand market and became extremely popular in certain civilian circles. Because of this popularity and because of the ship’s performance and the stuff that they could do, Aegis has recently experienced an uptick in kind of a resurgence in popularity now that they have put enough distance between themselves and the Messer Era.

So yeah, going back to the early 26th century when this planet became first recognized, and when we say recognized in lore that means that the planet gets an official name and it also gets voting rights in the Senate, the government senate, and it didn’t take long for Cestulus’ political might to kind of come to bear. In 2525 their senator, Nomi Ral, stepped onto the floor and presented something that would become known as The Common Laws. Now at the time the UPE was struggling with how to govern an ever-expanding empire where there was a diversity of opinions and governments styles and lots of different factors. What the Common Laws proposed was a baseline of rights that any planet that wanted to join the wider government and become a voting member of the senate would need to follow to basically achieve those, achieve that status. After a year of very vigorous debate the Common Laws were passed. This allowed those planets and systems and local governments to basically govern themselves in whatever way they saw fit or that was best suited for their planet as long as they adhered to these common standards. The Common Laws are a very important piece of legislation and are considered one of the cornerstones of the government to this day.

A few years after that happened another incident occurred on Jata, in the city of Jata that would be politically important also. After unifying under the common laws, the UPE decided it was time to unify the currency too and thus the UEC was created. Now not everyone was extremely happy with the fact that there was going to be one unified currency and some even predicted it could lead to economic collapse.

The most vocal opposition actually occurred in rioting on Jata during 2529, now this became known as the Siege of Jata lasted two weeks and actually required the UPE to deploy the military into the system to actually stop the riots. Hundreds were injured, even two police were killed and the UPE military got a lot of flak for it taking so long.

Now one of the interesting reasons why the riots were able to last so long is that Jata unlike many other places on the planet of Cestulus are actually covered by bio domes. Now these bio domes have become the iconic symbol you’ll see when you fly down over the city or when you look up into the sky when you’re visiting Jata. These bio domes are essential because when the UNE basically got bids to have companies terraform this planet, this being the only habitable planet in the Davien system, they awarded the bid to BabCo Geobuilders who were a kind of young terraform company that won the bid not because of their sterling reputation but just because they brought in the lowest bid.

Now at the time that the Geobuilders built the… terraformed the planet, not everything went quite right and it resulted in a very thin atmosphere. It’s still breathable to humans but it’s let’s say more equivalent to trying to live on the top of a Himalayans or the Andes or the Alps, it’s something you could deal with but is not ideal.

So, giant bio domes were built over many areas of the planet as a way to be able to more easily pump oxygen into the areas that humanity was taking over. Again, this happened right on the heels of people trying to come into the system and check out the Banu and all that stuff so the idea of having to spend money to re-terraform the planet just doesn’t make sense and the bio domes was the solution.

Now how this factors into the Siege of Jata is that part of the reason why these riots lasted so long is that protesters had taken control over a series of the air purification units in the city of Jata and the UPE military was concerned that these units could be turned off and possibly not give… help pump enough oxygen into the area or even worse that other chemicals or things could be pumped into the system through these units. So, that was their justification for why the Siege of Jata lasted for two whole weeks.

Moving onto 2545, another extremely important historical event occurred here on Jata and involved the bio domes. At noon on December 15, 2545 a series of strategically placed bombs exploded and actually crumbled the bio domes of Jata down onto the population below, killing hundreds. This was travesty and it was shocking to the entire empire. It was also the first of six bombing campaigns, bombing attacks that terrorized the UPE over the course of the next few months.

Even though nothing was proven at the time there were strong implications based on the materials used in the bomb, that Xi’An terrorists were the ones responsible for it which fed into the burgeoning cold war between humanity and the Xi’An. At the time the high general of the UPE government was one, Ivar Messer, and he proposed something called the Prime Citizen.

Now what this was, it was a referendum that citizens voted on and eventually would pass which would consolidate power of the government under one position, a Prime Citizen, also to become known as Imperator. Prior to that the UPE was governed by triumvirate, which included the high general which at the time was Ivar Messer, a high secretary and high advocate. Messer argued that the triumvirate was as a political system, a political way of governance, it was weak and ineffectual. It was slow to respond to emergencies; all points would seem to be emphasized by the UPE’s inability to track down who was causing these terrorists bombings all around the empire.

Of course, after the Prime Citizen initiative passed Ivar Messer did ascend to the role of Imperator and his family would then go on to tyrannical rule over the coming centuries. It wasn’t until 2806 that a Truth and Reconciliation committee was finally put together to come to terms with the atrocities that happened during the Messer era.

This was after the Messer family had been officially deposed and one of the people who spent time digging through the archives of all the information that was released in the Truth and Reconciliation committee was a researcher and a scholar, a Rhetor based scholar by the name of Sydney Kamarck who was always obsessed the bombing campaigns that had basically led to the Prime Citizen plan being adopted.

Now as she started to dig through details she uncovered some new information which had never been seen before which she published in a book called The Path to the Prime Citizen which became a bestseller and basically implicated Ivar Messer as the orchestrator of these terrorist bombing campaigns.

Now Sydney Kamarck was able to pull this thread through based on evidence she found coming back here to Jata. So, in the days prior to the explosion that collapsed the bio domes, a man by the name of Cyrus Ishitaka was arrested in a SLAM sting in Jata. Later that night he was very quickly and very quietly released from jail without much reason except for one name which could be tied back to an Adam Corr.

Now Sydney Kamarck as a researcher recognized these names because Cyrus Ishitaka and Adam Corr were both soldiers that fought alongside Ivar Messer during the Battle of Idris IV. Adam Corr was an infiltration expert and Cyrus Ishitaka was a demolition expert. She was able to follow the connection through even more thoroughly by noting that Cyrus Ishitaka could be tracked to five out of the six planets in the days prior to the terrorist attacks that occurred there.

Cyrus Ishitaka’s fate is a pretty sad one, he was discovered shot dead in a New York city alley days after the final bombing did occur. Reports of the autopsy around his death were sealed, it was wiped under the rug as a SLAM deal gone wrong but the Truth and Reconciliation council basically released this detail too and it was found that Cyrus Ishitaka actually had trace amounts of Xi’An explosive under his fingernails in the autopsy.

Adam Corr the other member was a complete ghost during this time, during the terrorist campaigns, but he did very fortuitously suddenly surface after Ivar Messer became elected Prime Citizen because Ivar Messer then appointed Adam Corr a prominent role in the UEE military. Now again, while none of this can be definitively proven it is considered by many and is almost public belief at this point that Ivar Messer did orchestrate these bombing campaigns to ascend to the Prime Citizen.

Now another fun little thing about the planet of Cestulus here beside Aegis Dynamics having its main headquarters, it can also be considered the birthplace in a strange way to Apocalypse Arms, the ships weapon manufacturing company. That you should be familiar with already and can fire their guns in Arena Commander and some of the games right now.

So, in 2792, Dalton Colabello who was a construction magnate and a collector of antique military replicas bought this strange crate at an auction at a Davien warehouse. When he got home he opened the crate and inside he found two prototypes of weapons that he’d never seen before. Now Colabello just became obsessed with figuring out the history of these weapons and spent the next few years of his life consulting experts in trying to track down exactly where they came from.

So, it turns out that these weapons were built by a former Aegis engineer by the name of Juliet Maupin. She was put into contact with Linton Messer XI who was the last Messer to rule the UEE. Now Linton Messer understood at that time that the walls were closing in on their dictatorship and he was growing concerned that there might be a rebellion against him. As his way to kind of ensure against that he decided he needed a new line of extremely powerful ship weapons to defend himself in case of this occurrence.

Through some back channels engineer Juliet Maupin was put in contact with him and went off to design these weapons. Now she understood that working with the Messer government in a politically sensitive time could be problematic and because of that she snuck away and did her work in secret using a variety of shell companies to hide what she was doing.

When she finished her prototype, she put them in this case and sent them off to Messer and while they were in transit, the Massacre of Garron occurred, which was the… basically the tipping point which basically deposed Linton Messer and the entire Messer family from control of the UEE. That crate with those two prototypes was then stuck in this Davien warehouse and sat there for decades until Dalton Colabello finally picked it up and bought it.

Now Colabello was able to track Maupin who after the fall of the Messers fled to the Corel system where she worked there and still had relatives and was able to even track down some her old notes and diagrams and plans for these weapons. He has since used those to basically start Apocalypse Arms and sell these weapons to the public. Even bragging that these were weapons intended for the Messers never got to use. To him, this is a success story.

The Messers created these extremely powerful… weapons but were never able to to use them but now you can so that’s who he’s kind of spun his sales pitch, the history behind these weapons.

Finally, just one other personal note I want to add here, I know I’ve been talking about Cestulus a a lot but Cestulus here is, and Jata in particular, is the home to Elroy Cass. Now any of you who read the lore know that Elroy Cass is a frequent guest in the Star Watch post which tracks the star and celebrity culture of 2946 UEE, and Elroy Cass is let’s say is the misfit extraordinaire of the era so far. I like to personally think of him as the Keith Richards of our universe. The one who can out party and outlast and somehow outlive everyone despite doing some of the most hard core things out there. So, just want to tip my cap very slightly to Jata being the home of Elroy Cass the infamous Davien deviant.

One more planet here in the system for you to check out, this is Davien I which is a rocky terrestrial world. Has no minerals on it, has no core, it’s probably best compared to our moon. Yeah, just another little rock circling close to Davien K-type star. So, that concludes this week’s episode to Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’m Adam Wieser this has been the Davien system and I’ll see you Around the ‘Verse.

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