Crusader

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Crusader : Stanton II
SystemStanton
TypePlanet
ClassificationGas Giant
HabitableYes
AffiliationUEE
LocationOrbits Stanton (star)
Natural Satellites3
Artificial Satellites4
Landing Zones1

"I find that living in the heavens suits me."

Kanile Yuder, Former CEO, Crusader Industries[1]

Stanton II: Crusader (called “Cl” by the natives) is a low-mass gas giant, that has an atmosphere which is breathable at high altitudes. Taking advantage of this, the planet became home to a military-constructed latticework of inhabitable floating platforms. The platforms proved to be ideal for Crusader Industries, since their large-scale commercial transport ships would otherwise need to be built beyond the atmosphere. Being built in open air allows the cost of these ships to be reduced by almost 40% on the back end, which is often passed along to consumers. Once Crusader Industries took over, these platforms were expanded upon to suit their production needs. The company also built quality housing for their employees in habitats woven into the latticework itself. The portion of the world available to visitors is considered by many to be the nicest port in the system. The shipyards themselves are eerily beautiful, with huge transport ships suspended in mid-atmosphere surrounded by a lighted webbing of Crusader facilities.[2]

Locations in Crusader's orbit/viscinity currently constitute the Mini-PU as of Alpha 2.6. At current the Stanton Star is merely a skybox and the locations do not posess orbits, however Crusader and its moons do rotate.

Landing Zones

Orison

A city in the clouds, Orison offers a breathtaking view of Crusader's commercial shipbuilding platforms.[3]

Natural Satellites

Cellin

Named after the youngest of the three siblings featured in the 24th century children's morality tale, "A Gift for Baba", this moon features over a hundred currently dormant volcanoes that are said to represent Cellin's simmering anger.

Daymar

Named after the middle brother of the three siblings featured in the 24th century children's morality tale, "A Gift for Baba", this is the largest of Crusader's moons. Daymar's slightly eccentric orbit is said to represent his ease at getting lost in the story.

Yela

Named after the oldest of the three siblings featured in the 24th century children's morality tale, "A Gift for Baba", this moon has a water-ice crust said to represent Yela's cool and calculating mannerisms.

Small Objects

Artificial Satellites

Port Olisar

Located in the trade lanes above Crusader, Port Olisar offers a breathtaking view of the planet below. Owned and operated by Crusader Industries, Port Olisar acts as a gateway to the company's vast planetary holdings and orbital shipyards. This is currently the default spawn point in the Mini-PU.

ICC ScanHub Stanton

Part of the Imperial Cartography Center, this research station is categorized as a Deep Space Scanning and AstroGraphical Station, one of the many turn-key facilities the UEE places in systems to casually sweep for jump points. Players likely know it as the workplace of the mission-giver, Junior Cartographer Tessa Bannister.

Cry Astro Services

This station is a franchise of Cry-Astro and provides facilities to restock and refuel a wide variety of ships.

CommArray SCC

These communication stations are positioned around the area to help provide comm coverage. Their functionality or lack thereof is determined by gameplay.

Gallery


Unofficial: Note that these apparently were never approved by Chris Roberts, released instead by concept artist Ken Fairclough as part of his portfolio. Making it unlike most other concept art found. May or may not relate to what Crusader's landing zone finally looks like.


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