Daymar Rally

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The Daymar Rally is an "underground" vehicle race held on Daymar every Standard Earth Year[1]. The race itself consists of hundreds of participants racing, bouncing, shooting, and rushing to be the first to travel 510 kilometers through three separate outposts.

The Race

Every year citizens flock to the Crusader moon of Daymar in the Stanton System to participate or spectate ‘the filthiest race in the galaxy’.

Daymar is a dusty and dirty environment, almost purpose-built by the gods, for what seems its rightful place as the home of Rally. It is 100% covered in dirt, dust, and rock and is ideal for the toughest test of humanoid endurance.[2]

Rules

  • Three divisions: BUGGY (Cyclone), TRUCK (Ursa/Spartan) or BIKE (Dragonfly/Nox/X1)
  • Maximum two drivers and two support pilots per team
  • Vehicle weapons allowed after three minutes
  • One team member from the race vehicle must enter the outpost and see the official to qualify and continue
  • One support spacecraft/aircraft is allowed for refuel, restock, repair and navigation[3]

History

Cyclone RC sliding on Daymar

By 2903, when the UEE finally got around to annexing the Stanton system, Stanton's green belt was home to tens of thousands of squatters, covering all three of its terrestrial planets and quite a few of the smaller bodies, including the moons of what would soon be named Crusader. At that time, Daymar was still uninhabited - it wouldn't be until three years later that Darnell Ajay would build the first permanent settlement.

From that point on, Daymar slowly gained its filthy reputation. The moon was one of the hotter pirate havens by 2912, when Advocacy agent Crista Tamdon was ambushed and killed while chasing a suspect across the plains that now bear her name. In the years since, there has been seen scandal after scandal in the Crusader neighbourhood: Covalex shipping lost their main Stanton hub to an "accident" and chose to move their entire operation rather than investigate fully. Sataball star Jett Barnes was killed when his ship was attacked and apparently shot down near Cellin. Drug trafficking and piracy are commonplace in the rings around Yela. Crusader industries has even gone so far as to admit that their ability to enforce any kind of law in orbit around the giant is pretty near zero.

Racing very nature of being filthy, right down to its earliest roots, makes Daymar the perfect place for racing.

A few even speculate that Norman Eager's massive sculptures on Daymar weren't just visible from orbit as a means of expression. They may have pointed the way towards landing sites for "aspiring entrepreneurs" who pulled ore and machinery from Shubin's nearby SCD-1 mine and hightailed it into the desert for quick pickup.

Norman's artwork has since been consumed by the desert, but the legend remains: It's no coincidence that the Daymar Rally's mad-dash first leg crosses from the mine to Eager Flats. Ever since, the short span has been known as the place where an aspiring driver tests his mettle against brutal sun, relentless terrain, and limited oxygen. If you can't make it through "Hell's Half-Hour", you may as well stay home.

The first years of the Daymar Rally were, not surprisingly, private affairs. A group called "the Daymar Seven" are credited with the first successful run of the official route, in 2917. It wasn't so much of a race as a tour, though - the group wanted to take in the massive art installations close-up, and then added Wolf Point as an added goal, when they learned the site of the historical prank was also relatively nearby. After a few years in relative obscurity, breathtaking shots from those first few trips started to circulate, and it had become something of an event in the span of five years. Even if it wasn't competitive yet, though, those early 'Daymar Rally' experiences were still dangerous - smugglers and outlaws were still taking their chances against Shubin's security, so the whole thing was live-fire before it was even a race.

The first real competition year was 2922, when Nils Lawrence, one of the original "Seven", met with other racing enthusiasts and put together a four-team promotional event --  with the winners gaining the honor of naming the trophy. However, when the first-place team finally arrived after the gruelling, poorly-organised mess, driver Jenny McKay famously spit in the trophy cup and said, "I don't care what you call the thing. Just get me out of here." The quote and later accounts of the 2922 run solidified the Rally's reputation as a nightmare of rocks, dust, and guns -- but in the end it paid off. 11 teams signed up to race the following year, competing for a racing trophy that remains nameless to this day.

From there on, the Daymar Rally roared. McKay's mechanic, Danny Roth, won the next two Daymar Rallies in a row, and three out of the first five. Jenny herself made big news when she finally deigned to return to the route in 2929, after years of denouncing the race as an "amateur hour" whenever she had a chance. To everyone's delight, her triumph was spoiled and her spotlight completely stolen by the Stranger, whose dramatic and fatal victory made headlines across the UEE.

No race is without controversy, though. The late 20's and early 30's were the heyday of the big Rally teams like Ars Celeritas, Clockwork Innovations, MANTIS racing, and Golden Arrow. They were pushing the limits of rover, buggy, and bike tech - and stabbing each other in the back to gain any kind of advantage. Then came 2935, The Race With No Winner. The blame for the disaster fell on everything from corruption in the rally commission, to corporate espionage. In less than two decades, the race had gone from an escape route for smugglers and thieves to a whimsical tour of art installations, then to the inspiring sacrifice of the Stranger, and finally the dark depths of the worst kind of sportsmanship. [4]

External Links

References

  1. Galactapedia: Daymar. Galactapedia. Retrieved 2021/7/20
  2. Daymar Rally rulebook v2
  3. Daymar Rally website
  4. Rocks, dust, and guns- the History of the Daymar Rally
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