Ellis

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Ellis
System TypeSingle Star
Size101 AU
Star TypeMain Sequence-Dwarf-F
Asteroid Belts1
AffiliationUEE
Planets13
Jump Points5
Space Stations1

If speed could, paradoxically, be represented by a fixed point in space, then that point is unquestionably the Ellis System. Home of the Murray Cup, the most famous racing event in the galaxy, Ellis is a star system that plays off its reputation to any tourists or other visitors who pass within a light-year of the outer worlds. Despite this, Ellis is actually a very interesting star system on its own merits: from hordes of indigenous life forms that are unlike anything present anywhere else in known space, to an economy based on something other than ship part construction, to the sheer number and variety of planets present in the system, Ellis is worth at least one voyage.

Cosmologically, Ellis is an F3V Yellow star with an especially thick green band, allowing an unusually high amount of human habitation. The system is located in a highly developed region of UEE space with strong jump ties to Nexus and Kilian. Politically, it is a corporate owned star system, although this is more trivia than an actual issue of governance. Despite its association with space racing, Ellis has never been a manufacturing powerhouse; instead, it exports unrefined minerals and seafood to other populated systems in the local star cluster.[1]

This thirteen-planet system contains a wide habitable zone thanks to its F-type main sequence star. Ellis is mostly known as the home of the UEE's most famous race, the Murray Cup. What began as a way to kill time during the terraforming process has become big business; fuelling the economy for the three terraformed planets -- Green (Ellis III), Kampos (Ellis IV), and Noble (Ellis V). Ellis' eleventh planet recently collided with its moon, leaving an asteroid belt in the former orbital path.

Gravitational Governor

Ellis

Ellis is a Main Sequence Dwarf-F star.

Planets

Ellis I

This protoplanet is a scorched, barren ball of rock and bubbling magma due to its extreme proximity to the star. While the possibility exists that there are major deposits of minerals on the planet, mining them would be far too risky.

Ellis II

Ellis II's large size, proximity to its sun, and surprisingly thick atmosphere have left its entire surface a massive desert, marked with strange swirls and ridges created by frequent massive storms on the planet's surface.

Green : Ellis III

The vast oceanic world is mostly known as the primary resort destination for racegoers who enjoy Green's high-end mega-resorts. In an effort to protect the elaborate underwater reefs, ships landing on the planet are directed towards specific landing zones.

Kampos : Ellis IV

Named after the large sea creatures that once stalked its deep oceans, Kampos was the first world settled and continues to boast the highest population center in the system.

Noble : Ellis V

The emerald jewel of the system, Noble is known for the vast stretches of woodland, evoking many comparisons to an undeveloped Earth. The local Governers Council has made sustaining the planet's natural beauty a priority.

Ellis VI

A terrestrial planet located just outside the system's green band. Although the planet is technically uninhabited, Ellis VI has been used to conduct studies about human habitation.

Ellis VII

A corrosive and poisonous atmosphere covers this planet making it impossible to terraform or even land on.

Ellis VIII

The smallest planet in the system, Ellis VIII boasts a micro atmosphere and little else.

Walleye : Ellis IX

Nicknamed Walleye by long-distance haulers, Ellis IX is a swirling gas giant that intermittently suffers from massive storms visible from space.

Bombora : Ellis X

The second gas giant in the Ellis system, Ellis X features a consistently turbulent atmosphere. It was this chaotic nature that led to its local nickname of Bombora.

Ellis XI (Destroyed)

Ellis XI recently suffered a cataclysmic collision with one of its moons. Astrophysicists speculate that the planet will continue to splinter and ultimately form a new asteroid belt.

Judecca : Ellis XII

A ball of ice, Ellis XII (also known as Judecca) is occasionally used for ice-mining expeditions.

Pinecone : Ellis XIII

Though techincally not a planet, Ellis XIII is considered a local mascot. This protoplanet's unique shape has given it the nickname Pinecone.

Asteroid Belts

Apart from the remains of Ellis XI, the Ellis system contains one asteroid belt. Belt Alpha is located between Bombora and Ellis XI.

Known Jump Points

Jump Gate Type Size Destination
Ellis - Magnus Large Magnus
Ellis - Nexus Large Nexus
Ellis - Kilian Large Kilian
Ellis - Taranis Medium Taranis
Ellis - Min Small Min

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