Helios

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Helios
System TypeSingle Star
Size403 AU
Star TypeMain Sequence Dwarf-B
AffiliationUEE
Planets4
Jump Points4
Space Stations1

Helios is the rare place in the settled galaxy where natural beauty can stand directly beside junkyards and military fortifications, with seemingly no overlap.

The star itself is partly to blame for this unusual variety of purposes. Helios is a Helium Strong type B star that produces an unusual astrophysical phenomenon: long bands of non-ionized helium. These bands result in strong magnetic fields in the photosphere, which in turn wreak a peculiar type of havoc with ship sensors: even large capital ships are capable of ‘hiding’ in the star’s EM wake.

Helios’ unusual photosphere also attracts countless scientists from around the Empire who have built a series of platforms close to the star as labs and observation posts. These platforms, moved in by barge and designed for short-duration use, are typically discarded into the sun itself and replaced with new stations as particular project needs change.

Helios’ discovery certainly ranks as one of the livelier origin stories for a system, as it is the only one ever discovered by the Advocacy. An outlaw pack colorfully known as Daybreak Marauders had been prowling Odin system, knocking over convoys from the local mining companies. As quickly and efficiently as the Marauders would attack and rob their prey, they would disappear without a trace. This went on for months. One business, Orion Mining Corporation, lost so much of their cargo that they went into debt hiring merc groups to safely escort their ships out of the system — a debt that would ultimately drive the company into bankruptcy.

The Advocacy finally got involved. They assigned Special Agents Avon Dorville and Gia Trask to hunt down this elusive pack. When the Advocacy agents finally found their quarry, they were stunned to realize that the Daybreak Marauders hadn’t discovered a particularly effective route through the remnants of Odin I, they had discovered a jump point.[1]

The UEE military takes advantage of the star's solar wind phenomenon to shield their exact activities at Hephaestus Station and Helios IV. Recently, the beautiful, oceanic planet of Tangaroa (Helios II) has become a popular tourist destination.

Gravitational Governors

Helios

Helios is a Main Sequence Dwarf-B star.

Planets

Helios I

A barren, coreless world whose proximity to the sun makes its limited resources difficult to access.

Tangaroa : Helios II

Frequent volcanic activity on this large ocean world results in the creation of temporary land masses that are often used as brief recreational sites by visiting watersport enthusiasts. The planet's more permanent residents traditionally live in underwater habitats near the sparse landmasses located at the poles.

Helios III

A large hydrogen-rich gas giant.

Helios IV

Helios IV has been completely reserved for military use by the UEE and houses numerous bases and classified facilities.

Known Jump Points

Jump Gate Type Size Destination
Helios - Goss Medium Goss
Helios - Charon Medium Charon
Helios - Taranis Medium Taranis
Helios - Tyrol Small Tyrol

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