- 1 Discovery
- 2 Settlement
- 3 System Maps
- 4 Planets
- 5 Other System Features
- 6 Travel Warning
- 7 Major Events in Croshaw History
- 8 Heard in the Wind
- 9 Noted Personalities in Croshaw
- 10 See Also
The Jump that Changed the Course of Humanity
In 2271, after ten years investigating a space anomaly in the Sol System, scientist and explorer Nick Croshaw made history when he became the first known Human to traverse a jump point and enter a new star system. As a tribute to his monumental accomplishments, the system he discovered would come to bear his name.
It was a turbulent and contentious hundred years between Croshaw’s discovery and when a planet in Croshaw was terraformed. Lacking an organization to oversee expansion into the system created a plethora of issues. Humans had figured out a way to reach the stars, but were still struggling with how to inhabit them.
At first, a number of private and state-owned terraforming companies raced into Croshaw to lay claim to its planets. None of them succeeded. Each company had failed to calculate exactly how expensive it would be to continually transport supplies to maintain their operations. It was obvious that an organized Human response was needed, but, instead of focusing on a solution, countries and corporations squabbled over how land rights and mineral resources should be divided once terraforming was complete.
At the same time, there was still a good deal of fear about inter-system travel. Many people who entered the jump point between Croshaw and Sol vanished. With jump drive technology still in its infancy, ships had to be manually piloted between the two systems. Out of this, a new breed of pilot was born. Nicknamed “Jumpers,” these pilots sold themselves as the only reliable way to get between the two systems, and charged handsomely for their services. It was only after auto-piloted jump drives became widely accessible that “Jumpers” changed their focus to discovering new jump points, making them the forefathers of the “NavJumpers” that still exist today.
Amidst all the chaos and confusion, a committee appointed by the World Summit, a gathering of Earth’s leaders, finally took control of expansion into the Croshaw System. The committee organized the linking of resources from various countries and companies to tackle the terraforming of Croshaw II and Croshaw III, established a lottery to grant land and mineral rights once the process was complete, and, most importantly, figured out how to pay for it all.
The committee’s masterstroke was the Freeman Act, a piece of legislation that helped fund the terraforming of Croshaw while also populating it through the sale of one-way tickets. Not only were people buying passage aboard government-subsidized shuttles, they were guaranteed a place to live on the new planet. Sales were slow at first. While the public had acclimated to the notion of living on another planet, the thought of living in a new system entirely proved to be a truly scary concept. Further assurances eased their fears and gradually got the public excited at the prospect. The influx of ticket sales kept the committee’s terraforming fund solvent and created an entire class of people who counted down the days until they could start a new life in another system as Humanity’s first interstellar settlers.
The committee’s successful stewardship convinced Humanity’s leaders that a cohesive voice and vision was needed to aid our ascension out to the stars. In 2380, the World Summit ended with a historic announcement that created the United Nations of Earth (UNE). Humanity had realized that to succeed in the stars, we had to stop thinking of ourselves as many and start seeing ourselves as one.
This is a planet known for its colorful yellow and orange clouds. What makes this tiny planet beautiful also makes it deadly, since the dense atmosphere is highly corrosive and toxic.
Croshaw II: Angeli
Angeli’s natural beauty is as much of a marvel today as it was when it was first discovered. The planet’s biosphere is reminiscent of Earth’s, featuring massive bodies of water and large expanses of land dotted by mountain ranges.
Angeli’s natural beauty does not come without its dangers. Geologists continue to classify the planet as a severe seismic hazard. Strict engineering codes require buildings on the planet to have extremely thick foundations and tuned mass dampers to counteract earthquakes. Even if most of the native population is apathetic about the big one, most scientist believe it is not a question of if a large earthquake will happen, but when. Due to this seismic instability, mining is severely restricted on Angeli.
Connoisseurs of fine food and spirits consider Angeli a must-stop destination. The eclectic mix of Earth’s cultures and classes during the planet’s early days created a unique cuisine. Angeli’s trademark dish is boumbo, a thick stew usually featuring either meat or seafood.
Considered a sign of true luxury, Angeli produces some of the ’verse’s most expensive whiskeys. Distilled and barreled on Earth, they are then sent to Angeli, preferably in a depressurized compartment, to complete the aging process. Bottles of Angeli whiskey sold on Earth are stamped with a special ‘round trip’ label signifying its long journey. Aficionados claim that Angeli’s light, temperature and air gives its whiskey a distinct and complex taste profile. Special facilities have been built just to store the barrels and best control their exposure to those elements. One such facility even needed to be soundproofed after neighbors complained of the loud music being blasted by the owners, who believed the vibrations helped optimize the whiskey’s time in the barrel.
Representing Angeli in the UEE Senate is Universalist Party Senator Kyle Polo, who, in 2945, created the budget plan known as the "Polo Initiative." It is a plan that cuts funding for the military and other programs deemed "excessive." As of 2946, support for the Polo Initiative has been scant and, since the Vega attack, has further waned.
Landing Zone: Quinton
Croshaw III: Vann
Vann is far from an ideal planet for Human habitation. Located on the outer edge of Croshaw’s habitable zone, the planet is mostly frozen over and permanently cold. Yet since mining was restricted on Angeli, terraforming Vann became essential to create a source of commodities in the system.
As the Empire expanded, many residents left Vann for greener pastures. Jele City remains the planet’s most populated city, though its most prosperous days are considered long past. All things considered, it still does brisk business as an affordable tourist destination for winter sport enthusiasts.
Vann’s night skies, known for its beautiful auroras, feature a stunning curtain of colors, the result of strong solar activity reacting with the planet’s magnetosphere. Inspired by the phenomenon, a burgeoning artistic culture has made a name for itself on Vann. Many artists have set up studios in large, long-abandoned buildings. Some bought the real estate cheap, while others are simply squatting. The self-proclaimed “SpartVann” style features a minimalist aesthetic and prominent use of colors displayed in the aurora.
Planetary analysis indicates that Croshaw IV was formerly a super-Earth that lost its atmosphere. Anything of value was picked off this dead world long ago. After its resources were exhausted, locals stopped using the planet’s colloquial name and it subsequently faded from memory — a good indicator of exactly how much Croshaw IV has left to offer.
Other System Features
Note: Initially, the Galactic Guide states that Croshaw has an asteroid belt (Icarus) inside the orbit of Croshaw I, but the ARK Starmap now shows two asteroid clusters positioned at Trojan points in the orbit of Croshaw IV. Since the ARK Starmap post-dates the Galactic Guide, one should probably assume that the Starmap's information is correct.
Known Jump Points
Before setting out to enjoy Vann’s beautiful auroras, please make sure to wear gear that is safety-rated for extreme cold. With nighttime temperatures regularly reaching -50° Celsius, frostbite is the least of your concerns.
Major Events in Croshaw History
In the Official Canon
Between 2662 and 2675 and then again from 2789 to 2812 the Murray Cup race was "taken on the road" and held in a different system each year to provide new challenges to competitors. Sadly, a tragic accident in 2812 in which an out of control racing ship collided with and destroyed the Croshaw System Governor's yacht caused enough outrage to put an end to the travelling days of the Murray Cup.
Revolt against Imperator Messer X: In 2781, Imperator Ulysses Messer along with his two children attended the unveiling of the Khanos Stadium on Angeli. This stadium, built at great expense and paid for with crushing taxes on the local population, was to be the culmination of a ten-year building project that Messer believed to be a fitting final legacy.
Unbeknownst to Messer X, his son, Linton, and daughter, Fiona, had been conspiring with a combination of UEE officials, military officers, and anti Messer activist groups to bring about a coup against their father. Their conspiracy was to pay off at the unveiling. A series of bombs were affixed to the foundations of the stadium by anti-Messer rebels led by Fiona. When the Imperator arrived for the unveiling, the bombs were detonated and the whole structure came crumbling down, killing thousands of locals who had been forced to attend the event. When the Advocacy, whose loyalty to the Imperator remained firm, began to take steps to protect Messer, the military forces loyal to Linton swept in and engaged them. Messer fled to a high office tower where, realizing that his own son had betrayed him and that escape was impossible, he took his own life.
The aftermath of the coup saw Linton ordering the arrest and execution of the anti-Messer activists who had aided him in his rise to power. Though this event would ultimately be seen as the beginning of the end" for the Messers, The UEE would still have eleven more years of terror under the newly-empowered Imperator Messer XI before the Great Revolution of 2792.
Non-canon fan contributions:
(By Matt Fossa) Creation of CroNet in 2446: With communication across a wide expanse of space needing to be ever faster and more efficient, the challenge has been to keep light speed transmissions as clear as possible. One conglomerate managed to create a standard-setting communication infrastructure that could reach from the inner planets all the way into the outer system with near perfect clarity. CroNet, now celebrating its 500th anniversary, still enjoys its special status as one of the highest quailty in-system communication networks in the Empire, perhaps second only to Sol in terms of transmission quality over extreme distances.
Heard in the Wind
“Though we might not know exactly what makes Angeli-aged whiskeys stand out, it is easy to distinguish what makes them so special. Their rich and dignified flavors excite the palette but never overpower it. It is almost as if their flavors were granted a crisp subtlety with age that has yet to be achieved anywhere else in the ’verse.” – David Kurtz, A Beginner’s Guide to Angeli-Aged Whiskey, 2912
Noted Personalities in Croshaw
- Senator Kyle Polo
- Senator-Elect Sean Debinavi
- Senator Rachel Lester
- Renly Sig, Owner of Tug's Court.
- Mitchell Sloan, Host of "The Gateway Report," an independent local news program
Primary Source: Comm-Link - Croshaw System - Galactic Guide