No. systems: 98 Sector: Pegasus with 3 inhabited planets: 2 Ruled by: Klaes family, since with 2 inhabited planets: 14 2542 with 1 inhabited planet: 25Arms: On a gold field, a gem-type diamond within a ring, both blue.
Sector: 5, Pegasus Year: 348 days Subsector: D, Sandeman Day: 23 hr 47 min System: Cassell Gravity: 1029 cm/sec2 Settled/established: 2130 CE Axial tilt: 4.75o By: Genetic engineers Oxygen: 20.2% Satellites: 1 (Signet) % water: 72 Ident code prefix: SND Continents: 8; names below Ruled by: See belowGeneral: The main differences from Terra are the higher average temperature and its concomitant, no real arctic areas. Sandeman has eight continents, six of which have been explored fairly thoroughly; the northern one, Erewhon, and about two-thirds of the southerly shield- shaped one, Quivira, are too cold for Sandeman comfort. The others are Camelot, Shangri-La, Arcadia, Eden, Canaan, and Eldorado. Under the Shapers, these were divided into districts, but since Overthrow Day (7 Oct 2316), subdivision has been by clan areas instead; the districts no longer exist.
Another difference is Sandeman time. Both day and year are somewhat shorter than Terra's, but they use the Terran Standard system for record- keeping, which leads to some interesting anomalies, such as the last of the twenty-four hours being only forty-seven minutes long. This means they have approximately 103 hours per Standard year difference, relative to Terra. Their year is also linked to Terra's in a way different from most Imperial worlds', a way permitted by their minimal axial tilt and accompanying barely-noticeable seasons: while their physical year is 348 days, their calendar year is 368 1/4. Because of the shorter day, they add four days (February 29-31 and September 31; April 31 in leap years) so their calendar year ends up quite close to the Standard one.
Sandemans are short and slender, the men averaging 160-165 cm and 62- 67 kilos, the women 2-3 cm and kilos less. Skin tones range from dark tan to dark olive, hair from almost white to not quite light brown, mostly straight though a few have wavy hair, even fewer curly. Eyes are pale-to-medium blue, green, or hazel. Children are born covered in fur resembling a kitten's; it is usually gone by three months of age.
Despite their small stature, Sandemans are stronger and faster than their creators, with greater endurance and higher average intelligence. Between twenty and fifty percent (up from about ten percent under the Shapers) of the males, depending on the clan, are further modified warriors, whose speed, strength and endurance are increased still further.
The basic Sandeman social structure is a two-caste clan, with the upper warrior caste composed of the warriors and warriors'-women, the Other caste being everyone else. Caste may be determined by the clan prefix and often by clothing; the warrior caste usually wears subdued coveralls, the Others brighter clothing.
As a rule, Others marry; warriors and w'women do not, fostering their children with Other families to provide a stable home life. Children mingle freely regardless of caste, until at puberty the young student warriors and w'women move into their rooms in the main clanhome, while Other children remain with their parents until they marry or establish their own homes. Warriors and w'women maintain ties, often close ones, with the families who raised them and will, in many cases, raise their children.
Most traditional Sandeman names are Gaelic, Gaelic-flavored, or Norse-Germanic. There is no naming distinction between the castes other than the clan-prefixes, or between the sexes except that names ending in -a are female; anything else can be either. Nicknames may be proper names shortened to first or last syllable, or an occasional positive- attributive descriptive nickname. Full first names are always proper usage, with 'the warrior' or 'the lady' added when speaking about a warrior or w'woman, and 'warrior' or 'lady' may be used instead of one's name when addressing à.
Ruled by: No. systems: 710 Subsectors: 7 Inhabited planets: 365 A. Shiva E. Selket B. Odin F. Kore C. Osiris G. Tarlac D. Mithra
Ruled by: No. systems: 104 Subsectors: 2 Inhabited planets: 101 A. Asgard B. Olympus
Aquila (10, 3) Eridanus (12, 7) Pegasus (5, 4) Aries (18, 8) Fornax (4, 5) Phoenix (14, 6) Auriga (15, 4) Gemini (11, 3) Scorpio (6, 7) Centaurus (8, 4) Hydra (2, 5) Sculptor (3, 2) Chameleon (20, 4) Indus (17, 4) Traiti (21, 6) Crater (13, 4) Leo (19, 6) Ursa (9, 6) Cygnus (7, 6) Orion (1, 8) Virgo (16, 4)
No. systems: 68 Sector: Scorpio with 3 inhabited planets: 5 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 11 with 1 inhabited planet: 19
No. systems: 64 Sector: Traiti with 3 inhabited planets: 4 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 24
Home port is Shonnar, where its cover mission (and, most of the time, real one) is to interdict that world from contact.
No. systems: 51 Sector: Orion with 3 inhabited planets: 2 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 15
No. systems: 133 Sector: Phoenix with 3 inhabited planets: 1 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 9 with 1 inhabited planet: 22
A major difference between the shaynar and ferrets is the intelligence level. The shaynar have the intelligence of a 3-5 year old child on the average, but of course some are only equal to that of a 2 year old while others are equivalent to a 7-9 year old. They also have a form of telepathy (racial trait) which allows them to communicate with each other and other intelligent species. They do have a form of non-verbal communication that is difficult for non-shaynar to understand, but not impossible to learn if a being is so motivated. With the telepathy they are capable of projecting simple sentences. If they are asked to find or retrieve an object they are intelligent enough to do so, however their attention span is such that if they are sufficiently distracted they will forget their task.
Shaynar are capable of forming close emotional bonds with each other and have complex family groupings that can span several generations. They have a life span of 18-24 years, if they live uneventful lives. They can also form bonds with other species (especially humans).
Another difference between shaynar and ferrets is in the front paws. A shaynar's paws are more like hands and they can grasp items and use small tools. If you had the patience to teach one how to use a set of lockpicks, they'd be perfect thieves... well, as long as they didn't get distracted. Speaking of which, they love sparklies! They're worse than magpies when it comes to hoarding pretty sparklies, and they will try their best to acquire any they see. (Sherry Sheggrud, LadyMari@delphi.com)
Battle Cruisers (IBCs), equatorial diameter 1000 meters, mass 8 x 10 to the eighth tons, crew 2000, carrying capacity over a million, named for Sovereigns or Rangers. Flagships of Imperial Fleets when such must be assembled, and the ship-type most commonly used by Rangers. They are very well armed, used for things like colony setup, deep-space patrol, large-scale rescue, and similar missions, as well as combat. Commanded by a Captain. Heavy Cruisers (IHCs), equatorial diameter 800 meters, mass 1.75 x 10 to the eighth tons, crew 1800, named for famous sea ships. Flagships of Sector-level fleets. Commanded by a Commander or Captain. Light Cruisers (ILCs), equatorial diameter 700 meters, mass 1.2 x 10 to the eighth tons, crew 1500, named for stars or given guardian-type names (e.g., Guardian or Protector. Commanded by a Commander. Heavy Destroyers (IHDs), equatorial diameter 500 meters, crew 1000, named for military commanders. Massing 4.28 x 10 to the seventh tons, this is the largest class of ship capable of landing in a near-standard grav field. Commanded by a Lieutenant Commander or Commander. Light Destroyers (ILDs), equatorial diameter 400 meters, crew 750, named for military commanders. Commanded by a Lieutenant Commander. Armed Scouts (IASs), equatorial diameter 200 meters, crew of 500, named for scouts or explorers. Commanded by a Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander. Couriers (ICs), length 100 meters, crew 5-50 (some automated to require only a pilot), named at pilot's option.(For comparison, the largest U. S. aircraft, the C-5B, is 75.5 meters long, with a wingspan of 67.9 meters, and maximum mass of 418.5 tons.)
No. systems: 120 Sector: Scorpio with 3 inhabited planets: 2 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 13 with 1 inhabited planet: 25
Sector: 3, Sculptor Year: Subsector: A, Asgard Day: System: Bifrost Gravity: Settled/established: 2153 Axial tilt: By: Terran mystics Oxygen: Satellites: % Water: Ident code prefix: SHO Continents: Ruled by: Chief MonitorGeneral: Called Retreat by its inhabitants, this world was rediscovered by Crown Princess Halona Strider in 2321, while she was looking for a permanent home base for the Shadow Fleet. The mystics were developing powers she thought might be useful in the future, if left alone to develop. That was precisely what they wanted, as well, and agreed to provide the base she needed. She established an interdiction zone, with the cover story that it was there to allow Shonnar's "lizard-like, subsapient inhabitants" to develop sapience without exploitation.
No. systems: 105 Sector: Phoenix with 3 inhabited planets: 1 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 9 with 1 inhabited planet: 17Arms: On a black field, a silver lozenge on which is a mermaid with black hair and green tail, looking into a crystal ball held in her right hand, holding a sword point-down in her left.
No. systems: 189 Sector: Cygnus with 3 inhabited planets: 4 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 17
No. systems: 103 Sector: Pegasus with 3 inhabited planets: 2 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 12 with 1 inhabited planet: 22
No. systems: 63 Sector: Orion with 3 inhabited planets: 3 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 11 with 1 inhabited planet: 20
After the owner's death, the soul-blade is preserved in the family's Hall of Memories, where the survivors are able to feel the presence of their deceased relatives.
No. systems: 96 Sector: Cygnus with 3 inhabited planets: 6 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 8 with 1 inhabited planet: 26
No. systems: 115 Sector: Indus with 3 inhabited planets: 3 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 21
Cheong Chang, 19 Jan 2128 - 1 Jan 2149
Susan M. Lindner, 1 Jan 2149 - 9 Nov 2182
Bjorn Bengtsson, 9 Nov 2182 - 7 Jul 2230
Juana Mendez, 7 Jul 2230 - 10 Feb 2249
Christopher J. Kyle, 10 Feb 2249 - 19 Apr 2256
Mohammed Gamayel, 19 Apr 2256 - 10 Dec 2280
Corwin M. Jacobs, 10 Dec 2280 - 20 Aug 2315
Brandy P. Lansky, 20 Aug 2315 - 17 May 2333 (female)
Halona Strider, 17 May 2333 - 18 Aug 2366
Eileen P. Holt, 23 Sep 2382 - 4 Aug 2395
Grant L. Barton, 4 Aug 2395 - 26 Jan 2420
Leonard M. Frey, 26 Jan 2420 - 7 Nov 2488
Joyce G. Kingsley, 7 Nov 2488 - 25 Jan 2508 (male)
Adli Yasunon, 25 Jan 2508 - 28 Mar 2553
Charles Davis, 28 Mar 2553 - 20 Sep 2577
Rick Forrest, 20 Sep 2577 - 11 Apr 2603
Corina Losinj, 11 Apr 2603 - 19 Feb 2624 (female, Irschchan)
Jasmine Wang, 19 Feb 2624 - 29 Nov 2630
Ray Kennard, 29 Nov 2630 - 29 Dec 2678
Anna A. Peterson, 29 Dec 2678 - 14 Sep 2700
Konstantin J. Gagarin, 14 Sep 2700 - 8 Jun 2753
Sharon T. Windsor, 8 Jun 2753 - 6 Mar 2804
Richard Kessleman, 6 Mar 2804 - 21 Feb 2862
Einar J. Lang, 21 Feb 2862 - 26 Dec 2893
No. systems: 193 Sector: Orion with 3 inhabited planets: 2 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 24
No. systems: 193 Sector: Eridanus with 3 inhabited planets: 1 Ruled by: with 2 inhabited planets: 10 with 1 inhabited planet: 20
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