Cosmic Explorer: The Iron Quad

Hey there galaxy fans! Your old pal Jacqueline Valance here with the latest truths, both harsh and mellow, to shine light on the world they’re tryin’ to pull over your eyes!

It’s time to wake up and smell the war brewin’ in this corner of the galaxy. Y’all ever been to YZ Ceti? Don’t! Let me tell you right now, the Iron Quad ain’t no holiday destination!

What we’ve got here are three main stations plus the jump gate, all Consortium owned, all pretty vague in what they do. I mean, sure they disclose their ‘official capacity’ all proper like with all the bells and whistles, but what really goes on there?

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Galactic Destinations: Spirit of Tianjin

Today’s dispatch comes from the binary system of L 726-8, and one of the galaxy’s most controversial stations. Once dedicated to science, the Spirit of Tianjin is now famous for something far stranger: its unique ‘Carnival’, where nothing is forbidden to the wealthy Patrons. Debauchery is a luxury product here!

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Cosmic Explorer: System L 726-8

Today’s edition of Cosmic Explorer comes to you from L 726-8! This is a binary star system, home to two spectacular flare stars and the three stations originally built to study them. But that was long ago, pre-Catastrophe, when such research was still a Consortium priority. How things have changed since then!

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Benevolent Dynamics: Wishing you an Extraordinarily Pleasant Day

Initializing Omni-Reality Virtual Interface: Server neural access: BeDyne requesting CORETECHS synchronization parameters.

Parameters accepted. Thank you. Your Benevolent Dynamics Omni-Reality Journey is about to begin! Slice right to begin the guided experience.

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Galactic Destinations: Barnard’s Star Jump Gate

Bathed in the dim glare of its ancient star, this Consortium-run Jump Gate station welcomes visitors to Barnard’s Star. One of them is Chief Bakker, sent here to investigate the station’s curious Catastrophe experience. Below, we reveal a transcript of Bakker’s first dispatch to Consortium bosses, back on Tau.

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Galactic Destinations: Estación de Amazon

Nestled in the far reaches of Barnard’s Star, Estación de Amazon is a remote outpost newly aligned with the Gaule Protectorate. Gaule soldiers are being sent there on a rotating basis until a permanent Gaule presence can be established. Attached is a recent correspondence from the commanding officer of Estación de Amazon to his new rotation of troops.

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Galactic Destinations: Caen Stronghold

Greetings! Today Galactic Destinations will take you on a journey to a fabulously colorful location located within the system of Bernard’s Star. Wel…ERROR….to Cane’s Lega…INCOMING TRANSMISSION…

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Black holes and vicious vacuums! You ain’t getting no tour of our station from some Consortium star-lubber who’s never even had the joy of breaking his teeth on a fist! Welcome to Caen Stronghold you wonderful, deep pocketed, credit spending buffoons! Courtesy of the Freebooters! We’re gonna tell you a little bit about the best station in the galaxy, so strap on your interstellar stabilizers and tune your CORETECHS into this!

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Treasure from the Rubble

All across the star systems, those who have survived the Catastrophe dig and hunt in the ruins of the stations for relics of the past. Items from Before that we’ve lost the ability to construct. Objects that our ancestors knew how to use and make, which are now a mystery to us. Take a sneak peak into a private letter detailing the life of one of those who comes in contact with some of these artifacts …

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The Freebooters

Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part,
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.

~ Ancient Terran Freebooter manifesto

Since the Catastrophe, the Consortium and the Gaule Protectorate have each been doing what they can to bring stations, left out in the cold by the destructive forces unleashed during those dark days, back into the fold. There are, however, those who show zero desire to be brought back, embracing instead the wild and unpredictable nature of life on the fringes of known space. Allow us to introduce the Freebooters.

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Galactic Destinations: Spirit of Botswana

Life in space is harsh and unforgiving. The recycling systems for space stations, now many hundreds of cycles old, were never 100% efficient. There is always some small bit of loss, of things essential for sustaining human life. Foremost of these is water. Read on to learn more about how one station serves the star systems as the provider of this most crucial of resources.

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