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Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Croshaw System Written Wednesday 19th of April 2017 at 12:00am by StormyWinters

As per usual, anything said during the show is subject to change by CIG and may not always be accurate at the time of posting. Also any mistakes you see that I may have missed, please let me know so I can correct them. Enjoy the show!

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

  • Croshaw was the first jump humanity ever took to leave the system

  • Neso Triangle is an anomaly in space that seems to make ships disappear, loosely inspired by the Bermuda Triangle

  • Nick Croshaw made the first successful traverse to and from Croshaw

  • During this time a certain breed of pilots known as jumpers came into existence, pilots who risked going through jump points as there was no computer assistance at the time for such a traverse and everything was done manually

  • There were companies and countries who tried to rush in and terraform planets in Croshaw but it was very expensive

    • The world eventually came together in a world summit deciding they needed to get together to finance this and they did this by selling one way tickets into Croshaw for anyone who eventually wanted to live there

  • The world summit broke with the announcement of the creation of the UNE which became the UPE and eventually the UEE

  • Type G main sequence star, yellow white in brightness, smaller than the sun in our system and not as much luminosity

  • Croshaw I is a terrestrial smog planet

    • Has yellow/orange clouds that very scenic but makes for a corrosive and deadly atmosphere

  • Croshaw II(Angeli) is the planet that drove people to come here and was terraformed to make it habitable

    • This planet is also prone to earthquakes and all the infrastructure is built with this in mind

    • Mining was restricted here as they were concerned extracting too many resources out would lead to worse tremors down the line

    • Boumbo is a signature stew dish from Angeli

    • Messer X built a stadium on Angeli which he paid for by taxing the people heavily

      • On the day of the opening of the stadium there was a series of bombings that destroyed the stadium, killed many spectators inside it

      • Messer X fled from the area, was chased down and ultimately assassinated, history books later discovered that this was a planned attack by Messer X two children, Linton and Fiona, to depose their father from power

    • Dr. Russell Valem tested his speed of light engine over Angeli that ended in tragedy, destroying his ship and killing him in the process

    • Traveler’s Day started here back in 2905

    • In 2937 there was a heist of Angeli aged whiskey taking advantage of the celebrations of Traveler’s Day, tons and tons of credits worth of the coveted whiskey disappeared probably to the black market

  • Vann is the third planet in the system and is a very cold planet, terrestrial planet

    • Vann initially built up big cities as there was very few places to live but as humanity expanded and took over more systems the population shrunk

    • This left many abandoned buildings, an art community sprung up here and they moved into these old buildings

    • Art movement called the SpartVann movement which is very minimalist paintings with bright colours

  • Croshaw IV is a super Earth, very rocky with no atmosphere

    • No resources left as humanity has been pulling from here since they arrived

  • Two asteroid clusters: Icarus Cluster and Daedalus Cluster

    • A distress beacon from a ship called the Goodman was found embedded in one of the asteroids in the Icarus Cluster which led them to find the Goodman floating in space, it was recovered and taken to a museum to showcase

Full Transcript

Adam Wieser: Hi and welcome to another episode of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. My name’s Adam Wieser, I’m Associate Writer here at the LA studio and for those who’ve never seen an episode of this show, it’s basically a chance for one of the member of the lore team to sit down… give you a personal tour of the system you’ll be seeing in the Star Citizen and possibly Squadron 42.  

So today as always we start here on Earth, looking at the beautiful planet rotating here on the Starmap and we’re not actually going to go too far to start this episode because the story of this system is actually… begins here on Earth. So if we back up a little bit, we’re going to see out here in the distance this jump point to Sol and Croshaw. Now this was monumentally important for the history of humanity because this was the first jump as you see I’ll back up the Starmap here that we ever took to leave our system into some place else.

So if we go back to Sol here basically as humanity started to explore space in the Sol system, there were certain people as you know we terraformed Mars, we got people there but people started to go further and further out into the reaches of our own system and people way out here in this one little corner started to disappear for reasons that were unknown by everybody. This became known as the Neso Triangle, which obviously was inspired by the Bermuda Triangle to a certain degree. Strange space anomaly that seem to make ships disappear so at the most famous… one of the many ships that this happened to was a ship called the Goodman which headed out in this direction and disappeared in this slot right here but we’ll talk a little bit more about the fate of the Goodman later on.

For ten plus years a scientist by the name of Nick Croshaw studied what exactly what was going in this neighbourhood of the solar system. What anomaly was happening and after much hard work in 2271 he finally figured something out, fired up his ship and did the first successful traversal to and from the Croshaw system. Now this little part is important because Croshaw is considered the first nav jumper, the first one to ever make the jump to the Croshaw system but based on the evidence and the entire myth of the Neso Triangle that’s not true. He’s just the first person to have ever done the jump both there and then successfully made the jump on back.

So let’s go right to the jump point here so you can see the fun little Starmap animation that we have that shows this off and here we are into the Croshaw system. Again he first found this in 2271 and when this happened it was obviously a monumental feat for humanity. It was also something that we weren’t exactly ready for because we had terraformed Mars, as I said earlier, but expanding into a whole other system especially one you had to come through such a dangerous jump point. Something that back when Nick Croshaw first did it there wasn’t any computer assistance in getting through these things, it was all by hand, very kind of like unnerving flying to be able to successfully navigate this back and forth.

Now what this meant for the development of the Croshaw system was that it was in chaos decades because people weren’t quite sure what we could do there or how we could consistently get food or supplies or people into there. Going through a jump point at this point from Sol to Croshaw was a huge danger and a huge feat that kinda bred it’s own breed of pilots at the time that became known as Jumpers. These daredevils were willing to take the risk of dying every single time they piloted a craft through the jump point to the system.

Now obviously humanity wanted to expand into this area and we had come together to terraform Mars but there wasn’t really any bylaws as to what we would do if a new system was discovered. There were companies, there were even some countries that tried to rush in here to come in and terraform the planets in the Croshaw system but unfortunately that was very expensive and like I said, that’s because it’s very dangerous. Many people’s fortunes were lost trying to be the first ones to really claim a new planet for themselves.

It wasn’t really until the world got together in a world summit and came up with something called the Freeman Act. Now what this was it was the world coming together to say that we want to terraform, in particular Angeli the second planet, in the Croshaw system but it’s so expensive to do that we need to basically be able to finance this. The way they did that was by selling one way tickets into the system for people who would eventually want to live there.    

Now this was a way that somebody could, you know, invest into humanity’s future and also go spend the rest of their years on an alien world. So that was really the only way humanity was able to get the funds together, to pull them together and really terraform this planet. Now the world summit came together and in 2380 and the world summit broke under the announcement that the United Nations of Earth was created, it was the first global government system that was really put in place then it turned into the UPE and eventually to what we’re at now in 2947 which is the UEE.

So this was the first impetus for that and that was in 2380 and that really opened up what has become known in history books as the universal era of humanity where humanity final got out of this one system and started to expand cause once we figured out how to get… how to successfully navigate jump points, how to replicate that and then eventually once the jump drives took over and really made this easier, humanity’s expansion to the stars was actually pretty lightning quick past that.

Now let’s get into some of the quick details here. Now we’ve got at the centre, this is a type G main sequence star, yellow-white in brightness. It’s smaller than the sun at the centre of our system, it’s like 0.89% of the mass and it’s not as bright, it’s 0.67 luminosity compared to our sun but still it means it has a tighter green zone which did factor into its development a little bit because it didn’t really extend out far enough to get all of the, you know, as many planets as they would have dreamed of or hoped if.

Croshaw I which is the first one right in here is a terrestrial smog planet. This has beautiful kinda of like yellow and orange clouds that swirl around, makes for a very scenic thing but it also makes for a very corrosive and deadly atmosphere. So it’s not something you’re going to want to go flying your ship into unless you’re going to face the consequences of going into such an atmosphere.   

Croshaw II was really the crown jewel of the system, this is what drove everyone to get there as soon as possible to try and terraform this place. It was named Angeli and it’s just a naturally beautiful world that we needed to terraform to be able to make it habitable for humanity. There are dangers for earthquakes here, severe dangers that have been noted since the very beginning of the terraformation and because of this a lot of the construction, a lot of history of the planet was thought of in this way. Buildings there have to be built to very strict codes including mass tuned dampers to make that if and when the big one ever does strike, that the buildings will be as safe and secure as possible for the population.

Now this is something that is well known about the planet but it’s never happened since we’ve called it home for humanity so to be quite honest, a lot of the residents are pretty blase and kinda keep this danger of this planet in the back of their mind. One of the other things that affected was that mining was also restricted on Angeli because they were worried that pulling out too much of the ore and the bedrock and everything around this planet might make it unstable and lead to worse tremors somewhere down the line.

Very interesting culture developed here over the years because it was humanity's really first home in another system. People from all over came here, it was a real melting pot of cultures and culinary cuisine and everything like that. Boumbo is a kinda like thick stew with either meat or seafood that’s kinda the well known dish that came from Angeli here and there are a number… there’s a lot of history that happened here. A few things in particular that are worth pointing out for their significance and impact on the rest of the empire.    

In 2781, Messer X went to Angeli to basically see the opening of the Khanos stadium which was this massive kinda like public work, it was going to be his legacy. The place that he wanted people to look at and think of him for years and years to come and he taxed the people of Angeli so high, pissed off a lot of people. It was despotic, very controlling person but this was going to be his legacy. On the day that this stadium basically opened to the public, a massive series of bombings went off around the stadium, completely destroying it. Killing the thousands that were inside, Messer X was then pursued by these radicals through the street and eventually killed right then and there.

His son Linton Messer then ascended to power right after. He would end up being the very last Messer in the Messer line, this was right in the tail end of the Messers control of the UEE. History books have since discovered that Linton Messer and his sister Fiona Messer actually both planned this attack on their father on Angeli killing thousands of people as a way to basically depose him of power and assume control for themselves.

Another thing worth pointing out that in 2884 Dr. Russell Valem decided to come to Croshaw and to Angeli in particular to show off what he thought was going to be the next big leap in scientific technology. He felt like humanity had kind of been stunted in where they are ever since Croshaw made that first jump into the system. So as a way to show off his speed of light travel engine that he had built, he brought everyone here, he brought in newspapers… everyone to observe his first flight over the skies of Angeli. His engine exploded obliterating him and the entire ship and ever since then nobody’s attempted speed of light travel because of the dangers that popped up in this situation.

Another one fun little fact about Angeli here is that this is where Traveler’s Day first started in 2905. Traveler’s Day is just a day where people come together and celebrate where they have been over the past year throughout the empire. It’s cultural, it’s got… you know, kinda like significant event. It also kinda brings this planet into planetwide celebration since the first one happened here and in 2937 someone decided to take advantage of the celebrations and the fun and all the visitors that come here on Traveler’s Day… and in 2937 there was a massive heist of Angeli aged whisky from different distilleries around the planet.

Now for some reason nobody’s quite sure what the whisky aged on Angeli is particularly good and coveted by people all around the empire so this… even though there were just massive casks of whiskey stolen from these distilleries, tons and tons of credits disappeared on that day. Who knows where they ended up on the black market but if you’re ever in the ‘Verse and you see some Angeli aged whiskey, that’s the real good stuff, you don’t want to toss that out… you want to hold onto that.

So, moving on we are going to slide right over here to Vann, this is the third planet in the system and it’s… let me back it up a little bit but as you can see it’s kinda on the… it’s supposed to be on the edge of the green zone. This is one of the things in the Starmap we’ll be correcting because this is a very cold planet, it’s one of those that if this wasn’t the first system humanity went to, we might not have even terraformed it because it’s bitterly, bitterly cold here. Think like the top of Alaska or Norway, Siberia-esque landscape all around this planet but since it was only the second one here in the system that we jumped into, we decided to do something with it anyways.

Now just free reference like I said, it’s supposed to be on the very edge of the green zone and we worked with people to figure out the exact numbers on this. The green band extends to 1.41 au in this system and Vann’s average orbital radius sits at 1.33 au, so just to give you a little idea of how into the details we get and exactly the placement of these planets. So, what happened to Vann is it became a bit of a commodities hub.

It’s a terrestrial planet, since there wasn’t allowed mining on Angeli, there was a bunch of mining here. A lot of different… there’s some asteroid belts we’ll talk about in a second, a lot of that stuff came through Vann here. It was always very cold and it built up these bigger cities because it was really the only other place to live on the planet but as humanity expanded, took over more systems built better places for people to live… the population shrunk.

So there’s a lot of abandoned building on the edge of the city here, there’s just a lot of dead space. An artist community has moved in and taken over, some are squatting in a lot of these old abandoned buildings to do… there’s large visual art pieces, there’s a movement… art movement there called the SpartVann movement, which is very minimalist paintings with these very bright colours and negative white space that reflect the white snow covered planet. The most notable feature which the SpartVann movement pulls in is the auroras that appear in the sky above Vann are just beautiful. Just see like curtains of colour that fall down over the sky at certain times of the season, so it’s a beautiful place to go but it’s not someplace you want to get caught outside without a jacket on, that’s for sure, because you won’t last too long.             

Now we move on out to the fourth planet in the system, we go here, this is Croshaw IV this is the last one. It is a super Earth, it is rocky, it has no atmosphere and all the resources have been pulled from it since humanity basically started in the system, just went at it. So, the most interesting thing about this outer part of the system, cause Croshaw IV is a little boring. are the two asteroid clusters that sit in the Lagrange points here. You’ve got the Icarus Cluster and you’ve got Daedalus Cluster. Now Icarus is of particular interest if we move on in, because even though this is one of the first asteroid clusters that humanity has been mining over and over and over… it still has some surprises inside of it.

A few years ago there was a miner that was out there working a certain group of asteroids and found an old distress beacon just lodged into the side of it, been there for hundreds of years. After of bunch of detective work and going on some visits to museums and talking to different scientists and archeologists, they discovered that this distress beacon actually came from the Goodman, one of the first ships that was notoriously… that was notorious for disappearing through the Neso Triangle. Based on the coordinates that they found on the beacon in the Icarus Cluster here, they were able to track and find the Goodman just floating in the black of the Croshaw system and were able to recover it and take it to Mohio museum in Angeli to show off. Which is just an incredible find and a showcase that even though certain parts of this empire, certain parts of the UEE have been explored and searched over by humanity for centuries, there are still secrets to be discovered in the universe of Star Citizen.

So, that’s a really quick tour of the Croshaw system. The first system outside of Sol humanity ever called home, I’m sure all of you will be visiting it at some point. It should make for some interesting experiences here as it’s also one of only as you can see here, one of only two systems that connects to the Sol system. So if you’ll be visiting Earth or Mars at any point in the game you’ll need to be passing Croshaw or Damien on the way there. I’m Adam Wieser, thanks for watching another edition of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy and yeah, we’ll see you around the Verse.


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Moonlighting as a writer in her spare time StormyWinters combines her passion for the written word and love of science fiction resulting in innumerable works of fiction. As the Director of Fiction, she works with a fantastic team of writers to bring you amazing stories that transport you to new places week after week.