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Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Helios System Written Wednesday 25th of January 2017 at 09:04am by StormyWinters

Cherie Heiberg brings to light all the peculiarities of the Helios System, watch or read all the interesting points that make up this interesting system!

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)

  • Main sequence type-B star at the centre, this one is peculiar in that it has bands of helium which causes incredibly high solar winds

  • Four other planets in the system

  • Only system to have been officially discovered by the Advocacy

  • It was technically discovered by a band of outlaws called the Daybreak Marauders, they used this jump point to escape authorities after robbing convoys in the Ellis system    

  • The Advocacy finally got involved in tracking down the marauders when a shipping company almost went bankrupt

    • Advocacy agents tasked to find them were named Avon Dorville and Gia Trask, it took them months to finally track down and arrest the marauders  

  • Helios I is a terrestrial planet comparable to Mercury

    • The few mineral deposits it does have are too dangerous to mine due to the extreme closeness to the sun and star

    • One event of note that did happen was the crash landing and subsequent rescue of a scientific expedition, this rescue was carried out by the military in the system and was broadcast all over the UEE live   

  • Helios II(Tangaroa) is an ocean planet located near the beginning of the green zone with one moon

    • Very few land masses due to the very active tectonic activity, lands masses form and dissolve over short periods of time

    • Planet has low density and a moon that orbits very closely and quickly

    • Most of the population and permanent settlements are on the ice caps but a few settlements of engineers and scientists who work with the military as well a some underwater settlements

    • Oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere maintained by the healthy population of plankton on the planet

    • A trend among the rich of the UEE is to build elaborate homes on the dissolving islands of Tangaroa

    • Also is a major tourist attraction due to the big waves that the tectonic activity creates, this attracts surfers to the planet  

    • Hephaestus Station is the military outpost and main security checkpoint into the system and they work closely with the base on Helios IV, this is also a good place for a merchant to stop and sell goods as the occupants are always looking for something different

    • Helios III is a gas giant and is biggest gas giant to be discovered yet in the known galaxy

      • Solidly coloured

      • Good place to harvest hydrogen

      • It’s size also attracts scientific expeditions for study

    • Helios IV is an ice planet

      • Settlements on the surface are environmentally controlled domes placed there by the UEE

      • Military base planet, this was a good place for it as the solar winds that cause ship sensors to scramble makes it easier for them to do activities they may not want widely known

      • ‘Dumping ground’ for people who make trouble

      • Public opinion thinks this can be anything from a black ops base to biological warfare experimentation site  

Full Transcript

Cherie Heiberg: Hello, I’m Cherie Heiberg and welcome to another edition of Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you’ve ever seen Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is a show we do here at Star Citizen where a member of the Lore team which is me including three other talented people, who go over the lore and the science behind the all the systems we have created for you the players. This week we will be exploring the system, Helios. So, let’s get to it.

Zoom out and then we’re going to zoom back in and your whole screen is going to be filled with a giant star. That is on purpose, this type of star is called a main sequence type-B star, it’s the second most massive main sequence star that we know of. It burns blue/white or, you know, neon blue in this instance with like crazy lines and it is the star at the centre of Helios.

So this system here it is four planets, the star at the centre of the system is a little bit peculiar and it has the honour of being the only system to have been officially discovered by the Advocacy. However, it was technically discovered by a band of outlaws...wait for it, the Daybreak Marauders, wow what a name. They discovered the jump point themselves and they kept it secret from discovery and they would use it as a way to escape from authorities after robbing convoys in the Ellis system. So, what they would do is they would rob people in Ellis and then they would jump into the Taranis system and then from there they would disappear into the jump point they had discovered into Helios, no one could track them, no one knew where they were because as far as anyone else knew there was not a jump point into Helios as no one knew it existed yet.

Now the Advocacy finally got involved in chasing down these bandits once they drove a shipping company to bankruptcy called Uros Shipping Concern and the names of the Advocacy agents who were tasked with it, they were called Avon Dorville and Gia Trask. They tracked the marauders for months until they were able to finally follow them into Taranis and then they were able to see them disappear into this jump point which they then got the credit for discovering and the marauders were rewarded with jail because they were thieves. That’s a general background of the system right there, a little bit of history behind it.

Now I want to get into the star, like I said it’s a type-B star, blue/white. Very massive, they’re pretty rare stars about 1 in 800 main sequence stars are type-B with… that would translate to a percentage of like 0.125%, let me double check that. Yeah, it’s like 0.125% which is incredibly rare so this is one of the only type-B’s we have in the game and this star is particularly special because it’s peculiar. Which means it has bands of like unusual elements in it, in this case it has bands of helium and because of this peculiarity it also has incredibly high solar winds which messes with ship’s sensors when you go into the system. This, of course, was one of the things that made it attractive to the Daybreak Marauders and has made it attractive long term to the UEE military who have a base here.

So, let’s zoom out very far away from the star and we’ll have a look at the first planet, Helios I. It’s a tiny planetary… little terrestrial planet. I guess I would kind of compare it to Mercury. It’s small, it doesn’t have much going for it, it has a little bit of mineral deposits but other than that it’s a little bit uninteresting because it’s dangerous to do mining there. It’s so close to the sun and so prevalent to like the insane solar winds and all the radiation and whatever you get from a star this massive and powerful in the middle of the system. That it’s pretty dangerous to mine there. That said it once came to fame cause a scientific expedition crashed on the surface and the six surviving scientists had to be rescued in a very short period of time but the military garrison established in the system said they were able to retrofit their ships and get to the planet in record time, it was all broadcast live on vids all over the UEE. So, it enjoyed its like 15 seconds of fame, after that point they really didn’t think too much of it anymore.   

But really the main attraction point in the system is going to be Helios II, Tangaroa. It’s located right near the beginning of the green zone, it’s got a little moon… ah, little moon. We want to look more closely at the planet. Tangaroa is an ocean planet, it has very few land masses. Partially because the tectonic activity on the planet is so… well active that islands form and dissolve over very, very short periods of time. This is partially caused because the planet is… has got low density and its got a moon that orbits very closely and very densely and very quickly. So, lots of tectonic activity, landmasses that form and go away and a very, very big and interesting ocean. Sorry, I’m swerving around a little bit and also help me with my hair here.

Most of the population is contained in the ice caps, that’s where the permanent settlements are because, you know, it’s ice… it’s not really going to go anywhere as long as they don’t overly destroy the environment. The oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere is maintained by the healthy population of plankton all over the planet. There are a few settlements that are mainly consisting of engineers and scientists who do work with the military outpost in the system which we’ll get to in a minute. It is kinda like a trend among the rich population in the UEE to build elaborate homes on the quickly dissolving islands and ‘oh look at me I’m so rich I can afford to build this amazing home that I know is going to be destroyed but that doesn’t matter, hahaha’. Who understands them… I don’t.       

The other settlements on the… the other settlements on Tangaroa are going to be some under… not underground but underwater ones. There’s some permanent underwater settlements but again most of the settlements on the planet are on the poles. It’s also, oh I forgot to mention this, Tangaroa’s also is a major tourist attraction because the tectonic activity and the moon all come together, not only to create volcanoes and earthquakes but incredible waves that can be up to 1000 feet. Some surfers go there to try out their craft, it’s not recommended that you surf the waves on a real surfboard without, you know, protection but some people do it anyway because we’re people and that’s what we do.

So let’s zoom out again here and go on to let’s see… oh actually I’m almost forgot this. I don’t want to forget Hephaestus Station which is located all the way over here. It’s a little military outpost, it’s the main security checkpoint for the system. They work closely with the base on Helios IV and if you’re a merchant and if you want to sell luxury goods this is a good place to stop because people who are stationed here are always hungry for something different. They get most of their supplies from the surface of Tangaroa which is fine but I mean who doesn’t want some good Terra beef now and then, right?       

Ok, let’s move over here and see if we can find it… oh there we go, there’s Helios III, lovely. Now Helios III is a gas giant. It is in fact one of the most massive gas giants that’s been discovered so far in the known galaxy. It is about three times as big as Jupiter radius-wise. Let me just double check something here… yes, it is a very friendly location if you want to harvest hydrogen. There is a… it doesn’t have a particularly interesting atmosphere, it is very solidly colour. I mean if you like stripes, you’re not going to like Helios III but if you like solid, calming colours… Helios III is the place for thee.

Anyway, now that we’ve got bad joke out of my system… because the planet is so massive, because it’s on the outer edge of size of gas giants discovered, it does attract a lot of scientific interest and so you’ll have little scientific expeditions coming to Helios III to study it and figure out how it got so big and why it formed in the first place. History...all that.  

All right, I think I remember seeing Helios IV over here. Yeah, here we go. Now Helios IV is an ice planet, kinda like Pluto except that it’s actually a planet. It’s mostly rock and ice, it hasn’t been terraformed because that would be more or less impossible but it does have a lot of settlements on the surface in the form of environmentally controlled domes that were put there by the UEE. So it’s a military base planet, more or less. The reason that this was done is because of the solar winds in the system, a lot of ship sensors are scrambled so it’s a really good place to do like any kind of activity that you don’t necessarily want to be widely broadcast. So in the military’s eyes this is a pretty good place to be.

Now that said, it is considered a dumping ground for people who make trouble, it’s kinda of like it’s where you go when the end of career is here and they don’t really know what to do with you but they definitely want you out not causing trouble for anybody. Which doesn’t really make too much sense considering why these bases were formed in the first place so publicly as I said, dumping ground. Public opinion however seems to think it’s a place for any number of things like a secret black ops base or a place for biological warfare experimentation or a place for covert espionage activities, the list goes on. Only the UEE truly knows.

All right, that’s it for Helios. I think it’s a pretty interesting system, a peculiar system if you will just like a star. Remember if you go there to pay attention to your ship’s sensors because the solar winds can and will mess with them and if you don’t pay too close attention you may be ambushed by perhaps a marauder. All right, thank you so much for your time. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you next time.    


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