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The system star is an F-type main sequence star, white in colour
Three planet system with three jump points into the system: Fora, Hades and Corel
There is some dispute as to whether Nemo was discovered in 2634 or 2632
A security contractor, Dae-ho Ochoa, who was working for Tadmor Terraforming Concern in the Fora system at the time was reported to have disappeared without a trace and then reappear with no idea where he went, he subsequently quit and left Tadmor
A company called NemoCo two years following offered to buy up Tadmor Terraforming Concern’s terraforming platforms and once the deal was done it was announced that NemoCo had found a new jump point and system
Tadmor then investigated to find out one of the founding members of NemoCo was none other than Ochoa himself, they took NemoCo to court for a share in the profits saying Ochoa was in their employ at the time of Nemo’s discovery
Tadmor was unable to show evidence to backup their claims and the case was eventually thrown out of court, NemoCo given full control of the system and Tadmor went bankrupt and dissolved
Nemo I is a small, rocky protoplanet
It takes 186.7 hours or 7 Earth days for it to make one complete rotation
No resources on it
Nemo II is a rocky mesoplanet which happens to also be frequently struck by meteors
There is lots of resources here and the impact craters from the meteors makes it easier to access the resources
Nemo III(Ergo) is an ocean world
This planet has a rich supply of oil resources
While it holds no life presently it was once theorized that an extinction level event wiped out what once lived on the planet and this is what created the pockets of oil that can be found today
Old oil rigs and terraforming platforms were converted into housing, shopping and more civilian use once they were done with them
There is also an asteroid that circles the planet known as the Space Whale that has become a very popular tourist attraction to outside visitors
Adam Wieser: Hi, welcome to another episode of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m Adam Wieser, Associate Writer here at Cloud Imperium Games, Los Angeles. If you haven’t seen the show before this is a chance for a member of the lore team to sit down give you a personalized tour behind the myth, mysteries, astronomy that make up the systems that will appear in Star Citizen and perhaps even Squadron 42.
So, today we’re going to go off to a system that is known for a number of things but those things aren’t exactly what they might seem to be at first glance. Today we’re going to go off and visit the lovely Nemo system. So, using our Starmap here I’m just going to enter it into the search bar, Nemo… here we are and we’ll just let the map do the work for us and take us on over there. Now it zoomed right, right on the system star which is an F-type main sequence star which is white in colour as you can see here. Now it’s bigger and brighter than the sun at the centre of the Sol system, it’s about 1.31 times bigger and about 2.5 times brighter, which is why you can see it white in colouration here versus the yellow we normally associated with the sun.
Now if you back out it’s a three planet system, not too intense and I’m actually going to take a step on back to show you the three jump points. There are three large jump points connected to the system, turning on the jump points through the little bar down here, just fill them all in. Now it’s important to kind of back it up and show you the three jump points that are connected to it which are right here, you’ve got Fora, you’ve got Hades, and you’ve Corel.
It’s important to look at it from this view because the way the jump points are aligned actually had a lot to do with how the system came together. Now if you look at official UEE records, Nemo was discovered in 2634 but there’s some who debate that and actually believe the system was discovered in 2632. When I say debate it’s not like, oh maybe this might have happened, this was a full on court case that happened in the UEE over the actual discovery date of the Nemo system.
Now how that happened, well if you see right here the system was discovered through Fora so we’re going to go on over here and the Fora system has a third planet that was being terraformed at the time by the Tadmor Terraforming Concern. They were terraforming this planet right here, Hyperion, and to be quite honest they messed up. The terraforming process got a little screwy, it ended up creating let’s call it an aggressive atmosphere that was kind of like blowing the hyperclay that’s known to be on this planet all over the place.
This company had invested a lot of money into making Hyperion a place people are going to want to live, you know, start businesses, all that. All of the sudden they had basically spent a lot of money to make a place pretty much inhospitable. Now one of the security contractors for the Tadmor Terraforming Concern at the time was a man by the name of Dae-ho Ochoa and he went out on a… just a standard kind of patrol, one day in 2632. He just kinda floating around in the outer reaches of the Fora system and all of the sudden he just disappears, his coworkers, his bosses… nobody knows exactly where he is and they start to get concerned. They put together a search party and all of the sudden he shows up, he just pops onto comms, let’s everyone know he’s ok, quits and just leaves.
Now at the time the people of the Tadmor Terraforming Concern didn’t think too much of it because they had bigger issues to deal with with what was going on at Hyperion. Two years later they were sitting here and this brand new company made an offer to them and that company was named NemoCo. Now NemoCo basically came in and said, ‘hey we know you’ve got these old terraforming platforms here that you were using to terraform Hyperion. They’re just sitting there, how about we buy them off you for cheap’. At that time the company was looking to raise some money because they were down on capital, they were really, really struggling. So they figured, you know what we’ll sell them for cheap, this is going to be a good deal for us.
Now they thought this because if you look at Fora, Fora only has three jump points to it. One to, let me try to adjust this a little bit… one to Banshee, which over here was just a dead end at the time. Then the only other jump point at the time was going right here to Rhetor and if you look at the colour of the jump point, which indicates the different jump point sizes, yellow is large, orange is medium so it’s a smaller jump point. Terraforming platforms are huge, so for a company struggling with money, moving these giant terraforming platforms is not cheap because they have to take it apart, put it through this medium sized jump point to take it to Rhetor to take it to any place else where it can be useful.
So they’re like, ‘hey we can offload this cost by selling them at a discount to NemoCo and let them deal with taking it through this jump point’. Well, after the deal gets done NemoCo just happens to announce that, ‘hey, we discovered another jump point’ which just happens in Fora and just happens to be a large jump point leading to, of course, Nemo. The system that would obviously take their name.
Now Nemo, most people think Nemo is a reference to the waterworld, Ergo, which we’ll talk about in a little bit. It’s kind of a nautical reference but it actually isn’t. Nemo is actually an anagram for the founders of NemoCo: Norman, Ellis, Mau and Ochoa and of course that last name sounds familiar because it refers to Dae-ho Ochoa. Which once the Tadmor Terraforming Concern executives puts these facts together started to think, wait a minute, there’s something strange here.
So they actually sued NemoCo saying that… basically arguing that Dae-ho Ochoa had found this jump point into Nemo while under their employ thus entitling them to some of the profits that would come out of the system. Now this was something that NemoCo just wasn’t going to roll over and give into so they took… the case went court, became this big deal and basically it ended up on the Tadmor Terraforming Concern’s plate to prove that Dae-ho Ochoa had discovered it that fateful day, where he just disappeared and all of the sudden quit.
This would require them to actually go out and find the Aurora that he was using at the time, find it black box, kind of check the flight records to see if they could prove it. Of course, Dae-ho Ochoa had sold that ship, had no idea where it was, claimed he had to sell it as a way to raise funds to invest in NemoCo. The ship was never found, eventually the court case was thrown out and NemoCo given full control over the system and its destiny while the Tadmor Terraforming Concern went bankrupt and thus disappeared.
Now what was so interesting about the system that had NemoCo excited about it and had Tadmor Terraforming Concern trying to hone in on it. Well, let’s take a look now, let’s look and see what we actually have in the system.
So besides the star we have Nemo I, we’ll zoom right on in here. Now this is a rocky protoplanet, very small. One day on this planet, nice little interesting fact lasts 186.7 hours, so that’s how long it takes for it to rotate just once which to help you with the math is a little over 7 days for one complete rotation. So, standard Earth week it takes for this thing to go around once. It has not resources in it, though there was a brief period where a start up company claimed that a new technologically advanced probe they had created had discovered that there were resources here. Miners in the system got really excited at the prospect of being able to profit off this protoplanet, except the company MicroProbe basically their technology was disproven. Shown to just be crap and luckily this all happened before any miner decided to risk going to this planet to look for valuable resources that are not there. No reason to go to Nemo I if you’re looking to make a profit.
Why people were so excited about Nemo I possibly being full of resources is because Nemo II, which is a rocky mesoplanet right here is filled with them. There’s a lot of mining operations that operate here and it’s actually not too hard to work here because the other thing Nemo II is also known for are lots and lots of meteor impact craters, that just kind of like pockmark this entire planet. So meteor strikes can be a little dangerous here, the actual impact craters do make it easier to access the resources that are plentiful on this planet.
Finally we’re going to step up and go visit the final planet in the system, swing around here which is called Ergo. Now this is a ocean world, and it’s been terraformed so this is the crown jewel. This is the reason NemoCo wanted this system and didn’t want to share this system with anyone else. Now when I say ocean world, I mean there are no land masses here. If you want to think about Earth, Earth has a lot of water on it, 70.8% of Earth’s surface is covered in water but only half a percentage of the Earth’s mass is actually water.
Ocean worlds have a lot more of their mass is made up of water, so when you’re looking at this world here, it’s not just that there’s water covering all of it. It’s that the water goes very, very deep before it hit any kind of rock or anything like that. Now what makes the planet very special and desirable is it also has a ton, a ton, a ton of oil resources on it. Now this was confusing to people at first because the planet has no life on it. There are no fish in the sea, there’s nothing there you can go... there’s no planets, there’s nothing like that otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to terraform it in the first place due to the Fair Chance Act.
The terraforming, there are no animals here and they suspect because there is all this oil that at one time this planet was teeming with some kind of life, they’re quite sure what because they haven’t found any fossil records either. Remember the crust, the actual rock of this planet is so far underneath this water that there’s ton of pressure that would build up for them to go down there and try and explore and find something. So, the running theory is that an extinction level event at some point over the millennia knocked out what was alive on this planet, settled to the bottom, that created the pockets of oil that people go crazy for and basically why they terraformed and then drilled into this planet.
Now since there are no land masses basically all the landing zones and places you’re going to visit here are going to be floating cities. Old terraforming platforms, once that was done, were immediately converted over into housing and shopping and different kind of like... more kind of like civilian use. Same thing with the old oil rigs, so some of the older kind of like platforms here are going to have a little bit of a more industrial feel to them, a little bit more let’s just say rough around the edges to a certain degree.
Now the other famous thing that is known for Nemo is that in orbit circling around Ergo is the famous Space Whale. T-shirts all around the Verse that will read “Ergo, I Got Blubbered’, lots of different tourist basically knick knacks can be associated with the Space Whale which is an oblong asteroid that basically circles this planet. Many will dispute that it actually looks like a space whale, that it just maybe bears kind of a resemblance and over the years was turned into a tourist trap to get people to visit the system and want to check it out. Whether or not it actually looks like a whale, well that’ll be for you to decide when you get to go visit Ergo someday in the future.
That's our little look at the Nemo system, this three planet system here. Hope you enjoyed the tour and yeah, we’ll see you next time on Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.