Volturnus setting after the battle of Volkos

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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 8:34am
I know I wrote an article about possibilities for who's controlling Volturnus after the classic campaign way back in some SFman issue. However, the semi cannon timeline clearly states that the UPF governor is assassinated by an altered mechanon. It also states that the day was saved by Star Law (just barely) during the mechanon revolt. Clearly other cannon material implies corporate interest in Volturnus. Finally there were some dragon mag (IIRC) KH encounter(s) set in zebulon system (major space fleet taskforce vs major sathar force). So we have as a nod to existing material: 1.) UPF govenor. 2.) Star Law marshals 3.) Major Space Fleet presence 4.) Mechanon potentially incontroll of planetary batteries. 5. Primitives and decimated advanced race.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 8:38am
I think the David Weber novel "On Basilisk Station" has a good model for an interstellar territory and governor. If you havent read it you can get a free electronic copy at baen.com or simply read it in browser if you like. Like in the Weber novel the governor will have a police like force despite the presence of Star Law who are tasked with catching interstellar criminals and sathar agents. However, the presence of the eorna who are not that likely to relinquish their custodianship of the primitives will always mean that any smart governor will use tact when dealing with issues involving natives and the eorna. More than likely most governors will focus their efforts on keeping the mega corps from getting too out of line.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:01am
Star Law: with both interstellar criminal activity (star devil pirates) and sathar activity on volturnus SL will no doubt dispatch a good sized team to Volturnus to investigate in the after math of the classic campaign. They will as a strictly knee jerk police reaction impound all star devil property including the outpost and town while they investigate. They will have a team attempting to impound all sathar equipment but with so much landed by the worms there will always be something hitting the black market now and again or rumors of someone who knows someone who has a sathar artifact. I usually portray the pirate outpost as being the drop building for one of the survey expeditions so ownership of that will revert back to its rightful owner. The pirate town could be another matter. And could become potentially a star law base, training center and impound. Forever after there will likely be a good sized contingent of star law marshals and support staff on the planet.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:05am
Volkos: As there former capital the eorna will likely want to rebuild this city. Once the PCs in the volturnus campaign effectively out the eorna to the primitives I can see them coming into the open more with their activities with the primitives by hosting a school(s) at Volkos for the primitives. Have to look into if anyone ever did a good treatment of the eorna as a PC race.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:20am
Out Post 1: I think we show detail the pirate outpost from module 2 as being abandoned much like you'd put an abandoned tower on a fantasy map for a gm to use as he sees fit. The reactor/power generator has been looted, the fence is down in most places, the roof leaks or has wholes in it and you're highly likely to encounter wildlife or the truly desparate.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:27am
Haven't decided what or where the megacorps will set up their enclaves, at Volkos or some place else. There is a certain attraction to putting megacorp enclaves and the governor's admin center at Volkos. Which will also require a star port their as well.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:32am
I'm of a mind to go two different directions with the Space Fleet base. There will need to be one since their is no station in orbit. It can either be a separate loction from Volkos or simply part of the star port at Volkos. I lean toward it being separate from Volkos but no real reason you couldnt have militarty craft at a separate section of the star port much like the Air National Guard had planes at Orono airport in Maine. Edit: no doubt its fairly common for ships from the Flight to be making a port of call here as well.
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jedion357
July 22, 2013 - 9:46am
So the hex map of Volturnus could be updated with home ranges of the primitives, mining enclaves, possibly the Space Fleet base and any roads or other infrastructure built since the Volturnus campaign.
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rattraveller
July 26, 2013 - 10:31am
Why is the Hepplewhite crash taking place on Volturnus? I thought it took place on one of the major inner planets?
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
July 26, 2013 - 4:45pm
rattraveller wrote:
Why is the Hepplewhite crash taking place on Volturnus? I thought it took place on one of the major inner planets?
presence of rippers and slitherer though the slitherer is not explicitly native to Volturnu, but the rippers are.
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rattraveller
July 27, 2013 - 4:31am
Ah but this assumes that the rippers were written exclusively for Volturnus. Of course the rippers could be part of the mystery. Illegal imports maybe?
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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August 20, 2013 - 7:36am
jedion357 wrote:
... I lean toward it being separate from Volkos but no real reason you couldnt have militarty craft at a separate section of the star port much like the Air National Guard had planes at Orono airport in Maine. Edit: no doubt its fairly common for ships from the Flight to be making a port of call here as well.

t is the same way in Colorado Springs and Baghdad. Aircraft land and military got to one side and civilian goes to the other side.

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jedion357
August 20, 2013 - 8:19am
Jaxon wrote:
jedion357 wrote:
... I lean toward it being separate from Volkos but no real reason you couldnt have militarty craft at a separate section of the star port much like the Air National Guard had planes at Orono airport in Maine. Edit: no doubt its fairly common for ships from the Flight to be making a port of call here as well.

t is the same way in Colorado Springs and Baghdad. Aircraft land and military got to one side and civilian goes to the other side.


Bangore, Me too. About a half dozen Air National Guard KC135 aircraft; or at least they were there back in the late '80s when I went to U Maine Orono. I would assume they are there specifically to meet planes coming across the Atlantic that dont have the fuel reserves for the whole trip.
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Jaxon
August 20, 2013 - 8:40am
yeah, we had Peterson AFB/Academy and BIAP had Sather AFB.

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rattraveller
August 20, 2013 - 8:17pm
Funny thing Killeen, Texas went looking for a way to expand their airport runways but found they had blocked it in with major roadways. The answer was found by getting Congress (yes the US Congress can come to a decision) to allow Killeen to build on Fort Hood's airfield. It is now jiont use but the military was there first.

Also the Air Force closed alot of their bases in San Antonio. The city took over one of the closed bases and built a new airport there.

SF connection: Pale and a couple of other planets had to be rebuilt and repopulated. Then years of peace and what should we do with these military starports we don't really need any more.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
August 21, 2013 - 3:58am
Plattsburgh, where I grew up, is now closed and the town which had had a little bitty air port was happy enough to take over the flight line. I suppose I should go on google earth again and take a look at how the base has changed. Last time I did much of the housing had been demolish and even the foundations removed. I believe one of the catholic schools took over the base's elementary school as well. No doubt the boat launch and marina on the Old Base half is likely still in use.
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TerlObar
August 21, 2013 - 7:12am
Then you have Moffet Field (NASA Ames).  Used to be an air base but has closed down.  The only thing that flies out of there now are NASA corporate jets coming in from elsewhere and Google's planes. Google has rented the hanger space for the owner's personal planes.  They have at least a 757, a 767, a couple of Gulfstream/Lear type corporate jets, a fighter jet trainer, and a helicopter.  I know because my office was in the hangar building and I could see them through the windows every time I walked down the hallway.Smile

My office was in the hangar because orginally, the NASA SOFIA mission (2.5 m telescope in the back of a 747) was supposed to be housed and flown out of that hanger.  However, flight operations were moved to Palmdale in a NASA plane consolidation move.
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Karxan
September 8, 2013 - 2:30pm
Terl, did you ever work on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory? I worked on the plane during some maintenance activities while I was stationed at Travis AFB. Cool plane. Did SOFIA replce it, I thought I read that a few weeks ago when I was looking for a picture of it?

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TerlObar
September 8, 2013 - 6:30pm
No, I never worked on the Kuiper, although I know people who did.  SOFIA is Kuiper's replacement and is now finally flying.
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jedion357
February 16, 2017 - 9:12am
Because of Volturnus fauna and released sathar attack monsters in the Hepplewhite sample adventure I'm going with the Hepplewhite crash as on Volturnus. Outpost #1 that the PCs Strom in the second module could be used as Hepplewhite's offices or be used as something else in this adventure. 

Not reason not to recycle maps. 
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