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Zuekzrekhgal

by Pete Gray

Starport: Class X
Diameter: 3239 Miles
Atmosphere: Thin tainted with pollutants
Surface Water: 27%
Climate: Very Hot
Population: 457,000 (364,000 Vargr)
Government: Balkanised (Dominated by TEDs)
Law Level: 6
Tech Level: 0

Formerly known as Talon. Talon had been colonised in waves by both human and Vargr settlers. Animosity between the two groups led to the creation of exclusive nation-states for each, centered around large arcologies built near the world's scattered seas. Sporadic fighting created a spiral of atrocity and retribution, and the nations armed themselves with an array of weapons of mass destruction. The United Followers of Augurgh annexed the world in 1112, but were unable to bring any kind of peace between the warring factions. The Imperial Civil War attracted oppurtunistic corsairs, who used the world as a forward base for raids on Domain of Deneb shipping in the Millions Bisector.

Despite warnings from the DoD, the planetary population did not seriously heed the threat of Virus, and the world was caught unawares in late 1142. An infected bulk transport released a Doomslayer strain into the local datanet, and when the rampage was over four days later, the world had been shattered beyond repair. Those not killed in the initial rampage of deadly machinery died of starvation and exposure in the billions. Survivors abandoned the arcologies and fled into the wilderness, their numbers winnowed further by the shock of adaptation. Virus literally bombed this world back to the Stone Age, though local warlords enforce their power with dwindling stocks of TL-11 weaponry. These groups are very xenophobic, and Million's free traders avoid the world at all costs.


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