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Molnsa Trade Guild

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The Seven Star Kings

   The Molnsa Trade Guild was the oldest of the great houses, preceding the others by a more than a thousand years. While mankind was clawing its way through the muck of feudalism, seven so-called Star Kings signed the first Guild Treaty at the Conclave of Suftas on Berasha 5 in the Molnsa Constellation. These seven  Suftas were “T'eng Fan, a wealthy Borthan trade merchant, Chutteari Grequat, the Partak merchant lord, Toos Fa Indarei, the Biha Serjaum trader of the Northern Core, Amafir Kish, the Hagadorn Arms trader of the Inner Reaches, Pasasha Numa, the Kratek Slaver,  Booker Raman, the Smuggler Chief, and Tsthechan the Q'kwagat Raider Lord.”



   These Suftas employed a wide variety of tactics to bring new systems and routes under their sway. Toos Fa Indarei searched out worlds deficient in sources of Serjaum, making them virtually dependent on the suftas for this vital fuel. Tsthechan traded at cutthroat prices and bullied his way past rivals, employing h…

The Perimeter Project

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The Mystery
   Recall that in 2674, a new dock extension, designated Docking Pod D1, was added to the Buchlan Fells facility. It was the biggest enclosed starship dock ever built at the station. Extending far into space, and connected by a freight tramway leading to a secured section of the station accessible only to those with level 12 clearance. The only ships docking there were those same small, sleek starships built for speed.

   Starting in 2675, the small, fast ships began to be replaced by freighters of all sizes and shapes. Whatever cargo was on those ships was not brought into the commerce bays to be counted, and warehoused for transit to commercial vessels. The freight that was offloaded at Docking Pod D1 was hauled directly to the level-12 secured bays of Buchlan Fells.




   Commencing in 2680, in addition to the fast starships and freighters calling at Docking Pod D1, tankers, heavy equipment haulers, supply transports, and construction tower ships were making frequent stops a…

Yacht Racing Among The Stars

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The Racing Circuit
   Stellar Yacht Racing was a popular pastime for the wealthy across the Galaxy. The Illini Races in the Fal Nebula were a favorite of everyone in the Rimward Reaches as this news article from 2685 shows.
Classics Stellar Regatta
   The Classics Regatta in the Fal Nebula of the avian Illini Empire is an annual three-month-long event will see classic yachts of all varieties race in the Dal Drift.
   The Calik Starsystem is gearing up for the return of the Classics Regatta, which will coincide with the Onear Festival. With such a mixed fleet descending onto the Garrick Protostar, it is expected to be an exciting and competitive event.
   Classic yachts from across the Fal Nebula are expected to participate, with 500-year-old boats sailing alongside modern replicas. Last year saw an eclectic race fleet of Pilot Cutters, Sloops, Ammuth Working Boats, Camdens and Offset Designs.


   The highlight of the regatta will be the parade of stars, taking place at the mid-race waypoint.…

Stelltron's Organization

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Since the poisoning of their father in the mid-2600's the Ramla twins, Lei and Bolin, have been the chair and vice chair of Stelltron's executive board. It is a closely held corporation and owned entirely by the Ramla family.  Aside from a few relatives and the other executive board members who own less than one percent of the company, which makes them fabulously wealthy and powerful, the stock of the most celebrated trade house in the galaxy is held entirely by the twins.

   Trade Hubs are either massive space stations or whole worlds devoted to nothing but interstellar trade. They are a rarity in the galaxy, and only the most potent trade houses or empires possess one. There are twenty-six in the entire galaxy Stelltron owns four and has Associate Privileges on nine more. The central Trade Hub and the headquarters of Stelltron are at Buchlan Fells in the territories governed by the company. Outmark Station is at the extreme east of the galaxy in the Fulham empire. Gregan Tra…

Stelltron's Inner Circle

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THE RAMLA TWINS   The Ramla twins were the Terran human dynastic heirs of Stelltron, the largest of the Great Trade Houses. They succeeded their father in the mid-2600's, with each inheriting one half of Stelltron. The male twin, Lei, was Chairman and his sister Bolin was Vice Chairman. They were in theory, answerable to the Stelltron board of directors. A who's who of wealthy merchants and captains of industry. In fact, the twins ruled over Stelltron as monarchs. Lei was Chairman and made the final decisions in all trade house business. Bolin led him to believe that he actually made those decisions. The 'sirname Ramla' was from a southern Terran dialect, which means 'Future Sight.'

LEI RAMLA   Lei means 'Thunder.' Lei was handsome, an elitist, and a sadist. He tried to dominate his twin sister by force of will. He would often declare that he alone controlled Stelltron's vast holdings. His sister Bolin let him believe that. BOLIN RAMLA
   Bolin means &…

The Hunt

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Not long after the disappearance of the two analysts, Harry Kent and Diana Oberman, strange vessels began to arrive at Buchlan Fells, hundreds of them. They were, for the most part, small starships, built for speed. All manner of aliens disembarked, always making their way to the upper decks; the executive floors of the station. Each ship and crew stayed for a few hours and then jumped away. Of note were the human crewed ships. They were Silent Company rigs. It was a poorly kept secret that the Silent Company often worked for Stelltron. Black ops, smuggling, assassinations, and espionage were their usual gigs.

   In 2674, a new dock extension, designated Docking Pod D1, was added to the Buchlan Fells facility. It was the biggest enclosed starship dock ever built at the station. Extending far into space, and connected by a freight tramway leading to a secured section of the station accessible only to those with level 12 clearance. The only ships docking there were those same small, slee…

Takamo Universe Books in Production

  • Dark Star by -- AR DeClerck
  • Decaying Orbit -- by AR DeClerck
  • Rhats Too! -- by Kerry Nietz
  • Strife's Cost -- by Steve Rzasa
  • The Last Run of the Ice Duchess -- by Shona Husk