Leaving the Telluran Directorate worlds behind, the expedition continues it’s journey towards the edge of charted space. Following the trail spinward from Tellura there is the Corelian subsector, territory of the non-aligned worlds, who with Kingdom of Peladon are involved in a desperate struggle against the Korsumug Empire. The Korsumug or Zerps, as their species are named, rule an ancient empire that extends into two subsectors of Theta Borealis. Their empire until a hundred years ago, was in an advanced state of decay as the govenors of clusters of worlds creating their own satrapies from the empire’s districts. One hundred years ago this all changed as a new leader emerged supported by a new ally: the black ships. This leader, Generalissimo Klaqutro, overthrew the old order and with some reforms have restarted the offensive towards the recently colonized worlds trailing of their empire. The attacks have shown that the rot of the empire has reached it’s heart as they have suffered high casualties for little territorial gain, and without the cadre of the black ships, their attacks would have collapsed in disaster as they had long ago. Times are different now, whole subsectors have been thrown into disarray as the warzone has expanded; if vacuum did not fill the space between the stars it would be the smoke of a thousand battles raging. However, the newest leader, Generalissimo Xirzodi, the handpicked successor of Klaqutro, has shown no sign of changing course, even as his popularity slides.
Urlishsha is a dry dusty world, orbiting on the close side of the habital zone of main stage F9 star, brighter in spectral class than a G, though only barely so. With no oceans to speak of, only large shallow salinated lakes, the main settlement is located on northern edge of a large inland sea in the northern hemisphere. Urlishsha is home to about 56 million souls, the Capitol, Laasheim, a metropolis of 7 million is the largest city where smaller cities and settlements spread out in a cresent along the shores of the inland sea. Most of the world is unpopulated and vegetation only grows along the shores of the lakes, the interior being mostly desolate desert enviornment.
On the approach to Urlishsha, there is suddenly sickening shudder in the Loreli, like receiving a hammer blow. Seconds later general quarters wails from every speaker right before all power cuts. What certainly seems like mere nano-seconds, everything stops as gravity cuts out: people, helmets, cups, papers, electronic pads, all the small accoutremonts of life rise in zero G, then slam hard sideways into walls and back as the real G forces are felt.What little power is left in emergency battery storage is used by the computer, Archie, firing thrusters to try to brake and stabilize the Loreli before she suffers catastrophic re-entry in Urlishsha’s atmosphere.