Fanseeth: Moons and Settlements

With a few important exceptions, the Fanseeth live on a variety of small moons orbiting a gas giant.

There are numerous such moons and some of them are only barely inhabitable, requiring planetside stations to render them at all livable. Some of the larger moons maintain a thin but breathable atmosphere. Their environments are all rather hostile to human life. Most have a population ranging between a few thousand (though smaller “enclaves” do exist, they are generally not permanent settlements) to—in the case of the Nijan Hala—roughly 200 million (with tens of millions more in the station around it).

Following are some of the major or more important settlements.

The Nijan Hala (“Nijan”)

The largest moon and the primary Fanseeth settlement is called the Nijan Hala. Surrounded by a habitable ring station and protected by a magnetic field from the moon’s metal core, it provides a relatively stable surface environment (by Fanseeth standards).

It is from here that the Vordur oversee the remainder of the Fanseeth. This is the seat of the Warden and is also by far the most populous of the Fanseeth’s moons.

The population on the moon is divided into a series of clades—all relatively small (the largest is a few million people, and most are under ten thousand). While they are ostensibly allowed to elect their own leaders, most are functionally overseen by a member of the Vordur.

Life has a tendency to be rather political on Nijan Hala’s surface, and as a result of violent Fanseeth politics, lifespans tend to be shorter than they might be otherwise.

The ring station, known as Omnira Prime, is almost entirely populated by Hakal, Kappi, and Bondi who do not like the deeply political nature of living down below or who have jobs that routinely take them away from The Nijan Hala. It is a working station, with ships routinely docking and leaving to the other moons. When the Children of Earth visit, this is where they tend to focus their trade.

Aiye Titun

The first home of the Fanseeth, before they were the Fanseeth. This is where they settled before staging off to the other, more habitable, more hospitable moons.

Aiye Titun is a barren, volcanically active moon whose atmosphere contains significant amounts and carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. There were stations on the surface left behind that have largely rotted away with time and lack of maintenance. There are also some underground habitats that have long since been broken open to the elements.

It is now uninhabited.

Mostly.

Veen

Veen is an icy moon dotted with cryovolcanos. There are habitable stations covering the the surface, each with a small population and connected to the others largely through subterranean tunnels. Most of the population here are members of the Hakal, though the Kappi also have a significant presence.

They mostly harvest resources from their own moon and send it on to the rest of the Fanseeth, producing a non-insignificant amount of the fuel used by the Kappi’s ships among the rest of the Fanseeth.

Veen maintains a semi-autonomous government from the rest of the Fanseeth, established in their Charter. While still falling under the auspices of the Warden, they answer first to an elected member of their own referred to as The Watchkeeper. Each individual clade on the moon sends a representative who then collectively vote on the Watchkeeper, who remains until the representatives come together in a vote-of-no-confidence. They also may not serve longer than 20 years.

Coincidentally, they are also the only group of the Fanseeth outside of the main government to maintain an organized military (mostly in the form of a navy). Just to maintain tradition, of course.

Kala Station

One of the only permanently inhabited space stations of the Fanseeth, Kala Station orbits the Fanseeth gas giant in a high polar orbit. It has a lot of room but a low permanent population (mostly of Bondi), serving mainly as a rendezvous point for Hakal miners on their way to an uninhabited moon or asteroid for a multi-month stint. They travel out to where they will be doing their mining—carried by Kappi pilots—and come back to here before returning to their home moons.

What Kala exceeds at is processing. They have extremely efficient processing facilities to refine and store the elements brought back by the Fanseeth, and manufacturing facilities for turning the raw materials into resources suitable for transport to moonside, along with the magnetic catapults necessary to send those resources near enough to the moons to be picked up by the Kappi.

Others

Many of the moons of the Fanseeth have some presence—be it small or large, permanent or transient—but for the majority of them that presence is entirely transient, miners who are cycled in and out for short stints.

Above are just some of the more major settlements, but it certainly isn’t an exhaustive list. Some of the major features of Fanseeth settlements tend to be:

  • A mixture of Hakal, Kappi, and Bondi groups with a few members of the Vordur.
  • Population is divided into a series of smaller clades which live together. These are not split along family lines, but frequently do fall largely along cultural lines.
  • Usually a Vordur leader, but when that leader is not Vordur they are almost invariably a member of the Bondi. Veen is a notable exception in this regard.
  • Clade decisions are kept local to the clade. Moon decisions are kept local to the moon. Decisions are usually handled as locally as is feasible and bringing in outsiders to a dispute is frowned upon. Periodically different clades in one region (up to the size of the entire moon) will come together to discuss some situation or to trade, swap news, or otherwise make routine decisions.
Written by David H. Clements