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Askene

  • Class: M
  • Gravity: 1g
  • Diameter: 7456 miles
  • Period: 384 days
  • Rotation: 23.996 hours
  • Satellites:
  • Life: Vertebrate, complex nervous system, aquatic and terran forms, sentient native
  • Climate: T/A
  • Population: Approx 1 billion all races.
  • Created By: Gene Ambacher and Jay P Hailey
  • Summary: A world of sword wielding warriors and swept eared nobles
  • Environments: Askene has a number of different environments from arctic to dessert, tropical rain forest to steppes

Sapient Species:Edit

  • The Elauhir - long lived, elegant humanoids. They functionally rule Askene. Although there seem to be more than one faction, this relationship is subtle and vague. The Elauhir present a unified front to outsiders.
  • The Rodoni - Short, stout humanoids. As long lived as the Elauhir they seem insular. They are far less concerned with the affairs of "Lesser" races and the galaxy at large. They have riddled Askene with tunnel complexes and underground cities. They care only for practical matters. They are catching up with the Elauhir in terms of technology.  The Rodoni enjoy giving the Elauhir a hard time.  
  • Humans - Humans populate the surface of Askene. They live in a medieval life style. Serfs work the land under the protection and rule of lords. Monarchs rule kingdoms and vie with each other for power, wealth and influence.
  • Gaffa - Half sized humans. They live a comfortable, rural life style disdaining exploration and adventure. There may be variants of the Gaffa with different cultures.
  • Orsa - Humanoids. They are thickly built, strong, and brutal. Their culture has evolved after several genocidal wars. The Orsa are definitely a minority on Askene. They live nomadic hunter/gatherer lives usually, although many have assimilated into human cultures.

Rumors and legends about of other races - Garla, wolf like humanoids, Keezles, small reptilian scavengers and raiders, and Mind-Tasters, villains of great psionic power.

None of these have been seen for at least 1000 years.

Cultures:Edit

ElauhirEdit

The Elauhir enjoy living in harmony with nature. They prefer to use natural materials and even living plants where ever possible as building materials. While the Elauhir are scientifically advanced, they have eschewed most technology. High tech devices among the Elauhir tend to be one off, hand crafted items, built by individuals who view engineering and technology as art forms.

The Elauhir are usually serene, quiet and take a very long view. They are humanoids who can live up to 30,000 years. They prefer a quiet life where changes are minimal and taken only with careful contemplation.

A Minority of Elauhir are hyperactive, energetic adventurous, shallow and flighty. They move around their world at random and engage in adventure, commerce or crime in random amounts.

The Elauhir made contact with the Galaxy when a Technology artist built a small subspace telescope and picked up intelligent signals from a local Starfleet ship.

The Elauhir rule Askene. The Federation has not seen fit to challenge them. However, Rodoni scoff at this notion.

The Elauhir are regarded as noble and wise by the humans and other races. Elauhir dictates tend to be followed.

There is some evidence that the Elauhir have been deliberately holding the short-lived races of Askene in a pre-technological state.

Investigation is still on going. The Elauhir have insisted that no contact with Askene be made except through them.

RodoniEdit

The Rodoni culture is stern, disciplined, orderly and insular. They do not welcome outsiders with questions.

HumanEdit

The Human Cultures of Askene are variable, although appropriate to tech level 3. Monarchies, princedoms and duke-doms proliferate. However occasional democracies and theocracies can be seen.

GaffaEdit

The Gaffa have town councils and mayors. Some claim minimal fealty to human kingdoms, but eschew most politics.

OrsaEdit

Orsa are marginalized and operate mostly at the tribal level. When they have the opportunity they ave demonstrated the ability to form more complex governmental structures.

Culture is noted as based on strength. The more powerful warrior leads. They have firm roles for family and gender. Similar to the Mongol culture of Earth.

Tech Level:Edit

Mostly Tech Level 3, although the Elauhir have access to devices up to Tech Level 12 in some cases.

Government:Edit

The Elauhir are ruled by a council of elders. The oldest among them are considered the wisest, and so the Elauhir council of elders rule. Agents of the Elauhir are greeted and obeyed by human rulers.

The Humans of Askene have a patchwork of small kingdoms, duchys and other forms of government.

HistoryEdit

Askene has a long and complex history that is not yet well understood. Apparently the people of Askene found themselves on their world approximately 80,000 years ago. The Elauhir and Rodoni have records of this.

There followed a complex history of development, empire building, alliances, wars, declines and resurgence.

Affiliation:Edit

Askene is a neutral world, although friendly to the Federation. Askene citizens travel the Federation, and a few Elauhir hold dual citizenship.

Resources:Edit

Askene has all the mineral resources of an Earthlike planet. Some of it is more easily accessed. The Rodani have been mining Askene for tens of thousands of years, and have huge stock piles of metals, gems and minerals available for trade with the Elauhir.

Places of Note:Edit

  • Elvend - the City of the Elauhir, a city melded seamlessly with a huge living forest.

Ship facilities:Edit

Almost none. The elauhir could offer fuel and supplies. Only small ships can land at Elvend.

Strategic Importance:Edit

Minor. The Federation wouldn't turn down having a friend in the area to anchor exploration and development, but Askene doesn't seem to be a good candidate for this.

Economy:Edit

The Humans and Orsa of Askene live a pre-technological subsistence farming life style. The Elauhir have provided disease resistant, robust crops developed by years of patient eugenic development.

The Elauhir trade useful items for food and raw materials. Elauhir made plows are made of advanced alloys that do not dull or wear out under normal use.

The Rodoni trade metals, gold, silver nd crafted items to Elauhir, Humans and Orsa for food and other surface produced goods.

Present ConflictsEdit

In some areas there is racial tension between Humans and Orsa, accompanied by prejudice and violence. In other areas human empires conflict using swords and bows over resources and influence.

The Elauhir seem to be focused on keeping all this dispersed, in small scales and under control.

Relations:Edit

The Federation - Askene is friendly to the Federation and seems to be very slowly exploring the requirements for a closer relationship. There is some tension as the Federation understands more the the Elaurhir role in keeping the Humans and Orsa of Askene stagnant.

No other power in known spce is known to have made contact with Askene yet.

Military:Edit

The Elauhir of Askene rely on a force that is a mix of police force and intelligence service. These Elauhir tavel and monitor the doings of other races and prevent activities that would disrupt the Status Quo.

Each Elauhir City and Kingdom maintains a small, highly trained militia, armed with modern weapons. These foil attacks, banditry and other direct forms of violence.

Each Human and Orsa Kingdom maintains its own armed forces, armed with primitive weapons (Swords, pole arms, bows, armored Calvary and siege engines).

The defensive arrangements of the Rodoni is unknown but according the Elauhir can be assumed to be competent, and paranoid.

Askene has no space borne defensive structure at this time.

Languages:Edit

The Language of the Elauhir has been customarily used as the language of scholarship and education for two thousand years. The Human and Orsa have their own tongues. The Rodoni also speak their own language.

Biology:Edit

The Biology of Askene is conventional and compatible with Earth humans. Several plant and animal species are found on both worlds.

Location:Edit

On the frontier of the Federation.

UpdateEdit

In 2406, Federation Agents with the cooperation of Human and Rodoni natives of Askene establish a Federation outpost on Askene.

The Elauhir protested vigorously and most Elauhir were in favor of violently pushing the outlanders off their world.

However, The Rodoni and the Humans of three neighboring kingdoms signed treaties of alliance with the Federation.

The Rodoni did so mainly to enjoy the anger and outrage of the Elauhir, but also to rub their noses in the failure of their domination.

The Federation outpost is a Pax mission, allowing for refugees and immigrants to come and learn about the Federation and live a Federation life style.

Vulcans, Earth humans and members of several other Federation races have come to Askene to try and preserve as much pre contact culture as possible.

The Vulcans and the Ane view the Elauhir psionic domination of their cousins on Askene as interference by the Prime Directive standards, allowing the Federation to try and ameliorate the interference.

There are rumors that Sunshine the Elder was responsible for introducing the Federation representatives and Rodoni. These rumors are not proven and are considered scandalous libel by all right thinking Elauhir.

It is known that Sunshine took a strong stand against a war and used all of her personal influence to persuade the Elauhir to stand down.

Now the Federation is a fact of life on Askene and things will never be the same again.

Orion and Ferengi scouts have landed on Askene, but have found little there to interest them.


MetaEdit

This a classic Fantasy Role Playing world where Psionics replaces Magic.

The Elauhir and Rodoni once fought a genocidal war with the Illithids, but on the verge of victory, the Illithids disappeared. Scholars fear they escaped to space and may return.

There are factions of the Elauhir who also live under ground, in conflict with the Rodoni and Elauhir. They are very rarely encountered.

The Name stems from this - I did not recall what name Gene Ambacher gave his FRPG world, so I made a note to "Ask Gene"

Not too Different from the Ugohaid

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