Venelia is the second of four planets in the Nestor system. Beyond it is a dense asteroid belt. The planet is almost entirely covered by water, and is cold enough that most of the surface is permafrost or glacier. All native life on Venelia lives under the water, although some alien plant species have been transported there since mankind’s arrival.
The planet is controlled by the Hannu clan, who established a colony there as a base to explore the nearby nebula of Cooper’s Veil. The planet is a scientific outpost and military base, primarily, and is only lightly populated with one major city and a series of colonial marine bases. The Order of Voltaire and Ares-Draconis also maintain a sizable presence here as well.
The Arkhon have targeted Venelia as a strategic holding point on the Protectorate
side of Cooper’s Veil. It is centrally located in the sector, and would make an
excellent launching point for a push into
But the attack wiped out the Arkhon landing forces, and is generally considered the battle that blunted the Arkhons’ march through Cooper sector, giving the Protectorate time to get a better hold of the situation. The bulk of the task force escaped and is holed up in the asteroid belt, not allowing the Arkhon forces to engage them. They attack whenever they see an opening, hoping to whittle down the enemy.
Meanwhile, on the ground,
The planet itself is a relatively cold world with what little land present being mostly frozen tundra. Small, icy archipelagos break through the surface of the waves sporadically, but life is limited to underwater species, including a wide variety of fish-like species, radiates and trichordates (three-spined crustaceans). The radiates top the food chain, with massive jellyfish-like creatures that are believed to be semi-intelligent and potentially psychic.
Population: 5 million (3.5 million in the city)
Controlling Clan: Hannu
Diameter: 8,200 miles
Atmosphere: Earth-like, though slightly less oxygen due to the lack of surface plant life, making the air thin and breathing slightly difficult. NOTE: The cold climate and thin air and closeness to the border are why there were military bases here. Marines stationed here have a +1 to their P.E. due to their training. This extra P.E. point fades after 2D6 months off world, however, but the lessons they learn in the harsh, cold, wet climate remain.
Gravity: 1.05 G
Calendar: 31 hour days, 560 days in a year.
Defense Assets: The city has a wing of Ballista strike fighters and
two squadrons of old Arrow Interceptors, as well as four