UNIVERSE

 
 

Far beyond the safety of terrestrial worlds, the Amrita Asteroid Belt is a disparate realm of colonists, criminals, laborers, and the refuse of society. Clusters of asteroids trapped in aetheric currents drift within an elliptical ring between the orbits of the planets Kir-Sharaat and Seraos. The Belt is society’s fringe, where settlements can be separated by a seemingly endless expanse of emptiness, far beyond the reach of Gate Hubs. It is said that no one comes to the Belt, they always flee from someplace else. This explains the high population of escaped criminals, pirates, smugglers, and other persecuted beings in Belt settlements. A few scientific research stations also exist in the Fringe, conducting work that is better left unseen by the bulk of the population.

The Amrita Asteroid Belt is dotted with small settlements and uninhabited complexes. Most of these are former mining colonies, eking out a precarious existence with privacy as their only plentiful natural resource. Abandoned outposts are common, but so are those inhabited only by the unquiet souls of their previous residents, or Progenitor architecture left behind when the planet Amrita was destroyed during the Collapse. The largest inhabited settlement in the Belt is Complex Four, a former mining colony-turned-haven for scoundrels, smugglers, and waywards. Most travelers coming to Amrita settle in Complex Four, or use it as a stopping point before venturing deeper into the Range and beyond.
 

AMrita ASTEROID belt

The Aethera System consists of two suns and four worlds, each of which shares an intrinsic tie to one of the Inner Planes. Researchers long ago confirmed the planar ties of their own home worlds and compared results of these studies to other planets during the Century War, agreeing that each world of the Aethera System is associated with a different elemental plane. Less understood is the way each world rotates through a cycle of elemental alignments across a measure of hundreds of thousands of years. Evidence across the myriad worlds—coral atop Akasaati mountains, flash-frozen forests on Orbis-Aurea—suggests that these alignments changed violently during the Collapse. But none can say for certain whether this change caused the Collapse, or was instigated by it.

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WORLDS

 

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