Enos

A poor, non-industrial world located on the Bowman Arm in the Sword Worlds Subsector of the Spinward Marches. Enos is a member of the Sword Worlds Confederation and the system contains a military base.

Enos is the first world in orbit around the red, main sequence star Kaleshi. Apart from Enos, the system contains a single sparse asteroid belt and a half dozen minor planetoids which have escaped the belt.

Enos is the most rimward member of the Sword Worlds, and is only tenuously connected with its off-world government. Many travellers have noted that Enos is treated as a ghetto by the Sword Worlds’ rulers, as is evident by its low tech level and lack of cultural funding and support.

Enos is small but unusually dense, being composed largely of heavier metals and similar massive materials. Geological evidence indicates that Enos itself may have been a rogue world which was captured by Kaleshi during a close encounter. The planet’s standard atmosphere is also very unusual in light of its probable background.

There is no evidence that life of any sort ever managed to evolve on Enos, probably due to the planet’s total lack of surface water. Deep scans of the planet have found huge pockets of gases and fluids. Modern society on Enos depends wholly on these pockets for water.

Perhaps the most unusual aspect of Enos’ geology is the Fire Sea. At first glance, this region is nothing more than a sweeping desert of sand broken only rarely by outcroppings of sand-blasted rocks and crags. However, a huge pocket of methane gas rests in the strata beneath the Fire Sea’s shifting sands. Because the bedrock in this area is very brittle and has been shattered by seismic activity, the dangerous methane vapors are constantly seeping to the surface. As a result, the Fire Sea is a dangerous place to travel as any unprotected spark in the wrong place may cause a detonation.

In addition, the escaping gas often takes the form of a powerful jet. When this happens, an electrostatic discharge often builds up and causes the stream to ignite. These mighty pillars of flame often trigger long chains of powerful explosions which can decimate areas several kilometers in diameter. These blasts cause the bedrock below to break down even more quickly, releasing more gas and compounding the hazards for travellers.

The 750,000 inhabitants of Enos live in conditions which most off-worlders consider to be barbaric. Enos is ruled by a hereditary monarchy, which, due to recent tragedies, has been in the hands of a regent. The royal heir, having come of age an recently been crowned is Queen Ros. Although new to her reign, she is popular among the populace who are looking for less corrupt leadership.

A Sword Worlds military garrison is maintained on Enos at the request of the local government, serving to keep the occasional corsair bands from setting their sights on planetary domination. Duty in the Enos Garrison is considered a punishment by most members of the Confederacy’s military pool because of the unsavory nature of the local society. The local technology level is very low, being roughly similar to that employed on Terra during its First World War. Although there are numerous examples of higher technology items around the world, these are almost always in the hands of off-world interests.

Ling Standard Products has begun to take an interest in Enos. They have created several outposts and bases; some are starports in their own right with much better facilities than the official starport. Most of their operations are officially unsanctioned, but were allowed during the recent regency. The newly crowned Queen Ros has made it clear that she does not want Imperial corporations gaining a foothold on Enos.

The system has no gas giants and a primitive Class I Starport. Refueling can be problematic since Enos has no surface water, which adds to the lack of visitors to this system. Refueling usually has to be negotiated through one of the mining concerns who sell unrefined Methane at grossly inflated prices. Enos rarely sees more than a handful of ships pass through the system in a standard year.

For obvious reasons, Enos has been declared an Amber Zone.

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