The Rim

Hope

“Hope isn’t much to look at, nor is it the friendliest system you’ll ever pass through. And passing through is most likely what you’ll be doing. Hope doesn’t have much to offer the universe, frankly, and if it wasn’t an unavoidable pit stop on the way into the Rim, it’s unlikely the colony would still be around.

They’re not a big fan of the Foundation around these parts, and don’t tend to be too friendly with those who hail from more… civilised parts of the Firmament. Interstellar travellers are advised to limit themselves to the Xerxes Refueling Station or to the cleaner districts of Xanadu City. Any information or contact from the so-called Anti-Foundation Front should be reported to Foundation authorities immediately.”

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Samarkand

“Samarkand’s primary world, Hephaestus, is an inhospitable little lava rock, but it holds hidden treasures galore. One of the few sources of suspension gases in industrial quantities, and it’s close enough to the Territories to be profitable. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see one of the elusive Hephaestus dragons in the flesh!

The rugged, authentic folk of Hephaestus can mostly be found in the Overcity - that’s an orbital settlement - but a visit to Samarkand would be wasted looking at factories and docking bays! Instead, take a trip to the surface and see the beautiful views of Respite, the planet’s only city - or take a detour to the Diamond Planet Casino at the system’s edge if you’re in the mood for some high-roller excitement.”

Xi’An

“Do you laugh in the face of danger and opt for the road less travelled? If that sounds like you, then the Xi’An system might be worth considering for your next stop. It’s not the most popular route into the deeper Rim, but trade runs to this system are rewarding due to an abundance of rare minerals required for the construction of spike drives. But let’s forget about credits for a second - how about Cordelia, eh? Does a shimmering ocean planet of untold natural beauty appeal to you? If so, it’s time to book passage to the ship-cities of Cordelia!

Note: Travellers should be advised that Xerxes Publishing cannot be held legally responsible for dissatisfaction or loss of life resulting from communications and sensor array failures, space piracy, starship fuel shortages, or damage to customer property by hostile alien life.”