The largest of Endomar‘s mining towns, Casa Grande is a rough-and-tumble station carved from the heart of a mined-out asteroid. Its shipyard constantly refits and repairs miners’ vessels, its weigh-in office purchases ore from the space prospectors and pays them off, and its red-light district provides all the entertainment a lonely asteroid miner might look for after a long haul in the outer system. Casa Grande is run by a businesswoman who calls herself Ms. Zofia (Hf/Endo- mar/DFA-4). She cheerfully separates hard-working miners from their money in any legal or illegal manner she can, hiding a thug’s business tactics behind a show of sophisticated decadence. Ms. Zofia shows greenhorns no mercy, but she rarely robs or injures an experienced miner-regular customers get a bit of a break.
Recently, a small group of sesheyan pirates have made Casa Grande their home. So far, the sesheyans and Ms. Zofia have managed to live amicably, despite the fact that the aliens are now financing and organizing their own operations. Those who visit Casa Grande frequently have figured out that something big is about to happen-whether it is an all-out turf war or a peaceful business merger is anyone’s guess. A loose organization of miners has its main offices in Casa Grande called the Endomar Mining Guild.