THE DYING PLANET
Roughly 10,000 homesteaders inhabit the windswept wastes of High Mojave (G2/R2/A3/P1/H1). The typical homestead consists of a small family living in a habitat dome surrounded by hundreds of acres of moisture condensers and tough crops engineered to succeed in nitrate-depleted soils. Many are hundreds of kilometers from their nearest neighbors, self-sufficient for all but the most unusual supplies and commodities. People out here have a tough pioneer outlook and enjoy the isolation.
High Mojave’s revolution equals ten standard days in length, leading to long, cool days and bitterly cold nights. The thin atmosphere doesn’t hold heat well, and temperatures can drop as low as -100° C by the end of the night. Its two moons, Salton and Baja, loom large in its skies, eventually falling inward with the eons-old decay Df their orbits. However, colonial astronomers predict that neither will fall for at least 30,000 years or more.
The leader of the High Mojave colony is Colonial Governor Giles Sandovar (Hm/Orion/NP). Sandovar is a new transplant from Old Space who wants to make up for lost time. He’s intent on bringing the light of 26th century Orion civilization to this cold and lonely backwater, an attitude that doesn’t endear him to the new Orion citizens under his rule. They’d just as soon be left alone, but they can’t be bothered to throw the governor out, either. Mostly, Sandovar is simply stymied or ignored.