Ptolemy is a young, dim, and unremarkable K8 star. Its seven planets include few resources deserving of commercial exploitation. Its only world of note is Hurricane, a terrestrial planet only one billion years old. Hurricane (G2/R2/A3/P4/H3) seethes with volcanic activity, acidic seas full of organic chemicals, and a violent, toxic atmosphere. One day Hurricane may develop into a Class 1 world, but that day won’t came for at least 100 million years.
Hurricane has about 50,000 people, scattered across four major settlements. All of these settlements are domed towns surrounded by fields open to the atmosphere, as the planet’s current atmosphere is not a barrier to plant respiration. Humans do require breathing masks and a self-contained air supply on the surface, however. The atmosphere itself is intolerably thick, hot, and humid A century of terraforming is just now trans¬forming Hurricane’s atmosphere, and lightning-shattered down¬pours cover about 45% of the globe around the clock.
Given the uneven heating of volcanic activity, the lack of seas to store heat and stabilize climate patterns, and the rapid rotation of this young and hot world, ferocious winds often scour Hurricane. In fact, its calmest days still give rise to screaming gales, and real storms can create winds of up to 300 kph. Human towns, structures, and farmlands are built low to the ground and in the lee of hills or ridges, but even these measures don’t guarantee safety. Landing conditions for visiting spacecraft are dangerous at best, and often impossible-a factor that dissuaded the Regency from invading Hurricane back in 2466.
Hurricane’s largest town is the pirate citadel of Groundfall, a rough and tumble port full of the worst the Verge has to offer. The Lord’s Tower is the center of what passes for government in this system; Hellis’s legbreakers guard the place against all intruders.