Once a city resting atop a mountainous plateau, Silver Bell now sits in an asteroid crater. It remains the most populous settlement on Spes, with 56,000 registered citizens-though its not a large colony even by Verge standards.
For the Borealins, Silver Bell represents renewal and rebirth. Thus, many of the Republic’s best and brightest come here, trying to make a name for themselves in a new era of philosophy and contemplative thought. In less than four years, the Silver Bell colonists have demonstrated remarkable independence. This energy and vigor are a source of pride to the Philosophers of the Republic on Sapphire. However, the willingness of Spes theorists to break from their colleges’ traditions is a source of concern for more traditional-minded Borealins. While the storms of conflict and war rage outside their university walls, the Borealins spend their time in contemplation, research, and debate-like Borealins everywhere. Unlike traditional Borealins, however, the Spes colonists no longer restrict themselves to the use of convoluted references and arcane styles of debate; these younger Borealins are filled with a pulse of adrenaline that’s almost unheard of. In fact, they’ve taken the College of Justice Ethics desire to protect the liberty of Borealins as far as they can.
In 2498, the citizens of Silver Bell elected Hanna Palmquist (Hf/Borealin/NP), an undoctored Student, to the position of Dean and leader of the city. Electing a Dean by popular vote was an unprecedented step in Borealin political thinking. In reaction, the Republic sent two visiting Professors to Spes, hoping to bring Silver Bell back in line with the rest of mainstream Borealin culture. Ironically, the Borealins’ choice of Anthony Darrokin (Hm/Borealin/DFA-4), Professor of Justice Ethics, proved a terrible mistake. After conversations with a number of his clone brothers, Darrokin ‘converted’ to the new ways of Spes, taking his college’s local support with him.
The colonists finished rebuilding the Branch College of Justice Ethics before any other city structure. As the first building was completed, it became the municipal and philosophical center of Silver Bell. The youngest of the twelve colleges, the Justice Ethics branch has proven the most willing to accept radical new lines of thought and philosophy-even ones that would brand it as an apostate in the rest of Borealin culture.
The Branch College of Unism, constructed a year ago on the edge of the settlement, is the Republic’s answer to this radical way of thinking. The Unist tradition is the oldest and most powerful within the Republic. The government-funded effort, led by irate Lecturer Clea Hitiro (Hf/Borealin/NP) hopes to mend Silver Bell’s growing rift with Sapphire. Hitiro and her followers constantly try to reverse the philosophical direction in which the colony is moving.
As the largest population center in the system, Silver Bell has also become a center of local economic activity. Most of the system’s corporations and businesses have built their headquarters within the city’s walls.