Virtually forgotten during the Long Silence, Tychus was one of the last stars colonized before the onset of the Second Galactic War. A class K2 orange dwarf, Tychus is located almost 2D light-years from any other settled system on the very fringe of human space. The system includes thirteen planets-most of them frozen worlds drifting through the depths of the outer system-and a single sparse asteroid belt. The world of Yellow Sky, the second of Tychus’s planets, contains the only settled site of the system.
Tychus was first surveyed by the Orlamu Theocracy in the year 2336. Compared to the airless rocks and frigid orbs found in nearby systems, Yellow Sky offered a reasonable prospect for colonization. Its location at the very end of the Verge also seemed a good spot for a serious push toward the Perseus Arm-a long-term goal of the Orlamu Theocracy. In early 2346, a few short months before the Mutant Uprising, the Orlamus established the colonial base of Mount Illumination on Yellow Sky.
The Second Galactic War quickly seized the full and undivided attention of the Theocracy, leaving few resources or forces available for reinforcing their new colony. Around 2350, an Austrin-Ontis raiding force hit the Orlamu capital world and inflicted serious damage on government offices and records. In 2369, the planet of Hopewell-the original home of most of the Tychus colonists-was destroyed by an orbital bombardment. The Yellow Sky colony was literally forgotten; the government records of its existence were gone, and very few personal relations of the Tychus settlers remained alive in the Stellar Ring.
Completely deprived of any support from their parent nation, the Yellow Sky colonists did the best they could. They’d been left without a ship after their landing, and the great portion of the initial colony freight consisted of basic construction supplies, agricultural materials, and livestock; all of the advanced communications, defenses, and sensors were slated for a later shipment that was never sent. As the years of the Long Silence passed, more and more of the colonists’ technology broke down, and they were simply unable to repair it. By the time of the Return, Tychus was effectively a PL 3 (Renaissance) settlement; it retained only a few items of industrial and post-industrial technology.