Valiis Orbital Station
For eight years, no one set foot upon this deserted station. Many Borealins felt that it suffered from a curse, as if the colonists who died defending Vallis still haunted the station. Surprisingly, Vallis Station endured those years without maintenance or refitting, high praise for the Borealins who constructed it.
Today Vallis Station serves the needs of the Concord and its Star Force-even though the Borealins retain legal ownership. The Concord brought Vallis back into operation soon after the Monitor arrived, and it now is a crucial link in the communications and defense network of the Verge. Vallis sells its communication services to anyone. The station can send messages to Aegis, whose commsats route the signals to Tendril. The Tendril drivesat relays route these messages to the Stellar Ring or contract ships to carry them to a nearby star system.
The Concord Communications Commission (CCC) has offices aboard Vallis. Here, CCC does more than simply administrate; it controls the communication system directly. If anything seriously threatens the Hammer’s Star system (such as the Klicks), Vallis would function as the crucial link to the full might of the Concord military. As such, the station is one of the best defended points in the system. The Vition, in orbit around Spes, is never more than an hour or two from Vallis Station. Locally, Vallis counts on its escort of one cruiser and five corvettes to protect it from attack. This escort has proven more than enough to ward off ambushes from Hammer’s Star’s more ambitious renegades.
Newcomers to the system are immediately directed to Vallis Station. Once they’ve docked, they receive a briefing from Concord personnel about the risks of doing business in the system. The Concord can’t promise safety-although it tries its best. Despite the somewhat grim warnings, visitors will find Vallis Station a friendly, if somewhat stark, residence.
Vallis also serves as a repair shipyard for both military and civilian craft. However, Star Force has misgivings about tying so many critical functions to a single station; no matter how determined its defenders, Vallis Station could suffer great damage, thereby compromising the operations of the Galactic Concord. Admiral Raastad didn’t have to push too hard before visiting Concord Undersecretary Michael Thayne (head of the Committee on Verge Integration) allotted funding for a second space station. Construction will begin in orbit around the gas giant Platon before the end of 2501. The Concord denied Admiral Raastad’s request for a drivespace communication relay for the second station, however, deeming it an unnecessary expense.