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  • Planet Name: Gorin
  • Location: Par'tha Expanse
  • Class: O
  • System Data: Gorin has no moon
  • Gravity: 1.2 G
  • Year and Day: 352/25
  • Atmosphere: Nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere with ozone and carbon dioxide content, at Earth-normal pressure
  • Hydrosphere: Moist, with 100% surface water
  • Climate: Warm and temperate
  • Sapient Species: 27 million, mostly Caraadians
  • Technological Classification: Rating N on the Richter Scale
  • Government: Aristocracy, House Kerraron
  • Culture: Cosmopolitan, agricultural
  • Affiliation: homeworld of House Kerraron
  • Resources: foodstuffs
  • Ship Facilities: Gorin has two space-based starports, and numerous surface-based starports

Other Details: The original colonists of Gorin controlled several other nearby systems, currently under Barahn's rule. But most of theses systems, while rich in ore, lacked easily settled worlds. Though lacking landmasses, Gorin has a pleasant climate with warm oceans, making it a more attractive colony site.

The colonists brought raw materials from the ore-rich worlds and constructed huge platforms above Gorin's waves. On these platforms, great cities were built, called seascapes. In Gorin's heyday, over 20 of the artificial landmasses, some dozens of kilometers in diameter, dotted the planet's great oceans. But then came the Valcarians who, with the help of House Larokon, laid waste to all but two of the platforms.

Today, six of the platforms have been rebuilt, mostly by scavenging parts and materials from the other platforms. Gorin's capital city is Gorinna, a majestic sprawl situated on the largest surviving platform which is over 20 kilometers in diameter.

The remaining platforms are abandoned ruins, shunned by the locals who claim the restless spirits of the deceased guard their secrets. Slowly, House Kerraron has rebuilt itself, but the majority of this build-up is hidden from the Valcarians. Much of it takes place in the ancient ruins on the bottom of the ocean. These ruins date back many thousands of years, prior to the arrival of the colonists. House Kerraron is in the process of constructing research stations, storage depots, and hideouts in an effort to return to its previous glory.

At one time, Gorin's oceans were full of aquatic life from various plants and algae, to fish, and even huge reptilian-like species. But the mass destruction and fall-out from the great war that lasted but a day had detrimental ecological effects. The oceanic environment is still coping with the massive amounts of contaminants released during the bombing of the platforms, plus wreckage of hundreds of ships that plummeted into the azure waters. The end result is a nearly 90 percent extinction of all species, plus the appearance of many radiation-mutated species.

Culture: The people of Gorin are a grim, pessimistic lot. The last generation has dealt with many hardships since the fall of their dynasty. However, they are a patient, determined people. They care about only quality of life or a product, not profit or quantity. Among all other traits, they hold a deep respect for honor.

Gorinites have a tough, leathery skin, turned brown by the sun's reflected rays off the planet's mighty ocean. They favor tight-fitting clothes. Typically, light blues, yellows, and white are the most common colors worn as these reflect the sunlight. The rebuilt cities have modern facilities, but retain the old flavor of their traditional architecture.

Economy: Gorin's economy struggles as does its people. The oceans were once the backbone of the economy, providing food and rare minerals - the water itself had value. Today it is a mildly toxic soup that supports very little life. A few hardy hydroponic vegetable species are raised in huge plots next to platforms and any excess is exported off-world. These vegetables are the staple of the average Gorinite's diet.

Gorin's platform cities are host to several large corporations, mostly manufacturing plants that require huge amounts of water for cooling. In other parts of the galaxy, environmentalists tend to petition flagrant polluters. But on Gorin, the water is already polluted, so the locals don't really care what else is dumped into it. One of the larger corporations is the Gorin Aquatic Components Corporation, an aquatic vehicle manufacturer.

Points of Interest: Gorin has numerous ruins, including the abandoned platforms and the ancient great underwater cities of some long forgotten civilization. House Kerraron is working in these areas to cover its covert build-up of weapons, resources, and monetary funds.

Orbiting Gorin is the wreckage of The Kerraron Star, a massive ship over 2500 meters long. It was the flagship of the Kerraron navy, until the Empire arrived that fateful day. The ship, of an ancient, unknown design, absorbed the battering of three Imperial destroyers, but even their combined firepower couldn't down the vessel. Content to damage it beyond repair, the Valcarians left its shattered bulk behind as a reminder to the people of Gorin.

The ship has been converted into a space station and renamed Kerraron's Moon. It's a freeport now, open to free traders, house-aligned traders, and fringers alike. The station generates suitable income for Gorin. Over the last five years, very slowly and quietly, House Kerraron has sunk millions of credits into the ship to refurbish it as a warship. She now has sub-light engines and several weapons arrays. Most of these components were purchased through Balivari Industries and other, less reputable sources. The next goal is to bring warp engines on line and one day, House Kerraron hopes that Kerraron's Moon will again be its flagship.