Gallilei

Gallilei, the dead planetPositioned smack dab between the Border Worlds and the Core Planets, the moon of Galilei should logically be a center of trade around the ‘Verse. It would be, too, if the Alliance hadn’t found it more useful as a death trap. The history has been wiped from the books, since the winners always determine how things happened. Officially, Galilei is just one of those places where the terraforming didn’t quite take. To those few who know the truth, there is a much darker story to it.

The terraforming of Galilei was long, hard work, but it did go well. The planet was well on its way to becoming a trade center in the ‘Verse. Then the Unification War began, and the planet took on another significance: it was primely located to allow the browncoats a jumping off point for raids into the Core. The browncoats fought long and hard for the chunk of rock, since taking it would give them some serious leverage against the Alliance. The goal wasn’t specifically to eliminate the Core, but rather to provide the threat of being able to strike where the Alliance would really hurt. It was one thing for lazy bureaucrats to order another wave of troops to fight on a moon they had never heard of. To bring the battle to the Core, though, would possibly scare the Alliance right out of the war.

As with everything else, the going was tough for the browncoats. The Alliance had better equipment, more troops, and the best generals in the ‘Verse. However, they also had a many-fronted war on their hands, thanks to debacles like the quagmire that would eventually turn into the Battle for Serenity Valley. As such, their victories were Pyrrhic at best, and they were at risk of losing due to sheer attrition.

The Alliance has always been good at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, mostly because they don’t put a high value on human life. With the battle going poorly, they came up with a new plan. They began pulling troops from the moon, slowly allowing the browncoats to win the battle. The independents didn’t notice the maneuver, as they were too focused on claiming the strategically important world.

With the battle almost over, the Alliance played their trump card. They outright destroyed the world.

Galilei’s terraforming had only been completed recently, and the atmosphere was still relying on machines to support it. The Alliance destroyed those machines, beginning a reversal of the terraforming process. Within a day, the air became poisonous, killing thousands of browncoats and hundreds of Alliance troops as well. By week’s end, the world of Galilei was incapable of supporting life.

These days, Galilei is a chunk of brown rock floating about in the black. It is prone to wild electric storms, which makes landing on the world or taking off from it again dangerous at best. The atmosphere is not breathable, meaning that travelers need to wear space suits in order to set foot on the world. Those scavengers who know the truth of the world can make quite a fortune by ransacking the remains of the dead cities. There are still lots of good supplies out there for the taking.

The hard part to exploring Galilei is twofold. First, the moon is orbited by Alliance scouting vessels, who are none too eager to let too many people know the truth of the world. Second, the dangerous storms that tear through the ruined world make landing a boat unreliable, and taking off even more dangerous. Other, unconfirmed rumors state that some of the world’s inhabitants survived, but are mutated due to the poisoned atmosphere. Those monster-men of Galilei are like Reavers, but without even the faintest glimmer of intelligence, or so the tales go.

What is the truth about the ruins of Galilei? Only those lucky and stupid enough to take a look around the dead world will find out.

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