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  • Writer's pictureMark Meier

A brief history of Iseabail

The first settlements around the red dwarf star of Iseabail have been lost to antiquity. Suffice it to say, the larger city of Tzurel overshadowed anything coming from the backwater farming communities established in the neighboring system.

Records from the monarchy indicate a wealthy, unnamed man brought a colony ship to set up a self-sustaining estate, only to find a number of small “hoop” habitats already existing in close orbit. Though disappointed, that man stayed and his facility was a boon to those holding their habs together with wishes and starlight. He brought a minimum of heavy industry which allowed the others to continue, each hab helping the others as needed.

This colony ship became the first static satellite, or “statite,” which established a coordinate system necessary for effective flight control standards within the star system. Though the Iseabail system itself never grew beyond a small agrarian economy, Iseabail Statite provided enough of a resource base to service the local population.

Raiders and marauders, instead of setting up their own agricultural bases, plundered the existing farms for centuries. After sweeping through on their way to some other system, they left behind death and destruction. Otherwise Iseabail was largely ignored, the residents patching together the carnage to continue on. They, in turn, largely ignored the rest of the galaxy.

During the Kelmun Age, only one of the many Kelmuns came from Iseabail: Jacan. Even he was of no great consequence. All that changed when the first King of Avudel proved a disappointment and the Last of the Kelmuns visited the system and selected another to replace Shaan. Even then it would take another twenty years before King Mika took the throne.

The setting for the story of Neora is in a time relative peace, after the Kelmun Shyla vanquished the Yordanites with the assistance of Admiral Faran. That, though, was a hundred light years toward the Core and not much of an issue for those in Iseabail.

Shortly after the events detailed in Neora, the Mandarites began their own campaign of plunder, bringing to an end the peaceful interlude which is the backdrop for Neora.

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