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Traffic continues to grow at Dokk Refurinn as the Outpost nears its one year anniversary. Building from the success of several social events and moots Outpost Administrator and Hengeyokai Gaia’nan Casidhe Sionnach has developed the outpost into a prosperous trading and exploration hub on the edge of the Protectorate.
The Outposts location, at the slip-nexus in the Cygnus 351 system gives it easy access to several well traveled slip-paths and is the unique connector to the tri-galaxy region. The Astria Portia at the Outpost also serves as the far dialing connector to the tri-galaxies gate network. This unique connection, to a region of space only newly rediscovered and accessible to the rest of the ‘verse is one of the many draws to explorers and traders looking for new products and markets.
Dokk Refurinn itself is a unique location with aspects which are a draw for many visitors from across the ‘verse. One of several newly rediscovered Hengeyokai worlds, Dokk Refurinn, is a very old world. Orbiting the Brown Dwarf, Cygnus 351, Dokk Refuriin orbits very close to its cold star, causing the world to become tidally locked to the dim nearby star. This close orbit provides for a dim, but comfortable world. Visitors must become acclimated to the lack of day night cycle, causing some issues for visitors.
The stars close proximity and the large amount of ionized gas within the system makes for some interesting phenomenon, which seem to be common to Hengeyokai worlds. Well known to visitors to the Protectorate is the heavy EM interference common in systems settled by the Hengeyokai. Often a byproduct of the slipstream energy which bleeds form the Nexus’s common to Protectorate colonies and outposts interacting with the Nebula and Local Stellar radiation, this EM interference makes scanners both ship mounted and hand held alike far less useful or accurate. Only those who settle such systems have the time and expertise to fine tune their systems for more standard use and nominal performance. This gives an advantage to colonists and the system’s defenders as those entering the system are at risk in this EM ‘fog’, and at a distinct tactical disadvantage.
This heavy EM field has a less well known advantage; killing non-native virus and other microorganisms outside of a living host. This ‘EM Sterilization’ is a boon, as it makes otherwise intrusive decontamination and quarantine procedures unnecessary. This also makes such outposts and colonies perfect locations for medical facilities, such as the large medbay at Dokk Refurinn.
Visitors to Dokk Refurinn benefit from these boons, as well as the remote location of the outpost. Many visitors, seeking a less formal location than a core system, or even a main line colony, such as Botany Bay, seek their fortunes at remote outposts like Dokk Refurinn. While this can be an advantage, such ne’er-do-wells tend to bring with them more trouble than visitors to more established colonies, leading to an increased, visible presence from the outposts security forces in and around the Outpost itself.
Like other worlds in the Protectorate, the Hengeyokai of Dokk Refurinn prefer to live in balance with nature, keeping development of the outpost in balance with the natural forests and mountains of the twilight world. Keeping the outpost from sprawling across the land often gives uninformed visitors the impression that the outpost is a small backwater, rather than a busy installation that is in may ways, the tip of the spear of exploration and discovery that it is.
Indeed, the old, dark forests of the world, seem to be another boon to those born on the industrial worlds of the core as well as those who spend most of their time, plying to black in cold metal ‘cans’. Gaia’nan Casidhe encourages many visitors to explore the forest outside the outpost and recharge their sprits in the cool waters to be found there. The cool, fresh streams and lakes, and dark inviting woods and hollows are becoming well known, drawing visitors both two legged, four and more, to relax under the ironwood trees.
With the establishment of several trade stations in orbit, Dokk Refurinn’s prospects only seem to grow with each passing day.
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