Discovered about thirty years ago by the Barrayaran Empire, Sergyaris
in the midst of rapid colonization. Now that the local government at Chaos
Colony has managed to resolve minor health issues, the Galactic Tourist
Bureau recommends that travelers passing through this system pay a visit
to this truly lovely planet.
A brilliant blue sky, virgin forests, grassy plains, and abundant native
wildlife, Sergyar has a great deal to offer naturalists and would be explorers.
Campers are warned however that Sergyar is not a controlled habitat. There
are animals which can be a danger to human health if proper precautions
are not taken. Contact the Sergyaran Tourist Bureau for further information.
Small but cosmopolitan by any Galactic's standards, Shya IV is a little
off the main routes, but is well worth a visit. Military Academics will
find the Shya IV old wormhole jump station especially interesting. The
jump station, now a historic landmark, was made famous by Sr. Simka in
his classic book on defensive strategy Shya IV.
This cosmopolitan world is the Hub of the Western Orion Arm. Tau Cetan's
take their responsibilities to their smaller Hub neighbors seriously. The
Tau Cetan Navy makes frequent patrols throughout the Hub. Travelers suffering
difficulties anywhere in the Western Orion Arm should feel free to call
upon Tau Cetan naval ships for assistance.
The Tau Cetan Naval Museum is well worth seeing. One hanger contains
portions of the actual flag ship of Admiral. La Varr, who made a brief
name for himself by extorting poorly defended planets before being apprehended
by the Tau Cetan Navy.
Though this world is at the end of jump point bottle, it was once home
to cultured cities and lush landscapes. However, generations of fighting
have reduced this once fertile world to a boring montage of bland homogeneous
buildings built for a durability they rarely get.
Travelers should be advised that fighting between the local nation states
could break out at any time, and there have been records of wormhole blockades
This highly industrialized world has benefited from its on again off
again relationship with the Cetagandan Empire. Favorable trade agreements
have allowed Toranira to import many sought after commodities from the
About 90% of this pleasant little world's surface is covered in water.
The remaining 10% is made up of a number of charming island chains at the
equator and in the southern hemisphere. Life on the surface is relaxed
as natives surf the clear blue green water, lounge on white sand beaches,
or engage in the social practices which got four separate venereal diseases
named after the planet.
This connection between the worlds is beginning to show its age. Vegais
no pleasure station. It is a station where people live their lives. Vegans
don't have much margin for extras, but they are proud of their independence
from surrounding systems.
A lush world which has both gained economic benefit from straddling
one of the Cetagandan empire's trade routes into the Nexus and more recently
suffered from an "unwarranted incursionary force" from the Cetagandan Empire
because of that jump point.
Vervian did not suffer any damage to its surface during the recent conflict
with Cetaganda and therefore has many scenic and cultural wonders to offer
the galactic traveler.
As a vehement member of the Hegen Hub Alliance, Vervain enjoys thriving
trade with its Hub neighbors and no trip to Vervain would be complete without
visiting the Hegen Hub Alliance Peace Park. Statuary honoring Hub members
is carved in materials native to that planet. Particularly impressive is
the twenty meter tall statue of Emperor Gregor Vorbarra of Barrayar carved
from Dendarii Granite. The Emperor holds a peace treaty in one hand while
the other rests upon a sheathed sword. The statue is equipped with a small
antigrav device which turns the Emperor on his pedestal. Each morning Emperor
Vorbarra turns his sword toward the park's Eastern gate and each sunset
Emperor Vorbarra extends the peace treaty towards the Vervain statue. In
the summer there are nightly fireworks.
This marginal world was made famous in Sr. Simka's elegant discussion
of the Nuovo Brazilian offensive strategy on Walshea. There are many interesting
battle sites for the hearty backpacker, but the terrain is harsh and should
not be attempted by any but the most experienced of travelers.
A world of eternal twilight. A world of long lakes, grass, tundra and
the occasional tornado. Scientists, visitors, and readers, no one knows
why. Perhaps it is this world's unusual gravitational alignment which casts
half the world into eternal sunlight and the other into eternal darkness.
Then again it could be the planet's glacier structure which reflects an
eerie glow into the sky, day or night. Perhaps, well in any case as long
as the only reason to go there is to pass through Zoave's many jump points,
we'll never know.