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JOVIAN NIGHTMARES is published by Chaosium,

JOVIAN NIGHTMARES © 2008 Chaosium Inc

Text for JOVIAN NIGHTMARES is © 2008 by John Ossoway

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Chaosium publication 0367

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Jovian Nightmares

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction About Jovian Nightmares About Cthulhu Rising Acknowledgements Dying in a Winter Wonderland Circum-Jove: History Jupiter Io Europa Ganymede Callisto Other Locations Organisations Jovian Investigations Jovian Secrets Cut Back Blues Escape Velocity Adventure Seeds Glossary


INTRODUCTION Welcome to Circum-Jove

By the late 23rd century,

the gas giant Jupiter and its sprawling system of rings and moons is home to a colonial population of millions

Over the century and a half since the colonisation of the outer planets began in earnest,

an aggregation of settlements and outposts have developed to mine the raw materials which drive the economy upon which the United Earth Federation depends

The types of settlements found in the region are varied,

ranging from the subterranean conurbations at the top of Europa’s oceans to the harsh mining towns of Io

from the Callisto orbitals to the countless corporate research outposts

Despite its location in the most denselypopulated and heavily-policed star system in the United Earth Federation,

Circum-Jove remains a fertile breeding ground for a multitude of subcultures,

outlaws and weird religious cults

It’s also a hotbed of new technologies research and home to corporate infighting at its worst

Humanity is not the first starfaring culture to have visited this region

There are beings far older than Man


malign beings that would be described in human terms as pure evil,

but for whom such a label is meaningless

Beneath aeons old ice and rock

In the dark spaces between the stars

Waiting for when the time is right

Some nightmares are very real

Jovian Nightmares


ABOUT JOVIAN NIGHTMARES Jovian Nightmares was conceived and written as a campaign setting for Cthulhu Rising – Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying in the 23rd Century

The book is deliberately designed to be an open setting

What this means is that the background information is deliberately presented in an overview format rather than describing every minute detail of life in the Circum-Jove system

The reason I chose this approach is that I personally tend to dislike source books where everything is already ‘filled in’ for you

It can often limit scope for individual GM creativity

Jovian Nightmares will hopefully provide enough of a framework for writing and running adventures in the Circum-Jove colonies,

with enough freedom for Keepers to be as creative as they like

Jovian Nightmares is also structured so that it can be easily translated into a non-mythos BRP resource if this is desired


Fiction: Dying in a Winter Wonderland by John Ossoway Cutback Blues by Gary Cooper History: A brief history of the colonisation of the Circum-Jove system

Circum-Jove – The Rough Guide: Jupiter and major locations of interest in the Circum-Jove system

Jovian Organisations: Political,

corporate and private organisations of interest

Jovian Investigations: New professions for roleplaying in the Circum-Jove colonies

Jovian Secrets: A Keepers-only chapter full of Mythos secrets associated with this region of space

What lies in the world-oceans beneath the ice of Europa

? Who or what has been causing disappearances in the labyrinthine catacombs beneath Ganymede

? What dwells within the eye of Jupiter

? Adventure: Escape Velocity is a short adventure designed to be played in one gaming session

The adventure also contains deck plans and details of an orbital gas mining platform

Adventure Seeds: Ideas for more adventures set in the Jupiter system

Glossary: A glossary of terms and abbreviations used in Jovian Nightmares


ABOUT CTHULHU RISING It is the year 2271

The future is a dark and dangerous place

Outer space is the new frontier — humanity exploits the galaxy for its own ends

It is more than a hundred and fifty years since the United Earth Federation began to colonise the solar system and beyond

Millions of colonists — employees of either the Federation or one of the many megacorporations — live out their lives on worlds light years from Earth

Corporatefunded exploration craft push ever deeper into space

It is only a matter of time before one of these craft stumbles upon some remote,

a cosmic mausoleum of the Great Old Ones

But who is to say this has not already occurred

? Players take the roles of the investigators of the future

These enlightened and oft-unlucky individuals know something of the true nature of the universe

Be they fools or heroes,

they take the fight against the Great Old Ones to the stars themselves

Cthulhu Rising is published by Chaosium as part of their MULA Monograph series and is available in print and PDF format from the Chaosium website: www

try a visit to the Cthulhu Rising website,

where there is a wealth of free background information and scenarios for download: www

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Apart from where otherwise indicated,

Jovian Nightmares was conceived,

researched and written by John Ossoway

Cover art by John Ossoway

Interior artwork/illustrations and maps by John Ossoway,

except for corporate logos in the Organisations chapter by Ben Thornley and John Ossoway

Cutback Blues by Gary Cooper

Adventure Seeds chapter by John Ossoway and Chas Blackwell

Proof-reading and additional ideas

Chas Blackwell,

Gary Cooper,

Andy Edwards,

Newt Newport,

Andrew Shanahan,

Graham Raynes

Extra special thanks to Newt Newport for all the noodle-doodle brainstorming lunches

Images and surface maps of the Galilean moons are courtesy of the USGS Astrogeology Research Program,

the NSSDC Photo Gallery and the open source program Celestia

Extra big thanks to all the members of the Cthulhu Rising forums who continue to support the setting

Last but by no means least,

for putting up with all of this

Note: The above list is far from complete

I haven’t missed anyone off here intentionally



Foster Smiled

It was not a smile born out of happiness

This time though there was no one around to misinterpret his facial expression,

an unfortunate subconscious reaction to stressful situations that had gotten him into trouble on more than one occasion

Foster had been in worse situations than this before

He could think of at least half a dozen incidents that would turn many pilots the colour of the unforgiving icy landscape around him

There was no point in panicking


he was space pilot Aurelious Foster

There was no point in panicking

Something always happens

That was what his uncle Silas had always taught him

Stuck in an apparently no-win situation

? Don’t worry – some timely event would occur,

or piece of information present itself to move things forward

All well and good,

Foster mused,

but I bet uncle Silas never found himself trapped out on the frozen surface of a moon with a rapidly diminishing air supply

The thought made Foster’s eyes flick involuntarily to the display projected on the interior of his suit visor

Air supply 38 minutes

Suit power at 71%

At least his corpse would be warm

Note to self – always make sure the air tanks in the emergency space suits are replenished after each EVA

The visor widget representing the signal strength of his uplink winked red

Still no signal

By some particularly cruel twist of fate,

his suits integral communications system wasn’t getting any signal from the network of satellites orbiting overhead

Despite his suit’s thermal regulation systems,

Foster could feel the deep,

numbing cold slowly seeping into his bones

Precious little of the sun’s warmth reached this far out

It was so cold that the icy crust of the moon was kept as hard as granite

Trapped in a wilderness of fractured and refrozen ice,

Dying in a winter wonderland

Foster looked back towards the hole,

then down at the inert spacesuited body lying next to him

Hendricks was still alive

- barely

She needed medical attention and she wasn’t going to get it out here

There was a cryopod on board the shuttle which would keep her


stable until he could fly her back to Sarpedon

If he could get her back up there

He had already squandered a lot of air and power getting Hendricks out of the hole,

but then he had always had a soft spot for her

Something had happened down there in the warren of tunnels and ice caves beneath the canyon floor

Something bad

Foster could never know for sure that Doctor Robinson and his team were all dead,

but about fifteen minutes ago the strangled screams,

crying and desperate pleading had finally stopped

Now the com-channel was deathly silent,

an open channel broadcasting nothingness

To preserve his sanity,

he had to convince himself that Robinson and the rest were dead,

and that what he was about to do was for the best

Foster put his hand up to the inscrutable concave mirror of his spacesuit visor,

wishing he could rub his eyes with thumb and forefinger

Come on Aurelious,

there was nothing more you could have done

You were lucky just to get back out of the hole with Hendricks

Grasping Hendricks by her boots,

he began unceremoniously dragging her across the icy canyon floor towards the winch cable

He doubted the unconscious technician would complain given the circumstances

As soon as she was securely strapped into the harness,

Foster thumbed the control box,

and a distant vibration from above signalled the start-up of the winch motor

The rope went taught,

and Hendricks limp form began to rise slowly into the air

Watching her rise into the mist,

Foster flipped open his compad and punched out a series of commands to the cluster of robot servitors sat patiently waiting above

The servitors would quickly disengage Hendricks from the harness and carry her on-board the shuttle

Delta AIs might not be too bright,

but provided they had the right instructions they could be relied upon to get the job done

He was halfway up the canyon wall himself and noting that his air supply monitor said he had 22 minutes of oxygen to enjoy,

when he first heard it over his open com-link

A sinuous,

Something was slithering its way up the pit

It was coming for him

It had to be now

No more time to get clear

Foster flipped open his compad again and punched the sequence that would ignite the demolition charges he had hastily armed down in the hole before that thing could engulf him in its foul embrace

From that first distress call,

every survival instinct had screamed in his ear to run

Forget Hendricks

There will be other women

Just get in the shuttle,

The deep bass resonance of the subterranean explosion knocked him into the ice wall,

dislodging a cloud of ice particles

Before audio pickups from the hole cut out he felt sure he heard an inhuman primal keening

As the fireball silently billowed towards him from below and he watched it stretch and distort across his visor,

Something always happens

Uncle Silas



EARLY HISTORY Up until the mid-21st century,

the exploration of Jupiter consisted of only a few automated spacecraft,

the first (Pioneer 10) visiting the planet in 1973

The majority of these missions were flybys – detailed observations carried out by the probe without it ever even entering orbit of the gas giant

NASA probes Pioneer 10 and 11 obtain the first close-up images of the planet,

as well as charting Jupiter’s intense radiation belts and locating the planet’s magnetic field

the Galileo probe makes observations from repeated elliptical orbits around Jupiter,

passing low over the Galilean moons


close approaches result in images of unprecedented detail

deploying a compact robotic microprobe onto the moon to perform on-the-spot measurement of the ice crust

The probe establishes the existence of liquid water beneath the surface

PRE-COLONIAL EXPLORATION By the late 21st century,

the commercial colonisation of the Moon had moved up

Technology was moving fast to catch up with the aspirations of Humanity and noises were already being made about the colonisation of Mars and the asteroid belt

The economic climate on Earth was not yet ready for the colonisation of the Outer Planets,

but it would now only be a matter of time

As it was,

the late 21st century saw the first manned mission into the Deep Beyond

The signing of the Solar System Treaty (SST) in 2074 would have long lasting repercussions for the exploration and exploitation of outer space,

Up until this point,

all space exploration had been governed by two outdated pieces of Cold War legislation – the Outer Space Treaty and the Lunar Treaty

These two pieces of legislation effectively limited expansion and innovation in the realm of outer space

While neither forbade mineral exploitation in outer space,

any such endeavour was only allowed under the oversight of a global body i

the beleaguered and ill-equipped United Nations


the Lunar Treaty required that the means to acquire extraterrestrial mineral wealth be given to countries that could not develop it on their own

It was no wonder that private enterprise was loath to invest in technologies to exploit space with these conditions hanging over their heads

The SST meant that these restrictions were lifted,

but nations and corporations were still forbidden from staking sovereign claims on extraterrestrial property

giving greater freedoms to private enterprise in the commercial exploitation of the solar system

Using an advanced fusion drive capable of 0

Demetrius arrives in

orbit around Callisto in less than one Earth month

Its mission is a year long study of Jupiter and the Galilean moons

Later investigation reveals the craft had suffered a catastrophic systems failure and crashed into the surface of the moon

Of the 8 crew members there were no survivors

Safety concerns nearly halt further space missions to Jupiter but NASA/ESA lobbyists manage to keep the dream alive with private investment from megacorporations

COLONIAL AMBITIONS By the start of the 22nd century,

the colonisation of Mars had begun in earnest and the UEF was looking to secure the resources necessary to sustain the ever growing power needs of Earth and its fledgling colonies

With the rapidly expanding fusion economy,

the gas giants of the outer Solar System began to look like the new Persian Gulf

In 2115,

the maiden flight the Foscolo – a spaceship named after the famous physicist Hugo Foscolo – transformed Humanity into a fledgling interstellar civilisation

Using an experimental drive powered by the rare element Ununpentium (Element 115,

the Foscolo made the first interstellar flight to Alpha Centauri

This groundbreaking event was to spark the first wave of mass interstellar colonial expansion from Sol,

now known as the First Exodus (2115

- 2135)


Foscolium was rare and very expensive to manufacture artificially

It occurred in its natural,

stable state in the heart of stars,

thrown out into space as cosmic debris

The resultant scramble amongst corporations to develop a means to extract this element from the sun was to result in numerous false leads and millions wasted in futile research

A discovery in


Circum-Jove was to soon make those corporations already out there very rich indeed

After lengthy feasibility studies,

the United Earth Federation announces the Jovian Project,

a long-term plan to colonise the Galilean Moons orbiting Jupiter

The initial mission objective is to construct infrastructure that will form the basis of larger permanent colonial settlements to support the mining of the Jovian atmosphere for 3He

As with the colonisation of Earth’s moon and Mars,

the Jovian Project will require substantial commercial investment

A package of tax breaks and other financial incentives are offered by the UEF to any corporation willing to sign on

the first of the colonial contracts for the Jovian Project are issued

Federated Boeing Interstellar wins the lucrative contract for the design and construction of the fleet of colonisation and mining ships required

It is a huge undertaking,

and will be instrumental in establishing the company as the largest spacecraft manufacturer in the United Earth Federation of that period

The primary corporations involved in the mining and colonisation projects are Hallidor Corporation and a consortium of Chinese companies led by Cheung Industries

It would be another 5 years before the first ships departed for Jupiter,

but in that time events would take place which would change things forever

Beginning of the


First Exodus

This first wave consists mainly of deep space mining craft and associated support vessels

Equipped with the latest reactionless drives and artificial gravity technologies,

these ships are capable of sustaining their crews for extended periods without support

Within a matter of months,

the first of these vessels are in Jupiter orbit,

actively mining the gas giant’s atmosphere

In the same year,

is announced by a consortium of corporations who were outbid for the Jovian Project contracts

A colonial mission lands on Titan,

It is deemed perfect for a long-term terraforming operation

Valhalla Base is established on the Galilean moon Callisto

It will serve as the main staging area for the colonisation part of the project

The largest cargo vessels,

their primary mission completed,

are stripped and their space frames used to construct the Callisto orbital fuel depot and Port Valhalla

The initial colonists are mostly made up of construction workers,

scientific personnel and mining crews

In the same year,

survey teams establish outposts on the 3 other Galilean moons: Europa,

Ganymede and Io


The solar wind carries particles of Foscolium out of the solar system,

large quantities have become trapped in the Io regolith

eventually become the Cheung Corporation

Named Marduk,

the base will eventually become the administrative centre on the moon

Io is soon to become the primary source for all Foscolium mined in the Sol system,

and those companies involved in mining it become very rich during the First Exodus

THE BALANCE OF POWER In 2120 Maunder Minor struck

Maunder Minor was the name given to the period lasting from 2120 to 2146 during which time reduced sunspot activity caused Earth’s sun to dim,

repeating a behaviour first exhibited in the seventeenth century (then called the Maunder Minimum),

though this time to a much lesser extent

During this 26 year period of reduced heat and light radiated by the Sun,

the economies of those nations of Earth and fledgling inner colonies who relied heavily on solar power found it hard to adjust

Agriculture and power-generation were severely handicapped

Maunder Minor was the reason for fusion power eventually winning out over solar power

Now more than ever,

Circum-Jove was becoming the focus for a great deal of wealth

Colony bases are established on Europa and Ganymede

Indigenous life is discovered in the subterranean seas of Europa

Mostly krill-like creatures and microbial life,

it is nonetheless the first life discovered in the Sol system other than on Earth,

and so Europa soon becomes centre of scientific study

The first permanent mining base on Io is established

It is owned by Cheung Industries,

A recruitment drive on Earth to find colonists for the fledgling Jovian colonies receives an unexpectedly overwhelming response

The resultant social upheaval from Maunder Minor has forced many people into such poverty that leaving Earth to start new lives as offworld colonistworkers is a very attractive proposition

The sudden influx into Circum-Jove of migrant workers from the poorer countries on Earth causes simmering resentment amongst the earlier colonists

Historians have since recorded that many of these new colonists had already applied and been refused colonist status for Mars or Alpha Centauri

It seems with hindsight that the government felt that the dangerous environments of Circum-Jove were much better suited to colonists drawn from the poorer nation states of Earth

Construction work is started on Sarpedon,

the first of the Hanging Cities of Europa

All hands and 400 colonists are lost

The disappearance of the Moonchaser becomes one of the great mysteries of the Jupiter colonisation age

No trace of the vessel has ever been found

a subsidiary of Hallidor Corp,

to reveal details of genetic experiments carried out on some of its employees working in extreme environments in the Circum-Jove system

During the ensuing investigation two chairmen commit suicide and shares in Remick plummet,

resulting in its bankruptcy and final collapse

Despite strongly denying any knowledge,



Corp is dogged by rumours that they sanctioned the experiments

Ling Consumer Products,

Up until this point the American Hallidor Corporation was unchallenged as the dominant corporate power in Circum-Jove

a settlement which will eventually become the primary population centre on Ganymede


Element 126,

exists in a stable state on Io

Much like the Roswell incident of the mid-20th century the Europa incident has been the source of much speculation and conspiracy theories

It has also generated a remarkable amount of media material in the form of documentaries,

Miners are rumoured to have witnessed a craft of strange organic design smashing its way out of the icy surface of the moon

Also heavy seismic activity tore through the surface of the moon,

and destroyed the nearby mining colony of Gower 2,

decompressing several sections of the colony

Emergency teams work fast in hazardous conditions,


What is worse is that the megacorporations and local authorities seem to be accepting the practice

Despite political posturing by the government,

and widespread condemnation from various environmental groups back on Earth and Mars,

the fact remains that local food sources are cheaper and more reliable than shipping it in from the inner planets

Edible if rather flavourless,

Teemers become a popular dish amongst the poorer colonists on Europa

Jupiter-mined 3He is fast becoming competitively priced


megacorporations vie for control of the biggest of the Foscolium deposits on Io,

while around them a myriad of smaller mining start-ups fight over the scraps

The battle for economic and financial dominance in the Circum-Jove colonies begins to heat up when a dispute between Cheung Corporation and new arrivals Motokatsu-Kyono Combine over allegations of claim-jumping escalates out of control

The result is a stand-off between rival corporate security personnel at the Masubi claim on Io

The situation quickly degenerates into a shooting war which the small Federal Police presence is unable to contain

The UEF reacts quickly and sends in a force of Colonial Marines

The marines rapidly take control of the Masubi region of Io,

and disarm the corporate security personnel with minimal resistance

A permanent marine garrison is established on Callisto to enforce the peace in the Galilean colonies

Camp Orestheus is home to a company-strength garrison of Colonial Marines,

SUPPLY AND DEMAND With the arrival of the Interplanetary Marines in the Circum-Jove colonies,

the UEF had demonstratively stamped its authority on the colonies – this was not some collection of wild-west boom towns – this was the heart of power production for the rapidly expanding Federal Colonies

With interstellar travel becoming safer and cheaper all the time,

and vast numbers of people clamouring to escape the resource-drained Earth,

the second half of the 22nd century was dominated by what is now referred to as the Second Exodus

This thirty-year period saw intensive colonial expansion on an unprecedented scale,

the Federal Colonies had grown to encompass a sphere 40 light-years in diameter,

This massive migration from Sol pushes Foscolium mining in Circum-Jove to its limits

The demand for Foscolium and 3He to fuel the seemingly endless convoys of interstellar vessels heading out to the new frontier steadily drives up fuel prices

Fuel bound for the inner planets remains heavily subsidised by the UEF government

When FedPol officers refuse to cross picket lines,

the UEF General Assembly votes to send in the Colonial Marines to break the blockade

The protests on Callisto turn violent as the Colonial Marines arrive

Accusations of agitators infiltrating the protestors to provoke the marines are levelled at the

[shouting over sound of dropship engines] that’s right Mike

If you’ve been following my reports since I left Mars orbit with Taskforce 37,

sent to defuse the growing crisis on Io,

you’ll know I am embedded with the 3rd Orbital Assault Battalion of the 1st Colonial Marine Division

We have just been mobilised with orders to disarm a group of corporate paramilitaries who either didn’t get the UEF ultimatum,

or have chosen to disregard it

Either way,

they’re continuing to fire on the government personnel attempting to shut down mining operations on the Masubi Claim

With me is Lieutenant Watts


what can we expect when we arrive at Masubi

? We have been told to expect light resistance,

but that-[there is a sudden sound like drumming in the background] What-What was that

? < Lieutenant Watts>Sounds like medium-calibre kinetic weapons being directed against this vessel and the others in this drop group

If you come with me to the cockpit you can see for yourself

can you see these sparks coming towards us from that-those-are those hills

? Are you getting this from my headcam

? The paramilitaries are firing on us

Lieutenant are we in any danger

? There is always danger in a combat zone ma’am,

but the threat will be neutralised shortly

Make sure you keep watching that low range of hills to the north


Thor Echo-Six

Thor Echo Six

Do you have target acquisition

Light it up Thor Echo Six

Here we go [a series of bright objects streak from the sky and explode in flashes light illuminating the hills indicated by Lieutenant Watts]

AS-90 Thor light gunships firing Air-to-ground smart missiles


Did you see that

? I think that the UEAF have sent a clear message to the paramilitaries

The marines are here,

and are not afraid to use deadly force

This is Sophie Sweet for Channel 88 News

Back to you Mike

Transcript of part of a report posted by Sophie Sweet,

embedded reporter for Channel 88 News during the Io Crisis of 2162


Security Council on Earth

The brutal military interdiction creates a deep-seated resentment at the time for UEF authority

Tensions already bubbling under the surface come to the fore as newly-formed terrorist organisations and myriad splinter cells began to operate

malfunctioning swarm of self-replicating von-Neumann machines escaping an unregistered laboratory on the moon Himalia after a serious accident,

a military taskforce from Callisto is forced to destroy the moon Himalia using foam-phase plasma weapons

Hallidor Corp wins contract to begin construction of a Penal Mining Facility on Io

It will become the dumping ground for many of Sol’s worse criminals,

those deemed unfit for enrolment into the Penal Involuntary Servitude programme

The UEF General Assembly succeeds in pushing through the Jovian Treatise – a comprehensive piece of legislation which sees a tightening of restrictions on scientific research and development in the Circum-Jove and Circum-Sat colonies

Megacorporations manage to tack on a series of last-minute amendments that many view as a means of guaranteed legal loop-holes for the future,

THE JOVIAN TREATISE During the Second Exodus,

many of the larger megacorporations relocated their R&D arms from the inner planets to Circum-Jove and Circum-Sat,

spinning them off into new company start-ups to take advantage of the colonial tax-breaks

These companies perform research and development in dangerous edge technologies that is banned on the inner planets

This dangerous trend would continue unabated until the Anubis Incident and Himalia Containment forced the UEF began to clamp down on these unregulated research companies

It resulted in a piece of legislation called the Jovian Treatise

A nano-tech accident at a research base in the Anubis crater on Ganymede results in a large loss of life

Rumours circulate for years about how the military were forced to seal many inside the site using spray-rock,

prior to deploying experimental nanocide weapons to contain the incident

To this day the Anubis Quarantine Zone is a no-go area,

and is patrolled by a marine contingent

To prevent a


THE MODERN ERA The 23rd century was marked by CircumJove getting its own administrative centre,

rather than being controlled direct from Earth

This finally established the region as a political power on equal footing with the inner colony worlds like Mars,

Luna and the Belt Habitats

Immigration problems continued,

and the authorities fought a continual battle against corporate corruption and organised crime

Modelled after the Mars Administration,

it provides the colonies with a political voice in the General Assembly on Earth

Midgard City on Callisto becomes the official administrative centre for Circum-Jove

Unlike the cosmopolitan nature of Callisto,

cultural lines are beginning to appear elsewhere in the Circum-Jove colonies

Media groups publish shocking evidence that a powerful organised crime syndicate

is using the region as a centre of operations for people-trafficking to the extra-solar colonies

Rumours begin to circulate that several senior UEF senators are implicated

The subsequent media frenzy coincides with an incident that will become known as the Medea Tragedy

When the UEF corvette Blucher attempts to stop and board a suspect freighter named the Medea,

the crew panic and jettison their cargo – 200 immigrants from Earth

The Blucher is forced to let the Medea escape as it desperately attempts to save the human cargo

The resulting outcry forces the UEF to act

Several senators are quietly “retired” and a crackdown by the Federal Law Enforcement Authority quickly brings to justice those running the trafficking operations in the region

Sajela Sy,

leader of the criminal organisation,

is tried and sentenced to life in prison

Tragedy strikes during the opening ceremony as loner George Mackay guns down Javed Khan

Mackay is later judged to be insane and placed in a secure facility

Public grief for Khan is overwhelming

An explosion rips through a mine on Callisto,

the resultant flash-fires killing 300 miners

Lobbyists in Geneva push for tighter safety regulations for mining,

a move that is resented by locals,

who interpreted the move as Earther politicians scoring points at the expense of local wishes

She is never heard from again

The work criticise what Mabrius calls “the Sol-centric attitudes of the UEF that see the colonies as tax and material deposits to be plundered at will,

often steam rolling local issues and showing little regard for the feelings of local colonial communities

” His work is seen as groundbreaking and prescient in its claims that as the UEF grows then humanity runs the risk of splintering into factions,

increasing the risk of civil war

The temple is a large and beautifully constructed architectural phenomenon,

one of the leading lights in the religious life of the Jovian colonies,


JUPITER Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun,

orbiting at an average distance of 5

and also has the distinction of being the largest planet in the Solar System

To give this some perspective,

Jupiter is two and a half times as massive as all the other planets in the solar system combined

It is massive enough to easily swallow a thousand Earths


Uranus and Neptune,

Jovian is the adjectival form of Jupiter,

and while it is has to some extent used to describe any large gas giant,

it is still used primarily to describe the Jupiter system


Distance from Sol: 5

2% Helium

3% Methane

Ices: Ammonia

Temperature: 165K Satellites: 63

COMPOSITION Jupiter’s upper atmosphere is primarily composed of about 90% hydrogen and 10% helium,

with trace amounts of ammonia,

water vapour and silicon-based compounds,

The proportions of hydrogen and helium in the atmosphere are close to the theoretical composition of the primordial solar nebula

Jupiter’s core consists of a dense core with a surrounding inner layer of liquid metallic hydrogen and helium,

and an outer layer predominantly of molecular hydrogen

The entire atmosphere is approximately 1000km thick


The upper atmosphere is arranged into wide parallel bands of different latitudes called tropical regions

The light-coloured bands are referred to as zones and the dark ones as belts

Temperature variations and chemical reactions cause their shades of yellow,

Interactions between these different regions cause violent storms and atmospheric turbulence

Winds of up to 600 km/h and lightning discharges that is a thousand times as powerful as on the Earth are commonplace in the Jovian atmosphere

Perhaps the most famous feature of Jupiter’s atmosphere is the Great Red Spot,

a persistent anticyclonic storm that is large enough to contain two or three planets the diameter of the Earth

The storm has been in existence since at least 1831,

and mathematical models show it to be so stable that it is thought to be a permanent feature of the atmosphere

MAGNETOSPHERE Jupiter has a very large and powerful magnetosphere

Eddy currents in the planet’s metallic hydrogen core generate the magnetic field,

which is 14 times as powerful as the Earth’s,

and fatal to any unshielded human

The magnetosphere of Jupiter – specifically the Jupiter-Io magnetic flux

more commonly known as Foscolium

The solar wind carries particles of Foscolium out of the solar system,

large quantities have become trapped in the frozen Io regolith

Foscolium is the key to making interstellar travel possible

MOONS Jupiter has 63 orbiting satellites and a faint planetary ring system

The rings are primarily made of dust,

rather than ice as is the case for Saturn’s rings

THE INNER SATELLITES Also called the Amalthea Group,

- Metis,



and help to replenish and maintain Jupiter’s faint ring system

METIS Metis is the innermost moon of Jupiter

This irregularly shaped chunk of rock has a mean radius of approximately 20km

Metis has a small automated base operated by the Jovian Administration


Defence against Jupiter’s radiation belts Perhaps the biggest challenge to the colonisation of the Circum-Jove system has been the planet’s intense radiation belts

The harshest radiation is within about 300,000 kilometres of the gas giant

Without the proper protection,

the high energy particles whipped up to relativistic speeds by Jupiter’s intense magnetosphere are potentially fatal to Earth-life,

and can often be enough to scramble even radiation-hardened electronics

Advances in space engineering – especially in the field of radiation-shielding,

mean that the men and women living and working in the Circum-Jove volume no longer live their lives with the constant threat of developing cancers from the radiation-drenched vacuum

Spacesuits in the late 23rd century have layers of nanoweave fibres which contain large proportions of hydrogen atoms,

allowing for much greater protection against cosmic radiation

In addition,

the majority of interplanetary and interstellar spacecraft have magnetic shield generators capable of creating a bubble to protect the crew and electronics

ADRASTEA With a mean radius of less than 10km,

Adrastea is the smallest of the four inner moons of Jupiter

AMALTHEA Within the outer edge of the Amalthea Gossamer Ring,

which is formed from dust ejected from its surface,

Amalthea is the largest of the Inner Satellites with a mean radius of 85km

Irregularly shaped and reddish in colour,

the surface of Amalthea features large craters and high mountains

Motokatsu-Kyono subsidiary Red Dragon Mining has a small exploratory mining base on this moon

THEBE Orbiting within the outer edge of the Thebe Gossamer Ring,

Thebe is the second largest of the inner satellites of Jupiter

Like Amalthea,

Thebe is irregularly shaped and reddish in colour

It has a mean radius of 49km


THE JUPITER SYSTEM Showing the inner satellites or Amalthea Group,

and the Main group or Galilean Moons

THE GALILEAN MOONS Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei,

who discovered the moons by telescope between 1609 and 1610,

the four largest moons of Jupiter are collectively called the Galilean Moons

They are the largest of the many moons of Jupiter and derive their names from the lovers of Zeus,

the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Jupiter: Io,


Ganymede and Callisto

The Galilean moons are the location of the majority of the Circum-Jove colonial infrastructure and population

They are covered in detail in the following sections


IO The innermost of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter,

Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system

Infernally hot lava flows across a bitterly cold landscape,

while billowing volcanic geysers spew plumes of sulphur to heights of up to 500 kilometres

This coupled with almost constant seismic activity and the vast electrical storms lasting weeks at a time which rage across the moon’s angry surface make Io a very unwelcome place to visit

Io’s volcanoes continually expel an enormous amount of particles into space

These are swept up by Jupiter’s magnetic field,

where they become ionized and form a doughnut-shaped track around Io’s orbit called the Io Plasma Torus

For spacecraft attempting to enter/leave Io orbit,

these ionized particles can create seriously hazardous conditions,

and have been responsible for a score of accidents involving crew fatalities

Despite the advances in radiation shielding that has made the colonisation of the CircumJove system possible,

when the ion and radiation storms caused by the Io Plasma Torus are at their worst,

getting on or off Io is nigh on impossible

Not all of Io is dominated by volcanoes

The most common terrain is open,

It is in the Io regolith


Distance from Sol: Equatorial Radius: Mass: Mean Density: Gravity: Escape Velocity: Rotational Period: Orbital Period: Atmospheric Composition: Temperature: Satellites: Total Population:

2 AU 1821

that the first Foscolium deposits were discovered on the moon

Were it not for the sizeable deposits this most important of elements,

it is doubtful anyone would ever come to this hellish place

Io has a thin atmosphere composed of sulphur dioxide and other gases

Unlike the other Galilean satellites,

Io has little or no water

SETTLEMENT There are numerous small mining outposts scattered across the surface of Io,

mining Foscolium and the metal ores that are ejected from the moon’s many volcanoes

Life is hard on Io,

The population is approximately 10,000




“Most people you ask think freelance prospecting on Io is a waste of time and money

I can sometimes see their point

The Corps have got all the best claims sewn up tight,

and trust me – you really don’t want to go messing with those boys

It can be real nasty out on the sulphur flats

Some people will shoot you as soon as look at you

Especially if they decide you’re on their claim

If you got some crazy idealistic belief in the goodness of your fellow man,

Believe me when I tell you I soon learnt my best friends are my rover,

and my trusty Boyars Mk V Hunting Rifle

” Christian ‘Foggy’ Fogarty,

LOCATIONS MARDUK The administrative centre for all Io mining operations,

Marduk is the only officially-sanctioned permanent settlement on the surface of this hostile moon

Constructed in one of the few geologically stable regions on the moon,

the majority of Marduk is underground,

to provide added protection from the often violent Ionian weather

Most of the population of Marduk are either government staff or corporate employees

Although Marduk is nominally governed by the Jovian Administration,


that the mining corporations have the real power here

Despite the best efforts of the United Earth Federation and the Federal Law Enforcement Authority,

corruption amongst civil servants assigned to Marduk is rife

LOKI PATERA 202 km in diameter,

Loki Patera is the largest crater on Io

It contains an active lava lake,

and is the scene of the biggest Foscolium find since Tarsus Regio

Until the major corporations mine Tarsus Regio dry,

their operations around Loki Patera consist mainly of borehole sampling and subsequent staking of claims

As such there is still a chance for the smaller prospector to get in early and make some money

LOKI A boom town on the edge of the Loki Patera,

this cluster of bubble-fab domes,

converted cargo modules and pressurised cave systems can best be described as ‘Deadwood in space’

What little law and order there is in Loki is provided by corporate cops

The token FedPol presence spends most of their time preventing simmering rivalries between various prospecting groups and the larger mining concerns from boiling over into a shooting war

FedPol are also confronted by the spectre of organised crime,

in the shape of the Estrella Negra crime syndicate

Jove system

The boom towns of Masubi are all but abandoned now



The frozen regolith of the Tarsus Regio is rich in Foscolium,

as well as a myriad of other minerals and ores,

and as such it is currently the most contested region on Io

The major mining corporations have already muscled out most of the smaller independent prospectors,

and reports of claim-jumping involving violence are increasing in number

It is only a matter of time before the Jovian Administration order in the peacekeepers

Owned by Threshold Unlimited

Argus Panoptes is very much a specialpurpose station,

and its facilities and staff are rather minimal compared to most other stations of similar size

Approximately 200 people live and work on the station,

most of them scientific personnel

FTL propulsion and communication,

and a variety of other disciplines have extensive laboratories aboard the station,

many of which use the magnetic field the station is immersed in as a testbed

MASUBI Masubi is the site of a played out Foscolium deposit,

and in 2162 saw fighting between Cheung Corporation and new arrivals Motokatsu-Kyono Combine

It was the catalyst for the establishment of a permanent military garrison in the Circum-

A LockMit Industries LM-4400 All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) on the surface of Io

Vehicles like the LM-4400 ATV and many others have become commonplace on the Galilean moons


EUROPA Like a giant vitrified eyeball in space,

the eternally frozen moon Europa is the sixth of Jupiter’s satellites and the fourth largest

It has a trace oxygen atmosphere,

Unlike the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere,

Europa’s is not of biological origin

It is generated by sunlight and charged particles hitting Europa’s icy surface producing water vapour which is subsequently split into hydrogen and oxygen

Europa’s surface is almost completely flat and covered in ice

Few topographical features are more than a few hundred metres high,

and the majority of the surface consists of smooth,

Europa’s most striking surface feature are the ice fractures – huge ice chasms some over 20 km (12 miles) across that are the result in large part by the tidal stresses exerted by Jupiter,

which produce volcanic water eruptions and geysers from beneath the frozen surface

From orbit they resemble a series of dark rust-coloured streaks criss-crossing the entire globe

Beneath Europa’s surface ice there is a layer of liquid water,

as much as 50 km deep in some places

Most of this Europan worldocean is barely above freezing,

and kept liquid by tidally generated heat created by the moon’s orbit around Jupiter



Distance from Sol: 5

4 million

The only man-made surface structures on Europa,

apart from scientific outposts and mining survey bases,

are the surface access points to the subterranean colony and the associated spacecraft landing zones

SETTLEMENT Europa has the largest population of all the Galilean moons,

and is a centre for cutting edge biotech research and development – scientists from Europa have gained the nickname ‘gene-genies’ for their advances they have made in the field of genetic engineering

Today the moon supports a population of 1

4 million,

most of who live in hanging cities at the top of the worldocean,



eroded the crustal ice to a mere kilometre thick

Minos and Sarpedon,

the ‘Hanging Cities of Europa’ have become popular tourist destinations for visitors from the inner planets

A large percentage of the population of Europa are descended from the families of the original migrant workers who came to the Jovian colonies looking for a new life In the wake of ‘Maunder Minor’ in the mid-22nd Century

LOCATIONS SARPEDON Built into a canyon cut into the underside of the Europan ice,


is a miracle of 22nd century engineering

They are called the Hanging Cities of Europa for good reason – the buildings are all constructed from the top down,

anchored in the ice mountains above,

the ‘tallest’ almost touching the undulating black surface of the Europan world-ocean below

Since its construction,

Sarpedon has grown quickly,

and once all the real estate in the canyon ceiling was used up,

many suburbs have since sprung up in the walls

In these haphazard assemblies of acentric conurbation live the poorest of the colonial population on Europa,


Europa is the only place in the Solar System where indigenous extra-terrestrial life has been discovered

The majority of this life clusters around hydrothermal vents on the world-ocean floor

These vents are like super-heated geysers,

and are covered in a form of anaerobic chemosynthetic bacteria and archaea adapted to life in very hot water temperatures

In the oasis of relative warmth surrounding these black-smoker vents dwells a krill-like life organism dubbed ‘Teemers’ by the colonists,

This singular discovery has attracted many to Europa,

Scientists come to study the Europan biosphere,

and pilgrims come to marvel at God’s creations

A small minority of fanatics and extremists come to Europa with violence in mind

Even now,

despite life being discovered on a score of extra-solar worlds,

eco-terrorist organisations such as Covenant Europa continue to wage a war against the settlement of the moon

FLEA has a taskforce stationed on Europa dedicated to tracking down and eliminating such terrorist cells

the living costs in the hanging cityblocks

Although most of the power used by Sarpedon city is fusion in origin,

tidal power schemes and geothermal taps on the World Ocean floor have recently started to become economically viable alternatives

It is currently the largest colonial settlement in the Circum-Jove volume,


First you got your cold shock

Typically kills in three-four minutes or less

The two main symptoms are sudden vasoconstriction

! You’re having a heart attack

You’re lucky if you survive long enough to get hypothermia

talking to a tourist before departure of the Europan World-Ocean tour

8 million

Sarpedon is the home of the Europan Institute of Technology

Founded in the late 22nd century,

EIT’s goal is to advance knowledge and educate students in biotechnologies and genetics sciences

MINOS Located in a vast natural fissure at the top of the Europan World Ocean,

construction on Minos started when Sarpedon was almost complete

Though the city is noticeably smaller than Sarpedon,

with a population of approximately 0

4 million,

Minos has become the cultural capital of the Circum-Jove colonies,

and is home of the 200 Club – a loose-knit organisation of rich industrialists and scientists so named because their most popular haunt,

the opulent and exclusive Lycian Ballroom,

can reputedly only hold a maximum of 200 guests

fissures and canyons at breakneck speeds

The number of fatalities has increased in recent years,

and it is only a matter of time before the Jovian Administration steps in and starts regulating the event

TYRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE In the ice cauldron of the Tyre Macula,

subsurface geothermal heating has caused an upwelling plume of water from the world-ocean to melt the icy crust of Europa,

creating regions where the ice is only hundreds of metres rather than kilometres thick

Floating in the icy blackness of the world-ocean below Tyre Macula,

the Tyre Research Institute is the centre for official government-sanctioned research into life on Europa

CALLANISH Callanish Macula is the site of an exclusive holiday resort which is a popular destination for the rich and famous of Circum-Jove society,

as well as tourists from down-system

The majority of this luxury resort is buried beneath the Europan ice,

and boasts facilities which are best described as opulent

THE TWIN CITIES MAGLEV The Twin Cities of Minos and Sarpedon are connected by an underground maglev system,

which tunnels through the Europan ice at a depth of approximately 1km

CONAMARA CHAOS Conamara Chaos has become the setting for the Conamara Derby,

during which daredevil pilots race souped up suborbital craft down its labyrinthine network of ice


GANYMEDE “…Then there was Ganymede,

the handsome son of King Tros,

having taken the form of an eagle,

transported to heaven on his back,

as poets fabulously tell… the Third,

on account of its majesty of light,

Ganymede …”

Ganymede is Jupiter’s largest moon,

and indeed the largest moon in the entire solar system

it is larger in diameter than Mercury but only about half its mass

Ganymede is much larger than Pluto

It was one of the first places that human explorers landed when visiting the outer planets

The surface of Ganymede has a rich variety of terrain including mountains,

The most striking features are the ridges and troughs

These features form complex patterns and have a vertical relief of a few hundred metres and run for thousands of kilometres across the moon

Ganymede has a very thin oxygen atmosphere very similar to the one found on Europa

Ganymede is also the only moon in the Sol system with a magnetosphere

The moon is far enough away from Jupiter that it only receives around 8 rems per day of radiation from Jupiter’s radiation belts,

well within the range to be managed with shielding

while Ganymede is also close enough to Jupiter that it experiences significant tidal stresses from Jupiter,

which makes geothermal energy and liquid water available underground

The moon also possesses water ice,