System of the Day #67 – Pollux

C526210-5 Ho Lo Tz Climate= H PBG= 601
Ix= -2 Ex= 912(-1) RU= -18 Cx= 2134
Pollux, a hot, mineral-rich world, is a minor world being ruthlessly strip-mined. The Pollux Corporation, a multi-world mining conglomerate in the region, maintains a small permanent population of around 600 managers, administrators, and security personnel, but rotates a workforce of several thousand miners. Employees are brought into the system for intense six month tours. The work is tough and demanding, though safety is a major priority. All workers are given intensive training on safety and procedures. Even so, there are always accidents and the occasional fatality. Pollux has a fair quantity of lanthanum (essential for jump drives), as well as other desired minerals such as titanium and cobalt.

The cold world in the system’s third orbit is currently being extensively surveyed. Company managers realize Pollux’ mineral wealth will eventually deplete, or become too expensive to efficiently mine, and has been planning for the company’s future needs. They are hoping another lanthanum deposit is located, but so far none has been found.

Pollux Corporation maintains an effective security force in the system, including a series of armed patrol craft (usually pinnaces and cutters). The system’s single gas giant is patrolled, and a picket ship is maintained to protect the company’s refueling activities. Most freighters entering the system are unarmes, but are typically escorts, as attacks have occurrer on company shipping in recent years.

ADVENTURING OPPORTUNITIES – A small list of potential situations. Each must be fleshed out by the GM.

1. Sabotage. A major rival of the Pollux Corporation will hire a small group. Its mission is to sneak onto Pollux and sabotage specific mining machinery, preferably in a manner which does not point towards sabotage. Nothing ever goes as planned, of course. Another group has been hired by a different rival for a similar purpose. This group will determine what the player group is doing, and adjust its activities to shift blame onto the player group. Can the players determine this before their efforts are ruined?

2. Investigation. The players are hired to perform an undercover investigation on Pollux. Recruited by top level company managers, their mission is to determine the source of missing funds and ore shipments. Is an outside group responsible? Or has a company manager succumbed to greed? And can they avoid “accidents” once they begin asking too many questions?
System Details
Orbit – Component/Name – UWP
P Primary Star K4V + KD

1 POLLUX C526210-5 Ho Lo Tz

———- Jump Limit ———-

2 Inferno YBA0000-0. HZ

3 InnerWorld Y777110-7 Co 2 Rings 1 Moon

4 LGG Size = U (28) 3 moons

5 RadWorld Y756000-0 Fr Ring 3 moons

6 Worldlet YP00000-0 Va

7 RadWorld Y8B6000-0 Fl 1 moon

11 IceWorld Y202000-0 Ic Va 2 Moons
This is my 67th hand-generated “System of the Day” entry, using the Traveller5 (T5) rules, from Far Future Enterprises. My goal is to publish one random system per day in 2020.
This system was generated by hand, using a set of dice I have owned for over 30 years, and using the Traveller5 (T5) rules set. Feel free to use this system in your own campaigns. Permission is granted to publish these results, as long as the copyrights of Far Future Enterprises are not violated, and no money is charged for them.
As always, comments and input are appreciated.

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