Fulcrum is a bright yellow star with a large, resources-rich system of planets. The star is of great interest to the scholars of Consensus as a result of its unusual slipstream properties.
Planets of the Fulcrum System
- Dervish: a hot, iron-rich world in the inner system with a thin carbon dioxide/nitrogen atmosphere. Molten lakes of valuable metals are mined by Harmonian workers employed by Syndics that invest in Consensan ships and upgrade them with large solar shields. Dervish rotates extremely rapidly and has a very rapid orbit. The night-day cycle is only 3 standard hours, one consequence of which is that the surface never has a chance to cool significantly. During the night, ample light is provided by red-hot rock and metal.
- Tremor: a small, rocky, airless world with extremely active volcanism. Two relatively large moons orbit this world and act as bases for Consensan scientists observing Fulcrum. Telepresence mining by Harmonian Syndics is the major activity on the surface of the planet.
- The Wild Ring: a dense ring of small asteroids in unusually stable orbits, the Wild RIng is not named in irony. The name derived from several ancient Harmonian languages which are believed to describe the dazzling display of light the ring creates when night is “open” (that is, when nightfall sees the world facing the away from its twin, into space). The ring is in fact composed of carbon, silicon and many exotic organic compounds also found in the nano-strata of Harmony, and while it has no intrinsic value this degraded technology is of interest to scholars.
- Harmony: twin garden worlds orbiting a common centre of gravity, and home to a vibrant culture of the same name. It is widely believed that a previous Cycle of civilisation began from these planets, but the only evidence that remains of the prior greatness is a geological layer composed of what the Consensans have identified as the remains of nanomachines. The Harmonians have developed advanced aircraft and short-range spacecraft for transport between their two planets, and prior to contact with Consensus they had begun the robotic mining of Tremor.
- The Outer Planets: six distant gas giants exist in the colder regions of the system. The innermost of this group has been explored and found to have large moons that could support Harmonian colonies, but no development has taken place to date. Using Consensan technology several missions have explored the more distant worlds, but no Harmonian development has taken place to date. Exploiting the resources of these distant giants is generally believed to be an uneconomical proposition.