Hapes' Planetary Guide Oct 3, 2015 22:42:47 GMT -8
Post by Darth Belial on Oct 3, 2015 22:42:47 GMT -8
= Hapes =
~ The Beacon of Dawn
“Hapes can only be as strong as those who lead her.”
- A saying from Ta’a Chume.
Hapes was the Homeworld of the Hapans, a near-human race possessing poor night vision as well as being considered on average, more attractive than the typical human standard, and was the administrative capital of the Hapes Consortium. Surrounded by shimmering nebulae, and with seven moons in the sky after sunset, Hapes never knew the darkness of true night. The planet itself was located near the heart of the Hapes Cluster, and was only one of the two planets within the Hapan System, sharing the celestial skies with the planet Kavan. The surface was marked by large sapphire oceans, rolling emerald forests, and basalt mountains. Much of the world was untouched by the corruptive touch of man; due in part to the Natives love of beauty. The Hapans themselves preferred to reside within crenelated coastal cities, such as Ta’a Chume’Dan, the Planetary Capital and the beating heart of the Consortium itself.
Region: Inner Rim, Transitory Mists.
Sector: Hapes Cluster.
System: Hapes System.
Primary Star/Sun: Hapes Prime.
Orbital Position: Hapes I
Moons: 7 (Including Megos.)
Rotation Period: 22 Galactic Standard Hours
Orbital Period: 240 Local Days
Trade Routes: Gallinore Reach, Great Rim Route, Hapan Spine, Lorell Route, Rynmar Trail.
Known Recorded History
Hapes was first discovered by the Lorell Raiders, a group of pirates who had found routes through the Transitory Mists and used the Hapes Cluster as their base. For centuries, the Lorell Raiders stalked the trade routes of the Galactic Republic using Hapes as their base. The Lorell Raiders would abduct beautiful women from all over the Galaxy and bring them back to the hidden worlds of Hapes, along with any other treasure they would plunder. The women would stay on Hapes and raise their children, but the Lorell Raiders would eventually take the boys with them and train them as pirates in turn. After months, the pirates would return with the boys to rest. Around 4050 BBY, however, the mostly male Lorell Raiders were wiped out by the Jedi when they ventured out into Galactic Republic space. Hapes was forgotten and the women left behind took control and vowed that a man would never rule them again, creating both the title of Queen Mother and the matriarchal society that would continue on for at least the next four thousand years. Around 3100 BBY, a Queen Mother sealed the borders to the newly created Hapes Consortium from the rest of the Galaxy, ordered the starship Star Home to be constructed, and quickly captured many more planets for the Hapans to colonize. Information on Hapan history between 3,000 BBY and 8 ABY was very hard to come by, but what was found was that sometime in the distant past, several members of the Hapes Consortium tried to secede from the influence of Hapes but were quickly crushed. Those worlds became known as the Rifle Worlds, and eventually they became the commerce base of the Consortium.
Shortly before the Great Jedi Purge and the rise of the Galactic Empire, a Hapan Jedi washout named Sinsor Khal returned to the Hapes Cluster to become a scientist. Due to his failed Jedi status and his location in the Hapes Cluster, he survived the Great Jedi Purge. Later on, he would be banished to a lockdown science lab on Gallinore by Ta'a Chume for cruelty to his subjects, although she would continue to fund his research. It is believed that the Hapans were left to their own devices by the Galactic Empire, as no records of any major confrontations between the two parties exist as of yet. However, there were some skirmishes near the border that resulted in the Hapans capturing some Imperial Star Destroyers.
During Palpatine's reign as Galactic Emperor, there existed rumors that he was in love with a Hapan woman.
In 2 ABY, Kalen, the Chume'da (or heir) of the Hapes Consortium, was captured in the Terephon system and killed. Kalen's brother Isolder then went on a two-year undercover quest to find and apprehend the killer. The culprit, a Hapan pirate named Harravan, was eventually found and apprehended, but died mysteriously in jail before he could be questioned. A short time after, Isolder's fiancée, Elliar, was found murdered in one of Hapes's many reflecting pools. As far as it was known, no one was ever charged or questioned in Elliar's death. It would later come out that Ta'a Chume was responsible for arranging the murders of both Elliar and of her own son. In 8 ABY, Princess Leia Organa went to Hapes to discuss with Ta'a Chume a possible alliance with the New Republic. While Organa was there, Isolder fell in love with her and requested of his mother permission to marry her. Permission was granted and was made a part of the deal: Hapes would ally with the New Republic if Organa married Isolder. Instead, after an adventure on the planet Dathomir, Isolder proposed marriage to a Dathomiri Witch named Teneniel Djo. Ta'a Chume disapproved of the young Dathomiri, but grudgingly accepted her son's choice of a bride after Djo used the Force on her. Isolder also demanded of his mother that the Consortium join the New Republic, which she agreed to, but eventually did not live up to an effort to preserve internal stability. Also at this time, Dathomir was admitted into the Consortium as the unofficial 64th planet.
Some time later, Ta'a Chume stepped down as Queen Mother and was replaced by Teneniel Djo. The Consortium stayed out of galactic politics for over a decade and a half, until the advent of the Yuuzhan Vong War. The people rejoiced at the birth of Tenel Ka in 10 ABY, but they would be disappointed in their heir's preference for her mother's culture. Since Tenel Ka had trained to be a Jedi and had no interest in taking over the Hapan throne, the issue of another heir had become a hot topic. To resolve the issue, Isolder and Teneniel tried to have another child. They had succeeded, as Teneniel was in the early stages of pregnancy when Leia Organa Solo again visited Hapes in 25 ABY to request the assistance of the Hapan Royal Navy in the fight against the Yuuzhan Vong. A vote was made by the planetary delegates, which ended up in a tie. Beed Thane then provoked an honor duel with Isolder, with the winner controlling the tie-breaking vote. Isolder defeated Thane, and the navy was dispatched to Fondor, with Isolder himself commanding the Song of War. However, due to Centerpoint Station being misaligned, the beam from that ancient weapon took out three-quarters of the Hapan fleet. Due to the Force backlash, Teneniel miscarried and went into a deep depression.
With the Queen Mother incapacitated and Isolder blamed for the loss of many lives at Fondor, the people began calling for stronger leadership. Since Isolder refused to allow Ta'a Chume to reassume the throne, she began a plot to find a new wife for Isolder. In 27 ABY, when the survivors of the Myrkr strike team flew to Hapes for refuge, Ta'a Chume saw a younger version of herself in the grieving Jaina Solo and tried to groom her to be the next Queen Mother. To further her plot, Ta'a Chume had also arranged to have Teneniel Djo poisoned. Unexpectedly, however, it was Tenel Ka who took up her fallen mother's crown, not because she desired it, but to keep her grandmother and other bloodthirsty relatives from ruling Hapes. The new Queen Mother revealed Teneniel's legacy: A whole fleet of ships built in secret and hidden in the Transitory Mists, ready to be used in the fight against the Yuuzhan Vong. The Consortium eventually joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances in 28 ABY, and they aided in Alliance campaigns against the Yuuzhan Vong.
In 35 ABY, Jacen Solo came to Hapes to visit his friend, Queen Mother Tenel Ka, and to ask for her assistance in sending a fleet to defend the Killiks against the Chiss. Tenel Ka granted the request, provided he spend some time with her. Shortly after, she secluded herself for almost a year, and in 36 ABY, Tenel Ka gave birth to Jacen's daughter, whom she named Allana. The identity of Allana's father remained unknown to all except her parents, and Tenel Ka refused to release any holoimages of her. Shortly after the birth of Allana, Ta'a Chume, who was still under house arrest for the death of Teneniel Djo, was rendered catatonic by Jacen Solo after he found out it was she who had arranged for the Dark Nest's attempt on his daughter's life. A few months later, Queen Mother Tenel Ka was one of many Jedi summoned by Luke Skywalker to a Jedi meeting on Ossus. When everyone had assembled, Skywalker gave an ultimatum that the Jedi Order came first, and that any who could not put the order first was welcome to leave. Tenel Ka went to Skywalker after the meeting and told him that regretfully, she could not put being a Jedi before being Queen Mother, and offered up her lightsaber. Skywalker told her to keep it, and that there was a place for her in the Order if she ever decided to return. After an awkward meeting with Han and Leia Organa Solo, Tenel Ka went back to Hapes.
During the Second Galactic Civil War of 40 ABY, some rogue Hapan nobles calling themselves the Heritage Council got in touch with the Corellian government and hatched a plot to eliminate the pro-Galactic Alliance Queen Mother Tenel Ka and her daughter Allana. After both the Queen Mother and her Heir were dead, the rogue Hapan nobles would then align the Hapes Consortium with the Corellians. Knowing that the pro-Corellian Han and Leia Solo were good friends of the Queen Mother, the Corellian leadership used them as dupes and sent them on a fake mission to Hapes in an effort to draw the Queen Mother into a trap laid by the Hapan nobles. After realizing that they were used, the Solos foiled the assassination attempt and decided to spy on the assassin named Nashtah to determine the extent of the conspiracy. Alerted to the assassination attempt, Queen Mother Tenel Ka contacted Jacen Solo, who was by now the head of the Galactic Alliance Guard, to help in the investigation. In turn, he arranged to have both Tenel Ka and their daughter smuggled onto his flagship, the Anakin Solo, to prevent any more attempts on their lives.
After it was revealed that the Duchas of AlGray and Galney were part of the rogue Hapan nobles planning to take over Hapes, Tenel Ka left the Anakin Solo to prepare the Royal Navy for battle, but not before giving express instructions that Allana was to remain onboard. Despite the fact that Jacen placed his daughter under a heavy guard, the assassin Nashtah still managed to get through all the security protocols that Jacen had set up and continued her quest to kill Allana. Jacen then proceeded to engage Nashtah in battle, and while the assassin was lying on the ground wounded, Allana injected Nashtah with a sleep stick. Over Hapes, the battle between the Hapan loyalists and the Heritage Council raged. Both sides suffered heavy losses, but with the aid of the Anakin Solo, the Hapan loyalists were victorious. Jacen Solo was hailed as a hero among the Hapan people, and because of this Tenel Ka briefly considered announcing Allana's paternity to her people. Later on, Tenel Ka withdrew all Hapan support from the Galactic Alliance when Jacen refused to turn back from the dark side. Two years after the war had ended, the Hapes Consortium, was on the sidelines of signing a peace treaty by Tenel Ka Djo on Coruscant, with Hapes as the capital.
During the Sith–Imperial War and the Second Imperial Civil War that followed, Hapes remained neutral. That neutrality ended however after a period of economic downturn when the Sith warriors sworn to the New Order of the Eye had brutally invaded the Cluster and ruled with an Iron fist for generations. It wasn’t until the Queen Mother, who sired the present Ereneda Amelie Ka Djo, rose up against their tyrannical overlords in a bloody civil war that engulfed the Cluster. For years, Sister fought against Sister, as it turned out that the corruptive roots of the Sith had dug deep into the hearts and minds of many Noble families. Outmatched against the power of men, who wielded the powers of the gods, Amelie’s mother had trudged through the muck against all odds. That was until valiant Knights wielding blades of burnished sapphire and gleaming emeralds had sallied forth into the fray. Emboldened by the arrival of the Jedi hailing from Arkania, Anobis, and Corellia, the Queen Mother had struck down her oppressors and managed to drive the New Order of the Eye from the Cluster.
After the fires of war had smoldered into cinders, the Hapes Consortium had entered a period of self-imposed isolation to rebuild the strength of their nation. Though much time has passed since the final day where a Jedi struck down the Master of the Sith atop the steps leading into the Fountain Palace, that policy of Isolationism began to fade and a more open-minded approach to Galactic Politics began to take its place. Although, with that shift in the political landscape, came to a new slew of problems regarding the stance that the monarchy would take. Lines were drawn within the senatorial sand, and the future of the Consortium itself was once again at stake.
Diameter: 12,254 km.
Atmosphere: Type I (Breathable.)
Primary Terrain: Cities, Mountains, Forests, Oceans.
Surface Water: 60%
Points of Interest: Fountain Palace, Reef Fortress, Lorell Hall.
Native Species: Hapans.
Primary Language(s): Hapan language, Galactic Basic Standard.
Government: Hereditary Matriarchy.
Population: 8 billion (100% Hapan).
Major Cities: Ta'a Chume'Dan (Planetary Capital) .
Major imports: Foodstuffs, High technology.
Major exports: None.
The Hapans were ruled by the Queen Mother, who held court at either the Fountain Palace when on Hapes, or aboard the royal transport ship Star Home when traveling abroad. The title of Queen Mother was hereditary, passed down from mother to daughter. If the Queen Mother failed to have daughters, the wife of the firstborn son became Queen Mother. However, to be in the line of succession meant both the Queen Mother and her heirs had to avoid constant attempts on their lives by jealous relatives who vied for the throne themselves. In addition to the Queen Mother, there were also representatives from each Consortium member planet at the Hapan Royal Court. Their main purpose was to vote on matters of importance and to give updates on any political and social conditions of their home planets that may require the Queen Mother's attention. The Queen Mother had the final say on everything, and her word was considered law. The Queen Mother was also surrounded by members of the nobility, which she had to pacify in various ways in order to prevent them from plotting against her or her family.
Hapan culture, at least among the upper classes, was based on assassination attempts and struggles for power. Most members of Hapan nobility or royalty would think nothing of manipulating and/or arranging the death of one of their own if it would advance their own cause. The Queen Mother was treated like a goddess by the Hapans, and her selection of a consort was important to all her people. Candidates for the role of consort often came from the nobility, mainly to keep the gene pool vibrant. There were fierce rivalries between many noble houses over which house would get their sons to father the next Queen Mother, and nobles often plotted against both the consort and the heir of the Queen Mother who was not fathered by one of their own.
Status of Males
Due to the matriarchal society of the Hapes Consortium, men were often treated as second-class citizens. Hapan males were used mainly for breeding and thought of as little more than an accessory. Despite this, there are a few documented cases of some Hapan men in positions of power, such as Isolder, Beed Thane, and Aleson Gray. Oftentimes, however, Hapan men who felt trapped by their position in society ran away and became pirates. These men hid out in the Transitory Mists and preyed on unsuspecting vessels, at least until caught by passing Nova Battle Cruisers. When captured, they would be put on trial, and possibly executed depending on how severe the charge was.
The anti-Jedi sentiment was rife among the Hapans, mainly due to the fact that the Lorell Raiders had fallen to the Jedi. This sentiment came to head during the reign of Ni'Korish, Ta'a Chume's mother. Ni'Korish had an immense hatred of Jedi and had done her best to wipe out any that had made their way into the Consortium. Because of this, an anti-Jedi faction had formed among the Hapans named after her. The faction had come into prominence during the Yuuzhan Vong War, mainly due to the backlash of the Battle of Fondor. It was this faction, under the control of Ta'a Chume, that had Teneniel Djo assassinated in 27 ABY. However, there is a hint of greater tolerance towards the Jedi during Tenel Ka's leadership after Jacen Solo saved her from Corellian sympathizers in 40 ABY. The Hapan loyalists highly praised Jacen as a hero for his actions, seemingly an indication of the decrease in anti-Jedi sentiments.
Recorded Character Traits
The Hapan people had a deep (some would say neurotically so) love of beauty. If a person, especially the heir to the throne, was blemished or deformed in any way, it was considered a fate worse than death. The Hapans were also considered paranoid by non-natives, which, given the political climate on Hapes, was not an unreasonable assumption for the non-natives to make.
In-Character Sympathies: The Hapes Cluster is friendly towards characters affiliated with the Lawful end of the spectrum, and sadly those of the chaotic persuasion would find themselves unwelcomed and possibly treated with hostility by the natives. Though the Transitory Mists are vast, it is possible for Dens of Pirates and Smugglers to thrive within the Nebulae, however as the Hapes Consortium is known for its impressive navy, those hives would be short lived and usually end with the Royal Navy executing those wayward males.
Common RolePlay Plots Found Here: Open RP, Spontaneous RP, Planned SL’s, Various Combat RP’s, Character Training, Political Intrigue, Scientific and Medical Research, etcetera.