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Starbase Z26


A salvage and scrap yard of the UFP

Starbase Z26 is an antiquidated class of space station, most commonly resembling a trio of Mexican sombrero hats attacked to a large central pylon. It has a functional crew of 120 and can accomodate 600 more in relative comfort. The hull shows it’s age, as the starbase is nearly 200 years old. Conditions inside are cramped, the air has a slight metallic taint to it, from the mechanical scrubbers rather than the superior recycling systems found on newer starships.

The area arround the starbase is a minefield of space junk, ranging from chunks of ships destroyed in battle, to entire vessels that have been retired from active service but being held in reserve to repair other ships of the class still in service. As such, there is a large amount of space junk, and it covers a very wide variety of ships. Older classes such as the Miranda, Excelsior, and such are most often found missing their warp nacelles, these pieces having been salvaged to repair damaged ships.

Extensive records are kept of the ships held at Z26, including the mothballing of M/AM reactors and the removal of shield generators, weapons systems, and the key componenets of sensor arrays.

Starbase Defenses
While not in a contested area, Z26 has several layers of defense, it has excellent shields and tractor beams though this is mostly to protect the station from errant debris dislodged for it’s parking place in the salvage yard. The tractor beams deflect large pieces and can push them back into stable locations. The station mounts two phaser arrays, one at the ventral and dorsal points of the central pylon. Neither is very powerful.

Being a stockpile of Federation resources and technology, Z26 keeps two retired starships on active duty. These ships have minimal crew and most of the time are relegated to working as tugs, moving hulks that have been brought to the starbase, or sweeping up transit lanes through the scrap yard. In rare instances, pirates looters or other less technologically advanced races will attempt to sneak into the yard to steal some overlooked piece of hardware. In this instance, the two ‘tugs’ retain their shields and weapons and keep the riff-raff out.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

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