Star Wars: Shards
Capital world of the Tapani Sector. Mostly warm oceans, with people on any islands not near a polar extremity; rainy winters, mild the rest of the time.
One mid-sized continent named Davla on southern pole, essentially unliveable between gale-force frozen winds and hundreds of active volcanoes trying to flash-fry the place. In the summer, Vor and visiting politicians with especially low brain-to-ambition ratios will visit the northernmost shore to “hunt and fish” (read “plot and act like teenagers in a popularity contest”). And Master Skywalker likes to go lightflyer sailing near the cliffs and the smaller volcanic vents. He says it’s very soothing. Master Kenobi says Ani has an adrenaline problem. Master Skywalker says Ben spends too much time in his own head and not enough in his body.
The capital of the planet, and the seat of government, is Estalle Island, a canal-laced large mass that includes Vorhartung Castle, meeting place of the Council of Counts. The castle also holds archival rooms, meeting rooms, private offices, a couple of ballrooms because why not, and a military museum. If the Council is not in session, guided tours of the museum are sometimes available. Some of the historical artifacts on display might put a Core Worlds visitor off their feed for a bit, so, you know, eat before arriving for your detailed weapons scan.
Estalle Island is connected by sparkly sparkly Star Bridge to Yuliska Isle, where the Alliance Senate offices and all diplomatic residences are located. Other businesses and neighborhoods exist there, too, of course; it’s just that the Tapani have a real passion for keeping all their potential foreign spies conveniently grouped. They still have the Alliance Senate meetings at the Tapani Senate Building, which is nowhere near as impressive or spacious as Vorhartung Castle. But it is every bit as defensible in case of anything including orbital bombardment, so no one seriously tries to relocate.
Estalle Island also is home to the Imperium Palace, of course; various museums, parks, hotels, an opera house AND a contemporary theater; a fancy casino; the airport and seaport for on-planet traffic; Shey Tapani University; a House Embassy for each province in the Tapani Sector; and over at the Bene Gesserit Temple, there is a small spaceport reserved for Vor, upper echelons of government, and for the business of the Orange Catholic faith. All other traffic goes to the major commercial spaceport on Destato Island, or else the military spaceport on Kyril Island.
During Capital Season, anybody who’s anybody must make an Appearance during one of the special events hosted on Procopia. Every year, we have this argument about whether Jedi Minion VN Ysadora counts as “somebody” because of that pesky Imperial Knighthood, and every year we send people named Skywalker while I go minion someplace else. I would frankly be of more use on Allandor, scrubbing the dojo.
Originating adventure: Shards of Honor 1.0 “Blood Inheritance”