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What little is known about the pirates of Santander's World is not very pleasant. Founded in 3019 by Helmar Valasek, an ex-Captain in one of House Davion's 'Mech regiments, Santander's World boasts one of the most viscous bands operating in the Periphery. After being charged with piracy, theft, and insubordination, Valasek and his entire company fled the Federated Suns, though not before carrying out a murderous raid on the regimental commander's family estate.

Unable to sell their services to any of the other Great Houses, Valasek and his men eventually settled on Santander V, under the command of Tiberion Tominga. After little more than a year, Valasek mutinied against Tiberion, killing him in a duel. He is now the undisputed master of the bone-dry world of Santander V. Valasek is impartial in his piracy, launching water and parts raids against worlds owned by both the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns.

Unlike most other pirate groups, much of Valasek's treasury consists of payments made for covert assassination attempts. Operating singly or in small groups, Santander assassins are known to have penetrated Davion and Kurita space to slaughter government officials and financiers. Where practical, Santander raiders engage in kidnapping, often stopping merchant vessels along traditional trade routes to remove wealthy passengers for later ransom. In addition, Valasek contracts for terrorist activities and may well have affiliations with various dissident groups within the Inner Sphere.

All members of Valasek's band take a blood oath to their murderous leader, vowing to die most horribly should they "squeal" on their fellows. More than once have the pirates killed their own members suspected of renouncing their pledge.

The Santander pirates are an irritant that the Successor States will probably destroy at the first opportunity. It is believed however, that Valasek maintains an intricate web of spies and informants that might tip off Valasek to any impending strike. Therefore, any such attack would have to be made with the utmost secrecy.

System Info:

  • System Name: Santander V
  • Coordinates: 78.50, 485.35
  • Star Type: K4
  • Position in System: 5
  • Time to Jump Point: 4.00 days
  • Recharging Station: None
  • ComStar Facility Class: None
  • Population: 7,500
  • Percentage and Level of Native Life: 99% Plant

System Owner Eras:

Era: Faction:
2575 N/A
2750 N/A
3025 P
3030 P
3040 P
3052 CGB
3057 CGB
3062 CGB

System Occupation Dates:

Occupation Date: Faction:
2821-12-31 Periphery (Other)
3049-08-01 Clan Smoke Jaguar
3052-07-01 Clan Ghost Bear

System Star Maps:


There are no functional factories located on this planet.

Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:

Planet: X Coord: Y Coord: Jumps:
Damian 73.55 463.44 1
Holmsbu 58.16 443.62 2
Pinnacle 72.50 434.75 2
Porthos 91.02 480.13 1
Thule 93.89 459.27 2

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