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 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
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System Occupation Dates:
|3049-08-01||Clan Smoke Jaguar|
|3052-07-01||Clan Ghost Bear|