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Massive deserts dominate all five continents of Babylon, another of the original Pentagon worlds. The largest, called the Spiked Heart, covers two-thirds of the world's largest continent and is broken by rugged mountains. Rising to almost six kilometers above mean sea level, the Snaefell mountains trigger major precipitation, resulting in deeply incised valleys on the windward side of the range, each with verdant forests and grasslands. However, even outside the deserts, much of the rest of the world is arid and inhospitable. A large reptilian cattle analogue known as the talasi evolved in the Snaefell valleys and later became a staple of the settlers' diet. Other species like the goliath scorpion, developed in unique ways that allowed them to thrive in the arid wastes.

Like Arcadia and Eden, many of Babylon's native bacteria were hostile to humanity and took a horrendous toll on the first colonists. Working from a hurriedly constructed base on the world's single moon, scientists raced to combat the worst of these, dubbed the "Babylon Plague". Their efforts produced a vaccine within four months, but by then thousands had died.

The colonists could have eked out a living in the Snaefell valleys, but the discovery of substantial mineral deposits in the deserts prompted a major exodus from those safe havens. With such resources, the colonists could rebuild much of the civilization they had left behind in the Inner Sphere. However, the move to the deserts brought the colonists into the hunting range of the goliath scorpions. These predators killed hundreds until the colonists learned to avoid scorpion nests.

Today, Babylon is a major industrial center, involved in processing raw materials and producing considerable volumes of civilian equipment as well as war material. The Diamond Sharks have established a stranglehold on planetary commerce, but the other clans, Cloud Cobra, Coyote and Ice Hellion, retain control of their own military manufacturing. However, Shark-owned refiners like the massive Port Talbot complex dominate the supply of petrochemicals and related products, in effect allowing the Sharks to profit from the needs of the other Clans. Also of note are the Ice Hellion-owned aerospace plants in the cities of Marron and Yama, and the Diamond Shark-controlled orbital Dropship construction yards - one of the few such facilities outside of Snow Raven control. Agriculture is another major industry, with ranching particularly common around the cities of Hope and New Drineshane.

System Info:

  • System Name: Babylon
  • Coordinates: -124.00, 1597.00
  • Star Type: G7V
  • Position in System: 2
  • Population: 51,000,000
  • Percentage and Level of Native Life: Reptiles

System Owner Eras:

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

System Occupation Dates:

Occupation Date: Faction:
2920-12-31 Clan Homeworlds

System Star Maps:

Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:

Planet: X Coord: Y Coord: Jumps:
Arcadia -116.00 1605.00 1  
Circe -123.00 1611.00 1  
Dagda -133.00 1600.00 1  
Eden -134.00 1610.00 1

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