Scattered oases across the northern continent of this desert world are home to its roughly half-million inhabitants, most of them followers of Shia Islam. The first of these were ascetics who arrived on Brasha in the early 26th century. Their city, Alaikum, survived the Reunification War and the post-Star League centuries of decline; today it is a center of Shiâ€™ite scholarship, and has doubled in size as its inhabitants gradually reclaimed a fringe of the desert surrounding the oasis on which it was first built.
Brashaâ€™s population and fortunes took a sharp upturn in the early 29th century, when the Outworlds Alliance first established a standing army. The needs of the new militaryâ€”especially for fuel to keep the Alliance Air Force operatingâ€”made the petrochemicals and radioactives beneath Brashaâ€™s shifting sands a priceless commodity. Mining concerns and wildcatters flocked to Brasha between 2801 and 2832, building new towns wherever feasible and stringing pipelines across vast stretches of sand. Jury-rigged technology and difficulty getting spare parts kept operations well below peak efficiency for decades, but the planet produced enough to prosper (at least by Alliance standards at the time). The local culture kept its Islamic character, though refugees from the Draconis Combine founded a Shinto and a Buddhist community near the western edge of the Great Northern Expanse. These enclaves still thrive, producing remarkable artwork along with their quotas of radioactive ores.
The city of Qumâ€™ran, at the eastern edge of the Expanse where the desert meets the mountains, is best known for its unique contribution to Brashaâ€™s planetary militia. The Qumâ€™ran Guard are an elite infantry unit, mounted on tariqim -bipedal lizards native to the planet, that stand roughly six feet tall at the shoulder and whose ground-eating stride rivals the speed of some BattleMechs and hovertanks. Like the ostrich of old Terra, a tariq can run at truly amazing speed; fleshy deposits near the base of the tail serve them like a camelâ€™s hump, storing nutrients on which their bodies can function for several days in the absence of food and even water. Tariqim are predators, feeding on smaller lizards and the large waterfowl that frequent the oases. They are also highly intelligent and readily trainable if culled from their litters in the first three months after birth.
- System Name: Brasha
- Coordinates: 440.19, 196.63
- Star Type: G4V
- Position in System: 4
- Time to Jump Point: 7.96 days
- Recharging Station: Nadir
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 548,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Reptile
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