House Kurita captured Kessel almost incidentally, during a drive toward Skye itself, and though the forces of House Steiner ultimately succeeded in driving back the Combine invaders, they never managed to reclaim several lost planets, including this one. The Combine saw great untapped potential in this mineral- and metal-rich world, with its many mining, refining, and manufacturing complexes that produced everything short of BattleMechs and DropShips. Thus, as Steiner forces continued to hit back over the centuries, making several failed attempts to retake worlds such as Kessel, the Combine took advantage of their possession, loosening industrial standards that protected the environment to increase output for their military needs.
Freed of the constraints found on other former Isle of Skye worlds, or any other industrial/corporate niceties, for that matter, the industries on Kessel turned to such questionable practices as strip mining and chemical dumping. Worse still, these practices also attracted the attention of the yakuza, the dominant underworld force of the Draconis Combine. Over the centuries, the results of these trends were a poisoned biosphere and a poisoned society. Crime was rampant, and might made right, except in those areas where the well-armed and equipped nobility resided. Visitors to this world are still cautioned to keep respirators on when outside their vehicles and buildings, to protect against the still-lingering toxins in the local air.
Kessel became a prefecture capital under Combine rule. Though it was raided several times, major corporations continued their operations on this world unabated, attracting even Inner Sphere-renowned manufacturers, such as Diverse Optics, producer of everything from home entertainment systems to military-grade laser weaponry.
Kessel's capital city is Sverdlovsk, located on the northwestern continent of Novgorod. The southern continent, Gershtad, is home to the planet's largest spaceport. Northeast of Gershtad is the Lobopov continent, home to what little remains of Kessel's untamed wilderness, and several defunct strip-mining operations.
- System Name: Kessel
- Coordinates: -13.30, 84.24
- Star Type: G0V
- Position in System: 2
- Time to Jump Point: 10.00 days
- Recharging Station: Zenith, Nadir
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 2,310,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: 5% Mammals
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