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 Capital city of the [[nations:interstellar_alliance|Interstellar Alliance]] the planet [[planets:eden|Eden]] Capital city of the [[nations:interstellar_alliance|Interstellar Alliance]] the planet [[planets:eden|Eden]]
  
-Landfall City was the first permanent settlement of what would become the Interstellar Alliance. Built in the highlands of the Temperate band of the planeton the shore of the Great Loch of a plateau, Landfall City is famous for its black lakes and mountainous views.+Landfall City was the first permanent settlement of what would become the Interstellar Alliance. Built in the highlands of the Temperate band of the planet on a massive plateau with its own lake, Landfall City is famous for its black lakes and mountainous views.
  
-The location was chosen for its comfortable temperatures, lower air pressure, and access to fresh water to support a population. The plateau was not great farmland, but fertile enough to support earth crops once the soil had been tailored and settlement began in earnest after the first wave of precursors/founders had established the settlement.+The location was chosen for its comfortable temperatures, lower air pressure, and access to fresh water to support a population. The plateau was not great farmland, but fertile enough to support earth crops once the soil had been tailored and settlement began in earnest after the first wave of colonists established themselves.
  
 ===== Interesting Locations ===== ===== Interesting Locations =====
   * Alliance Senate Building   * Alliance Senate Building
   * Landfall Space Elevator   * Landfall Space Elevator
-  * Elevator District Bar+  * Anchor Point Bar 
 +  * Ground Floor Suit Bar
   * The Great Loch   * The Great Loch
 +  * Old Town
 +  * Lochside
 +  * Diplomatic Quarters
 +  * The Slopes
 +  * Elevator District
  
 ==== Alliance Senate ==== ==== Alliance Senate ====
  
-Central to the Diplomatic Quarter, the Alliance Senate building is the second building to unite representatives of the twelve star systems, the new building contains the chamber for the 24 senators of the Alliance and their staffs as they discuss matters of state. It also houses much of the federal apparatus except military affairs. +Central to the Diplomatic Quarter, the Alliance Senate building is the second of its kind to unite representatives of the twelve star systems. The new building contains the chamber for the 24 senators of the Alliance and their staff as they discuss matters of state. It also houses much of the federal apparatus except military affairs. 
  
 ==== Landfall Space Elevator ==== ==== Landfall Space Elevator ====
  
-The Landfall Space Elevator dominates the skyline of any good Landfall postcard, it's a tapering rigid structure that extends impossibly high into the sky. The base flares out into a series of support struts reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower of old Earth. It features multiple elevators and a city or orbit time of 30 minutes, entry does require passing a security screen and scanning equipment for both passengers and freight. +The Landfall Space Elevator dominates the skyline of any good Landfall postcard, it's a tapering rigid structure that extends impossibly high into the sky. The base flares out into a series of support struts reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower of old Earth. It features multiple elevators and a city to orbit time of 30 minutes, entry does require passing a security screen and scanning equipment for both passengers and freight. 
  
-The base is famous for the Ground Floor Suit Bar, which provides drinks and tailoring for new visitors to look part of the city as soon as they arrive with a variety of purchasable outfits. There are shuttle services to various parts of the city available and pick up if required. Freight is moved to location by cart.+The base is famous for the Ground Floor Suit Bar, which provides drinks and tailoring for new visitors to look like part of the city as soon as they arrive with a variety of purchasable outfits. There are shuttle services to various parts of the city available and pick up if required. Freight is moved to location by cart.
  
-The peak is a large orbital dock housing a collection of ships and shuttles from around the Alliance and beyond, with travelers and freight passing through it every day. It houses the Anchor Point Bar, a meeting spot for spacers of all kinds passing through the station and a common point for all walks of life.+At the peak is a large orbital dock housing a collection of ships and shuttles from around the Alliance and beyond, with travelers and freight passing through it every day. It houses the Anchor Point Bar, a meeting spot for spacers of all kinds passing through the station and a common point for all walks of life.
  
 ==== Anchor Point Bar ==== ==== Anchor Point Bar ====
  
-Anchor Point at the top of the space elevator is a mixed establishment run by a former Erusetu naval officer, everyone from sailors to scoundrels come here to relax and pass information and stories, as well as try to fine drinking culture. The bar is a wild display of species from around the sector any day of the week, it has three levels. The lowest floor is the Low-Light floor, allowing species accustomed to the dark or bioluminescent (like the host) to shine. The middle floor is the most casual of the three, with many walks of life coming to enjoy a drink. The top floor is the fine drinking, suits and tie most nights with a lavish atmosphere.+The Anchor Point at the top of the space elevator is a mixed establishment run by a former Erusetu naval officer, anyone from sailors to scoundrels come here to relax and pass information and stories, as well as to indulge in fine drinking culture. The bar is a wild display of species from around the sector any day of the week, it has three levels. The lowest floor is the Low-Light floor, allowing species accustomed to the dark or bioluminescent (like the host) to shine. The middle floor is the most casual of the three, with many walks of life arriving to enjoy a drink. The top floor is the fine drinking, suits and tie most nights with a lavish atmosphere.
  
 Naturally the more underground element that passes through Alliance space tends to prefer the low-light area, but with the Anchor point being somewhat neutral ground on the station, and the potential ire of the establishments rather large and intimidating host, the atmosphere remains relaxed. Naturally the more underground element that passes through Alliance space tends to prefer the low-light area, but with the Anchor point being somewhat neutral ground on the station, and the potential ire of the establishments rather large and intimidating host, the atmosphere remains relaxed.
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 ==== Ground Floor Suit Bar ==== ==== Ground Floor Suit Bar ====
  
-Part menswear tailor, part bar. The Ground Floor at the base of the Landfall Space Elevator is an up market place to dress up, drink and maybe pick up a date. It provides rapid tailor services through both manual and automated measuring and fitting, allowing customers to walk in looking like something the cat dragged in to walking out fitting right into the highest fashion of Landfall City. It has fine plush leather seating on its booth seats and barstools, menus for both drinks and clothing are available from the augmented tabletop, although the menu does require manual entry as it does not feature any listening capability. A suit maker must be known for discretion after all.+Part tailor, part bar. The Ground Floor at the base of the Landfall Space Elevator is an up market place to dress up, drink and maybe pick up a date. It provides rapid tailor services through both manual and automated measuring and fitting, allowing customers to walk in looking like something the cat dragged in and walking out fitting right into the highest fashion of Landfall City. It has fine plush leather seating on its booth seats and barstools, menus for both drinks and clothing are available from the augmented tabletop, although the menu does require manual entry as it does not feature any listening capability. A suit maker must be known for discretion after all.
  
-The Suit Bar provides three rooms which are a journey through the suit-making process. The casual goer starts in the first bar which is relaxed, low-key even filled with casual drinking. The second room a hushed whiskey bar, the walls filled with black and white photographs of old Earth, and off-the-rack suits. The third is the lounge, where patrons are expected to be well-dressed even if their outfit is not from the Ground Floor, champagne and cocktail glass flow through this room.+The Suit Bar provides three rooms which are a journey through the suit-making process. The casual goer starts in the first bar which is relaxed, low-key even filled with casual drinking. The second room is a hushed whiskey bar, the walls filled with black and white photographs of old Earth, and off-the-rack suits. The third is the lounge, where patrons are expected to be well-dressed even if their outfit is not from the Ground Floor, champagne and cocktail glasses flow through this room.
  
 ==== The Great Loch ==== ==== The Great Loch ====
  
-The primacy source of fresh water for the city, and a natural marvel. The Great Loch has a layer of freshwater atop Edens characteristic salty brine, the refraction between the layers making the water impenetrable to the eye, a darky murky pool with no visible bottom even on the brightest day. It is, however, famous for its fresh-water coral that can be easily dived for sight seeing. The Loch is populated by a variety of lifeforms, most common of them are the Salt Walkers, placid lifeforms resembling a cross between a starfish and a sea anemone, which wander along the shores at night before retreating back into the salty depths to avoid the harsh sunlight. There are other less friendly creatures in the loch such as the rare Giant Enemy Crab, but these don't deter many citizens from swimming the cool waters.+The primary source of fresh water for the city, and a natural marvel. The Great Loch has a layer of freshwater atop Edens characteristic salty brine, the refraction between the layers makes the water impenetrable to the eye, a darky murky pool with no visible bottom even on the brightest day. It is, however, famous for its fresh-water coral that can be easily dived for sight seeing. The Loch is populated by a variety of lifeforms, most common of them are the Salt Walkers, placid creatures resembling a cross between a starfish and a sea anemone, which wander along the shores at night before retreating back into the salty depths to avoid the harsh sunlight. There are other less friendly creatures in the loch such as the rare Giant Enemy Crab, but these don't deter many citizens from swimming the cool waters.
  
 ===== Districts ===== ===== Districts =====
-Landfall City is a wide-ranging place filled with its colonial history, mega structures, and sprawl that's grown over the decades of habitation. Because of the cities location on a plateau there is a limit to how big the city can grow, and already some districts have spilled over the edge of the cup and around the rim of the mountain.+Landfall City is a wide-ranging place filled with colonial history, mega structures, and sprawl that's grown over the decades of habitation. Because of its location on a plateau there is a limit to how big the city can grow, and already some districts have spilled over the edge of the cup and around the rim of the mountain.
  
-Most people walk to get where they need to go, flying cars occasionally pass overhead, and the city dedicates large spaces to greenery and even a small nature preserve. Due to the soil characteristics skyscrapers are rare, and the Space Elevator dominates the skyline. Many residents have learned to time their breaks by where the shadow of the elevator rests. Due to its polar position day and night cycles are distorted by season, so residents are used to having seasonally long days or nights.+Most people walk to get around, flying cars occasionally pass overhead, and the city dedicates large spaces to greenery and even a small nature preserve. Due to the soil characteristics skyscrapers are rare, and the Space Elevator dominates the skyline. Many residents have learned to time their breaks by the shadow of the elevator. Due to its near-polar position day and night cycles are distorted by season, so residents are used to having seasonally long days or nights.
  
 ==== Old Town ==== ==== Old Town ====
 A respectfully kept part of colonial history, the Old Town features many of the pre-fabricated shelters, tarmac tiles, and rough edges of the city’s antiquity. Many of the Founders families still reside here. A respectfully kept part of colonial history, the Old Town features many of the pre-fabricated shelters, tarmac tiles, and rough edges of the city’s antiquity. Many of the Founders families still reside here.
  
-Many modern Alliance residents enjoy the novelty of many buildings being on stilts to deal with the flooding that used to be common and the rustic charm of tile-based road systems built for large frontier vehicles to handle the extreme terrain. The vehicles are long gone, mostly to museums but some still work hard in the outer colonies. The residents here all maintain period costumes for the settlement period for the occasional movie that may be being shot in the district at the time.+Modern Alliance residents enjoy the novelty of buildings being on stilts to deal with the floods that were common and the rustic charm of tile-based roads built wide for large frontier vehicles made to handle the extreme terrain. The vehicles are long gone, mostly to museums but some still work hard in the outer colonies. The residents here all maintain costumes for the settlement period in case of the occasional movie that may be filmed in the district from time to time.
  
 The area is also regarded as one of the Alliances greatest recruiting tools for getting Landfall residents to trial living in the outer colonies. The area is also regarded as one of the Alliances greatest recruiting tools for getting Landfall residents to trial living in the outer colonies.
  
 ==== Lochside ==== ==== Lochside ====
-Running along the edge of the Great Loch is the Lochside district, a confused fusion of beach and lakeside housing. This is prime housing in the city, and many of the buildings are restricted to two stories high to allow views of the water for the rest of the city making living here a premium. The district is very open to visitors however, coming to escape the heat of the summer months or to bathe in the artificial beaches along the shore. Surprisingly for a lake, the Loch does have tides due to the number of moons around Eden. While these tides may be much wilder at the equator, they're still noticeable on the Lochs edge.+Running along the edge of the Great Loch is the Lochside district, a confused fusion of beach and lakeside housing. This is prime property in the city, most buildings are restricted to two stories high to allow views of the water for the rest of the city making living here a premium. The district is very open to visitors coming to escape the heat of the summer months or to bathe in the artificial beaches along the shore. Surprisingly for a lake, the Loch does have tides due to the number of moons around Eden. While these tides may be much wilder at the equator, they're still noticeable on the Lochs edge.
  
 ==== Diplomatic Quarter ==== ==== Diplomatic Quarter ====
-The Diplomatic Quarter contains the Alliance Senate building, both the newand the old, along with many of the foreign embassies of the Alliances friends and neighbors. It also contains a thriving culture district with performances, food, and beverages. The rowdier parts of the diplomatic quarter is used for parties, festivals and rubbing shoulders with other cultures. This district also has the Theatre House, a high-art performance venue for everything from opera to plays put on for the cultured of the city residents.+The Diplomatic Quarter contains the Alliance Senate buildings, both the new and old, along with many of the foreign embassies of the Alliances friends and neighbors. It also contains a thriving culture district with performances, food, and beverages. The rowdier parts of the diplomatic quarter are used for parties, festivals and rubbing shoulders with other cultures. This district also has the Theatre House, a high-art performance venue for everything from opera to plays put on for the cultured of the city residents.
  
-The Alliance Senate building houses the upper and lower senates, creating a stream of representatives from around the colonies passing through (much of the business of government is done remotely and most often on secret sessions require in-house attendance). It also houses many of the foreign embassy buildings in the Alliance and exotic dignitaries are common throughout the district as various diplomatic missions freely explore Alliance culture and bureaucracy.+The Alliance Senate building houses the upper and lower senates, creating a stream of representatives from around the colonies passing through. Much of the business of government is done remotely only secret sessions require in-house attendance. It also houses many of the foreign embassy buildings in the Alliance and exotic dignitaries are common throughout the district as various diplomatic missions freely explore Alliance culture and bureaucracy.
  
 ==== The Slopes ==== ==== The Slopes ====
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 ===== Geography ===== ===== Geography =====
-Landfall City was chosen as the initial colony site on Eden for several characteristics. The plateau presented mostly optimal conditions for human habitation with similar air pressure, temperature, and humidity being largely manageable. The lower air density from altitude made launching shuttles back to orbit much easier. But perhaps most importantly the Great Loch, among other lochs and slow flowing rivers in the Highlands regions, provided a supply of fresh water to the inhabitants as the salty brine seas of the planet frustrated desalination efforts. The plateau is roughly circular(?) with steep slopes and sits among a range of similar mountains and highlands along the temperate band of the planet.+The location of Landfall City was chosen for several characteristics. The plateau presented mostly ideal conditions for human habitation with air pressure, temperature, and humidity in acceptable ranges. The altitude and lower air density made launching shuttles back to orbit much easier. But perhaps most importantly the Great Loch provided a supply of fresh water to the inhabitants as the salty brine seas of the planet frustrated desalination efforts. The plateau is roughly circular with steep slopes and sits among a range of similar mountains and highlands along the temperate band of the planet, other lochs and fjords exist within the highlands with elevated freshwater supplies.
  
 While called the Great Loch, the water within the plateau is more like a large spring. It's believed the water pressure eventually caused the top of the mountain to slide off and produce the current plateau structure. While called the Great Loch, the water within the plateau is more like a large spring. It's believed the water pressure eventually caused the top of the mountain to slide off and produce the current plateau structure.
  
 ==== Location and Climate ==== ==== Location and Climate ====
-Despite being located in what'called the Temperate band of Eden's climate, Landfall city is known for hot summersparticularly near the rim of the Plateau and the Slopes. The intense sunshine from the local star makes sunglasses an necessity at certain times of day, and the local Loch a popular place to cool off. The heat isn't broken by the intense rainstorms from evaporation on the equator, giving the city several rain seasons a year, with hot boiling clouds moving at speed towards the cooler pools and triggering great lightning storms in the Taiga zone.+Despite being called the Temperate band of Eden's climate, Landfall City is known for hot summers particularly near the rim of the Plateau and the Slopes. The intense sunshine from the local star makes sunglasses an necessity at certain times of day, and the local Loch a popular place to cool off. The heat isn't broken by the intense rainstorms driven by evaporation at the equator, giving the city several rain seasons a year, with hot boiling clouds and lightnint storms moving towards the cooler Taiga zone poles.
  
-Because of its location towards the north pole Landfall doesn't get a long spring or autumn, instead seeming to transition quickly between summer and winter. Winter days are marked by the sun crawling over the horizon to barely 30 degrees in the sky before dipping back down below the rim. Makes living on the southern Slope district a little more attractive to some settlers.+Being towards the north pole Landfall City doesn't get a long spring or autumn, instead quickly transitioning between summer and winter. Winter days are marked by the sun crawling over the horizon to barely 30 degrees in the sky before dipping back down below the rim. It makes living on the southern Slope district a little more attractive to some settlers.
  
 ===== History ===== ===== History =====
-Landfall City was the first settlement made by the crew of the UESS Pioneer after its arrival in the sector, the spark that would eventually become the Interstellar Alliance. The first days of settlement weren't easy, with the many challenges stemming from the climate, drinking water, even balancing the alkaline in the soil to handle earth crops. The settlers were also restless with the lack of contact with Earth, mapping out new stars, and trying to discover if they were truly alone in this new sector of space. The answers to those later questions were clearly answered in the first few years. The Interstellar Alliance has not forgotten those early days of settlement, attempting to terraform a local microclimate instead of a planet, and the city has left Old Town almost as it was in the foundation era out of respect for its past, and what it represents.+Landfall City was the first settlement of the UESS Pioneer after its arrival in the sector, the spark that would eventually become the Interstellar Alliance. The first days of colonization weren't easy, with the many challenges stemming from the climate, drinking water, and balancing the alkaline in the soil to handle earth crops. The settlers were also restless about the lack of contact with Earth, mapping out new stars, and trying to discover if they were truly alone in this new sector of space. The answers to those questions were clearly answered in the first few years. The Interstellar Alliance has not forgotten those early days of settlement, where attempting to terraform a local microclimate instead of a planet was a herculean effort, and has left Old Town almost as it was in the colonial era out of respect for its past, and what it represents.
  
-The original senate building was considered too small as many of the larger senate meetings required outdoor functions as the Alliances membership grew, until eventually the lower house built the new Senate building. The old senate building still exists as a place to meet, a speakers corner, and to hold meet and greets with the public.+The original senate building was considered too small as many of the larger senate meetings required outdoor functions as the Alliances membership grew, eventually the lower senate built the new Senate building. The old senate building still exists as a place to meet, a speakers corner, and to hold meet and greets with the public.
  
 ====== OOC Notes ====== ====== OOC Notes ======
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