is a campaign setting for the What's OLD is NEW
roleplaying game. It covers a region of space some 500 parsecs across, centered on our own system, Sol, and based on real astronomical maps. SolSpace
is set in an age of galactic exploration as the Allied Union of Worlds uncovers new worlds and new alien cultures.
In the late 23rd Century, only about 1/60th of the Milky Way Galaxy has been explored. The Union has charted up as far as the Great Rift, which obscured much of what lies beyond it, and out towards the Helix Nebula in the Trailing areas; the famed USF Endeavour
went missing beyond the Helix Nebula, an event which remains a mystery to this day. While no other vast star empires have yet been encountered, there are worlds and regions hostile to the Union, most notable Sparta. It is the mission of the Union Frontier Operations division to explore and expand this region.
Allied Union of Worlds
Formed in 2245, the Allied Union of Worlds is a body akin to the United Nations. It is not a governing body or a federation, and members of the Union maintain their own sovereignty. The Union has no jurisdiction over individual worlds, except where they conflict with interstellar law. All members of the Union agree via treaty to the provisions of interstellar law.
The Union is funded by its constituent members, and maintains its own navy, The Union Space Force. The USF provides protection to Union members, maintains the freedom of interstellar space, enforces interstellar law, and explores and colonizes the frontiers of known space. It is a far more effective force than any single world could create.
The USF is divided into the Union Space Force Academy (USFA), Colonial Operations (USFCO), Naval Operations (USFN), Marine Corps (USFMC), Frontier Operations (UFO), Intelligence Operations (USFIO), and the Psi-Corps.
The following books are set in SolSpace
. The setting is primarily introduced, along with USF officer character creation careers, in SolSpace: The Spartan Gambit
. There is a SolSpace category
over on DriveThruRPG.
- SolSpace: The Spartan Gambit; sourcebook, adventure
- SolSpace: Frozen Secrets; adventure
- SolSpace: Against the War Mind; adventure (coming soon)
- Galactic Sentience Catalog; sourcebook
- Starship Recognition Manual; sourcebook
- Starship Construction Manual; sourcebook
- SolSpace: The Moons of Boria; sourcebook
- SolSpace: The Holds of Vendalyr; sourcebook
- SolSpace: The Nereid Trilogy; adventures
- The Code of Honor Trilogy; adventures
Additionally, the PDF-only supplement Trappist
is set in SolSpace.
Most star systems are based on real astronomical data. These are just some of the many alien civilizations within the SolSpace
setting. The Galactic Sentience Catalog
contains details of many more alien species. Sectors form an irregular patchwork of regions. SolSpace
is the core sector, and includes the region which was referred to as the Outer Rim in the 22nd Century. Other sectors include the Nereid Sector, and the Galileo Sector, comprising currently unaligned and mainly corporate owned worlds.
Note that the larger scale (10 parsecs per hex) maps show only selected star systems. Each hex actually contains multiple systems.
The SolSpace Sector is the location of Sol (Earth's star). It is about 20 parsecs across, and borders Sparta.
The Felan homeworld is in the Fomalhaut system about 8 parsecs from Sol. The system is notable for the gas giant Dagon, the first extrasolar planet ever discovered by Human telescopes, way back in 2008.
|Eridanus||40 Eridani||K1/DA4/M4 triple|
|Altair||Alpha Aquilae||A7 white|
|Barnard's Star||Barnard's Star||M4 red dwarf|
|Cato (Martius)||Xhub Alpha|
|Canidae||Kapteyn's Star||M1 red dwarf|
|Canidae||The Arcology; Against the War Mind|
|Centaurus||Alpha Centauri||G2/K1/M triple|
|Arcturus||Alpha Bootis||K0 red giant|
|Epsilon||Epsilon Eridani||K2 orange|
|Fomalhaut||Alpha Piscus Austrinus||A3 white|
|Felax, Dagon||Felan homeworld|
|Luyten||Luytens' Star||M3 yellow|
|Luyten III||Farm caves; Against the War Mind|
|Melinos||Beta Triangle Australis||F1 yellow-white|
The Fall of Somerset Landing
|The Rosette||-||Y2 brown dwarf|
|Pinnacle Point; Against the War Mind|
|Procyon||Canis Minoris||F5/DQZ binary|
|Procyon IV||CustomMINDS; Against the War Mind|
|Rana||Delta Eridani||K0 red giant|
|Tau Ceti||Tau Ceti||G8 yellow|
|Sirius||Canis Majoris||A0/DA2 binary|
|Xhub Alpha; Against the War Mind|
|Earth, Mars||Human homeworld|
|Teegarden||Teegarden's Star||M7 red dwarf|
|Eden||Jamestown, Solurials; Against the War Mind|
|Trappist||TRAPPIST-1||M8 red dwarf|
|Argo, Charos, Gina,|
Neros, Pagos, Zoukla
|Argons, Charons, Gineans,|
Nerons, Pagozans, Zouklans
|Vega||Alpha Lyrae||A0 blue-white|
|Xi Bootis||Xi Bootis||G8/K4 binary|
These systems are in the area charted by the Union.
Gacrux is the location of the Ogron Twins. The Ogron Twins, the two homeworlds of the Ogron race, are a permanent thorn in the side of the Union Worlds. Ogrons ignore the Union, doing exactly as they wish—plundering, slaving, and worse.
|Albireo||Beta Cygni||K2/B8 binary|
|Acrab||Beta Scorpii||B1 blue|
|Adhafera||Zeta Leonis||F0 yellow-white|
|Adhara||Epsilon Canis Majoris||B2 blue|
|Aldeberan||Alpha Tauri||K5 red giant|
|Castula||Upsilon2 Cassiopeiae||G8 yellow|
|Diadem||Alpha Comae Berenices||F5/F5 binary|
|Diphda||Beta Ceti||K0 orange giant|
|Gacrux||Gamma Crucis||M3 red giant|
|Ogron IV and V||Ogrons|
|Ginan||Epsilon Crucis||K3 orange|
|Izar||Epsilon Bootis||K0/A2 binary|
|Kraz||Beta Corvi||G5 yellow|
|Menkent||Theta Centauri||K0 orange|
|Mira||Omicron Ceti||M7 red giant|
|Fornia, Taurus||Fornians, Taurans|
|Mirach||Beta Andromedae||M0 red giant|
|Musica||18 Delphini||G6 yellow giant|
|Rastaban||Beta Draconis||G2 yellow giant|
|Revati||Zeta Piscium||A7/A7/F7/G7/G3 quintuple|
|Rindol||Theta Hyacinth||K3 orange|
|Rindol II||The Spartan Gambit|
|Sargas||Theta Scorpii||F0/F0 binary|
|Tejat||Mu Geminorum||M3 red|
|Theta Sculptoris||Theta Sculptoris||B3 blue|
|Boria||Borians; The Moons of Boria|
|Sulafat||Gamma Lyrae||B9 blue-white|
|Theemin||Upsilon2 Eridani||G8 yellow|
|Voros||Gamma Vorona||B3 blue|
|Voros||Castellan Mining Corp.; Frozen Secrets|
|Xamidimura||Mu1 Scorpii||B1/B6 binary|
|Zaurak||Gamma Eridani||M0 red giant|
The Galileo Sector is dominated by independent worlds and organized crime. After years of independence, some of the planets in the Galileo Sector are considering Union membership. One such planet is Palermo, the home base of the Capitolia Business. It is described in more detail in the Code of Honor
trilogy of adventures.
|Umbria||yellow||Umbria Penta Seven||Prison Planet|
The Galileo sector is home to an array of businesses. Ionized hydrogen is a vital resource in the sector, which trades it to the Union. The two biggest are the YOEN Conglomerate and the Capitolia Business.
- Basco Enterprises
- Capitolia Business
- Hadif Organization
- House Tanner
- Nuoro Industry
- Yale Convex
- YOEN Conglomerate
The Praesepe Sector (in which the Beehive Cluster can be found) is the home of Vendalyr, the Venetian homeworld. At nearly 200 parsecs distant, Venetian involvement in Union affairs is not common, although they are an associate member. The Venetians have colonized multiple star systems in the Beehive Cluster.
|Keldan||Yanta Cancri||K3 orange dwarf|
The Holds of Vendalyr
Humans call the inhabitants of the Ankaa system Spartans because of their warrior culture. This, of course, is not their real name, and the Spartans call their homeworld Azatbar. Sparta covers the systems Ankaa, Hamal, and Alpheratz. The Spartans guard this territory jealously.
At only about 30 parsecs from Sol, this causes frequent tensions and a 'cold war' state. Sparta is only about 15 parsecs from the SolSpace sector, and well within the Union's sphere of influence.
|Alpheratz||Alpha Andromedae||B8/A3 binary|
|Ankaa||Alpha Phoenicus||K0 orange giant|
|Caph||Beta Cassiopeiae||F2 yellow giant|
|Hamal||Alpha Arietis||K2 red giant|
The Nereid Sector is at the edge of explored space, part of the Union's vast frontier. It contains around 20 star systems, detailed fully in The Nereid Trilogy
. The Union has outposts there, and there are Union, Venetian, Spartan, and Ogron colonies there.
|System||Designation||Type||Distance (pc)||Notable Worlds||Notes|
|Actea||G2V yellow dwarf||Actea III, IV||USF Nereid Sector Shipyard|
|Arethusa||F3V yellow-white dwarf||Arethusa IV||Pro Aeterna|
|Autonoe||F1V yellow-white dwarf||Autonie II||Unification Mission|
|Clymene||K5||Clymene I||Stone monuments|
|Creneis||G2V yellow dwarf||Creneis III||Newstead|
|Galatea||B3V blue-white dwarf||Galatea II, III||Izkik|
|Iaera||F2V yellow-white dwarf||Iaera IV||Ancient arcology|
|Ligea||G1V yellow dwarf||Ligea II||KnowPeace (Spartan)|
|Maera||M2V red giant||Maera IV||Harvester Moon (Ogron)|
|Menippe||G3V yellow dwarf||Menippe II||Tricereaboars, spikeraptors|
|Opis||M1V red giant||Opis II||Arboreals|
|Pontomedusa||G3V yellow dwarf||Pontomedusa III||Helios Institute|
|Thetis||B4V blue-white||Thetis II||Venetians, The Wheel|
The Great Rift
The Great Rift is a massive band of dark dust clouds some 40 parsecs deep which obscure the Galactic North. The Union does not know what lies beyond the Great Rift.