Luna Secundus, Krassis; Josian Reach
Just shy of the coreward borders of the Josian Reach, the very outskirts of the Calixis Sector, near the Frontier World of Kudrun, lies the Feral World of Krassis. This world was named for it’s (re)discoverer, one Captain Oriss Golon Krassis, a Rogue Trader of some ill repute. A high-grav planet which while potentially rich in natural resources and landmass, Krassis has no Imperial outposts of any kind. In fact, the only sentient life found were nomadic abhuman savages, presumably the descendents of once human colonists dating back before the Dark Age of Technology that have since adapted to the harsh environment. Superstitious and feral, the natives cannot be communicated with and do not recognize the Emperor’s authority; even reportedly hunting and preying on the exploratory party for food.
Due to the physical blasphemies of these abhumans, combined with the extreme gravity, the ferociousness of the local fauna, and the extreme distance from any major Imperial outpost, the entirety of the planet has been declared off-limits indefinitely, a special permit only obtained through the Administratio Calixis is required to even enter into low orbit. Touchdown on Krassis is strictly forbidden under penalty of death; the trespasser taking their life into their own hands. The only accessible resources are its numerous moons. Many of them are little more than large asteroids ripped from the nearby belts and fields of floating rocks every revolution by its massive gravity well. Most of these asteroid-moons eventually degrade in their orbits until they are torn asunder and end their lives catastrophically across the immensity of Krassis’ surface.
However, there are a few of Krassis’ moons worth of note: three semi-permanent planetoid moons. The largest of these, Euler, is a blasted and desolate wasteland, nearly a full third of the moon’s face torn from its mantle by some tremendous impact, rending the once sphere into a more ragged almost crescent shape. Legend has it that Captain Krassis named each of the planet’s moons for every man in his crew, and as a cruel joke, the deformed moon was named for his Navigator, Igene Pastus Euler, of Navis House Euler, who had disfiguring mutations specific to his particular breed.
Surprisingly, Euler does have a small Imperial minehead and surrounding frontier colony, Port Abandon Hope. The gravity fields of Krassis have reshaped and warped Euler’s crust and mantle, creating rare and somewhat unique minerals and materials to be mined, including a veritable plethora of promethium to be drilled and pumped. Several of the Noble Houses and other corporations from Fenksworld and Gunpoint have obtained rights and charters from the Administratio Calixis to establish mineheads and promethium pumps all across Euler, sending their indentured workforces to colonize the small moon. However, many of these ventures have ended in utter failure, the colonists parched and starved to death, as the moon’s surface is a desolate, rocky and sandy desert completely devoid of life and water. Such resources as needed to support continued human life, and therefore the mining operations, need to be shipped in from off-world on a regular basis and rationed out between its sparse inhabitants. Water, grox, and other food and agricultural products are currency on Euler; solid coin is next to worthless to the colonists as they routinely mine cart-loads of far more valuable minerals. Many of the miners maintain their own indoor hydroponics warehouses, mainly used to feed their own small ranches of grox, which comprise the main portion of their diets. A few of the colonists purely devote their time to ranching grox and maintaining and managing the water systems that keep their food sources alive.