Stellar Horizon - Observation Mission

With the cloak and a good pilot the Stellar Horizon should be able to get to the Senfu homeworld of Cevunia. This is their seat of power, optimal choice for contact will be the capital city of Vlicaster.

Objective

Find a place to observe the Senfu and Heibo going about their natural day to day lives. If it can be done without being caught interview a Senfu about what life is like.

Cover Story

The team should have a cover story in mind of where they come from. Interceptive radio traffic says that there are Senfu living on space stations or cargo ships who may have never seen Vlicaster. There are also rural areas of Ivonio (the former Heibo homeworld) who are pretty far removed from Senfu culture. Other cover stories are possible.

Documentation

If the team is actually questioned by police or other law enforcement they will be required to show papers of why they are there. Much like a stylized USSR where police can and do question anyone and everyone. Senfu have more leeway but if the police find them to be suspicious they can run them in just as easily.

Stealth

The area is heavily surveilled, while there are more heavily surveilled and policed areas than others the entire city has surveillance everywhere. The Senfu are allowed far more privilege than the Heibo, so long as they color within the lines. It will be important for the team to not raise suspicions too high while questioning and to not appear to be a surveillance team themselves as both would be noticed.

Vlicaster

Cevunia (/sɛːv’ʊːnɪːə/) capital city Vlicaster (/vˌliːk’æːstɚ/)

Cevunia Pronounced

Vlicaster Pronounced

The capital city of Vlicaster is said to be the oldest city on the planet, dating back to the very start of Senfu culture. Historians depict the city as a beacon of civilization where the Senfu people climbed out of the primordial sludge and began to live and work together. The city has two major waterways which converge at the north-eastern side of the city. Once fertile farmland due to being floodplains the area is now largely urbanized. There are a few recreation areas toward this end of the city which have faux rivers and streams in them, constructed to resemble the ideal of what the area would have looked like before the expanded over the rivers.

The center of the city is dominated by the capitol building which takes the form of a massive spire reaching about 900 meters (2953 feet) into the sky supported by long decorative struts which anchor the spire from halfway up to the ground and then 3/4 the way up to the ground. Its external surface is almost pure synthetic sapphire with a steel internal structure.

Around the capitol building the city is divided into 6 segments. North & Northeast, East & Southeast, South, Southwest, West, Northwest and is laid out in a circular shape depicting the traditional map compass. Travel throughout the city is achieved through public transit tubes powered by antigrav generators they are just called pidits (short for rapid transit). Above ground pidits are used almost exclusively by Senfu but some Heibo are permitted to use them with special permits from their owners. Below ground pidits are what are most often used by Heibo.

North & Northwest

Industrial, pulling water from the rivers for production and manufacturing. Also houses most of the Heibo living quarters, the Heibo are concentrated here doing manufacturing jobs. Factories produce mostly finished products, the area is kept clean and pretty. Waste is taken through a vast network of underground tunnels to well outside the city. This part of the city is segregated from the rest, through claimed safety walls which are supposed to be used in case of industrial accident to keep the rest of the city safe but are used in actuality to keep the Heibo population from roaming the city freely.

Northeast

Recreational and commercial areas. The two main rivers also provide water for the faux streams and creeks in the recreational areas which in turn lead into commercial areas where most anything and everything is sold. There are outdoor markets and vast indoor shopping centers. A network of tunnels provide a “protected” way for Heibo to travel to service jobs from the Northern district. This is the 2nd highest concentration of Heibo. There is a very high amount of surveillance and law enforcement here, ostensibly to prevent theft but also serves to keep the Heibo population contained.

East & Southeast

Senfu residential area, while these are not lavish mansions they are very nice homes. The area has many small parks and schools. Though there are senfu residences in other areas too this is the highest concentration of Senfu and the entire segment of the city is devoted to keeping the residents happy. Smaller shopping and entertainment centers exist between neighborhoods. Many of the Senfu young people get their first employment here, away from the Heibo. Though some Heibo do work here, they are mostly servants to store owners or live on site at the shops themselves.

The southeast sector tends to be lower income than the east which has generally nicer and larger homes. Few Senfu live in squalor or in truly poor conditions but it does happen.

South

A port of call for travel, here the city has its major air and space ports as well as customs and similar government offices. There are massive structures both above and below ground for the maintenance of vessels of all kinds. This area too is heavily policed and surveilled. Both Senfu and Heibo have an extensive customs process to go through to enter the capitol city but the Senfu process is more understanding and they have more understanding from customs. The Heibo are looked at with more scrutiny and can be held without cause, while the Senfu can be held only with cause.

Southwest

Academy grounds. There are a few dozen academies of various types in the city with specializations in various fields and they reside here. Academies can technically not turn away a Heibo for being Heibo but they can limit seats based on availability, economic standing, and academic achievement. Since Heibo do not have the same kind of educational quality as Senfu nor the resources it is nearly impossible to Heibo to gain a higher education.

West

Government offices of all types, including some of the nicer and larger homes for government officials. Anything official that takes place usually takes place here or in the capitol spire. Heibo are least welcome here and must have proper permits to enter this area and cannot enter the spire at all unless they have a work permit to work in the spire itself. This makes it difficult for them to obtain official documentation of any kind as it cannot be obtained anywhere else in the city.

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