I rolled up this sector using the rules in Terminal Space. The only thing I deliberately placed was Starbase Basilisk which is, as you can probably guess, where the PC's will start.
Yellow circles are Yellow stars (most likely to have habitable worlds) Red are Red Giants White are White Dwarfs Dark Blue are Blue stars Light Blue are Neutron stars Purple background represents presence of a nebula
The sector is geared for sandbox exploration. So far I haven't rolled contents for any of these star systems, save only the Siren system (hex 04.05).
Basilisk was one of the last sectors opened by the Old Empire prior to its collapse. Imperial SOP was to build a starbase in each sector to serve as an administrative center and military base. The Basilisk starbase had been completed just prior to the collapse. So, even during Imperial times Basilisk was a barely explored frontier region.
The starbase floated abandoned for decades, Basilisk sector virtually forgotten, until it was recently reactivated by Lord Gunne. Gunne has the support and patronage of Grand Emperor Gustav I, the barbarian emperor of the Empire of Swords.
Whatever information the Old Empire had collected about Basilisk sector is now long forgotten, so the entire sector lays open for fresh exploration.
Heading 'north' on the map takes you into Terra Incognito, regions uncharted even during Imperial times. Heading 'west' takes you to Manticore sector and 'east' takes you to Haven sector (both are also frontier sectors). Heading 'south' will take you back into known space, sectors that were once controlled by the Old Empire.
Easter egg: Basilisk sector is named after On Basilisk Station, the first book in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. Manticore and Haven are the names of polities set within the series. The Empire of Swords is inspired by the Sword Worlds, from H. Beam Piper's Space Viking (I think Traveller had Sword Worlds, as well). See, I told you I'm not that original.
Basilisk sector is named after On Basilisk Station, the first book in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
I caught that reference right away, and some of my best campaigns were full of places borrowed from literature. Gave the players a feeling of knowing what's out there a little better without me having to explain so much...
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Is there a minimum Tech Level requirement for Spacers?
No, not in this game. Though obviously, having a Technology score in the 13-18 range is beneficial since it provides a +5% bonus interacting with advanced technology (like ship repair, firing ship weapons or using sensors).