Few of Days and Full of Trouble
Position: 2nd, orbits White Sun
System: White Sun
Capital: Lu Weng
Towns: Xian Docks, Auvig-Perro, Waitsbrennon, Jiang Qi Docks, Chang Pei, Tamayo, Darshanas, Kuei Shen, Easis (City of Light), Ursa, Wren, Carcis, Elgyn City, Shesheng Docks, Vriess
Est. Population: 5.33 billion
Access Level: PARTIALLY RESTRICTED
- Airen (Airen is primarily given over to mining, refining and processing metals for Sihnon) // Population: 47,000 // Access – RESTRICTED
- Xiaojie (Unregistered traffic is route through the open Sheng Shi docks on Xiaojie’s northern pole) // Population : 97,000 // Access – OPEN
- Xiansheng (Xiansheng hosts the Tiao He monastery and all affiliated temples and learning centers) // Population: 2 million // Access – OPEN
- RS-23 main cortex transmission hub (A no-fly sphere is strictly enforced around this and all other primary processing hubs. The hub is privately held by Red Sun but hosts a permanent onboard Alliance security detachment) // Access – RESTRICTED
As one of “The Two Sisters of the Exodus,” Sihnon’s iron-rich soil and abundant seaborne red algae provided crucial raw material and food for humanity’s first wave. Today it hosts some of the most important cultural centers in the five clusters, as well as the Alliance primary governing offices for trade, infrastructure, religion and arts.
Jing Qi city is the traditional seat of many powerful guilds, including the Trader’s Guild, the Brotherhood of Shipwrights, the Grower’s League and the Free Armorers Union. Unlike most of these organizations the Companion’s Guild maintain only a small office in the city, choosing instead to administer from the Training Houses spread over the planet.
Guild business takes place behind closed doors. Disputes are handled by registered arbitration houses. The city of Chang’Pei is given over completely to trade administration, making it the largest civil bureaucracy in the ‘Verse.
The penalties for bribes, taking or giving, are harsh, but that doesn’t stop some folk. Officers of the Sihnon Trade Commission work undercover to root out the worst offenders. The officers know that they cannot stop the corruption completely, but they work tirelessly to see that it doesn’t get out of hand. These folk take their jobs seriously. They are well trained in combat and interrogation procedures, as well as espionage and accounting.
In addition to their normal activities, the Companion’s Guild serves an important ecological role on Sihnon. Many of their houses and temples are built on vast Guild-held private nature preserves, a practice the Guild tries to continue with its houses on other worlds.
This preservationist attitude extends to the Sihnon government, which heavily restricts large vessel traffic beyond specific equatorial zones.
Sihnon is the heart of the Buddhist religion, a fact made obvious by the many monasteries and temples located here. Those seeking to learn more about Buddhism travel here to study.
The capital of Sihnon is Lu’Weng. Local legend maintains that Lu’Weng was once a fire-breathing dragon that fell from the sky and was bound to the planet with silken ribbons. The numbers of hot springs here seem to bear this theory out, and every home traditionally has a silken awning or a curtain across the door to keep the dragon bound. Lu’Weng (the city) is one of the largest producers of silk in the system. Raw silk is farmed all over the planet and then sent to Lu’Weng, where it is refined and bolted or made into beautiful clothing that never falls out of favor with the rich throughout the system.
Landing on Sihnon is restricted, though there is so much traffic coming and going on this busy world that the government issues passes to those who come here on a frequent basis. Such passes aren’t hard to get, nor are they hard to forge.