Player > Setting > Planets > Riven Shroud
Location: Near Space
Day: —; Year: —
In a remote portion of a galactic arm is an immense spherical
megastructure built directly around its sun. Called the Riven
Shroud, it is a Dyson sphere: a lacy grid of continent-wide
modules of alien architecture, linked by vast solar sails—but
rent open in some unknown disaster. Its creators vanished
millennia ago, and much of it remains abandoned. The ruined
regions near the gash are open to the vacuum. Much of the rest
appears relatively intact and is home to isolated communities of
researchers, scavengers, and squatters. Several, including the
aatevak, qotraua, and xixinnt, claim descent from the Shroud’s
creators, but the mismatch between their biology and the
structure’s architecture makes their claims unlikely.
The Shroud’s life-support system functions only partially, and some areas have unbreathable atmospheres or fluctuating gravity. Its remaining defense systems periodically engage without provocation. The space around and within it is also perilous, containing massive haunts said to be the ghostly remains of the worlds destroyed to fuel the Shroud’s creation. The structure also suffers periodic incursions from organizations seeking its secrets.
Eerily, the Riven Shroud may be using these incursions to slowly repair itself. Bordering its edges are irregular arrays of derelict ships and stretches of newer sail. The largest and most ancient of this dead armada share the same strange architecture as the Shroud. Other ships are later arrivals that carried would-be despoilers or settlers. Most of these fell to battles with competing factions or the sphere’s automated defenses— but some appear to be abandoned, with nary a trace of their crews’ fates.