Moravska Ostrava is the site of the headquarters of Toloy Chemicals, a key industrial in the Lyran
Commonwealth as so many other industries depend on its various products. Toloys consist of 20 factories
scattered across the dry world of Alkaid. When Duke Charles Toloy was killed in a recent accident, it triggered a
moment, but her cousin Dilbert has instituted a legal challenge to her right of inheritance. Lyran business leaders
throughout the realm are watching closely, for a split of Toloy Chemicals would no doubt seriously weaken its
ability to function.
 A dry world, dominated by sun-cracked desert wastes between low plateaus and hills of eternally shifting
sands, it is only near the shorelines of Khalek, and the nearby Hekker island chain just south of the large polar
continent, that life even approaches comfortable on Alkaid. This medium-sized world, far removed from its local
jump point—though local guides can provide experienced navigators with fool-proof maps of nonstandard points
for a faster trip—was discovered during mankind’s first steps into space.
Early colonial efforts, however, were slow to develop, thanks to the planet’s climate, and the four-month in-
system journey to and from its surface. The extremely long revolution cycle, one planetary year passing for every
fifty-one Terran years, and the resulting extreme periods between “dry” and “wet” seasons, further discouraged
agricultural potential, another mark against colonization. In fact, were it not for the twenty-fourth-century
discovery of a host of commercially valuable chemicals and ores, just below its rocky, sandy surface, the Alkaid
system would likely have become little more than a place to park a recharge station.
Under the auspices of the Federation of Skye, however, the development of its chemical industry and a series of
in-system buoys to guide traffic to and from the planet helped bring about the first real, permanent settlements.
The first of these settlements (and the largest to date), Moravska Ostrava, was established on the banks of
Khalek’s Novaya Minsk River delta, and is home today of Toloy-Daelun Chemicals, which controls over twenty-
three chemical extraction, processing, and distribution plants on Alkaid alone. However, while most business on
Alkaid passes through Moravska Ostrava, the planetary capital, Verstigrad, is located almost 500 kilometers
inland, on the banks of Lake Tatyanna. Alkaid has two large spaceports, one in each city, which service the
needs of the planet, as well as a secondary spaceport in the city of Nobadi, on the southern supercontinent of
The spaceport at Nobadi is a recent development for Alkaid, however, arising out of the fires of the Jihad, when
Blakist forces, entering the system via pirate points, seized control of the primary spaceports on Khalek. The
Lyran defenders went to ground on Inahalia instead, waging a guerilla war until reinforcements could arrive to
relieve them. The spaceport of Nobadi resulted from a recommendation by the Lyran general in charge of the
relief forces, who remarked that landing DropShips in the middle of a desert was a dangerous risk for any traveler
to take, a sentiment shared by vessels transporting residents from other worlds during Devlin Stone’s relocation
 Alkaid was originally part of the Lyran Alliance until the creation of The Republic. Alkaid became part of
Prefecture VIII under the control of The Republic. After the fall of the HPG Network Fortress Republic was
created and many of the worlds under its control were set free.
 Alkaid was released from the control of The Republic.
After being released from The Republic, Alkaid fell under the control of Clan Jade Falcon.
* Information supplied is non-cannon **End of non-cannon information
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: B1V
Position in System: 2 (of 2)
Number of Moons: 1 (Vishnu)
Days to Jump Point: 124
Surface Water: 37%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.17
Equatorial Temp: 43° C
Highest Native Life: Plants
Governor: Chandler Neville
Planetary Legate: Renee Zollern
Continents: Inahalia, Khalek
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