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Inner Sphere Planets
* Information supplied is non-cannon **End of non-cannon information
Star Type: K4IV
Position in System: 4
Number of Moons: None
Days to Jump Point: 4.31
Surface Water: 58%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 0.95
Equatorial Temp: 30° C
Highest Native Life: Reptiles
Population: 22,000,000
Capital: Helmsdown
Governor: N/A
Planetary Legate: Halina Elin
Continents: N/A
Previous Planet, House Marik
Next Planet, House Marik
Capital City of the planet is Helmsdown. Other notable locations include the ruins of former capital city of
Freeport and SLDF weapons depot. Planet was best known for being site of the discovery of the Helm Memory
Core in 3028.

[Memory Core] Freeport, the captial city on the planet Helm, held a large SLDF arms depot at the beginning of
the Succession Wars, having previously served as a fleet base. In 2788, Minoru Kurita's forces invaded the
planet in search for the depot. When they failed to find the arms in the city's warehouses or anywhere else on the
planet, they deducted that the arms and equipment had been shipped out. The frustrated Kurita troops moved off,
but not before destroying Freeport and most other population centres on Helm with nuclear weapons. In the
wake of this nuclear holocaust, Freeport was destroyed and the depot was subsequently forgotten. Their
assumption that the arms had been shipped off-world was taken at face value.

Construction: The garrison commander at the time had been one Major Edwin Keeler, an idealistic officer who
had command over a pioneer bataillon. Unable to move the huge weapons cache off-world for lack of starships,
he and his pioneers continued on a project that had already been going on for a long time: A system of natural
caves had been enlarged, initially to construct an underground laboratory while later efforts turned it into an
unassailable fortification with vast warehouses and an extensive transportation system. The underground complex
extended from Freeport into a mountain range. Owing to the large transportation network there were several
other entrance points. The town of Drango appears to have been a hub in this logistics system, although this was
barely remembered by the 31st century.

Keeler hid the weapons from the fleet base here, but he also felt that the imminent wars threatened mankind's
achievements at large. For this reason, he also put a Memory Core in the installation. Finally, the installation was
trapped against unauthorized access as he felt the weapons must not fall in the hands of barbarians. Blasting open
the access door (a huge stone slab in a natural mountainside, roughly 100km from Freeport) or destroying the
library core would cause a reactor overload of the installation's large fusion reactor, leading to the destruction of
the entire weapons depot.

Discovery: The existence of the Star Leage bunker system in the vicinity of Freeport was actually (re-)discovered
independently by several parties, among them a group of Kurita nobles including Duke Hassid Ricol, and by
Precentor Rachan of ComStar. They remained unsure of the exact location, however.

Because the planet Helm had been granted to the Gray Death Legion as a home base, Rachan sought to discredit
the unit and have House Marik install another, more suitable, liege there. To this end he allied with Lord Garth of
Irian. Together, they perpetrated an act of sabotage that killed approximately 12 million civilians on the recently
captured world of Sirius V in March 3028 and framed the Gray Death Legion for the deed. The Legion was
subsequently declared outlaws and upon returning to their land-holds on Helm, found their base destroyed and
overrun by regular Marik forces.

Rachan in fact knew of the Library Core and intended to destroy it before the knowledge could be disseminated;
he had no use for the weapons and promised these to Lord Garth for his cooperation.

Pressured by overwhelming enemy forces, the Gray Death Legion learned of the Star League installation, found it
first, gained access on April 1st 3028 and managed to retrieve a copy of the Library Core before the facility's
self-destruction was inadvertently triggered by the Marik troops pursuing the Legion. In the final confrontation
Rachan was killed and proof of the Legion's innocence in the Sirius massacre was discovered.

Not trusting ComStar in this matter, the Legion produced several copies of the library and spread them to the
best of their abilities, initially by handing over copies to free traders. The library core thus found its way into every
Successor State within a few years, and sparked a technological renaissance.

[3132] Helm was originally part of the Free Worlds League until the creation of The Republic.  Helm never
became part 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.
[3135] Helm witnessed the release of many planets from the control of The Republic.

[3135] Helm remains part of the Free Worlds League, House Marik.
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