In January 2408, Archon Alister Marsden of the Lyran Commonwealth, was killed while leading a tank regiment
against a heavily fortified Kuritan position on the arid world of Menkent. On his death, his wife, Katherine Steiner
became the 3rd Archon of the Commonwealth, and also began the Steiner dynasty.

[3132] Many of the locals on Menkent refer to their world as the burial site of the Marsden dynasty, thanks to
the heroic death of the Lyran Commonwealth's second Archon, Alistair Marsden, on the Plain of Dust just
outside the capital city of Blackstone in 2408. Marsden, who died leading a tank regiment during the Age of War,
left behind his widow, Katherine Marsden-Steiner, the woman who would rule the Commonwealth and establish
the Great House of Steiner. This simple historical event at once turned the sandy, sun-blasted world of Menkent
into a tourist attraction for those willing to brave its closeness to the Draconis Combine border. Lit by a large,
orange subgiant, which it orbits just a little too closely, Menkent itself is a warm planet, less than half of which is
covered by water, and that is so salty that it requires purifiers to drink. Even inland seas and rivers require
treatment before they can be used for drinking and irrigation, making life here difficult, but not impossible. At the
time of Marsden's death, House Kurita had managed to overtake this world, and it would trade hands between
Steiner and Kurita many times before and after the days of the original Star League. Effectively little more than a
barren wasteland, its principal exports being limited to common metals and small machines. Menkent's local
infrastructure was ravaged by the centuries of continuous warfare. During the Jihad, insult was added to centuries
of injury when Blakist WarShips made an incidental bombardment pass over Blackstone after a strike on nearby
Skye. The capital city and its surrounding towns, however, were already partially rebuilt by the time the war
ended and Menkent was turned over to Devlin Stone's nascent Republic of the Sphere. Blackstone stands at the
junction of three rivers on Terrasota, the largest and most populous of the planet's three continents. The other two
continents, Areseppi and Aphirojia, are both equatorial continents, where the arid climate and local dust storms
have made habitation more difficult than normal, and thus both are far less densely populated.

Menkent was originally part of the Lyran Alliance until the creation of The Republic.  Menkent 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.
[3135] Menkent was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Menkent joined the Lyons Skye Territory.
* Information supplied is non-cannon
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: K0IV
Position in System: 2 (of 6)
Number of Moons: None
Days to Jump Point: 5
Surface Water: 47%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 0.83
Equatorial Temp: 63° C
Highest Native Life: Reptiles
Population: 3,189,000,000
Governor: Tiberius Arragon
Planetary Legate: Marcena Jedrik
Continents: Aphirojia, Areseppi,
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