Star Citizen: Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Magnus System

Star Citizen: Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Magnus System

Closed Captioning provided by Adam Wieser(AW): Hello and welcome to another
edition of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. My name’s Adam Wieser, I’m Associate Writer
at Cloud Imperium Games based here in the Los Angeles office and for those of you who
have never seen the show before, this is a chance for a member of the Lore team to sit
down and basically give you a guided tour of one of the hundred systems you’ll be
seeing in either Squadron… either in the game Star Citizen or in Squadron 42. Just a chance for us to kind of show the depth
that we’re giving to these through the history and the astronomy that goes into everything
that we’re doing here. So today we’re going to an interesting system
for a handful of reasons, kind of a contradictory system too in a few ways that we’ll be discussing. It’s a system that’s in a fantastic location
but it has a real, real terrible reputation. It’s also probably today best known as the
homeworld for the headquarters of Drake Interplanetary, today we’re going to go off and we’re
going to go visit the Magnus system. So, we’re just going to go into the search
bar here, type in Magnus and let’s just zoom right over and let’s see where we’re
at. Now when I say it’s in a great location
it’s because when we go to this big level here, you’re going to see exactly what I
mean. So, we’re going to to turn on large jump
point, it’s got three jump point connections which are very important. You’ve got one to Ellis, you’ve got one
to Stanton which you’re already familiar with playing the Persistent Universe and going
to Port Olisar. Then it’s got a medium jump point here connection
to Terra but the reason why this is such an important and kind of great location to be
in is if I drop off the medium jump point, we just focus on that… you’ll see that
Magnus is right in the heart of the large jump point run between Sol and the Terra system. So, there’s a lot of shipments that will
be going through here which makes you think this would be a very important system or could
be a very economical strong system considering it’s location to Stanton and Terra, Ellis
and everything else that’s on this path there. For years now, for a century and a half, this
system has mainly almost been known as a dangerous frontier system. It’s the official… one of the official
kind of like slogans for the system is ‘Magnus on the edge of the unknown’ even though
here it is right between two of the most important systems in the UEE. Now as we go into Magnus, so again it’s
strange that it’s frontier system considering where it’s located but one of the reasons
for that is because it has kind of a convoluted history to it. When it was first discovered the UPE took
a great interest in it, this happened in 2944. Excuse me, 2499 the system was first discovered
so it’s been around for a little over 450 plus years but when we first came about it,
the government was really interested in it because of the star at the centre here. Now if we zoom on in this is a main sequence
K-type star also known as an orange dwarf and even today scientists like to focus on
these stars as being potential home for extraterrestrials, for alien life forms. Now the reason this is is because these stars
are very stable, they have an extended life period even compared to the sun at the centre
of the Sol system. These stars, the K-types live for about 15-30
billion years on average while our sun lasts… lives closer to 10 billion years. It’s here for a long time which means there’s
a chance for life to develop, it’s also smaller, it’s cooler, it’s less luminous. This one in particular, the luminosity is
like .34 points to what our sol is, if our sun is 1 this is .34 luminosity when it’s
gets compared to that. It also… K-type stars like this also emit less ultraviolet
radiation which is also a good way to, you know, another thing that’s not helping impede
the development of life in this system. Now unfortunately when the government started
to look at the wider Magnus system even with this promising star at the centre they did
not find life. They found three planets, only one of them
Borea, which we’ll get to in a little bit was even habitable for us. They still… it needed to be terraformed
but it still have potential to be habitable. That said, the UPE still decided to hold onto
the system because of a handful of factors. The first being right here, Magnus I. Now this is described as a small, rocky planet. It doesn’t have an atmosphere but what it
did have were tons of valuable minerals and this really kind of got the government’s
interest. So, the make up the minerals that they were
starting to pull off this planet has actually led scientists to believe that it’s just
not another small, rocky world. That this is actually potentially a Chthonian
planet. Now Chthonian planets are interesting because
they are former gas giants or in this case most likely a hot Jupiter that was within
the frostline of this system and the orbit migrated in until it got stuck here close
to the sun. Now when it got this close to the sun, basically
the heat burned off the gases outer layer of the planet just leaving the rocky core
at the centre. Now this is a process known as hydrodynamic
escape which would have led to this mineral rich core of this former Jupiter sitting here
at Magnus I at the centre of this system next to the sun. So, that was one of the reasons they decided
to hold onto this system. The second was because Borea could be terraformed
and that happened pretty much right away. As they started to dig into it a little bit,
they realized there’s no life here but we could still make something of it. It’s a terrestrial, rocky planet with a
number of different climates locations on it. So they began the terraforming process in
2533 and they decided to leave this as a military classified system. So, not a lot of extra foot traffic or ship
traffic, excuse me, could kind flow through this system. Now the rest of this, if we just back out
of here for a second. When we talk about the history of the Magnus
system, we’re really talking about Borea. We’re talking about this second planet here,
there is a third one out on the fringes here. This is Magnus III, it’s a super Jupiter
with beautiful multicoloured atmosphere to it and some rumours that pirates kind of like
to collect in the Lagrange point there for little pirate meetups. That’s kind of the standard stuff here for
this system. When we’re talking about Magnus, we’re
talking about Borea and what has really happened here over the subsequent centuries basically. So in 2533, the UPE starts to terraform this
system and as soon as it’s habitable they begin to move people in to turn it into the
Navy shipyard for the UPE Navy at the time. So they’re building ships here, they’re
bringing in people to populate these factories and it’s going great here. It’s kicking off, it’s like a good 50-60
years of straight boom where this is basically the centre for ship… for ship building for
the military, for the Navy here. As the years kind of went on obviously the
people were coming in, they were starting to have kids, a natural home grown population
started to emerge on Borea. Even though it was still pretty contained
because again it’s military classified so you’re not just getting people flying in
from all over the place. You have to be selected to come here and settle
down. One of the people that kind of grew up on
Borea at this time was a woman by the name of Ozell Kruger and kind of coming from this
very blue collar industrial labour force that was very prominent there at this time. She started a custom machine part shop here
and called it a name you’re probably familiar with Kruger Intergalactic. Now Kruger Intergalactic has recently made
the foray into doing ships and other items like this but back when they first started
they just specifically made very specific for larger manufacturers. This was ideal when you’re here working
with all these… working with the Navy building these ships and these other larger ship companies. Maybe it’s easier for Kruger to actually
make some small parts right here on the planet so that way it relieves the stress on some
of these bigger conglomerates. It’s also a great way for Kruger to get
their name out there and to work with some of these like empire wide companies and they
were able to do this because their stuff was so precise and done so well. They make everything from the firing pins
that are in the Behring P8AR which is a ballistic rifle used by the UEE Marines. Like I said, this was all well and good until
about the mid 27th century so around… in the mid 2600’s a lot of stuff has happened
and one of the things the UEE government at the time decided to do was to move the ship
manufacturing away from Borea and into the Killian system. Now when they did this they basically killed
the entire economy of the Borea planet cause that’s really what they had there. People basically fled the system in droves
because there weren’t a lot of other industries there and population dwindled. Some reports have it down to less than 100,000
people actually living on this planet about this time. Again there were a lot of factors here that
led to the shipyards moving away from Borea, this is the middle of the 27th century, the
first Tevarin has come to an end. Messer has ascended, there’s all these other
factors that play into it but Borea definitely bore the brunt of that decision. Somebody who did benefit from that decision
was Kruger Intergalactic and that’s part of the reason why you even know their name
because as the ship manufacturers, as these industries powers left to go to Killian there
was all this excess space and high tech equipment that they could buy up cheap and expand into. They could also afford at this point to get
some very highly skilled workers to come in and basically work for them. So while the rest of the economy suffered,
Kruger Intergalactic actually prospered at this time and get growing and became a more
and more respectable name. Now remember again it’s still military classified
at this time so no new people are coming on in until 2751 when the military finally decides
to get rid of the military classification for Magnus and let people kind of enter. Now remember that at the beginning I told
you that Magnus even though it was kind of in the centre of things it was still considered
a frontier system? Well this is part of the reason why. Even though it was discovered 450 plus years
ago it really had its land rush, its first chance for the common citizens and civilians
of the UEE to come flooding in 2751. So, in that regard that’s how the frontier
spirit here has kinda persisted in this system. Now when they opened up the system and people
finally start coming in, it’s not necessarily… it becomes a bit more rough and tumble. People are rushing in to get land, there’s
not a lot of natural industry there so people have to be creative as to how to generate
their income. This unfortunately became a problem for Kruger
Intergalactic because they quickly realized as piracy, as outlaws, as illegal activity
increased in the system… that they were systematically spending more and more with
each budget on mercs protecting their shipments leaving the system and that was starting to
draw concern. Eventually in 2785 a Kruger shipment of vital
components that was intended for RSI gets hijacked in this system and it causes a major
disruption to RSI’s production supply chain. This is bad business all around because not
only did they have to remake the parts but it kinda throws a cog in everything and it
makes RSI realize that they need to diversify their production facility so this won’t
happen again. It becomes such an issue that the one thing
that the Magnus system could be proud of, Kruger Intergalactic, they finally decide
they need to move and they pick up and they go to the Castra system because there was
plenty of cheap land there and it was great supply routes and it was just safer in general. So once again come 2785, all of the sudden
there’s even less about Borea and the Magnus system to be proud about. Now this kind of malaise went on for awhile
but again this is a very resilient, blue collar industrial planet, it’s kind of been what
it’s always been and out of the ashes came this little company that was fighting for
basically the chance for a military contract. That company was one called Drake Interplanetary
and what they had was an idea for a ship that could be highly modifiable and modular so
that it could be easy to repair and cheap to make, and be perfect for the UEE. Unfortunately that ship, the Cutlass, which
is getting a revamp by Josh Coons right now and looking fantastic, that ship did not win
the military contract. It instead went to a ship which is basically
been all but forgotten since then and it is now… the Cutlass was then basically changed
and kinda directed towards the civilian market. Once again the shipyard leaving, Kruger Intergalactic
leaving left a lot of skilled workers, left a lot of machinery, left a lot of like production
spaces there and available which Drake Interplanetary since has moved in and taken over and turned
into the company you know so well. That makes the Caterpillar, that makes the
Cutlass, that makes the Buccaneer, a lot of these great ships. Some that you can even already fly when you
go to Port Olisar. So it still the home of Drake Interplanetary,
stuff has gotten better. Them bringing the industry there has definitely
improved stuff within the system but it’s still far from safe. The capital of Borea is a town called Newcastle
but people aren’t allowed to land at Newcastle right now because of an attempted assassination
of the governor’s council there. This happened a few years ago and ever since
that incursion they’ve decided it’s better to direct all space bound traffic to Odessa
which is where Drake Interplanetary and Kruger Intergalactic were headquartered or where
they still have their main headquarters being. Just an also fun little interesting note,
the speaker of the UEE Senate, Marshall Madrigal is from Borea here in the Magnus system as
is the famed musician who disappeared, Gal Dougan was also first born here on Borea in
the Magnus system So, there you go. There is a quick introduction to the Magnus
system, again a three planet system here with most of the main action happening here on
Borea. Very important part of the empire that this
is located right on some main trade route between Sol and the Terra system and its not
the best place to visit if you’re not careful. So just keep that in mind if you feel like
going to visit the Drake Interplanetary headquarters, thanks for watching today getting to learn
a little bit more about the Magnus system. I’m Adam Wieser, thanks for joining us for
this installment of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


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    Loremakers Guide to the Galaxy is really a god way to tell the story and the "behind the scenes" of star citizen! I hope you make soon the Centauri System video!

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    Alex Laureyns

    So… Does drake know they're market is made up of pirates? I mean it seems like there is no other purpose for some of the specifications on these ships to exist. Not to mentioned they're named things like the cutlass and buccaneer. I want to hear more about the kind of company Drake is, maybe i could make some sketchy deals with them in the future.

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    Tom N.

    Can I suggest that you name and design a solar system named modeled after Trappist-1 and the seven green zone planets whose discovery was announced today?

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    On Magnus I imaging you would have to stay out of the suns melting heat(having to stay in your ship). Would be so cool. I the old Cronicles of Riddick Movies

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    Hey guys – Keep up the nice work. Love to hear lore and bits and pieces of information about the universe. Some people don't understand writers or community members do not code – So that said, keep it up, these are very cool 🙂

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    Fireball Merc

    Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy, alsways appreciated! A good way to get introduced to the Universe in which we all will play, or spend or virtual live!
    Drake has some kind of shady reputation. Sometimes people think that if you fly a Drake ship you are a pirate. But that would be like, if you drive a motor cycle you you are a member of a biker gang. 😉

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    At around 15:00 minutes in the video Adam spoke of a little independent company (Drake Interplanetary) trying to get a military contract for the Cutlass. When they did not receive the contract they shifted the Cutlass to the civilian market.

    So is there a possible chance to see, receive, acquire, or steal to plans to a Military Version of the Cutlass?

    Deep thoughts. Food for thought!

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    Devon Sharkey

    Some scientists theorize that the lack of UV radiation is not a benefit to the formation of life. UV is a good energy source to kickstart the primordial chemical soup where life likely begins. It can also help speed the rate of genetic change / mutation that is necessary for life to change or evolve. Type M stars (red dwarfs) like the Trappist-1 system may not have the UV juice to get life going.

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    Joshua Friedman

    This is a poem entitled:
    Magnus, it Could Have Been Great

    Magnus, amazing location
    terrible reputation
    It could have been great
    but soon came a date
    when the peace died
    and no one tried
    it was soon a lost cause
    caught in the claws
    of loss and despair
    they didn't have a prayer
    companies a huge cost
    Magnus was soon lost

    Ain't poetry great? You guys just keep doing what you're doing. It's beautiful work.
    (Yes I know Magnus turned out ok this is just my art style, deal with it)

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    Akeem Perez

    so is this game ever going to come out or are you guys just gonna keep asking for money and doing bullshit. where the fu k is wing commander. you can't finish the campaign at least?

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    Seems a lousy and unlikely pirate hangout to me, with Navy ships running back and forward between Sol and Terra and the system having only a few planets and no asteroid belt to hide in.

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    Excalibur Prime

    i find something really off about all this lore. You refer to this Planets as if you ara talking about countries. you said the Capital of Boreia…. Boreia is a Planet. i dont know why there arent many types of peaople and a diversity in lore wthin the same planet like we have on Earth. you cant tell us the whole planet was Drake Interplanetary Factory…

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    I made this comment

    I like how these segments and coinciding lore feel like a history lesson, with just a hint of 'soul' once in awhile. I imagine this is how history would be presented to the people of the in-game present tense; a brief summary of the most important events. However, I can't wait to get into these systems to uncover the bulk of the 'soul' lore in first person!

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    That's the cruel universe for you. the star with one of the widest green bands has almost no planets in it. the one that is, is on the inner edge.

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