Tau-31 is located fully within the Barrier, deeper than Tau-29, yet not as deep as Tau-23 or Tau-37. It is the main arterial route from Bretonia to Kusari, that goes from Leeds, through Tau-31 and Tau-29 to Kyushu. The entire system is blanketed by a vast field of frozen water and oxygen, which IMG exploits from their base at the Holman Outpost. The only other base in the system is Planet Harris, a barren world that is being brought to life by Planetform Inc., despite resistance from the Gaians. Other criminal activity includes the Outcasts, who are involved in a bitter war with BMM over the construction of their Tau-23 Jump Gate, that encroaches on the Outcast's territory.
Previously a barren world, Harris was the object of one of the first large-scale terraforming efforts by Planetform, Inc. Initiated in 450 AS, the project was made easier by the abundance of pure Water and Oxygen ice in the system, while Terraforming Gases were easily transported by Bowex from the Stokes Mining Station in nearby Leeds. Harris was originally scheduled for colonization in 820 AS, but the project has recently suffered a series of setbacks due to attacks by Gaian terrorists.
While Tau-31 was considered infeasible for development by Bretonia Mining and Manufacturing (BMM), the smaller Independent Mining Guild (IMG) -- eager to exploit areas in which BMM feared to tread -- was quick to establish Holman Outpost to mine the large quantities of pure Water and Oxygen ice in the system. Water and Oxygen are then shipped to Harris in partnership with Planetform. The IMG and Deep Space Engineering also use the station to supply their respective operations in the recently opened Tau-23 system.
Valiant (3D, center) Edit
Wreckage of the Valiant, a Gaian fighter flown by Lucy Collins.
- 1x Countermeasure Dropper
- 20x Countermeasure Flares
- 2x Gaia's Saviour Type B
Whetstone (4D, upper-right) Edit
- 20x Construction Machinery
- 3x Adv. Starbeam Turrent
- 2x Heavy Starbeam
Tau-31 Ice Crystal Field Edit
A vast field of water ice with some oxygen ice pockets, the Tau-31 field lies in the heart of the Barrier. The Planetform terraforming project is the most notable activity in the system, along with Holman outpost, a key supply depot for the IMG and its operations further afield in Tau-23. A Trade Lane is currently under construction between Holman and the Tau-23 Gate, but its completion has been delayed by recent pirate attacks.