Harvesting Resources: The Exploitation of the Neox Sector by Starfire Survey [DEV BLOG #9]
Back in March, when we published our third dev blog on Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore, we gave you some insight into our new sci-fi shooter’s hazardous game world, the Neox Sector. Among others, we described it as a newfound fringe area “filled with natural riches and isolated from law and order”. Furthermore, we told you that large parts of this beckoning El Dorado on the outskirts of space were ruled by “rogue pirate hordes and profit-greedy conglomerates”.
With powerful drills like this, Starfire Survey harvests resources and minerals from asteroids and planets in the Neox Sector.
Today, we would like to build on this and introduce you to an institution that falls into the latter category, namely the mining outlet Starfire Survey. Always eager to squeeze profit, these ruthless industrialists were the first mega-corporation to set up camp in the Neox Sector. Having moved their fleets surprisingly quick for an institution of such gargantuan size, they managed to go after the region’s abundance of minerals a while before their biggest rivals in the business, the slightly more ethical and farseeing Polysource. This head start helped Starfire Survey to lay claim to the most profit-yielding mining sites in Neox. And while they made sure their endeavors looked ambitious but never immoral to outsiders, they actually stopped at nothing when it came to the realization of their agenda.
Martha Penbury, Starfire Survey's chief representative in the Neox Sector, pursues her employers' interests without any scruple.
At the helm of Starfire Survey’s operations sits Martha Penbury, the company’s chief representative in the sector. A cold career woman with a firm belief in her employer’s cut-throat politics, she pursues Starfire Survey’s interests with maximum determination and minimum attention to other people’s needs: preying upon natives, snapping up competitors and hiring PMCs to do the dirty work. At one point, she even butted heads with the Terran military, when Starfire Survey strip-mined a planet close to a Terran outpost in Paragon system. These days, the conflict has long cooled off, as the area is no longer of strategic value. But when Neox was first being colonized, the 9-million-strong industry giant’s revolt against the Terran authorities’ dictate caused a lot of uproar and tension.
The planet in the background is being exploited by Starfire Survey. The red net of mines has been put up to prevent environmentalists from saving it.
During your own stay in Neox, you will cross ways with Starfire Survey repeatedly; at least for now, they will not hire you to do any asteroid mining, but they will offer you a paycheck in trade for your firepower. And although the promise of a quick buck might be tempting, you better raise red flags and stay alert as soon as you enter the sphere of influence of the sector’s leading and most unscrupulous mining company.
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