Stellar Type: O-class blue giant,
Allegiance: Metasoft 860 ly from Sol.
Luminosity (bolometric): 85,000 x Sol
Rigel is an important Metasoft power producing star, with a clade of cyborg-human Backgrounders living in the local Oort cloud; it is very close to the Orion Federation but not actually part of it. The surrounding region, the Rigel Vector, was the site of the First Vec War between Metasoft and the Emotive Cognation during the Second Federation Era.
Rigel is accompanied by a pair of B class stars, at a distance of 2500 AU. This pair of stars are themselves separated by 100 AU.
A fourth star, Rigel D, a K class dwarf, is in a loose orbit of 11,500 AU.
Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 31 December 2007.