Wolf 359

The Akela System, home of the Chandelier

Image from Steve Bowers
The Chandelier, a mysterious artifact left behind in this system

Wolf 359 Data Panel

Star Wolf 359, Akela.
Type M6.5 V
Luminosity (bolometric) 0.0014 x Sol
Distance from Sol 7.86ly Epoch 2000
PlanetsWolf 359 b, Raksa.
Semi-major axis 1.845 AU
Orbital period 2938 standard days
Mass 44 x Earth
Type Cryoneptunian
Wolf 359 c, Leela.
Semi-major axis 0.018 AU
Orbital period 2.686 standard days
Mass 3.8 x Earth
Type Hot superterrestrial ocean world.
Colonised approx 450AT by Ahuman AIs, which are believed to have left Solsys in about 335AT.
A Beamrider mission arrived in 628AT and began to establish a beam propulsion station.
Wolf 359b
Image from Steve Bowers
Raksa, a cold Neptune-like planet

Resource poor Inner Sphere system, in near proximity to Sol.

When the first Beamrider Network explorers arrived they discovered that an AI probe had already visited the system, converting an asteroid to "The Chandelier", a 40 kilometre diamondoid structure of unknown purpose. At first the Beamriders thought it was an alien artefact, but the remains of fabricators derived from human designs indicated that this structure had been built by an autonomous AI of terragen origin that had gone rogue.

Since then "chandeliers" and the rarer "wineglasses" have been discovered in several nearby systems, revealing the passage of a front of exploring/colonizing Ahuman AIs that apparently left the solar system during the Interplanetary Age.

The Akela system became a minor Synthetic Human colony, with a small population of androids inhabiting the moons of Raksa. The system is currently a Solar Administration protectorate.

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Development Notes
Text by Anders Sandberg
additional material by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 12 December 2001.