Monday, September 29, 2014
Xandar in the Tranta system is a human colony and one of the finest colonies at that. The beginnings of the Xandar colony were difficult for the settlers. They were originally supposed to colonize the planet IR-43981 in the Floronis Sector, but were driven off course by Horune Pirates. Badly damaged and with much of it's fighter contingent destroyed, the captain crash landed the colony ship on Xandar in a last ditch effort to give the colonists a fighting chance against the pursuing Horune.
With a large dose of luck and the tactical knowledge of the garrison commander, the Horune were driven off. However, Xandar was an unpopulated world in a distant sector of space and they were unsure if their distress buoy was properly launched to give the TSA (Terra Space Agency, the governmental body in charge of colonization of planets before the Great Schism and the formation of the Sol Systems Alliance) an idea on where to look for them. Plus, the number of either dead or wounded were staggering. It seemed unlikely that they would be able to pull through.
The first few months were the worst. The survivors began setting up the colony, but many tech supplied were heavily damaged and unusable which only made their jobs harder. To add insult to injury, they also had to defend against occasional attacks from the same Horune pirates that stranded them on this system. Each raid leaving fewer survivors. It seemed that the only stroke of luck on the colonists' side was that Xandar was a world very much like Earth filled with plentiful resources.
It was two years before the Terran Authority located Xandar and the surviving colonists. By that point, the colony, dubbed New Phoenix, was a thriving colony. It even had a burgeoning spaceport for trade with other nearby species that were a bit nicer than the Horune. The Terran Authority offered to take anyone that wished to the original colony site on IR-43981 (now known as Theda), but everyone declined as Xandar was now their home.
Over the years, Xandar became a power in the border sectors between the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. They were too isolated from the Terran Authority to expect any timely help with troops, medicine, or general supplies, so they had to rely on what they would get from the planet and the surrounding celestial bodies and from trade with aliens. When the Great Schism occurred, Xandar was hardly affected. In fact, it was assumed that in the midst of the turmoil of colony after colony declaring independence, that Xandar did as well. After the smoke cleared and the Sol Systems Alliance was born, Xandar joined.
Being out on the fringe of the Alpha Quadrant, Xandarians deal more with species that are either not part of the Galactic Concord from the Alpha Quadrant or with species from the Beta Quadrant. Xandar was the first Concord world to meet members of the Kree Empire, and they are the first to repel attacks from said empire. Another aspect of their remoteness from both human space and the Concord is that Xandarian defense forces take their own form. They do incorporate aspects of Concord military traditions, but they have largely kept to their own defense force: the Nova Corps. While they make use of larger Concord ships, Xandar still uses fighters of their own design, a distinct star-shaped design. They also adhere to their own uniform design; a distinctive blue and gold design with a gold helmet with a series of red star badges to signify rank.
Xandarians are human. Xandar is largely Earth-like in climate, seasons, and mineral and chemical composition, so there has been little genetic drift from standard Earth humans. That said, over the generations, Xandarians have become essentially a singular race with tan skin and darker hair being the norm, although there are still some lighter or darker skinned people or those that look more like one race or another. Also, with Xandar being a hotbed of intergalactic trade, there is a large population of mixed species families.
Xandarians are generated for both Savage Worlds and Rogue Space as a standard human.