Helaerus III

About Helaerus III

Name:   Helaerus III
Image: Helaerus III
Sub-Sector:   Secundus
Type:   Hive
Population:   12.2 Billion
Climate:   Warm & humid
Status:   Imperial Control
Groups of Note:   Helaerus Reconnaissance Regiment

The vast majority of the surface of Helaerus III is covered in a thick forest, covering 80% of the planets landmass. However, due to the infrastructure present on Helaerus, the planet is classified as a Hive World. If it wasn’t for the well built hive cities and rapid transport links, Helaerus III would actually be classified as a Death World.

The population of Helaerus live inside one of several dozen hives, spread geometrically across the planet’s surface. Each city is linked via a series of rapid transport lines, built along geoformed earthworks, laid down by the planets early colonists. Each transport link is a plascrete tunnel 5km wide which contains a dozen or so grav-lift train lines. The transport links are nearly perfectly straight, allowing the trains to reach speeds in excess of 1,000 km/h. Passengers are able to get from one hive to another in a couple of hours with relative comfort.

Due to the nature of the flora present in the planetary forest of Helaerus, much of the planet’s food stocks are imported from other planets in the sub-sector. However, the forest has provided one of Helaerus’ chief exports – Helaeran Steelwood. The Steelwood tree has been known to grow to sizes of over 150m in height and 15m wide. However, their main feature is their incredible density, causing a single tree to have a weight of nearly 100,000 tons. Steelwood is relatively common on Helaerus, but is difficult to find and harvest due to the dangers present within the forest. Steelwood can be used to make a wide range of items, and can be as strong and damage resistant as most steel products. It is seen as a sign of prestige and standing for a household to have a set of Steelwood knives in their kitchens.

The Hives of Helaerus are built into gigantic plascrete bowls, buried deep into the planet’s surface. These provided a solid foundation for the hives to build upon, but also limited their maximum size, forcing most of the Hives to grow higher than most hives on other planets. As per may other hives, the lower sections of the cities are devoted to manufacturing, and storage. These lower sections are also home to the many Hive Gangs that cause trouble for the Arbites. It is common for these gangs to try and attack transport trains as they approach the hive cities, or even midway along their routes.