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Quote:RPG Reference (from Serenity Roleplaying Game, ISBN: 1931567506)
Shadow was a prairie planet that took well to terraforming. It was known for its farms and ranches. The planet was almost entirely rural: no cities and only a few towns dotted the surface. The people of Shadow were hard workers and independent-minded. It was one of the first to stand against the Alliance. Most of the planet's young people volunteered to fight for Independence.
Shadow was aggressively bombed during the war in an attempt to break the Browncoats & teach them a lesson; it had the opposite effect.
Today, Shadow is a ghost planet. No one lives there. No one can.
Quote:New Haven Ch 3 Excerpt
The talk that Shadow itself had been completely destroyed had only been rumor. Shadow had been bombed heavily during the war, as it was home to people of an independent spirit. People who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, who didn't take government handouts, who didn't like some Alliance moving in. Yet the Alliance had only destroyed half of the planet. From space, it was easy to see, the divide was a straight line between the western and eastern hemispheres, making Shadow like Ying and Yang. To the west was green grasslands, rippling great lakes and a brawny spine of snowcapped mountains. On the ground life flourished. The bison didn't heed man, and the wolves sang their own ballads as the cattle got fat on premium grass. Yet to the east was grey and pallid, pockmarked with black craters. One large black scar that once used to be the rodeo capital of the system and the capital of Shadow, Blue Rock, was particularly visible from space. There, in the grey area, there was nothing but bleached bones and rusted metal, the land poisoned with radiation. Horror stories of the devastation however had been misconstrued as total obliteration, and the government didn't clear up the confusion, in fact they held it over the heads of would be rebels to instill 'patriotism'.
Yet for the most part the feds had cleared out of Shadow. The economy had been devastated after the war, along with morale, so uprisings were not feared. The eastern hemisphere had held the capital, and all of the larger if not commercial ranches. Western Shadow had been left to pick up the pieces of their trade with a mere a fifth of the population left, and it had only been but two years since the effort of recreating what was lost was visible. Two years ago a small government effort had been made to reach out to Western Shadow due to the demand for beef and leather goods on the core planets. The Alliance funded the building of New Calgary and Horus so beef could be mass marketed and shipped, yet tensions had remained high with the people, so for the most part the government itself only kept within those city limits. It made Malcolm's Shadow near the town of Pryor ideally safe for his little crew, for though Simon and River were exonerated, they were all unfortunately infamous which was what killed their career criminal status.
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