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Cygnus (system)

This article is about the individual star system. For other uses of Cygnus in BattleTech, particularly the constellation known as The Swan (aka Cygnus), see Cygnus (disambiguation).
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Cygnus nearby systems
Cygnus nearby systems
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates −7.078 : −500.054[e]

The Cygnus system was home to at least one habitable world and (as of 3145) was located in the Fronc Reaches.[1][2] It was approximately 500 light-years from Terra in the rimward direction.[e]

System Description[edit]

The Cygnus system is located near the Fronc and Spencer systems.[1][2]

System History[edit]

The Cygnus system was colonized in 3057[3] but didn't begin to appear on maps until later, when the system was considered significant enough to merit its location being recorded.

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

Cygnus was one of the worlds settled within the New Colony Region as a result of the Treaty of Taurus, with the first colonists arriving in 3057. The colonists discovered that a local lifeform, the Cygnus caribou, was already present in abundance, traveling in large herds across the tundra regions of the world. The colonists interbred the native caribou with their own domesticated cattle, and the resulting hybrid offspring were better suited to the temperate lowland plains found in the southern hemisphere of the world. The distinctive flavor of meat taken from both the domesticated caribou and the wild animals became a prized foodstuff for gourmet cooks. It was later discovered that the normally harmless caribou could become rather more dangerous during the periods marked by the local phenomenon known as "the demon wind" - a confluence of certain weather patterns and the blooming season of the tundra witch, a northern flower. The hallucinogenic pollen of the plant traveled for kilometers under these conditions, and the effects of the pollen could cause the caribou herds to stampede.[3]

When the New Colony Region declared itself independent in 3066, Cygnus joined the newly formed Fronc Reaches. As with the populations of the other Fronc Reaches worlds, the inhabitants of Cygnus were hopeful that trade agreements with other states, such as the Marian Hegemony, Outworlds Alliance and Taurian Concordat, would lead to prosperity; in the case of Cygnus, the major export was expected to be gemstones from the opal mines found on the planet.[31]

In September 3083, eighty-three people were killed on Cygnus by Deputy Marshal Lon Donner of the Colonial Marshals. Donner executed three locals who had been found guilty of murdering a family of refugees from the Capellan Confederation, only to find himself confronted with a rioting mob as a result. Donner fired into the mob to clear a route to his 'Mech and then ten weapons to disperse the riot. While a review judged that Donner had acted without malice, Force Commander Dirk McEvans removed Donner from active duty, chastised and reassigned him to teaching duty at the Marshalry Academy.[32]

In the years immediately following the Jihad, the Magistracy of Canopus and the Taurian Concordat both concentrated on stamping out pirate activity within their respective borders. This resulted in the various pirate bands looking for easier targets, and pirate raids against the worlds of the Fronc Reaches spiked, despite the efforts of the Colonial Marshals. The Marshals' policy of executing captured pirates increased the savagery of the encounters between the two, and during this period the worlds of Rockwellawan, Spencer, and Cygnus all had the misfortune of suffering pirate raids that cost the lives of thousands of civilians.[33]

Local Fauna[edit]


  • The Cygnus individual system has no connection with the constellation named Cygnus.

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (14 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Spencer 16.5 Fronc 18.2 Chaadan 26.1 Taygete 26.9
Addasar 27.7 Úr Cruinne 29.3 Bellerophon 36.8 Balawat 44.6
Don't 45.7 Contrilla 51.0 Alloway 51.6 McEvans' Sacrifice 53.5
Detroit 54.3 Dainmar Majoris 57.4 Appian 61.2 Polybius 62.9
Joppa 65.4 Independence 65.9 Highwater 67.3 Project Libra Umbrella 67.3


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Era Report: 3145, p. 39: "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. VI: "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 179: "Cygnus Caribou (Taurinus Tarandus Cygnus)"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 93: "Magistracy of Canopus after Age of War [2571] and fall of the Star League [2750]"
  5. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159: "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  6. Era Report: 2750, p. 37: "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  7. Field Manual: SLDF, p. xi: "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  8. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  9. First Succession War, pp. 24–25: "Inner Sphere - [2786]"
  10. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, pp. 122–123: "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  11. First Succession War, pp. 112–113: "Inner Sphere - 2822"
  12. Second Succession War, pp. 18–19: "Inner Sphere - 2830"
  13. Second Succession War, pp. 78–79: "Inner Sphere - 2864"
  14. House Arano (The Aurigan Coalition), pp. 14–15: "3022 Interstellar Expeditions. IAAS-349-SIFNM97-MMMXXII"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 96: "Magistracy of Canopus after Third Succession War [3025] and after FedCom Civil War [3067]"
  16. The Periphery, First Edition, pp. 156–157: "Maps of the Periphery"
  17. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133: "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  18. Era Report: 3052, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  19. Era Report: 3052, p. 23: "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  20. Objective Raids, p. 46: "Magistracy of Canopus"
  21. Era Report: 3062, p. 12: "Inner Sphere Map [3057]"
  22. The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 112: "Magistracy of Canopus & Tortuga Dominions"
  23. Inner Sphere, p. 98: "Near Periphery Kingdoms Map""
  24. Era Report: 3062, p. 29: "Inner Sphere Map [3063]"
  25. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43: "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  26. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 65: "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  27. Field Report: Periphery, p. 20: "Magistracy of Canopus Region Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  28. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63: "Inner Sphere Map - [March 3081]"
  29. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii: "Inner Sphere - October 3085"
  30. Era Report: 3145, p. 11: "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  31. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 100
  32. Field Manual: 3085, p. 147: "Fronc Reaches"
  33. Operational Turning Points: Fronc Reaches, p. 8: "Periphery Pirate Plague"
  34. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 179: "Creatures"