- This article is about the area of space. For the individual Union-C-class DropShip, see Dark Nebula (Individual Union-C-class DropShip).
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The Dark Nebula is not a system, but an area of space - a vast cloud of ionized gas near the Periphery border of the Trellshire province of Lyran Commonwealth's Tamar Pact (later Clan Jade Falcon occupation zone), roughly between the systems of Somerset, Apollo and Wotan. It interferes with sensors and communications and gives off intense radiation. There are several white and red dwarf stars in the nebula, as well as seventeen known pulsars.
The Star League's naval base, Camelot Command, was hidden in a hollowed-out asteroid around one of the red dwarf stars. After the facility's rediscovery in 3050, the specific system it is located in is oftentimes identified as the "Dark Nebula" although this is technically incorrect. The Erit Cluster, including its capital world Drovahchein II, are also implicitly located within the Dark Nebula, though this remains unconfirmed.
The provided coordinates designate the nebula's center point.
- 2596 - Rim Worlds Republic
- 3071 - Clan Jade Falcon (until June) / Clan Ice Hellion (from June)
- 3079 - Clan Hell's Horses
- 3152 - Clan Hell's Horses
- see Camelot Command
The 12th Fleet (SLDF) of the Star League Defense Force operated out of a secret base, most likely Camelot Command, within the Dark Nebula during the final years of the Star League. The SLDF abandoned the Dark Nebula when First Lord Richard Cameron ordered all forces out of the Rim Worlds Republic, but reoccupied any existing facilities during the Rim Worlds Campaign of the Amaris Civil War. Any surviving facilities were abandoned again by the SLDF during Operation Exodus.
There were persistent rumors that the Nebula is the location of automated Star League shipyards that continued to manufacture fleets of WarShips after Kerensky's Exodus. Legends further tell that one base in the Nebula was a repository for all the useless gold and jewelry that the SLDF soldiers left behind. Countless adventurers have braved the treacherous depths of the Nebula in search of the legendary treasure, never to return. The legendary base, Camelot Command, was rediscovered by the 1st Somerset Strikers by pure chance in 3050 when they followed an old beacon and encountered a defensive cordon of Mark 39 automated drone fighters. Camelot Command turned out to be an ancient naval supply base and repair yard which had been abandoned by the SLDF centuries earlier on the eve of the Exodus. Largely empty, it held nowhere near the treasures and lostech marvels the stories suggested. The discovery was initially kept secret in line with the clandestine nature of the Strikers' mission, but it was discovered again roughly a year later by Snord's Irregulars and subsequently used by the Federated Commonwealth as a forward supply base behind the Clan lines for some time until it was given up again.
By 3071, the installation within the Dark Nebula had been acquired by Clan Jade Falcon, but between the 7th and 28th of June that year, invading forces from Clan Ice Hellion captured the facility. In March 3072, Clan Hell's Horses dispatched troops to assault the Hellion positions within the Dark Nebula.
The Dark Nebula facility was captured by the Hell's Horses. By the end of the Jihad the waystation and repair lines located here had been either destroyed or moved to other locations in the Horses' occupation zone.
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 158, "Inner Sphere Map "
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 16, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Tamar Rising, p. 72, "The Hinterlands June 3152" (Map)
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 156, "Homeport"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 49, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 21, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 50, "The Jihad In Review"
- Objectives: Clans, p. 10
- Field Report: Clans, p. 13, "Clan Hell's Horses Deployment Status"