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Erod's Escape

Erod's Escape
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Erod's Escape nearby systems
Erod's Escape nearby systems
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates 483.258 : -501.806[e]
Spectral class G0V[1][2][3]
Recharge time 181 hours[1][2][3]
Recharge station(s) Zenith[1][2][3]

The Erod's Escape system is the location of at least one inhabited world, Erod's Escape V, and as of 3145 was the capital of the Calderon Protectorate.[4][5]

System Description[edit]

The Erod's Escape system is located near the Fylovar and Marknick systems and consists of a class G0V primary orbited by at least five planets. During the thirty-first century a recharge station was in place at the system zenith jump point.[1][2][3]

System History[edit]

The Erod's Escape system was either settled by the Taurian Concordat during the thirty-first century,[6][7][8] or was an already-inhabited system that became significant enough during this era for Inner Sphere nations to begin recording its location on maps.

Erod's Escape V[edit]

Erod's Escape
Planetary Flag
Planetary Flag
System position 5th[1][2][3]
Jump point
10.43 days[1][2][3]
Moons 3 (Maui, Kauai and Molokai)[1][2][3]
Surface gravity 1.1[1][2][3]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1][2][3]
Equatorial temperature 43C° (Tropical)[1][2][3]
Surface water 68%[1][2][3]
Highest native life Birds[1][2][3]
Reference Year 3067[1] - 3076[2] - 3079[3]
Ruler Baron Cham Kithrong, as president of the Regency Council for Erik Martens-Calderon[1][2]
Capital Shangri-La (3067)[1]
New Taurus (3076)[2]
Shangri-La (3079)[3]
Population 17,250,000 (3067)[1]
17,867,000 (3076)[2]
18,000,000 (3079)[3]
Socio-Industrial Levels D-D-B-B-A[1][2][3]
HPG (Representative) B[1][2][3]

Erod's Escape V - more commonly known simply as Erod's Escape - is the fifth planet in the system and has three moons named Maui, Kauai and Molokai. Erod's Escape has been the capital of the Calderon Protectorate since the Protectorate declared independence from the Taurian Concordat.[1][2][3]

Planetary History[edit]


The planet of Erod's Escape is named for Jacob Erod, the wealthy Taurian noble who first discovered and colonized the world at the onset of the clandestine colonization campaign conducted by the Far Lookers during the rule of Thomas Calderon. Jacob Erod ran a popular company that produced terraforming equipment such as water purification equipment, and settled Erod's Escape in secret using corporate employees and Far Looker volunteers. However, despite having funded the establishment of the colonies on Erod's Escape, Jacob Erod never had the chance to see the colony he'd built; he was traveling to the world to settle himself when he suffered a massive stroke and died after the final jump. Erod's will dictated that the settlers on Erod's Escape should govern themselves in a democratic system as they saw fit, which promptly led to a brief but bitter civil war after his death as different factions on the world argued over different rules and methods of government.[2]

Civil War[edit]

The civil war fought in the wake of Jacob Erod's death stalled the industrialization and exploitation of Erod's Escape and its satellites. The two major factions were divided over whether or not to stay out of the active resistance against the rule of Thomas Calderon, with one faction arguing that the industry present on Erod's Escape should be militarized to support the resistance while the other faction wished to remain outside any such entanglements.[2]

Violence between the two factions escalated until it reached a point where the mining industry vital to the system had been destroyed and the technicians associated with it had left the system. The war finally ended when the faction favoring neutrality effectively shut down all of the planet's major industries, making them useless to the pro-resistance movement. With the civil war over, the population of Erod's Escape were determined not to make their world a vulnerable target, and so kept the planet's industrial base deliberately underdeveloped despite the vast resources available.[2]

The Protectorate[edit]

When Baron Cham Kithrong led several worlds from the Taurian Concordat into forming the Calderon Protectorate in 3066, Erod's Escape became the capital world by default. Within a year, Shangri-La was growing steadily with new buildings being added to the city and the population expanding steadily as it slowly transformed into a center of interstellar government.[1] The mayor of Shangri-La was a close friend of Baron Kithrong, a legacy of Kithrong's time on garrison duty with VI Corps on the planet, and the mayor was rumored to be one of the names in consideration to join the Regency Council of the Protectorate. Shangri-La was also the site of the Residency for the Protector-in-waiting, Erik Martens-Calderon, and the home of the Shangri-La Tigers basketball team.[9]

By 3075 the planetary capital had shifted to the city of New Taurus, site of the only spaceport on the planet and the site of considerable expansion. In fact, with Calderon loyalists traveling to Erod's Escape in droves from the Concordat, all of the cities on Erod's Escape were undergoing rapid, wide-scale expansion using prefabricated and modular buildings to construct residential, commercial and military districts and the previous food surplus produced for trade was instead being used to feed the burgeoning population. While the modular construction units used for expanding the cities and settlements were not particularly pleasing, they had allowed for smoothed over the spikes in demand for housing, and had been sourced from friendly sources on Hellespont until the Concordat War of Vengeance against the Federated Suns caused the supply to dry up.[2]

The largest of the new modular cities was a military cantonment located near the southern ridge of Elysium, a facility whose design and true extent were closely guarded secrets at the time. With supplies from the Concordat drying up, sources within the Magistracy of Canopus and various other independent and neutral groups had stepped up to supply Erod's Escape and the rest of the Protectorate with essential supplies. The abundant stretches of unoccupied land on the planet made it easy for the population to expand, and the untapped but abundant ore deposits promised to yield huge dividends if the right equipment and planners were brought in.[2]

The Dark Age[edit]

After the turn of the thirty-second century diplomatic efforts by the rulers of the Calderon Protectorate resulted in the construction of a new military production facility on Erod's Escape, with that construction being supervised by technical advisors from the Republic of the Sphere[10] and the Federated Suns. The Protectorate Military Industries plant would go on to produce the lion's share of the Combat Vehicles that would serve the Protectorate's military forces, while also producing a large proportion of the Protectorate's BattleMechs.[11]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary Rulers[edit]


Military Deployment[edit]



  • First Taurian Pride[35]


  • First Taurian Pride[36]


Erod's Escape is a lush, fertile world; the northern landmasses are rich with fertile soil, while the jungles of the southern hemisphere are thick and verdant. The three southern landmasses - Majorca, Oahu and Tenerife - are largely jungle and feature abundant avian and insect life.[1]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • New Hope Military Academy[37]
  • New Taurus: the planetary capital city during the Jihad.[2]
  • Shangri-La: the original planetary capital city prior to[1] and after the Jihad.[3] In addition to being the largest continent on the planet,[2] the northwest continent of Elysium is the site of the original capital city, Shangri-La, located at the confluence of the Lethe, the Naruda and the Wellspring, three major rivers.[1] The coasts of Elysium are ringed with bluffs and mountains, natural defenses that make the area easy to defend and to harvest resources from. The terrain in the interior features sporadic woods and rolling hills inside the thick mountain ridge.[2]

Industrial Centers[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (6 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Marknick 24.0 Fylovar 25.3 Colchis 25.9 Gaul 33.6
Albaracht 44.6 Tyrrhenia 56.7 Diik 60.5 Belle Isle 63.1
Franmalin 73.7 Oscar 82.1 Carvajal 93.7 Lastpost 100.2
Mirfak 100.3 Luderitz 103.3 Sebha 107.8 San Carlos 111.5
Farhome 116.7 Cadela 124.8 Leh 132.7 Famdo 133.2


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