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Payvand nearby systems
Payvand nearby systems
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates -202.4 : -317.216[e]
Spectral class F2V[1]
Recharge time 173 hours[1]
Recharge station(s) None[1]

The Payvand system was home to at least one habitable world, Payvand IV, and as of 3151 was located in the Magistracy of Canopus.[2]

System Description[edit]

The Payvand system is located near the Ceará and Glevakha systems[3][4] and consists of at least four planets orbiting a class F2V primary.[1]

System History[edit]

The Payvand system was colonized at some point prior to the end of the Age of War.[5][6]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Payvand IV[edit]

Payvand IV
System position 4th[1]
Jump point
18.75 days[1]
Moons 1 (Portents)[1]
Surface gravity 1.0[1]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1]
Equatorial temperature 23°C (Temperate)[1]
Surface water 59%[1]
Highest native life Avian[1]
Reference Year 3079[1]
Capital Pejman[1]
Population 195,000,000[1]
Socio-Industrial Levels C-C-C-C-C[1]
HPG (Representative) B[1]

Payvand IV - more commonly known simply as Payvand - is the fourth planet in the system and has a single moon named Portents.[1]

Planetary History[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

Settled at some point after the formation of the Capellan Confederation, Payvand joined the Free Worlds League at some point prior to the mid-twenty-sixth century. When Kossandra Centrella began her campaign to recruit or subvert the allegiance of periphery worlds and disaffected inner worlds to her own Magistracy Free State and later the Magistracy of Canopus, Payvand was one of the worlds she targeted. At some point in the 2550s, Payvand and the neighboring worlds of Ruschegg and Scheuerheck took the Magestrix up on her offer and left the Free Worlds League to join her realm.[6]

The Captain-General at the time, Albert Marik, was too preoccupied by the Third Andurien War and the formation of the Star League to direct any particular attention to three border worlds, even one as heavily industrialized as Payvand, and free will was a large part of the culture of the Free Worlds League. Payvand thereby managed to remain a part of the Magistracy until 2578, when the Reunification War came to the Canopian worlds. The commander of the Star League Defense Force task force assigned to conquer the Magistracy was Captain-General Marion Marik; the opening year of the war saw the SLDF capture several worlds within the Magistracy, but ambushes, deceptions and raids by the Magistracy Armed Forces slowed the SLDF campaign and saw the plan for the military campaign change. Marik decided to create a buffer zone between the Magistracy and those worlds acting as staging areas and supply depots for the task force, and selected Payvand as one of the worlds to be a part of that buffer zone.[6]

While the greater part of the task force was VII Corps from the SLDF, the Free Worlds League had contributed a number of units as an auxiliary force. Those FWLM units saw the recapture of Payvand as an opportunity to recapture lost territory; as a result, when the SLDF Fifty-seventh Brigade arrived on Payvand between July and December 2578, it was supported by not just the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment but also the Fourth and Fifth Marik Militias, Second Oriente Hussars and the Juggernaut regiment of the Stewart Dragoons, more than enough to overwhelm the local garrison.[43]

Despite the forces that landed on Payvand, the population resisted, and Payvand became the site of one of the few engagements in the war against the Magistracy of Canopus where battles took place inside urban environments in breach of the letter of the Ares Conventions. The SLDF troops were forced to take control of the city of New Barcelona as well as the PayMax Industriplex in a series of bitterly fought clashes between insurgents and SLDF/FWLM infantry and armor units. Despite the need to pacify the world, Marik refused to allow 'Mechs to enter the conflict within the built-up areas, sticking as closely as she could to the spirit of the Ares Conventions; this left the conventional troops performing antiriot operations, as well as clearing streets and individual buildings in a protracted campaign that finally saw the world declared as pacified in November 2579.[6]

The Captain-General had her flagship, the FWLS Albert Marik, orbiting above Scheuerheck, and it was to this ship that she had the leaders of Scheuerheck, Payvand and Ruschegg bought. Each expected a summary execution; instead, Marik entertained them cordially, and offered each world a place back in the Free Worlds League. Marik made it clear that she expected First Lord Ian Cameron to grant the Free Worlds League control of the worlds after the Reunification War whatever happened, but emphasized that if the three leaders chose, they could rejoin the Free Worlds League voluntarily and remain in power. Refusing wouldn't result in punishment or execution for any of them - but it would force her to replace them with military governors. Acting out of self-interest, all three leaders endorsed petitions asking for their worlds to be reincorporated back into the Free Worlds League, petitions that Cameron approved in 2579.[6]

The easy capture and reintegration of Payvand along with the other border worlds was used extensively by Marik's allies in the Free Worlds League Parliament to make headway against those who had lobbied against joining the Star League, despite the fact that at a local level, guerrilla activity on Payvand would rumble on until partway through the next decade.[6]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 3011 Drake's Dragons pirate band were back attacking FWL Periphery planets, and they sent one of their gangs, the Cobras under command of Aeneas "Ripper" Papaspaneas, to raid Payvand.[44] Aeneas Gang ransacked a town and robbed several transports full of gold, in the process killing more than one hundred civilians[45] after crushing the Payvand's Militia and engaging Langston's Lancers, who were nearby.[44]

The pirates had loaded the gold from the trucks into their Maxim Heavy Hover Transports and fled to their hidden DropShip. Langston's Lancers scouts were able to trace their movements and the unit ambushed them at Colman Pass, where they crushed the pirates and only one BattleMech and one hovercraft were able to temporarily escape, as after a ten hour hunt they were found. The Cobras' DropShip was destroyed by Langston's Lancers aerospace command, the Black Sheep.[46]


After the dissolution of the Free Worlds League, Payvand was left on its own. It had hosted a Hero Training Institute facility for decades by this point, but the Institute - the second-oldest of the Hero Training Institutes - was in poor condition, with out-of-date equipment.[1]

Dark Age[edit]

Payvand remained an independent world until 3148 when it and neighboring worlds chose to join the Magistracy of Canopus.[42]

Military Deployment[edit]










Payvand has three continents named Gooya, Rahavard, and Tehran.[1]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • New Barcelona: a city and location of at least one battle during the Reunification War.[6]
  • Pejman: the planetary capital city, located on Gooya. Pejman is also the location of the planetary Hero Training Institute.[1]

Industrial Centers[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 28 systems (27 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Glevakha 14.2 Rohinjan 18.3 Ceará 19.8 Cranston 21.5
Obrenovac 23.7 Ruschegg 27.4 Restitution 27.9 Sharqah 31.1
Saonara 31.5 Ayn Tarma 33.2 Ildlandet 38.9 Bass 39.8
Al Jubaylah 40.0 Tellman's Mistake 41.6 Howrah 41.7 Bethonolog 43.3
Eleusis 43.6 Wilkes 44.8 Skvorec 45.2 Bayindir 45.4
Hindmarsh 46.0 Wisconsin 48.2 Mauripur 49.9 Booker 53.7
Afarsin 54.5 Scheuerheck 55.7 Fieferana 56.6 Vosloorus 61.7


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