Nakiska Outpost is an independent trading station located within the Mako Cluster of the Lalande System. Originally named Kiska Station, the outpost was first constructed the late 22nd century and operated for roughly two decades before being abandoned during the Odysseus Impact. Since its rediscovery in 2202, the station has been occupied by various individuals and groups and is today operated by Edward Thrush, a former freelancer. Nakiska Outpost has become a minor center of trade and port of call in the Lalande System, mainly catering to smaller vessels travelling between Alpha Centauri and Sirius.
See: Kiska Project
In 2173, Kiska Station was constructed by Pan-Vestan Ventures, a state-controlled mining corporation in the Confederation of Vesta. Kiska was the class leader of a series of such stations, intended not only to exploit the mineral wealth of the Mako Cluster, but also to expand Vestan influence across the Lalande System as part of a larger economic confrontation with the United Centauri Republic. The facility was occupied by 1300-8300 personnel before being abandoned in 2194 during the Odysseus Impact.
Rediscovery and Occupation
Because of the relative secrecy of the Kiska Project and the loss of nearly all records of its existence during the destruction of Vesta, the outpost remained lost for a time before Greywatch Services Group announced it had rediscovered the facility in 2202. Greywatch retrofitted the station extensively to serve as their headquarters before selling the station in 2227. Kiska was purchased by a corporation from Sirius who hoped to resume mining operations in the Mako Cluster. The venture ultimately failed and by 2234 the station had been abandoned once again.
During the 2240s the station was repeatedly occupied and ransacked by various criminal factions until a group of Black Mask affiliated pirates gained control over the facility sometime in 2248. Over the next decade Kiska became a pirate haven and responsible for dozens of attacks on commercial shipping in the system.
On August 21, 2251, famed Ojibwe freelancer, Edward Thrush assembled a force of bounty hunters and mercenaries to spearhead an attack on the station. The group included several advisers from Greywatch who were deeply familiar with the design of the facility. After a brief but intense engagement with the numerous pirate vessels surrounding the outpost, the attackers stormed the station having entered from several disused access ports of which the pirates were unaware. After a ferocious firefight which lasted well over 12 hours, the remaining pirates either surrendered or attempted to escape into derelict mining tunnels.
After occupying the station, Thrush financed a massive renovation of it’s facilities. Exterior hangers and docking facilities were repaired, its internal power plant and life support was modernized and over 300,000 cubic feet of extra space was added. The station reopened in 2257 as “Nakiska Outpost”, both a play on the original name and a Cree word meaning “meeting place”. In its first year of operation, the station received over 22,000 ships.
In January 2280, the station was briefly attacked by an unknown criminal group. A squadron of retrofitted gunships and other attack craft attempted to board the station but were prevented after the outer hanger doors were closed and the facility locked down. The group exchanged fire with several freelancers and bounty hunters before two Pacific Navy F-408 strikecraft which had been escorting the nearby PSS Umpqua arrived and successfully destroyed the attacking ships.
Nakiska Station is the largest independent space station in the Lalande System and has grown into an important trading community. Nickle, iron, cobalt, platinum and many other precious ores are frequently sold on the station and freelancers and independent mining companies regularly make use of Nakiska’s repair facilities and machine shops.
In 2286, the station had a permanent population of roughly 3000 and an additional 7000 to 10,000 on board at any one time.
Nakiska is a heavily modified Kiska Class Station built into a stable asteroid in the Mako Cluster. Like most stations of its type, Nakiska’s facilities are mainly located within a series of hollowed out recesses, with only certain structures, such as the station’s hanger bays, docking spires and traffic control centers visible on the asteroid’s surface. Over time, these surface level structures have been heavily expanded and modernized in order to accommodate larger vessels. Within the asteroid itself lies the station’s administrative offices, marketplace, residences and mechanical works.
Nakiska’s unique history has had a noticeable impact of the station’s design and reminders of it’s time as a mining depot, PMC headquarters and piracy base are clearly visible across the station. While often these elements have been repurposed to serve Nakiska’s current purpose, many more have been left derelict, such as the labyrinth of abandoned mining tunnels that crisscross the asteroid’s core.
Points of Interest
Eight Bells Casino & Lounge
First opened in 2265, the Eight Bells Casino & Lounge is one of the largest public spaces on Nakiska and its most frequented. Built around a former mining shaft and hanger, the casino extends for roughly 7 stories, with the top most floors extending out of the asteroid into an external tower. The stunning views of the Mako Cluster available from custom floor to ceiling windows in the tower have made Eight Bells famous within the Solar Sector and a popular destination for wearied travelers, miners and freelancers to blow a month’s salary in a few hours.
A network of mining tunnels and natural caverns runs through Nakiska’s asteroid and following the loss of the original blueprints and station plans during the Odysseus Impact, many of them remain unexplored. Occasional attempts have been made to chart out these passages but electromagnetic interference inherent in the asteroid’s core and the sheer size of the so called “Labyrinth” has stymied these efforts.
At least a dozen people have disappeared in these tunnels, a number that rises to over 100 if you include the Black Mask pirates who fled during Thrush’s attack on the station as well as various unconfirmed reports of disappearances that have taken place since. A popular urban legend claims that some sort of dark secret exists within these tunnels, (sources differ on the nature of this secret, varying between something of the alien or Scinfaxi design, cursed gold, flushed crocodiles or the Holy Grail) and that its discovery in 2194 was the actual reason the station was abandoned.
Today these tunnels are mostly sealed off, but enterprising individuals have been known to use them to conduct clandestine trade or pursue other arrangements.