Marshall-4 System General Information
Gateway Civilian Command
Marshall-4 System is the fourth in a line of habitable system
discoveries by Marshall Galactic Exploration, Incorporated, an
Eden corporation. Established in 2019, MGEI was dedicated to long-range
colonization reconnaissance. Within five years of establishment,
MGEI had found 3 habitable systems several hundred light years
from Eden. In 2025, MGEI discovered their fourth system, containing
what would become the current colony world of Monsoon.
The system is remarkable in many ways, the first of which is the
primary star. Marshall-4 is a B-type star, burning hotly and brightly
at the center of a system of four planets and an asteroid field.
The system has no gas giants, only rocky, terrestrial bodies as
the primary's formation largely depleted the protosystem of hydrogen
The first two planets are small bodies, roughly the size and composition
of Mercury (a J-type planet) in the Sol system. Without proper
names, they are catalogued as Marshall-4-1(J) and -4-2(J). Though
surveyed by automatic orbiters and found to have high metal concentrations,
no exploration/exploitation plans are currently set for either
The third planet out from the primary is Vesuvius, an H-type planet
similar to Io in the Jupiter (Sol 5) planetary system, Sol System.
The turbulent surface and caustic atmospheric conditions prohibit
landing craft of any kind. No exploration/exploitation plans are
Between Vesuvius and the last planet in the system lays an asteroid
field. Composed of rich nickel, iron, and other metals, the asteroid
field has been extensively surveyed and some operations facilities
have been fabricated. [One such facility, owned by the HighMark
corporation, was recently destroyed (02/2051); Anti-UN rebels
are suspected -Ed.]. So far, automated facilities have been highly
profitable and have met only minimal resistance from environmental
and preservationist groups.
The colony planet of Monsoon is a mostly rocky and inhospitable
place with very small areas of extremely fertile lands in narrow
bands of twilight around the planet. Monsoon is locked in its
orbit with one side always facing towards Marshall-4. One side
is continually blasted with radiation from the star while the
other side is frozen into a solid sheet of ice and rock because
it never sees the light of day. Life only survives in the narrow
bands of perpetual twilight where the temperature isn't either
scorching or freezing.
because of the amount of radiation received from Marshall-4, the
planet redistributes the heat through the atmosphere creating
a perpetual monsoon effect in the twilight regions, hence the
planet's name. The heat rushes across the planet from the star
side towards the cold side, resulting in continual thunderstorm
conditions in these twilight areas where hot and cold literally
The primary colony complex on-planet is Salvation, located in
the temperate zone of Monsoon. The complex is large, housing most
of the administrative staff for colony operations, as well as
serving as a half-way transfer point between Starside and Nightside
and Gateway. If there were to be a colonial government on the
planet, Salvation would be the capital.
farming was planned for Salvation. Indeed, a lot of farming goes
on there. But the native soil and insects have not been the most
cooperative in this regard, so the primary focus has turned to
coordinating and administrating the rest of the planet. All of
the food grown at Salvation is kept in the Monsoon system by colonial
On the star side, specialized mining operations have been set
up to pull the planet's valuable minerals from the crust. Extremely
rare alloys and compounds can be found in these regions because
of the unique rotational characteristics. The constant radiation
bombardment from the primary star has, overtime, penetrated the
soil such that an abundance of radioactive compounds was created.
Though the infrastructure necessary to extract these resources
was expensive at the set-up phase, the scarcity of specific products
has returned hefty profits for investors.
on "Starside," a special colony mining complex near
Monsoon's equator on the sun side of the planet, predict that
several hundred million metric tons of rare minerals, ores, alloys,
and gems remain at the primary site. Additionally, surveys have
shone satellite sites with possible yields ranging from a few
hundred thousand metric tons to a few million metric tons.
harsh conditions have necessitated heavy shielding and cooling
for those who work and live there. At first, these operations
were carried on remotely from Salvation, the main colony complex
in the twilight regions, but, because of the valuable nature of
operations, a permanent settlement was finally established. Starside,
exists only through the orbital transport of water ice from Nightside,
a base on the opposite side of the colony, and via the presence
of an underground reservoir. All ice shipments pass through Gateway
Station. Some of the water is shipped to Starside, but the majority
of it is sent to processing facilities for eventual shipment to
On the other side of the planet from Starside, Nightside station
carries out the task of harvesting the ultra-pure water locked
in the planet's crust. Via a process that still baffles scientists,
the water on Monsoon's nightside requires little to no purification.
This results in lowered costs for production purposes and because
of the purity, a higher end-cost can be charged. The net outcome
is a very high profit margin.
Starside, Nightside construction was expensive in earlier phases.
Underground construction keeps Nightside protected from bizarre
weather and allows the colony to tap a geothermal vent for heating
purposes. In many respects, the plans for Starside and Nightside
are almost identical because of their similar yet vastly different
positional needs. Further, the Gateway Investor's Alliance has
major stakes in both.
while Starside mines minerals and gems, Nightside harvests water
and ice. A specific percentage of this water and ice is shipped
to Starside via Gateway station, but most is shipped off-world
Gateway Station has always been a hotbed of activity. It's location
on the edge of UN-controlled space pretty much dictated that notion
from the start. Part of that fact was good in that commerce came
through the system in the form of shipping, hauling, mining, mineral
processing and other commercial ventures. But Gateway had its
fair share of mercenaries and other less savory types coming over
from anti-UN space as well.
hearing rumors of corruption, the UN Spacy sent a sizable force
on a "fact-finding" mission to determine the veracity
of such rumors. The rumors turned out to be quite true. The mission
transformed into a limited engagement between UN, anti-UN and
colonial militia forces. UN forces ended up occupying Gateway
Station and taking over colonial governmental control in 2049.
colony, since Occupation, has suffered heavily in the commercial
sense. Many shipping corporations have declined to make runs out
to the system and pirate elements have turned their rancor on
the colony in the form of raids, harassment and sabotage. As a
result, the sector in which Marshall-4 sits has become a full-fledged
operational theater for Galaxy Patrol 2. Unfortunately, GP2's
strength has been spread thinly because of increased rebel incursions
into UN Space.
the last update, the following ships were assigned to the Gateway
Task Force, under the command of Col. Frances Warner:
Heavy Cruiser: CG-24 UNS Claymore (Flagship)
Destroyer: DDG-51 UNS Taurus
Stealth Frigate: FFG-823 UNS George Washington
Stargazer-class Stealth Frigate: FFG-824 UNS Thomas Jefferson
Stargazer-class Stealth Frigate: FFG-891 UNS Mikhail
Uraga-class Escort Carrier: CV-43 UNS Coral Sea
Uraga-class Escort Carrier: CV-72 UNS Hirohito
Gateway City Information Guide
Sponsored by: Gateway Investor's Alliance
The Gateway Commerce Complex (GCC), once completed, looks to be
the home of many original boutiques and shops, attracting everyone
from the continental teen to the conservative mother to the hardworking
miner. The Gateway Investor's Alliance is on course to make GCC
the premiere commerce center in local space.
Bar/Club - "Insomnia"
will be the hottest spot inside Gateway Station. The basic layout
is a triple-layered design. The club is shaping up to be a beautifully-detailed
dance club and bar. The main bar can be found on the ground level,
serving all types of alcohol from local brews to imports to the
finest hard liquors and spirits. It also serves as the main seating
area for the central stage featuring a wide variety of bands.
The stage itself is actually part of the open-faced second
floor, helping to create a truly unique atmosphere. Bands are
scheduled to play on a two day rotation, switching out once their
stint is done. Music varies greatly. Check local listings and
e-mail for more information.
The third level is primarily for dancing/raving, but people
are free to mingle or party to their heart's content. The unique
design of this tri-layered bar and club allows for patrons, regardless
of what level they may be on at the time, to always see the other
Hours: Open 24 hours.
Entertainment - "Gaming Addiction" Gaming
Addiction is the spot to go to for all your gaming needs.
The setting is a two-story building with the ground level comprised
of a bowling alley, "Moonlight Lanes"complete with old-fashioned,
turn-of-the-century diner and bar. Step up to the second level
to experience one of the galaxy's best arcades. You can be sure
to find all of the latest and greatest video games on the second
floor of "Gaming Addition." Memberships available.
Open 24 hours
Entertainment - "Arcade Classics"
Arcade Classics hosts some of the
most authentic replicas of classic, standup games from the late
20th to the early 21st century. Each unit evokes the feel of a
bygone era of arcade gaming when standup and sit-down machines
were the norm. Play such golden oldies as PAC-Man, Tron, Street
Fighter II: Championship Edition, Mortal Kombat, the Resident
Evil Series, Silent Scope 1 & 2, Afterburner and other old-time
favorites. Memberships available.
Open 24 hours
Clothing - "Ursa Minors"
From toddlers to teens, Ursa Minors has it all. School supplies,
work clothes, uniforms, shoes and everything in between, choose
Ursa Minors for all of your kid-shopping needs.
Daily, 1000 - 2100
- "Chiangs' Cineplex 35"
Significantly bigger and better equipped than the Tower Cinema
10, the Cineplex 35 gives you every comfort you've come to expect
from Chiang's. All theaters feature stadium seating with pull-up
arm rests and reclining chairs. Screens 12 and 13 offer special
Reclinazone seating with individual and double stadium recliners
available. These Reclinazone
screens are the only such screens in the Sector! Advanced booking
required for Reclinazone
theaters. All other screens are general admission during regular
Daily, First movie: 1045; Last movie: 0015
- "Binary Code" Every
gadget imaginable is under one roof at Binary Code. Let the experts
guide you through this multilevel computer heaven. Digital music
players, plasma computer screens, home VR games, the latest PDAs
and more. If it's electronic, you'll find it at Binary Code.
Daily, 1200 - 0000
Store - "Britai's"
Named for the famous Zentran commander, Britai's has a giant selection
of goods for sale. Departments include men's, women's, children's,
electronics, music, and books. There's even a grocery store in
the basement! If one-stop shopping is on your mind, head over
to Britai's to find everything under Marshall 4 and more!
Daily, 0900 - 2200
Store - "Tanooki Towne Grocers"
Don't let the funny name fool you, bargain shoppers descend upon
this money-saving mecca of all things related to food. Every conceivable
foodstuff is packed neatly on a shelf, down one of 42 aisles.
Don't worry, you'll be able to find exactly what you're looking
with the interactive PDA program handed out free of charge at
the entrance. Sure, it comes with the standard deluge of advertisements,
but without it, you may not find your way out! Watch for the employee
with a Tanooki hat as he or she gives out gift certificates and
other prizes to lucky winners.
Open 24 hours
Clothing - "Avant Garde"
Owned by the same company as Belle's Boutique, Avant Guarde offers
a similar fair for the well-dressed man. The prices are higher,
but the fashion can't be beat. Areas include formal, business
and evening attire as well as shoes and accessories. Private appointments
Monday, Tuesday, Friday - Sunday: 1000 - 2100;
Wednesday and Thursday: Appointments Only
Music - "The Stairway" Music
junkies should head on over to The Stairway, the first shop scheduled
to open in GCC. This large music store is designed to fit its
namesake; its floorplan is laid out like a large spiral staircase.
But "The Stairway" doesn't just fulfill your basic music needs,
it also has streaming video and audio feeds from all types of
performers, modern or classic. Artists include Lynn Minmay, Sharon
Apple, the infamous Fire Bomber as well as various other artists,
including local bands. Stop in on Thursdays and Fridays during
the Grand Opening Month and sample these services for free!
Daily, 1000 - 2100
and Books - "The Book Den"
Nothing can replace the feel of a hard back book in your hands
as your turn the pages of the latest thriller by Hayabusha. At
least, this is the philosophy of every employee at The Book Den.
Of course The Book Den offers traditional ebooks, but this reader's
paradise specializes in the real deal. The Book Den is rumored
to own several First Editions from various authors, including
some signed copies! During Opening Week, enter to win free books
Daily, 1000 - 2100
- "Slim Pickens"
Down home cookin' is the order of the day at Slim Pickens. Whether
it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, you'll find your hunger satisfied
with large portions that won't wrangle your wallet. Try the Huevos
Rancheros in the morning, the Chicken Enchiladas in green sauce
at lunch, and the Giant Tostada Salad for an evening treat. Now
matter when you come in, Slim Pickens will have a tasty meal waiting
Daily, 0700 - 2100
- "Korean BBQ"
Straight from the Korean peninsula on Earth, Chef Kim Wuy Sic
serves up the best in Asian BBQ. If you're vegetarian, don't worry
because Korean BBQ also has an extensive non-meat menu. Korean
BBQ also has a fresh sushi bar, with sushi happy hour from 2100
Daily, 1200 - 2300
- "Pizza Express"
Ah pizano! Need food in a hurry? Then Pizza express is your place.
The chefs here serve up 5 different pizzas daily in addition to
their main staple, pepperoni. Like your pizza inside-out? Try
a calzone. Either way you go, you'll come away satisfied. With
time to spare!
Daily, 1100 - 2100
If swank and posh is more
your scene, then Fiorintino's Italian tratorria is the place to
be. Without a doubt, this taste of old world Italy will be the
scene of Gateway's elite. With an ample stock of fine wines from
Eden and other Earth-like colonies, Fiorintino's aims to please
the palate. Impeccable service is the norm and high prices make
it all happen. But the experience is worth every credit. Reservations
required. Dress code strictly enforced.
Wednesday - Saturday, 1700 - 2300;
Closed Sunday - Tuesday
- "Nagoya Sushi"
With servers and chefs who speak the language and know the meaning
of service, every trip to this upscale sushi restaurant is one
to remember. Priced higher than most restaurants, the sushi is
top-notch and served in traditional styles. If you prefer more
modern fare, Nagoya Sushi also offers all the latest twists on
the sushi theme. To top it all off, they offer their own house
saki. Reservations recommended.
Tuesday - Sunday, 1700 - 0000;
- "India My India"
If spicy curry dishes are more your idea of good food, then India
My India should satiate your hunger. A better, more authentic
sub-continental experience cannot be found anywhere else on the
Rim. What's more, India My India also offers Southeast Asian dishes
from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. To complete
the atmosphere, the owners have covered the walls with wild scenes
ranging from tropical forests in Thailand, the flatlands of India
and the coasts of Malaysia. Make sure to try the spicy curry chicken
in coconut milk, grown right here on Monsoon!
Wednesday - Sunday, 1200 - 2300;
Closed Monday & Tuesday
- "Posh" The
name says it all. Next to Fiorintino's, a more austere eatery
is impossible to find. The linens are white, crisp and clean.
The silverware is real and polished. Everywhere you can hear the
ringing of crystal glasses. While the portions may seems stingy
to some, those in the know recognize the quality. A fine selection
of wines and spirits accompany the best meals. For a true slice
of heaven, try the filet mignon of certified Eden beef.
Thursday - Sunday, 1700 - 2300;
Monday - Wednesday, 1200 - 1700; closed for remainder of day for
Gems and Minerals"
Any Starside miner will tell you that Monsoon has some of the
strangest and rarest gems in the galaxy. Take their word for it
and stop by Monsoon Gems and Minerals to see just what they mean.
Due to the value of many of the items in the shop, Management
asks that all guests submit to a level-2 scan before entering.
But the scan is well worth the sight of Monsoon's signature gem,
the Starside Ruby. Monsoon Gems and Minerals is home for the galaxy's
largest uncut Starside Ruby, named after the mining complex where
they are found. Nowhere else can you see the exquisite beauty
and endless complexity of a Starside Ruby except for Monsoon Gems
and Minerals. Private Appointments available.
General Public: 1000 - 1500; Private Appointments: 1700 - 2000;
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Goods - "Everything Sports"
Just like the name implies, this sports store has everything for
every sport. Rock climbing to inline hockey to 0g gymnastics,
Everything Sports has you covered. For those of you not so athletically
inclined, Everything Sports also has chess, RPG supplies, darts,
billiards and more. If you don't see something you like, you can
always order from their in-store catalogue. Delivery guaranteed
in 1 week, or your item is free.
Daily, 1000 - 2100
- Gateway/Monsoon Tourism Agency
[Approval for this establishment is pending
with UN Military Command. All inquiries should be sent to: UN
Mil. Com., Public Affairs Office, Box 79152, Gateway Station.]
Clothing - "Belle's Boutique" Belle's
offers some of the latest fashions in women's clothing. Though
on the pricier side, Belle's keeps those who want to be "en
vogue" up to date in every area including evening wear, shoes,
accessories, formal and business attire. Private appointments
Monday, Tuesday, Friday - Sunday: 1000 - 2100;
Wednesday and Thursday: Appointments Only
Clothing - "Unlimited"
Unlimited has a wide range of women's clothing ideas at an affordable
price. Selections include shoes, jewelry, accessories, lingerie,
work dress and uniforms.
Daily, 1000 - 2100
Gateway Station Services Area Directory
(Not Affiliated with GCC or GIA)
The Gateway Station Services Area
(GSSA) is adjacent to the newly developed GCC, but is not affiliated
with GCC or the Gateway Investors Alliance. Unless otherwise indicated,
all stores are independently owned and operated.
Bar - "The Cantina"
This establishment is one of the original inhabitants of Gateway
Station with GCC growing up nearby. Starting out as the only watering
hole for miners, spacers and other visitors to Gateway Station,
the Cantina has maintained its own brand of "charm" from the old
days of commerce and free trade. Boasting the only pool tables
on-station, The Cantina is a draw for the best billiards players
in the sector. The Cantina is also known to pour the best drinks
on-station, including a special Cantina Moonshine whose recipe
remains a mystery to this day.
Open 24 hours.
- "Tower Cinema 10"
An oldie but a goodie, the Tower Cinema is Gateway Station's first
movie house. Though it doesn't have the same flash as the new
Chiang's, Tower Cinema is a good place to go for second-run movies
and cheaper prices. Once a month, locals come out for a traditional
showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," still running
strong after so many years! Military discounts available.
Daily, First movie: 1200; Last movie: 2345
Store - "340"
Named for the number of days in a Monsoon year, 340 is also how
many days this local convenience store is open. Any small item
you can think of is housed in this smartly laid out shop. When
you just don't want to bother with lines at the Commissary or
Tanooki Towne Grocers, 340 is the perfect stop for small item
Open 24 hours.
Store - "The Commissary"
All of your grocery needs can be met with a trip to the Commissary.
The bakery section has fresh breads and pastries daily. The deli
has all of the finest meats, including local fish selections and
fresh sushi boxes. It's hard to beat the Commissary's prices,
so lines can be long. But this store opens early and offers early-bird
specials for early-risers.
Daily, 0500 - 2300
- "Arroyo Seca" Get
ready for some of the spiciest food this side of the old American
Southwest. Arroyo Seca has the Sector's best enchiladas, burritos,
pepper steak and sizzling fajitas. Aye caramba! Reservations recommended
Fridays and Saturdays.
Daily, 1100 - 2300
- "Colony Cuisine"
In the mood for burgers, fries and continental treats? Look no
further than Colony Cuisine, home of contemporary French meals
with a colonial flair. Chef Trent Dejournett cooks up his version
of French classics every night! Colony Cuisine also serves breakfast,
one of the few places on Gateway that does. No matter when you
come, you'll be pleased with the menu and the price. Reservations
Daily, 0530 - 2300
- "Chairman Mao's" The owners
of Chairman Mao's pay homage to the Chinese revolutionary by plastering
every square inch of their place with flags, busts and every kind
of memorabilia imaginable. Excellent and inexpensive Chinese food
is served all day, but many come for what happens at night. At
2100 hours, half of the tables are turned up and a dance floor
is made to accommodate the inevitable crowd that gathers for happy
hour. From 2100 - 0100, 30 credits gets you all-you-drink from
the bar and admission to the dance floor. UN Security may not
like it, but the local sure do because nothing like Chairman Mao's
can be found anywhere in the galaxy, except for the original,
still located at 3 Canton Street, Boat Quay, Singapore, Earth.
Gateway Plaza and the Gateway Station Services Area are
under 24 hour surveillance by UN Security Forces. However, the
Plaza is not without its "hot spots" and Security asks that all
patrons mind their personal belongings and to keep aware of their
surroundings. Additionally, black market sales and purchases are
subject to immediate confiscation of goods and imprisonment for
not less than 5 years.
Thank you for your cooperation.