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Fading Suns/Star Wars Crossover by Newmarduk, which combines elements from both the Fading Suns roleplaying game [1] and the Star Wars sci-fi universe [2] The planets and solar systems of the Fading Suns universe in this crossover are located in the Wild Space [3] of the main Star Wars galaxy [4] and are called the Known Worlds of the Pancreator, named after the main religion of the region, the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun. [5] The native human population of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator were first settled as slaves of the Rakata-dominated Infinite Empire [6] [7] about 30,000 years prior to the Battle of Yavin. The planets of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator [8] are located within a sphere 15 light years across. The main inhabited planets are: Holy Terra (also called Urth), Artemis, Pentateuch, Sutek, Aragon, Vera Cruz, Leagueheim, Tethys, Madoc, Leagueheim, Pyre, Delphi, Ravenna, Leimankeinan, Gwennyth, Byzantium Secundus, Velisamil, Criticorum, Shaprut, Istakhr, Aylon, Kordeth, De Moley, Stigmata, Nowhere, Bannockburn, Severus, Pandemonium, Grail, Cadiz, Cadavus, Malignatius, Kish, Icon, Midian, Rampart, and Ugavorox. In the period from 21,000 to 19,500 years before the Battle of Yavin, the rise of humans nobles capable of using the Force [9] helped to politically unite what would become the Known Worlds of the Pancreator. From these early native, Force-using human nobles emerged the five Royal Houses of Hawkwood [10], Decados [11], Hazat [12], Lihalan [13], and al-Malik [14]. They developed a Force-utilizing version of the hyperdrive [15] which was nevertheless limited by the fact that it could only propell a starship at the speed of 25 light years per year. By 19,150 years before the Battle of Yavin, the future Known Worlds of the Pancreator had developed a more instantanious method of FTL space flight: a network of stationary, non-Force-using jumpgates [16] that allowed a far faster means of interstellar flight through hyperspace [17]. In the year dated 18,998 years before the battle of Yavin, the Charioteers Guild [18] was formed in order to maintain the jumpgate technology as a politically-neutral entity. Dozens of local sects worshipping an extradimenional being as a monotheistic God called alternately Sol Invictus [19], the Unconquered Sun, the Celestial Sun, the Pancreator, or simply as God had emerged by 19,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, and priests and monks belonging to these Pancreator-worshipping sects often practiced religious magic with powers similar to that of the Force (though not the same thing, of course) allegedly granted by their God, which they called theurgy [20]. The Universal Church of the Celestial Sun was organized 18,966 years before the Battle of Yavin, and that year became Year 1 in the local calendar, and soon after the local area of space was called by the Universal Church as the Known Worlds of the Pancreator. After a series of wars from 18,900 to 17,771 years before the Battle of Yavin (Years 66 to 1295 in the local calendar), the Known Worlds of the Pancreator were politically unified under Imperial Sovereigns hailing from House Hawkwood, and this Hawkwood dynasty lasted until a new series of battles that began in 14,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 4966 in local calendar) that lasted for two millenia until the Known Worlds of the Pancreator were politically reunified 11,899 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 6967 local time) by a new dynasty of Tsars who also headed House Decados. Between the Hawkwood and Decados dynasties, the local economy was increasingly dominated by private interplanetary corporations that by 12,500 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 6466 local time) banded together as the Merchant League. Technology [21] during this time was almost identical to that of the mainstream galaxy except for faster-than-light drive for starships, at least until 11,870 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 7096 local calendar) when Tionese humans [22] from the planet Desevro [23] contacted the Known Worlds of the Pancreator. Soon after, the people of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator received their first contact with the Galactic Republic [24]. As the acquisition of conventional hyperdrive tech made the old jumpgates obsolete, the local Charioteers Guild rapidly transformed itself into a union of private spaceship owners and guild of skilled workers who engaged in the manufacture of hyperdrives employed by Merchant League corporations, the Royal Houses, and the Universal Church. Non-human races native to the Known Worlds of the Pancreator [25] include Obun (native to Velisamil), Ukari (native to Kordeth; related to Obun), the bird-like Etyri (native to Grail), the insectoid Ascorbites(native to Severus), the horse-like Shantor(native to Shaprut), the monkey-like Gannok(native to Bannockburn), the reptilian Hironem (native to Cadiz), the amphibian Oroy'm (native to Madoc), and the six-limbed Vorox (native to Ugavorox). By Year 9966 (local calendar; also 9000 years prior to the Battle of Yavin), the Known Worlds of the Pancreator had evolved into a constitutional monarchy where the heads of House Decados still ruled as Tsar, but the heads of Houses Hawkwood, Hazat, Lihalan, and al-Malik, the Supreme High Priest of the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun, and the Corporate President of the Merchant League co-shared executive power with the Decados Tsars as the Council of Viceroys, and legislative and judicial authority was vested in the Known Worlds Assembly (a conbination of parliament and supreme court), whose members were elected by popular vote-though human electors had more votes per individual than did native aliens and droids as machines [26] were denied voting rights-although all Assembly candidates had to be nobles of the five Royal Houses (Decados, Hawkwood, Hazat, Lihalan, and al-Malik), priests of the Universal Church, or high-ranking employees of a private corporation belonging to the Merchant League. The Known Worlds Assembly divided into five separate political parties: pro-Decados/pro-Tsar, pro-Hawkwood, alliance of pro-Hazat and pro-military, alliance of pro-Lihalan and pro-Universal Church, and alliance of pro-al-Malik and pro-Merchant League. For millenia, relations with the Galactic Republic and it's Jedi Order [27] were often hostile, while the Known Worlds of the Pancreator were likewise allies with the Hutts [28] united against the Republic. Members of the Jedi Order [29] grew to respect the nobles of the five Royal Houses for having a mastery of the Force like any typical Jedi as well as the theurgy (religious magic) practiced by many clergy within the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun. The Known Worlds of the Pacreator were allies of the Sith [30] and the Mandalorians [31] in the Great Hyperspace War [32], the Old and New Sith Wars [33] [34], and the Mandalorian Wars [35] and foes of the Galactic Republic and Jedi in those conflicts. On the other hand, in times of peace, missionaries from the Universal Church traveled to the Galactic Republic in order to convert it's citizens to a "proper" faith in the Pancreator/Celestial Sun as the true God, with mixed success (though Universal Church elements in the Galactic Republic were in practice independent of the rule of the Supreme High Priest residing on Urth/Holy Terra back in the Known Worlds of the Pancreator; moreover, Universal Church priests within Republic borders were discreet with using powers of theurgy granted by Sol Invictus/the Pancreator) while corporations of the Merchant League in peacetime conducted some trade with Republic citizens and corporations. 744 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,222 in the calendar of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator), thanks to negotiations between Yoda of the Jedi Order [36] and a group of Merchant League corporate executives anf nobles from Houses Hawkwood, Lihalan, and al-Malik, the Galactic Republic and the Known Worlds of the Pancreator finally signed a treaty of peace and friendship. Royal House nobles, especially Hawkwoods and Hazat, started to join the Jedi Order in increasing numbers, while Decados nobles and certain Merchant League businesses developed close ties to the Hutts and the Trade Federation [37] in the Galactic Republic. By 100 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,866 in the local calendar), the local Merchant League had been absorbed into the larger Trade Federation, and by then the local Charioteer's Guild had largely been absorbed by the galactic-spanning Hyperspace Navigators' Guild [38]. When Tsar Hyram Decados the 67th died 97 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,869 local time), a civil war pitted the local area of space between his two children Hyram the 68th and Salandra for the throne of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator. House Decados bitterly divided into two separate factions, with Houses Hawkwood and Hazat backing Hyram Decados the 68th while Houses Lihalan and al-Malik officially backing Hyram the 68th's sister Salandra Decados. The Universal Church of the Celestial Sun officially backed Hyram the 68th, but a schismatic backaway faction from the Universal Church (the Incarnate Church of the Pancreator) backed Salandra Decados. The Hutts backed Salandra Decados, but the Galactic Republic, under pressure from the Trade Federation, aided her brother Hyram the 68th. A cabal of Jedi, perhaps due to Hawkwood and Hazat influence in the Jedi Order, helped to turn the tide in Hyram the 68th's favor, but when Hyram the 68th tried to wage war on the Galactic Republic 88 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,878 local time), the Trade Federation used it's private military forces to conquer the Known Worlds of the Pancreator and have the region join the Galactic Republic 85 years before the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,881 local calendar). The Known Worlds of the Pancreator were officially renamed the Pancreator's Sector soon after. Meanwhile, most nobles of House Decados (both Hyram the 68th's and Salandra's factions) had been exiled to Hutt Space [39]. For decades and generations afterward, Decados-descended humans utilized their Force powers in service to the Hutt clans or kajidics[40]. The remnant of House Decados that survived in the Pancreator's Sector allied itself with House Hazat, though the Decados and Hazat officially remained as separate Royal Houses. The local government of the Pancreator's Sector was vested in the Council of Seven, with one member each appointed by the Trade Federation, Universal Church, and each of the five Royal Houses. The Pancreator's Sector's delegation in the Galactic Senate [41] on the capital planet of Coruscant [42] included two representatives each from the Trade Federation, Universal Church, and each of the Five Royal Houses for a total of 14 delegates, with the official senator for the sector selected by the delegates from their ranks either by majority vote or by random lottery. During the Separatist Crisis and Clone Wars [43] [44], the Pancreator's Sector was officially part of the anti-Republic Confederacy of Independent Systems [45]. This was the period lasting from 24 to 19 years before the Battle of Yavin (Years 18,942 to 18,947 local calendar), at the end of which the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine [46] transformed the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire [47]. Members of the Pancreator's Sector's Royal Houses (mostly Hawkwoods and Hazat) who served in the Jedi Order mainly defected to the Separatists' side in the Clone Wars, as they were more loyal to their home sector than to the Republic, so these nobles survived the purge of Jedi under Order 66 [48]. The reason why most citizens of the Pancreator's Sector decided to support the Separatists over the Republic was that the leaders of their main religion-the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun-proclaimed that their God the Pancreator/Celestial Sun/Unconquered Sun/Sol Invictus was on the side of the Separatists. It should be noted that the Republic-soon-to-be-transformed-into-Empire never was able to capture any systems or worlds of the Pancreator's Sector, even after the complete transformation into the new Empire, largely due to the independent military capabilities (both ground forces anf space fleets of the local sector), the Force-wielding powers of the Royal House nobles (some of whom were ex-Jedi), strong local economy (run largely by remnants of the old Trade Federation, which locally transformed itself into the Economic Cartel of the Pancreator's Sector), and the theurgy or religious magic wielded by Universal Church clergy. The Supreme High Priest of the Universal Church became the nominal ruler of the Pancreator's Sector, but most planets and systems became the fiefs of the Royal Houses with a large degree of local self-government. By the same year the Battle of Yavin took place (Year 18,966 in the local calendar), the Imperial forces of the Galactic Empire had decided to leave the Pancreator's Sector alone in order to concentrate on fighting the Rebel Alliance [49] during the so-called Galactic Civil War [50]. After the destruction of the second Death Star battlestation [51] and the death of Emperor Palpatine at the Battle of Endor [52] four years after the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,970 according to the Pancreator's Sector), the Pancreator's Sector remained politically aloof from both the Imperial remnants [53] and the New Republic [54], though soon trade with both foreign factions did occur. When the biotechnology-wielding, warlike Yuuzhan Vong invaded the local galaxy [55] [56] 25 years after the Battle of Yavin (Year 18,991 in the calendar of the Pancreator's Sector), the biotech-using invaders attempted to invade the Pancreator's Sector, but the use of the Force by Royal House aristocrats and religious magic by Universal Church, Pancreator-fearing clerics helped to keep out the Yuuzhan Vong. After the defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong 29 years after the Battle of Endor (Year 18,995 Pancreator's Sector time), the Pancreator's Sector officially joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances [57], the successor government to the New Republic also called simply the Galactic Alliance. In the years that followed, Royal House nobles were encouraged by Luke Skywalker [58] and his wife Mara Jade Skywalker [59] and his son Ben [60] to join the New Jedi Order [61]. Meanwhile, the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun became more proactively missionary in nature as it sent aggressive missionaries to many other parts of the galaxy, and the religion of Pancreator worship, aided by the theurgy or religious magic performed by many missionaries alleged given by their God, drew the attention of Jedi and others, who had mixed feelings or outright hostility to a Universal Church whose magic seemed to match that of the Force itself, though it drew billions of new converts. When the Jedi-turned-Sith Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus [62] took control of the Galactic Alliance government during the Second Galactic Civil War [63], his attempt to outlaw the Universal Church and persecute it's members caused the Pancreator's Sector to side with the Confederation [64], Jedi Coalition [65], and Alliance-in-exile [66]. This series of events all occured 40 and 41 years after the Battle of Yavin (Years 19,006 and 19,007 in the local time of the Pancreator's Sector). A revolt by Ukari, Obun, Vorox, Gannok, and Shantor wanting more rights, pro-democracy humans demanding a more elective government, and dissident Universal Church clergy demanding democracy and separation of Church and state in the Years 19,016 to 19,030 (local time; also 50 to 64 years after the Battle of Yavin) saw the institution of a more democratic government at both the national (sector-wide) and local (system and planetary). Aliens received equal rights with humans, the nobility of the Royal Houses lost most political power (though they retained unofficial influence due to their use of the Force), and the Universal Church's Supreme High Priest was stripped of his authority as official leader of the Pancreator's Sector (now called the Republic of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator), though the Church retain tremendous spiritual authority. The old Economic Cartel of the Pancreator's Sector was broken up into 16 smaller business enterprises which were mostly jointly owned by the national and local governments and by private interests. The military of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator/Pancreator's Sector/Republic of the Known Worlds of the Pancreator included both ground and space forces, including flying tanks equipped with turbolasers, energy shields, and propulsion by repulsorlift technology; starfighters that were boomerang-shaped and equipped with turbolasers or with magnetic rail guns shooting metal projectiles guided by the Force or by theurgy-granted powers from the Pancreator (if the pilot was from a Royal House or a cleric of the Universal Church) though the fighter craft lacked FTL capabilities of their own; hyperdrived-equipped, FTL-capable, pyramid-shaped larger starships, some of which served as battlecruisers armed with turbolasers, concussion missles; some of the larger ships serving as transports for ground forces; and other as carriers for the starfighters, but all were equipped with energy shields. There were also landing craft and shuttles that were boomerang-shaped, and sometimes armed. Infantry was composed of humans with Force-using nobles or theurgy-wielding priests as officers, though occasionally aliens or even droids were used os foot soldiers.

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