A prime source of income in the Triangle is asteroid mining, and this has spurred the formation of a new culture - Belters. Belters are mostly Human and are often physically adapted to zero G or light gravitational habitats. They are matriarchal and ruggedly independant. They often literally live in their space suits, which are ofter brightly adorned and highly modified. Otherwise they wear work clothing, also brightly adorned.

Typical female and male Belters

Asteroids are large lumps of rock in space, debris from failed planets. Many are rich in valuable mineral resources and often frozen water.

Typical mining asteroid
A selection of Asteroid bases.

SIZE: 50mm diametre, 375mm long. (610mm long extended)
DESCRIPTION: Metallic tube with a hammer/pick and chisel on one end, and a muzzle on the other.
USAGE: Multipurpose tool for use in asteroid mining.
NOTES: Has a hammer/pick head on one end, as well as a collapsed steel vibrochisel. The other end houses a piton gun which fires a barbed, 75mm long, 5mm diametre spike with sufficient force to penetrate rock and a 3mm industrial laser which is used both as a cutter and to vapourise samples for spectroanalysis. A sliding metal sleeve can be rotated to cover the control surfaces, and can be telescoped to allow the Geo Hammer to be used as a prying tool. The overall length of the tool with the sleeve extended is 610mm. The walls of the telescoping section are 5mm thick, and the central core of the Geo Hammer is 40mm in diametre.

Ships of the asteroid mining belts are as individual as their owners, and as quirky. Safety features are largely left up to their owners, and most are overly safe. Belters do not like sucking vacuum, and tend to overcompensate, to others' points of view. Ships tend to be small and cramped, and most do not feature transporters, which the Belters see as a huge waste of power. Since most Belters confine their activities to a single system. Almost all their ships are Impulse-only. They tend to be lightly shielded and armed with mining lasers only.

Click on a tab to view a deck plan of a mining ship.

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