The hidden master
Scintilla is the Capital World of the Calixis Sector, a thriving Imperial hub that supports the largest planetary population in the territory. It is dominated (some observers say “shared”) by two vast hive cities, Hive Sibellus and Hive Tarsus, into which the vast majority of the planet’s groaning population is crammed. Despite the dominance of the two great hives, the “offspring” communities of Ambulon and Gunmetal City contribute significantly to the planet’s economic function. Scintilla is a world of splendours where the wealthy and powerful compete with ruthless appetite. Astonishing magnificence abounds, from the wondrous fashions of the hive nobility to the towering spectacle of the hives themselves. Landmarks like the Lucid Palace and the Cathedral of Illumination are famous throughout the sector.
GALACTIC POSITION: 88/23/CS/SW.
CLASS: Hive World.
SATELLITES: Two moons (Sothus and Lachesis). Orbital docks geostationary above Hive Tarsus.
CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION: Temperate.
MEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURE: 22°C.
TROPOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: Nitrogen 72%, Oxygen 25%, Argon 1%, Ozone 1%, Carbon Dioxide 0.5%.
PLANETARY GOVERNER: Sector Governor Marius Hax.
CLIMATE: Climate temperate with extensive equatorial deserts.
COUNTRIES AND CONTINENTS: Three main continents – southern polar cap mountainous/volcanic, equatorial crescent deserts/jungle (Hive Tarsus, Hive Tenebra [extinct]), northern temperate landmass (Hive Sibellus, Ambulon, Gunmetal City). Remainder of planetary surface covered in ocean.
CONTACT WITH OTHER WORLDS: Stable warp routes link Scintilla to Tranch, Settlement 228, Iocanthus, Luggnum, Sephiris Secundus, Malfi, Orbel Quill and Baraspine.