Tionisla Orbital Graveyard

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"The best way to see the wreckplace at Tionisla is to approach it from the Sun (a reasonably safe thing to do since Tionisla, being a Democracy has few pirates in its system). Tionisla itself is a bright yellow world, and the cemetery is always between the planet and its star. As you fly close, the whole strange graveyard seems to be expanding from the circle of the world behind.

A view of the graveyard plus station...

The first thing you see is a shimmering, silver disc, a double spiral of tiny bright points. It slowly turns: it's a galaxy in miniature, with the same intense blur of light at its centre, because here is where the biggest tombs are to be found.

Come closer and soon you can see that the stars in this galaxy are markers, great lumps of metal, heavily inscribed with the words and symbols of a thousand religions. The cemetery is a bizarre and moving sight. The markers are rarely less than a thousand feet across. There are chrome-alloy crosses, titanium Stars of David, duralium henges, and all the strange symbolic shapes of the worlds, and the minds and the faiths that have come to die in this Star traveller's special place.

Tethered below this vast, rotating mausoleum is the dodecahedral shape of a 'Dodo' class space station, the home of the Cemetery Authorites. Here you go through security checks and get your visitor's visa. And as you stand in the queue, staring up through the translucent ceiling of the Customs Hall, you can see the battered, broken ships of many of the dead, still attached to the silent tomb that contains the body."

from Robert Holdstock's The Dark Wheel.


This OXP adds the Graveyard to the Galaxy 1 system of Tionisla, as described in “The Dark Wheel” novella.

As in The Dark Wheel, the Orbital Graveyard is positioned between the planet and the sun. The Graveyard features long dead Commanders buried in their rusting ships, monuments, Crucifixes, Stars of David and other religious symbols. A Dodecahedron station is positioned nearby.

Naturally, Krait patrols will make short work of any Commander desecrating the monuments!

TOGY Memorials plug-in

This is a small plug-in to add memorials to deceased Commanders. The memorials take the form of a golden Starbird.


Version 2 downloads

Download TionislaOrbitalGraveyard.oxz v2.4 (downloaded 432 times).
Download TionislaOrbitalGraveyard_Monuments.oxz v2.0 (downloaded 331 times).
Download TionislaOrbitalGraveyard_ShipWrecks.oxz v1.1 (downloaded 366 times).

Version 1 downloads

You can download TOGY version 1.1 (includes the Main OXP and the Monuments OXP) Updated 14 February 2011.
Related files: TOGY_Shipwreck pack Adds alternative models to the graveyard. TOGY Memorials: TOGY Memorials v1.1

Version history

Version 2.4

  • Main pack - updated texture for Dodo station with adjusted colours and gloss property added. Updated other ship models with new gloss property. Added some additional special monument names.

Version 2.3

  • Corrected some shader texture reference errors, and updated the Krait texture.

Version 2.2

  • Added some additional special monument names.

Version 2.1

  • Main pack - added missing alpha channel to Krait model.

Version 2.0 (Update by phkb)

  • Main pack
    • Replaced population routine to use systemWillPopulate JS function.
    • Replaced Dodec station model with Neolite Dodec from SFEP pack.
    • Replaced Krait Patrol ship with Griff Krait
    • Replaced Lancet with Griff/gsagostinho Fer-de-Lance
    • Replaced tourist ship with Griff Shuttle
    • Put the application of the scanner colour into shipdata rather than using shipSpawned.
    • All monuments will now have details of who the monument is for, accessed via a BroadcastComms MFD message "Query monument info".
  • Monuments
    • No changes to models, changed XML-style plist files to OpenStep format, added manifest.plist file.
  • Shipwrecks
    • Created rusty models of most core ships (including Anaconda, Python, Boa and Boa Class Cruiser)
    • Added possibility of having normally coloured ships added as graveships, with the idea being that these are new.

Version 1.1

  • At regular intervals there are tourist shuttle launches from the main station.
  • Broadcasts of ships are no longer silenced by the many objects, but always reach the player.
  • Removed all the rusty adders from the oxp.
  • Changed the colour of the monuments on the scanner from white to a more appropriate colour for a graveyard.
  • Updated all AI files.
  • Added a 1.75 ship-key that makes that killing a monument no longer count as a kill. (No longer boosting your score by q-bombing the graveyard on Oolite 1.75+)
  • Added several ship scripts for better fine-tuning all kind of behavior.

Version 1.0

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