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In the Vanilla game there are three main spacelanes:

  • Witchpoint Beacon to the Main Orbital Station
  • Witchpoint Beacon to the Sun
  • Main Orbital Station to the Sun

The first is used by incoming traders who wish to dock at the Main Orbital Station. Some travel in the other direction. The second is used by visitors who wish to refuel without docking at the Main Orbital Station The third is used by those wishing to refuel who did not do so at the Main Orbital Station

Rock Hermits may be found on any of the three spacelanes. Pirates prey on the shipping there. GalCop Police try to protect the traders from the pirates. Bounty Hunters prey on the pirates.



  • Why do traders/convoys make their way out through pirate-infested space-lanes to the Witchpoint beacon and then jump from there? Why not do so from the much safer aegis of the orbital station? Three attempts to answer:
(Newbie) Moving to a new system. BB Thread (2021)
Ideally Imperfect OOniverse: Calibrated Hyperspace jumps. BB Thread (2017-8)
Long gone Commander checking in,.... BB Thread (2008)