Stardancers - A Federations AAR
A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold,
And pavement stars.
- JOHN MILTON, Paradise Lost
'... In recent decades certain of our more intrepid traders have steered their ships away from the familiar comforts of home, be it the glittering interiors of Oros, the never silent refineries of Pirgak's Freehold or the electric whirring of Lastagarvin's Shelter. They have built their small stations across the asteroids and moonlets of our system and some at least have been brave enough, foolish enough or greedy enough to set foot on the planets.
The planets! Oh true enough there are fortunes to be won and I'll grant I'm Yldar enough to keep my curiosity, but our ancestors have lived too long among the stars to descend to filthy baubles of rock and dirt, where the weather is freezing or boiling and a law unto itself and the air is full of strange and deadly organisms.
Why and when we took to our habitats may be lost to memory but we did and have prospered ever since. We should not abandon our palaces in starlight for windswept shacks in the mud. We are the Yldars, sailors of the void and the beauty and wealth of space is ours...'
- An extract from Memoirs of a Guildsman by Jesslur, published in the year 2178.