Pact Worlds Map and Mnemonic!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The other day, we were talking in the Star Chamber (the office shared by much of the Starfinder Development Team) about how we need a mnemonic for the order of the Pact Worlds. Personally, I still remember the order of our own solar system's planets by the mnemonic my Astronomy 101 teacher taught me: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. The first letter of each word matches the first letter of the planet name ("My" = "Mercury"), and the sentence helps you remember you which comes next. ("Nine Pizzas" have, of course, become "Nachos" since Pluto's downgrading.)

We could just make one up for ourselves, but where's the fun in that? Instead, we thought we'd ask you for your suggestions. Post your best mnemonic in the comments below, and we'll pick some favorites to share in a future blog. The order of Pact Worlds is, starting closest to the sun:

Aballon
Castrovel
Absalom Station
Akiton
Verces
Idari
Diaspora
Eox
Triaxus
Liavara
Bretheda
Apostae
Aucturn

Whether you throw an S on the front for the sun is up to you. (And yes, I realize now that way too many planets start with A. If only someone had pointed that out back in 2011!)

To help inspire you, we're including this amazing map of the Pact Worlds, which appears in the Starfinder Core Rulebook setting chapter as well as on the book's endsheets!

So what've you got? Abadarans Can Always Arbitrate Very Important Decisions, Especially Those Licensed By Approved Agencies? Always Count Absalom As Vital In Deals, Even Those Legislated By Allied Aliens? Only you can prevent us from staring at each other in shame when we realize we can't remember whether Liavara or Bretheda is closer!

James L. Sutter
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you one 1/2 internet


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Seisho wrote:
you one 1/2 internet

One?


Too many planets for me to want to remember a sentence.

A Casual Artificial Audio Visual Infomercial Distracted Everyone To Leviathans Battling At Absalom.


How's this one:

Any Mnemonic you come up with will be too f&+@ing long.


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Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:

How's this one:

Any Mnemonic you come up with will be too f!~$ing long.

Ah stop confusing me with the same avatar!


I hope this illustration isn't supposed to be to scale or the physics are apparently not expected to be realistic in this game.


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Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:

How's this one:

Any Mnemonic you come up with will be too f%#%ing long.

Ahh Charabdos An Avatar Very Identically Done Even The Blue Azure Aww


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Okay, I have a couple:

Anyone Can Assume All Villians Invade Domestic Economy Through Locating Business And Aquisitions.
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Athiests Can And Always Victimize Indescrete Denominations, Equal Tolerance Lives By Allowed Acceptance
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Adventurers Camoflauge Armor And Vulnerability In Debonair Equipment That Lacks Budget And Abstinance


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Richard Edwards wrote:
I hope this illustration isn't supposed to be to scale or the physics are apparently not expected to be realistic in this game.

What is this!? A solar system for ants?


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Aboleths cannot allow any vodyanoi in deep estuaries to leave before analyzing aquifers.

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Richard Edwards wrote:
I hope this illustration isn't supposed to be to scale or the physics are apparently not expected to be realistic in this game.

No illustration that showed the planets to scale in their distances from the sun could show them as anything more than dots, which isn't very helpful for learning how they look.

Scarab Sages Developer, Starfinder Team

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Also, we have magic and gods, which at least bend physics, and I'd argue they outright break them.


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I have to agree with the Tidal King on this one, there are way too many planets here (13 planets to our solar system's 9.) But here goes:

Starfinders Are Cataloging All Very Interesting Denizens Even The Lowly Billywap At Absalom.


Lemartes wrote:
Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:

How's this one:

Any Mnemonic you come up with will be too f!~$ing long.

Ah stop confusing me with the same avatar!

Never! It took me forever to find a brine dragon avatar on this thing.


Too many planets?! Do you realize how many resources, calculations, and pure genius brainpower goes into building an intrasystem planet-destroying weapon? Earth Eox-shattering kabooms don't just grow on trees.


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Always
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In
Discipline.
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Believe
Asmodeans
Abound


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Going a different way: (to the tune of I'm your moon by Jonathan Coulton)

A invented a reason
C why it stings,
A reason you don't matter
A planet that no longer sings
V keep telling you v don't mind; V keep saying there's one thing they can't change

I 'm your moon, your my moon, we go round and round
D -door here, it's the rest of the worlds that look so small, I promise you
E will always remember who you are

T -5 on the lift off
L et them come and go
B instead at the center/ at the center of all they know
A place can only be what it is
A world doesn't care if you don't understand

Chorus Repeats

To Mr. Coulton, my sincerest apologies.


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Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:
Lemartes wrote:
Charabdos, The Tidal King wrote:

How's this one:

Any Mnemonic you come up with will be too f!~$ing long.

Ah stop confusing me with the same avatar!

Never! It took me forever to find a brine dragon avatar on this thing.

Anyways Can An Admin Validate In Detail Everyway That Lemartes Best Acquire Avatar?


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All Captured Audio And Video Information Doesn't Explain The Last Battle At All.

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Not the greatest. But definitely something:

A Cavalier Always Attacks Villains In Direct Exposure To Live Burning Antelope Atrocities.

I think I can do better.


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Aroden could always ask virtuous Iomedae, "Does Erastil tread lightly beneath autumn's awning?


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Richard Redmane wrote:

I have to agree with the Tidal King on this one, there are way too many planets here (13 planets to our solar system's 9.) But here goes:

Starfinders Are Cataloging All Very Interesting Denizens Even The Lowly Billywap At Absalom.

Well there's only 8, but I guess if we are including Pluto then we have to include the other dwarf planets in our system. Like Sedna, Orcus, Ceres, Eris, Makemake, Quaoar, and Haumea. Though I'd hate to be the one that has to make up a mnemonic for that ;)


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Well, I think the easier thing to do is try to just say it.

Akavidelba, With a wandering T. Cause Triaxus is never in the same place.

Acaa Videl Baa. T. or Acaa Vid Etlbaa.


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Who drew that map? It's awesome! Would be great to have a tutorial seeing as most adventures will take place charting unknown systems.

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Sovereign Court

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Absolute chaos as alien viruses invade diapers: entire town left breathing awful air!


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Andoran Contraceptive Arts Are Very Ineffective; Delayed Emancipation, Loose Balloons, And Abjurations.

(Edit: Finished the last one. I don't *think* it's inappropriate, given that Alchemist's Kindness exists in the game, but I could be wrong. Did check the community guidelines, but it seemed like a gray area.)

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Tie Len wrote:
Who drew that map? It's awesome! Would be great to have a tutorial seeing as most adventures will take place charting unknown systems.

The map was done by Damien Mammoliti.


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Currently there are 5 official and and a few more unofficial: Ceres, 2004TY364, 2002KX14, 2002XV93, 2003VS2, 1999TC36, 2001QF298, Orcus, 2003AZ84, Pluto/Charon, Ixion, Huya, 2005RN43, 1995SM55, 2002MS4, 2004SB60, 2004GV9, 2002UX25, Varuna, 2002TX300, 1996TO66, 2003OP32, 2003EL61, Quaoar, 2003QW90,1999CD158, 1997CS29, 2000CN105, 1998WH24, 2005FY9, 2004PR107, 2003MW12, 2002CY248, 2002KW14, 2002AW197, 2002WC19, 2003QX113, 2003FY128, 2001UR163, 2002TC302, 1999DE9, 2004XR190, 2000YW134, Eris, 2005RM43, Sedna and the list is growing.


And still the possibility of higher mass objects further out.

We still don't have enough data to say what an "average" number of planets per star is, it could be 20 or 100, even excluding dwarfs.


Can anyone please explain why one of the Liavaran moons seems to have two red rings?

I'm AFB right now, so I can't remember if Distant Worlds described one of the moons has having rings, or not.


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A cage always allows viewing inside, despite eldritch terrors loosed by an absence.

Apparently, Cayden's alcoholic ascension visibly increased diabolical efforts to legislate bans against ale.


Bellona wrote:

Can anyone please explain why one of the Liavaran moons seems to have two red rings?

I'm AFB right now, so I can't remember if Distant Worlds described one of the moons has having rings, or not.

Not rings but an energy cordon (or just a warning to avoid it). This is the one with the energy-state residents who have no interest in leaving their home.

Of interest, though, is the fact that Idari is new. I don't know if it has been in the forums or not, but Idari doesn't appear on the maps from Distant Worlds or People of the Stars.


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Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

Also, we have magic and gods, which at least bend physics, and I'd argue they outright break them.

*grumble grumble* Verces is the only tidally locked planet even though it's the fifth one, and it's ring of nations is too big *grumble grumble*

*grumble grumble* Triaxus ignores that seasons come from axial tilt, not orbit *grumble grumble*
*grumble grumble* Sun's goldilocks zone is ridiculously huge *grumble grumble*
:P


a crazy aasimar and very indigo dragon eat the local bugbears alive again.


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Aroden climbed an awesome vertical incline, deifying eternally the Last (but ambiguous) Azlant.


Aaand, I realized I accidentally deleted the "too."

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