Locus

“Welcome to Locus. You voluntarily
assume the risk of organic damage or
mental trauma by mooring here. You
must bring or be capable of acquiring
enough food, H20, oxygen, and shelter
to survive for the duration of your stay
in a harsh, asteroid-rich environment.
Weapons of mass destruction are prohibited.
Further guidelines for coexisting
with your fellow entities are in the
habitat survival guide. You and only you
are responsible for yourself—learn to
love it!”
—Locus Immigration AR broadcast

—Locus Immigration AR broadcast
“You have chosen the habitat Locus
in the L5 Trojans as your destination,
using the private carrier Atsuko van
Vogt as your receptor. ComEx corporate
policy requires us to inform you that
the destination and carrier you have
selected are unregistered and possibly
unsafe. ComEx takes no responsibility
for the continuity of your consciousness
upon arrival. You assume any and all
risks for travel to this point, including
theft of forks or deletion. ComEx will
include a permanent record of travel
with this carrier on your file. Would you
like to continue?”
—ComEx legal disclaimer

“The ComEx disclaimer? Yes, yes …
Listen: my neighbor three doors toward
the Amoeba from here is a physicist.
She has a box that generates microsingularities
in her lab. If people along
my spar found out I’d stolen a fork of
someone, they’d pop my stack with a
grapefruit knife and throw it in there.
That’s what we call ‘accountability.’ See
if you get the same from ComEx.”
—Atsuko van Vogt

LOCUS
Locus is the largest cluster habitat ever formed. It
is still growing, with over one million inhabitants
in the habitat proper and another million in the
nearby suburbs of scum barges and small asteroid
stations. Locus is located in Cassandra’s Reach, one
of the denser regions in the L5 Trojans. The habitat
is positioned at the center of mass around which the
two asteroids making up the binary object Patroclus
orbit one another. Both Patroclus asteroids are
themselves inhabited and hold defense installations,
mines, and refineries.
The design of Locus is very similar to the much
smaller Lot 49, but Locus is eleven kilometers in
diameter and somewhat irregular in shape, as growth
along some spars is faster than others. A quarter of its
total volume is cut out in a roughly conical shape all
the way to the Amoeba, an immense, softly glowing
sculpture at the center of the habitat. Some differences
from smaller Trojan clusters are dictated by
Locus’s size. The immense structural spars radiating
from the habitat’s center are hollow, with arterial
floatways and elevator-trams running inside of them.
Lesser spars run between the arterial spars, providing
more mooring points for modules. Adjacent to each
arterial spar are wide “roads” leading to the edge of
the habitat so that modules can maneuver out if the
owners decide to leave.
Beneath the shimmering mesh stretched over the
geodesic frame to keep out micro-asteroids, tens of
thousands of small ships and habitat modules moored
along the spars pulse with an ever-changing array of
lights. Habitat modules and large ships are asked
to stay out of the conical empty space. This space
teems with small craft and people on thrustpacks
or voidscooters as they cross the habitat, play zero-g
games, or visit the free-floating spimes and sculptures
that dot the area. The Amoeba, which periodically
changes color and shape based on its resident AI’s
programming (often it looks like some sort of animal),
serves as a central reference point for navigation.
When someone gives the address for a module, it is
as a point on a spherical coordinate system with the
Amoeba at its center. Large ships and shuttles dock on
the outer surface of the habitat, at the terminal points
of the arterial spars.
Locus was founded by a joint anarchist-argonaut
venture and was the first major stronghold for the
autonomist factions. Unlike Extropia, which has
the tacit blessing of the Planetary Consortium and
encourages the presence of security and insurance
companies, Locus runs on a pure reputation
economy. Security, maintenance, expansion, and
defense of the habitat are all performed by volunteers.
Inhabitants interested in security monitor
incoming ships and operate crowdsourcing systems
that dispatch volunteers to perform WMD scans on
new arrivals. Ships that won’t submit to a scan are
asked to leave. If they don’t, anyone who’s designed
a cool new weapons system recently is welcome to
take a shot.
Locus is a focal point in the cold war between the
hypercorp-aligned inner system powers and a loose
coalition of outer system interests. While saboteurs
from the Planetary Consortium and other hostile entities
can and do occasionally cause trouble on Locus,
the hypercorps are currently unwilling to attempt a
direct military attack on the habitat. The first time
they tried, the Planetary Consortium and the Martian
city-state of Valles-New Shanghai sent a small expeditionary
fleet. The interlopers were caught completely
off-guard by a fierce and well-coordinated defense.
Six months later, they sent a much larger fleet. Help
arrived from elsewhere in the Trojans and Greeks
and from Titan, whose citizens took a dim view of
any Planetary Consortium expansion beyond the belt.
The Titanians now maintain a permanent base near
Locus. Rumor has it they agreed to a mutual defense
pact with one of Locus’s citizens, possibly the famous
programmer-armsman Teilhard Liu.

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