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Merin is a planet approximately 70 lightyears from Yeddo. It is a prosperous settlement as the galaxy's largest exporter of oceanic-based goods.

Physical characteristics

Merin is covered entirely in oceans. With its two moons causing extreme tides, permanent settlements are very difficult. As such, the population lives almost entirely on large ships that use hydropower to generate electricity.

Merin also possesses a ring system which automated drones mine for minerals. It serves as a much easier alternative than mining the sea floor. Oceans on Merin are much deeper than average making it difficult to reach without special equipment.


Merin is also one of the few known locations in the galaxy with a thriving alien ecosystem of multicellular life. Life on the planet is thought to have origins around the microbial environments around the geothermal vents. Species similar to Earth-based arthropods evolved which superficially resemble crabs and lobsters. One such identified species is known as the lobber - the name of which is a corruption of the ancient English word for "lobster". When they were discovered to be edible by humans, Merin became a major exporter of exotic food.


Merin is ruled by a council of noble families under the leadership of a king. However, just before the Third Singularity War, Merin had its own civil war which started after the king was mysteriously found dead. One active conspiracy says that Virtuoso was meddling with the political affairs of the nobles in order to turn Merin into a puppet state.

House Langusten

House Langusten popularized the fishing techniques to catch lobbers. As such, their family crest is that of the lobber. They do this by piloting underwater drones to hunt them down. Because these drones are very expensive and must endure the dangerous conditions of Merin's seafloor, lobber hunters must train extensively in virtual reality before making real-world attempts.