Beyond the Black
Station Type: Cluster, Coronal Habitat
Allegiance: Planetary Consortium
Primary Languages: English, Mandarin
The public face of this habitat is the Martian University of New Shanghai, but in actuality its principal funding comes from a shadowy collection of hypercorps and other interests. We’ve found links to Cognite, Direct Action, and the criminal syndicate Nine Lives, among others. Publicly, Aten claims to be working on cutting-edge propulsion systems and new techniques for solar energy collection, but rumors abound that the habitat is heavily involved in military research. We’ve heard strange and disturbing tales: work on weaponizing the Exsurgent virus; development of a simple image that can crash a transhuman mind via a visual cortex input glitch; wargaming forknapped leaders to gain a negotiating advantage. Unfortunately, Firewall knows little beyond the rumors. Security is exceptionally tight and major egocasting restrictions are placed on the habitat’s population of 12,000. Firewall has made at least two failed efforts to infiltrate projects here to learn more.