Beyond the Black
Station Type: Beehive
Allegiance: Autonomist Alliance (Extropian)
Primary Languages: English, Javanese, Tamil
Originally a large but mostly automated mining station, the abundant local resources allowed the few hundred locals to rapidly build a large habitat, which was then primarily settled by refugees from both Indonesia and New Zealand during the Fall. Profunda has a large Southeast Asian Muslim population and at one time boasted the tallest and most elaborate minarets in the Saturnian system, a title recently taken away by Salah. Like most of the truly grandiose local architecture, these minarets are located on the surface. Life in the tunnels is prosperous and no one lacks for space, but the wealthiest inhabitants live on the surface. The surface portions of the habitat primarily consists of large domes where the distinction between lush tropical or temperate parkland and living space has largely been erased. The biggest of these domes is more than 50 kilometers across and is the single most visible feature on this relatively small moon’s surface.
Profunda is also home to some of the system’s premier genetic engineers and morph designers. Genehackers have their pick of employers here. Because the moon has minute gravity, only slightly more than 1% of Earth’s, all of the plants and animals in the parks and tame wilderness areas have been genengineered to deal with the exceptionally low gravity. Naturally, the more successful designs are then sold to other habs, providing income to support even more experimental genetic research. Two of the major triumphs of the Profunda gene designers are the aerial plants, which ﬂoat using small hydrogen gas bags, and the multitude of small- to medium-sized animals that possess the capability and instincts for low-g ﬂight. The semi-sapient cats with gliding membranes and prehensile tails are popular pets all across the Saturnian system, but are also regarded as pests by some people, as they have spread widely since their introduction.