History of Ibis

Ancient History

Ibis was originally a pirate hideout. Despite it’s human-life-supporting atmosphere, making a living in the rugged, broken terrain of Ibis would be difficult without a lot of resources from elsewhere. Therefore, it was bypassed by colonists and separatist while there were still more fertile planets to colonize. But for the pirates, it was a perfect place to hole up, stash supplies, and even enjoy their plunders. Eventually these scattered pirate hideouts grew into their own pirate port towns and eventually into cities. For hundreds of years the planet was ruled by the Pirate Junta.

There’s a popular myth about the origin of the name Ibis; it is said the the first pirate to discover the planet had a pet ibis and named the planet for his bird. But since nearly all pirate ships run at zero-g to save power or because they’ve ripped out and sold their grav plates (or never had them in the first place), the only pets they tend to keep are monkeys and lemurs. A loose bird in a zero-g ship is a very dangerous thing! Not only is the myth highly improbable, but the planet was known as Stigmaourbjarn (Bandit Point) under pirate rule and then Karsan League Holding (KLH) 6349 for several decades before it was renamed after the planet’s first college.

The academic tradition on Ibis started in the era of the Pirate Junta. Taken captive aboard his research vessel, Professor Lysander made the best of a bad situation when he was brought to Ibis. Seeing that his captor’s daughters couldn’t even read, he convinced the pirate to let him teach them. As the professor proved his worth, more pirates brought their children to him for education. He eventually gained access to the pirate treasure hordes where there were many databases, scientific instruments, physical books, and even historical artifacts that the pirates couldn’t figure out how to sell. He convinced the pirates to give him all of this plunder and he established Ibis College (now often referred to as “the old campus”). Soon pirate lords in other cities followed suit, establishing a tradition of academic patronage. While technically he was still a slave when he died, Professor Lysander was known and respected planet-wide.

The rule of the Pirate Junta came to an end when Duke Rafnar (ancestor of Prince Isembard) chased a band of pirates back to Ibis. There was a brief battle in which the Duke was nearly overwhelmed by the collective pirate fleet, but he escaped with his battleships and most of his corvettes intact. Realizing he would return with more ships, most pirates in the system fled. Those that remained negotiated surrender to stay with their families on Ibis – some even receiving titles from the Duke for handing over valuable prize ships without a fight. For many of the people on the planet, it was a day of liberation – Duke Rafnar freed the slaves that the pirates had captured.

Most mark slavery on Ibis as a mere historical footnote. Nearly all the Kerrn slaves left on the Duke’s ships to join the Karsan League fleet or return to Omshiip. The human slaves either left or integrated into society – in fact many Ibis natives are proud to claim both slave and pirate ancestors (although few can prove either). But it is more than a footnote to the wild Mukhadish – it’s where they came from. The pirates had hundred of Mukhadish and when they were freed, most went into the wilds. There are apparently three tribes of Mukhadish on Ibis, the Shadaa who roam in the north, the Yinaahaat who live along the coast line, and the Lookanaa who live in the deserts of the south and are rarely seen. {Mukhadish names come from p238-240 of “Names: The Story Games Name Project”}

Recent History

Tenure Wars: Major conflict in the recent history of Ibis
Charge of the Irridium Fjord: Key battle in the Tenure Wars

History of Ibis

The Defense of Ibis StoryShtick