Authors Notes
for Yori (Regina 0510)

This write-up is based on campaign notes reaching back to the ’80s. As such, it does not generally incorporate material from later publications (GURPS:Traveller, etc.) … though I was able to slip in the Black Darter … a Yorian animal described in the online JTAS (SJ Games). This is not a comment on GT, it’s just that this material wasn’t available when these notes were first developed.

Because it is from my campaign, it uses MegaTraveller rules (where applicable) and is set in the ‘classic’ era. However, I have started to introduce aspects from Traveller 5. Although it is set ‘IMTU’, I have tried to match all GDW canon sources I could find. This includes an apparent drop in TL from early CT sources compared with later CT and MT sources. Other info comes from Rob Eaglestone’s trade rules (at one time available at

The Zurphani

The local minor race (the Zurphani or Zhurphani) are actually the Zerp … a race described in Theta Borealis Sector by Group One (now out of print). This group of Zerp were exiled from their homeworld of Korsu shortly before the Zerp discovered jump drive. The Zurphani’s dim recollections of Korsu have become the basis of their mythical hell “Corsu”.

The original Zerp are highly aggressive … a cross between Star Trek’s Klingons and 2300AD’s Kafers … and have carved out the Korsung Empire, which covers a few subsectors (part in the Theta Borealis sector). The Zurphani were a small minority of pacifists who went into voluntary exile as far from Korsu as they could get.

Research Station Beta

Located on the planet approximately 4500 km due east of Market. The primary focus of the station is advanced computer and robotics development. This includes AI mainframes, AI robots, and (lately) mainframes with psionic abilities. However, the base also has an extensive portfolio of other research topics.

In 1105 an attempt was made to take over the station by a strange alien lifeform codenamed ALPHA. In the chaos, the station received extensive damage, and an AI robot (designed MAX) escaped … and is still at large. (MAX is approximately the same as Dr Theodor Krenstein’s AB-101 robot … and was a PC in my campaign for many years.) ALPHA is a green protoplasmic ‘parasite’ inspired by Through The Eye Of The Needle (by Hal Clement 1978). Basically, I was running a Darkskies-style campaign 14 years before Darkskies was broadcast on TV!

Maybe later (when I have more time) I will add the details on the station … I have the whole thing mapped out.


1105C360757-D De Ri RsB GG Im ---Traveller Book, Supplement 3, Kinunir, Twilight’s Peak
1107C360757-A De Ri RsB 713 Im F1VSpinward Marches Campaign
1116C360757-A De Ri RsB 713 Im F1VMegaTraveller Imperial Encyclopedia
1117C360757-A De Ri RsB 713 DD F1VRegency Sourcebook
1202C360857-D De Ri RsB An 113 Re F1VRegency Sourcebook

In 5FW boardgame (as of 1107) Yori is …

  • TL13
  • Starport C
  • 1 SDB
  • 100 defence battalions
  • has 1 Colonial Lift Infantry Brigade (10-13) on planet

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