A desolate, lifeless world orbiting a dying sun, far removed from well-travelled space lanes and civilized space.  Tartarus was originally established, many centuries ago, as a cryogenic prison for Great Father, the progenitor-emperor of the long-dead Vampiric Empire.  Tartarus is maintained by the Warden.  No one is quite sure who or what the Warden is, but the Warden is single-minded in his/her/its obligation to watch over the slumbering Great Father.

After some time, many of the empires and star nations supporting Tartarus neglected their duties, or simply ceased to exist, so the Warden found it necessary to diversify the prison planet’s revenue sources, so to speak.  Tartarus has plenty of space, so some two centuries ago the Warden began accepting new prisoners, without question.

Now all manner of people are warehoused there: too dangerous to set free, and too valuable to kill.  Criminal syndicates, corrupt governments, jealous spouses…the Warden doesn’t care, so long as payment is made, usually in precious minerals or services rendered.  Some prisoners are kept in posh accommodations, others left to rot in spartan cells, and still others stored in permanent cryo-stasis.

Rumors abound that the Warden has also taken to safe-keeping client’s valuable objects, secured in impenetrable vaults deep below the planet’s surface.  It is known that from time-to-time foolhardy adventurers attempt to liberate prisoners or loot.  Whether many have been successful is not as well know, but a few must have managed it, or else why do the rumors persist?

What is also known is that the Warden doesn’t take well to such forays.  Bounty hunters, assassin androids, killbots…even other adventurers, have been dispatched by the Warden to retrieve stolen property and punish thieves and prison-breakers.  Crossing the Warden is dangerous business.


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