Cold Dead Stars
Class: Hive City (Capital City)
Population: 1.2 billion
Average Temperature: 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)
Resting in the low-lands of the Wittan Valley, in the southeastern quadrant of Vaxan, Vaxanhive is a place of contradictions. Unlike most hive cities, the most luxurious levels are underground. The hive’s spire is home to the lost and forgotten, exposed to the heavy acidic rains and increased solar radiation common in the valley. Due to a number of shortcuts taken with terraforming during Vaxanide’s colonization, the hive (and the surrounding Wittan Valley) suffers from higher than average pollution and radiation issues compared to other larger hives throughout the sector. To compensate for this reversed layout, Lord Vaxanide has placed a great deal of resources into building an effective waste management and coolant system throughout the hive. Unfortunately, the maintenance of these systems varies greatly, especially in the spire levels.
Much of Mid-Hive is given over to middle-class Administratum and local Magistratum adepts, with a healthy mix of skilled artisans and tech-laborers. The nobles have taken up Under-Hive as their own, while Upper-Hive and Spire levels often become the domain of manufactorum workers, vagrants, and the lost. Mutants do not have a noticeable presence, due to the small size of Vaxanhive, even in the Spire. While mutants still draw questioning glances and suspicion, the small population of twists in Upper-Hive have largely built their own communities in abandoned sections of the Spire. The Spire itself does continue to grow, though most of this shoddy construction will quickly fall during any sort of seismic event. Inevitably, it will be rebuilt, as the growing population of the hive forces more and more to move into Upper-Hive and live in economic slavery. Just as inevitably, these temporary additions will be purged, fall, or fail.