|Flag of the Alkonost Republic|
The Alkonost Sector is an area of space set in the Stars Without Number universe, which is home to 26 worlds and 4 polities. While the “lower” half of the sector is relatively well-developed and engaged in inter-polity wars, the “upper” half is relatively backwards and primitive – and up for grabs for whomever could overcome its dangers. In addition to Humans, one alien races is present – the insectoid Zuziik, as well as the sentient (and Unbraked) AI Cores of the Incunablis Machine Empire.
This area of space is rife with conflict and intrigue and has a long and bloody history. Therefore, opportunity for adventure abound. Just to name a few, there are civil wars on Ashera and Chemosh, a cold war between the Liberated Worlds, the Incunablis Machine Empire and the Kedeshian State, conspiracies within the Restored Alkonost Republic, roving Inheritor merchant-pirates, industrial strife on Svarog, TL5+ artefacts amongst the ruins of Ashtoreth, Witch-queens on Baba Yaga, tribal strife on Zariya – and many more.
Once each chunk of Alkonost proper would be ready, it will be published either on my Infinite Stars fanzine/blog or commercially.
Speaking of commercial material, will you be willing to buy Alkonost (i.e. a third-party sector for Stars Without Number) material for a reasonable sum? I have Kevin Crawford's (SWN's creator) permission to do this, but will publish it for money only if there will be a demand for it. The reason I'm asking is that a commercial product would mean being able to hire an artist or two for some serious art; otherwise, I'll publish it for free on my Infinite Stars fanzine, HOWEVER this will be with much less art and a much simpler layout. What do you think?