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Old March 29th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Is there any official/semi-official use of a sub-sector that is not 8x10 hexes? What about a Sector that is not 4x4 sub-sectors?

The reason I ask is that I was trying to imagine how the other major races view the universe and I find it hard to believe that every known race would use the counter-intuitive (at least to me) 8x10 RECTANGLE to represent space.

I am NOT trying to debate the 2D vs 3D universe. I am interested in something that could be used to add flavor to an OTU campaign where the aliens don't see the universe the same way we do.

For example, I envision that the 8x10 sub-sector is the product of some Vilani Bureaucrat from the First Imperium. Only a bureaucrat would try to make the infinite universe fit into an non-symmetric pattern.

I also figure that the early Terrans probably hadn't thought about how to divide up the universe when they first encounted the Vilani, so they adopted the Sub-Sector from the First Imperium during the Rule of Man (why re-invent the wheel?). The Third Imperium would also use the 8x10 sub-sector because they wanted to show continuity to the previous empires and most of their stellar data would have been in that format.

The Third Imperium would impose it's 8x10 system on any space they were producing a map for, but what would a K'Kree map look like? What about a Zhodani map?

Here is what I envision for the other major empires:

Use the 8x10 sub-sector because of their long contact with the Vilani and they are too disorganized to come up with one of their own.

Use an 8x8 sub-sector since they are a base-8 culture.

Use a 10x10 sub-sector because that seems more "natural" to me as a human with 10 fingers.

Use a Hex Grid, similar to the Jump-6 map. This would reflect their radial symmetry.

They use a 12x12 sub-sector and no sector divisions. This reflects their hexapod origins.

Use whatever method is in use by the culture they are part of, but Grandfather and theirfore ancient maps, probably have something different. Maybe this is the origin of the 8x10 sub-sector?

Use the imperial system now, but probably the old TL 16 maps use a different system, perhaps 10x10?

Sworld Worlds:
Use a 10x10 system for the same reasons that the Zho's use it and also because it is different than the Third Imperium.

For those that don't think that this is important, I ask you to look at the Imperium Map. Notice that most, if not all of the Coreward border is aligned to a Sector edge? Also in the Spinward Marches, the Spinward border of the Imperium is an almost straight line following the Sub-Sector borders.

As an aside, I took the existing map of the Solomani Rim and changed the sub-sector to a 10x10 pattern and put Terra in Hex 0505. Made for some interesting observations with regards to what important systems were in what new political region.

Am I the only one that wonders about these things????
Baron of East Hasserston, Lunion, Spinward Marches
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