Silver & Ice - The Stars of Perdition
Over a hundred years ago, when humans first set foot in the Border Ring Worlds, the OEC built stations at key points to act as forward supply depots, communication relays, and to aid their astrographers in mapping the nearby star systems. These utilitarian stations were named after famous explorers from Earth’s past, both a nod to a distant legacy and in hope for future success. As colonization began, these OEC missions served as key outposts along space lanes that were largely untravelled, at least by humans. They were instrumental to the colonization push, and many were expanded and modernized to keep pace with the influx of human settlers. When the frontier advanced and human settlements fluorished in its wake, the OEC sold off their older missions to private interests.
Hudson Station has changed hands several times since the OEC moved on. It was a storage depot, a fuelling station, a trading post, and (very briefly) a resort. Its current owners are Europa Detention Inc., who operate it as a private prison. As one of several prison operators in the Border Ring, Europa has agreements with the Merchants Guild and the UW Navy to hold prisoners awaiting trial, and incarcerate those convicted of prison terms. The ageing (and in some places decaying) station has been fitted with modern security features, and much of its old storage modules have been converted into cell blocks. It has proven to be a difficult prison to escape from, given its distance from any habitable world and the infrequency of ship traffic.
Visitors to Hudson Station can expect limited facilities, though there are a few shops, restaurants, bars, and dormitories in the public area of the station. Most of the station’s occupants are its prison population, and Europa staff and their families.