Phu Sector University
|Phu Sector University|
|Leader||Wes Reed (President)|
|Headquarters||Candoria Asteroid Belt|
|Founded||Year 15, Day 131|
|Holosite||PSU Forums on the Mecrotica Holosite|
- "Thanks to the tireless efforts from some of the greatest minds in the galaxy, we have established a new institution of higher learning, Phu Sector University, in which we can guide students to become the great minds of tomorrow. I predict the future of the Phu sector, and perhaps galaxy as a whole, will become all the brighter thanks to our efforts here."
- — Wes Reed
Nestled safely within the Candoria Asteroid Belt, the Phu Sector University (PSU) proclaims it is the first of its kind: an intra-galactic place of higher learning for individuals of all races and species to pursue education in the arts, sciences, and engineering and investigate the unsolved mysteries of the Galaxy.
PSU's Asteroid Campus is integrated within University City (the Asteroid's sole population center). It is divided into two main sections: The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the School of Medicine, located in the Telson Tiki Memorial Hospital.
School of Arts and Sciences
The larger of the two campuses, the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) spans several buildings across University City. Each of these buildings contains one or more academic departments. Currently there are approximately twenty departments ranging from religion to engineering (which is itself divided into smaller departments based on the many different types of engineering) to business to xenobiology, to name a few. Currently classes are in session and the school is continuing to hire scholars for teaching positions. That being said, the current list of departments is sparse and broad. Due to the variety of buildings included in the SAS, the PSU curriculum is quite diverse. The following is a list of the currently established departments, their locations, and the faculty and staff. As the University grows in student attendance, so will the sizes and quantities of departments.
|School||Department||Dept Head||Founding Date|
|School of Medicine||Medicine||Spree Razzix||Y15 D131|
|Anesthesiology||Spree Razzix||Y15 D131|
Arts & Sciences
|Engineering||Wes Reed||Y15 D131|
|Biology||Wes Reed||Y15 D131|
|Economics||Dac Kain||Y15 D131|
|Xeno-Religion||Barafonda Boqui||Y15 D222|
|Intragalactic Political Science||Keth Terik||Y17 D43|
Fully equipped, state-of-the-art Laboratories and Research Facilities can be found all over campus. These facilities focus on a wide range of topics from experimental drug trials to religious studies. Wes Reed is currently the dean of the SAS.
Department of Divnity
There is no redemption-machine, no iconostasis, not even an altar in Professor Boqui’s Chapel. This is, in some ways, a testament to the wonderfully wide range of sentient-races and beliefs attending the university. The facility’s outward appearance is surprisingly old-fashioned, especially given the extremely modern approach taken by the other buildings on PSU’s campus. However, the whimsy that colours Barafonda’s teaching style can be found everywhere within the chapel: Jedi figurines share shelf space with a signed B'omarr egg and an Alissma Findsman's staff, while in the sepulchre hangs a picture of Kamparian priest, sporting a mullet and snacking on what appears to be barbecued Ewok leg.
School of Medicine
The School of Medicine, formally known as the PSU Teaching Hospital, was constructed to have many purposes. It boasts several floors of actual medical facilities, examination rooms, and a clinic. What sets it apart from other hospitals is its customized architecture. The upper floors of the building are packed with lecture halls, classrooms, and small research and experimentation labs. Each room in the hospital features state-of-the-art medical equipment and technologies. Computers within the building have wireless access to the Holonet and every scholarly medical journal in the galaxy. Patient logs are kept in closely guarded, high security vaults. Dr. Spree Razzix is currently the dean of the School of Medicine.
PSU's Asteroid Campus is integrated with the general populous of the Candoria Asteroid Belt, in the aptly named University City. The city itself contains a wide variety of places of interest.
|Maxim's Place||Dining||13, 8||Y15 D63|
|The Cathar's Meow||Dining||18, 12||Y15 D101|
|Regal||Hotel||14, 12||Y15 D149|
An honest-to-goodness tavern. Stocked with fine liquor ,dining, and boasts a giant game room in the basement. It’s called “Maxim’s Place”. Named after owner and master mixologist Maxim Balls, this tavern is outfitted to satisfy any thirsty sentient that comes through its doors. Established the first week the asteroid colony that would be Phu Sector University broke ground, Max’s was the retreat for off-duty construction workers. As the University sprang up around it, new customers began filling its tills: students. To this day it is the second-most successful business on the Asteroid, falling just behind the Regal (based on a Year 16 poll of residents). When not being tended by Maxim, the bar is seen to by a modified COO droid dubbed “Pistachio”. The droid was originally the sous chef at the Regal prior to a catastrophic behavior core corruption that made it quite unsuitable for top-grade cooking. Put on the local Holonet marketplace at a heavy discount and branded “defective” Pistachio was seemingly doomed for the scrap heap. Just days before the Regal scheduled dismantling the droid, Maxim bought it at an even heavier discount and put its six arms to work. Realizing the potential for such an unique droid, Maxim had volumes upon volumes hard-coded into the droid’s half-corrupted memory core.
Through this process, the droid practically forgot all its gourmet recipes and techniques. In their stead was a legendary encyclopedia of simple and complicated drinks, garnishes, and techniques. As a last-minute upgrade, Maxim commissioned a PhD candidate programmer to code in a top-end learning and creativity function. The project was completed almost to perfection until another accident caused the droid’s behavior core to suffer another major corruption, causing a massive personality to develop in the droid. Since that last malfunction, the droid has been performing its duties perfectly, all while boasting a dry, snarky wit during customer interaction.
Frequent customers and part-time volunteer bartenders flow from PSU’s only fraternity “Mern Esk Cresh” (MEC). Its membership are backbones to the bar’s atmosphere. While not technically affiliated with the bar, MEC might as well be.
The Cathar's Meow
Priding itself in its top-shelf staff, “The Cathar’s Meow” serves up exotic and delicious eats inspired from dishes from across the galaxy. Chefs of many species bring their unique cooking styles and culture to this bistro’s kitchen. This includes full-time staff, students from the PSU culinary program, and invited chefs from off world.
The long waiting list for the Regal Hotel’s small, five star bistro is well-deserved. Chefs from the culinary school as well as offworld guest chefs give guests a true treat.
A few years after the founding of the Asteroid Campus, Wes and Spree were on their own research expedition. Their curiosity led them to a nearby system within the Phu sector: Trunska. The two explored the polar regions of the Trunska system's first planet, and made an astonishing discovery: residing on the planet were three terrestrial Exogorths, commonly known as Space Slugs. Normally, these silicone-based, solitary, and collosal creatures reside only in asteroids in the vacuum of space. This discovery brought dozens of researchers from the Asteroid Campus to establish a base camp a respectful distance away from the creatures in order to safely study the beasts. Over the course of a year, the Trunska "campus" gained funding from Kobola, a mining company with mineral rights to the planet under the Mecrotica Conglomerate umbrella, in order to study the extent of how the beasts moved about. Incredibly, the researchers found tunnels winding throughout the planet. It seemed that the beasts were more than meets the eye.
Surgeon, Snowball, and Sheriff
The biggest mystery behind this natural anomaly is how three giant creatures somehow thrive in a breatheable atmosphere. In fact, the way that they even got through Trunska's atmosphere and planet-wide shield is an even bigger mystery. For now, it is hypothesized that they all came from a single clutch of exogorth eggs which stowed away on a freighter. Each "triplet" is almost as white as the snow around them, and their roars echo all across the frigid plains around them. While their preference for a cold region is understandable, as their space-faring cousins are constantly exposed to the sub zero temperatures in the void of space, the beasts have many characteristics that separate them from the average exogorth. Namely, these exogorths have mutations that allow them to survive under planetary gravity while their normally underdeveloped lungs can easily hold and exhale air. Additionally, these creatures live harmoniously together. Space-faring exogorths have only been observed alone, as they normally reside in an entire asteroid. While they seem to act on their own volition, their actions seem coordinated and synergistic, especially while they are hunting. Current theory states that the trio have developed a form of communication consisting of roars, body movements, and pheromones. Regardless of how they work together, they co-exist with their environment seamlessly. Researchers who have been working with them have observed each one has its own way that it moves, communicates, and acts when hunting. These differences are so apparent to them, that the xenobiologists gave each one a nickname.
Surgeon is the whitest of the triplets. While hunting, it often diverts from its siblings and tries to cut off any wandering tauntauns or wampas. When they are not hunting, it often is rather shy and keeps away from researchers. Snowball is marginally smaller than its siblings. It often follows closely behind Sheriff while hunting. When not on the hunt, Snowball is much bolder and more playful. It is much more confident around researchers and doesn't seem to mind their presence. In fact, it often will "play" with the spoils of a hunt--or a malfunctioning sonic fence emitter. The largest of the triplets is Sheriff. Its roar dwarfs the sounds made by its smaller siblings, sometimes temporarily deafening prey or unsuspecting researchers. The monstrous creature seems to act like the leader of the three, often seen interfering when researchers get too bold at approaching Snowball.
Dr. Razzix's pet project, the PSU Maw Campus was designed entirely to measure the physics and dynamics of black holes. It is located in the feared black hole cluster in the Kessa sector called the Maw. Current research is focusing on renewable energy that could be safely harnessed from gravitational anomalies like black holes. A GNS focused on the work is linked here.
Deep Space Campus
The newest addition to the PSU research locations is the Deep Space Campus. Unlike its sister colleges, this campus offers classes tuition-free. It is located in the popular Mecrosa trade hub at galactic coordinates (-80, -80) and open to all curious spacers. It includes a zoo space station, a Class-I Research and Development station, and several hospital stations. While the zoo station focuses entirely on teaching xenozoology, the Class-I R&D station is devoted to collecting hyperspace data from willing pilots and teaching the basics of flight and space combat.