Riilam, Kirshamii

In 1090, partially in reaction to the communication lag during the Fourth Frontier War, Senior Scout Kirshamii Riilam mounted a daring one-ship expedition to test the feasibility of a supply station route across the Great Rift.

Although nominally an IISS venture, General Products provided substantial backing and a Seeker-class ship, Reftbreaker. By removing all non-essentials, the cargo space was expanded to provide a second full fuel tank. This increased Reftbreaker's range to 8 parsecs (two jump-4s). After refuelling in a gas giant in the Yoma ( Vast Heavens / Deneb 3031) system, the expedition returned to Corridor by the same route.

Upon their return they were knighted by Emperor Strephon, and Riilam received a baronial fief on Jafla ( Sinta / Corridor 1840). The expedition's success increased Strephon's popularity. Serious consideration is being given to the idea of planting several ice asteroids mid-rift as a permanent refuelling station.

Also see the earlier Rydel Expeditions.

(DIGEST-3, 1111)

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