The Airbase, located deep in the Australian outback of Earth 2.0, is home to the crew of the Daedalus and the resting place of the Heirotus FTL test platform Epiphany. Defenses include automated turrets, a mine field, and unspecified sensors monitored by the crippled freighter’s eponymous artificial intelligence system.
A commercial and residential development on the north side of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Center contains an apartment building leased by the Art School and rented as student apartments to Jason, Thad, and other cast members of Dead City Radio. The complex contains a radio station, major multinational corporate offices, a mall, a bank, a library, a museum, and the National Aviary.
A unit on the “inside of the L” of Allegheny Center Building Seven, Apartment 608 is home to Jason Whitehouse and his roommate Curtis. While most one-bedroom apartments have three art students apiece, Apartment 608 has only two. The reason for this is never explained, and the dining room space normally used as a bedroom by a third student is instead occupied by the eponymous ultra low-powered pirate radio station, Dead City Radio.
Bethlehem Medical Centre (BMC) is a hospital and detention facility located in the first parallel universe attached to Earth (aka “Earth 2.0”). Were it in this universe, the building would be a short drive from Elmira, New York.
During the events of Dead City Radio and The Dualist, BMC is the headquarters of Thule Garrison. The facility is equipped with silicon and carbon mainframes, biomagnetic concentrators, a BMRI, advanced Cycom psionic visualization hardware, an internal video telephone system, and a satellite uplink. The main building sits on top of a “fallout block,” with at least three large sub-levels underneath.
The Biomagnetics lab is located somewhere in the bowels of Bethlehem Medical Centre. It contains a pair of biomagnetic concentrators designed to attract and retain negative biomagnetic energy, the source of the Negative Biomagnetic Entities unique to annexed realities.
The bridge of a Javelin-type spacecraft, Compartment A1 contains four modular command stations for crew and two folding jump seats for crew or passengers. Aboard the Daedalus, the stations are configured for engineering, co-pilot, pilot, and communications. Pilot and co-pilot stations have access to the Jumpnet and weapons, while the engineering station features a module that allows for manual positioning of the secondary engines. The communications console is a “base” command module, capable of most of the functions of the other stations but lacking specialized hardware.
The bridge is a very long, narrow space, more akin to a tractor trailer cab or an attic crawlspace than the command spaces of larger spacecraft such as the Cheops or the Sabrosa. It is the only spacecraft interior to feature ashtrays – two, on the center console.
Compartment A3 – the rec area – is the living room and kitchen of the Daedalus. The compartment provides access to the bathroom, the spacesuit locker, the cargo transfer lock and the central corridor. It is the biggest pressurized compartment on the ship, and has been used as a reading room by Ornix and as a language transfer theater by Inga Murnau.
Due to ongoing maintenance issues with the seals in the neighboring Compartment A5, Compartment A4 functions as the primary airlock of the Daedalus.
Aboard the Daedalus, compartment A5 is the Cargo Transfer Lock – the intersection between the cargo bay and the pressurized top deck of the ship. It also provides direct access to the reactor and contains access points for the air and water purification systems. As the cargo elevator seal is imperfect, West elects to keep the compartment depressurized, which makes compartment A4 the ship’s primary airlock.
Compartment D1 is the unpressurized cargo bay of the Daedalus. It is dominated by the distinctive forward access hatch, port and starboard bay doors, landing gear wells, and a cargo lift that can be reconfigured for use as a cargo ramp. Both configurations are shown in the story, though the switch between the two happens offscreen – the lift configuration is shown in chapter eight of The Dualist and the ramp configuration features prominently in chapter four of Transitional Voices.
AKA the KLH Stellar Nursery. Noteworthy from the vantage point of KLH-149723, as the vast majority of known Human-occupied space is behind it.
Earth 3.0 experienced a nuclear apocalypse at some point in the distant past. While large swaths of the planet remain uninhabitable, fallout has reached tolerable levels in some places, such as this ancient rail-fed nuclear launch facility. The ruins are noteworthy for their well-preserved rail tunnels, one of which contains a storage room that’s veil-accessible from Sub-level Three of Bethlehem Medical Centre.
The Psionic Observation Ward is located in the most secure part of Bethlehem Medical Centre – Sub-level Three, way in the back. When properly staffed a number of security checkpoints prevent casual access to the most advanced scanning and recording equipment in the facility.
The rail tunnel is a subterranean area of Earth 3.0, notable for connecting a maintenance closet that overlaps Sublevel Three of Bethlehem Medical Centre with an abandoned missile silo a few miles away. Templar discovered the tunnel and overlap points at some point in the mid 90s and restored parts of the electrical system to working order. The tunnel serves as a covert evacuation route, enabling anyone who can transition between realities to escape from beneath BMC without egressing to the surface.
One of thousands of automated refueling and relay stations scattered across known space, the ICG Combined Refueling Station & Telecommunications Relay in high orbit above GLF-4728 is officially at the very edge of explored space. Sitting at the end of the validated ICG charts and a very very long way from anywhere even remotely interesting, the relay officially exists to support ICG charting operations in grid G.
The Sabrosa‘s sickbay is a state-of-the-art modular medical facility. Located at the base of the ship’s “neck,” the sprawling series of compartments features per-compartment life support, advanced particulate scrubbers, dynamically adjustable lighting, and a low population density relative to other parts of the ship. As most Heirotus injuries in The Dualist were fatal, the only patient in the sickbay during Transitional Voices is Thaddeus Gallahad.
Sub-level One connects the surface levels of Bethlehem Medical Centre to the more interesting bits beneath. Points of interest include an information kiosk, vending machines, plenty of storage space, and the Biomagnetics Lab. While the PA system and elevators are in good condition, the locks and corridor gates are in need of replacement.
Bethlehem Medical Centre Sub-level Three connects Psi-Obs and the secret exit to the Rail Tunnel as well as a number of storage bays and offices to the rest of the facility. It is one of the more secure sections of BMC, with the access to the Psi-Obs BMRI protected by multiple security checkpoints, including a blast door.