Hammer’s Star is the furthest extent of human colonization, usually considered the outer extent of the Verge. Hammer’s Star itself is in fact not the primary of the stellar system, rather the entire stellar system orbits a black hole known as the Pit almost 1,000 AU away from the star. Mass transceivers and detectors do not function within the Hammer’s Star system, and it is assumed that this has something to do with the close proximity of the Pit, though it has never been conclusively proven one way or another. The upshot of this is that starrises within the system cannot be accurately detected as they can elsewhere, and that communications within the system is limited to lightspeed, causing long communications delays.
During the Long Silence the primary colony of the Hammer’s Star system, Silver Bell on Spes was completely destroyed by a cometary impact. The accuracy of the impact, coupled with a mysterious distress signal repeated by the local Drivesat Relay for several years has led most to believe the cometary impact was a deliberate attack.
The Hammer’s Star system is also the site of an ongoing conflict with a new external alien species known as the klicks, who first appeared about 4 years ago. Though there is no evidence that they were responsible for the destruction of silver bell, they are the current scapegoats for the attack due to their lack of communication and aggressive nature.