Lave System Map
Controlling FactionWorkers of Lave Liberals
AllegianceAlliance vector Alliance
PowerEdmund Mahon vector Edmund Mahon
TypeExploited system

Lave is famous for its vast rain forests and the now extinct Lavian tree grub.

— In-Game Description

Lave is one of the Old Worlds. It was a core system and seat of the the Galactic Cooperative.

History Edit

One of the oldest colonies of the sector, Colonial Deep Space Cruisers Herschel and Oberon reached the system then designated L-453 in 2412. Lave has been a Dictatorship from before the fall of the Galactic Cooperative. In 3174, Dr. Hans Walden came to power.[1]

Planet Lave Edit

Walden established an authoritarian Dictatorship. The previous economic hardships brought about by the fall of the Galactic Cooperative were still remembered. Under Walden there was stability, just not prosperity.[1]

Walden's dictatorship in the post-GalCop decades was a study in the use of propaganda to further the illusion of contentment. The public face of Lave was a progressive culture with an enlightened leadership that was remodeling itself as an independent power in the wake of a corrupt and self-serving organisation that had based itself there. Slowly, though, the populace saw where Walden's policies were leading and began to speak up, only to be quietly dealt with.[2]

Walden's rule was very long and rumoured to involve genetic manipulation as he greatly extended his own life, with his eventual death at the hands of an assassin triggering a revolution.[1] The revolution of 3265 finally saw the end of Walden's reign of terror but saw Lave relegated to a backwater world too wrapped up in its own troubles to amount to anything on the galactic stage. It's importance meant that Lave has become a key tourist venue, with numerous tributes to the GalCop era in terms of museums and artifacts.[2]

Much of the rain forest has now been cut down by irresponsible locals, wishing to raise cattle, and the famous tree grub is now extinct. Unfortunately it was very sensitive to its environment, and all attempts to breed them in captivity failed.

The ecological demonstrations (made up almost entirely by off-worlders) prior to the grubs extinction were almost continuous; so much so that many travelled to Lave regularly on their vacations in order to protest. Indeed, ironically the dictator Dr. Walden once referred to the protesters on a vid interview as "Our thriving tourist industry" and also said "The system's economy depends on them so much so that we cannot afford to stop cutting down the forests!".[3]

The system is home to the rare commodity Lavian Brandy, which can be bought at Lave Station.

System LayoutEdit

Minor FactionsEdit

  • Workers of Lave Liberals (Alliance, Democracy)
  • Lave Incorporated (Alliance, Corporate)
  • Lave Jet Family (Independent, Anarchy)
  • Social Tionisla Labour (Independent, Democracy)
  • Lave Fortune Organisation (Alliance, Corporate)
  • Defence Party of Lave (Independent, Dictatorship)


03 DEC 3301

There is always a demand for fresh data, both within the commercial sector and among the galaxy's various geopolitical entities. On this occasion, the request has been issued on behalf of several private concerns that are in need of accurate, up-to-date information. Any pilots who contribute to this initiative will be generously rewarded

— Explorer's Association spokesperson[5]

Notes Edit

  • Lave was the starting system for the original Elite game and as such is a popular destination for some pilots in Elite Dangerous.[6]
  • Lave 2 has a permit lock in place as per the request of the author of Elite: Lave Revolution, which as yet cannot be acquired. The piece of local news in 3301-08-11 from The Lave Herald titled "Lave II Celebrates Tenth Anniversary" mentions "claims on finding of an abandoned micro colony on Lave II have never been acknowledged by the government, although long-range photographs, released to the Lavian Herald in 3292, did appear to show man-made structures on the surface". Also mentioned in "Lave 2 Expedition Controversy" from 3301-09-21.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0236, Lave system
  2. 2.0 2.1 Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0237, Lave system
  3. Data taken from Frontier Elite II Gazetteer
  4. Lave CG - Deliver Exploration Data : EliteDangerous
  5. Explorer's Association Appeals for Exploration Data
  6. Lave? - Official Forums