Originally built in the late 21st century to allow the controlled-crash landing of unmanned cargo pods full of asteroidal metal ores and bulk foodstuffs to support the construction of the massive cities of Avalon City and New Chicago, the Round Table consists of a circular ceramcrete pad several miles in diameter, ringed by multiple smaller pads, shuttle runways, and hangars. The huge size of the field enables even the largest of starships to be brought in for landings, although most starships only do so on very rare occasions for particularly tough maintenance procedures, or for breaking up into scrap at the end of their useful lives.
The vast majority of traffic at the Round Table is either in ground-to-orbit shuttlecraft or smaller atmosphere-capable starships loading cargoes too bulkly for shuttle transport. Some passenger liners also land there to pick up or drop off luxury passengers to allow them to skip the usual shuttle transfer or stop at an orbital space station.
The climactic battle of the Ascension War was fought at the Round Table, as a covert strike team of Federation troopers and Sabbat members tried to assassinate Emperor Vin Dane during a speech broadcast from a communications bunker buried under the central landing pad.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The Round Table was of course named after King Arthur's most famous bit of furniture, in keeping with the Arthurian theme of the name of the planet Avalon itself. The pic is of the real-life Spaceport America, home of Virgin Galactic's space-tourism flights.