this was the name given to a vast expanse of dead, lifeless worlds floating in a dark gray nothingness near a huge black hole. It was known to a small group of deep-space explorers, as well as the Charon race, whose homeworld was located near the black hole. Otherspace was dominated by clouds of energy which swirl and swarm around starships, causing problems with navigational and communications systems. The stars found in Otherspace appeared as smaller black holes, and many of their planets were scoured by the Charon and their death cult. Often, starships which suffered hyperdrive malfunctions while traveling through hyperspace got deposited into otherspace, where they wandered aimlessly, unable to maintain their shipboard systems and unable to resist the Charon.