SUNDOWN

Planet

Starmist

Colonists

*

Population

Outpost

Star

OrangeOrange (K9)

Atmosphere

70% Nitrogen, 24% Oxygen, 6% Inert Gases

Climate Range

Cool; warm to frigid

Gravity

0.93

Average Surface Temp

5°C

Spaceship Construction Centre Capacity

 

Moons

None

% Water

 

Trade

Education

Year

GST

Diameter

9880

   

Day

21 hours, -- minutes

Orbit

 

Inclination

 

System History:  The planet Starmist was formed eons ago around an unknown star.  Because of a number of factors, including slow rotation, the planet never formed any extensive soil depth. The poor development of soil coincided with the slow development of life forms.

   However, an orbital instability caused gravitational distortions in the bedrock so that massive splits occurred in the planet's crust.  Huge rifts formed in the surface, much like gigantic canyons, many of them miles deep.  The planet, unable to hold its orbit, swung wider and wider around the star, and finally hurtled into a space, a cold frozen ball of ice.  After ages, it was captured by its present star, Sundown, taking an orbit somewhat tighter than it's original orbit.  Gradually the planet warmed.

  Water and atmosphere collected in the rifts and they slowly became habitable.  Vegetable, insectoid and fish-like forms were the first to appear and are now fairly widespread in the rifts.  Mammals and related species are few in number.  The nights are very dark on Starmist because there is no moon and few close stars.

Domestic Travel:

Ex

Destination

Duration

1st Class (200 Cr/LY)

Journey Class (100 Cr/LY)

Storage Class (30 Cr/LY)

           

Customs:

 

Duties:

 

Taxes:

 
VSS Centispeed Landing Site

Planetary Footnotes: Starmist

Colonizers:: None; Newly discovered by VSS Centispeed. System presently under investigation by Clarion Department of Extra-solar Affairs. No determination as to proceedure or disposition has been made.

Native Life:  Only reported species is an erect, bipedal hominid having primitive nomadic economy and low technology.  These natives are known as Heliopes in their own language.

Background: .Starmist is a UPF scientific base for the study of alien flora and fauna. It was the source of the Blue Plague. Only Starfleet has knowledge of the star route to Sundown.

Terrain/Climate: Plains: The plains area consists of rolling hills covered by grass 1-2 meters high.

Forest: Trees in the forests of Starmist grow 1-5 meters apart, of various sizes and shapes but most have drooping branches which block vision and hinder movement.

Rifts: Rift walls are approximately 7 km high. Temperature at more the 3 km above ground is subfreezing. Air pressure and temperature drop below life support levels at the top of the rift walls.

Life: There are no intelligent, competitive species native to Starmist.  The Heliopes, the humanoid inhabitants of Starmist, are from a different system. They were slaves of the Clikks, resembling the Vrusk, who explored the Sundown area.  One of the military exploration vessels, mapping in the region of Starmist, had problems that required dumping any extra weight.  Unloaded on Starmist were a war tank of advanced design and all nonessential personnel.  Nonessential personnel included the Heliopes.  Before leaving, the Clikks subjected the Heliopes to a mind-wipe that caused amnesia.  Heliopes who survived on the planet filled in their missing past by making up legends and stories that eventually became their history. Culture among the Heliopes is shallow since they have developed on Starmist for only 600 years.  The Heliope religion is focused around the tank and relics left by the Clikks.

  All Heliopes on Starmist are descendants of the original group.  Now there are nearly 200 tribes spread out over 5 large rifts.  These rifts are those explored by the Clikk ship.  Heliopes are superb fighters, and they have competed successfully for food and space with native plant and animal life.  There are only a few dozen tribes living in the rift where the Starmist adventure takes place, and warfare and violence among the tribes are common.  A village developed by the Heliopes at the dump sight is the first and only one of it's kind.  The village is located next to the river and contains reasonably complex homes.  The buildings house families and their primitive government.  The villagers are the only Heliopes who are not nomadic.

Native Species: Bisron, Cudda, Gasp, Puff-Puckers, Snikker, Wispees

Coporate Footprint:

 

Planetary Militia

 

U.P.F. forces

 

 

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