z3-desert-planet

  • Climate: Arid
  • Gravity: Standard
  • Moons: 2 moons
  • Length of Day: 32 standard hours
  • Length of Year: 244 local days
  • Sapient Species: No known native species
  • Government: Corporate
  • Capital: Z3 Crucible Outpost (In orbit)
  • Major Exports: raw minerals
  • Major Imports: Foodstuffs, manufactured items, technology, labor

Recall knowledge skills:

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Culture
  • Mysticism
  • Profession

The third zone contains an arid planet with a thin atmosphere covered in mountains and oceans of sand and choking dust. The mineral resources found here are deep beneath the surface. Mining facilities dot the landscape, typically clinging to stable stone outcroppings. Suborbital freighters ferry raw materials to several equatorial launch bases where ore is compressed into canisters and hurled into orbit for cormorant shuttles to gather and deliver to the local Z3 Crucible-G Outpost.

Regular staff rotations and supply deliveries are accomplished with venerable light freighters of various types and capacities. Oryx starts most unskilled labor on this planet as an evaluation process. If valuable skills are revealed an individual is often offered a position elsewhere. If you can't make it here, you'll be on the next shuttle out of the sector or living in the Astraeus Terminal slums till you can scrounge up enough creds to get out. Being the only barely habitable planet concerns for native, sentient life required extensive scanning and surveying to assure various official agencies that it was uninhabited.

Those that survey for resources and operate the mining facilities can attest that the planet is far from lifeless. The few recorded native species have adapted to the harsh climate and terrain and are typically vicious predators.

Iron Moon

z3-iron-moon

  • Main biome: Stony Desert Terrain
  • Diameter: x1/10
  • Mass: x1/32
  • Gravity: x1/2
  • Atmosphere: None

Beautiful aurorae are frequently seen at the poles of this moon.

Ice Moon

z3-ice-moon

  • Main biome: Frozen Desert Terrain
  • Diameter: x1/80
  • Mass: x1/100
  • Gravity: x1/10
  • Atmosphere: None

The surface of this moon is constantly bombarded by asteroids.