JOF Solar System

Xaythea (pronounced “zay-thee-ah”)

The planet Xaythea, as it’s named by the native population, is an earth-like planet in a thinly populated solar system with only five other planets. A single day lasts 32 hours and a year lasts 500 days. The planet is made up of 12 continents, which make up 24% of the planet’s landmass. Three (3) moons orbit the planet, one of which supports life, and Xaythea itself orbits a binary-star system in an elliptical orbit.

The plant like organisms on this planet are an odd balance of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers. The plant-like organisms on this planet are mostly flowers, grasses and odd types of fungi. These species make up the lower organism layers, but many of them are eerily similar to each other to the point of being almost indistinguishable. Trees, in many different sizes, make up most of the upper layers, but there are some species of shrubs and bushes as well. The trees and bushes come in all forms, some tiny and some big. The fungi and flowers live in harmony with one another, which leads to interesting, intertwined growth patterns.

Attracting animals to help with pollination and reproduction is usually done with smells and bright colors, but most species on this planet do it a little different. Sound is by far the most preferred way to attract animals and it can lead to some of the most spectacular natural orchestras. Some species let the wind blow between specialized openings which create special sounds. Others produce sound with specialized mechanisms, usually in the form of clapping, which can be compared to how a Venus flytrap catches its prey.

The underwater world of this planet is truly a feast for the eyes. Thousands of different soft and hard coral species cover the ocean floors, most of which have a form of bioluminescence, which makes the night even more magical than the day. These bioluminescent corals offer homes to plenty of creatures, which they need to be cleaned, while at the same time trying to attract the very same creatures with their lights so they can eat them. A truly remarkable balance. They can grow to sizes of nearly 100 meters (328ft) and a diameter of up to 5 meters (16ft). These underwater giants give this aquatic world an eerie atmosphere as you never know what could lurk behind that pillar. But at the same time, they provide homes to thousands of species on all depths, which makes studying even 1 giant coral an absolute delight. The plants of the deeps are nomadic, which means almost none of them grow in one place. Instead, most species float and drift with the currents. They let the water carry them to the nutrients. Some species will constantly float the surface, but many of the other species have developed ways to dive when needed.

Eclayter (pronounced “ec-lay-ter”)

The planet Eclayter, named after a famous scientist, is an ice planet in a thinly populated system consisting of five other planets.

Eclayter is about 20.3 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 7.22 times that of Earth.

A single day lasts 27.54 hours and a year lasts 166 days. The planet is made up of 4 continents, which make up 36% of the planet’s landmass.

1 moon(s) orbit the planet and Eclayter itself orbits a red sun in an almost perfectly circular orbit.

The plant-like organisms on this planet are exclusively various types of fungi. Many are small, much like you’d find on Earth. But others are towering high above the clouds, similar to trees on Earth.

With the exception of a handful of species, none of them have developed into anything advanced. Most species still rely on simple photosynthesis to survive. A few species do have the basic beginnings of thorns and specialized leaves though, but it will be a long time before those are fully developed.

Soft corals and various aquatic plants make up the plant-like life of the oceans on this planet. However, due to the unique properties of the water, many of these plants and corals have developed strange shapes and grow only to short sizes, with the exception of a handful of giant species.

By far the most interesting animals on this planet are the aquatic mammals. They may not be as majestic as the birds or as fierce as some of the land mammals, but they are the only species who have a sentient member. This member of the aquatic species is roughly comparable to a mixture of seals and squids. They form huge colonies and actively take care of each other. They even build makeshift homes out of the available materials on the sea floors.

Puzypso (pronounced “Poo-zip-so”)

The planet Puzypso, as it’s called by most scientists, is an iron planet in a thinly populated solar system with only five other planets.

Puzypso is about 22.2 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 13.46 times that of Earth.

A single day lasts 12.42 hours and a year lasts 258 days. The planet is made up of 3 continents, which make up 29% of the planet’s landmass.

1 moon(s) orbit the planet and Puzypso itself orbits a yellow sun in a circular orbit.  Surprisingly, life hasn’t managed to find its way on this planet. The conditions are perfect however, so all it takes now is time and the right trigger. Once life does find its way here, it would certainly flourish and hopefully give birth to spectacular species.

Maligantu (pronounced “Ma-li-gan-too”)

The planet Maligantu, as it’s named by the native population, is an ice planet in a thinly populated system with five other planets.

Maligantu is about 3.5 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 4.03 times that of Earth.

A single day lasts 43.00 hours and a year lasts 358 days. The planet is made up of 8 continents, which make up 50% of the planet’s landmass.

2 moon(s) orbit the planet and Maligantu itself orbits an orange sun in a wide, elliptic orbit.

The plant-like organisms on this planet are dominated by large fungi and flowers, but there are some trees and shrubs as well. The flowers come in almost every color imaginable, but they tend to be fairly small. The fungi on the other hand, they reach incredible heights, but are usually fairly pale in color.

When nutrients are scarce, many organisms have methods of storing those nutrients for times of need. Some have become so specialized in this they can go for very long times without the need of additional food, to then stock up when nutrients are available. However, some species on this planet didn’t develop such methods. Instead, they simply take what they need, whenever they need it, from wherever they can. If nutrients aren’t available in the ground, it will take them from others, including its own kind. This has occasionally led to the survival of this species, but the downfall of another.

Hidden in the depths of this planet’s water are many gorgeous corals. Almost every species is completely different from the other. Hundreds, if not thousands of shapes and sizes and countless of colors make the underwater world an amazing spectacle. However, finding these spectacles is difficult, as they only seem to grow in very specific places with the right conditions.

Vusathea (pronounced “Vu-sah-thee-ah”)

The planet, Vusathea, named so by its discoverer, is an ice giant planet in a thinly populated system with five other planets.

Vusathea is about 34.8 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 12.28 times that of Earth.

A single day lasts 49.10 hours and a year lasts 311 days. The planet is made up of 6 continents, which make up 83% of the planet’s landmass.

3 moon(s) orbit the planet and Vusathea itself orbits a red sun in a fairly circular orbit.

Life is obviously impossible on this planet and will always be impossible. The conditions are too violent, there are no places life could be created and anything that reaches the planet is destroyed in its violence. A violence that is strangely beautiful, yet eerily frightening.

Ovade

The planet Ovade, named so by its discoverer, is an ocean planet in a thinly populated solar system with only five other planets.

Ovade is about 12.9 times bigger than Earth and its gravity is about 7.54 times that of Earth.

A single day lasts 29.20 hours and a year lasts 166 days. The planet is made up of 0 continents, which make up 0% of the planet’s landmass.

5 moon(s) orbit the planet and Ovade itself orbits a white sun in a wide, elliptic orbit.

Beautiful as this planet may be, life will of course never be possible here. But in terms of research, this planet has plenty of secrets and answers ready to be discovered. If nothing else, this planet at least makes for a gorgeous sight in the night skies of the planets around it.

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