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Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Centauri System Written Wednesday 19th of July 2017 at 12:00am by StormyWinters

As per usual, anything said during the show is subject to change by CIG and may not always be accurate at the time of posting. Also any mistakes you see that I may have missed, please let me know so I can correct them. Enjoy the show!

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

  • A-type main sequence star

  • Centauri I is a protoplanet with not much of a core

  • Centauri II(Yar) terraformed inhabited planet

    • There was mining boom that took place over a short period of time that drew a lot of people and then the planet was just as quickly abandoned after

    • The red desert is slowly taking over the planet but the process is slow and people still do live here though very few

  • Saisei is richly terraformed and beautiful with low pollution and climate balanced

    • Landing zone is Fujin City

    • Historical buildings were destroyed in the Tevarin war but the planet survived

  • Centauri IV is a coreless planet on the very edge of the green zone and is a poor candidate for terraforming

  • The asteroid belt in the system is very dense and rich with resources, a very good place to mine for those interested in setting up an operation

  • Centauri V is a super Jupiter type gas giant

    • Good place to get nitrogen

    • Low chance of platform based colonization

Full Transcript

Note: Any * terms are awaiting confirmation on accurate spelling and the current one is our best interpretation 

Cherie Heiberg: Hi there, I am the archivist, Cherie Heiberg and welcome to another edition of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For those who don’t know, Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a program that the other writers and I do every couple weeks or so to take you on a journey throughout the lore and history of the star systems that we have made for you the players. Now that we have gotten that exciting introduction out of the way, let’s explore one of the cooler star systems, the great Centauri republic.   

All right, found it, let’s go this way. All right, so here we have the Centauri star system, it is a member of the UEE, it is not an independent republic despite what I may have just said. This right here is the star, it’s an A-type main sequence star. A main sequence meaning it burns hydrogen. It is a very young star, it’s about… let me just double check here, it is around 280 million years old because A-type stars are generally short lived, around 300 something… like between 300-400 million years old is the average that we’ve found so far.

They burn blue/white to the apparent eye so they’re very pretty and they’re very massive, a couple times more massive than our sun and they are… I think I already said they’re very pretty but they are very pretty. About 1 in 160 stars are A-type about 0.625% and eventually they will cool to a red giant. This star is a little bit over middle aged, one day like I said... it will one day become a red giant but that won’t be for most likely another 100 million years. As the scope of human civilization is fairly small, we have plenty of time to exist in a long and fruitful life around this lovely blue/white star.

This is Centauri I, it is a protoplanet meaning it’s a little small rock… lots of rocks on it, doesn’t have much of a core to speak of. One day we would really like to get the images in the game, I mean in the Starmap to more reflect some of the misshapen protoplanets that you see. Like Ceres, Pallas, the other protoplanets asteroids that are in our system but for now we have this little round moon looking thing. Centauri I… oops sorry about that.

Centauri I is particularly famous because it was one of the first images captured of the system. A photographer who was also a surveyor named Kelly Aldon* was able to capture an image of Centauri I against the sun here and in the image, the corona of the sun is reaching out as if to embrace the planet. It’s one of the more famous images from the Centauri system, you can get it on postcards. Kelly Aldon* didn’t ever really make a lot of money off of it, she took it in conjunction with the survey so it belonged to the company that she took the photo but she did take many more throughout her lifetime and died as a surveyor at a ripe old age.

So, now that we’ve gone over Centauri I let’s see if we can find Centauri II, also known as Yar. It’s probably on the other side of the sun, oh no there it is, hi! All right, so Yar is an inhabited planet it was terraformed but it's not really very highly populated, it’s kind of abandoned. There was a mining boom that took place over a very short period of time, roughly 100 years or so. So there wasn’t much time for a big civilization to develop. It’s sort of like, sort of modeled after the idea of old west mining towns that are still around, that were built very quickly in order to take advantage of things like gold, silver and copper in the mountains. Then just as quickly died off and were completely abandoned. Yar is covered in structures like this, it’s kind of a dusty, deserty world. Some of the terraforming is more or less being undone in that one of the deserts… the red desert is taking over the planet at large. It’s very slow process, people still live there, just not very many. It has to rely heavily on trade in order to get by and those who have been with us for a long time may remember it from the first three chapters of Cassandra’s Tears, it was a setting there.

So, it’s a little bit sad. You know, kind of like how planet Asura is more or less based on Detroit, this is more or less kind of an old west sort of planet. Now let’s move on to the next planet in the system, which I know is a favourite of many people, including me… Saisei.   

Saisei was created as kind of a love letter to a lot of our Japanese backers that we had in the early days. Saisei was named by I believe Rob Irving, the kanji that we have picked to represent Saisei is festival planet, it follows the Japanese naming convention of the planets in our solar system like Kinsei is Venus meaning gold planet. Kasei...Mars meaning fire planet and now we have Saisei here meaning festival planet. So it was meant from the beginning to be a good, happy place for people to go. It is richly terraformed, it’s famously beautiful. It was designed from the ground up to be a planet where people could live in harmony with nature so any pollution on the planet is extraordinarily low, very beautifully climate balanced. It’s lush, the asiatic architecture is very famous. The concept art for this planet is completely gorgeous and I can’t wait for you guys to see it when it’s finally built in the game.

Another cool thing about the word Saisei is that it’s sort of a homonym for rebirth which is a very important concept for the people here as the planet and a lot of the system were taken by the Tevarin in the first Tevarin war which took place between the years of 2541 and 2546. Parts of the planet were destroyed, you know, historical buildings… places like nature places that were very carefully built in the terraforming process were destroyed but the planet survived after the Tevarin were driven out and it is in the minds of the locals better than ever. The landing zone is called Fujin City or Fujin City and that’s named after the shinto god of wind. It’s also almost a homonym for Fujin which means wife so wife city but not really.

All right, let’s move on here to Centauri IV… Centauri IV. Centauri is a coreless planet, it doesn’t mean that it hollow it just means that the layers inside it are never differentiated. Do it’s kinda an amalgamation of rocks of all different types and there’s no like band of liquid metal or like a metal core, it’s just all an amalgamation of rocks, more or less. As such it doesn’t have a magnetic field which means it’s a very poor candidate for terraforming. Of course, it’s… looks like it's barely on the edge of the green zone but I don’t think it’s ever going to get terraformed. No one’s really sure about how to build a core on a planet and kickstart an entire magnetic field, it’s a pretty complicated phenomenon and may account for the slowness of synthworld.

While we’re here on Centauri IV we have a pretty good view of the asteroid belt. The asteroid belt unlike a lot of belts that we’ve mentioned so far is an active mining location and is very rich in resources and minerals. It’s a great place to go if you want to start up a mining operation but of course you’ll have to compete with all the other established businesses there. At least that’s the goal that we have in mind for this system. It’s a little bit denser than a lot of other asteroid belts in that it has enough mass to form a planet but never got around to doing it so that’s part of what makes it such an ideal mining prospect is that there’s just so much there.

All right, we have one more planet to go over, Centauri V. A super Jupiter type gas giant which means that it is a lot more massive than the planet Jupiter, it’s an interesting category, very human-centric. Super Jupiter because it’s bigger than Jupiter, it’s just what we have to work with. One of the interesting things about A-type stars is that they as far as we can tell so far from our observations with Kepler and the like is that A-type star tend to attract gas giants. This could be because it’s hard for us to see whether or not there are any terrestrial planets but so far most A-type stars have primarily gas giants circling them. Centauri V like a lot of the other gas giants that we’ve come across is a good place to get hydrogen, it does not have any… it doesn’t have an oxygen/nitrogen mix in the atmosphere like Crusader which is the only gas giant we’ve found so far with a naturally breathable atmosphere. So there is a very low chance that platform based colonization will ever take place on this planet.

Well, we’ve already gotten to the end of this wonderful journey into the great Centauri star system. I hope you liked hearing about some of the history and lore behind this system, we’ve put a lot of thought into. We especially worked hard to find a good name for Saisei, to find something that makes sense… to find something that made sense to people. Look at this little planet, let’s just go back to it, just a good planet… just a good little planet. Anyway, thanks a lot as always and we’ll see you next time.                              

StormyWinters

Director of Fiction

Moonlighting as a writer in her spare time StormyWinters combines her passion for the written word and love of science fiction resulting in innumerable works of fiction. As the Director of Fiction, she works with a fantastic team of writers to bring you amazing stories that transport you to new places week after week.