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Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Goss System Written Thursday 18th of August 2016 at 12:52pm by StormyWinters

In the middle of an exciting week of Gamescom, Cherie Heiberg comes in with her in depth knowledge of the Star Citizen universe.

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

  • Goss is well known for it’s beauty
  • Situated near a unique phenomenon called the Olympus pool, a gathering of cosmic dust that displays bands of colour visible from surface of the planets in the Goss system
    • The Olympus Pool is not a nebula
  • Goss’s economy is driven mainly by tourism
  • Binary star system, K-type main sequence stars
  • Goss I, terrestrial planet, most of the farming in the system is on this planet
    • Has strict property laws in that unless you were born on Goss you cannot buy or obtain property on the planet
    • Mostly so they can maintain their personal hold on the economy and they want to protect the environment from corporations
  • Goss II(Cassel), tourism based planet
    • Ocean planet with islands and small continents with various biomes on the planet from tropical beaches to Norwegian like fjord areas
    • Not terraformed
    • Wasn’t always a successful place as they suffered from the restrictions imposed on them by the Messer regime
  • Goss III, home of UEE Navy base and hospital complex
    • Largely undeveloped
    • Very rainy, wet planet with lots of jungle
    • If you want to land there you have to maintain a pass with the UEE military

Full Transcript

Cherie Heiberg: Hi there, I’m Cherie, I’m the archivist here at CIG and welcome to another edition of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For those who have never seen Loremaker’s Guide, this is a segment in which a member of the Lore team goes over one of our many systems. We talk about the story, the history and the science behind each of the known systems in the known galaxy. You can view the Starmap that we’re using on our website at robertsspaceindustries/starmap, pretty easy to find, glorious to explore. I highly recommend it. This week in honour of Gamescom which is a source of many of the party pictures you’ve seen on our website, we are going to cover Goss.

All right, so let’s go to Goss now. Goss is a system that is first and foremost for it’s beauty. It’s situated near a unique phenomenon known as the Olympus Pool which is a strange gathering of cosmic dust that is which both radiated and reflective. Which means that bands of colour like turquoise and gold are visible from the surface of the planets in the Goss system, which has lead to a booming tourist industry. A lot of the economy in Goss is driven almost entirely by tourism because this thing, the Olympus Pool, is not something that can be seen anywhere else in the galaxy. This is just a cool, beautiful thing that… wows people, it’s great.

Even though it’s a tourist based economy, it is able to produce its own resources. It has a bread basket planet, it’s got a planet with a huge bio-diverse biome, it’s got a UEE outpost and it’s pretty much the system that has it all and if I wasn’t already living in Tayac as an archivist at the Ark. I would definitely want to live in Goss.

So right here, you can see that Goss is a binary star system. You have to K-type main sequence stars, which burn orange, they’re a little bit cooler than our own sun and also more long lived. For example, the stars in the Goss system are 14 billion years old which is over three times as old as our own star, about 4 billionish.

Now as you can see here from the orbits, the planets here, they don’t go in between the stars but they circle all the way around it in what’s called a circumbinary orbit also known as P-type. Now there’s… other types of orbits exist like the S-type where you get planets that circle only one of the binary stars or maybe you’ll have one binary star that circled and another one that circles a planet. Those are like first stars that are very, very far apart but in this case these stars are close together, they circle around a barycenter which is… it’s a centre of mass between two or more bodies in space. Everything that has, you know, an orbit there’s a barycenter involved. Like Earth and moon, I mean not everything has an orbit that’s a barycenter involved scratch that. The Earth and moon have a barycenter between them but the barycenter is deep within Earth so it appears that the moon orbits Earth at the central point and there is other systems like Charon and Pluto which have a barycenter that is outside of them so they appear to just orbit each other which is the case here with the Goss system. Binary stars very cool, very common in the universe were finding but for some reason the UEE has not found very many jump points that lead to binary systems. It is unknown why this has happened but it is how things have unfolded.

Now right here we have Goss I, it is a terrestrial planet, it’s known as the breadbasket of the system. Majority of farming of the planet is done here along with mineral resource harvesting, etc. It’s lush, it’s green, it’s quite lovely. It’s got a big population of people and they have very strict property laws so if you were born on Goss I, you may own property but if you were not born on Goss I… you’re essentially out of luck. They’re not going to let you buy any property, buy up any farmland. Part of the reason is that they want to maintain their personal hold on the economy, they want to maintain the fragile, delicate environment and they don’t want corporations butting their noses into their business.

On the other hand, you have Cassel, Goss II. It is a tourism based planet, it is a lush, ocean planet with islands and small continents and an incredible variety of coastlines over various biomes of the planet. You can get your tropical vacation beach, you can get your Norwegian fjords, you can your incredible craggy pacific northwest beaches, you can get any beach you can possible think of… it’s going to be here on Cassel. Which is not pronounced ‘castle’ and the locals are very, very picky about that.

It hasn’t been terraformed, it has it’s own incredibly diverse biome. Incredibly diverse ecosystem full of different kinds of ocean life that aren’t found anywhere else in the universe and even though it does have this incredibly attractive lush oceany beachy climate, it isn’t always entirely successful. It suffered a lot because of the restrictions imposed upon it from the Messer regime and the economy is currently in the process of recovering which is pretty well illustrated in Lyre one of the cities on the planet which is located at the base of a mountain along a beautiful coastline, but they’ve had a lot of trouble attracting people to their particular city and have consequently weeded out some of the local culture and built in things that they think people might be attracted to… kind of like a Disneyland approach. It’s not exactly working but they’re trying their best.  Anyway, I would love to visit Goss. I would love… Goss II, Cassel I would love to live there but as someone who wasn’t born on the planet, I might have a little bit of trouble making a foothold.

Finally we have Goss III, which is home to a UEE Navy base and hospital complex. It is largely undeveloped, mainly because of the UEE presence on the planet. It is very wet, there’s a lot of rain, lots of humidity, it’s not a single biome planet by any means but it does have quite a bit of jungle for people to get lost in. It is a terraformed super Earth, it is… if you want to land there, if you ever feel like it you do need to maintain a pass from the UEE military to land at all. So, keep that in mind if you ever want to explore the incredible jungles of Goss III.

If you look here in the background you can see kind of an attempt at the Olympus Pool right here. I want to emphasize it is not a nebula… nebula contrary to popular belief are, well they appear dense from the surface of Earth and from other planets, they are not actually dense when you get up close. You just kind of like fly through regular space, you’re not going to know you’re in a giant cloud of beautiful, colourful dust cause that’s just not how it works. Anyway, with that science gripe out of the way I’m going to bring us back to the centre here, you can see the stars, zoom all the way out again.

That is Goss. It’s a small system, it’s gloriously beautiful, it has many, many jump points. Tourism based economy and is fun to visit. If you can live there you’re very lucky. Have a wonderful day and thanks for watching Loremaker’s Guide.


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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.