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Loremaker's Guide to the Galaxy: Kallis System Written Wednesday 31st of May 2017 at 12:00pm 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)

  • Kallis is still a developing system protected by the Fair Chance Act

  • G-type main sequence star that burns yellow/white   

  • Kallis I is a forming planet, no atmosphere with a rocky surface

  • Kallis Belt Alpha is a thick asteroid belt full of minerals      

  • Kallis II and Kallis III are forming planets that share the same orbit

    • They will eventually collide: one will either subsume the other or they will pulverize each other or create an earth/moon situation

  • Kallis Belt Beta is sparse compared to Kallis Belt Alpha

  • Kallis IV is a molten planet within the green band

    • It’s an interesting planet for scientists to observe because it’s in the exact same position as Earth

  • Kallis V is a rocky planet with a disk of debris around it which will hopefully be a moon or several moons eventually  

  • Kallis VI is a carbon planet which formed out of a protoplanetary disk debris field made up of carbon

  • Kallia VII is a gas giant and it’s not against the law to refuel here

  • Kallis VIII is an ice giant, there’s a prevailing theory it was formed close to the sun and then flung outward early in its development stage

  • Kallis IX is a dwarf planet covered with active cryo volcanoes

    • Tonya Oriel came here to investigate possible remains of the lost colony ship the Artemis but there is no evidence of her ever discovering it for sure

  • Observational post Griffin on the outer edge of the system is a small mix of military who monitor the system and scientists who are studying the formation of the system

    • The observational post is open for travelers to stop by

Full Transcript

Cherie Heiberg: Hi, welcome to another edition of Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’m Cherie Heiberg, Archivist… if you’ve never seen Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s a program which me and the other writers get together or more like do it solo, one at a time. Talk about the lore behind the systems we’ve built for you, the citizens of the stars. Wrong show! Anyway, this is Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I hope you enjoy this tour of Kallis. 

Now I picked Kallis because I thought it’d be interesting to talk about a system that’s still forming. Here is our representation of Kallis, if our visualization was where we wanted it to be, we’d have a more accurate representation of a protoplanetary disk which has, you know, lots of little planetesimals, little planet embryos, some dust and all kinds of things. We hope to do that with the next iteration of the Starmap. So systems like Kallis, Nul and Gurzil have the appropriate protoplanetary disks which will be more compelling visualization in my opinion.   

Now the Kallis system, even though it doesn’t have any life developing on it whatsoever, it is protected by the Fair Chance Act. The reason for this is that it is a developing system and that it is developing slowly on an astronomical scale, like millions of years… going to take millions of years for this system to finish forming and become a full nine planet solar system, more or less similar to ours. Which is at the heart of it the reason why the Senate agreed to pass the Fair Chance Act and protect this otherwise uninteresting system. 

I think it’s pretty interesting because it’s scientifically interesting and so do all the people who live here and study it. There has been a push ever since the announcement of the discovery of the planet in 2291… no, not 2291, why did I say that. In 2921, that there are landings available up for grabs and once Kallis finishes developing it’s going to be a hub of interesting jump points and there’s going to be cheap land available for everyone, mining prospects, etc.     

As I said, systems like this take millions of years to develop. So anyone who comes up to you claiming they have a good deal on a landing for Kallis probably also has a really good collection of snake oil they’d like to show you. Not to mention the fact that you can’t actually buy land in systems protected by the Fair Chance Act, so be on the lookout for charlatans such as that.       

This is the star of Kallis, also called Kallis. It’s a G-type main sequence star, it burns yellow/white on the spectral scale much like our sun. It’s called a yellow dwarf, a lot of the stars along the main sequence are dwarf stars but they’re not white dwarfs. Like the red dwarfs, the M-type star burns very cool, it’s very old. Then you have the K-type star which burns orange, it’s a little bit warmer. Then you have the G-type star, the yellow dwarf which is our sun. Which is partially one of the things that made this system so interesting to people who wanted to study the long term development of the system in its infancy. 

This guy’s Kallis I, we hope to get a better representation of a forming planet one day but for now we went with something that sorta suggests its… it hasn’t got an atmosphere, it’s got a little rocky surface, it’s forming from close by planetesimals. It’s kind of a little planetoid. One day it will coalesce into a bigger planet but for now it is what it is. 

We’ve also got the Kallis Belt Alpha, which is very thick for an asteroid belt, very dense. Full of minerals, full of like I said asteroids, decently dangerous to fly through. You want to be careful and make sure that you calculate that your ship, if you indeed need to pass through it, does not run into any of the asteroids that are going quickly through the belt.   

Here we have interestingly enough, Kallis III. Kallis III and…Kallis II are also forming planets, much like Kallis I, but in this case they share the same orbit in a not exactly entirely stable pattern. One day they are probably going to crash into each other, which I hope that we get to see in game but who knows. Once they do it is fair game to bet which planet will subsume the other, whether they will pulverize each other or whether we’ll get an earth/moon situation, which I think would be the raddest outcome. 

Here we have another asteroid belt, unlike the Alpha belt the Beta belt is actually really sparse. Again our visualization hasn’t caught up to what our lore wants to communicate but one day we hope that it will, we’d love to have different visualization of different kinds of belts. So you can tell at a glance if it’s densely populated or whether it is more like a dust belt, which is what Kallis Beta here is… Kallis Belt Beta. 

All right now that we’ve talked about these ones, let’s move onto Kalli IV if I can find it. Let’s see where are you… let’s see Kallis VI… here we go, Kallis IV. Kallis IV is firmly within the green band which is very exciting to scientists. It is molten, which is also very exciting to scientists and it’s roughly in the same position as our Earth, which is the most exciting thing to scientists. It’s sort of like getting a photograph or a live... more like a live feed of the formation of Earth at certain time in its history. After a couple of million years it may stabilize and cool off and get a hard surface, perhaps with volcanic activity, perhaps with oceans. It all remains to be seen but it is in a prime position to develop life should the planet stabilize. This will, of course, take millions of years and it’s unlikely that the scientists observing this system to possibly see it in their lifetimes, which they know but they are still very happy to be here to observe this fantastic slice of astronomical history. 

All right, let’s zoom out for a second so I get a hold on where I’ve put Kallis V. So, we have Kallis V here which is a young rocky planet, it’s not quite finished forming and it has a healthy disk of debris around it. Which hopefully and possibly will one day coalesce into a moon or several moons. That is what evidence suggests and that would also be extremely exciting to observe on a long term scale. 

We also have Kallis VI, all the way on the other side here. This is Kallis VI, it is a carbon planet and as you can see from the scoring and having seen a lot of carbon planets in my time, it formed out of a protoplanetary disk debris field that was composed mostly of carbon. It just sits pretty, it is almost done with its development and I guess if you want carbon and want to defy the law, come to Kallis VI. 

Here is Kallis VII, it’s a gas giant. Now what I found very interesting when I was reading about protoplanetary disks is that gas giants tend to form much faster than their terrestrial counterparts. So Kallis VII is a fully formed adult gas planet with it’s own credit cards and bills and apartment, it’s thinking about getting a dog. It's a great place to go if you want to refuel if you happen to be going through the system and refueling is not against the law here. A big hydrogen rich grown up system, perfect for you refueling needs and what I like to think from this little visualization of the the dots around it… that they’re a bunch of tiny moons. That’s what I hope to have once we get the system online for you the players, a bunch of tiny moons that form from a big protoplanetary disk that’s still circling around the planet. I very much hope that all my visualization dreams will come true in the next iteration of the Starmap.     

Let’s move on from Kallis VII to Kallis VIII, Kallis VIII is an ice giant. It’s composed of heavier elements than the elements of the gas giant that precedes it so there is a prevailing hypothesis that it formed close to the sun and then was flung outward early in it’s development stage. This most likely would have happened before the other planets on the inner orbit between it and the sun formed because otherwise an event of that magnitude may have flung the other smaller planets… smaller by mass planets out of the system but everything appears to be in its place much like our solar system. It is possible that an event like this may have influenced the orbits of Kallis II and III but that is again a hypothesis, it isn’t even a theory yet. 

So, let’s move on to the last planet in the system which you may recognize from our Tonya Oriel tale: Lost Generation, Kallis IX. Let’s zoom out cause it’s pretty far out there, Kallis IX is a dwarf planet covered with active cryo volcanoes. So that in common parlance is volcanoes that shoot ice, which I think is pretty awesome. Tonya Oriel who we envisioned as a character in the Star Citizen universe came here as part of a job she took to investigate possible remains of the Artemis, the long lost colony ship. It is possible that she found the remains of the ship here but there has been no evidence discovered of such a thing ever happening. Perhaps one day we can ask Tonya Oriel herself what happened and if you're interested in catching up on the story, please check out Lost Generation, I think it’s a pretty good one. 

Moving on to the last feature in the system is observational post Griffin. I may have to zoom… oh there it is, there it is, right here. This is the observational post of the system that serves as the central location for the army that charged with monitoring Kallis to make sure that no one comes in and sets up an illegal mining operation or decides to have some kind of black market settlement on one of the four main planets or maybe sets up a weird pirate base in the asteroid field, all kinds of things you could illegally do in the system that the army does not want you to do. It's also the base for the scientists who are observing the system in its formation, so it’s full of grad students, postdocs, their supervisors and a rather young contingent of the army. 

People from all walks of life are invited to come to the scientific outpost to observe the system so you also get weird new age people, you get folks who are interested just on a casual basis about the formation of the universe. So if you want an interesting conversation, observational station Griffin is a great place to go. However you have to keep in mind as scientists that it is a long term data driven observational exercise and spectacular sights such as planets crashing into one another are not likely to occur so the scientists here are a little bored and often in need of distraction. So parties happen, benders happen, all kinds of things happen there, it’s a good place. 

That does it for Kallis, the system that is still in the early stages of its formation. It’s almost done, it's kind of a teenage system with a couple adult planets scattered in here. I like it very much and I hope you like it very much, thank you again for tuning into Loremaker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I’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.