Ashadra

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Ashadra
Astrography
Star Relika
Type Post ice-age world
Satellites Selina
Gravity 0.9 G
Orbital distance 0.8 AU
Day length 130 days
Year length 260 days
Diameter 12,750 km
Axial tilt 181.2°
Temperature
Average 64° F
Minimum -125° F/-87.22° C
Maximum 140° F/60° C
Atmosphere
Composition 75% nitrogen, 22% oxygen, 2% chlorofluorocarbon, 1% other gases
Surface pressure 1.1 atm
Demographics
Population 7 billion (before Harvester invasion)
Imports None
Exports None

Ashadra is one of many terraformed garden planets created by the Tokarthi. It later became the homeworld of the Ashadran people.

Orbit

Ashadra has a retrograde orbit. Not only does it rotate backwards, but its day is half as long as its year. This results in extreme temperature shifts across the entire planet. However, the areas closer to the poles tend to remain temperate with the upper most areas being covered in permanent darkness.

Atmosphere

Ashadra has a standard nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere. However, as it was terraformed, it have large significant amounts of cholorofluorocarbons, an artificial product found in substances such as hair spray. Greenhouse gases such as these are commonly used to terraform planets.

Climate

Ashadra goes through extreme seasonal changes throughout the year. During the day, it becomes extremely humid, but at night, it quickly cools off to become a wintry desert. Many trees and other plants have adapted to either survive the entire cycle or leave seeds behind to take their place.

Geography

The planet is 60% water. Combined with the long day-night cycle, the large portion of land makes the planet's surface temperature extremely variable. The temperature shifts also result in dangerous storms known as hypercanes. These devastating tropical storms can be found plaguing the continents of Gondwana and Laurasia, though Pangea tends to be safe due to its large expanse of land.

Continents

Aurarctica

A continent on the planet's southern pole formed from being obscured in permanent darkness. It is covered in ice and permafrost and regarded as inhospitable, but it is inhabited by primitive life forms.

Lemuria

A vertically place continent close to the poles. The geography is temperate in the northern area and gets increasingly tropical southward. The Tokarthi have also built their city out of it.  It is surrounded by the Trelthys Ocean.

Pangea

Pangea - The largest continent encompassing the entire east hemisphere with a wide variety of biomes. Many of Ashadra's greatest civilizations originated here.

Gondwana

A tropical continent towards the south pole

Laurasia

A temperate continent towards the north pole

Ecosystem

Many of Ashadra's native life has been either introduced from other planets, genetically altered by the Tokarthi, or mutated from cross contamination between different alien species.

Flora

  • Greatbark - An enormous tree that can grow up to a quarter miles high. They can be found in large clusters in Gondwana.
  • Daggergrass - Plants with a sharp metallic coating capable of retracting themselves into the ground. Essentially, these are living spikes. Combined with photosynthesis, daggergrass will also absorb nutrients from any unfortunate creature that gets impaled by it. At night, they will retract completely and hibernate for half a year.
  • Botnakila - A mobile plant adapted to Ashadra's night, the Botnakila is a carnivorous plant that actually chases down prey like an animal. It resembles a large, thick-stemmed Clematis.

Fauna

  • Tuskidon - A large pachioderm species.
  • Sabermaw - A tiger with fangs extending both upwards and downwards allowing it to grip prey with ease.
  • Slasherwing - A bat-like creature with wings that are very sharp. It can cut through foilage just by flying through the air. Ancient Ashadrans captured this creature and used their wings as blades.
  • Twilight Ray - A sting-ray like flying creature that dwells in the planet's twilight areas. As the planet rotates, it migrates as its body is sensitive to extreme heat and extreme cold.
  • Simoon - A desert monkey that lives in the grasslands of Pangea. It has a large mane and large teeth to frighten predators
  • Teraqila - A 3 meter tall dinosaur-like bird that hunts the Simoon.
  • Chimrok - A desert-dwelling bipedal creature that is very active during the day. At night, its bones will lock up turning it into a statue. However, it is disturbed, it can wake up and surprise its opponent.
  • Dark Strider - A powerful, 2.5 meter tall humanoid that thrives in Ashadra's nights. This creature takes the role of top predator then, and will even attack Ashadran Human Settlements and Cities.
  • Mothound - A dog-like creature with 8 ears. There are 9 different subspecies, one domesticated and 8 specially adapted to different environments:
    • Domesticated Mothound - The Domesticated Mothound subspecies was created by cross-breeding Desert, Swamp, and Tundra variants..
    • Desert Mothound -
    • Jungle Mothound - Like the Desert Mothound, the Jungle Mothound has long limbs. However, the Jungle Mothound's limbs are adapted for climbing trees.
    • Grassland Mothound - The Grassland Mothound has shorter limbs, as well as an extra ear protruding from its forehead.
    • Aquatic Mothound -
    • Volcano Mothound -
    • Arctic Mothound -
    • Tundra Mothound -
    • Swamp Mothound -
  • Araclaw - Also known by the Ashadran Human Residents as the Spike-shelled Spider, the Araclaw is a dangerous predator in dark places, be they forests or night-time Ashadra.

History

Ashadra was once a pressure cooker planet with a thick atmosphere and extremely high surface temperature. The Tokarthi terraformed the planet so that they could use it in their experiments. They extracted entire continents worth of soil samples from other planets.

During the Tokarthi war with the Drussiray, some Vaikan were genetically engineered into the Ashadrans.