Another pice I’ve written to help describe the star system. The narrator has a bit of whit and sarcasm that’s in me.
I suppose that before I detail this lovely little community, nestled in among the rolling hills and forests of this district in Foxburrow, that you’ll most likely want a bit more detailed explanation of the star system. Fine, I suppose you deserve as much. Keep up with me, now.
At the center of our star system is the sun, a star much like any star. As a matter of fact it’s not much different than the star that supports the Solar System. Her blazing surface roils with fire, giving of beautiful explosions every so often. She blows her breath across space to touch the atmosphere of our planet, and thereby creating all manner of brilliant and beautiful artwork in the northern and southern regions of Vulpinia.
Right next door to the sun, orbiting her quickly as a small pet who is far too excited to see its master, is Pau Theta I. The planet retained its scientific designation that had been given to it over a thousand years ago. Pau Theta I is a completely uninhabitable world, as all of its water has long since evaporated thanks to the close proximity to the sun. Yet, Pau Theta I continues on an orbit that remains steady, and just out of reach from being devoured by our bright star.
Beyond the orbit of Pau Theta I, is the planet mentioned before. Pau Theta II. She was erroneously named, as scientists originally thought that she was a twin of Pau Theta I. Centuries later, it was discovered that she was not, but by then the name had stuck and there was no force in the system that could change the name at all. Pau Theta II has a breathable atmosphere, though I personally am not certain why anyone would wish to live there. Beside the millions of micro-organisms that live on her surface, Pau Theta II has never registered any native lifeforms. So, for now, all Pau Theta II serves as is a maximum security penitentiary, and headquarters of the famed Main Authority; a quiet group of bounty hunters who search the galaxy looking for wanted criminals.
Next is Vulpinia Prime, or, as those native to the system call it, Vulpinia. I do believe that I mentioned the noted aspects of this planet, and would only bore you with continued information about the agricultural, artistry, scientific, religious, economic and political aspects of my home world. Let’s just say that Vulpinia has a varied and diverse number of cultures that criss-cross between the two species that live on this planet.
Fourth in this star system is Vulpinia II. When she was first discovered, it was believed that she was the same size and mass as Vulpinia Prime, and many of the first star gazers wondered if there might not be a civilization on that planet like there was here. As the years went by, it was discovered that not only was Vulpinia II smaller than our planet, but it also had a very poisonous atmosphere. If there ever was a civilization there, it either died out thanks to the poisoning of their atmosphere, or they were somehow able to breath toxic gases. Still, Vulpinia II does give one pause to wonder if the planet had more to it than it gives on at present.
The fifth planet in the system is a large, gaseous planet, with six moons orbiting it. One of those moons happens to be of similar size as Vulpinia. So bright was this planet in the night sky, that early star gazers, the ones who developed our religious beliefs as a matter of fact, called the planet The Great Mother. They believed she was a goddess that helped create the universe and gave her children the Vulpine a place to live. We’re still waiting for the answer as to why the Great Mother would make a planet, and put her chosen children on it, then allow for a completely different species to exist along side them. Many scholars have taken note that the early texts of the religious hierarchy have, for lack of a better term, evolved to match the current state of affairs on Vulpinia.
Though, there is some in the religious sects who believe there always was something there, we just weren’t looking. Which may have a hand in what the sixth planet in the system is called; Felanus. When one looks up in the night sky and catches sight of Felanus winking back, it almost looks like a cat. I suppose that depends on how you squint your eyes. But, it is believed by some that The Great Mother and Felanus were sisters, and they made the universe, star system and the home that we live on for all of us. To be more precise, The Great Mother is a gas giant that takes ten years to complete her orbit, and she is 320 times the size of Vulpinia Prime. Felanus is slightly smaller than The Great Mother, and takes approximately nineteen years to orbit the sun. The most distinguishing feature of Felanus, however, is the rings around the planet, which many have suggested is the reason why when viewed from Vulpinia Prime that she appears to look like a cat.
Beyond the orbit of Felanus there is a field of ice shards which hold themselves in orbit, several million kilometers away from Felanus. And beyond that is the rest of the Lupine Sector of space, which contains the star systems Lupine, Critainia, and Panthera. But we’ll get to those later. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Now, back to Chattingham.
- Rocket Fox – Second Draft ideas (taholtorf.wordpress.com)