Jaran

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Jaran
Astrography
Star Jar I
Type Desert planet
Satellites Ordos
Gravity Unknown
Orbital distance 1.2 AU
Day length 100.25 hours
Year length 386.25 days
Diameter Unknown
Axial tilt 45.6°
Temperature
Average Unknown
Minimum -145°F
Maximum 164°F
Atmosphere
Composition 80% nitrogen, 17% oxygen, 3% other gases
Surface pressure Unknown
Demographics
Population Unknown
Imports Unknown
Exports Unknown

Jaran is a capital planet in the Krizael Expanse in the Karalian Empire. Orbiting the larger star of the Jar binary system, the planet is almost entirely a desert and across its reaches dot many cities built by the Vaikan themselves. The largest city is Ner'yall (which means New City). It is currently the third most populated Vaikan colony after Ucharpli and Krar. The oldest cities were built directly out of sandstone and other materials mined from the planet, but the era of the Karalian Empire saw the introduction of more modern cities.

After the supernova of Eye of Uszaroth, the Karalian Empire reorganized its government and moved its capital to Jaran. It became the Second Karalian Empire.

Orbit

Jaran orbits in the far habitable zone. Thus, the sky is quite dim causing temperatures to be relatively low.

Geography

The geography of Jaran is rocky and arid, though the lower elevations tend to be sandy because of the former presence of oceans. Despite this, Jaran still has several bodies of water such as the River Nad'Roh which is over 10,000 miles long. Many cities were built around this river due to it being a readily available source of water. The areas surrounding the planet's few bodies of water are home to vibrant vegetation. The river then empties into the Sea of Dust Clouds. It is not so clean as the river as all of the dust and sand that has accumulated from the river has flown and emptied into this sea. It is quite murky and hardly visible and at the same time, many dust storms form over this particular area.

Millions of years ago, Jaran used to be covered entirely in water, and it had a much denser atmosphere. As a result, massive limestone formations can be found today throughout the desert. Today, the planet has more landmass than ocean, so water is scarce on the surface. However, most of the planet's water can be found in underground springs, leftover from its previous ecosystem.

Jaran's atmosphere has grown thinner over time as solar radiation has ripped through. It is difficult for many oxygen breathing species to breathe in, but the planet is well-suited towards the Vaikan as the amount of oxygen in Jaran's atmosphere is similar to that of Ucharpli.

Cities

Ecosystem

Despite all of these dangers, Jaran has still managed to become quite a prosperous and lively location. The ecosystem is predominantly reptilian with creatures having evolved water tight skin.

Flora

  • Sandtrap - Commonly found in the Dune Sea close to the equator. It disguises itself as a juicy plant and when prey comes near, it automatically comes up out of the ground and engulfs the prey. They are usually small enough to not pose any threats though rumor has it that some gigantic Sandtraps exist in the desert.
  • Dartspitter - A short, spiky plant with roots extending far down to absorb water. It also has a special type of root that extends horizontally to detect motion - when a potential predator is in range, it fires poisonous darts at the foe.

Fauna

  • Desert Garmatox - A large flying reptilian that is highly territorial. Many of Jaran's ancient settlements had electric fences with tall poles.
  • Sandstar - An echinoderm that crawls on the walls. It is believed have evolved from its once-seafaring cousins that lived on the planet 300 million years ago.
  • Darteater - A hummingbird type creature that feeds on Dartspitters. Because they approach from the air, they can completely evade the Dartspitters' defenses. A Darteaters' feces will often be the location of where new Dartspitters will grow as a result, so the two share a symbiotic relationship.

Moon

Jaran also has one moon named Ordos, a small mining desert moon inhabited by robots which dig up rare gems as well as oil to be traded both with Jaran and the rest of the Karalian Empire. Unlike Jaran, Ordos does not support carbon-based life as it is devoid of surface water. However, sessel sponge-like creatures made of crystal dwell in the caves within and can survive on the surface.

Because the crust composition of the moon is vastly different from its parent planet, Ordos is believed to have been a captured dwarf planet.

Economy

During the era of the Allied Sovereign Nations, a wide variety of goods passed through Jaran leading to the formation of many bazaars. Goods all the way from Krar end up here; it serves as a trading hub across the nearby colonies. Jaran and its moon Ordos are rich with minerals and gems which made Jaran a boom town when it first started.

By the time of the era of the Karalian Empire, Jaran became one of the largest exporters of virtual reality material in the galaxy having demand from all over the Galactic Senate.

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