Friday, May 21, 2010

Geologic Characteristics

Benu has, for most of it's habitable existence, been a temperate world that was once flush with life. Now, it's barren, rocky skin is showing the scars of billions of years. There are no jungles here, but there are a few pockets of shrubland steppes and a few plains, these being the least arid regions.

The rest is desert, stone, salt flats and dried seas, sinkholes, canyons (both natural and man-made), and similar features.

Much of the rock has been mined through and shows the mark of machine and hand pick alike.
Bony, protruding remains whether they be rusted scaffolding or animal fossils are not difficult to find. Potable water sources however, are another story.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lost Planet of the Ancients

 Daylight, approaching midmorning

Orbiting a dying sun near the galactic eye is a world long forgotten to the earliest settlers of space. The stars glow faintly until midday, chanting the impending doom of the blue deserts and dust blown salt flats below. The inhabitants are obliquely aware of their galactic lineage--they are the root world to all others. They are the forgotten children of the precursors...the ancients.

Millions of years long past, an endless procession of humanoids (some barbaric, some civilized) crawled across the land, scarred it with war, fought to recover, and then finally left it to erode for all time. Now only a single race of humans remains to eke out a living amongst the ruins. They know little about the true nature of the others that have come before them or the cataclysms that winked them into oblivion.

Most of the remaining inhabitants are nomadic tribes scavenging the wastes and digging into the barren soil hoping to find something to eat, something useful, or something "magical" left behind by a precursor they can sell or trade--or if it comes to it--something they can use for protection against the things-that-go-bump in the endless twilight.

This is Benu.