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Discovered by Humans in 4107 during a manned exploration mission into interstellar space. The spaceship was equipped with an AI unit and cryogenics to store the crew in until the spaceship reached a planet of interest. The crew woke up in 4106 and found that the spaceship was orbiting Alsen. A series of small robotic probes were sent into atmosphere to find out what the chemical composition is, if the planet supports life and what kind of life exists in the ocean.
Aselas immediately made contact with the Human crew as soon as a week after the space craft entered Alsen orbit.
Environment & Life
Alsen has a calm and predictable environment and weather system. Life has adapted to this conditions for about 2.9 billion years. At the bottom of the ocean, about 45.4 km deep, is a fog of poisonous gases such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide among a few others, mostly likely created by the hydrothermal vents, or underwater volcanoes. Most life does not venture any further down into the ocean due to this fog, except for the Enchanted Plants which grow on to the sea bed and filter out most of the gases, except for trace amounts of carbon dioxide to help photosynthesis.
Enchanted Plants are named "enchanted" for their bioluminescent glow in darkness, either at night or deep underwater. Early ancestors of Aselas saw these glows as signs from their gods. These plants are found in large forests. Five major forests have been discovered in the ocean across the planet with at least a hundred smaller groups of the Enchanted Plants.
Alsen has a thicker cloud cover than Earth's which reduces the temperatures where the clouds are located but still remains at least 60 celsius. Due to this, storms are far more common and much more violent with wind speeds reaching 340 mph, enough to create waves about 40 meters tall. Despite temperatures of roughly 64 celsius, it has an atmospheric pressure of 1.68 Earth's. For comparison, this feel a bit stronger than Titan 's atmosphere, or being at the bottom of a swimming pool on Earth. The atmosphere is rich in oxygen with a higher level of carbon dioxide than Earth, which produces a greenhouse effect of 77 celsius. Without the greenhouse gases, the planet would plunge to a temperature of -13 celsius.
The oceanic planet is home to a loving Type II civilization, aiming to bring ever lasting peace to the cosmos. The Aselas, a humanoid creature with two arms and a long tail (similar to the mythical Mermaids on Earth), are one of the most loving creatures in the Milky Way galaxy. With an IQ of roughly 180, they are more intelligent than a Human or anything on Earth. Their civilization began 100,000 years ago during the last ice age which forced them to move into the ocean. Over four thousand years, they constructed the first settlements in the sea plant forests. In less than a thousand years, the global population reached 1 billion. About 80,000 years ago, a new breed of Aselas appeared in the oceans. This breed used two legs instead of a meter-long tail.
Aselas have a strong belief in aliens and other civilizations. With each new discovery of another alien civilization, they always attempt to bring peace between them. In the past, Aselas were predators and didn't care about other creatures. Soon after they discovered their first alien civilization, they realized how precious life is in the cosmos.
Religion no longer exists in Aselan culture due to the discovery of alien civilizations. Although there is believed to be small groups of Aselas assembling new religions, the numbers of followers are far too small to take over the galactic population of Aselas.