Barr'Isha (RS 0-7-1835054-143-265-9-66944902-97 4 in 0.9.7.4p7) is an O-Class Planet, the fourth of its parent star Nothar, a M3 Red Dwarf in the galaxy RG 0-7-1835054-143. It is home to the very early Type-1 Civilization of the Huxt and multiple other Type-0 Fuldran Civilizations.
As with many other tidally locked planets, icecaps cover the night side of Barr'Isha and some of its day side for about 60% coverage. The rest is a large, singular ocean.
While estimates vary, the age of the Barr'Isha system had been estimated at 6.9 billion years.
Barr'Isha's surface gravity is 14.49 m/s2 or 1.477 g. Its atmosphere consists of CO2, O2, N2 in similar amounts.
Its only moon, Billitha, has about 1/30,000,000th the mass of Barr'Isha, and hence result in little tides.
The dominant species on Barr'Isha are the Fuldrans. These are sentient, water-dwelling creatures similar to the Kya. In addition, various fish-like animals and molluscs fill the oceans. Plant life is abundant in shallow waters near the ice caps and near the ocean surface of the central dayside.
In the 'coastlines' of the ice cap a considerable amount of glacial plants can be found. However, due to a lack of minerals naturally-occurring multicellular plants only exists within several miles from the shore. Phytoplanktons can still be found close to the terminator, however.
A considerable amount of Fuldrans live in aquatic towns carved into the ice caps, bringing in some lifestock and introducing plant life deep inland.
Civilization and History
The Fuldrans had swam around in the southeastern side of the Barr'Ishan ocean for 7.5 million years. Starting about 1,250,000 years ago they began to spread across the whole dayside of the planet and became the dominant species. Simple submerged villages in depths of up to 150 m was built in the beginning, slowly progressing deeper into the 1 km range. As technology progressed the tribes began banding into large groups and eventually nations formed around these groups.
Due to the nature of oceans warfare was limited to stone tools and weapons until about 50 thousand years ago, when some craftsfuldrans discovered a method of extracting Magnesium and Zinc from the salty oceans. Soon enough, the discovery spread and within five thousand years they had completed the periodic table, developed aquatic projectile rifles, and established large underwater mines and factories.
It wasn't until about 4,500 Earth years ago however that a band of Fuldrans from the Huxt Civilization settled permanently on the ice caps. While the Fuldrans were familiar with the existence of ice caps, the lack of colonizing technology renders it useless for any conceivable purpose. The first settlement in the Khabnoor Bay quickly grew both ways, and the date of the first emergence was chosen as the zero year for the Huxt Calendar, now used in the whole planet.
By 15000 SBh (15000 Soh't Bhomt, local years After Emergence or 1618 Earth Years) thousands of other colonies have been established with varying degrees of success.
With a frantic race between nations to occupy richer coastlines some began to improvise and dug canals inwards the ice caps, eliminating the competition for rich coastline by transplanting biological resources inland. As this went on, technology for survival in lower temperatures jumped as well.
Aside from the political implications these pushes had caused a major scientific breakthrough. For millennia the astronomy of the Fuldrans were limited to the their moon Billitha, major planets and their sun along with a single fixed star used as an useful navigational tool (named Qiz'Nisha, meaning silent dot). With colonies getting closer and closer to the terminator, stars began to be visible in the night sky and revealed the true size of their galaxy to the Fuldrans.
The development of astronomy jumpstarted with the first surface telescopes and rocket engines, both invented by the Huxt Civilization. Major milestones in this development include the first satellite in orbit (18371 SBh), first Fuldran in orbit (18436 SBh), a successful probe sent to another planet in the system (18526 SBh) and a Fuldran landing on their natural satellite (18992 SBh).
Due to a lack of pressing need and biological issues the Fuldrans did not actually advance into interplanetary colonization until 32000 SBh (circa 1000 AD). Even so, due to internal conflict and strife the Fuldrans only managed to colonize their system by 35250 SBh.
The Hyperdrive was discovered serendipituously at 57683 SBh (3781 AD), finally allowing the Fuldrans to expand beyond their system aside from long-period sleeper ships.
After several millenia of expansion, internal strife, economic recession, and such, the Xcathli discovered the Fuldrans in 8010, despite the vast distances between them. At that time, the Fuldrans was just about to progress into an early-type III civilization in the Kardashev Scale. This meeting eventually led to the founding of The Intergalactic Confederacy.
On the year 10,000 the Fuldrans had control of a significant portion of their home galaxy, colonizing nearly 40 million systems throughout a whole quadrant.