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Celeste (1)

A human colony located in Barnard's Galaxy, the first extragalactic one.

Physical

With a diameter of 11856.6 km Celeste (RSC 8440-0-3-173-146 in 9.7.4 patch 5), a temperate E-Class world, is the fourth planet in its system. It has gravity practically identical to that of Earth. It has a semimajor axis of 1.1 AU and an orbital period of 1.04 years. It originally had a day length of 15 hours and 24 minutes according to the ancient databanks but after terraforming was complete it had a more Earthlike day.

Along with the system it has an age similar to that of the Sol System at 4.7 billion years. It has no moons.

Climate

With an axial tilt of only 4°27’ there are barely any seasons on Celeste, resulting in a massive equatorial desert and two large polar ice caps. Originally it had an atmospheric pressure of 0.1 ATM but terraforming made it more Earthlike. The mean temperature of the planet is warmer than that of Earth at 24.3 °C.

The planet does suffer from large hurricanes which ravage the native forests and the human cities.

History

The planet was discovered in 6712 by the Bernard’s Galaxy Colonization Mission which was launched over half a millennium before. The colonists chose Barnard’s Galaxy because of its relative closeness. They launched from the edge of the Milky Way and placed themselves in suspended animation. They aimed for the center of the galaxy.

When they woke in 6711 they found themselves in the irregular galaxy. They then set to work searching the nearby stars for habitable planets and got lucky. Near the center of the galaxy was a planet that was nearly a perfect Earth analogue. They found a world that could be a garden world with only half a century of terraforming. The lifeforms on the planet would hardly be affected.

In 6765 terraforming was completed and the first colonies were established. They decided to try and attempt to build an interstellar civilization themselves like the Confederacy. They decided to use nanotech to build large fantasy-esque cities on the planet.

For a hundred years the people lived peacefully and even attempting to recreate the Hyperion Gate system all across the galaxy as they had somehow managed to crack the secret of how they worked on the journey there. They build hundreds of drone ships to scour the galaxy for habitable worlds and to terraform and set up a series of gates on the world.

While awaiting the gate system to be activated the Celestians were plagued with a disease that emerged when many ancient flying reptilian creatures were awoken due to the change in the atmosphere, both of which sent them back technologically to a medieval time. Their planetary government fractured, leaving small city states in the massive cities. Over the next thousand years humans on Celeste lived in their massive cities in fear of the plague and the creature which they had named Wyverns.

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Due to Celeste being at the galactic core, the stars are visible even during the day as seen here in one of the first images taking by Confederacy probes in December 9960

One day in the famous Looking Glass Rooms of the palaces all over Celeste the mirrors warped and began to show strange landscapes, some with three suns, some with strange stars etc. Their best scholars figured out that these mirrors could now be passed through and into the places seen in the mirrors. Each room showed many strange new environments. As these rooms were open to the public at all times the kings and emperors couldn’t stop their subjects from exploring and in some cases even moving to these new place.

With the Age of the Looking Glass in full swing, it was only a matter of time before many kingdoms from Celeste ran into each on these other worlds. There were many wars fought on these worlds with the ultimate goal being to invade the enemy palace on Celeste by finding the secret Looking Glasses of their enemy. As time went on, more Looking Glasses opened on other worlds, causing the human race to spread out.

One day around fifteen hundred years ago a new world was discovered to have a strange crystal that, when embedded in the skull of a Wyvern made them extremely suggestible and trainable. One after another kingdom after kingdom began to head out into the wilds of their world, capturing and training Wyverns. The Age of the Wyvern had begun as with the danger of the Wyvern attacks gone and the entire human population now immune to the strange plague, the Looking Glass Wars were no longer needed.

The Wyvern Wars were long and bloody, lasting for over 200 years. Many people and Wyvern died in that war and more fled to the other worlds to escape the carnage on Celeste.

When each kingdom realized that the wars were meaningless they met in a neutral location in a desert, an ancient ziggurat from a long dead human civilization. They signed a tentative peace treaty and began to rebuild their worlds.

As this went on, the fusing of the crystals to the Wyverns seemed to accelerate their evolution in terms of cognitive abilities. This was noticed with concern and curiosity by the humans. Most began to try and teach the Wyverns human speech. With each new generation the Wyverns got smarter. They were also transported to other worlds with their human companions.

Their intelligence grew until it began to reach the intelligence of their human companions around five hundred years ago, where it began to slow down. By this time the humans and Wyverns had become full-fledged partners.

Contact with the Confederacy was reestablished in 9960 when an exploratory vehicle crashed landed near a larger city state. Curious about these strange humans who flew without a Wyvern, both humans and Wyvern from each city state sent representatives to the Confederacy and the human homeworld. They were astonished by a lot of the technology but were confused as to why they didn’t have anything like a Looking Glass. The Wyverns even sent some of their best to start a colony in the Milky Way.

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Map of Celeste

Culture

Currently the culture of Celeste is feudal and medieval in nature, with almost every kingdom on the planet at a tentative peace with each other after the events of the Wyvern Wars. The global population of Celeste is only about 500 million with a galactic population (not including Celeste) of about 14.5 billion.

Each small kingdom has access to certain planets throughout the galaxy.

Native Life

The plant and animal life, like most E-Class worlds, are carbon based and similar to those on other worlds. One creature of note is the Wyverns, which resembles dragons of Earth myth. They have reached human intelligence and are extremely loyal to their human friends. Their story closely resembles that of humans and wolves on Earth with the exception of the growing intelligence.

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