Farram was discovered during a detailed analysis of NGC 604 - the Isvoy took a break from discovering new civilizations for the benefit of standard space exploration, when SCART detected life coming from a system in the vicinity. An aging Captain Lerienne gave the order to investigate, and she found a system with twin suns of classes G6.9 and K4.8 respectively. Following the signal, she came across one of the most beautiful worlds she has ever had the pleasure of discovering. Upon discovering this was an advanced species, she took the "wait-and-see" approach.
Kardashev scale anomaly
Before either initiating contact, or staying hidden from detection, the civilization level of a society is always evaluated via news broadcasts from the planet. Farram was ranked at a 1.99939, UNIMAGINABLY close to a Type II society. Wanting to follow the Contact Directive, but knowing the Farramites were on the cusp of their own Warp Drive caused some stress for the captain. After consulting with superiors, she was given the all clear to make contact, but still stressed over it for a few days before actually doing so.
Life on Ferram
The planetside crew found Ferram to be very beautiful and colorful, and their Farramite guide was very friendly, indicating that these were some of the friendlier races in the galaxy. The guide said that Farram was theirs to explore, as long as they were visiting.
They took that invitation, and the flora they found looked fantastical in nature. One plant looked like a very large curled-up fern with large spikes protruding from the base. Another was one very large leaf covering an area of some acres. Trees were similar to Earth trees, except their leaves formed cups to catch rainwater from storms, which are frequent planetside.
Fauna was abundant as well. Most animals on the planet did not look too far from their apparent Earth cousins, but some differed greatly from those of Earth. One was similar to an Earth Black Bear, but its pelt was a rainbow of colors, green mostly, and had 3 eyes. Birds had evolved to live under twin suns, and most of them were brightly colored to reflect the heat. One unique species was dubbed "Duoaevis", as this species had four wings.
The world consists of two continents, with various small islands scattered about. The larger of the two is called Aygish and the smaller one Madesh, after two important figures in Farramite history. There is also a third sub-continent to the east of the other two, but is uninhabited. The total population is around 540 million.
The Farramites are small, reptilian beings, an average of about 1.2 meters high. The adults are green with yellow spots, and scaly. They are neither mamallian or reptilian, or even both. Instead, they have a unique physiology the Farramite guide said was "Kulaehi" in their language - the closest Earth analogue would be a plant-human hybrid. They have organs, but no blood; their organs get energy from their twin suns, as their organs are in direct contact with their scales. They do not eat, and reproduce both sexually and asexually
Farramites concieve twice every local year. When it is time to mate, a 5th "finger" grows on each of their hands. This "finger" is 2 inches long, and 1 inch around. The couple then hug each other, and the male's "fingers" find the two holes on the back of the female's neck. They stay that way for an hour before seperating, and the neonatal Farramite grows over a local year, affixed to the females neck. When it is ready to be born, it just breaks off, leaving a wound that heals astonishly quickly.
Farramite cities follow the same look as their fairytale-like world. Futuristic skyscrapers rise up in the form of some of the local plantlife. They do not use cars as Earthlings know them, rather, huge "trams" that look like gigantic tree trunks ferry thousands of Farramites to where they want to go. No "personal" vehicles were seen. There are walking paths though, lit by bio-luminescent plants that give off about as much light as a candle.
The Farramite seem to be on the verge of inventing their very own warp drive. They already have a sub-warp drive which is used to get to other planets in their system, but this is very slow. To get to the last planet in the system, it takes upwards of 6 local days. Farramite scientists are close to cracking open their own warp drive, using crystals mined from another planet closer in to their twin stars: Yagul.(2) No attempt was made to help them with their drive, as that would be a breach of the Contact Directive.
Gas mining activity was also noted on Filar (3) and Noctam (5), two gas giants in the system. Outpost stations were noted around the last two planets in the system, Garassh(6) and Feligar(7), Noctam being the coldest planet where their gas harvesting machinery still works.
Moons of Farram
Farram has 5 moons, all of which are rather large captured asteroids. However, the innermost of these(4.D1) has a Farramite base on the side facing the planet - the asteroid has a 1:1 resonance with the planet, and offers scientists an unprecedented look at the world. Fleets of Farramite ships are parked on the asteroid as well, taking advantage of the low gravity. This is also a good place for science, also due to the low gravity.