Kybusia is a temperate E-Class world located in an unidentified star system in the Apollyon Galaxy. It served as the only planet in the galaxy to ever have been inhabited by humans before the inhabitants' mysterious demise at the hands of the: "Void Beings"
Kybusia is one of, if not the only world in the Apollyon Galaxy known to any extra-galactic species, though this remains unconfirmed at this time. The reason for this would be the strange circumstances involving the eventual colonization of the planet by the Confederacy of Borealis during the final decades of the Great Expansion. In 10,965 CE, select humans who were attempting to map out the planet mysteriously vanished only a standard week later, most likely perishing, due to the so called: "Void Beings," an anomalous species native to the Apollyon Galaxy. The exact reason and logistics of this have not been currently ascertained. As a result, humanity and the rest of the Confederacy have left the galaxy uninhabited ever since, though further plans to investigate the galaxy through robotic means have been purposed by both the Confederacy, and the Commonwealth of United Economic Nations but have yet to be put in place.
Thanks to the strange events revolving around the planet, Kybusia has been given a near mythical status among the Confederacy of Borealis, turning both it, and the wider Apollyon Galaxy into one of the most well known modern urban legends among those who have been made aware of its existence. And those who attempted to colonize Kybusia have been regarded in extreme high-standing, labeling their presumed deaths as a great tragedy.
The crew that attempted to colonize the planet was the: "Apollyon Detachment." A small crew of geologists, atmospheric scientists and climatologists which piloted a ship of the same name sent to the Apollyon Galaxy to locate a world naturally inhabitable to humans, just as the crew of the Ambrosia Traveler did in their respective galaxy centuries prior. Before their deaths, the crew managed to map out the majority of the planet, chart the planet's atmospheric composition, image the surface, and study some of the planet's flora.
Since the crew of the Apollyon Detachment was able to relay information of the mysterious events involving their apparent demise, it has painted an extremely telling picture of what the events were, how the event transpired, and who was responsible for said events. The individual most responsible for cataloging these events would be a one: "Helen Tancard," the leader of the Apollyon Detachment. Unfortunately, like all under her command, she would vanish as well.
The geographical makeup of Kybusia seems to be made up of several large islands separated by millions of kilometres of salt-water oceans. Each islands seems to share a uniform landscape of tropical rain forests, very similar to those you would find on other E-Class worlds such as Earth and Haven. Within these forests, trees that resemble those of the: "palm" variety on Earth dominant endless expanses of land.
Other landscape features documented were small mountains, deep canyons, large rivers, and a few large lakes. Unfortunately, since no one has returned to the planet since 10,965 CE, the remainder of the planets geography is unknown.
As reported by the crew of the Apollyon Detachment, Kybusia has an extremely temperate climate, with warm temperatures spread across the entire planet, making each of its many islands experience a warm summer-like climate, making the planet an endless tropical paradise.
As well, the planet has very calm winds, only reaching a high of six kilometres an hour, making the planet not experience things like tornadoes, typhoons, or hurricanes.
Unfortunately, since the majority of the planet has remained undocumented, much of the life that most likely inhabits the surface remains unknown at this time. As the team was unable to locate any forms of fauna during their time on Kybusia, only a handful of types of flora were documented, though none were given any official names. These ranged from tropical trees and flowers, to large vine-like plants, while no lifeforms originating from the planet's oceans were ever discovered.
As the crew of the Apollyon Detachment were able to determine the age of the planet through SCART technology, we can assume that the planet formed from the planetary accretion disk created during the formation of its parent star in 3,636,896,786 BCE.
Since the origin of life on the planet remains unknown, the time in which it originated also remains unknown. Though, it has been theorized that complex life began to appear on the planet in around 1,784,330,000 BCE due to the prevalence of flora seen on the planet and the amount of time it usually takes for complex life to arise on a world of its caliber.
Discovery and Colonization
In 10,965 CE, during the final decades of the Great Expansion, a large scale colonization attempt by many nations of the Local Group and beyond, a large Confederate force was being sent to the Vanodon Galaxy due to the massive amount of success seen in previous galaxy colonization attempts of the Great Expansion, such as Ambrosia. During the preparation for the Vanodon mission, a small group of human scientists expressed interest in exploring a possible colonization site for the NGC 1277 galaxy, due to its abnormally large supermassive black hole at its center, which just so happened to have a way of traveling to via the Intergalactic Gateway network. The head of this proposal was Helen Tancard, an individual who led several colonization efforts in Ambrosia and wished to expand her career to great heights.
After some debate, the green light was given to send a detachment of of the Vanodon mission to the Apollyon Galaxy, and in 10,965 CE, a robotic operated ship would enter the aforementioned galaxy. This ship would be used much the same as all previous Great Expansion missions, as it would begin to scan star systems near the point of entry for a world that can naturally sustain humans. Thankfully for the missions expediency, the planet of Kybusia would be discovered only one light-year from the point of entry, and the Apollyon Detachment would soon be sent through the Intergalactic Gateway only a few standard weeks later.
As they arrived, a SCART reading of the planet would be preformed, as well as a basic mapping process in order to determine a relatively stable location for the ship to land. The ship would enter within the planet's atmosphere at its local mid-evening, and they would land on a fairly large island, alongside a river, setting up their respective outpost on the banks of it.
During their prerequisite standard week of study, Helen and her comrades would explore various areas on the island, and they documented the handful of flora they discovered. As well, they would send back various images of these landscapes, showing the wider universe the pristine environment they had the pleasure of experiencing.
On the sixth standard day of their excursion, the first sighting of the Void Beings was made. Though it was assumed at the time to be a fog rolling in from the oceans surrounding them. However, as the black mist began to make contact with some, it became extremely apparent that they had encountered something that defied all known logic. As the mist enveloped those unfortunate souls who fell first, it would become latched to their very bodies, turning them as dark as midnight, with eyes as pale and white as snow. Once they were seemingly possessed they would begin to attempt to locate other non-possessed individuals, then release the same mist that captured them form their very own bodies, capturing more for this strange hive mind.
It would only take a time frame of around thirty standard minutes for all but one of the crew of the Apollyon Detachment to be ensnared, as Helen Tancard managed to retreat within the ship, in the hopes of being able to launch off-world. Unfortunately, as she lacked the ability and technological know how to properly launch a ship of its size on her own, she was forced to call for assistance. She would remain in contact with a member of mission control on planet Haven, and they would promise that help would be on its way, but it would be a long way off, and by the time they were ready to launch, the mist had made its way into the ship's hull, ultimately leading to Helen Tancard's untimely demise.
After the disaster, both the Confederacy of Borealis and the Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems deemed that information on this event was too sensitive for public eye, and a cover up story was devised in order to not cause any form of panic. It was said that the crew of the Apollyon Detachment, while en route to the Apollyon Galaxy via Intergalactic Gateway, had the respective gateway they were traveling in collapse into itself mid-travel, crushing all onboard due to faulty opening methods.
The legacy left behind from the disaster has given both the Confederacy of Borealis, and the Commonwealth of Economic Nations more pause when considering new galaxies to colonize, and while the Great Expansion itself was on its last legs before the event due to diminishing funds, the: "Apollyon Incident" as it has come to be known as, cemented the final nail in its coffin, ending the program completely by the year 11,000 CE.
It has been theorized that the Apollyon Detachment and her crew have remained on Kybusia ever since, standing as a morbid Monument to the boundless aspiration of both the Confederacy, and her people.