"Umala. He who would lead his two sisters in the First Songs of Comfort for the Great Cloud. With his deep soothing voice, he would lull our heavenly creator to her much deserved rest."-Songs for our Holy Golden Mother (Verse seventeenth)Umala is the first major moon of Quare-Altum, fifth planet of the Zana System, in the Gold Nebulae located in the Mid Arm of the Ambrosia Galaxy. It was also the former first planet of the system. It was a hot D-Class world before being terraformed into the temperate E-Class world we see today.
Umala has had a varied history to say the least. From being taken from another star system, to becoming the first planet of the Zana System, and finally being moved into the orbit of Quare-Altum and becoming its first major moon.
Before the Thay-Tu joined with the Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems, they were unable to colonize Umala thanks to their inborn nature of only existing in aquatic environments, and since Umala was originally a hot desert, it's not hard for one to figure out as to why. With the help of the Ambrosia Alliance, Umala, along with its two sister-worlds of Deapa and Cannna would be made into the spitting image of their home world of Quare-Altum thanks to the far superior technology of the aforementioned intragalatic civilization.
One of the most famous features of the moon would be its age, with it being the eldest object in the Zana System, even being older then the three stars it orbits. The reason for this would be that the world would be captured by the stars' gravity from the nearby star system of Pateha as they once crossed paths throughout the Gold Nebulae's orbit in the Mid Arm.
In Thay-Tu Mythology, Umala was the lead vocalist of something they referred to as the: "First Songs of Comfort". In these songs, he and his two sisters of Deapa and Canna would lull the deity associated with the Gold Nebulae named: "The Golden Mother." to a deep sleep every local Quare-Altum' night.
The geography of the moon varies depending on the landmass in question. In total, the moon has two continents surrounded by the large ice caps created thanks to its tidally-locked nature. In between the continents are several islands, isles and volcanoes.
- Nashen: Is the largest of the moon's continents and as such, it has the most dynamic and varied landscape of the two. It's bumpy surface is covered in countless hills and criss-crossing canyons in between them. As well, large snow-capped mountain ranges dominant large expanses of the continent. Near the main landmass' borders with the Umala Ocean is hundreds of islands broken apart from the mainland that range in size from three kilometers in diameter, to as large as fifty kilometers in diameter. Across the continent are several large cities meant for those who live on the moon who do not belong to the Thay-Tu species, or any other aquatic base Ambrosia Alliance member species. The largest of these cities was Umala-Utopaty, which itself serves as the moon's capital.
- Minata: Is the smaller of the two moon's continents and due to this, it has a fairly uniform landscape of flat deserts, with small pockets of ice-capped mountains. As well, it is the coldest of the two thanks to the encroachment of the moon's western ice cap known as the: "Soothing-Tristia" . Several non-Thay-Tu cities are located on the continent with the most notable being the city of Umala-Tristia, a large walled city located in the border between the main Minata continent, and the Soothing-Tristia. One large island nicknamed: "Minata's Hand" is located towards the south-east of the the mainland, ultimately being broken off during a large lunar-quake. This island has an extremely flat ladscape and it holds the port-city of Umala-Portina.
- The Soothing-Tristia: Is the respective night time regions of the moon and as such, it is an endless icy wasteland filled with large bumps, hills, canyons, and lakes. As well, large mountain ranges dominate various areas. In between the Soothing-Tristia and the respective borders between the the continents and the ocean, the ice region takes the appearance of a massive wall. Due to its nature, its few sparsely placed settlements are only populated by Ambrosia Alliance member species that live in arctic regions.
The climate of Umala depends on the time in which we are referring to. During its time as a planet of the Pateha System it was a frozen desert world, with a blisteringly cold average temperature of -116 degrees Celsius , cold enough to freeze parts of the atmosphere and cause it to fall to the ground in the form of snow.
After it was taken by the gravity of the Zana System, it would be flung into orbit of Zana (A) and become the first planet of the star system. Once it settled, it would become tidally locked to the star and its temperature would raise exponentially, with an average temperature of 352 degrees Celsius, and thanks to the runaway greenhouse effect caused by the melting of the aforementioned atmospheric snow, this temperature would remain the same on both the day and night sides of the planet.
Later on, when the Ambrosia Alliance of United Systems repositioned it into orbit around Quare-Altum, it would begin to naturally cool as it was pulled away from the star. It would be cooled further with the use of cooling devices during the terraforming preformed by the Ambrosia Alliance.