The system

Code: space

Menidiath is part of a small solar system in the inner parts of what we know as the milky way. The system itself contains 4 planets, 1 dwarf planet and 8 moons orbiting the different planets. Out of these stellar objects, 3 are used for the purposes of the Starlight Union.

The planet Menidiath

Besides being equipped with standard system-altering shields, Menidiath is orbited by 3 moons and 7 archive stations. In addition to this, a dwarf planet is kept in gravitational lock with the planet. This stationary satellite serves as an off-planet research station as well as a recreational facility for personnel stationed on Menidiath. Menidiath is the only laboratory world in its system, and is cathegorized as a class 6 system, meaning it has undergone two mass extinction routines during its use.

System-altering shields

Here we see a diagram of the planetary shields that protect Menidiath. These shields are standard equipment on all the experimental worlds that the Starlight Union uses, and they fulfil many functions, including but not limited to:
- Communication transceivers connected to the Starlight Union's galactic network, and by extension, the universal network. - Teleportation/transportation relays, also connected to the galactic transportation network.
- Reality stabilizers which keep the changes that the Starlight Union's personnel make to the laws of reality on the experimental worlds.
- Monitoring the world as well as the system outside.

These shields are, by default, cloaked and invisible to the primitive people who live in the experimental worlds. But on Menidiath, these shields failed during an unexplained disaster some time after the galactic rupture, meaning they are fully visible in the sky.

Archive stations

Here we see a diagram of the archive stations that orbit Menidiath, containing samples of biological life, geological records, as well as cultural relics that have been salvaged. Though usually cloaked and invisible to the primitive populace, the archive stations became visible on the same day that the planetary shields' cloak fell.

Keeper outposts

The outposts that the Keepers have built and used vary greatly in both size and complexity. Some are used merely as monitoring stations, whereas others control entire continents. However, since the day that the Keepers found themselves being hunted, using these stations is extremely risky, and may attract the attention of the Godslayer. Because of this, most of them have been abandoned and left to decay in hidden places around the world. Most of them are highly secured, but there's no guarantee that they won't be found by some lone wanderer...

Abandoned equipment and instruments

Besides stations and outposts there are also uncountable pieces of equipment littered around the world, as well as ruins of unfinished projects. To the primitive populace, these may seem like ancient sculptures or idols, brought to life by sorcery or divine powers. But in reality, they have very specific functions, ranging from simply measuring changes in climate, all the way to cloaking stations or controlling gravity itself. Though most of the equipment may be harmless, one never knows when it may break down and malfunction in very bizarre ways...

An overlook of Menidiath (click for larger version).

Planetary data

Radius: 6774.2 km
Equatorial circumference: 42,541.976 km
Surface area: 576,375,700 km2
Volume: 1.3015 x 10^12 km3, roughly 20% larger than Earth.
Days per orbital year: 453

Moons and satellites Menidiath has two moons in orbit, whose names vary from culture to culture. Most cultures with some form of advanced timekeeping combine the cycles of these two moons to form 15 separate months during the year, as one orbits Menidiath at a rate of 3 cycles/year and the other at a rate of 5 cycles/year.

Effectively, this gives Menidiath 5 different seasons compared to our 4. Winter, spring, summer each take up a general period of 3 months. Fall, however, is divided into two periods: the period of harvest, when everything grows ripe ; and the period of dying, when nature slowly winds down.

A note regarding official dates:
Official dates use the format - meaning 386.8.4. denotes the fourth day of the eight month of the year 386.