(Dulcinea/Ylesium) - Second world of the star Ylesium
Plasma Sails over Crystal continents; World of the floating magna-crystals
World gravity 0.67 g
Atmo nitro/oxy/traces 66/31/ 3%
Much of the world’s carbon is caught up in the “Crystal cycle”
- This cycle has been slowly disrupted over the last 30,000 years, and most especially over the last 10
- Export of crystal structures has occurred long enough that crystal formation is now occurring at a slower rate.
- Imperial scientists formulate that this may even slowly bring the turbulent world core to a full halt in half a million years at the present rate of “mineral estrangement”
World is crisscrossed by immense bands of incredible geo-magnetic force, somewhat overlapping with the leys
Surface of planet immense crystalline formations forming over vast floating islands of salt, in a shallow warm world ocean. The skies are a constant turbulent aurora save at the equator.
In between the crystalline mountain ranges, the climbing-crystal formations of the ground, and the magnetic storms of the skies, there are seas of floating crystals and magnetic rock, in regular orbits, slowly decaying and being replaced by other, newer formations that break off rather than fall. These crystal islands have populations of blue, spider-like beings that spin immense webs between them.
A race of imperial humanoids exist in the millions that share the world with them. (See below)
Dust storms (which are dangerous to unprotected eyes) - see also below under Salt Winds. Greater degree of turbulence as one approaches the surface due to differences in atmospheric density.
The Salt Winds - the name for the “precipitation” that in some sectors Dulcinea is known for. The volume of crystalline dust generated by the mining and cracking of many of these crystals leads to vast upper atmosphere wind storms. These are like Terran wind/dust storms but of course with winds of higher velocities and blowing small diamond dust like particles from a variety of originating sources.
The Crystal hunters are nomads that exist in a somewhat “culturally symbiotic” relationship to the Spiders. “The Spiders” are definitely the species “on top” on Dulcinea; they control the industrial processes with regard to the crystal industry, on world. It is they that the small scruffy unofficial but vast band of Dulcinean crystal hunters primarily serve and service and do business with. (Though of course off world, those in the know find that experienced Crystal Hunters are ideal candidates for certain types of theft and other criminal enterprise in the Empire. Some crystal hunters are happy to see the universe and ply their trade in a wide variety of climates and environments.
Some in the stratosphere use immense magna-sails to remain aloft, so long as they do not try to cross from the north to the south or vice versa, they may likely remain aloft indefinitely. On the “ground” large salt harvesting industry-cities slowly sail-crawl over the shallowest of seas. In the middle zone between the highest surface peaks and the lowest floating islands, there are many large plasma sail skiffs coming and going, the small ones on business, and the large ones immense pleasure craft, many belonging to the barons of the crystal market.
World settled during interregnum prior to the Second Empire by Friggian crystal hunters. The inhabitants are thus descended from second clade Friggians (Who were quite likely mine-slaves.) and primarily display second clade morphology
Dulcineans frequently have light blue to gray skin, with many evincing a spotting pattern. Of second Clade Friggian descent and morphology (newer (blue skin, white hair, hair along ankles, feet, wrists, sometimes facial hair as well to a greater or lesser degree)
Exports – Crysteel, Dulcinean crystals, other crystals, salt
Crysteel (a particular variety of crystalized iron, introduced in the early Second Empire era, normally “grown” in 0g grows wild and irregular in the skies above Dulcinea. The unique qualities the Crystal cycle endows these metals with makes them highly sought after for experimental Imperial tech and especially the outfitting of custom starships. Crysteel has a unique mixing process which manages to preserve some of the other qualities that get mixed in due to “impurities.”) skiffs take loads of the crystal “iron” to low orbit and there massed Low orbit factories produce great sheets of Crysteel.The full write up, including the Crystal Hunter character class and more is here