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Novinur is the single habitable planetary body of the Malacon star system. It is unusual, though by no means unique, in that it is itself a moon of the gas giant planet Sulcandar. Malacon is located within the Coa Maru Cluster, and Novinur is a member world of the Confederation of the Coa Maru Cluster.
Novinur's unusual status as a moon rather than a planet gives it some unusual characteristics, starting with its distance from Malacon. Sulcandar, the gas giant planet around which Novinur revolves, is well outside what would normally be the habitable zone of the star. However, Sulcandar gives out a considerable amount more heat than it receives in insolation from the star Malacon, and this energy warms Novinur to the point of keeping it habitable, with an active hydrocycle. Novinur is still a fairly cool world, particularly at "fulldark" - the state of affairs that prevails on the side of Novinur which faces away from both Sulcandar and Malacon - but it is warm enough to have its own biosphere, and to support human life.
The planet's seasonal cycle is complex, depending on the interactions of Novinur with both Sulcandar and its star. The planet's "year" is technically its orbital period around Sulcandar, a period of 88 hours, or 3 Earth days and 16 hours. However, Sulcandar orbits around Malacon once every 5.82 Earth years (5 years, 299 days and just under 8 hours), and this more accurately reflects the planet's true seasonal periodicity.
Malacon star system
|Planet||Diameter||Rotational Period||Orbital Period||Axial tilt||No. Major Moons||Description|
|Casca||6,232km||54h 48min||73.4 days||0.07°||-||Barren rocky world|
|Pindar||14,607km||20h 13min||188 days||12.4°||1||Nitrogen-ammonia-oxygen atmosphere world|
|Arelin||8,197km||23h 52min||338.19 days||8.7°||2||Barren rocky world|
|Mangus asteroid belt|
|Sulcandar||171,000km||9h 21min||5.82 years||18.9°||41||Large gas giant|
|Orandimar||146,500km||14h 20min||20.17 years||63.4°||37||Large gas giant|
|Morcas||112,240km||11h 14min||58.36 years||50.2°||16||Medium-sized gas giant|
|Sacreon asteroid belt|
Casca is a small terrestrial planet with a very small orbital radius from the star Malacon. It is largely composed of rocky silicates, though extensive carbonaceous deposits give the planet a blackened, burnt appearance. The tiny orbital periodicity and blackened appearance give Casca its nickname: "the Cinder"; however, Casca is actually cooler than many planets in similar orbits around their primaries. Many planets this close to their parent stars are either tidally locked or have long, multiple-standard-day rotational periods, but Casca spins on its axis relatively quickly, completing one revolution every 54 hours and 48 minutes.
Pindar is a large terrestrial planet with a fairly dense nitrogen-ammonia atmosphere. Probably terraformable with sufficient investment, it is not survivable by humans without protective environment suits due to the high surface temperatures and the high ammonia (around 30%) and low oxygen (around 5%) contents of the atmosphere. Terraformation of Pindar would be an expensive proposition due to the heavy insolation from the star Malacon, aside from the moral consideration that Pindar is a life-bearing world.
Most of Pindar's life is to be found in its extensive oceans, which cover almost 90% of the planetary surface. The Pindarian ecology is fairly sophisticated, and adapted fully for life in an environment of acidic, ammonia-laced water just shy of boiling point. Some of its creatures even show signs of intelligence, though limited work has been done on attempting to determine exactly how intelligent, due to the environmental constraints of having to work in oceans of what amount to boiling nitric acid.
Pindar's single satellite is named Diseus.
Diseus is the single natural satellite of the planet Pindar. Only 2,196 km in mean diameter, it is a fairly typical small planet - barren, rocky and pockmarked with craters. It is tidally locked with Pindar, and orbits its mother planet once every 32 days and 10 hours.
|Astrography | Insignia | History | Government|
|Inuwatan | Haru | Anvarut | Saingavon | Boustrophedon | Albian | Novinur | Tamralipti | Umbuntu | Refuge | Poyolan|
|Amonophis | Labarnas | Tohona|
|AstroNavy | Naval Marines | Colonial Forces|
|Cziltang | Ka'Ren | Karkarakkaradekk | Naqbandu'sa | Oolu | Ree|
|K-Drive | K-Teleporter | Omega Particle Cannon | Magnetogravitic Force Wall | Nanodiamond | Wormhole Tap|