Tirtha

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Tirtha (J152502) is a system in Class 4 Wormhole space. The system is currently home to the Akheteru Integrated Astrometrics Corporation and is in the process of being settled and colonized.


Stellar Primary K3 (Yellow Small)
Planets 11
System Class 4
System Locus J152502
System Status Occupied
Population 1,240,000

History

Since its discovery in YC112, Tirtha has been colonized and abandoned by several capsuleer organizations. In the first month of YC118, Akheteru Integrated Astrometrics CEO Charlinda Akheteru found the system to be deserted. The system's third planet, which she observed to be within the star's habitable zone, showed signs of human occupation, but all life signs present exhibited as non-sentient. Each of the twelve planets in the system was watched over by a derelict customs office and more than 20 of the system's 35 moons were orbited by an offline control tower. Over the next 6 hours, Ms. Akheteru and her corporation set about moving all of their spaceborne infrastructure into place to occupy J152502 and establish a permanent. From that moment on, the system has been called Tirtha, and its third planet has been known as New Intaki.

Celestial Bodies

The system of Tirtha has one star, eleven planets, thirty-five moons, and two static wormholes.

Kainta

Kainta is the stellar primary of Tirtha, a K3 Yellow Small type star. The common yellow dwarf is unremarkable in many ways, it is three billion years old, and is expected to shine for another 5.1 billion years. Kainta experiences a solar cycle of 18 years, estimated off of current data. Its habitation belt exists between 2 and 4 AUs.

Arbha

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Population <100
Average High 2,500°c
Average Low 1,100°c

Arbha is the first planet in Tirtha. 0.3 AU from Kainta, Tirtha's first planet has been baked by the star's heat for billions of years and temperatures on her surface are regularly in excess of 1,000°c during the day cycle. Mercilessly beaten by solar winds, its abundance of heavy metals makes figuring out how to overcome the hazards of extraction quite worthwhile. Immediately upon acquiring control of and refurbishing the system's eleven customs offices, Akheteru Integrated Astrometrics installed several expensive automated extraction and processing centers, controlled by a licensed firmware featuring the latest security advancements developed by Alexylva Paradox engineers. The toxic metals and chiral structures produced by these drone-operated facilities are a large component of AIA's fuel production apparatus.

Maush

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Population >600
Average High 120°c
Average Low -143°c

Maush is the second planet of Tirtha, one half of an AU away from its star. This planet often shines in the night sky of New Intaki as Kainta's solar winds shimmer across its thin atmosphere. While its surface exhibits evidence of previous life, nothing has lived on Maush's surface for hundreds of millions of years, at least. Its surface is pocked with craters, some relatively tiny and some gigantic. Initial tests of the soil inside and around these craters discovered elements not native to the planet's surface. Upon further examination, traces of material consistent with the ammunition that Sleeper Drones use was found, leading AIA scientists to speculate about a large battle taking place in Maush's orbit eons ago, before the Second Empire Jove entered Stasis, possibly even before they discovered Anoikis. Single-celled organisms continue to thrive beneath the planet's surface, however, and Tirtha's Board of Planetery Management is exploring the possibility of terraforming the barren planet some time in the future.

New Intaki

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Population 58,000
Average High 45°c
Average Low -10°c


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0.8 AU from Kainta, New Intaki and its single moon, Daayad form the basis for what Charlinda Akheteru hopes will offer her people a new, brighter future. New Intaki orbits quite a bit closer to its solar primary than Intaki Prime does, but its climate is similar to the latter. The BPM has biologists and botanists hard at work in determining what, if any, species indigenous to Intaki Prime might be able to survive on this world without utterly destroying the planet's own native species.

Diaspora City

New Intaki's capital, Diaspora City was founded immediately after AIA's supremacy in the system was consolidated. In its current state, the city is small with less than 60,000 citizens, many of these being Syndicate-born Intaki and Thukkers of the Du'uma Fiisi clan, but they have already constructed a new Intaki Cultural Preservation Center as well as a Minmatar Tribal Heritage Center and a ziggurat housing a Shrine to the Idama, a place for both Intaki and non-Intaki to learn and study Ida, The Way, the faith of the Intaki people. Diaspora City also houses what will become Tirtha's central governing body, the Tirtha Assembly.

Hollows-Tancréz Memorial Center

In orbit over Daayad, New Intaki's solitary moon, is the Hollows-Tancréz Memorial Center. Tasked with the further refining of Cerebral Cognitive Inducing Neural Booster compounds produced at the Saccade Applied Pharmaceuticals facility into Improved and Strong grade compounds, the facility is named in honor of the pioneering doctors who discovered the method for genetically altering viruses for the purpose of unlocking human potential with minimal adverse side effects. Without the work of Doctors Hollows and Tancréz, the work of Akheteru Integrated Astrometrics' Pharmaceuticals Division would not be possible today.

Neramav

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Population >100
Average High 30°c
Average Low -30°c

1 AU from Kainta, the ocean world of Neramav is largely uninhabited, but the Tirtha Assembly is reviewing plans for an ambitious and sprawling undersea settlement. In the meantime, several extractor units have been established to exploit the planet's bountiful waters.

Yekaliv

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Population >100
Average High 40°c
Average Low -15°c

Only .2 AUs beyond the orbit of Neramav lies the dead terrestrial world of Yekaliv, and its moon, Yevakalk. Similar in size and elemental makeup to New Intaki, Yekaliv also orbits within Kainta's habitable zone and it is likely the planet may also have been home to complex organisms at some point. However, proximity to the immense gravity well of the gas giant Nafk causes a powerful aggravation of tectonic activity every time the two planets pass each other in their orbits. This has left the core of Yekaliv unstable, and the surface a boiling, roiling mass of volcanoes and lava flows.

Nafk

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Population 0
Average High 30°c
Average Low -8°c

Orbiting at 2 AUs, Nafk is the first of two gas giants found orbiting Tirtha's sun and it's difficult to say which of the two is the more powerful force in the solar systems ecology. Composed mostly of noble gases, the atmosphere of Nafk is unusually rich in Radon. This requires the personnel assigned to staff the harvesting and processing facilities suspended in Nafk's thick atmosphere to wear cumbersome protective equipment while transiting back and forth from the customs office for their shifts. The Tirtha Assembly hopes that this risking of its peoples' lives will be made unnecessary once Nafk's command centers are upgraded with the firmware licensed from Alexylva Paradox and full automation is re-enabled.

Krisnard

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Population >1,000
Average High 55°c
Average Low -275°c

3.4 AUs from Kainta, lies the barren world of Krisnard. With no appreciable atmosphere to speak of, there is no evidence of anything more significant than subterranean microbial life ever existing on the barren planet. Until now. Planetary scans have revealed dense pocket of base metals in the planet's crust and several processing facilities were constructed almost overnight to access these hidden resources. Krisnard's industrial center is now an important part of Tirtha's economy as well as the production of starbase fuel in the system.

Khanep

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Population >250
Average High 85°c
Average Low -25°c

At 4.6 AU from the sun, the oceanic world of Khanep could easily have supported life if not for the presence of the gas giant Surayam. The effect of Surayam's gravity well is evident in the warmth of the planet's unfathomably deep waters, heated by the chaotic activity at the planet's core. Each time the two planets pass within proximity of each other, Khanep experiences an increase in storm activity nearly rivaling that observed on Sodahrmaru, further fueled by intense super-tidal activity as Khanep's waters respond to the gravity of Surayam and her 21 moons.

Surayam

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Population 0
Average High 40°c
Average Low -15°c

Over three times the size of the gas giant Nafk, the titan Surayam is the brightest object in the New Intaki night sky. Exerting its gravitational influence not only on its 21 natural satellites, but every planet in the solar system, this planet is the master of Tirtha's ecology. Its dense, gaseous atmosphere swirls with corrosive winds upwards of 720 kph. At its core boils a molten mass of roiling liquid metal not dissimilar to the core of Kainta. Under different circumstances, Surayam may have become a star itself - in the fullness of time, it still may.

Sodahrmaru

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Population >500
Average High 110°c
Average Low -15°c

In orbit just over 15.8 AU from Kainta, the immense Sodahrmaru with its large, powerful core, mild tectonic activity and dense atmosphere might have had a chance at supporting life despite its distance from its solar primary, but its proximity to the gas giant Surayam destroys any hope of that. The effect of Surayam's gravity well has turned Sodahrmaru's oxygen-rich atmosphere into an angry, roiling caldron of superheated plasma and electrical storms. This atmospheric hostility is somewhat mitigated by the gravitational effect of the planet's two moons, but has still required all industrial and scientific installations on its surface to be outfitted with the highest grade electromagnetic shielding. The ionic solutions harvested here, though, are worth the extra cost and it is hoped that in the future a safe enough power source can be developed to make a sustainable and sufficiently shielded biodome a reality.

Tirtha Central Administration

The headquarters of Akheteru Integrated Astrometrics, Tirtha Central Administration orbits Sodahrmaru's first moon. From her offices at the corporation's heavily armed and fortified primary control tower, Ms. Akheteru oversees production of not only AIA Pharmaceuticals' cognitive enhancement products but also her corporation's mining and shipbuilding activities.

Akheteru Institute of Theology

Founded in Origin when its primary sponsor, Enkil "Havohej" Akheteru, was employed by Alexylva Paradox, the Akheteru Institute of Theology is dedicated to the study of religious indoctrination, its limitations and its remifications, and how it can be used to good or ill effect with regards to bringing about social change. Privately funded by Enkil Akheteru himself, the Institute is house in a starbase in orbit over Sodahrmaru's second moon, its Dean reporting her faculty's activities and findings to Mr. Akheteru directly.

Kalakar

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Population >500
Average High -115°c
Average Low -278°c

27.3 AU from the sun, Kalakar is little more than a huge ball of frozen stone wrapped in the thinnest of atmospheres, but the abundance of planctic coloniies and microorganisms trapped in its ice suggest it may not always have been this way. Its surface, however, is rich in frozen aqueous liquids and heavy metals, so the Tirtha Assembly has wasted no time in establishing several industrial colonies on its hellishly cold surface.

Abpaktun Crater

Several kilometers deep, the Abpaktun Crater mars the floor of what may once of been an ocean basin on the planet's southern hemisphere. It is theorized that this crater may be evidence of a cataclysmic event that killed the planet's core, leading to the cooling of the planet and the cessation of all tectonic activity, and subsequently, all life on Kalakar. Traces of material found on three of Kalakar's seven moons would seem to support this theory, but further study is required to reach a definitive conclusion.

Saccade Applied Pharmaceuticals

Orbiting Kalakar's first moon is the heart of the AIA Pharmaceuticals Division, Saccade Applied Pharmaceuticals. Employed at this corporate starbase are thousands of men and women, roughly one third of these slaves, tasked with the operation and maintenance of S.A.P.'s several biochemical reactors. These reactors refine gases sourced from all over New Eden and imported to Tirtha, where they are eventually turned into user-ready Cognitive Neural Boosters at the Saccade Processing Center. Perhaps the most dangerous and unpleasant job in all of Tirtha, one out of every one hundred units of capsuleer-grade combat booster is tested for quality assurance. Because neural enhancers suppress the autoimmune system and cause encephalitis, among other side effects, this testing is inevitably fatal for non-capsuleers - most die after the second testing cycle, though some rare unfortunate few manage to survive a fourth or fifth before eventually experiencing a complete neurological failure - the testing pool is mostly made up of slave laborers, with the occasional criminal sentenced to "The Trials" by the Tirtha Tribunal of Justice in Diaspora City.

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