Infinite Galaxies: Star Patrol
A desert planet within the Epsilon Aurigae system, Dyyraal was not a place of interest until five years ago, when prospectors discovered rare mineral and gas resources. Since that time, various interested parties have flocked to Dyyraal, with the intention of extracting these resources before it’s too late.
Location: Epsilon Aurigae
Distance from Star: 0.5 AU
Natural Satellites: None
Atmosphere/Climate: Class M4 – Breathable with contaminants (dust), high temperatures, no native water or food sources
Day/Night Cycle: Day 44 hrs, Night 3 hrs
Solar Cycle: 1 Year = 770 days
Structure and Composition
Dyyraal has an unusual orbit that scientists are still trying to understand. In the current period, only two years remain before the planet will be too close to its brightest star, Epsilon Aurigae A. At that time, the planet, already inhospitable to biological life, will be too hot even for machines to function. Estimates are that Dyyraal will be unavailable for another 73 years.
Recently, prospectors working on Dyyraal discovered the presence of Hydrogen Deuteride gas and Monazite-Silicate ore. These materials, fairly rare in the known galaxy, are abundant on Dyyraal. Interested parties, such as the Masskai Empire, the Terran Alliance, and some interstellar corporations, have come to Dyyraal to extract these resources. Because of the planet’s orbit, there is a short period of time in which these resources can be harvested.
Dyyraal is a desert planet and is too inhospitable for biological life to operate there without environmental suits and heat protection. Even machines, such as robots and vehicles, must be modified with special protection against the elements. Dyyraal is a rocky planet, devoid of critical resources like water. In some places, especially those with higher mountain elevations, the terrain is impassible by land. Wind is also a factor; with no foliage to block it, the wind can be fairly substantial at times.
The Masskai were the first to build a permanent colony, known as Baal-Keth. It is located in a zone known as the Abandonment. The Terran Alliance built the Canyon, their city, in a zone known as the Tribulation. The consortium of the Varpad, Fallenci, and Gunoi Corporations, collectively known as the Dyyraal Compact, built their colony, High Crest, in a zone known as the Delta. Other zones that exist on Dyyraal are: the Sickness, the Desperate Wind, the Corruption, the Sea of Silver, the Caves, and the Towering Peaks.
Dyyraal has only one spaceport, located at the Dyyraal Compact’s settlement, High Crest. An agreement tentatively grants pass-through rights for ships with other organizations to use the High Crest spaceport — for a nominal fee, of course.
In terms of population, Terran humans number the most on Dyyraal. Not only does the Terran Alliance have a planetary colony on the planet, but human-dominated corporations also have a presence here. The next most numerous species would be the Masskai, who also have a colony here.
In addition to these groups, there are also independent “wildcatters” who have come to Dyyraal to exploit the gas and mineral resources.