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Polysiton
Designations
Alternative names Lampardion II
Orbital characteristics
Aphelion 879,722,800 km (5.8805 AU)
Perihelion 869,505,120 km (5.8122 AU)
Semi-major axis 872,886,080 km (5.8348 AU)
Eccentricity .1519
Orbital period 586.6 Standard Days
Average orbital speed 73811 km/hr, 20.503km/s
Inclination 3.658° to Lampardion's Equator
Satellites 2 natural (Seleukeia, Euxeine
Physical characteristics
Mean radius 13,226.8 km
Equatorial radius 13.228.1 km
Polar radius 13.219.5 km
Flattening .00065013
Surface area 2,198,894,000 km2
Volume 9.689x1012 km3 (about 8.94 Earths)
Mass 6.0258x1025 kg (about 10.08 Earths)
Mean density 6.231 g/cm3
Equatorial surface gravity 23.0240 m/s2 (Equatorial), 23.054 m/s2 (Polar)
Escape velocity 24.657km/s
Sidereal rotation period 1.5041 d
Surface temperature min mean max
Kelvin 236 289 317
Celsius −37.2 °C 15.8°C 43.3°C
Atmosphere
Surface pressure 144.355 kPa (MSL)
Composition

61% Nitrogen, 29.6% Oxygen, 2% Xenon, 1.41% Carbon Dioxide, .5% Methane

.6% Helium, .4% Hydrogen, 4.49% Water vapor (2.8-5.8%)
Species
Native Flora Thrane, Psalchos, Ephran, Sthale, Hyppho, Ergamata, Klaups , Nantos, Granikos, Glukeis
Native Fauna Lagikoi, Dodekapodoi, Sues, , Lagoi, Melittai, Megalios, Halpa, Kankares, Thorakitai
Societal Data
Segmentum Segmentum Asia
Planet Classification Paradise World
Factions Eleutheroi: Territorial Independence Army and Posterity of The Sentinels
Primary Species Lagikoi

Polysiton is the homeland of the Lagikoi, and it is the most life-rich planet of Lampardion. Polysiton is very much like Terra: dense, water rich, and teeming with life. As is Lampardion, Polysiton is very young, and it is estimated that Polysiton was formed not more than 650 million years ago. This is very surprising as this would have meant that Polysiton's life generating process was far faster than that of Earth.

Given its rich ecosystem, Polysiton is a valued strategic point in the Lampardion system. Polysiton is the home to the Lagikoi, sentient and lapine kephalothorakes known for massive appetite and surprisingly visible technological development. Given its strong magnetic field (2.3 times stronger than Earth), Polysiton has warded off the much of Lampardion's radiation, although the radiation of Lampardion is far stronger than that of the Sun, meaning that the UV rays that reach Polysiton is around 3 times stronger than that experienced at Terra.

Polysiton's crust is solid, and given its solidity, there are no incidents akin to the earthquakes in Polysiton. However, although the crust is solid, there are regions in which the crust is rather thin, meaning in some places the content of the mantle may sometimes leak out.

EtymologyEdit

Polysiton is derived from the Greek prefix πολυ-, meaning many, and σιτον, meaning grain and figuratively food. This is in agreement with its nature, noted for its rich biome, particularly edible things.

CompositionEdit

Like any other terrestrial planet, Polysiton features the core, the mantle, and the crust. Like the Earth, Polysiton also features the outer molten core, made largely of the transitional metals, including but not limited to Zinc, Iron, Zirconium, Palladium, and Cobalt. Polysiton's crust is much more metallic compared to the Earth, having far less silicon and oxygen than that of the Earth. Despite this, Polysiton's crust is rocky. The upper mantle contains most of Polysiton's metalloids, and like the crust, Polysiton's upper mantle contains far less silicon, having more boron, germanium, and tellurium in its stead. The core, made primarily of Titanium, spins very fast, advancing 2.5-3.2 degrees ahead of the rest of the planet, compared to .1-.5 degrees at Earth.

HeatEdit

Polysiton has far less radioactive elements than Earth, and the key radioactive element, Uranium, exist primarily in the U-235 Isotope rather than the longer lasting U-238. As mentioned, Polysiton does not have plates like the Earth. However, Polysiton features much more mantle plumes in return, resulting in more hot spots than that of the Earth, although Polysiton generates far less thermal energy given the lack of radioactive materials.

SatellitesEdit

Both of the Polysiton's satellites, Euxeine and Seleukeia, are terrestrial, and given their location and mass, the satellites themselves field a thinner but significant atmospheres, and they themselves can host life as well, although not to the extent of Polysiton itself. Unique to Polysiton, Euxeine and Seleukeia are noted for their orbit, which encompasses Polysiton in the same orbit, only in different locations. Even more surprisingly, Euxeine and Seleukeia have roughly the same mass, Seleukeia bigger than Euxeine by only .04% in terms of mass. Given that, Polysiton features a unique "bulge" in the hydrosphere. Given that, coastal erosion is quite a force to reckon with, and Lagikoi that are classified as "coastal" actually build their settlements a significant distance away from the actual shore, often building it near cliffs which are often caused by the high tides resulting from the two large moons.

Geography and GeologyEdit

Polysiton consists of 6 major landmasses. The largest one is the Megale Patris, consisting of 55% of the surface area that is not covered in water. The Megale Patris is a ringlike continent, having a large body of water in the center that serves as a source to Megale Patris's numerous rivers. Closest to Megale Patris is Aphrantis, situated southwest of Megale Patris. At its closest, Aphrantis is separated from Megale Patris by the Strait of Aps 7 miles long. Aphrantis is the landmass with the most number of colonies, many with the metropolis located at Megale Patris. Far from Megale Patris is Zyngos, which comprises 23% compared to Megale Patris' 55%. Zyngos is largely forest-covered, and is also most densely populated by feral Lagikoi, with a few civilized colonies. There is the region of Libye which is conneted to Aphrantis by a small peninsula conveniently called the Sinai, and Libye sports a long river called the Menelos, which spreads into a large delta region. Unlike the Nile, the area outside Menelos is actually mostly grassland, and game is quite abundant in the grassland, although Menelos is inhabited almost exclusively by civilized Lagikoi. On the eastern side of Megale Patris, across 85 miles at its longest, is the Theresalia, which is considered the breadbasket of Polysiton, especially as it is considered the most fertile region, asides the Menelos river valley and the Oxys river valley. Theresalia is a peninsula, connected to the larger landmass of Lampra. At the eastern shores of Lampra is the archipelago of Chioi, consisting of 3 major islands, and 8 minor islands.

Polysiton is largely rocky, sporting a planetary density of 6.231g/cm, slightly denser than Earth. Polysiton is rich in Titanium, its most abundant metal, followed in order by Chromium, Europium, Aluminum, Iron, and Copper in that order. Polysiton also has notable deposits of Zirconium, largest deposit located at Mount Attike at the southeasternpart of Megale Patris. It is lacking in most radioactive elements, having a uranium deposit that is only a third of that of Earth.

However, Polysiton is known for very high soil organic material, far higher than that of Earth. Given the high soil organic material density, Polysiton is very fertile, and some studies claim as much as 70% of Polysiton is suitable for farming, most of those that are not often heavily forested, bogland, or mountains. Of the land unsuited to agriculture, over 40% are located in Zyngos, as Zyngos is mostly covered by heavy rain forest with high canopies.

Polysiton also features a unique crystal named Areios, which consists of multiple compounds and elements, notably silver iodide, copper sulfate, pyrite, and others, although it consists primarily of copper, hence its blue color. Given the presense of silver iodide which gives it a high ionic conductivity as well as the piezoelectric property, Areios is a valued material, especially as Areios is also an electroluminescent material. Given its aesthetic value as well as its economic value given its composition, Areios is a small but valuable commodity in the Lagikoi society.

BiomeEdit

As stated, Polysiton is known for its rich resources and ecosystems. Although not as diverse as that of Earth given the lack of time, Polysiton features multiple species of organisms, even the multicellular organisms. As evolution didn't get enough time to weed out things, many of the organisms have quirks that would be considered strange in Terra.

Polysiton also sports a rich flora, as well as a host of large faunas with the Lagikoi as its most iconic species. Given the abundance of food in Polysiton, fauna here generally are large. There are 5 notable flora of Polysiton: Thrane, a berry of rich flavor and calories that serve as luxury food/delicacy of the Lagikoi, containing as much as 800 kcal per bundle. Thrane is most often consumed raw, although Thrane juice is also a popular commodity among the Lagikoi community, both in the feral and civilized Lagikoi communities alike, Psalchos, a herb with medicinal qualities, such as antibacterial properties as well as analgesic properties, is a common feature in Lagikoi medicine. Psalchos is most often used in ointments, and Klaups, a common ingredient in industrial processes: berries used as explosive agents, leaves boiled to a balm that helps with vulcanization of metals, and its roots used in production of sulfuric acid given that it is rich in oleum. Euraly, a mineral rich herb used as a spice that exist almost exclusively with a type of photogenic fungi called the Hynna. However, all are dwarfed by the presense of Ergamata, which is unique in that it stores its energy not as sugary carbohydrates, but rather as hydrocarbons (as Ergamata's cellular respiration tend to use up whatever carbohydrates and oxygen that it has, thus the Ergamata is the primary source of fuel for the machinery of the civilized Lagikoi.

Notable food crops include Sthale, which is very similar to a pomegranate except that it is blue, Ephran which is a type of grain similar to corn, although Ephran kernels are orange and Ephran is centered around a spherical cob that contains a gel-like nucleus rich in nutrients rather than a cylindrical cob of a corn, Nantos, a very sweet pome, and Granikos, a coarse stalky vegetable similar to celery. The Lagikoi are omnivores, thus they also domesticate su(es), a piglike animal with thick legs and meaty tail, alongside the bous, the counterpart to the terrestrial cow that is bipedal, rotund, and with grazing arms designed to graze without killing most of the plants. Another addition to the domesticated animals is the Blatton, a type of fish that is known for its laziness even in the wild. As sweetener, the Lagikoi use honey gathered and created by a communal species of butterfly, although the wealthier Lagikoi cities often raise Glukeis (literally, the sweets) which is akin to sugarcanes, although the Glukeis hold their sugar in podlike fruits. Lagikoi use this to supplement honey, the most common sweetener in the Lagikoi food culture.

There are other notable species of animals in Polysiton. The most notable are probably those of the pachydermic group, most of them severely reduced in number due to the aftermath of the Pachydermic wars, a war caused largely due to the competition for food. There are also the Lagikoi (singular lagikos), bunny like creatures except that it is a kephalothorakid creatures. They also have the equivalent of the Terran rabbits, also called the Lagoi (like the Ancient Greeks, the singular, the lagos, is marked by an omega rather than the omicron as it is in the plural and the modern Greek singular form.) However, the Lagoi population density is not the highest in Polysiton itself, but rather in one of its moons, Seleukeia. The vast majority of the animal species are herbivores, and given the relative lack of carnivores, the fungi here are very quick in digesting food. Given that, the swamp bogs that are often the focus of fungi population, tend to be very acidic, some bogs having an average acidity as low as 3.8 pH, and the bogs are one of the few regions in which agriculture is unsuitable. The Pachyderms, as will be mentioned in the Lagikoi article, were a major species, until whittled down by the Lagikoi in the Pachydermic War. The few that survive are almost always herbivores, those which are not considered dangerous to the Lagikoi: the omnivores and far fewer carnivore pachyderms being systematically destroyed by the Lagikoi, which were considered a delicacy by the pachyderms.

Asides notable terrestrial species, Polysiton features a rich fauna when it comes to aquatic environments. Polysiton's shores are very rich in edible creatures, to the point where the Lagikoi use the term Skaphe (meaning cradle) to point to the shores. Polysiton's shores feature a wide variety of shells and clams, and it is not uncommon for a shore to be bordering a coral reef. In fact, a large portion of shallow sea is covered by coral reefs, and fishing industry is a key source of food for many coastal Lagikoi. The biggest animal to live in Polysiton's seas would be the Megalios, an animal akin to the terrestrial whales. The Megalios often sport a length of 42 meters, and the largest recorded Megalios was 77 meters long. Given the immense size of Megalios, successfully hunting a Megalios is considered a great feat by the Lagikoi. Crustaceans consist of a large part of the aquatic biome, and the dodekapodoi, a small creature with hard exoskeletons, 12 feet, swimmerets and antennas that can both swim and crawl, are one of the key catches in Polysiton's rich waters. In the freshwater environments, the dominant food species is the Halpa, which is shaped like a stereotypical edible fish. At almost all aquatic environments are the Kankares, crustaceans with 4 large pincers and 6 large legs, allowing Kankares to operate a certain distance from water. Like most crustaceans in Polysiton, Kankares are edible, and in fact are considered good food. Last of the domesticated animals would be the Thorakitai, a 6-legged herbivore with an hard upper protection with holes. The Thorakitai lays eggs, which is an important element of Lagikoi cuisine as much as the chicken egg is to human cuisine. The second product of the Thorakitai is the juice produced by the Thorakitai. The juice is particularly useful when sweets such as Thrane is given as feed. Although the Thorakitai juice is not a mainstream cuisine amongst the Lagikoi, it has gained ground.

As for other arthropods, the melittai are raised by the Lagikoi. The melittai are flying insects, most of them no bigger than 1.5 cm long that live in a communal society, as their name suggests (melittai mean bees in Ancient (or to be more exact, Attic) Greek) The melittai, unlike the terrestrial bees, have no stingers or queens: the melittai also reproduce asexually via self-fertilized eggs. As for defenses, the melittai have sacs that hold caustic slime, which can be launched out of the thorax, giving melittai a ranged defense, albeit rather inaccurate one. As their name suggest, the melittai are raised primarily for the honey, although they also produce the royal jelly and the pegnystes, which is used to build their colonies. The pegnystes are distinct from beeswax: The pegnystes work as glue, and hence the pegnystes are not primary building material of the melittai. In fact, plant matter are the primary material consumed in a colony, and the colony is usually built from the ground, as a colony usually grows too large to be supported by an ordinary tree. The melittai tend to be non-aggressive near Lagikoi, as the melittai are especially fond of the nutrient pellets that Lagikoi excrete. However, the melittai aren't as friendly to humanoids, although the melittai generally cause very little damage to humanoids harvesting their honey, especially if mollified with feed. Melittai exist almost entirely as a domesticated animal under Lagikoi.

TriviaEdit

  • There is a settlement named Polysitos in the Xanthi regional unit of Greece. It was formerly named Polysiton as demonstrated here. However, the name choice Polysiton is purely coincidental, not affected by this fact.

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