Our Sister Planet
Ethonia is the third planet in the Uraeus solar system. It’s an understatement to say that she is the planetary representation of paradise: perfect and beautiful in every way. Ethonia is the exact opposite of Earth and the home to the Ethonians and Akeshi. This planet is clean, beautiful and filled with archaeological wonders which would fascinate explorers for a life-time.
The royal Ethonian monarchies strive to keep this planet clean and without any pollution whatsoever. Many humans have fled to Ethonia in search of a happier, healthier life-style which is in tune with nature. There are many Ethonian and Drakojan tribes who have rejected to live a modern life-style and have decided to continue to pursue their native cultures and traditions. All machines and vehicles have been modified to prevent any pollution or toxic fumes from entering the atmosphere. This of course conflicts with Earth-based companies who care only about their own greedy profits, and do not want to spend a little extra cash on filtering their machines and products.
Over the summer, average temperatures can reach up to 60 degrees Celsius and in the winter down to -90 Celsius. Overall the planet is fairly warm, tropical with a few major landmasses and many islands.
Ethonia has two natural orbiting satellites, the two moons: Thamu and Jarente.
The planet’s sister is “Archanai”, the fourth planet in the Uraeus system.
One Small Step For A Man…
When mankind first orbited the planet, no signs or traces of any kind of civilization, city lights, or anything whatsoever relating to technologically advanced life was seen from space. This lead us to believe the planet was uninhabited by intelligent life and thus a small party consisting of five explorers was sent to investigate the surface of the planet.
Mankind first encountered the Ethonians while examining stone statues in the thick jungle forests at one of the north eastern continents near the Saleya tribe’s location. A group of tribal hunters had encountered the humans. In fear of these new otherworldly beings and their strange devices, the Ethonians had thought the explorers were the ancient gods who had returned as promised in old sacred writings.
It was quickly discovered that the humans were anything other than gods, but that didn’t disappoint the Ethonians or make them any less interested in us. The humans were greeted with open arms, and both species began forging a friendship which would alter the course of both planets forever.
Moon 1 – Thamu
The closest moon to Ethonia. “Thamu” means, roughly translated: “lonely island”.
The size and mass are practically identical to Earth’s moon and houses an incredibly large international space installation, the “ISI-419”, which acts as a port for both commercial and military flights to and from the planet. Every newcomer to Ethonia is sent to Thamu before they can set foot on the planet. Thamu also has a few other, smaller military installations, but mostly for research, refueling and shipment purposes.
Moon 2 – Jarente
The moon Jarente is an absolute mystery. It is the second and farthest moon from Ethonia. Jarente is so small, it’s roughly a tenth the size of the moon Thamu and almost not considered a moon at all. Readings indicate the moon is hallow and sometimes has slight changes in its orbital speed and direction, something which is practically impossible. What’s even more disturbing is the Ethonian name given to it. “Jarente” means “observer”, someone who watches over something. The military has refused to allow anyone build a base on it, let alone set foot on it. It is a sealed off, highly restricted area.
Ethonians don’t speak much of Jarente, but Elder tribal leaders shiver in fear when questioned about it. To them it’s a subject only a few may speak about.
Ethonia possibly has more than three cities left behind by the pioneers. Only two have been confirmed thus far: one in the icy valleys up north, one underwater and perhaps more have been rumored to exist.
The Akeshi believe that these cities were left behind by the pioneers and guarded extremely well, so that once a species is mature enough and prepared to understand whatever knowledge is locked away in these cities, would they then be able to survive the journey and unlock the hidden secrets on their own.