Celestial Empire Of Galactya
Thirris Star System
High Orbit Of Thainul Inthae
Thainul Inthae was the main world of the Thirris Star System, and part of the ancient and highly modified Worlds of the 1st Quadrant of the Galactyan Empire.
The Thirris Star System, in which Thainul Inthae carried out its lightly eccentric orbit, contained another four planets, but two of them were far too close to the G3IV star for proper Terraformation, as the closest one even had parts of their surface who had melted away, while the second one’s atmosphere was in the process of being blown away into space: thus, they had both been used as mining outposts, and quite efficient ones as well. The third planet, Thaeron, had been successfully terraformed, becoming a temperate-warm tropical planet with neogenic jungles and silica deserts brimming with simple sentient life, but it was decided to use it as a nature reserve and to not colonize it, while still placing copious amounts of light-refocusing weather machines and all kinds of monitoring sensors.
As one could guess, Thainul Inthaewas a vastly different situation. A large gas giant (that you can imagine as having a mass and diameter between those of jupiter and saturn) that orbited Thirris in it’s habitable zone.
While originally devoid of any life, after the planet was colonized all layers of the gas giant were given their own large and thriving ecosystems: swarms of aerostatic floating fauna and flora filled the upper atmosphere, while large electrosynthetic organisms nourished themselves with the lightning in the ever dark lower layers of Thainul Inthae’s atmosphere. What most amazed alien foreigners, however, was the fact that an actual environment was present even inside the planet’s metallic hydrogen core: in those dark depths liven incredibly exotic lifeforms whose biology was based on resistive magnetohydrodynamics, instead of conventional chemistry.
Together with the bountiful animal and plant life that saturated Thainul Inthae’s everlasting skies, aerostatic and anti-gravity suspended habitats soared through the chaotic storm clouds and colorful gas bands. The gravitationally suspended ones in particular, fuelling themselves with the helium and hydrogen funnelled in through artificially created magnetic funnels, managed to become dozens of kilometers in diameter, some even exceeding 50 or 100 kilometers. These habitats, essentially resembling giant platforms, were now Thainul Inthae’s biggest cities, hosting many millions of citizens.
Thainul Inthae’s orbit, just like the surface, was equally impressive and active. The gas giant’s rings, made of highly reflective regolith, had been fully stabilized, and between their bands (or directly inside them) were located copious amounts of orbital habitats, artificial satellites and production facilities. More than 5 major moons, thousands of kilometers large and extensively terraformed and inhabited, orbited the planet as well, together with their 120 smaller siblings.
The EverBlight was, normally at least, a MegaCaptor ship serving in the 3rd Border Patrol Fleet; however, it had been called to Fylethim, another world in Quadrant 1, to be outfitted with new experimental Gravity Engines, and had now entered Thainul Inthae’s high orbit after a short patrol session of the surfaces of the system’s two innermost planets. Just when the EverBlight was about to depart back and go towards one of the Hyperlane Relay Station, the main deck received an urgent notification from one of the sensor arrays.
⩤⩥ THAINUL INTHAE EXTERNAL SENSOR ARRAY ⩤⩥
URGENT SECURITY COMMUNICATION TO: EVERBRIGHT MEGACAPTOR [DESIGNATION CpCMg-5281]
Unknown Energy Burst detected at 0.07 AUs from current location of CpCMg-5281.
Unknown Energy Emission signatures originating at 0.07 AUs from current location of CpCMg-5281.
Unknown Continuated Energy Emissions originating at 0.07 AUs from current location of CpCMg-5281.
Energy Burst and Continuated Energy Emissions appear to be of similar nature.
Energy signatures do not match any known natural event or known foreign technological signature.
Please investigate. The Central Management Terminal for the GAF has already been informed. No notification or permission request is needed.
Excitedly, the EverBright’s captain, ordered the rest of the crew to change route. Instead of going directly back to the Border Hyperlane, they would be taking a short detour to investigate this mysterious anomaly. Even in the worst case possible, it would just be a Warp Space Anomaly. Those had become more common (and actually started happening) inside of the Galactyan Volumes, probably due to the heightened Drakari traffic, even though the actual cause was yet to be determined. So, to put it simply, it would have just been a simple and short trip that would take them 15 minutes at most. Nothing important.