Homeworld of the To'ul'hs - a hot gardenworld
Image from Enrique Lescure
|Political Map of To'ul'h Prime; with date in the To'ul'h calendar|
To'ul'h Prime, Tohul - Data Panel
|Distance from Sol:||1235 light years (near NGC6633)|
|Stellar Type:||G9, no companions|
|Diameter:||0.91 sol (1.1 sol as seen from To'ul'h prime)|
|Planets:||To'hso'lo (Hermean), To'ul'h (Gaian/Cytherean, To'ul'h subtype), H'a'thass (Arean), Shthossaa (Jovian), Th'aa'ssoo (Neptunian), K'at'sa'thos'kul (Neptunian)|
|PLANETOLOGY||Planet Type: Gaian/Cytherean (To'ul'h subtype)|
Distance from Primary: 0.8 a.u.
Insolation: 1.3 Terran
Diameter: 1.1 Terran (14086 km)
Density: 1.1 Terran
Gravity: 1.2 Terran at surface
Day: 0.8 Terran (19 hours 12 minutes)
Year: 1.1 Terran (510 local days)
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.05
Axial Tilt: 7°
Natural Satellites: None
Geography: Gaian plate tectonics, but with low sea levels due to the quantities of water that have been absorbed by the atmosphere and biosphere or lost to space. Continents are high plateaus and mid-ocean ridges are partly exposed. The landmasses are contiguous, bodies of water discontinuous.
Atmosphere: 63 bars pressure at surface; boiling point of water at the surface is 286° Celsius. Dry composition 50% carbon dioxide, 9% oxygen, 38% nitrogen. 1% argon; sulphur compounds, and volatile organics make up the remainder. Variable but large proportion of water vapour. Clouds are ubiquitous; particulate matter, mostly organic, some consisting of 'airplankton' is also high. Extremely and chaotically turbulent, due to feedback effects between biological components in the clouds and heating by the local star.
Hydrosphere: Water on 45% of surface; varies from fresh to hypersaline depending on the body of water. In the largest seas, solar tides are approximately equal to half a Terran lunar tide, or one and three quarters of a Terran solar tide. Rainwater and most rivers are moderately acidic (pH 4) due to dissolved carbon dioxide. Most oceans and seas are anoxic at depth.
Surface Temperatures: 135° C at mean surface level; varies by altitude but varies little according to diurnal, latitudinal or seasonal factors. Continental uplands are significantly cooler than ocean basins. Unlike the surface, the middle and upper atmosphere does show temperature variations according to season, latitude, and time of day, but these are moderate due to the short day length and moderate axial tilt.
Climate: The slow and fickle movements of the surface winds pack considerable power, since the air at those levels is many times denser than the Terragen standard. Dust storms and rains of material for the upper levels are a feature of surface weather. Mildly seasonal weather is characteristic of the upper levels. Chaotic fluctuations in the wind circulation of the upper atmosphere lead to semi-predictable multi-season patterns, with some effects as far down as the surface. Convection thunderstorms are frequent in the upper atmosphere. Violent 'steam hurricanes' that may disturb even the deepest levels are a feature of the near-equatorial regions; cyclonic storms of any sort are strong due to a strong Coriolis effect from the planet's relatively rapid rotation.
Biology and Ecology: An extraordinarily rich gardenworld, comparable to Old Earth in diversity and abundance of life. To'ul'h Prime is the richest of the natural To'ul'h type worlds, possibly because nutrient exchange rates between the surface and the clouds are unusually high for such a world. Photosynthesis takes place in the middle and upper layers of the troposphere, which is thick with 'airplankton' and cloud forests; the surface ecosystem is based on detritivores and fungal equivalents. Eukaryotic-equivalent life with multicellular forms has arisen separately from prokaryote-equivalents in three or more different temperature regimes. The surface life forms are extreme thermophiles by Terragen standards; the middle and upper layer forms are adapted to more moderate temperatures.
|ORBITAL STRUCTURES||H'tat'sa'tho'soss (space ring): offers Terragen, To'ul'h and Muuh habitats; reconstructed 4646 AT from the original, which was destroyed in the Spacer/Homeworlder wars|
Eithne(O'Neill colony): offers Terragen and To'ul'h habitats; historically important
|IMPORTANT LOCAL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE||AI Overseer: O'hoth'so'toh ('Smoking Mirror') |
AI's Ethos: Caretakerism; moderately isolationist
AI's Current allegiance: Allied with some other Caretakerist factions
|GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION||Government Type: AIcracy; local government may be any traditional To'ul'h form|
Administrative Divisions: Many thousands of local nations/tribes/associations
National holidays: None are universal
Constitution: Compact of Eden, To'ul'h variant; many local documents
Legal system: Varies; rare overrides by O'hoth'so'toh
Foreign Policy: Isolationist
|POLITY||Name: To'ul'h Prime (sometimes Tohul in pidgin dialects)|
Symbol: A To'ul'h in 'flight'
Founded/Colonized: Discovered by Terragens 3831 AT; present rule established in 4645 AT.
Timekeeping: Many local calendars. The ancient To'ul'h standard ceremonial calendar ('Ha'ts'ul), used as a common point of reference by all civilizations, has been in use since 24,550 BT. It is based solely on the To'ul'h diurnal period, and does not correspond exactly to the solar year. There is a 512 To'ul'h day 'year' divided into 8 portions of 64 days each; each day is divided into 8 'hours', subdivided into 8 units with no Terragen equivalent (about 18 minutes a piece) and further divided into 8 'minutes' of about 2 and a quarter Terragen minutes duration. Each day is measured from noon to noon. All To'ul'h time units use powers of 8, in consonance with the base 8 number system.
|ECONOMICS, LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE||Economy: many local variations|
Currency: none universal; many local variations
Major Industries: tourism, various memetic exports, biological research
Angelnetting: full angelnet with utility fog is rare outside some small portions of the major cities; O'hoth'so'toh is reputed to be aware of all activity within the biosphere, but direct interventions are rare
Major Orbitals: Eithne, H'tat'sa'tho'soss
|PSYCHE, ART, CULTURE||Metapsychology and Metaethics: Highly variable; most are pre-contact To'ul'h schools of thought. |
Religion/Ideology: Variable; mostly traditional To'ul'h forms.
Language: To'ul'ho'lo'ss is a common language; there are many hundreds of local languages.
Aesthetics/Architecture/Style: Highly variable; many traditional pre-contact To'ul'h and some post contact To'ul'h styles.
|POPULATION||Surface: 170 million; all are nearbaseline To'ul'hs |
Orbitals: 0.8 billion, including many transient tourists, pilgrims, researchers, and associated service personnel; predominantly nearbaseline To'ul'h or post-To'ul'h
|TRAVEL||Stargates: 10 metre gate to Morogai (Ho'th'lhu'ooht) |
Beamrider Network: the system is host to 8 local cycles
Spaceports: Shuttle service only, from orbital habs to designated landing sites.
Hazard Rating: 0.1 for ordinary visitors; up to 10 for attempts to violate To'ul'hese version of the Compact of Eden (see Caretaker Gods entry).
Visa Restrictions: No permanent residents are allowed; local copy and reproduction rights are limited to natives of To'ul'h prime
Freedom of Movement: All travel by foreigners is subject to approval by Smoking Mirror or eir agents. Local law and custom may also place significant restraints.
Environmental Requirements: All travellers should be equipped to survive To'ul'h standard conditions.
Sites of Interest: Eithne and other important post-contact historical sites in near orbit; many thousands of cultural, religious, and historical sites from pre and post contact periods, many in active use.
|To'ul'h Prime with cloud layer|
|Tou'ul'h Prime (Tohul) without clouds|
|Shthossaa, a gas giant in the H'tat'sa'thoss system|
|Th'aa'ssoo, a cryojovian in the Tohul system|
|400,000 BT||First fully modern baseline To'ul'hs become distinct from pre-To'ul'h species; most live as bands of omnivorous semi-nomadic foragers, in a manner strikingly similar to that of baseline humans.|
|95,000 BT||To'ul'h civilization gradually and belatedly enters its equivalent of Old Earth's Agricultural Age (sometimes called the Ceramic/Obsidian Age after its primary material technology, and roughly equivalent to the Earth's Iron Age). With occasional excursions on the part of some individuals and polities into other technologies (batteries, dirigibles, steam engines) this complex series of culture remains more or less stable for hundreds of thousands of years and leaves its mark all over the planet. Environmental factors prevent the development of Industrial style civilisations; instead civilised life waxes and wanes on various parts of the planet according to climate and politics.|
|30,000 BT||Probable origin of To'ul'hoss meta-language, as seen in written documents|
|7500 BT||Fall of the most recent To'ul'h skywhale hunting cultures|
|3831 AT||The To'ul'hs are discovered by the MPA exploration agent Fortunate Cloud, who had been using a research swarm to explore the system's planets in detail. They are the first living and unequivocally sophont alien clade to be discovered within the sphere of Terragen expansion. No communication is made until observations are completed.|
|4011 AT||Terragen contacts with several of the To'ul'h cultures. Any interested To'ul'h are invited to join the Terragen civilisations, and many prove highly receptive to Terragen technology and ideas. To'ul'h ideas sparks a renaissance era in many Terragen cultures.|
|4300 AT||To'ul'h have acquired Terragen technologies and fully integrated them into their cultures; they interact with the many compatible Terragen clades, in some cases forming new hybrid cultures.|
|4318 AT||The first humans to be killed by through direct contact with living xenosophonts in a face-to-face confrontation. This occurs during a riot on Eithne, the orbital installation orbiting To'ul'h Prime. A rumour had spread among the To'ul'hs that members of a recently arrived team of Miramar tweaks were planning to attempt to eat a dead To'ul'h. This is a religious practice common to several major religions on To'ul'h Prime, but considered blasphemous when done by unbelievers. In the ensuing chaos two humans and three To'ul'hs are killed.|
|4511 AT||Increasing differences between the 'Promethean' Spacer To'ul'hs and post To'ul'hs and the 'Sisyphean' To'ul'hs (and some post-To'ul'hs) dominant on the homeworld and in the home system leads to the first true To'ul'h- To'ul'h wars since Terragen contact: the Spacer/Homeworlder wars. After several decades of interference and sporadic warfare the Spacers establish a technocratic dictatorship on To'ul'h Prime.|
|4528 AT||The To'ul'h Homeworlders, with help from sympathetic Terragen organisations, stage a bloody revolution and oust the Spacers.|
|4645 AT||The Spacers' final assault on To'ul'h Prime is stymied when the Caretaker God known as Smoking Mirror declares the To'ul'h system its domain and places it under the Compact of Eden.|
The H'tat'sa'thoss solar system
Image from Arik
|The home solar system of the To'ul'h|
|Caretaker Gods||Middle Regions/Hinter-regions||Mutual Progress Association|
|Systems & Worlds S - T||To'ul'hs|