Race of long-vanished xenosophonts specialising in terraformation

Orobon - near the frost line
Image from Steve Bowers
A spoontree forest near the north polar frostline of Orobon, showing how trees on this world orient themselves towards the tiny white dwarf star, which hangs motionless in the sky.
The name used by the local populace to describe the long-vanished terraformers of alien origin who terraformed Ararat, Orobon and a number of other worlds in the so-called Garden of Paradise cluster. This race is classified by the Hamilton Institute as Unknown Xenosophont Species HIE294CZE, and vanished 39 million years ago.
Ararat Forest
Image from Steve Bowers
Ararat strobilatrees and skyfish are typical of Mysterian biota.
The Mysterian jungle consists of a range of diverse plant/jellyfish creatures which outlived the Mysterian race and has evolved significantly since. Each terraformed planet in the Garden of Paradise cluster now holds a unique ecosphere, which share a common genetic ancestry but also show distinct signs of alien genetic engineering. Although the Sophic League has amassed a large database of Mysterian genetic data, all attempts to discover the characteristics of the Mysterian race has failed. Some commentators suggest that they resembled jellyfish/plants themselves, and may have been colonial organisms; however this has not been confirmed.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 08 December 2001.