Monday, February 21, 2011

Introduction to the Nine Worlds: Amphitrite

Amphitrite, known off-planet as "The Jewel of the Nine Worlds" and as "N'gor Thrak'ta'' (roughly translated as "This 'gorfragging thrakhole") by many locals, is the most water-rich of the Nine Worlds. Its spectacular scenery, diverse, equally spectacular, and incredibly abundant, if largely poisonous, flora and fauna, and markedly favorable exchange rate make it a highly desirable destination for discerning travelers.

It is poor in readily-accessible mineral and metallic resources, but rich in renewable biologicals, and trade in the exotic woods, hides and carapaces that can be obtained nowhere else forms a substantial part of the economic activity with the rest of the Nine Worlds. The unique venoms and toxins produced by its native species are in particularly high demand for the Collectively-sanctioned production of medicines, pesticides and herbicides, and weapons of war, as well as for the less legitimate but even more lucrative trade aimed at supplying the needs and desires of recreational or retributional users.

The dominant culture of this world, if it can be said to have one, is the aggregate expression of a complex and fluid set of familial, economic, and religious relationships between the myriad seafaring tribes and clans which vie for influence and economic control of the profusion of islands and lagoons which festoon the predominantly shallow seas that form the boundaries between the two major continents (Delphinius and Poseidon) and of the sea lanes that connect them.

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  1. Many thanks to the wonderful folks at NASA for this remarkable image, which is actually a false-color rendering of the surface of Venus, highlighting differences in elevation. It was obtained by unmanned probes using cloud-penetrating radar.