Spectoris

Calixis Sector
SPECTORIS
SpectorisThe “Complete Ocean” of Spectoris is the subject of many legends. Some say there are sentient xeno forms of vast size inhabiting the unexplored depths of the world. Others claim that the world-ocean itself is sentient.

When the Lord Militant Angevin’s world surveyors first discovered the waterworld Spectoris, they were delighted by the vast quantities of fish that the planet seemed to promise and readily noted it as a potential agri-world for future use. As the population of the Calixis Sector grew, so to did its need for food. In 312.M41 the Sector Governor declared that the time had come to begin harvesting the piscine crop of Spectoris, a task that was to prove far easier to order than to achieve. The Imperium swiftly found that the denizens of Spectoris routinely destroyed all foreign objects that were placed within the world-ocean, effectively halting any large-scale collection efforts. For decades the legendary ‘Complete Ocean’ held the Imperium at bay, leading many to believe that the world-ocean itself was sentient in some inexplicable manner.

At last, frustrated by their inability to progress, the Adeptus Mechanicus turned to one of their more eclectic minded members, the somewhat infamous Genetor Halix Redole. Genetor Redole was known to be associated with a faction within the Mechanicus known as the Organicists, a group of tech priests who esteemed biological enhancement as being equal in value with the cybernetic, a somewhat radical if not heretical position from the Tech-Adepts point of view. Redole applied his keen intellect to the ‘Spectoris Problem’ for five years before hitting on a solution. The Genetor discovered that a form of sea life roughly analogous to terrestrial coral was attracted to certain chemicals. By blending the chemicals with a bonding agent derived from a Spectorin fish, Redole created the compound known as Coral Paste. The paste draws Spectorin coral to whatever it is applied to, soon creating a ‘natural’ layer of sea life that causes the creatures of the world-ocean to regard the encrusted vessel as native. The Genetor’s success opened the way to large scale Imperial harvesting and Coral Paste is now regularly applied to all Spectorin ships, no matter their size, as well as being repeatedly caked across the entire hull of the planet’s sole underwater habitat, Enkaidan. Coral Paste has proven to be useful to the colonists of Spectoris as a makeshift hull repair agent on a number of occasions. It’s utility is marred by the fact that it must be reapplied frequently, else the coral covering can deteriorate with lethal results. Coral Paste is a highly regulated substance due to the extreme value of a great many Spectorin species of fish, which inevitably brings poachers.

+++PLANETARY DATA+++

GALACTIC POSITION: 88/23/CS/SW.

EQUATORIAL CIRCUMFRENCE: 17,500 Miles.

CLASS: Agri-world (producing crops of fish and seafood).

YEARS AND DAYS: Spectoris takes 388 Terran days to Orbit its star and spins on its axis every 24.6 Terran hours.

POPULATION: 2,000,000.

MEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURE: 35°C.

TROPOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: Nitrogen 72%, Oxygen 25%, Argon 1%, Ozone 1%, Carbon Dioxide 0.5%.

CLIMATIC REGIONS: The entire surface of Spectoris is covered in ocean.

NATIVE FLORA AND FAUNA: A variety of animals and plants live in the seas of Spectoris, the vast majority of them form a vast planktonic soup drifting in the great ocean. The Lantern Jaw is the largest predator in the Calixis Sector. It is a vast eel-like piscine xeno-form over 200 metres long indigenous to Spectoris.

ECONOMY: The population of Spectoris most live on vast farming rigs, tethered to submerged reef or rocks by numerous cables.

The people of Spectoris refer to their currency as Scales or Fins, and being particularly flush with cash is often colloquially referred to as having a shoal of fins or looking a bit scaly.

PRINCIPLE EXPORTS: The sector’s largest exporter of fish and fish-meal product.

COUNTRIES AND CONTINENTS: None. Enkaidan – Spectoris’ sole Imperial habitat is located on a submarine peak.

IMPERIAL GUARD RECRUITMENT: Spectoris is not expected to raise any regiments of Imperial Guard beyond their Planetary Defence Force. The populations farming work is considered an important enough service.

CONTACT WITH OTHER WORLDS: Spectoris sends shipments of food to many other worlds in the Calixis sector. There are relatively stable warp routes linking Spectoris to Tranch and Sentinel.

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