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  • Alc1 The Fiery Furnace, Solar System

    by EAB

    Alc1 First Planet of the Alchibah System

    Painting by Travis

    Orbital Radius: 44.43 million miles.

    Orbital period: 106.31 days. Rotational rate Indeterminate.

    Moons: None larger than 100 miles.

    Planetary diameter: 4,800 miles.

    Atmosphere: Vapor pressure levels of metallic gases.

    Average Surface Temperature: 2700 deg F.

    Alc1 Might be best described as a molten blob of swirling liquid metal. Rotational rate has not been determined as it must vary according to the distance from the planetary center. In the infrared it appears to be a planet composed of liquid metals. The planet does receive about twice as much solar heating as the Solar System’s Mercury, but this would not be enough radiant heat input to account for the heat output radiation signature. In order for Alc1’s surface temperature to be as hot as indicated, Alchibah’s contribution must be augmented by additional volcanic, gravitational, and nuclear heating. This combination makes iron molten on the planets surface.

    Alc1 Terragen Image File

    Other metals besides Iron are also present, but as of now, (planet fall +5), have not been quantified. The overall wave like surface indicates a rock type substratum of an indeterminant nature but likely high in carbon and silicates.

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    Alc2 Hot and Cold, Solar System

    by EAB

    Alc2 Second planet of the Alchibah System

    Moons: At least 7 captured asteroids. None detected larger than 85 miles in diameter.

    Atmosphere: Oxygen and water vapor identified but incompletely analyzed.

    Alc2 has a rotational rate equal to 2/3 of its orbital period. It receives roughly 4 times the solar radiation per unit area as does the Earth. Models show the temperature on the Alchibah side will exceed 245 degrees F. at local noon. Due to the slow rotational rate, and radiation into space, temperatures on the side opposite Alchibah, at local midnight, could reach -90 F. Between the two temperature extremes liquid water may be present.

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    Alc3 Alchibah’s Moons, Solar System

    by EAB

    Under the Moons of Alchibah All Times In Alchibah Hours and Days

    Alc3 Planet Alchibah Rotational period 20 hours 18 deg/hr.

    Moon 1 Oliver Dia. 950 miles.

    Orbital Radius. 138,000 miles. Period 16.21 Days.

    Absolute Orbital Motion 1.1 deg/hr. Relative Motion 16.9 deg/hr.

    Angular diameter .4 degrees.

    Maximum Luminosity Luna = 1 0 .72

    Tidal Influence Luna = 100 32.4%.

    Rotational period 46 hours. Surface Gravity 7% Earth Standard.

    Moon 2 Carter Dia. 185 miles.

    Orbital Radius 16,926 miles. Period 13.7 hours.

    Absolute Orbital Motion 26.2 deg/hr. Relative Motion -8.2 deg/hr.

    Angular diameter .63 degrees.

    Maximum Luminosity Luna = 1 1 .85

    Tidal Influence Luna = 100 16.8%.

    Rotational period 13.7 hours. One side will always face Alchibah. Surface Gravity TBD. Less than 1% Earth Standard.

    Earths Moon Absolute Orbital Motion 0.54 deg/hr. Relative Motion 14.46 deg/hr. Angular diameter .5 deg. Surface Gravity 1/6th Earth Standard.

    The maximum light reflected by both moons to the planet Alchibah will average nearly 260% greater than that which Luna reflects to the Earth.

    The moons tidal effects, when aligned, will be a bit less than half of what Earth experiences. Due to the differing orbital periods most of the time the tidal effects will be at odds and fighting each other. when they are at the point of greatest interference the resultant maximal tide will be about 15% of that experienced on Earth. This will be when the moons are separated in their orbits by some 90 degrees.

    View from above Northern Planetary Pole. Flag showing constant reference position. A tangent to the planet at the base of the flag will give a reference horizon line.

    The direction of sunrise on Alchibah has been designated East. The outer moon Oliver, when viewed against the fixed stars, will seem to drift slowly westerly across the night sky in a manner very similar to Earth’s Luna. Because Carter, the inner moon, circles Alchibah so much faster than Oliver, or earths moon, it will be seen to travel towards the East as night progresses at a rate slightly greater than 8 degrees an hour and will also seem to change phases. See Illustration. Both moons are heavily cratered as would be expected.

    The angular diameter of the star Alchibah as seen from the planet is about 0.3 degrees, slightly larger than half that of the Sun as seen from the Earth, though Alchibah is of course much brighter. This smaller angular diameter, combined with a 200 million mile distance from the planet, means that even with Oliver and Carter having diameters less than that of Luna, eclipses will be quite common and that both moons are capable of totally eclipsing Alchibah. The relative closeness of both moons to the planet is another factor which will greatly increase the frequency of eclipses. Still another is their more rapid orbital periods. With Carter being so close to the planetary surface it should be possible to see it being eclipsed almost every night.

    The above discussion is somewhat simplified as nightly positional changes against the stellar background will also be influenced by Alchibah’s 922 day orbital period and axial inclination. For complete Moon and Tide details see the Alchibah System Ephemeris.

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    Alc3 — Star View Towards Earth

    by EAB

    As seen from the northern temperate region of Alchibah our former sun is 48.15 light years away and a barely visible 5th magnitude star. It may be seen low in the southern sky and out of the plane of the ecliptic during early Alchibah spring at times when both moons are below the horizon. Alpheratz 3 degrees higher in the sky is easily visible at the 2nd magnitude. The view shows all neighboring stars brighter than magnitude 6 and is approximately 30 degrees wide.

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    Alc3 Planet Alchibah in Detail, Solar System

    by EAB

    From the Log Files of William Bartlett

    We were 2 days out and about 50 million miles away from the planet when the last of the colonists were revived. A general meeting was held after Captain Travis’ welcoming speech with the Historian as moderator. Among other things and after much wrangling it was finally decided to call the planet Alchibah. Too many names were suggested for any other name to get enough general support. One of the colonists objected to calling the planet Alchibah because we would be getting it confused with the star. The Hist told him that if anyone talked about landing on Alchibah or exploring it…. the planet was probably what they had in mind.

    Total surface area 152.2 million square miles. Land Area 43 million square miles. About 15 % of which was in the north or south polar regions and hence unsuitable for colonization. The two major continents together held about 85% of the land mass the rest distributed as islands, mostly in the tropic and mid latitudes. Excluding mountainous elevations there would appear to be some 30 million square miles of land area suitable for consideration in choosing a landing site.

    Atmospheric Pressure was 87% Earth Standard. This when combined with the slightly higher than Earth oxygen ratio meant that we should experience no problems existing outsides without suits if the biological factors weren’t too hostile. The fact that the oxygen content was high and spectral analysis indicated that the plant life had a chlorophyll based chemistry, were both positive signs. Exactly how close it was to what we were used to could only be determined after landing but at least the land area showed a lot of green.

    The planets’ cloud cover seemed much like the Earths’. There were swirling patterns showing circulation. The only electrical activity we picked up were random bursts typical of thunderstorms and lightning. The rain shower indications meant that fresh water should be plentiful. We would need to determine if it was contaminated with heavy minerals or biologicals.

    Once we hit orbit very high resolution photos will be streaming into our database and all colonists will need to help in evaluating them. Even from our present distance we were able to use the northern most tip of a triangular island just off the coast of the larger continent to set a prime meridian for a planetary coordinate system.

    Some Unresolved Questions:

    1. We have three ships capable of landing on Alchibah; Captain Travis’ “Surprise” and the two freighters. Do we first send exploration teams? And if so how many? Who gets sent? We will need a biologist and a gunner at least. Or maybe we just send gunners the first time and have them bring back samples.

    2. First landing on a continental site or an island? An island landing might lessen the potential biological threat.

    3. Would using the Lancer’s lifeboats to land colonists be too risky and hard on the lifeboats? They can’t have been designed with many planetary landings in mind. They might make good vehicles to use for exploring the systems asteroid belt though. Or crammed with explosives good anti ship missiles.

    4. Could we use one of the landers to burn off vegetation and sterilize an area suitable for planting crops?

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    Alc4 Gas Giant, Solar System

    by EAB

    Observations by William Bartlett

    The fourth planet of the Alchibah System.

    Dia. 91,100 miles. Orbital Radius 855,805,762 miles. Orbital Period 22.38 years.

    Planetary Characteristics: Similar to Jupiter but with a fine ring structure. The Atmospere is extremely dense and composed primarily of Hydrogen and Helium. Exact percentages have yet to be determined.

    Moons: 17 Known to date ranging in size from about 4,700 miles to less than 100 miles. One shows signs of an oxygen atmosphere, two show evidence of liquid hydrocarbons.

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    Alchibah Solar System

    by EAB

    Observations by William Bartlett

    Alchibah System: A First Look

    In 2042 Brandon Carter was the first person to enter the Alchibah Wormhole. He was sent by R. J. Hamilton and was expected to return, if possible, within a year. When he failed to show up on time Stan Oliver volunteered to make a second attempt. He was successful though it took him 6 years for the round trip journey. Upon his return he reported seeing no sign of Carter or his ship. Oliver did bring back much of the detailed information covered in the first section of this entry.

    Distance: 48.18 LY.

    Type: F2-111-1V Star. Just off the main sequence. The -III-IV types have used most of their original hydrogen and are slightly larger and hotter then the sun. Called Sub Giants and Giants. Compared to the Sun, a G1 or G2, F stars are not only hotter but don’t last as long. It is likely Alchibah is about 3.5 billion years old as to the Suns 4.5 billion years. It’s ight, as seen through an atmosphere, should be somewhat whiter. Alchibah may only last another 700 million years whereas the Sun should have another 4 billion.

    General Description: The system consists of 6 planets, numerous moons and an extensive asteroid belt with much dust scattering in the plane of the ecliptic.

    Planets: 6 Alc1 - Alc6 Names will be added when settled upon.

    Alc3. Distance from Alchibah: 201,388,000 miles with a 2,443,000 mile eccentricity.

    Orbital Period: 923 days.

    Axial inclination: 12 degrees. This should have a moderating influence on seasonal temperature variations.

    Diameter: 6.960 miles.

    Surface Gravity: .98 Earth standard. The planet is slightly, about 11%, denser than Earth so an elevated heavy metal concentration is likely.

    Planetary Day: 19.81 hours.

    Surface Characteristics: 72% water 28% land. Two major Continents and numerous Islands of varying size. Temperature on average about 2 degrees colder than Earth.

    Climate: From Tropical to Arctic.

    Atmosphere: 23% Oxygen, 72% Nitrogen, 5% various.

    Number of Moons: 2

    Moon 1 Oliver Dia. 950 miles. Orbital Radius 138,000 miles. Period 13.38 days.

    Moon 2 Carter Dia. 185 miles. Orbital Radius 16,926 miles. Period 13.56 hours.

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    Alchibah Solar System — Asteroid Belt

    by EAB

    Into the Belt

    Painting by Travis

    The Alchibah system asteroid belt has a mean radius of 470 million miles. It is roughly 300 million miles wide and extends about 6 degrees above and below the plane of the ecliptic. Its density is at least 20 times greater than that of the Solar Systems’ though even this makes it, pretty much, mostly empty space. It is estimated that the Solar System has an amount of material in its’ asteroid belt equal to about that of the Earths’ moon. The Alchibah system belt has a total mass greater than that of the Earth itself. Perhaps the absence of any Mars type planet between Alchibah and the first Gas Giant explains this fact.

    We have detected to date, in the belt, at least seven asteroids larger than the 485 mile diameter of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System. Two are known to be in excess of 1100 miles. Still the average rock, of any size, is separated from its nearest neighbor by 50,000 miles. Though unexplored as yet it is expected the belt will hold a higher percentage of metals and radioactives than what we have been familiar with. We have to date catalogued over 3500 belt objects with many more to find and only the orbital elements of the largest 100 or so have been determined with any precision.

    What the Alchibah belt has, that makes it so very spectacular, is a large component of small dust particles and ionized gasses. These debris, are the residue from cometary collisions with the asteroids as the comets plow into the inner system. Some is due to collisions between the asteroids themselves. Out gassing from the Alc4 and Alc5 Gas Giant moons are likely responsible for another large contribution. You can think of it as a system sized florescent bulb. Even as a florescent tube is mostly vacuum with an ionized gas; so is the Alchibah asteroid belt.

    A clear night on Alchibah should reveal a glowing band across the heavens, a dozen times brighter than the Milky Way and twice as wide. Not nearly bright enough to read by but impressive none the less.

    Ships collision avoidance systems will easily cope with travel through the belt but the amount of small dust and gas particles will limit speeds to perhaps a few thousand miles per second. If faster speeds are necessary a path up and over the belt will have to be plotted.

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    Alchibah, Local Vicinity of Stars

    by EAB

    Chart View

    Photo from Mayflower Archives

    As seen from Earth the Alchibah star system is dim and quite difficult to see with the unaided eye. Being a Southern Hemispheric object, in the northern latitudes, it never gets much above the horizon. Any city glow or bright moonlight will wash it out completely. With binoculars it may readily be seen, though only for a few hours at a time, before it dips below the horizon. The above chart is a standard reference. The photo was taken on route to the Wormhole and may be used to locate Alchibah’s position and those stars in the same general viewing area.

    The Sun as seen from Alchibah will be even dimmer by at least a full magnitude and probably not visible to the naked eye. Atmospheric conditions on the planet will have much to do with this along with the latitude of our selected landing site. Alchibah’s two moons and system dust scattering will also make for a bright sky glow. As soon as the landing site is selected, and atmospheric data analyzed, a view from Alchibah to Earth, will be prepared.

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    Farming and Farmland — Liberty Twp

    by EAB

    Farming - Initial Agriculture

    How much land we will need to plant will be determined by our population size and farming efficiency. Back on Earth the most efficient farmers the world had ever seen resided primarily in the United Stated of America on the North American continent at the end of the 20th century. With about 300 million acres under cultivation a population of 300 million was supported. Naturally some foodstuffs were imported but there was a large net export advantage especially in grain crops. Of this land almost 25% was planted in corn, a major portion of which was used for livestock feed and ethanol production. With corn the astounding output of 120 bushels an acre had been achieved by the late 20th century

    The factors which made such an unprecedented productivity possible were, on the natural side, climate, soil condition and an abundance of water. The human induced factors of large scale farms, machine use, fertilization, insecticide development and genetically modified plant species were equally important.

    The site of our initial landing was chosen with a view to climate and water availability. In terms of temperature we should be fine but the growing season will be 2 and a half times as long. This will add problems of storage and the need to grow multiple crops each year. Timing of planting so that the crops become available sequentially rather than all at once will be important for an efficient harvest. If the soil type is favorable, a factor which presently appears likely, we will not have for some time the amount of special machinery, insecticides, and fertilizers employed on earth.

    Some types of foodstuffs require special types of pollination; the use of bees for instance. We have brought along bees, but will they survive? Or if they cannot will another of Alchibah’s species take over their function? Even the presence and actions of earthworms have a large effect on crop yields and we have brought worms with us but the same questions asked about bees apply to them. We have only limited abilities to improve yield by genetic modification. It will be critical that we overcome any of the problems which present themselves as rapidly as possible.

    We have hydroponics on board the Mayflower but this is a stopgap and short term aid at best. Incapable of rapid expansion, production requirements and transportation make it more labor intensive than food grown planetside. Most colonists have never eaten a real, non greenhouse tomato, when they do another one of the reasons will become obvious.

    In the efficient areas on Earth direct farm work is the occupation of less than 2% of the population. Seven of the colonists were engaged as such before they joined us, luckily a higher number than chance alone would have provided. A survey and average of this “expert opinion”, suggests that we will be doing very well indeed in the short term, (short being 5 Alchibah years), to reach 15% of Earth values with 10% being far more likely.

    Therefore, planning for a population of 200, to include expected births, about 2000 acres, or over three square miles, should be put under cultivation as quickly as possible. We will need double or triple the number of farmers initially though the use of robots might eventually minimize or eliminate this problem. Until we learn enough to teach the robots there seems no alternative. Provision for preserving and storing foodstuffs during the long non-growing times will also require additional labor at first but could well be taken over by the farmers once they were established.

    It is already certain that the agricultural output will not be needed for fuel production as the abundant forests and clearing of land will provide more than enough biomass into the foreseeable future.

    For additional discussion see Farming Livestock and Animal Husbandry.

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    Government — First Colony Farm

    by EAB

    Primary Edit Lester Reye

    When the council in public meeting began talking about getting the farming underway the discussion was lively. Including myself their were five of us colonists who actually owned or operated farms back on Earth. I had raised cattle and hogs before getting into politics and my farm still did the same but with a manager rather than me in person. Frank Turner grew grain, Chen Yamasak had run a vineyard and raised fruit trees as a sideline. Bartholomew (Thal) Isaacson said over his years he had raised a little bit of everything and the Ortega’s (Manuel and Felicia) had raised vegetables and garden crops. All of us had some experience of course in the others major areas of expertise. Hamilton’s selection process had served us well in this area.

    The Historian was the acknowledged master by now on poultry and was considering adding turkeys to his mix. Isaacson suggested he add rabbits also, as soon as we could get some through the tubes. With a 30 day gestation period and a breeding cycle of about the same they would give us a secondary source of meat faster than almost anything else. They should also be able to eat the native grasses and in cages be easy for the bots to manage.

    The Council agreed that those six, counting the Ortegas as just one member, would make up the farm board and be responsible for drafting and submitting for vote farming related issues that affected the entire colony. Even that farm board would need to be voted upon by the township as a whole. But as none of those who witnessed the meeting where this was approved objected it looked like a given.

    We had already cleared and begun to prepare farmland to the north and west sides of the township so it was agreed to use this land, and clear enough more, to get a first 150 grid communal farm in while us farmers worked on private plots. Until we were sure of their safety all the decanted livestock would be kept here and I would be their primary overseer at a rate of 1.1 SLHs. The other farmers would receive the same and workers on the communal farm would be authorized at the 1.0 standard rate. That same principal was applied to Bartlett and Fortson’s lumbering and the Andy Stuart’s power project.

    Frank Turner was selected as leader of the farm board and his first proposal fit right into my wish to find work for Burt Buchanan and others who had not as of yet been contributing much to the colony. Frank said that since we would need more land than we had set aside for the communal farm to be put into agriculture, that the township should authorize payment at the 1.0 rate for colonists in the general labor pool to satisfy their 30 hour tax, by clearing and preparing the land around the farmers Freehold sites.

    Jack the Blade immediately objected to that and in no uncertain terms. The compromise we finally worked out was to permit the labor use as township equity but that the farmers benefiting must pay back to the colony the number of labor hours used before they would be able to purchase that cleared land. It was also agreed that they would be given a preference when it came time to purchase said land if they agreed to continue using it as farmland and contributed crops to the general supply at a rate equal to what the demonstration farm was producing until this land was paid for plus an additional 4 A-years or until the demonstration farm was sold by the township to the highest bidder. In the meantime the township would farm such land and own all proceeds exactly as it did with the demonstration farm. We put in a clause letting us revisit this provision in 2 A-years and modify it to make purchase easier for the farmers if that seemed proper.

    That proposal just squeaked out of council when a qualifier was added limiting such lands to no more than 50 extra grids per farm and that at least 80% of those grids be kept in production till the entire grant was paid for. All timber cleared from any such land would be township stock and used in township construction or sold at the direction of the appropriate body and again after a vote by the citizenry.

    The last farm related proposal authorized all colonists a right to procure seeds for their personal use if there was any surplus after the needs of the township farms were satisfied. The price of those seeds would be set or put up for bid when the initial communal needs were determined.

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    Liberty — Initial Infrastructure

    by EAB

    Building the Township
    Starting on day eight the Liberty Council began meeting at least 3 hours every day with a couple of things in mind. The first was to draft a Constitution and Bill of Rights, the second was to get a start on colony infrastructure. The meetings were all public and at the end of each the infrastructure proposals were put out for immediate electronic vote. The results were announced the next day and went into effect at once if ratified. The Council was very careful early on to make sure all of these building proposals were going to pass with a large majority so any haggling was done in session and only then put to the vote.
    About a 150 grids were chosen for a communal farm. They were mostly meadowland so that logging and stumping would not be required before getting them into production. A tacit agreement was made that these cleared lands would in time be put up for sale with those in charge of the actual farming being given a priority for their purchase. There were a few complaints concerning the favoritism but the majority felt this only proper and so the proposal passed handily.
    A land registry was put into place and colonists began selecting Freeholds at once. Within the first four days over 70% had made a choice. A twenty day selection period was enacted and if anyone still had not been able to decide they would need to select from land not approved for some other use.
    A road was started which would run along the river from the hydroelectric power site Andy Stuart would build, past the Community building, and then due south bordering the township farm. For the time being it would end at the farm’s southeast corner. Routes were sketched into the map to continue that road to the lower bridge and port area and to eventually build a road along the east side of the river from the upper bridge to what looked to become Reye’s Farm. The road’s right of way was kept to 50 ft. in width and it was agreed to skirt only the edges of grid sections and adjust the boundaries of any grid the road passed through, if selected for a Freehold, so that no net land was lost. And with one exception no Freeholds would be split. Hanna Parker said to go ahead and run the right of way through her lower section. She said land on both sides of the main street into town would give a lot of options for the future.
    The continued existence and use of the general robotic labor pool was confirmed and assignments made from it towards the various projects.
    Half of the present lumber output would go to the Township, the other half by lottery to colonists at large. Emily parker was one of the earliest winners and she assigned her rights over to Hanna and Jules so that Hanna’s First Inn could begin construction at once. For now the Community Building would be used for anything suitable. Plans were started for food storage and processing and the start of a manufacturing center.
    None of the colonists had ever been involved with boatbuilding but Karl and Pamela Nash had grown up around and owned large yachts and so temporarily took on the titles of Port Captain and Ship Yard Superintendent respectively. Pretty fancy titles for a two person outfit but showing the advantages of getting in early. If they worked out those jobs were likely to become permanent. Their first task would be to put up a dock and see about building a small cargo and fishing vessel.
    All of the above were fairly easily decided and rapid progress made on other infrastructure issues. But the Monetary System and the Constitution and Bill of Rights were something else entirely.

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    Native Species of Alchibah

    by EAB

    Animals: This section is a work in progress.

    Bison like grazer discovered first on plains north of the inland sea Gitche Gumee. Mammalian in nature six legged, ten feet long and five foot high at the shoulder. Their heads are very flat and wide being set low on the body with a short, perhaps foot long, neck. Fully grown they could weigh upwards of 3000 lbs. Possessing a fine durable leather hide and edible meat. Domestication experiments are underway.

    Aladillo: A very full body, about 12 inches long and low to the ground is covered by a hard segmented shell. It has a tapering tail half again as long as the body. The tail ends in a two inch ball covered with pointy spikes. It looked like a mace and was used in the same manner. A scavenger commonly found in the Liberty City area.

    Slizard: Generic name for a variety of lizard like species ranging from 6 inches in length to well over 20 feet. The larger slizards had backbones that could be 3 foot off the ground and could raise their heads another foot or more. The smaller specimens were six legged, the larger ones were segmented and grew additional legs as segments were added. The legs of each pair were slightly offset giving a rolling gait. Carnivorous and ubiquitous to the entire planet.

    Stream Fish:
    “Fish or Stream Trout” was what we called all of them, and though there were many types this description is typical. The smallest edible sizes were about 5 inches long, looking vaguely like, and related to, the Slizard, but instead of legs they had slightly opposed fins, three sets of them and as the length increased other sets would grow in front of the bifurcated tail. They sparkled in the sun with prism like scales on top. The undersides were generally a pale almost bluish white. Most had two rows of small pointed teeth in the mouth which extended about an inch down the length of the slender body.

    Ratoid: Small slizard, a foot in length, forest dwelling but most often seen around carrion.

    Uglasaur: Iguana like but with much shorter tails. Needle sharp teeth. When fully grown up to a hundred and forty lbs. Intelligence similar to an earthly dog and can to be domesticated. Nocturnal hunter and meat eater.


    A large bovine appearing species which roam the upland plains of the Northern Continent of Alchibah. Only the six legs seemed to separate them from the Earth bovines such as Deer and Elk.

    The flesh of this animal fooled the Diagnostic capabilities of the Primary Lab. It’s properties were so close to that of Earth Beef that the Computers rejected them as fake test runs. Attempts were made to tame them as Cattle had been tamed on Earth. All attempts failed, they are a wild species who will not be tamed.

    They became the favorite hunting species for the Humans on Alchibah. Their single Unicorn like horn became the favorite wall trophy for a household. They are smart, fast and highly prized.

    Meat from the Unicow was the early favorite on Alchibah. The advent of Cloned Earth Cattle moved them into a game Animal status. They are now hunted for their status and successful hunters are well renowned.

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