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Darchona

by Pete Grey

Starport: B
Diameter: 4126 Miles
Atmosphere: Dense, tainted with volcanic ash and vapor
Surface Water: 100%
Climate: Very Cold
Population: 63.25 Million
Government: Democracy
Law Level: 3
Tech Level: 13

The Grudovo Pendant is a J-1 cluster of 13 worlds that connects Tobia/Trojan Reach with neighboring Usher/Reft. Originally a cluster of little economic presence or importance, its economic value has risen in proportion with the rising volume of trade that passes between Lintl and Tobia.

Darchona is a violently volcanic world. The population lives in orbit in large space habitats, and only alights to the surface in large mining submersibles and robotic factory ships. While the surface temperatures are unbearably cold, undersea volcanos raise deep water temperatures to nearly boiling. Darchona has a dramatic "halo" around it, the result of water vapor and volcanic ash being blown into the upper reaches of the atmosphere, where it reflects a good deal of the sunlight the world recieves.


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