CRADLES OF LIFE
A planet which, through the process of abiogenesis, created life out of non-life.
See Pokemon and The Universe for lists of pokemon originating from these planets.
Earth was the homeworld of not only humans, but to a majority of pokemon in the galaxy. Due to its perfect location within the solar system's habitable zone as life was forming, and the high amount of biomass present, the creatures of Earth evolved wildly, with a diverse amount of survival strategies. Earth also had by far the most amount of water of any Cradle of Life, with over 71% of the planet's surface being covered in water. This is why water creatures are one of the most common types of pokemon. Earth was almost completely incinerated by sudden, out-of-control solar flares, and for years, Humankind has been centralized on a terraformed planet called New Europa. More recently, the uninhabited Earth was completely destroyed by another random freak chance, where a massive meteorite smashed into the moon, causing the moon to fall out of the sky and pulverize the planet. Currently, the planet is a vaguely spherical, charred collection of space-rocks and rubble. Salvage crews occasionally go in to try search for treasures that survived the destruction of the Earth.
Peaceful Firm Land:
The homeworld of the Deoxyns. It was once a habitable planet, a long time ago, but it has long since passed out of the inhabitable zone of Bright Life-Giver, the Deoxyn's star. Now, too hot and dry for life to exist, it is of use only to researchers and archeologists as a giant, dead museum of Deoxyn pre-space history. The planet was once temperate and lush, and the chemical composition of the soil ensured that many of the creatures evolved to manipulate and thrive using – or by countering – psionic abilities. Deoxyn government and the majority of its population has since passed to a terraformed colony world “Star-Crusted Forests and Seas,” one of the earliest “Designer planets” seeded with life well before humankind reached the stars.
Neighborhood: Bright Life-Giver
The homeworld of the Xects'es. It is a habitable planet within the middle of the sun Shaboi'k's safe zone. It is temperate, but with higher-than-normal irradiation. The atmosphere is somewhat thinner than Earth's, allowing in a lot more of the sun's rays. The creatures originating there have therefore evolved tough exoskeletons or craggy skin to combat the harsh sunlight. Chythhrak has a population of under 6 billion, and is experiencing a problem common among newly space-faring species – depopulation. Xects'es are abandoning the homeworld in droves to colonize other suitable locations in the galaxy. Small towns especially, and even some big cities are being emptied of their people, causing a recession in the economy and a surplus of jobs standing unfilled as skilled labor moves out into space. Meanwhile, massive city blocks built to house millions of Xects'es in a hundred square miles are instead housing thousands, making large cities seem empty and abandoned and driving the price of real estate down. The Senate is dealing with these problems as best they can, but they can't just stop their people from going into space. That's a genie that will never go back into the bottle.
Status: Inhabited. Current capitol planet.
A harsh planet on the outer edge of the Sun SN-305's inhabitable zone. SN-305 is, however, a red giant, and thus life on Ragnarok is very tough. The warm climate and unstable radioactive profile makes it ill-suited for colonization, and as a Cradle of Life, the creatures on it are legally subject to protection from poaching until the planet begins to die, which won't be for billions of years when a mass preservation program will begin to rescue all traces of life before the planet is destroyed by its sun. The creatures of Ragnarok are as harsh as the planet they rule. It is unclear whether Ragnarok ever had a sapient Child Race, as no ruins have been found on the planet.
Access to the planet is restricted to everyone except licensed biological and archaeological expeditions. However, it has a moon, Sleipnir, which has been terraformed by Humans. The legality of this is a hot-button issue between the governments. The humans used the legal loophole that, since Ragnarok seems unlikely to develop a sapient child race, owing to the age of its life cycle and the harshness of the planet's surface, then the other planets and satellites in the Odin System are up for grabs. Sleipnir was found to be suitable for terraforming, and so the New Europa government helped themselves, taking advantage of the hazy delineation between the planet and the planet's satellites. Sleipnir is now an independent human colony from the New Europa government, but the legal status of Sleipnir is still hotly debated. On the surface of Sleipnir, Ragnarok looms huge in the sky and rises and sets like a moon, and observation of the planet's fascinating fauna through high-powered telescopes is a common pastime among pokemon enthusiasts.
Status: Restricted Access.
Child Race: None/unknown (Disputed classification)
FSN-90876d is a recently-discovered planet which was thought to be a possible candidate for life, owing to the presence of liquid water, and all of the ingredients for carbon-based life. Within the past few years, careful tests on the planet's surface have confirmed that the planet has indeed created single-cellular life forms through abiogenesis and without contamination from outside sources. This means that it is a Cradle of Life, only the fifth such planet to be found and the first to be found at such an early stage of the planet's biological cycle. There is a strict no-fly rule in place for this planet enforced by all three major species governing bodies. Scientists love FSN-90876d, and call it “The Nursery,” while land speculators, having lost a lucrative terraforming opportunity, only call it a waste of perfectly good land, since the planet will be cooking up whatever ends up living there for literally hundreds of millions of years. The planet itself is a perfect candidate for life, with the right temperatures, liquid water, and the right chemical composition to the air and soil for creating oxygen, and will remain in its planet's habitable zone for billions of years yet.
Learning from the Sleipnir incident, all three major intergalactic governments have placed restrictions on not only FSN-90876d, but on every planet and satellite in the system, with only a single terraformed moon on one of the outer planets to observe the planet's growth from far away.
Status: Restricted Access.
Child Race: None
Major Solar Systems
No. of Planets: 3 (two dwarf planets; four destroyed planets)
- Earth, Mercury, Venus: Destroyed or uninhabitable. See above for Earth. Out of control solar flares have scorched these planets.
- Venus: Uninhabitable
- Jupiter: Uninhabitable Gas Giant with many moons
- "Old" Europa: A formerly terraformed moon of Jupiter. With the decline of the Sol system, Old Europa has fallen into decline. Officially abandoned by everyone except Cliff Jewelry employees, who use it as a base of operations.
- Saturn: Uninhabitable Gas Giant. The atmosphere produces violent thunderstorms that causes ashes to rain down to the ground. These ashes compress down as they approach the planets surface and form materials much like diamonds. The jewelry manufacturer Cliff Jewelry actually discovered a process to "Farm" the atmosphere of Saturn. The falling, irradiated, solidified graphite can be collected and retrieved, and these jewels are highly prized not only for their beauty, but for their uses in pokemon evolution. The radiation is otherwise completely harmless to humans.
- Uranus: To this day, still the butt of every unfunny joke (Hurr hurr, butt). Otherwise, an uninhabitable gas giant.
- Neptune: Uninhabitable Gas Giant.
- Pluto and Eris: A pair of dwarf planets in orbit around one another. Uninhabitable. Sealed, Cold-temperature research stations have been set up on these planetoids as the last official Human government presence in the Sol system.
Bright Life Giver
No. of Planets: 4
Territory: Deoxyn Owned
- Peaceful Firm Land: Uninhabitable; Cradle of Life; See above; Currently houses a warm-temperature research station and ongoing archaeological dig site.
- First Eye of Mesprit: Uninhabitable Gas Giant
- Second Eye of Uxie: Uninhabitable Gas Giant; Colonized moon
- Soul-Thief-Rock: Terraformed moon currently in-use as a Deoxyn colony. Stable economy thanks to being the closest outpost between the cradle of life and the outside world. Oldest Deoxyn colony, and site of many good schools. Shows signs of depopulation as the center of Deoxyn politics moves away from the Bright Life Giver system.
- Third Eye of Azelf: Uninhabitable; Site of a cold-temperature research station.
No. of Planets: 6
Territory: Xects'es owned
- Kakkhat: Uninhabitable hot-zone planet.
- Naraka: Uninhabitable; Site of a Warm-temperature research station.
- Chythhrak: Cradle of life for Xects'es. See above.
- Charryl, AKA Hope: A joint human/Xects'es colony. This planet was one of Chythhrak's early terraforming projects, and they did not have the right equipment or budget to form a colony quickly. The New Europa government offered to help, and so the two governments cooperated to found the world of Charryl for the Xects'es, or Hope to the humans. It is the site of some tensions between the species, as some Xects'es public opinion says that the Humans screwed the Xects'es over by not allowing them to figure out Terraforming on their own, and thus the humans set up a base in the Shaboi'k system right under the new, gullible species noses. The New Europa government stringently denies that this was the reason for helping the Xects'es. Even with its baggage, Charryl is a bustling colony, owing to its close proximity to the capitol world, and is a symbol of cooperation between human and Xects'es.
- Wrexti: Uninhabitable Gas Giant. There are research stations on the moons.
- Pakht-Pakht: Unusually warm, considering how far it is from the sun, due to its very active molten core. However, still uninhabitable. Used as a volcanic power station, generating enough electricity to power the entire Solar system.
"A-an eruption!? Oh no! E-everyone get to shelter!"
No. of planets: 12
Territory: Neutral territory
- 4 unnamed planets in the hot-zone: Uninhabitable. Usually, when a planet is within the same system as a Cradle of life, the planets are left unnamed, just in case a sapient species arises from that world. Exceptions are planets or satellites which are inhabited, where there's not much you can do, as people don't want to live on a world with a serial number instead of a name.
- Ragnarok: Cradle of Life; Restricted access; see above.
- Sleipnir: Terraformed moon of Ragnarok. Human colony. See the entry for Ragnarok for the history.
- Far-Away Resort in the Stars: A Deoxyn-owned colony planet. Terraformed as a "Designer planet" to create a tourist destination. Has a lot of theme parks, beaches, Ski mountains with slopes engineered to be safely skiied down, and other such attractions. As Humans and then Xects'es joined the galactic stage, the planet's attractions incorporated pokemon and activities that those species would find fun, and incorporated Earth pokemon to strengthen the natural ecosystem. Also contains a large percentage of farm-land, and a large percentage of desperate homeless and disadvantaged looking for work either on farms or at the various hotels, attractions, and destinations. "Towns" are few and far between, and those sensitive to such things describe the places where people live as feeling as plastic and fake as the parks and hotels. Usually cited by macroscopic moralists as a breech in ethics just as bad as colonizing Sleipnir, as, if Ragnarok DID produce a sapient species, colonizing FARS means that's one less planet that species could use when it was their time to explore the planets.
A tourist enjoying his time on the resort planet.
- Volcano-Hellscape: An aptly-named planet which is theoretically going to enter the planet's habitable zone, but is still unsuitible for colonization or life because of the wild volcanic activity across the surface of the planet. Instead it is used as a Volcanic power station, with 80% of its power yield being used by FARS and the rest used by Sleipnir.
- 1 Unnamed Gas Giant
- 3 Unnamed cold-temperature planets
- Xyxxyc: Uninhabitable; Cold-temperature research station and site of The UPDD home offices in a warm, oxygen-flooded underground facility.
A UPDD officer lounging between missions.
NO. of planets: 8
Territory: Restricted Territory
- 3 Uninhabitable Hot-zone planets denied designation.
- Frontier SN-90876d: Cradle of Life; Currently undergoing abiogenesis. No-fly zone strictly enforced to protect the fragile state of the planet's life forms.
- 2 Uninhabitable Gas Giants denied designation.
- Overwatch, AKA Galliachk, AKA Guardhouse of the Solar System: The only inhabited satellite in the system. A terraformed moon of the fifth planet in the SN-90876 system. Owned by no government and under the jurisdiction of the UPDD. It enforces the ban on travel through the SN-90876 solar system. Violently if necessary.
- 1 Uninhabitable cold-zone planet denied designation.
Far Away Homeland
NO. of Planets: 4
Territory: Deoxyn owned
- Molten Death-Trap: Uninhabitable Hot-zone planet.
- Star-Crusted Forests and Seas: The current capitol of the Deoxyn government. The highest population of Deoxyn people live here. One of the earliest discovered exo-systems, and the first planet outside of a sapient species' home system to be terraformed and colonized successfully. It became such a success that it was famed for how beautiful the untouched natural beauty of the semi-random biome organization was. Therefore, there are many Nature reserves dotted across the planet's surface, and, in time, became like a second home to the Deoxyns. It literally became a first home to the Deoxyns when the former capitol drifted out of its system's habitable zone, and the High Mind finally moved the seat of government from the Bright Life Giver system to here.
- Violent Wind and Rain: Its name is an understatement. Like Jupiter, it is completely uninhabitable thanks to the storms which ravage the planet surface and the opaque atmosphere. Has two habitable moons.
- Jewel of Water: An early experiment in terraforming a moon covered entirely in frozen, liquid water. It was difficult, but ultimately a success. Very little dry land, but the fishing trade feeds the whole solar system.
- Unexpected Gift of the stars: A terraformed moon. Like its sister, Jewel of Water, UGS is mostly used as a breadbasket for the system. Contains all of the farmland that SCFS can't have, due to how many national parks there are.
- Deadly Diamond Rain: A planet that, like Saturn, is inundated with compressed graphite that falls from the atmosphere like rain. Naturally, Cliff Jewelry is paying the Deoxyn government a huge sum to farm the planet for more radioactive stones.
NO. of Planets: 5
Territory: Human owned
- Oedipus Rex: Uninhabitable Hot-zone planet and site of a Volcanic power station. Provides power for the rest of the system.
- New Europa: Seat of human government. Currently being whipped into a fervor by nostalgic sentiment for the destruction of the former capitol, Earth. A very sensibly terraformed planet, with very orderly borders. Regarded with disdain by most enthusiasts of planetary design for being too cold and utilitarian, but that's not something people can notice from the planet surface, so the people living there think it's fine.
- Jocasta: A planet that is just at the edge of the system's cold zone. Within twenty years, Jocasta will begin to enter the system's habitable zone. This will be prime time to begin a Terraforming project to turn Jocasta into a paradise, literally the one-in-a-million planet. The clock is ticking down the days before The Jocasta project can begin, and the eyes of the universe are keeping watch on it.
- Creon: Uninhabitable Gas Giant. No useful moons.
- Sun Wukong: Cold Temperature research station here. It's been more than a billion years since Ancient Greece and Ancient China. You can understand if people in the future get a little confused about their ancient heroes.
Minor Solar Systems
NO. of Planets: 5
Territory: Neutral Territory
- There are no habitable planets in the Redbeard system.
- HOWEVER, there is a space station: Abyss. The Abyss station is a mobile "Ark" ship orbiting around Redbeard betweem the 4th and 5th planets in the system, originally called "Explorer of the Abyss" by those who built it. It is a scummy, lawless place. Since the Redbeard system is a significant distance away from the major systems, it's rare that the police or military powers can arrive to police the place. Officially, it is self-governed, with no government backing. Originally a Deoxyn ship designed to test long-term space-flight. They sent it out with a full crew of a few thousand Deoxyns, and it was lost. It came back within the past two hundred years with double that number of lawless hoodlums fighting over only enough food replicators for a few thousand. It was upgraded, the station was purged of the criminal element, and the Deoxyn government figured that was it. However, the power vaccuum left behind was quickly filled by even worse warlords. Eventually, the Deoxyn government gave up on it altogether, stripped its name of the "Explorer of the" part, and demanded that it vacate the major systems. It has since resided in Redbeard, and Humans and Xects'es with a taste for unsavory business came to take advantage of the Abyss. A dangerous place, but also the only place to go if you need something otherwise illegal.
Possible Denizens of Abyss.
NO. of Planets: 0
- Bluebeard has no planets.
NO. of Planets: 0
Territory: Deoxyn Owned
- Named "Victory Star Number One" by the over-enthusiastic scientists who created it, this star is the end result of the first and only test of the Victini as a weapon of war. It was created by pushing a large asteroid out of a system and hanging it in a remote part of the galaxy. They then released the Victini. It has no planets, although it is beginning to attract space debris in its gravity well, and it is only orbited by a space station tasked with observing the artificial star.
Cosmic Dead End Protected By Monsters
NO. of Planets: 4
- Named by early Deoxyn explorers who discovered that the entire system was patrolled and protected by an aggressive pair of space-borne pokemon, Solgaleo and Lunala, who jealously defend the planets of this system from everything that comes into range. Owing to the danger of this system, there are no plans to attempt to survey and settle these planets.
Space Station "Peace"
After the disastrous debacle that was The Abyss, the second experiment was far more successful. Peace is a human-owned vessel designed to support human life without need of a planet. It is located hanging in dark matter, not orbiting around any star. Despite its human origins, it is considered neutral ground for diplomatic processes, and is the unofficial "Capitol" of the entire known Galaxy.
"Right this way, sir. The meeting has already begun."
A black hole at the edge of the known systems. Popular in the galaxy's pop culture as the home of a giant, evil monster.