Gwori (Planet)

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Gwori
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Location
System Gwori
Sector Clacis
Galactic Coordinates -37, 354
System Coordinates 12, 6
Astrographic Entry Gwori
Statistics
Type hot/breathable
Primary Terrain: Desert, Mountain, Rock, Crater, Grassland
Controlled By Black Sun
Magistrate Vigo Kyran Caelius
Population 1,011,727
This article is about the Gwori planet. For the Gwori system, see Gwori (System)

Gwori is a dry, desert planet with extensive mountain ranges punctuating the surface. Discovered by explorers from Black Sun, initial scans of the plan showed no evidence of intelligent life. However, upon closer inspection, signs of ancient lifeforms were discovered that were hidden by centuries of erosion and shifting sands. Little has been determined about these original inhabitants, but archaeologists have suggested a race of humanoids inhabited Gwori as recently as three centuries ago. The nature of their departure or demise is unclear, but the scientific consensus is that an extinction level event took place in recent history, possibly a series of devastating asteroid impacts. This hypothesis is supported by the number of sizeable craters littering the planet, as well as the peculiar mix of elements and compounds found in the craters, which is otherwise a rare occurrence on Gwori's surface.

At the heart of Gwori's central mountains lies an extensive cave system. Investigations of the caves during hunting expeditions revealed large populations of draigons and Kintan striders seeking shelter from the excessive temperatures on the planet's surface, with their prey lying in deeper, unexplored parts of the cave system. The Orion's Belt also features a number of active volcanoes that are regularly erupting and driving up surface temperatures. While the greenhouse effect of volcanic emissions, combined with the residual effects of the impact events, has resulted in Gwori's desert conditions, ash from the regular eruptions helps to foster vegetation growth in the few grasslands on the planet found at the base of the mountains. Storms that typically follow volcanic eruptions allow the fine ash to be quickly absorbed by the soil, providing multiple beneficial nutrients to the plant life in these regions.

The breathable atmosphere, varied terrain, and undeveloped surface has sparked the interest of various different groups throughout the galaxy. The planet's history has made it a prime target for geologists, archaeologists and anthropologists who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the planet and its ancient cultures. While a number of mining companies have expressed interest in the unique mix of minerals in the craters, various tourist ventures have set their eyes on the planet. The planet's untouched nature has allowed a number of ecotourism initiatives to set up on its surface, bringing sentient beings in touch with the planet's history and natural beauty.