==== Today's [collab] Planet : Gunter's Pride ====
Gunter's pride, a festering armpit of fart smelling algae and rampant microbial growth. Due to these endless beds of algae, the atmosphere is rich in oxygen from the near stagnant scum covered oceans, but the oxidation and foul smell force most folks to wear scented filtration masks. Filtration is highly advised as pneumonia and lung infections are also a common side effect from breathing the atmosphere for too long, the air brimming in single celled bugs.
Speaking of life on Gunter's Crotch, it's fairly ghastly. From infectious bacteria to lumbering megafauna, the most abundant lifeforms are the non-sentient, igneous shaped, crustaceans. With round humpback shells and clunking in at nearly 12 meters tall, these slow moving bottom feeders extend a beard of straw-like tendrils far beneath the water to the shallow ocean floor. These dumb beasts take decades to grow to full height, and it's easier to poach the younglings than it is to crack the shells of the adults. Mistaken for islands and rock-croppings by tourists, these moss covered oafs are docile, the most harm befalling those who don't heed the warning and become caught in the undertow of their suction.
Why does anyone travel to Gunter's Pride? For one, the Mudren consider it a holy site, though their interest in the world is not understood. To human interests, the ocean floor is littered with splinters of deorbited space faring vessels, a trove of technology for those willing to scuba into the foul smelling and highly flammable juice around the globe.
The second point of interest is Gunter's Belt. From the surface The Belt shines bright in the daytime sun, a glittering graveyard of dust, ice, minerals and the occasional broken mutilated hulk. Those surface side are constantly greeted to "showers" as the belt rains down debris into the oceans. It was surmised that this belt was once the site of a heated battle between proto-species that even the Drevani have no memory of. The Belt is a fierce point of human contention the Mudren have had to become mediators in many times.
The most famous of these encounters was the live feed of Cowley's War, broadcast by courier-ship nearly 32/12 throughout the Hegemony. Cowley was the system forman of a large-but-independent mining corp: Jiaru Metals Group. As they spread through The Belt Jairu scrapped every metallic rock and ship fragment they could find. The other company with ring-side outposts was Buka Laboratories, a highly respected scientific research and development firm with an impressive spread of resources.
The long and short of it: Cowley's men found a fully intact vessel parked, clinging to the the shadow of an asteroid. Coms chatter spread about the discovery; about how it looked similar to the ship that Talisa Higbee found on Mars centuries before man became lost in the stars. Buka Laboratories ignorantly expected Jiaru to hand the wreck over, Cowley decided they'd fight to the death for it. And fight they did. The result was a bitter 2 year (standard) long battle that resulted in even more junk being added to the spin of Gunter's Belt. In the end the Triumvirate stepped in, and neither group was allowed to keep the ship. This tantrum nearly cost humany access to Gunter's Pride.
Special thank to +Jeffrey Turner
for collaborating on this with me. I hope he likes it.
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