One of the three Capital Worlds of the Sophic League

Ararat II
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Ararat had a complex biosphere when discovered, the result of alien terraforming many millions of years ago. The Terragen colonists who now live there have been moderately tweaked to tolerate the local xenochemistry.

Ararat - Data Panel

StarHD 67458
Distance from Sol83.4 ly
Stellar TypeG2V
Luminosity1.07 x Sol
One of the three modosophont Capitals of the Sophic League, the other two being Sacred Heart and New Taylor. Additionally the high toposophic capital of the Sophic League is located at Satyaloka, a system mostly off-limits to nearbaselines of all decriptions.

Ararat is located on the edge of the Garden of Paradise Cluster (Rho Puppis), Ararat was one of the first colonized systems in that cluster. Many of the worlds in the Garden of Paradise Cluster had been terraformed by a long vanished alien race, to almost perfect human standards. The Ararat System has two terraformable worlds the first, being located at .77 AU from the local sun. It is appropriately named Ararat II.

It is a mountainous world with an active geological cycle and a fairly low gravity, creating some of the most well-known mountain ranges in the civilised systems. A particularly spectacular sight for the visitor are the dramatic mountains rising from the dense jungles, with soaring skyscrapers and cliff-cities rising into the air.

The first colonization began in 2623 with a ship of colonists making landfall at Brujj (which later became the capital of the planet). Due to the pleasant temperatures and comfortable atmosphere, there was a rush to collect real estate, and prices soon soared. On the planet, there are multitudes of plant/jellyfish creatures that have outlived their mysterious alien creators (since it is believed that they were engineered to feed on floating bacteria that in turn use a modified method of photosynthesis), sometimes called the Mysterians.

The second habitable world in the system is Ararat Va or New Madray. It is a warm, earth size, moon of the gas giant Ararat V. Some find it surprising that that the long vanished aliens did not terraform New Madray because (by human standards) it was a very much easier planet to terraform than Ararat II would have been.

Today Ararat II is the most populated of the two planets (although the majority of Araratans live in the extensive asteroid belts or orbitals). Although there is no capital planet, most of the AI hardware is located underground Brujj, on Ararat II. The surface of Ararat II is a combination of heavy urban areas, and traditional Mysterian jungle. On the giant buildings and beanstalks, there are sheet-like vines that slowly crawl up the building and create bulges and large ripples for both the terran and mysterian lifeforms. As long as the vines do not interfere with the functioning of the structure, they are considered beautiful and allowed and even encouraged to grow.

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Text by D. David Barbeau

Initially published on 04 March 2001.