Garden of Paradise Cluster
Not a real cluster, but a collection of sun-like stars near Rho Puppis, first reached in 2642. Many of these stars have Earth-like worlds (such as Ararat) which have been terraformed to a state similar to Old Earth by a long vanished alien race. This race is popularly known as the Mysterians, classified by the Hamilton Institute as HIE294CZE.
On a typical Mysterian worlds there are multitudes of plant/jellyfish creatures which feed on floating bacteria that in turn use a modified method of photosynthesis). On land there are vast creeping vines which cover the land surface, especially rocks, cliffs and other elevated landforms, and provide microecologies for mobile animal-like lifeforms. The most famous Mysterian world is Ararat.
- Mysterian - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The name used by the local populace to describe the long vanished terraformers of alien origin who terraformed Ararat II. The mysterian jungle is made of the numerous plant/jellyfish creatures that have taken residence on the planet and, through accident or not, and outlived the mysterians themselves.