Capital of the Pluton Volume

Image from Steve Bowers
Pluton is a depleted ice core, a former ice giant which has been stripped of its atmosphere and much of its mass by mining. The equator is insulated and terraformed, while the icy surface is colonised by Muuh xenosophonts

Data Panel - Star

StarJD 140582223
Type: F1
Luminosity 3,63 x Sol
Distance from Sol: 5130.8 ly
Constellation: Perseus

Data Panel - Planets

MidasType HydroJovian Type.
Semimajor Axis 1.9 AU.
Radius 56019km
Mass 98x Earth
PlutonType Ice core, former ice giant:
Semimajor Axis 12.82 AU.
Original Radius 30087km
Radius of remnant ice core 18544km
Mass of remnant ice core 16 x Earth
Surface gravity of remnant ice core 2.53 x Earth
Original mass of Pluton pre-depletion 32 x Earth
CroesusType: Gas giant.
Orbit 18.33 AU
Radius 69557km
Mass 299 x Earth
Currently being intensively mined
Capital of the Pluton Volume, Perseus Prefecture Solar Dominion / Muuh Border. Pluton is a depleted former ice giant which has had almost all of its atmosphere removed by mining. The Neptune-like world was originally 32 times as massive as Earth, with a large icy core, but the atmosphere has been removed for export by scoopships and a framework of dynamic orbital rings. For several hundred years a deep well industrial black hole was operative here, but this has now been removed elsewhere in the system.

Pluton now has a very thin atmosphere and an icy surface, and has been re-engineered to be a dimple world. The equator is carved into a canyon-like depression, which is covered with a worldhouse roof. The ice of the surface has frozen, but residual heat from the planet's interior is adequate to maintain a temperate climate in the equatorial groove, despite the low levels of illumination from the local star.

Although the equatorial region is so heated, it is still cooler than most Earth-like environments, and is home to several clades which prefer cool conditions, such as provolved and lazurogened mammoths. The surface gravity on this ice-core world is abound 2.5 gees near the equator, so the local sophonts and fauna are all small and sturdy in physical form.

The top surface of the planet is inhabited by Muuh aliens and their AI systems. The Muuh colonies take the form of red domes studded across the icy surface.

Midas, a hydrojovian gas giant in this system, is being gradually colonised using bubblehabs.

Croesus and Midas
Image from Steve Bowers
Croesus and Midas
Related Articles
Appears in Topics
Development Notes
Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 04 November 2008.