"Auleial is nothing special. It's only a star, after all. The most interesting parts of the system are the three worlds that bore life, how they interacted, and what they've done with the system."
-Anonymous explorer, 98397 CE
- 1 Overview of Auleial
- 2 Formation - An Early History
- 3 Auleial's Wonderful Worlds (Portal Section)
- 4 Aum'el and Liako: A Tale of Two Warm Worlds
- 5 Laihin: The Frigid Third Party
- 6 The Renaming Conjecture
- 7 Technological Advances and Colonies
- 8 Declined Works of Cosmic Art
Overview of Auleial
Auleial is an early K-Type star in the Zylaris Stellar Nursery. It also lies between 2-3 light-years away from the Nursery's actual star cluster. It has a very stable energy output, being in the stellar range where it's too large to have enormous changes to its surface, but also too small to have a shorter lifespan. The system was discovered in 30974 CE by the CoB, but has been left as a semi-independent nation.
The estimated lifespan for Auleial is ~30.3 billion years. Considering the early start that the system had, the denizens of the Auleial system have a very high chance of becoming a mid Type 2 civilization and politically subsuming the entirety of the Zylaris Stellar Nursery. If the star is allowed to perish, it will consume the first 5 planets in the system, being Eolwim, Yttral, Aum'el, Liako, and Ahsis. With this would come the destruction of all life-bearing worlds except Laihin.
The system has 9 planets, of which 3 produced life. Some moons have colonies in bio-dome cities. The most prominent of these is the megacity Lisoan on Liako's moon Naikaru. Auleial has quite a clear view of the Ejeunor Galaxy. In addition to this, the Zylaris Cluster has a nebulous window into the Via Lacrimosa Galaxy behind it. The Auleialites call these the Floha-Biagu (Boundless Worlds) and the Adye'Knari (River of Spirits) respectively. The Aylothn Galaxy can even be seen through part of the nebula, though it has been called the Aoud'Harishne (Vortex of Violence).
Formation - An Early History
Auleial began forming only 1.5 billion years ago. It existed in a very dense region of the Zylaris Stellar Nursery a couple of light years away from the main cluster's epicentre. The collapsing star had several protoplanets forming around it. Auleial was on track to become a low red dwarf. Over time, a total of 6 hypothetical brown dwarfs formed in the gas near the protostar, falling into and crashing into Auleial. These were hypothesised due to the lack of gas giants in the system and the overall small size of the orbits of the planets.
"Auleial was in a very, very cold and dense part of Zylaris, so it's, uh, it's very good for planets. Too good, haha. So many brown dwarfs all inside each other, started, uh, what's the word... coalescing. They saved Auleial from being boring and inhospitable. Our nice temperate worlds aren't possible with such a cold star as it would have been. Only problem with this is the gas content is lacking, and it shows. No pretty swirly gas giants like the Humans showed us when they first made contact." -Aoida Alaiwoln, Lumeirri astrophysicist
Auleial started fusion around 100 million years later. several planetoids had formed and were in the process of merging. For the millennia between the start of fusion and the energy exiting the star, many of these planetoids had merged into the planets we see today. The cold gas of Zylaris cooled off the crusts of these planets very quickly and gave most of them atmospheres. The gas gradient can be seen in the compositions and thicknesses of atmospheres of bodies compared to their distances from Auleial.
The gas giants that did form, Baerlau and Yttral, show the small fraction of the protoplanetary disk that remains. This indicates that the gas giants were still in the early stages of formation before Auleial entered its final phase.
Yttral was massive, but just barely small enough to not start disintegrating from Auleial's heat. It had the thickest atmosphere. It's possible that Eolwim had a thicker atmosphere, but any trace of that has been blasted away by Auleial's steady heat. Aum'el was the first one to orbit entirely beyond the powerful reach of Auleial's stellar nursery winds. The world was initially very hot, with an atmosphere that reached all the way to its major moon Laia. Since then, the two bodies' atmospheres have separated.
"We suspect that Baerlau may have even been between Yttral and Aum'el at some point early in its history. Yttral may have even captured its core as a moon. Whatever the case, most of Baerlau's acquired mass is from around its current orbit. Trace elements of Yttral's molten atmosphere can be seen scattered between the two giants, but not anywhere else." -Asakuria Zakanaro, Ao'kami astronomer
Other than the gas giants, a system of rocky planets orbit beyond, with many more planetoids in the system. A multitude of the larger ones still have atmospheres.
The outermost rocky planets remain forever frozen, but many began developing life. Aum'el and Liako most likely saw the first life forms around 250 million years after their formation. Due to both worlds producing the same carbon-based genetic coding system, some theories have popped up that the two worlds, in their early days, bore life from just one of them. Laihin, the 7th planet, first began "living" around 30-100 million years later. The small silicon-based crystalline microbes of the earliest records still resemble some creatures on its surface to this day.
Simple life spread to the far reaches of these three planets in the system within a few million years, with much, much longer to evolve. The trickle of radiation from Auleial and the Stellar Nursery caused more mutations for the next few hundred million years, speeding the early stages of evolution along quickly.
Around 150 million years ago, complex life began to appear over the surface of the three worlds. Among these complex lifeforms are the main intelligent species of each world, respectively being the Lumeirri of Aum'el, the Ao'kami of Liako, and the Qathrlt of Laihin. All of these races developed unique cultures, each of which plays off of the other two species in very interesting ways that no one species could hope to achieve on their own.
Due to the nature of life and evolving things, these sapient races aren't all that they could be, but they more than make up for their individual shortcomings with their collaborative efforts and interspecies synergy.
Auleial's Wonderful Worlds (Portal Section)
Eolwim, the first planet in Auleial's grasp, is a boiling desertic terra. At nearly 500 Celsius, this planet is a veritable hell. Some theories suspect it may be a former gas giant even larger than Yttral, though how it retained an atmosphere is difficult to eplain if this is the case.
Yttral is the most massive planet in the system. This behemoth is mostly mined for fusion reactors as a backup source of power and for interstellar exploration. Yttral is over 275 Celsius.
Aum'el, the innermost life-bearing planet in the system, is a cooler terrestrial world. Due to the irradiated flow of Auleial's stellar wind in its early history, Aum'el has evolved bioluminescence in a large fraction of its flora and fauna. The creative observers of the system, the Lumeirri, hail from this planet. Aum'el's most massive moon, Laia, hosts a similar atmosphere and has been heavily colonized.
Liako is called Aum'el's sister world by many. Heavily similar atmospheres, comparable size and gravity, even similar enough temperatures to comfortably live between mark these two worlds as a pair. Liako also produced intelligent life, being the aggressively industrious Ao'kami. After they united under just a few large nations, their race to inhabit their major moon Naikaru began. They currently have 57 cities
Ahsis is a typical world at first glance. With only a few small landmasses on the entire planet, it's very hard to say, but it technially resides in a terrestrial classiication. Some Ao'kami and Lumeirri have colonized and live on this planet, having changed the atmospheric pressure and composition to suit both of them.
Baerlau is considered an anomaly by the denizens of the Auleial system. The gas content gradient shows somewhat of an increase in content near its orbit, but the sheer size of it baffles many. Serving as a colder gas giant, Baerlau doesn't serve any purpose that Yttral cannot.
Laihin evolved silicon-based life on its surface alongside Liako and Aum'el. The Qathrlt inhabitants of this frigid hydrocarbon planet have to be separated by vaccum-sealed chambers or just communicate digitally with the other two species. The Qathrlt have more landmass to work with than the Ao'kami or the Lumeirri, so they don't possess any planetary colonies or have any need to.
Ndeuif is too small and far from Auleial to have formed a thick atmosphere. It remains a barren wasteland with no notable features and is mined by Laihini drones.
Oudhoa would likely have been a hydrocarbonian paradise if it had not been formed in the farthest reaches of the system. Too cold for Qathrlt colonization and too far for anyone to care, Oudhoa is the home of a few automated research drones.
Aum'el and Liako: A Tale of Two Warm Worlds
The third and fourth planets from Auleial have been intertwined from the beginning of life in the system, it seems. The first life began on both planets at around the same time, both worlds have one major moon with a similar atmosphere, and the life that arose uses the same genetic code. Theories of a common origin between the worlds point at Liako as the origin, considering that bioluminescence is so common on Aum'el, but nearly nowhere to be found on Liako. As life has been on both planets for over a billion years, it's nearly impossible to actually pin down if they share a common origin or if they just have the same genetic coding by chance.
The Lumeirri evolved from other amphibious beings, gaining sapience and changing the environment around them. By 10648 CE, they had nearly reached a point where climate change would have become unstoppable. The efforts of most of the species went to a space evacuation program. This mass exodus to Liako was not ideal, but they did it anyway. The furthest any Lumeirri had been before was Laia. Some atmospheric studies showed that Liako had a nearly identical atmosphere to Aum'el, though with a lot more pressure and colored violet with extra elements. around 93% of the population left for Liako, with the rest staying behind to shut down the industries that were harming the planet the most and geoengineer it until it had healed. What the Lumeirri were met with when they arrived was shocking.
Liako has had intelligent life, the Ao'kami, for longer than the Lumeirri have had sapience. As a high-gravity world, strength mattered more than reach or mobility. Somewhat diminutive compared to the Lumeirri, they had advanced more slowly. The main landing site of the Lumeirri was a warzone between the Aikasari Imperium and the rebelling natives who had been colonized. The Ao'kami only had written word for long-distance communication, so the Lumeirri had not been aware of their existence. Heralded as gods, the native Ao'kami pleaded that the Lumeirri support their rebellion. The Lumieirri did on the condition that they could live on this Liako for roughly 250 standard years.
The war against the Aikasari Imperium was quickly ended after the Lumeirri's arrival, and the next 250 years were an era of technological expansion for the Ao'kami. The two species collaborated on infrastructure and advancing the civilizations of Liako to the level of the Lumeirri. The process took around 45 years, at the end of which Liako had transformed into an economic powerhouse. Still full of resources and skipping intermediary industrial phases nearly completely, a large portion of the Ao'kami became fascinated with engineering and construction. Their raw strength was incredibly useful for these fields as well. With the newly caught up Ao'kami nation of Lumikani, the information and technology brought and developed by the Lumeirri began to spread throughout the planet. Colonies began to spring up on Naikaru and Laia, with the Laian colony cities being dedicated to geoengineering and climate research. Naikaru was used mostly residentially as a show of technological power and growth. By the 10800s, the Lumeirri and Ao'kami had set their sights on Ahsis as a terraforming project and collaborative colony. The next 50 years were a frenzy of research, planning, and finally execution of the first stages of it. There are currently many sky cities and floating ocean cities on Ahsis, as well as a few settlements on the few landmasses it has.
After the Lumeirri returned to Aum'el, newly refreshed and given a more stable climate, the interactions between the sister worlds were reduced to digital form. The Ao'kami suggested a massive space station to host both species and to make decisions for the whole system. This early council would be a precursor to the current Auleial Interplanetary Union (AIU). The station, the Aolarin Cylinder, has since been converted into a purely residential habitat.
The Lumeirri and Ao'kami needed some language to communicate between themselves. The roots of their languages were unsurprisingly very different. The Lumeirri had a tonal phonetic language of loose concepts strung together with very flexible grammar, while the Ao'kami had a rigid syllabic language with unconditional grammar rules. The Ao'kami were mostly unable to learn the Lumeirri language because of its tonal nature. A few Ao'kami and Lumeirri who learned both languages began collaborating on one language that would be managable for both species to learn. This new language, Eolorina, is syllabic, but with looser grammar rules than the native Ao'kami languages would normally allow.
"It was very tough -- no, difficult, to learn their language at first. The Ao'kami aren't very good at subtle sound and tone changes. The loose grammar made it difficult to understand as well. It's also hard for a Lumeirri to stick to one set of rules. Eolorina isn't easy for either of us to speak, but it's so deeply intertwined with our shared history that it's- it's something everyone tries to learn anyway. It's a symbol of pride and rememberance of those who came together before us." -Isakare Senavika
Currently, the Lumeirri and Ao'kami see each other as sister species. With a tight-knit history of collaboration between the two species and their shared colonies on Ahsis, the culture created between them runs as deep as the cultures of each species.
Laihin: The Frigid Third Party
Laihin has been separate from the rest of the system for most of its history. This is understandable, considering it's further from Liako and Aum'el than Liako's distance from Auleial, separated by Ahsis and Baerlau. Laihin does have its own history before its assimilation into the AIU, but that's covered here.
Laihin's life has been relatively peaceful and reserved. Its people have always lived in relative isolation, as they've never really felt threatened by any outside force. The small communities that did form, called "Brshknan", slowly spread over most of the planet. They used their natural gift of adaptability to live in the harshest of environments, from the deserts and tundra of the north to the oceans and jungles of the south.
Of course, jungles and deserts are relative. Laihin has unforgiving weather in most areas, but enormous semi-crystalline life exists and withstands the climate across the world. A large majority of macroorganisms have a crystal shell around parts of their body. These crystals are usually quartz, and function as a sort of skeleton. Even if shattered, it only takes a few weeks to grow a fully stable shell again. This is a natural process in many species across the planet, though it is accelerated to a degree by the effects of technology on certain species. The most important point to remember is that life abounds on this world, despite the harsh conditions it's forced to live through. It's cold enough and bleak enough to force life to the limits of biological ability. And yet, life perseveres. Life on Laihin is not only beautiful, but it's a wonderful insight into the will to adapt and the wonders evolution can work when severely limited.
The most prominent lifeforms on Laihin are the Qathrlt. They are a race of sapient beings that evolution has left untouched for hundreds of millennia. They are semi-crystalline in nature, having a solid crystal-like outer covering over parts of their body to help them survive the hostile environment of their planet. The most prominent crystals are over their heads and their peculiarly thin limbs. These limbs contain an odd bit of fluid that acts as a conductor for the brain, similar to blood but conducting at a much higher rate. This fluid also acts as a word, or thought, of the being.
The Qathrlt call this fluid "Jnlrkzy", which roughly translates to "soul water". As a being consumes this "soul water" and it enters their bloodstream, if it remains intact, their brain is linked to the Qathrlt's Jnlrkzy through the nervous system, giving them access to a few memories of the being. Neuron-like blood cells have been found in the Jnlrkzy that can be produced and can contain fragments of memory. Some of these pseudo-neurons also act as memory cells to activate immune cells.
Qathrlt are so interwined with their system that they are not able to survive without it. Separation from their small communities causes what appears to be simple homesickness at first. After a few months of separation from another colony member, Qathrlt become physically ill from stress and can even enter critical condition and perish. It would seem that the greatest threats to a Qathrlt's health are internal. When traveling, Qathrlt move in groups of at least 3. Qathrlt have a natural lifespan around 1000 years, and a maximum lifespan of around 10,000.
As the 11000's approached, the Qathrlt had begun to develop basic technology for a type 0.6 civilization: electric lights, large buildings, vehicles, and the like. Doing so had a slight effect on the atmosphere. While not as devastating as the climate change that caused the Aum'eliae Exodus, the atmosphere changed from a docile pale blue to a foreboding and enchanting indigo. This sudden change in atmospheric conditions attracted the attention of Lumeirri analysts.
In 11012, the Qathrlt had been discovered by the AIU. Laihin's life wasn't closely analyzed much until now, but since life had become intelligent enough to alter the planet, serious consideration of contact was required. With an already complicated history of interactions between the Lumeirri and the Ao'kami, the arrival of a new species suddenly appeared to be the main topic of conversation.
The AIU were initially hesitant about the idea of interacting with such a primitive race, but after some discussion, they decided that there was no way to know for sure if the Qathrlt were malicious and warlike or even xenophobic. In any case, they needed to learn more about the Qathrlt before making a decision.
In order to do this, the AIU sent a team of scientists led by Dr. Shlaeyovairoen Pluzaaiyn to investigate the planet closely from orbit. The space station now known as the Auwvishov Observatory Station was constructed in a few weeks high above Laihin. Accounts of flashing lights and extraterrestrial activity show that the Qathrlt were aware of this happening. Novels written by Jkslyv vb Fryvhrn speculated about the origins and motives of these strange beings. The novels are considered timeless classics. By the time the station was fully active, several colonies had moved out into open plains in hopes of being observed or abducted.
Dr. Shlaeyovairoen Pluzaaiyn and his team did the unexpected when they landed on the planet and immediately began studying the Qathrlt. Some colonies were afraid of the interference and hid, but the ones that had moved out into the open were curious and treated the team like gods. Dr. Pluzaaiyn showed the Qathrlt of 3 colonies the same technologies, being rockets, nuclear power, and space stations with low-level warp drive capabilities. The Qathrlt were mostly perplexed by the designs, but were easily able to understand the concepts and physics behind it. As it turned out when the first rudimentary attempts at learning the language started, the Qathrlt colonies had a loosely connected culture of intellingence, possibly even a planetwide technocracy.
One of the linguistic experts on the team, Loakirr Fenedari, put together the writing system and the associated sounds quickly with the cooperation of Oqshlnvy vb Nrbrlae of the Nrblae colony. It took 5 sounds written by Fenedari before Oqshlnsy understood the exercise and drew up a full chart with spaces for Fenedari to write the Eolorina translation.
Similar activities and games with other colonies led to a basic understanding of the language, enough to hold a quick and basic conversation. Once the words for translating meaning were learned, Fenedari began to teach the Nrblae colony Eolorina. He had taken quite a liking to their members. The Nrblae were not quite as quick as the other two to learn a syllabic language, but they proved very eager students, much more than the other two test groups.
By 11014, an official basic class for the native Qathrlt language of Qyrzzkn became available to the students of the AIU. Eolorina became a topic of study for a few colonies, but Qyrzzkn was mostly spoken when talking with Pluzaaiyn's team. Oqshlnsy eventually asked for the team to introduce Laihin to advanced technologies. Pluzaaiyn asked the AIU's administration for permission, and when he was granted it, the same spread of technology to Liako over 350 years earlier took place on Laihin. However, with everything on Laihin, this also happened more slowly.
Pluzaaiyn's team was kept on retainer by the AIU, to make sure the new technologies were disseminated properly. The team was awarded the Order of the Red Lyre for their work in 11018 CE.
By the 11150s, The Nrblae colony joined the AIU with some suggestions for a new space station. This newer, larger structure would be composed of 6 rings around a toroidal chamber. The rings and central chamber would have a third sectioned off to have a Qathrlt-friendly temperature. The new design was called the Foliztorroi Complex and was to be stationed around Ahsis' orbit. Several other Qathrlt colonies were soon to follow. Oqshlnsy eventually went on to teach Eolorina to many thousands of Qathrlt, bringing the three species closer together than they were before.
The Renaming Conjecture
Once the entire Auleial system was united under one flag by 11506 CE, there was a major problem that needed to be sorted out: The names of planets and moons. All three species had looked to the skies with wonder and fascination for most of their histories as intelligent species. Who could resist looking up into a wonderful crimson nebula every night? Each planet and moon had 3 names, and Auleial was still just called "The sun" in every language. Years of deliberation and fighting happened. The vast majority of ideas said to let each species keep their homeworld's name. There were ideas to rename every other planet, to mash up the names, to not do anything at all officially, etc. The AIU officially decided on July 10, 11513 CE that the Lumeirri could keep their names for the first 3 planets, the Ao'kami names for the second trio would stay, and that the Qathrlt names for the final three planets would remain. This seemed to satisfy most people, as they were less invested in their solutions and more invested in having it be solved.
Auleial was officially named by all three species. Each took a short word and put it together. First, the Lumeirri word "Aul" which means warmth. Second, the Ao'kami word "Leiya" which means father or guardian. Finally, the Qathrlt phrase "A l", which roughly translates to "heavenly" or "of the skies". Put together, Auleial means "the warm guardian of the heavens".
Technological Advances and Colonies
The three species of the AIU have always focused on developing new technology. Each species' culture and biology influenced their skills and specialties relative to one another. The Lumeirri excel in design and creative elements of development compared to the other two. Ao'kami are able to become incredible engineers. Qathrlt, valuing raw intellect above all else, are unparalleled in their ability to work conceptually and mathematically. Teams of 9-15 typically handle research and development projects for new technologies.
As a project, several teams worked on new technologies for terraforming in the early 12000s CE. The Qthonetarei Array was the first successful technology out of this. A Qthonetarei Array is a series of rings of satellites put into orbit around a planet. The satellites then monitor the climate conditions of the planet and can even take and stitch together images of the entire surface in a few minutes. The imaging works best if the night side is directly illuminated by a large moon. The Ahsis Qthonetarei Array was made using the materials from 17 large asteroids.It took nearly 4 years to construct it.
In the late 12000s CE, the Lumeirri began their own terraforming program, Laishol. This involved placing small research colonies on Laia to test how habitable the moon was. The colonists were given some basic tools and supplies to help them survive. The goal was to survive on Laia for around 3 standard years and see the effects it had on the Lumeirri. Detrimental effects were to be researched and have countermeasures developed. If possible, the Lumeirri were to spread vegetation onto Laia to prepare for future settlements. To give the researchers an advantage, a Qthonetarei Array was used to monitor the climate and warn the colonists of incoming storms.
While the project initially began on a slow note, things began to pick up around 6 weeks in. The research was finding much success, there was a lot of hope within the community. Despite receiving a few injuries while performing experiments on the moist, lifeless moon, the quality of life for the researchers of Laishol was looking much better. Then, disaster struck. On the 16th week of the project, a massive sandstorm engulfed the area in which the colony was located. The array was unable to scan the storm and give warning in time, and the colony was buried in sand. The array was unable to locate them and the storm raged for 5 days without letup. All attempts to contact the colony failed and nobody knew what had happened to them for weeks. Eventually, the communications towers that had fallen came back online. The Lumeirri researchers had escaped the sandstorm through an underwater cave system. However, they were exhausted and starving. They had left their vehicles behind, realizing that they wouldn't have lasted another day in the storm, so they were forced to escape on foot.
The lack of vegetation on Laia has let a massive storm of thin dust build up from a nearby valley and make its way to the research colony undetected. The project that seemed most logical next was to artificially import and grow massive jungles wherever possible. By 12150, the moon that had captured the gaze of so many for so long was just a bit bluer. The new plant life was absorbing huge amounts of the dust, filtering it and keeping the environment a lot safer and more livable for the people that were living there. Seeing the huge success of the occupation of Laia, some Ao'kami decided to make an effort to reach Naikaru. Within months, a domed city dedicated to research was complete and stood alone as a bright dot on the arid moon's surface amidst the darkness. Like with Laia, Naikaru was nearly completely hospitable for the Ao'kami, albeit with a slightly thinner atmosphere. The city is known as the City of the Painted Moon, and has become the capital city of Naikaru, albeit one among many.
The idea of rings doesn't end with the Arrays. Thought up by Lumeirri astrophysicist Dlaulac Vlaedri and refined by the other members of his team, the Aurlesh research group, the Vlaedri-Aurlesh Ring was thought up. These massive rings would go around a star, each absorbing 5-6% of its energy, reduced by overlaps. Similar to a ringworld, the main strip would have solar collection panels to obtain energy. At an angle, large mirror strips would reflect a wider range of energy to the collection strip, being held up by radiation in the process. Yttral's largest moon, Shylaienyau, was completely disassembled over the next 3 millennia to produce 12 of these rings, absorbing ~61% of the energy from Auleial.
From here, the Aurlesh research group worked to design the Shkatyn-Aurlesh Collectors. As the Rings rotate around Auleial, the backs would be covered in emitters for energy. This energy could be precisely beamed to one of 36 Collectors along each planet or moon's equator. Blackouts caused by Yttral's transit could be predicted thousands of years beforehand and would only last a few hours. The solar power that the rings collected in excess would be stored in batteries or radiated out as signals. Some of this could be used to correct or alter the position of each Ring. Space travel was very inefficient for a long time. However, the denizens of Auleial would once again prove that every energy problem could be fixed with better infrastructure. Long electromagnetic runways would accelerate bullet-like starships into space. From there, little fuel would be needed to redirect the starship to the destination. Entry into the atmosphere would be a slow process, but during this, the starship would transition into somewhat of a commercial airliner, landing a few miles out from the spaceports and decelerating the entire time. While the trips would take a few weeks, they could be accelerated by integrated warp drives down to just a few days. Given how long the time to get anywhere was, this was a welcome feature.
After the CoB discovered Auleial in 30974 CE, technologies from other species started appearing sparsely within the societies of the system. Better computers, quantum communication systems, and the knowledge of how to make a wormhole were just a few of the new wonders introduced to Auleial. While there don't exist any colonies in other star systems, exploration and research expeditions to a few stars in the Zylaris cluster have been conducted. The AIU has been granted permission to expand its reach untouched by the CoB throughout the entire Zylaris Stellar Nursery. After all, what's one small nebula's worth of stars to an intergalactic nation?
Declined Works of Cosmic Art
While the Vlaedri-Aurlesh Ring supplied ample energy to alter the system as the AIU wished, not many projects were actually accepted and put to work. Several large-scale projects have been proposed and denied, for one reason or another. some of the major ones are:
Terraforming of Eolwim
Eolwim has been a tidally locked, barren hellscape for the entirety of Auleial's history. Originally proposed in 34062, a project using energy from the Vlaedri-Aurlesh Ring and several massive space stations was proposed to cool down and alter the atmosphere of Eolwim. Additional energy would be used to force it to rotate faster. After this, burning massive amounts of hydrogen from Yttral would be able to produce an ocean. However, the costs to do so would be immense and the rewards very little. The populations of each inhabited world were all far below the expected carrying capacity, with much room to expand on Laia and Naikaru. Ahsis was also relatively uninhabited compared to the homeworlds of each species. the Qathrlt wouldn't benefit from this project at all. Overall, it would be too much effort too soon.
Rings for Baerlau
Baerlau, the sixth planet in the system, has never had anything interesting about it. It's just another gas giant, and not even close to as large as Yttral. After seeing images of Sakurelle, Vyllurian, and other similarly ringed planets, some people pushed for the creation of artificial rings around Baerlau. In 37389 CE, the project was officially declined by the AIU. Though it would be popular, it would have no real benefit. Auleial didn't have enough raw material to waste on cosmetic planetary rings. It would be put off until a massive achievement would warrant a pure beauty project, and when they had enough interstellar resources to spare. The accessibility of Auleial's Oort Cloud would be a prerequisite to this project.
The New Moon Project
In 37601, the AIU was petitioned to create a moon. This project was called the "New Moon Project". It would take years, but eventually, the AIU would have enough resources to build a huge orbital station that could house thousands of colonists. The colony ships would dock there and deposit materials to be congealed into a massive moon around Ahsis. The Ao'kami responsible for naming the moon called it Aelorop. The colonists would live there for decades while the moon was slowly being made. The moon would then be left alone, and the colony ships would depart. The AIU had initially wanted to make this project a reality by 47896, but concerns of gravitational pulls and debris showers meant that it would take longer than any reasonable timeframe to accomplish.
Ultimately, the AIU did not work on any of these. After weighing costs and benefits, there was no room for a type 1.8 civilization to waste on projects like these. Energy seemed limitless, but resources were too thinly spread to use. Auleial didn't have any major asteroid belts. Though much was accomplished, the system could have looked very different.