"The Second Red Planet, this daughter of Mars is a planet of the Heiron system, known for its high density of Humans and its minority of Aliens. An ancient world of the Telusians" - Theresa Alburg
It's a reddish planet, located in the Heiron System and in the Avana Galaxy, inside a cosmic region known as Herschel Space. It is of the rocky type and is inhabited mostly by Humans and Zvern. However, other species also live in the Planet, most notably the three main species of the Malaskian Triumvirate. It is as well a former member of the Intergalactic Federation.
It holds most of the Human population in the system. The total inhabitants make 11 Billion. It is a rather arid and rocky world, and was in the past a flourishing Telusian Colony, that entered decadence.
The current ring is believed to have been a moon destroyed in some sort of cataclysm and this incident seems to have created the current ecosystem of the planet.
The planet has no moons and only a ring that can be easily seen anywhere in the Planet's surface. The Ecosystem seems to be in a process of recovering from a cataclysmic event that occurred several millennia ago. Each milennia the flora is more abundant and the water deposits are again on the rise.
An Arid rocky desert that covers a large part of the world. It is inhabited by some cities in its limits but all the water has to be imported from the Planetary rings of this world. It's very similar to some ancient deserts on Mars.
The Population in the cities within the continent are very varied in origin, with humans (from Federal Worlds and Mars) and Zvern or other alien species in large numbers.
The Economy is focused mostly on mineral extraction and robot manufacturing as well as services.
It's the largest and most inhabited area. It is composed by several savannahs and most notably some rocky valleys who provide shelter and also water deposits in great numbers (in the mountain ranges). The largest city is Riessia, and most of its population is descendant of Colonist from Mars. The city of Hvalize is the largest Zvern city in the region. The region of Kizven is known after them and its known as well for the high concentration of this species.
The economy of the continent is largely driven by agriculture, trade and shipbuilding industries.
Another large rocky area, full of Canyons and water flows that run and erode the large rocky areas they run through. They end up in a large notable lagoon. This has provided room for large settlements. Nostorn is the largest Human city while Uvzeriviz is the largest Zvern City.
The economy of Zertik is centered around large industrial and chemical production. Manufacturing of goods and military weapons is the speciality of the regional economy.
Another arid area of the world with large desert alternating less hospitable areas. It is famous for its storms of thunder and sand. Its largest city, Aultan, has a mix population. of Human Zvern and other Aliens and is the Capital of the Planet.
The economy is based mostly on energy production, harvesting is wild storms, and also in services and high-products. Most of this are produced within Aultan.
The Planet and the system was discovered at some point by the Telusian civilization. Presence of a previous intelligent species has been somehow proven, although a hard debate about it still exist among experts. Some say it is an imported species enslaved by the Telusians brought to the planet, but new archeological sites however tend to point out that this theory is invalid, due to the several non-telusian remains and the signs of civilization other than that of the Telusians dating back to an era estimated previous to their arrival on the system.
If this is true, the ancestors of the Raivos, from which they derived, may have originated in Kandrakar. The Telusians may have conquered them and take some as slaves to the Rings of the nearby Gas Planets. And although the original species went extinct alongside the telusians on Kandrakar, some of them evolved in the rings of Retoria and survived to create the Raivos.
The Telusians, however, had a strong and permanent presence in the planet, with large important monuments in the surface that have survived to this day. Most notably, several large temple ruins exist here, dedicated to the four gods of war. Apparently they were very important in the Planet folklore and rituals. It was an important world for the Telusians, that they called Ri'baur, and the Raivos came to know it as Ipaun to this day.
It grew in prosperity and during the fall of the Telusian empire and its disintegration into minor fighting factions, Kandrakar is attested to have become the capital of about half of the Avana Galaxy, forming a small and very local Telusian nation. Soon after however, a war with another Telusian nation occurred, which led the Telusians to kill each other.
Due to the conflict putting large stress on the population, a large massive revolt broke out in this nation while still at war, weakening it. Soon, the other telusian nation attacked Kandrakar and blew an entire moon (known as O'lkae to the Telusians). Some large fragments impacting on the surface, creating massive deaths on the surface of the world, forcing many to flee and causing a great damage to the flora and the fauna mostly through a massive extinction event. This meant a complete change on the planets biospheres (becoming an arid world from a lush one) with its effects being visible even to this day. A nuclear winter happened and some asteroid impacts kept happening from time to time until the debris from the moon stabilized to form the current rings of kandrakar. All intelligent live in the world went extinct or disappeared.
It was settled by humanity in the early 55 000s CE by a bunch of settlers who arrived from recluted worlds of the Federation. This settlers set up the first stages in the planet, building the first settlements and a basic infrastructure. However, vast areas of the planet remained unsettled. Several important mines were discovered and the cultivation of the Idilik tree was growing in importance. This made the Federation set a marketing campaign to attract settlers in Mars, advertising Kandrakar as the second mars.
Martians arrived and settled massive portions of the Planet, creating important cities and bringing with them, some of the most important industrial knowledge who would be crucial for the development of the economy in the future.
The Population of the World started with a Group of Scientists and Military personnel forming a small research colony in the system to study it in the early 55 331 CE. Later the colony was approved for colonial large settlement and a small colony ship of settlers from the Intergalactic Federation arrived, paving the way to creating the first cities in the world. A campaign was made in Mars to attract citizens with the slogan of "A Second Mars" and many humans from Mars came here to seek a new life out of their crowded world. Today up to 45% of all settlers of Human origin can trace themselves partially or fully to Martian colonist which is a source of pride among the Kandrakarians.
It was in Kandrakar's rings, not too later after the arrival of Humanity, they made contact with the Raivo species, when they made contact with the colony of Ivilon. The total Raivo population in Kandrakar's rings is currently, 6 Billion.
The Raivo cannot live under Kandrakar's gravity, pressure and atmosphere, so most of the commercial exchange between both communities happens in Kandrakar's Rings, where ships full of goods from the planet travel to the stations orbiting around the planet. In the Rings, the most important colony is Ivilon, a interstellar city constructed between several joined up asteroids.
Flora and Fauna
Kandrakar is known for its extremely aggressive and dangerous fauna and flora. The environment is so hard that all creatures in the planet are either deadly predators or venomous and aggressive to protect themselves.
Its a large animal who can survive on barely anything, with little food and water, perfectly suited for the harsh environment of Kandrakar after its mass extinction event, millions of years ago. This animal lives on herds and rumiates everything they can find. It has a sharp crust, horns and venomous appendices. It has been used by the settlers to use in farming and herding for its meat, its milk and its venom, used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Its a large predator, very dangerous due to its large claws. It is a flying creature who can travel vast distances daily to found suitable preys to hunt. It is one of the most deadly sights Human and Aliens can see in their world as they are potencial preys for the Hurak. Cities have large radars to emit waves that keep the Hurak far from settlements. When on the wild, especially in the Northwestern hemisphere, their natural most common habitat, it is recommended to get outside always armed.
Its a bush (although frequently called the Idilik tree) with beautiful flowers who blossom for half the year. It is really appreciated as one of the most important plants in the planet. It is used not only for food, but also for its highly appreciated properties, either for medical use, psychokinetic use (known as the Idilik Substance) and hallucinogenic drugs (The Idi Drug). The Farshlag Syndicate has some presence in the planet for this reason. It is also used to prepare a very famous beverages all across Lewis Nations. For that, the Distil Liquid of the plant is taken and fermented, which is used to make famous Cocktails, such as the Kandrakar Split or the Quertius Surprise.
It is believed to be related somehow to the Tisanda Flower. Although the nature of their similarity is still unknown. Some say it was genetically modified to be raised on Kandrakar, others the opposite. Others say it was a variant imported from abroad and many say it was just due to Panspermia either from Kandrakar to the rings or from the rings to Kandrakar.
From the Telusian Era, several large temples and city remains have been found. Most notably, the planet seem to have been a stronghold of the Warrior Priests serving the Four gods. This gods, had each one, a large temple-complex. Every one of the four temples, wasin turn located in the four equidistant corners of the Planet. It seems also that some sacrifice of slaves took place here often, specially during the late era of the Telusian Fall as they thought their gods had forgotten them.
Mass suicide Tombs of Telusians have also been found in those temple complex dating to the destruction of the small nation in which Kandrakar was its capital. Apparently, as the war destroyed the planetary ecosystem, losing the war against their fellow telusian opponents from another minor nation. It seems they came to the Temples to clean their honor. Several million remains have been found in Suicidal Chambers who seemed to have been prepared specially for such occasion with one of the most luxurious and prepared decoration. The skeletons also seem to have wore special clothing and signs of self stabbing. Telusian ritual suicide has been proven to be a common aspect in their culture.
Several Cities have also been found although it is believed that some were completely destroyed by the cataclysm and although mentioned in Telusian scripts no signs or remains have been found of some of those cities.