Lypania is the second planet orbiting Dredis, in the Clae System near the fringes of the Apsila Lobe of Pathopsila. Lypania is a lush, forested world with vast rainforests covering the whole of the planet up to and including the poles. Lypania is the homeworld of the Lypans and many other nonsapient species, and is one of the few planets home to intelligent life in the Apsila Galaxy. Lypania now serves as the capital of the Lypan Technocracy.
Lypania has served as one of the most important worlds in the history of Pathopsila, second only to Oneka itself. Lypania has been home to the Telera species, which conquered both of the galaxies which would later become Pathopsila before being subsumed into the Lareas Alliance shortly before its downfall, when they were wiped out. Ruins from this species are cause for much celebration when found.
As of now, most food grown on Lypania is grown on a special brand of Arcologies, designed to exist in the treetops without disturbing much of the ecosystem of the planet. Because of this, the planet appears depopulated from space at a glance, but the planet has a population of over three trillion Lypans on its surface. Most energy on the planet comes from power beamed down from the Dredis Dyson Swarm, surrounding its parent star, or else from geothermal processes.
Being the most important world in the Apsila Galaxy, protection of this world is a major aspect of the space infrastructure in the Clae System. Any asteroid that is on a collision course is redirected into orbit and rapidly obliterated from mining, and any deliberate assaults are met with horrible ferocity. However, because of the extreme lifelessness of the Apsila Galaxy, most assaults come from the occasional rebellious faction of the Technocracy hoping to ransom freedom from the ruling elite.
Lypania is located in the Clae sector, a region at the fringes of the Apsila Galaxy consisting of the first thousand stars to be colonized by the Lypan Technocracy. This area of space is remarkably desolate, with the Clae system being the only system with native intelligent life. It is unknown why this is the case, as it exceeds even the desolation of other parts of the Apsila Fringe.
Lypania experiences a relatively monotonous climate of near-constant rain throughout the endless forests. On the majority of landmasses, Lypania has a rainfall rate of roughly three thousand milliliters, which is utterly insane and far above what the average habitable world has. However, this increases near the equator to upwards of eight thousand milliliters and decreases towards the poles to less than one thousand. Because of this variation, the types of forests across the planet vary drastically, from tropical rainforests near the equator, to the taiga forests near the poles. It never gets cold enough for snow or ice to form.
The atmosphere of Lypania contains an abnormally large amount of water vapor (~5%), far more than the usual world. This signifies that much of the water on the planet is within its atmosphere. The atmosphere of Lypania also contains copious quantities of oxygen and nitrogen, which are necessary for life on this world, as well as trace amounts of Carbon Dioxide. Lypania also contains roughly 1% Argon within its atmosphere from the decay of the trace isotope Potassium-40. This argon is pretty much useless except for pretty lights, so its mostly ignored.
Lypania has three moons, all of which are asteroids, known as the Three Guardians. These are Zarel, Karel, and Tarel, and each of them orbits relatively close to Lypania and very close to each other, meaning that they have very high populations for their small size.
Zarel is the innermost moon of Lypania, and formed from the clouds of debris left over from the formation of the planet. It is a small rock composed primarily of various ores, meaning that it is quite heavily mined. Despite its innermost status, it was not the first to be colonized, in favor of the larger Karel, which had a significantly higher gravity.
Zarel is home to the colony of Oppas, a relatively small mining town in the interior of the asteroid, with a population of roughly 100,000 individuals. Oppas is filled with vast genetically engineered forests, to emulate the environment of Lypania itself, which are filled with habitation.
Karel is the largest and middle-orbiting moon of Lypania. Karel is large enough that surface features can be made out from the surface with the naked eye, a feature unique to it. Karel is large enough to contain multiple large colonies, and is the home of roughly 4 million individuals.
Karel's largest colony, Kuma, is located in Kuma Crater, a very large crater on Karel. This colony domes over the entire crater and makes it habitable, with angled floors and rotation to simulate gravity. This is the most populous area in the space surrounding Lypania.
Tarel is the outermost moon of Lypania, and is mostly an automated mining colony. Tarel has a very low population, with the mining robots being remotely controlled from the homes of those "manning" them. Because of this, Tarel is also vastly decreased in mass from pre-space age levels, and this mass has been used to construct the large density of habitats surrounding the planet.
Lypania is a unique world, with many inland lakes and seas surrounded by endless forests. These were very difficult to map before the space age, and as such Lypanian culture developed in isolated pockets around the planet because of this. Lypania can generally be divided into bands of latitude including different forest types. The first band, at roughly the equator to 15 or 20 degrees in latitude north or south, contains mostly rainforest, with some intruding bands of temperate forest and small regions of savannah. This is where the Lypans first evolved. The second band, ranging from the borders of the tropical band to roughly 60 degrees latitude, is home to various types of temperate forests, with a large number of tree types. The final band, ranging from 60 degrees latitude to the pole, is home to taiga forests, and is the least diverse of the regions.
These bands are often interrupted by large inland seas, Lypania containing no proper oceans. These seas are relatively shallow and some consider them to be the most diverse regions of the entire planet, home to thousands of species of fish, corals, limpets, mussels, etc. These inland seas are often carpeted with kelp beds as well.
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