Thorn system. T-01 “Thorn”
For the first time, the Thorn system and its largest planet after which the system was named were colonized even before the civil war split Humans into warring camps. The planet got its name from the large semi sentient thorn-covered vines that dominate its vast forests which in turn cover more than a half of the planet’s surface.
Complicated atmosphere structure and vapors rising from the planet’s surface create an almost constant mist that refracts sun light which then washes the planet in tones of blue and pink.
Unfortunately, the same vapors are lethal for most non-local life forms and a Human can succumb to it after being expose to the planet’s air for two or three hours in a row, with skin literally peeling away from flesh and blood oozing from every orifice. This resulted in the necessity to create large bio domes with artificial air to cover Falcon settlements, with the transparent sections of these domes created from natural resin that coursed through and secreted from the very vines that dominated local flora.
Once exposed to strong electrical discharges, these fluids harden and form lightweight material that is both completely transparent and extremely resistant to pressure and elements. Humans learned to use this so-called “vine-gel” for many aspects of their everyday life, and Thorn quickly became one of the key suppliers of glass equivalent, construction material and even plates for personal body armor for the alliance militia, mercenary companies and regular forces. In fact, a vine-gel armor plate could hold a pulse rifle round fired point blank.
Local wildlife is mostly insectoid, with smaller creatures living off plants and bacteria and larger ones preying on them. Many rivers and lakes, while looking peaceful and calm thanks to their clean waters, provide shelter to various flesh-eating insects, amphibians and serpents, as well as myriads of fish, both predatory and herbivore.
The largest creatures on Thorn with a romantic name “Skyships” are in fact giant semi-transparent centipedes that have surprisingly light bodies, with most of spaces taken by large pockets of hot air. This unique body structure allow the creatures to rise above the forests as giant baloons and slowly glide in the warm air currents. While this could have made Skyships into local dominant predators, the beasts are instead completely harmless – they are completely self-sustaining and get nourishment from photosynthesis that happens on their entire outer shells covered in small plants. This process starts once the creature rises above the forests and escapes its shadows, allowing the sunrays to trigger the sustenance-production mechanisms.
Unfortunately for humans, Thorn was almost entirely abandoned during the civil war, with many domes destroyed by land warfare and bombardments and settlements slowly overrun by the ever-present vines. Local nature reacted to humans leaving the planet so violently that it became easier to create new settlements than re-settle old abandoned ones.
During the years immediately after the war some of the isolated outposts that remained whole and populated were lost to Brakkan terror attacks, unexplained electricity-related incidents or had their population simply vanish without trace, leaving behind both valuables and personal belongings.
Now, Thorn is being re-colonized again by Falcon forces, and new vine-gel processing complexes and domes are being erected regularly.
None can neglect that the planet has a special cold beauty of its own. When toxic vapors disappear following a storm, and sun shines gently over the planet’s mountains, lakes and forests, Thorn becomes one of the most beautiful sites Human eyes have ever laid upon.
Thorn rifts are some of the most hazardous, since they were documented multiple times to periodically release major heat discharges into passing vessels. While it didn’t cause major harm or in fact any casualties at all, it implies use of reinforced hulls for safe travel and makes the jumps hazardous for regular, unprotected vessels.