Vesstra from up close
Architecture[edit | edit source]
The inner Vesstra System contains three worlds, Pockris, Mistral, Esser, and Thellus. In the outer Vesstra System there lies three planets, Kaledar, Oreges, and Keleru. Beyond this is a vast, sparse cloud of icy material referred to as the Endless Junkyard, as in the early days of Esserian civilization, decommissioned ships were set adrift in this cloud of ice chunks. Various habitation stations are sprinkled through the whole of the system, with high concentrations within the Hill Spheres of planets.
Planetary Bodies in Detail[edit | edit source]
Pockris is the innermost planet in the Vesstra System, orbiting close enough for small lava lakes to form at the bottoms of craters at periapsis. It used to be much larger, but as of now it is the smallest world in the entire system, with much of its material having been stripped away to construct the huge numbers of space stations scattered throughout the system. Pockris is covered in huge craters pockmarking the surface, making surface travel slow, cumbersome and dangerous and inhibiting large-scale exploration of the planet until the New Space Age. Today, some wish to paraterraform Pockris, making the regions within the potential domes habitable to the native species of the empire. However, no such plan has come to fruition as of yet.