Planet Type: Spherical Earth body
Planet Size: Size B (70 miles across)
Escape Time: Twenty minutes
Day Length: Twenty Four Hours
Year Length Six Months
Population: Fire Elemenmtals, Undead, Constructs
Climate and Features
Coal, the second moon of Tura’troparos, The moon gets its name from the black sand that covers the entire surface of the world. It is a vast, sand blasted wasteland, completely devoid of water or plant life, and eternal elemental fires roll across the surface like tumbleweeds. Countless years of erosion have left the surface mostly flat, save for the large conical features that dot the surface. Raising defiantly from the dunes of coarse sand that surround them, these cones were once thought to be nothing more than mountains. It has only recently been discovered that these are actually the remains of ancient cities, their towers collapsed inward to form cavernous expanses and mostly protecting what lies within from the ravages of the storms outside. Vicious storms of coarse sand and walls of flame constantly roll across it’s surfaced, scouring anything left exposed and burying the signs that this small moon was once home to an advanced and prosperous civilization.
The planet’s lack of water does not appear to be a natural occurrence, as evidence suggests that in the past water was almost as abundant as on other earth bodies. Now the planet seems to be actively hostile to water itself. As a ship enters thew planet’s dry atmosphere all stores of water on the vessel begin to evaporate, leaving even sealed containers bone dry within hours. Magic relating to the creation of water does not function at full effect while within the confines of the planet’s atmosphere and living beings require almost three times the usual amount of water to avoid dehydration in the harsh climate.
At first glance Coal’s dominant form of life appears to be the fire elementals that travel across its surface. Indeed it was thought that they were the only form of life that could inhabit a world so inhospitable. It was only after an ill-fated mining expedition was sent to investigate possible mineral wealth that the true “lords” of the sands were revealed. The surface of the world and the worked tunnels discovered beneath its surface are plagued with a strange form of skeletal undead. No conclusions about the former inhabitants of Coal can be formed from the appearance of the undead creatures as no two ever share the same skeletal configuration.
The undead on the surface are random and scattered and only make themselves known in the presence of living creatures. The undead the inhabit the ruins beneath the surface seem to appear in greater frequency in the network of ancient tunnels than within the ruins of the identified cities.
Within the cities the greatest danger (aside from collapse) are the ancient constructs that wander the ruins, seemingly without purpose.
The ancient society was, from what archaeologists can determine, socially and magically very advanced. The scale of their cities and the way the collapsed buildings have managed to weather untold millennia speaks to their engineering skill. Evidence suggests that part of the society, from transportation to entertainment to even their very currency was improved in some way. It is assumed that it was this ever present arcana that led to the world’s ecological devastation.
Coal’s chief export is artifacts of the ruined civilization that once called the world home. These are rare because of the difficulties in keeping an expedition supplied and proteced from the moon’s inhabitants.
Points of Interest
Mount Deepbreaker – Named for the leader of the ill-fated mining expedition that first discovered the ruins of civilization beneath the sand, Mount Deepbreaker is littered with the discarded equipment and armor of the Dwarves who discovered too late the dangers hidden beneath the sand. When a rescue craft arrived to determine why the Deepbreaker’s expedition had not returned with news of success or failure they discovered the whale ship half buried in the sand, its helm and crew missing.
Mound Zalu – A recent discovery at the base of Mound Zalu revealed an entrance into a ruined city surprisingly well preserved. The discovery team noted a strong thrum coming from deep below.