Dawn of Defiance
Climate:Desolate wasteland, temperate kaluthin grasslands (high
Length of Day:38 standard hours
Length of Year:5,547 local days
Sapient Species:66% Human, 14% Tarasin, 20% other species
On the opposite side of the planet from the city is a vast
wasteland where no kaluthin has grown for two hundred years.
This dead zone is cold and lifeless, and full environment suits are
required to survive in it. The area has grown steadily for
centuries and now has reached the academy’s doorstep.
In the heart of the wasteland is an ancient Sith fortress, which
was abandoned about a thousand years ago. The wasteland has
grown at an estimated radius of 1 meter per year, though the
death of kaluthin was further accelerated recently, starting
about 13 years ago with sabotage by a dark side cult called the
Believers. Since the razing of the Almas Academy, however, a
radical surge in the dead zone has occurred. The wasteland now
encompasses a radius of 5,000 kilometers, with a trail that leads
straight to the ghost town of Forard.
It is rumored that the Sith Lord who built the fortress around
1,150 to 1,400 years ago also created the kaluthin, combining
his knowledge of bioengineering with the power of the Force.
The kaluthin ability to synthesizethe atmosphere of an entire
planet is still considered an amazing achievement today. Until
recently, scientists researched ways of transplanting the glowing
grass to other worlds, but met with little success.
Almas is the fourth and outermost planet in the Cularin system.
Over a thousand years ago, a plant named kaluthin took root on
the icy, lifeless world, nourishing itself from large underground
lakes. Over time, the kaluthin synthesized the planet’s poisonous
atmosphere (composed in large part of methane and
phosphorus) into enough oxygen to sustain carbon-based life.
Still, prolonged exposure can be hazardous to one’s health due
to trace amounts of toxins, and breath masks or atmospheric
regulators are strongly recommended.
The local nights on Almas are not determined by the distant
twin suns. Wherever kaluthin grow (everywhere except in the
dead zone), their phosphorus-filled leaves absorb the moonlight
and make the surface of the planet glow. It takes a while for
newcomers to adjust to the dusk to dawn cycles, which are
determined by the kaluthin’s leaves being either spread open or
A century and a half ago, the Jedi established a training
academy on Almas. The town of Forard was subsequently built,
forming a circle around the Jedi academy. Several sadrin farms
were found wherever kaluthin grew. All were recently
abandoned, however, shortly after the academy was destroyed.
Now the academy ruins and the surrounding town buildings are
regularly despoiled by salvagers looking for valuable loot.
The academy was attacked at the end of the Clone Wars by
three starships, which took the resident Jedi by surprise. One
was a Cularin Allied Force ship that was brought down by Jedi
starfighters and crashed into the academy grounds. Another was
a mercenary vessel destroyed by allies of the Jedi. The third was
a black starfighter that fled shortly after the assault, possibly
carrying the party responsible for the attack.