A base on Em'pokrae, a dangerous and toxic planet 900 light years from Earth.
About this creation
Em'pokrae is a planet 900 light years from Earth. During the 2170s a military presence was set up on the planet in the northern continent. For five years military and scientific personnel attempted to understand more about the planet and its unique properties.
Em'pokrae is three quarters the size of Earth and its atmosphere is comprised of hydrogen, arsenic and sulfur making it an incredibly toxic environment. It has two natural satellites and a standard day rotation is 47 hours. A year on Em'pokrae is usually 512 days, although years of 516 have been noted before.
Water on Em'pokrae is red and green and the planet has an greyish colour to it. Over six million different species of plant life are known to exist and almost all are dangerous to humans.
At night the satellites emit a UV light that immerses the planet in a violet glow. It causes the red water to turn orange and most of the plants turn bright green. It is not known why the satellites emit UV light; nor why the plants change colour. Some scientists believe it is an equivalent of photosynthesis; meaning all the life on Em'pokrae is dependent on moonlight.
In 2171 humans established a facility on the northern continent. It was of similar design to a facility that had been built on Earth during the 1950s. After the Third World War human design turned to the Googie style architecture that had been favoured during the 1950s. Turning its back on the cold steel and greys of the early 21st century white became the most widely used colour with architectural elements exposed.
The base on Em'pokrae used this design and for five years on the planet it proved very successful protecting scientists and military officials from extreme weather fronts, the moonlight which is considered harmful to humans, and the toxicity of the atmopshere. On the 11th of October 2176 plans were approved to extend the experiment for another five years.
However in January 2177 a transmission was received on Earth. A distress call from the base on Em'pokrae. The first minute of the message was unretrievable however the last few seconds were heard;
"...save us from this godforsaken place."
All attempts to contact the facility have gone unanswered. As such the military have decided to send a vessel to Em'pokrae to determine what has happened. The only contact Earth has had with the base is from cameras which have sent the following pictures:
This is the observation window. It is used to watch the monorail as it enters Em'pokrae base. On the other side of the observation bay are two dome shaped windows.
This is the Posakmuktad river. It is the longest river on the planet and starts in the mountain range where the base has been built. As with all other water on the planet it is a shade of green and red.
The air on Em'pokrae is toxic. This extractor fan removes any toxic air that should happen to seep into the controlled environment. The blades have to be replaced every six weeks due to the extremely corrosive atmosphere.
The monorail, which apart from the hovercraft pad, is the only entrance and exit to the base. The monorail is also sealed from the environment which means people do not need to use breathing apparatus.
The top floor of Em'pokrae base is this observation window. It is of the same design as the one that existed on Earth during the 1950s. The large windows are used by scientists to visually observe changes in the planet's landscape.
The river during the day, along with the toxic plants.
Moonlight, it is believed, is more crucial than the sunlight on the planet. It is believed that the sunlight is far too strong for the plantlife which only emit strong colours when exposed to moonlight. These plants are venopotare which are almost rectangular in shape and glow bright green when the moonlight shines on them. They are toxic to humans; even the slightest brush against them would be enough to kill a human.
The red glow to the river is caused by an algae like substance that is found in all water supplies on the planet.
The monorail and observation bay during moonlight. The toxic plants can be seen along with the red glow of the river.
The upper floor windows at moonlight
The hovercraft pad
The transport to Em'pokrae left yesterday for the planet. Usual transport time is five weeks.
Five weeks to arrive. . .do we get more in five weeks? Great build! Very alien planet feel to it. I thought the plants were lights or some sort of apparatus at first. Silly me! Looks good! Can't wait to see more!