Star Wars: Another Longshot
- Kasha (Red Supergiant star)
- Grayya (White Dwarf star)
- Juru (Molten planet)
- Nerewild (Verdant planet, orbits Grayya)
- Salvation (Verdant planet, inhabited, orbits Grayya)
- Mextalph (Molten planet)
- Caizo (Terrestrial planet, irradiated)
- Bu’bils (Liquid planet)
- Fonorth Cloud (Small Nebulae)
The Caizo system is a rare system, one that contains three planets that could, at least at one point, support life. The system is a binary star system with a small White Dwarf Star orbiting around a red supergiant. The Caizan natives one inhabited a planet that was in orbit around the larger red supergiant, Kasha. The natives of that planet had established an advanced society that had primative computers, combustion engines, and were unlocking the higher sciences. Caizan can trace their evolutionary history back only about ten-thousand years, after that they cannot find any evidence of earlier civilizations. Because of this, it is believed that they originated from one of the nearby sectors with a human population, and the original inhabitants of Caizo arrived on ancient sleeper-ships or through one of the rare Rakatan or Gree hyper-space gates.
Nine hundred years ago, a brutal and vicious war erupted across the surface of the planet. Nations on the world had just started splitting atoms for use as sources of energy, and during the course of this war unleashed atomic bombs on each other. Within days, the global population of five and a half billion was reduced to just over ten million.
By chance (or by the will of the Force), the Jedi Explorer Corps ship Hydian Pearl was in the Sector, and the crew felt the sudden disruption in the Force of so many deaths. They investigated and found battered survivors of an apocalyptic war. The natives appeared to be humans with skin a faint orange hue, and spoke a very old version of galactic basic with an alien syntax and lexicon. Faced with survivors who were shocked and fearful of the ship that came from the sky, the Corps members were eventually able to communicate with the Caizan and learn what happened. Cultural and spiritual differences led to the war that had sown war and atomic fire across Caizo. The planet was changing. The damage done to the ecosystem by the war would take centuries to heal, if it could.
During their initial, hasty survey of the system, the crew of the Hydian Pearl had noted that there were two more habitable worlds in the Caizo system, news that came as quite a shock to the Caizan. These two worlds orbited the smaller of the system’s stars. The Hydian Pearl quickly surveyed the two planets to see if they were suited to housing the survivors of Caizo. One planet was a dense jungle that was populated by giant reptiles. Many of these beasts were vicious, multi-ton predators that could chase down prey and tear them apart with sword-like teeth. The other world was more of a savannah, with mostly mammalian and avian fauna as the population. There were areas on the second planet that were more suitable to large refugee camps that could eventually be developed into cities easier than on the jungle world.
The Hydian Pearl sent a message back to the Core Worlds and the nearest inhabited systems of the tragedy and to send cargo ships and transports to help evacuate the survivors. Few ships could arrive quickly, with the sector being so far removed from well traveled areas of the Galaxy. As ships arrived, they would fly over Caizo broadcasting their intentions to rescue refugees and move them off-world. The ships found many survivors, but there was a lot of land to cover and too few ships. The radiation and environmental damage to Caizo was getting worse. Ash clouds blocked out the star’s warmth and began to cool the planet. Caizans died of disease, radiation poisoning, and infection before rescue ships could find them. With only a couple ships able to carry large numbers during the day-long trip to the world dubbed “Salvation”, the evacuation of Caizo was a painfully slow task.
Moving refugees only a hundred at a time, the Hydian Pearl saved 7,800 Caizans by itself before it could no longer find anyone else alive to rescue. It was believed that there were hidden survivors, those in bunkers or underground caverns who were afraid of the starships and what they were there for. With no way to make contact, the rescuers had to abandon their search. The outcome was grim; of the estimated survivors, only about two million made it off Caizo before search and rescue operations were ended.
The Republic, as well as several advanced Outer Rim worlds, sent basic supplies to Caizo. The Jedi Order also dispatched several MediCorp and AgriCorp teams, as well as a few Jedi Knights to help the new inhabitants of Salvation. After several years, the refugee’s tents and survival rations were replaced by shacks and harvested crops. Cultural differences evaporated under the will to survive and the shock of introduction to the galactic community, even if its so far away. Now, Salvation is a populous world with a hundred cities and towns and a population approaching a eight-hundred million. Their technology is fairly advanced, only one or two steps below the galactic standard for the rest of the Outer Rim. Salvation has few natural resources to export, and has only a small surplus of agriculture to export, so no permanent trade route has been mapped to the system. There is a small but steady tourism trade to the system for sportsmen who want to hunt the great beasts on Nerewild, the third of the habitable systems.
Caizo is still a radioactive wasteland. The radiation levels had dropped, but if one spends more than a day on the surface unprotected they will become sick. Exposure longer than three days will kill most beings. Still, exploration ships from Salvation occasionally make trips back to the world to try and recover relics from the planet and monitor the progress of the planet’s recovery.