Chikrel is an uninhabited world, located 7.965 parsecs from Earth. It is
large for a terrestrial planet, and has a significantly higher gravity than
Earth. The atmosphere is a thick, choking blanket of carbon dioxide,
requiring airmasks to allow humans to breathe. Chikrel's sun is the
M0 V star Barnok.
Chikrel is a temperate world, with a rugged landscape of plains punctuated
by many hills and mountain ranges. Rivers of water, effeverscent with
dissolved carbon dioxide, flow over much of the surface to small seas which
evaporate quickly, cycling water back to the rivers.
Chikrel's native life is restricted to photosynthesising lichen-like growths
which cover much of the rocky surface, plus small fungus-like organisms
which feed on dead and decaying lichens. An unremarkable microbiota rounds
out the fauna.
Chikrel was once home to a Precursor outpost, and there are several ruin
sites on the surface. There have been few archaeological expeditions
however, due to the hostile nature of the atmosphere and the apparent
limited use of the planet by the Precursors. Richer sites on far more
hospitable worlds are easily available.
Chikrel is an unclaimed world, ignored for the most part by the human
community and present only in the consciousness of a few
xeno-archaeologists through the occasional mention in the professional
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