The Varlian Gate
Caiphus Secondus is a terran-like planet with a population reaching close to 60 million dispersed among the two hive cities with the majority living rurally. The rural population are mostly descended from the first colonists who arrived 142 local cycles ago (481 Earth days per annual). Its founders were originally from Phaithos in the neighbouring system. It is becoming a growing trade centre due to its relative safety behind the frontier. Major exports include Tarots, Caiphos Panther furs, Tarot wine and brandy. Hive Oikie (named for the founder) is the primary hive, located on the northern continent. Hive Larone is still being developed and has had problems with gangs and crime. The rural population live in small communities of up to 1000 people, focusing mainly on farming. (rumours circulate that they spurn contact with off-worlders and hivers which is supported by their choice of isolated locations for settlements. They may have embraced aspects of Varlian doctrines). 2 suns provide year round growing season allowing it to produce for the other inhabited planet in the system Lonatze. 30 standard hours per day. Is famous for it’s 4 month monsoon of red rain, described by the rural settlements as the blood of the god. Now, which god they mean is as yet to be discovered, but it goes against the ban on religious practises no matter the god and should be looked into by the Council.