Centuries ago, humans colonised Jørn, a lonely planet on the far side of the galaxy, only to discover, after a few short years, that the planet was killing them. The culprit, a native spore, carried on every wind to every corner of the globe.

A map of Jørn.

This map of Jørn is a work-in-progress. The five human cities are shown as red dots.

Just over 1,100 light years away from Old Terra, Jørn is the furthest human-inhabited planet from the Sol system.

An Earth-like planet, with planetary rings and two shepherd moons, it’s roughly twice the size of Earth, with a higher gravity and slightly more geological activity (e.g. earthquakes). There is also some space debris left over from when the colonists arrived, as well as satellites from the original survey missions. None of these are visible with the naked eye, and most of the satellites are either defunct or barely functioning. However, there may be one through which {{ DATA SCRUB – ACCESS RESTRICTED }}.

The atmosphere near the surface carries a spore that is toxic to humans, and although there is considerable land, none of it is habitable by humans without some form of environmental protection. Instead humans live in floating cities, bio domes or plateaus/mountains above thirty-thousand feet.

The same toxic spore, known as the Pollen, has also prevented detailed exploration of the surface. Although much has been done from the air, there is still much to be discovered about the surface and the plants and animals that inhabit it.

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