At the crux of this discovery were several mysterious formations that resembled vaguely humanoid faces, reminiscent of the figures on Terra's Easter Island, ringing a central cluster of five jagged, pyramidal structures that actually gave off radioactive readings. Archaeologists were dispatched to Carnwath almost immediately, and studied the "alien structures" for less than six months before concluding that they were a peculiarity of native processes of wind and water erosion that had exposed evidence from a long-ago asteroid strike on the planet's northern continent of Wartholi.
The meteor, evidently composed mainly of metallic ores and unusual - but naturally occurring - radium, was partially liquefied by the heat of reentry and fragmented on impact. Several larger cores formed the basis of the pyramids while smaller chunks of matter, blown clear of the central site, formed a ring at the edges of the crater. Over millennia, erosion wiped away the softer native soil around the site, exposing the mildly radioactive "pyramids" and "faces."
Though believers in extraterrestrial intelligence argued these theories, the final evidence became clear when exo-biologists proved the "humanoid" remains found nearby were nothing more than an alien variation on ancient Terra's velociraptors, and various biological features of the long-dead amphibian beasts proved they were nothing more than desert scavengers, likely struck down by the very same phenomenon that produced the so-called "ruins."
Though discredited, the Ruins of Carnwath continue to draw the curious and die-hard believers in alien intelligence to this world almost 800 years later. This tourism industry, however, has proven barely sufficient to supplement the planet's annual income from its very average industrial and agricultural exports.
Carnwath's capital city, Carnwath City, is located on the Wartholi continent, three hundred kilometers east of the Ruins of Carnwath. Though it is regarded as the center of planetary commerce and industry, with over two million inhabitants in the capital alone, the southern continents of Blanith and Kormyri actually boast a full three quarters of the Carnwathian population.
- System Name: Carnwath
- Coordinates: -63.64, 83.20
- Star Type: K5IV
- Position in System: 3
- Time to Jump Point: 4.00 days
- Population: 963,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals
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