With relatively little habitable land for grazing herds to develop, predators dominate the ecosystem. The nova cat is the best known of these. Though superficially similar to a Terran feline, the nova cat has evolved a number of defenses akin to those of a porcupine. When threatened, the cat's barbed and poisonous manes stands on end, discouraging attacks - especially those of the sphinx raptor, an ultra-aggressive pack hunter. Nicholas Kerensky considered the sphinx raptor as a Clan totem animal, but though he admired its lethality, he regarded the species as a poor role model, too lethal and single-minded for its own good. The raptor kills everything it encounters with little view to the future, thus limiting its own survival.
The Kerensky exiles founded several colonies on Dagda to exploit the natural resources in its oceans. Working to extract resources from ever-deeper ocean trenches led to the development of pressurized mining suits, the forerunners of Elemental battle armor, and the establishment of several underwater colonies. Several free-floating fishing platforms constantly relocate on the planetary surface, exploiting the seasonal movement of fish and marine mammals.
Many of Dagda's cities focus on manufacturing or processing these resources, particularly those on the continent of Riva. That continent lies closest to several extraction sites and contains many riches of its own. Mining is a major industry, especially around the cities of Borodino and Graz. A few mining installations exist in the Gressen and Tien Shan mountain ranges, but most are automated because of the thin atmosphere. Only those in the most inhospitable terrain, like the Goliath Scorpion-owned plant on the plateau known as Satan's Table, have permanently assigned personnel who must wear bulky respirators and pressure suits. Satan's Table workers wear armored mining suits akin to those used underwater, as regular pressure suits are vulnerable to the razor-sharp edges in the lava fields.
- System Name: Dagda
- Coordinates: -133.00, 1600.00
- Star Type: K4V
- Position in System: 3
- Population: 52,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals
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