Beyond the gas giant Seraos and furthest from the system’s suns lies Orbis Aurea, an expanse of ice and aetherite accented with bright spots of vibrant life. Known for both its storied riches and its merciless environment, Orbis Aurea is the planet most recently colonized by off-world opportunists is also the okanta homeworld. This glittering world of vast ice sheets and gnarled glacial fjords holds at its equator a temperate band of plains and mountains capable of supporting hardier species. Tectonic activity keeps the surface warm, with hot springs and cavernous heat vents dotting the landscape.
Orbis Aurea itself is shrouded in an ever-present atmospheric layer of clouds called the Nethersphere, which is devastating to aetheric technology, including entering aetherships. This shimmering web of auroras is responsible for bringing down the first human fleet to attempt a colonization of the planet early during the Century War. Now the world is a shared home of the native okanta and immigrant humans, led by once-exiled super soldiers calling themselves the Paragons. This confederacy controls the largest stockpile of aetherite in the system beneath a nigh-impenetrable shroud of clouds and magic tempests, pierced by a solitary miles-tall tower—the only means to and from the planet's surface—called the Catena Aurea.
The Aethera System consists of two suns and four worlds, each of which shares an intrinsic tie to one of the Inner Planes. Researchers long ago confirmed the planar ties of their own home worlds and compared results of these studies to other planets during the Century War, agreeing that each world of the Aethera System is associated with a different elemental plane. Less understood is the way each world rotates through a cycle of elemental alignments across a measure of hundreds of thousands of years. Evidence across the myriad worlds—coral atop Akasaati mountains, flash-frozen forests on Orbis-Aurea—suggests that these alignments changed violently during the Collapse. But none can say for certain whether this change caused the Collapse, or was instigated by it.
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