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Valarian
11-04-2008, 02:47 AM
### IMPERIAL SURVEY REPORT ### GRX 593 ###
Arrived GRX593 137-1109
Have surveyed the system and found there to be 7 worlds in total. As surveyed remotely, a gas giant is in the system and we have found one habitable planet, possibly two. The star is class G5 and is main sequence. Have decided to tag this system Kalpana, designate GRX593-IV also as Kalpana.

bryguy
11-04-2008, 09:45 AM
looks cool :D


only thing that i dont like is the background seems repeated over and over and over and over...


and the sun doesnt look like a sun :)



but otherwise this is awesome!

Valarian
11-04-2008, 09:58 AM
Kalpana System (GRX593)
Kalpana XXXX X866772-1 Rich, Non-Industrial 701 Na G5V

Worlds
GRX593-I ..... X110000-0
GRX593-II .... X3B0000-0
GRX593-III ... X45A000-0
Kalpana ....... X866672-1
GRX593-V .... X530000-0
GRX593-VI ... XA29000-0
GRX593-VII .. XED0000-0

Preliminary Notes
The main world, designated Kalpana, has a diverse ecosystem present. There seem to be human sophonts gathered on this world, seemingly around iron age in technology (TL1). In addition there are several other life forms that, on initial observation, may also be classed as sophonts. These beings also seem to be around the same level. The technology level is a preliminary finding based on observation. Sensors have picked up energy discharges on the world that may indicate a higher level of technology is available. No indication of advanced weaponry has yet to be observed.

Valarian
11-04-2008, 10:01 AM
only thing that i dont like is the background seems repeated over and over and over and over...
Might have to see if I can find a better background


and the sun doesnt look like a sun :)
How do you mean? I know it's a bit small, but the map isn't to scale (it'd be f'ing huge otherwise). It's a chart of the system orbits rather than a to-scale map.

Steel General
11-04-2008, 01:51 PM
I stumbled accross this tutorial (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html) earlier today, might be worth while for you to check out.

bryguy
11-04-2008, 03:25 PM
I stumbled accross this tutorial (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html) earlier today, might be worth while for you to check out.

lol i found a gimp version of that a while back. Their like almost identical :o

@--> Valarian

Its to dull. Heres a link to pictures of our sun http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/10/the_sun.html

but basically you need to make it like brighter. When i think of the sun, i dont think of a sorta dull star, i think of a bright object that hurts your eyes to look at

Valarian
11-04-2008, 05:32 PM
Another version with a background from the tutorial.
I think this one's a little busy. I might have to tone things down a bit.

Valarian
11-04-2008, 06:36 PM
Okay, have toned down the starfield a bit and polished the sun.

ravells
11-04-2008, 06:55 PM
Very nice, and that looks like Traveller notation for the planetery data too!

It's really odd how the eye interprets ellipses as not necessarily as ellipses seen flat on but as circles in perspective with some of the orbits but not others (for me, anyway). There must be some cues which make it so, but I'm not sure what they are.

bryguy
11-04-2008, 11:37 PM
looks great now :D



love the background now to, and the sun is 100% better :)

Valarian
11-05-2008, 05:06 AM
It's really odd how the eye interprets ellipses as not necessarily as ellipses seen flat on but as circles in perspective with some of the orbits but not others (for me, anyway). There must be some cues which make it so, but I'm not sure what they are.
I was worried about the crossing ellipses on the outer ice giant would look as if the moons were going to hit each other. Instead they look fine with the orbit of the moon crossing the pole looking as if it's inside the other moon.

I added the Traveller stuff as someone mentioned the game in the challenge thread. Besides, it gives us some data to play with if we Traveller players want to use it. If I've got time over the month, there should be more in-jokes to come.

I'm very pleased on how this has turned out. I had to follow the Campaign Cartographer Issue 22 Annual manual (and the starfield one) closely to get the results I wanted. After a number of false starts, this one came together nicely. Only one bit of post-work, to polish the sun up a bit.

Valarian
11-07-2008, 06:57 AM
### IMPERIAL SCOUT SERVICE - WORLD SURVEY ###
GRX593 - Kalpana System
GRX593-IV Kalpana

The survey of the system is complete. Have appended a chart of the system and a survey map of the main world. Have observed further energy discharges on sensors and decided to make a landing at a remote point in order to refuel and to survey closer. The technological base of the world does seem to be at the iron age level (TL1). There is a deity belief system in place, and also a belief in magical powers. During first contact with the people in the surveyed area, this became the explanation for the energy discharges picked up. Of course, this can not be the case and there must be a hidden technological base for the events. There may be some indications that some of the populous exhibit skills in psionics.

The people of the region are undergoing a diaspora, due to some plague in the eastern reaches of the area surveyed. I have not attempted to explore further or to extend contact due to the risk of contamination. I would recommend a zoning status be placed on the world of at least Yellow level due to the ongoing contagion.

I can confirm that there are non-human sophonts on this world. The world seems to have been seeded by several differing forms of sentient life. As well as humans, I have encountered a Human-K'Kree cross species. The world may have been a genetic testing ground of the Ancients.

Final report to follow.

Valarian
11-07-2008, 07:05 AM
### IMPERIAL SCOUT SERVICE - FINAL REPORT ###
GRX593 - Kalpana

Completing survey report with the record of the system. As stated in the previous addendum I am recommending that the system is given a Yellow hazard status. This is due to contagion on the main world and the possible presence of hidden high technology or psionics.

Submit Final Report

### Latest WIP ###

ravells
11-07-2008, 08:37 AM
Looking really good, Ian. Are you going to composite them all for your final entry?

Valarian
11-07-2008, 12:50 PM
I wasn't going to. The system orbit map is the entry. The other system chart and the planetary map were just for fun. I'm not sure if the world map is able to be entered anyway. It's a Fractal Terrains world and not one generated by me in the first place. Recognise it?

ravells
11-07-2008, 01:45 PM
LOL, yes it looks familiar! I don't see why you can't use it. people use dunjinni symbols all the time. Provided it isn't the main part of the entry but incidental. I was thinking more of the system diagram though which looks really sweet.

Valarian
11-07-2008, 03:11 PM
Kalpana, by the way, means Fantasy or imagination

nolgroth
11-10-2008, 02:53 PM
I really like all the work you did on this. Inspires me to do a system map* for each of the populated solar systems I have on my map. Wow. And did I mention wow?

* Not for the challenge, but just for completeness.

mmmmmpig
11-20-2008, 03:24 PM
Nice amount of work and thought put into this. I would suggest putting everything together into some cohensive package just because I know this group loves completeness. Great stuff