Vabu

World of Heroes

No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground; but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
— Genisis 2:5-7

Overview

Vabu is the third planet from it's sun Ra'Ka, and the only planet in the Realm of Heroes to harbor life. It is the third and last of the inner planets before the Remnants of Odin's Spear begins, and has one moon, Liche. It was forged by the Worldbuilders under command of Odin and received help from other gods. The world was forged when the universe was being created by the Council of Creation, and was intelligently designed to be the perfect home to the vabuians, so that they can fulfill their destiny as foretold in the Covenent of Creation (Although the specifics of that purpose is still under hot debate and subject to wild interpretation). It orbits 398 days, one full orbit marks the start of a new calendar year in the season of summer, of the month Jay.   It is a loose analog to Earth, but has many differences between it and the pale blue dot. For starters, the planet has no axial tilt, and instead it's position determines the seasons planet-wide, instead of it depending on it's tilt and orientation to the sun. It's orbital eccentricity is notably higher than all the other planets being about 0.13. This means it summers get to a balmy average 24.7° C (76.46° F) and its 5th season of mordum, which comes after winter, gets to a chilly average of -11.9° C (10.58° F). It is only thanks to its intense magisphere that it can maintain a stable climate during the intense temperature shifts in its most critical regions.   Of the inner planets, it is the least dense and the least geologically active, with geological processes being driven only by magically induced movement in it's mantle or crust, being the sole cause of any kind of eruptions, formation, or subduction. For a great example of this see the article on the Separation of Sijir, which ended the Draconic Civil War. As a result, there is no descernerable plate tectonic activity unlike it's analog. Despite this, it has an active enough core that it can produce a magnetic field powerful enough to protect it's denizens from cosmic radiation.   Like the rest of the universe, was created in a 'ready state' where life had been established and designed immediately after it's creation, so evolution has been mostly driven by whims of gods, changes in the planet's magisphere, and has yet to show any natural divergence driven by natural selection. It and the universe, as well as the entire Ra'Ka System and most systems, are the same age. In total it can be dated back 5762 years ago. (For more information see the main timeline.)   With a starting population of only 160,000, the world population is now at approximately 6.07 billion people live on Vabu, with about 9.11 million of those being non-vabuian or mixed bloods. Those populations created vastly different cultures based on prominent pantheon, religion, and race, of which culminated into thirteen surviving, sovereign vabuian nations.  

Etemology

The name of the planet was not given to the first peoples, of which was left to be named. The people created explicitly for the purposes of the gods and their quest against Chaos, gave the planet the name it is most known for and was henceforth Vabu in most cultures; Va being derivative of Vaz, meaning great, and Bu, meaning planet. These people began to call themselves vabuians, in their tongue, people of Vabu.   The planet has more than one name depending on the culture and people, as Vabu has differnt inteligent species living on it thanks to the gods. For the dwarves, the name of the world is Kathar-Abu meaning Chosen World. For the Elves, they go for the simpler route and name the planet as a person, the personification of Gaia's youngest child, Vaira.

History

When the Council of Creation created the universe, they made Vabu as it's crown jewel, the center piece in the vast orchestrated theater that was the greater galaxy and beyond. With it's creation they created the first of the vabuians, and bestowed upon them early knowledge and wisdom of language, governance, craft, and law. This was cemented and told alongside their origin story in the artifact the Covenant of Creation, a towering obsidian slab that depicted the great epic of the Creation of the Realm, as well as the Prophesy of Man which depicted a vague and interpret-able idea of why they were made and what their purpose was.

Geography

Order & Structure

Vabu has an oxygen-based atmosphere with an average sized crust, mantle, and core which gives the planet life and magic, as well as produces the most complex metaphysical point known to vabukind. It has an internal structure is made up of a solid, metal core, a liquid outer core, a mantle, and a crust that is invariable all around, made up of a solid layer rather than plates floating on a mantle. It is characterized with fissures, cracks, ridges, ranges, volcanoes, and valleys which had been constructed in it's forging by the dwarves, or later acted upon by powerful magical forces such as the gods or guardians. Heavier metals have placed deep into Vabu while the lighter metals can be found atop, much like in a geologically active world. The mantle is most notable for having powerful fire affinity crystals, while the core is notable for being made of the heaviest metals known.  

Crust

The planet is comprised of a wide variety of minerals, ores, and other resources that are highly diverse and vary by biome, magispheres, and depth. It is about 60 km deep (in comparison, Earth’s is about 30 km). It can be generalized by depth, as well as by zones. It is beyond the scope of this entry to go into the specific magibiological nature of each zone, but a rough overview will be given.  
Surface
The surface of the planet extends about 8 km down with little variability. It is characterized by top soils of peat, dirt, and sands, as well as (but not always necessarily) sedimentary stones such as sandstone, brownstone, and mudstone. It is nutrient rich as well as gemstone rich, containing a wide variety of gems based on the zone found in, providing valuable resources for early and developing vabuian nation states.   Light Zone
A zone that spans most of the habitable portions of the planet, it is characterized by rolling hills more akin to mountains, large plains, and rich soils capable of supporting a vast complexity of life. The soils break away to sedimentary stones, most common of which being brownstone, which continues for the entire surface layer of the crust. It is most notable for its high variety of basic elemental gemstones such as fire gems and water gems, a high concentration of light gems, as well as shallow levels of valuable metals such as gold, copper, and vabuianite. It supports biomes within the Godester Empire, Purester Kingdom, Sea Cotton, and parts of the Aquaster Kingdom.   Aqua Zone
The largest zone of the planet, it exists both as the deep peat and soil of the ocean floor, and the swamps, marshes, shallows, and shores of the world. It has the deepest levels of soil reaching a staggering 4 km down, followed by more indigenous rocks such as graystone. Within the soil one can find a large amount of water gems and ice gems, most of which exist on the bottom of the sea floor as outcroppings. The stones of this zone contain a high concentration of white metals such as vabuianite, aluminum, chromium, platinum, and aquarium.   Frost Zone
A zone that makes up almost all of Vabu's higher elevations, it spans the entire Dragon Peninsula, the Hearthward Mountians as well as the entirety of Sijir, as well as the north and south poles. It is characterized by it's cold magibiomes, as well as its shallow soil layer. Stones found in this area are graystone, permaice, permastone, and the highly prized dragon rock. It is also home to the second most highest variety of elemental gems, as well as the highest variety of surface metals, everything from silver and gold, to exotic metals like mythril and adamantine.   Desert Zone
Prominently sand and sedimentary rock, this zone makes up the two of the three deserts on Vabu of which is influenced by the same flavors of magic by Ra and his pantheon. It has a high variability of soil levels, but overall has the second deepest soil layer of the planet as well as the most rich resources in regards to magi-technolgy. Everything from the highly-sought after Mana Crystals, basic elemental gems, high level elemental gems such as Solar Gems, and surface metals known for their magi conductivity such as copper and gold.   Fire Zone
The youngest zone on Vabu, it came about has a geological conversion of a landscape when land was succeed to the New God of Fie, Iifrit. it is a soil poor region dominated by white sand, illuminatrite, and sandstone. Due to it's recent emergence as well as the magisphere that came with it, the region is known for it's instability where earthquakes, eruptions, fissures, and Runaway Site Transmutation is common.   Shadow Thunder Zone
A zone similar to that of the Light Zone, only it is predominated by elemental opposite influences of light, and prominent dark crystals instead of light ones. It is also known for its prominence in abundance in electricity flavor in the magisphere. The soil layer is notably thinner, and the stone layer is of purple and violet hues such as Majestone, Dragon Rock, and Lightning Silt. It is thought that this region was once the home of the dwarves before they departed back to the Aether.   Salt Zone
A zone unique in the essence of it's lack of dominate god prominence, this zone is known for housing large salt flats, featureless landscapes, and surface aquifers high in salty minerals and deposits. The land is notable for its absolute poorness of resources of metals and magiminerals. However the zone is known for its unique Gaia Crystals, which seem to grow within the bottom of the soil layer, and help to give small shrublife a chance to grow, and purifying and filtering pools of water near it, making it just barely habitable.   Cursed Zone
A zone that was at one point a Light Zone, it is aligned with Vabu's notorious enemy, Lucifer. A parasitic kind of zone, it has prominently features from whatever previous zones had been there, but stone becoming brittle and useless, as well as life empowered through unnatural and unholy means to live tortured lives to serve the dark lord. Its magisphere is notable for being the only one driven by anti-magic, a kind of magic system driven by chaos and destruction.    
Intermediary
Below the surface layer of the crust sits a ubiquitous zone of rocks forged from the mantle under a hemogonous magisphere. Graystone, blackstone, and pockets of other deep minerals exist in this layer, as well as a speckling of known softer metals such as silver, gold, copper, tin, etc. Some harder metals can be found here, and vabuianite can be found in abundance, next to the most abundant iron. The soft metal that can be found in relative abundance is mythril compared to the rest of the surface layers with zone influences accounted for. All basic elemental gems exist in this layer as well. It is well known for its caverns and caves that stretch across the planet deep below.  
Transitional
Between the intermediary crust layer and the mantle is a layer of red hot rocks and lava flows, caves that do exist here have high amounts of lava pools and exotic elemental crystals. Mantlestone, Lava Marble, and other fire-aligned stones and minerals can be found here. Metals forged in the mantle and core can also be found here, such as Adamantine.  

Mantle

The mantle begins at a point where the rock is heated to the point where it becomes viscus over long periods of time, which is defined by the interior most magisphere's radius. The first few meters of the mantle are rich in crystals and metals forged by magic and geological interactions and processes from prior eruptions. The deeper within the mantle one goes, the occurrences of the heaviest metals such as corium increases as well as the liquidity of matter till it becomes more like magma. Unlike earth's mantle, there isn't enough activity to break up the relatively homogeneous and thick crust layer.  

Core

The outside of the core is a mixture of corium and vabuianite, with naturally formed alloys of them forming the inner core. It is relatively pure and prominently made of those two metals, with a small percentage of other heavy metals such as iron and platinum. The core houses a complex, four layered magisphere that enables the prominence and diversity of magispheres on the planet, it is known as the Core of Infinite Creation.  

Hydrosphere

As well as being the only planet with life, it is one of a rare group of planets with a prominent hydrosphere with the exception of oceanic planets or barren terras. The majority of Vabu's hydrosphere is made up of it's oceans, and solid ice forms of the poles. The oceans take up approximately 62% of the surface, while glaciers take up about 14% of it's surface.   Compared to Earth, which is 71% water on it's surface, it is prominently land heavy. However when taking ice trapped in glaciers into account, Vabu is considerably more watery overall with more of it's ice trapped in it's poles.  

Atmosphere

The atmospheric characteristics similar to Earth roughly in composition, but beyond it has very different properties. With pressure being 172.2525 kPa and a scale height of about ~7.431 km, aircraft can fly higher and easier which allowed for the development of advanced aerospace technology among other things (for example acoustics travel farther on this world). In addition, it's makeup of gasses is very rich in oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor, as well as having different trace gasses that push the boundaries of a habitable world. A thicker atmosphere means however more air pressure at sea level, exactly 1.7x more pressure than Earth's. With a slightly higher gravity, someone on Earth suddenly being on Vabu would feel heavier, able to breath easier, but unable to go as deep underwater (only 10 - 43m, which is 17m less than on Earth.)   It should also be noted that the atmosphere is affected by different layers of magispheres that extend into it that are mostly wind based, the most intense of these magispheres enhances the thermosphere Ra's influence, and Gaia's influence in the stratosphere, which both help protect Vabu from radiation and solar wind.   As one goes higher in the atmosphere, it slowly becomes thinner and fades to the vacuum of space. It is almost exactly analogous to earth with the start of space starting at about 100 km up, but with it being notably thinner the higher you go past the stratosphere.  

Troposphere

The troposphere is the lowest layer of the atmosphere. It is where the solar and magical energy from Ra'Ka heats and interacts with the air in this layer and the surface. The density gradient that occurs as a result of this energy interaction results in winds and circulations which distributes heat and driving weather patterns. It reaches about 10 km into the sky.  

Stratosphere

Extending 50 km into the sky, it holds the ozone layer and other greenhouse gasses that helps keep the planet warm and habitable. It is notable for it's magisphere influenced by Gaia who keeps the planet warm by reinforcing the already powerful ozone layer with magic that keeps the planet relatively warm during Mordum.  

Mesosphere

The second densest part of the atmosphere and is responsible for protecting Vabu from meteorite impacts as well as heating up spacecraft as they leave and reenter the atmosphere. It contains the most powerful atmospheric magisphere which is held by Ra with help of Odin that protects the planet from asteroids and other celestial objects by reacting violently and intelligently with entering matter, identifying what objects are threats and how to best mitigate them. The layer extends up to 85 km up into the air.  

Thermosphere

The second least dense part of the atmosphere extending up to 100 km, it is a barrier of particles, magnetic forces, and magic, that help keep life safe from harmful UV rays. It does such a good job, that in fact only visible light and lower gets through, so no life on Vabu can see in UV, at all. The magisphere up in this layer is dominated by Ra, who has direct influence on the light that comes into this layer.  

Exosphere

The least dense part of the atmosphere starts at 100 km and goes as high as 165 km, it is a mostly inert part of the atmosphere that gets exponentially more and more thin. It is only notable by having the presence of air molecules that influence the degradation of orbits of satellites at this height.  

Weather and Climate

The weatrher on Vabu is unique in that it is influnced not only by natural processes of pervailing winds and currents, but also by magic cast by the planet itself and the position of the planet to its parent star. The planet is constantly at odds with itself, where the path of least resistance runs up against the nature of inteligent design. As such, this discrepency makes some fascinating weather systems that can't be found on Earth.  

Weather and the Seasons

In the summer, punishing heat causes water to soar high into the sky and be retained, causing dry, sunny days with some rainfall. In the spring and fall, rain comes down as the planet warms up or cools down, and winds gust as the planet re-stabilizes. In winter, the cold in the air causes almost constant snowfall, and in the last few days of the season the planet is covered in worldwide blizzard. In Mordum, the extreme temperature drop causes the planet to enter a mini-ice age, and the sky to be covered in clouds as the remaining water vapor becomes heavier and heavier.   In some places, the magibiome helps keep the weather and climate relatively monogamous year round, like hot and dry in the deserts, as well as wet and humid on the islands in the Crescent Archipelago. This causes moving weather systems to behave in ways not found on Earth, like moving rainstorms to disparate as they approach a desert, or for clouds to form over relatively flat areas.  

Orbit and Seasons

Vabu orbits Ra'Ka at an average distance of about 144 million km every 398 days at about 29.7 km/s, rotating counter-clockwise one full revolution every 24 hours defining a full day. This rotation causes the sun to rise in the east and set in the west. Because of the apparent size of the sun and moon in the sky as well as orbital resonences, Liche eclipses Ra'Ka once every 18 months. Unlike Earth, the eclipse take's place only in the same latitude on the planet, due to the lack of tilt. How much of the star is visible during the eclipse depends on the position of the planet to the star, with the most being visible during summer, an earth-like total eclipse occurring during the spring and fall, and the complete disappearance of Ra'Ka during winter and mordum.  
Vabuian Orbit
Vabuian Orbit by Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant
  The year can be divided into five months based on the weather patterns and position of the planet to it's parent star. The vabuian calendar year begins with Summer as the world was made in the first day of summer, fall, winter, then mordum named after the god of death who dragged the planet out to introduce death to the world to teach the vabuians the value of life, followed by spring.   The planet is closest to it's star in summer where temperatures become hot and scorching, and the farthest in mordum when the planet enters a mini-ice age and freezes over. The change in weather as the season progresses is more drastic than on Earth, but also more consistent due to the lack of a runaway greenhouse effect and lack of other atmospheric factors.

Fauna & Flora

Main articles: Bestiary of Vabu, Trees of Vabu, Fungus of Vabu
The kind of life on Vabu that one can find can at best be described as majestic and diverse, and at worst savage and dangerous. More often than not, it is more of the former than the latter. Biology and Magiology intermingle to create a wide diversity of intelligently designed of purpose, accident, or muse of the gods, harbored by the intense magics and the high levels of oxygen. Trees retaining raw elemental powers can be found, a staggering diversity of surface and underground mushrooms, as well as man-eating plants, silicon based lifeforms, creatures made of energy, large insects, and ravenous bovine.

Natural Resources

In every sense of the word, the world of Vabu is rich. A large variety and quantity of minerals can be found at every level of the crust and even beyond, trees and other plants designed for vabuians to take advantage of and use to forge their destinies, a wide variety of beautiful and useful minerals, and unique elements that are their birthright, their weapon against the darkness in all of it's forms. The land is diverse, and full of life as well as magic, and at every corner there is something new to discover or find.   It's moon, Liche, is a nearby harbor of wealth of metals, being made of mostly gold sitting in the sky waiting for vabukind to set foot on to mine and forge to their whims.
Alternate Names
Kathar-Abu (Chosen World, Dwarvish)
Varia (Great child of Gaia, Elven
Type
Planet
Subtype
Habitable World, Terra
Home System
Ra'Ka System
Moon(s)
Liche
Unique Resources
Atmosphere
Water
Vabuianite

Mass
5.97237×1024 kg
Diameter
12300 km (~96.53% Size of Earth)
Density
6.13 g/cm3
Gravity
10.5154 m/s2 (~1.073x Earth-G)
Semi-Major Axis
144 Million km
Orbital Speed
29.7 km/s
Orbital Period
398 days
Rotation Speed
1668.8895 kmh (1 days)
Axial Tilt
0.00°

Mean Average Global Temprature
21.74 F (-5.7 C)
Minimum Average Global Temprature
-6.88 F (-21.6 C)
Maximum Average Global Temprature
57.56 F (14.2) C
Maximum Regional Temprature
128.426 F (53.57 C)
Minmum Regional Temprature
-140.44 F (-95.8 C)

Atmosphere
Surface Preassure (at Sea Level)
172.2525 kPa (1.7 atm)
Composition
67% Molecular Nitrogen (N2)
29.25% Molecular Oxygen (02)
1.2% Xenon (Xe)
0.5498003% Water Vapour (H20)
0.00018% Methane (CH4)
0.0000147% Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
0.000005% Ozone (03)
Type
Planet
Location under
Included Locations

The Living World
Main Article: Varia
The world of Vabu, by total accident, is the living body of a goddess who was created from all their passion and care, Varia. The world is, thanks to her, capable of adapting and growing, of making otherwise non-renewable resources renewable (for the most part), and capable of allowing the climate to survive the brutal Mordum season. This process which allows the world to heal, is known simply as Geohealing, and is an integral part to the sustainability of life on the world.

Sovereign Vabuian Nations
Vabuian Nation Flags
From left to right, top to bottom: Godesters, Solarsters, Puresters, Ancientsters, Gaiasters, Xinsters, Aquasters, Rackoshack, Salt Plains, Dragonia, Sea Cotten, the Ancients, Sijir, Nartic, Ajin.
Many kingdoms have risen and fallen in the many years since the creation of the Realm of Heroes, but the true sovereign nations have risen from the ashes time and time again. There are fifteen nations on Vabu, all stemming from the first of the nations, the Sters.

World Map of Vabu

Vabu :: World Map  
See the full map here.


Cover image: Adventures of Zack The Great world cover by Zack Hopkins-DeMerchant
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