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by Annie Stein
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Q:Where am I?   You're still in the system known as Sol. Except this time each planet is habitable and developed its own life. The people are humanoid, mostly.
Q:I heard something about a comic?   Oh yes! The main comic is still in development, but you can read the first few pages of Little Blue if you click here.  
Q:What's going on?   Sol is invading. The resentful sun sends its angelic armies: the Scourge. For now, they're being held back at Mercury by Penumbra.
by Annie Stein
Hidden beneath the vicious storms of Neptune are continent-wide ice sheets and a vast and mysterious ocean. The planet is known for their dedication to the defence of the Kuiper Belt, though salacious tales of secret shrines to the same dark entities they fight persist. The glacier continents are a harsh place to live, but a rich and extravagant culture hides in the depths of her oceans, well insulated from the rest of the Sol System.   Uranus and Neptune work together to defend the solar system against external threats. Together they create and deploying Sentinels out into the Kuiper Belt. The Kuiper Belt resonnates with the orbit of Neptune. Many former outer planetoids and asteroids within have been pulled into Neptutian orbit, or flung further out into the depths of the Oort Cloud by the force of the ocean giant's gravity.  


  Life flourishes around the dead of Neptune, and no corpse can feed as many as the great kraken whales. The first cities of Neptune were build on and around these gargantuan corpses. The largest Falls, known as metropoles, sprawl out into vast submarine mega-cities that barely resemble their origin.   The Falls have defined life in the seas. Hunter-Colonialists tracked down and killed so many kraken whales to establish their own domains and feed the metropoles that the species verged on extinction. Modern Falls are now completely manmade, and conservation efforts have succeeded at bringing the kraken whales back in full force.  

Song of the Seas

  Sight and smell are dulled underwater, but sound travels faster and wider. The oceans are loud. A series of species known as the choir of the ocean measure the world around them, and use their bodies as instruments to communicate. They echo the song and layer on their truth. Together they weave an aural soundscape, and map out the underwater world.   The deep song travels far and wide, pinpointing the locations of the Falls and the kraken whales, and bouncing off the ice sheets. The Falls sing out to eachother like their live brethren too, the corpses orchestrated by sonar conductors.   The more populated seas boast a denser and richer band of frequencies. Most members of the choir sing to echolocate or communicate with their immediate area, and higher frequencies and clicks don't travel as far as the deep song.
Icon depicting the planet Neptune
164.9 years
Solar Cycle
16 hours

Distance from Sun
29.8-30.3 AU
Natural Satellites
Triton, Proteus, 12 others
Included Locations
Inhabiting Species
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4 May, 2023 21:39

There's so many interesting things I want to learn more about here. I especially like the use of kraken whale falls as the basis for civilsations to grow from. :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
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Annie Stein
5 May, 2023 07:41

Thank you! It's got me looking forward to when we return to Neptune and can go more in-depth too. I was thinking about our own oceans and what I would like to bring forward in Solaris, and I just adore whales and whalefalls as an ecosystem of their own. Turning them into cities just felt right.

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5 May, 2023 09:08

I really like the Song of the Seas! I find the idea of using your entire body to communicate really beautiful.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
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Annie Stein
5 May, 2023 09:37

Thank you! Thinking about whale song was what finally made my ideas for Neptune come together. I wanted the oceans of Neptune to feel more like a busy coral reef than endless isolated void.

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8 Jun, 2023 04:32

I love how Neptune seems to be centered around water, from the great kraken whales, to the importance of the use of sound to communicate.   Speaking of the choir of the ocean, there's a possible typo. It reads, "choir of the of the ocean."

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
8 Jun, 2023 07:23

Thank you! It felt like a natural way to go with this planet but I wanted to put my own spin on it.   Thanks for pointing that out! I'll fix that right away.

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