Wild Space – Guter Wade System

A collaboration between BlueTyger and Shimantha

This barren, mostly forgotten planet is the home of three different sophont species. The fierce, savage rattataki being most the widely known in the galaxy thanks to Darth Vich's former slave army. While one of it's peoples are familiar, Rattatak itself is only found on the rare, old spacers or pirate's map and sees barely any traffic due to its out of the way and difficult to reach location in the southwestern area of Wild Space.

Geography

Rattatak is a dry and arid planet alternating between red mountainous terrain, barren flats and large deserts. The mountains mainly consist of square-walled canyons and dry gullies. There are plenty of deep caverns and tunnels beneath them that are considerably cooler than the surface. Underground water exist, but is difficult to reach due to the sheer distance one will have to travel below earth to find any considerable amounts of moisture.   Its climate was too harsh to sustain widespread agriculture and rain was usually restricted to two months a year – one for the south side of the planet and one for the north side of it. Dust storms and tornadoes are common, especially in the inhabitable desert areas.

Flora & Fauna

Flora

Plant life on the surface is rare, with different cacti and small areas of grass or low bushes being the most prominent. These grow mostly closer to the mountain ranges or at the lower points of its canyons. It’s much richer in the deep caverns below the mountains, where mixes of algae, fungus and mushrooms see prevalence.   During and after the rain period, the planet sees a temporary boost in life and it’s during this time most herbivores tend to eat up and drink as much as they can as the rest of the year will be much, much harsher.  

Fauna

The animals on Rattatak used to be more diverse, but many of the largest species have been hunted to extinction. A few alpha predators remain, as does immigrated species such as womp rats, small akk dogs and k’lor’slugs. Insect life is the most varied with plenty of burrowing or cavern-living types.   Among the larger still-living herbivores are the Dewer, a large hairless mammal that similarly to Tattooine’s dewbacks live off gathering dew off their backs. Tenilopes are small, two-toed quadrupeds that has the capacity for storing water in humps on their backs and they can thus survive for several months on minimal intake of moisture outside of the rain period.   Packs of wild, wolf-sized akk dogs remain a menace to the general populace and it’s not uncommon for their packs to try poaching children or young individuals. Womp rats also tend to linger close to civilization. Avians exist, most specialized on feeding on either insects or carrion.   The alpha predator remains the Blodbest – a large six-legged feline with four eyes and large, tapered ears. It’s tough, dark-red hide is difficult to penetrate with the primitive weaponry available to the Rattataki. It stalks the canyons during nights and is known for being silent and keen-eyed, and excellent climbers. The only saving grace is that they are solitary animals outside of mating season. The Blodbest was originally one of the reasons the rattataki first moved underground, and it is still widely feared. The animal holds a demi-god like status among both the vollicks and the rattataki. The vollicks see them as the manifestations of the Devourer, while the rattataki believe them to be the judging hand of the Unifier – a rattataki killed by a blodbest is viewed to have committed a slight to their deity and thus their soul was taken back.   Down in the deep caverns one can find several species of large and small reptiles, as well as several types of amphibians. Spiders and other invertebrates are also plentiful. It’s also here where the majority of the k’lor’slugs make habitat.

History

In ancient times, Rattatak was only home to the siniteen, whom lived as nomadic wanderers along the canyons and mountains. Tribes where small and mostly isolated aside from a few yearly celebration events, and the population was kept low by the then large variety of alpha predators.   Over 27,000 years ago it’s thought that several sleeper ships containing humans crash-landed on Rattatak and were stranded there. During the centuries they developed into the rattataki and vollicks, initially taking to living in caverns to protect themselves from the many predators roaming the surface, and the harsh weather. With so many dangers and the limited resources they became accustomed to warring between themselves and the siniteen. As their population grew it became unsustainable to keep staying in the underground systems as the infighting started becoming a serious problem.   The problem wasn’t solved until a great shaman, named Rattatak, managed to unite numerous smaller and larger tribes. He led them toward the surface as a united people and into war against the alpha predators who until then had held a near demi-god status. Once having staked out habitable land for themselves they erected their first stone city, which they named Rattatak in his honor; just as they named themselves Rattataki, the people of Rattatak. Those few tribes that resisted Rattatak’s conquest remained living in the caverns, and rather than going closer to the surface sought themselves deeper down. These would eventually develop into the modern day’s vollicks.   It didn’t take long after Rattatak’s death before the rattataki began to war among themselves again over resources, and soon enough they were splitting up into smaller tribes that began to spread out along the canyons and feet of the mountains. Today, the rattataki are easily the most numerous, and most of the feared larger predators – aside the blodbest – have been hunted to extinction. The stone city raised by Rattatak’s subjects does remain and is today headed by the Qoches Castle, where the area’s local ruler – the sorcerer Ricoh Qoches – resides.   The planet didn’t come into real contact with the outside galaxy until 28 BTC, when Darth Vich discovered the planet and moved hundreds of tribes off it to form into his private army. The few rattataki that returned in the years since near always gained positions of power, as they usually had better technology and better education than their planet-bound brethren.  

Inhabitants

The planet has three species competing for its limited resources, the native siniteen and the two near-human immigrates species rattataki and vollick. Wars both between rival clans and between species is common. Other species on the planet are usually temporary visitors in form of spacers, mercenaries or pirates that uses the planet as a hideout or have become stranded there. They seldom survive for long, falling prey either to the local predators, the harsh climate or the local population.  

Technology

Aside the siniteen, whom has reached medieval level technology, Rattatak is stuck in the stone age. The most common materials abound is rock and bone. Wood does exist but is so exceedingly rare that it’s highly priced among the siniteen and rattataki both. Some vollick clans have only recently begun to extract ore from their underground caverns to experiment with in making tools and weapons.  

Locations

 

Stone City of Rattatak

The only city in current existence on Rattatak is the stone city of the same name. It was raised out of hewn blocks of limestone along the side of the north side of a mountain, with terracing rows of buildings and access to two major cave openings. Walls encircle each terrace and creates natural sections and helps defend against enemy tribes or the roaming blodbests.   Houses along the ‘upper floors’ are usually large longhouses with space for whole units of relatives, or even several families, while the buildings closer to the lower regions and the caves have one or two rooms suited for one family each. These have better access to the caves where water can be more easily found. The lower buildings are also the most protected against the planet’s numerous dust storms.  

Qoches Castle

At ground level, connected to the stone city Rattatak, is the Qoches castle. It was originally two large houses that in recent years was built together into one, and is the sole building that somewhat resembles modern architecture. In addition, the castle has a large area fenced in by tall stone walls, as well as a circular stone platform with space for two medium ships.    

The Unifier's Cradle

These small canyons and grottos are scattered along the equator, formed by the strong winds into a maze of winding tunnel of astounding design. The walls, ceilings and overhangs are all smooth with wave-like, warping shapes that make them look man-made. Temperatures are generally cooler down in the canyons than on the surface, but both vollick and rattataki consider them sacred ground that aren’t meant for mortals to tread.   The Unifier’s Cradles are the primary mating and breeding ground for the blodbest, and the otherwise solitary animals will all travel toward them when it closes in on rain season – the migration being the most dangerous time of year for the surface-dwelling rattataki, but also a surefire sign that they’ll soon see rain.  

The Cauldron

The cauldron is an old volcano that hasn’t seen activity for thousands of years. Its surrounding mountain is rather low and melts in with surrounding gullies and rock-faces. The ground in the large, cratered top however is still incredibly hot even without the help of the relentless sun, rendering the place not traversable for any of the native species. Even during rain season the place sees no cooling as the water will instantly evaporate, often before even getting to land on the ground.   Due to the incredible temperatures, a person will usually only survive for no longer than an hour. It’s a popular place for surrounding tribes to send grave offenders and captured enemies to die.
Planetoid: Rattatak
Rattatak from The Essential Atlas

Astrographical Information

  Region: Wild Space
Sector:
System: Guter Wade System
Suns: Rek
Orbital Position: 3
Moons: 3
Grid Coordinates: H-16
Trade Routes: None
Rotation Speed: 35 Standard Hours
Orbital Period: 578 Local Days  

Planetary Information

  Class: Terrestrial
Diameter: 15,710 kilometers
Atmosphere: Type I (Breathable)
Main Climate: Arid
Gravity: Standard
Primary Terrain: Mountains, Canyons, Flats, Desert
Surface Water: Only during and directly after monsoon season on surface, deep underground pockets
Flora: Minimal
Fauna: Womp Rat, Akk Dog, K'lor'slug, Dewer, Tenilope, Blodbest  

Societal Information

  Native Sophonts: Siniteen
Immigrated Sophonts: Rattataki, Vollick
Languages: Satat, Rattataki, Vollick
Religion: The Unifier
Government: Federative Tribes
Population: Estimated 400 million. 50% Rattataki 30% Vollick 18% Siniteen 2% Other
Demonym:
Major Cities: The Stone City of Rattatak
Points of Interest: The Unifier’s Cradle, The Cauldron, Castle Qoches
Major Imports: None
Major Exports: None
Affiliation: None

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Cover image: by Pete Linforth

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