Dust

Dust
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Climate
Dust has, generally, two climate zones divided by inhospitable and jagged shale mountains which—due to their lack of life—suggest human involvement. The desert climate ranges between 40°C and 60°C (during the day) with 11 dry months of no precipitation, and then 1 month of about 10-20cm. The tropical rain forest fluctuates between 5°C and 30°C, and gets more than 300cm of precipitation a year. About 50cm of this is antithetical to human life.

As its name suggests, Dust has a large amount of earth present in its air. Or at least, the desert’s air.
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Flora & Fauna
Dust, like many worlds inhospitable to the Imperium of Man, has a variety of man-eating plants and animals which make life on the surface tellingly difficult.

The “Tremor Vine,” as it is called by the locals, is a variety of man-eating plant-life that is noted in all the literature about surviving Dust. This vine, theorized as being the largest organism on the planet, covers acres of land in small pale criss-crossing hairs. In particularly healthy regions these small hairs will sprout small purple flowers. When something of significant heat and weight disrupts the hairs, the plant reacts by stinging the passerby with a deadly neuro-toxin. It is from this poison that the plant gets its name. Causing uncontrolled spasms in its victims, this poison summons large vines from beneath the earth that wrap around its prey, and then crush them to death (assuming the toxin has not already done the job). When freshly-killed, the prey is then pulled underground where it is dropped into large digestive vats. The locals insist that Tremor Vine is not a series of large thickets, but one large organism.

Horse “Horses,” are large pseudo-animals which the locals use as mounts. About 9 ft tall, each creature as two ‘heads’ which are used primarily in defense. Rather than fur, they have a thick blue-scaled hide that protects them from the elements. The also have a large spiked tail. When sleeping, the horses nest into the ground; their long spider-like legs digging beneath the surface to find water. The root systems are temporary, but effective.

When a horse dies the hide hardens to an almost unbreakable solid. After this, the scales flake off, and when only a mound in the vague shape of the beast is left it bursts open to release tiny spider-like spores into the world. These grow quickly into adulthood where the locals use them as transportation. Skittering across the desert or climbing through the underbrush, these six-legged fungal-beasts are found all over the world.
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Humans
The natives to Dust tend towards the large and thick-skinned side of the “not mutant” scale of feral-worlders. They have, notably, a pocket beneath their tongues where they accumulate the toxic water which is breathed in with the poisonous rains. They can spit this toxin.

The society has been a series of warring tribes for many centuries, but the King of Dust pays homage to the Emperor of Man and answers to the requests of the small Imperial outpost found in one of the Old Temples scattered across Dust.

Lacking in valuable natural resources, and having no recognised form of currency, the people of Dust send a Company of their finest warriors to fight in the Emperor’s name.

Dust

Into that Vast Expanse ElAdoran Timephilosopher