Kurma is the largest satellite orbiting Ishvara. It is tidelocked to Ishvara, with its planet-side receiving slight amounts of radiation from the planet. Thankfully, most of this is filtered through Kurma’s thick atmosphere, but it would be wise for any visitor to be deradiated after a trip here.As Kurma has an incredible view of Ishvara’s rings, it has spawned a notable tourism industry. Celebrities, socialites, and politicians all stop by and Kurma when they enter the Vernouli System, and occasionally even vacation there. However, no real terraforming has occurred on Kurma, as the Torvahd Imperium is focusing its terraforming efforts on Ishvara itself, in the hopes of altering its course through the stellar system. As a result of this, visitors are restricted to the bio-domes found throughout the planet.
|World Type||Standard Ice|
|Average Orbital Radius||41.12|
|Pressure Category||Very Dense|
|Atmospheric Composition||A mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen|
|Atmospheric Pressure||5.83 atm|
|Hydrographic Coverage||4% Liquid Water|
|Average Surface Temperature||200 K/-100° F|
|Temperature Range||Significantly Lower -20° F|
|Blackbody Temperature||191 K|
|Surface Gravity||0.53 G|
|Satellite Orbital Period||4.4 Earth Days|
|Satellite Orbit Eccentricity||0|
|Minimum Separation Between Kurma and Ishvara||41.1|
|Maximum Separation Between Kurma and Ishvara||41.1|
|Total Tidal Effect||Tide-locked to Ishvara|
|Rotation Period||4.4 Earth Days|
|Day Length (Time Between Sunrises)||Unending|
|Resource Value Modifier||+1, Abundant|
|Human Habitability Score||+1|
|Human Affinity Score||+2|
|Settlement Type||Secondary Outpost|
|Local TL||10 Standard|
|Carrying Capacity||27.9 million|
|World Unity||World Government|
|Special Condition||Colony (of Killian’s Bounty), Subjugated (by Torvahd Imperium), Bureaucracy|
|Overall Control Rating||CR 4|
|Actual Per-Capita Income||$73,7003|
|Trade Volume||Come Back To After More Inhabited Planets Have Been Made|
The notable bases and installations have not been collected by Worldcorp as of yet, but please wait for regular updates.
1 These sections were filled out using the excellent worldbuilding chapters in GURPS Space (fourth edition). I highly recommend you picking it out.
2 Some values, such as density or mass, are multiples of Earth’s values (so a density of 0.9 means nine tenths of Earth’s Density)
3 This is higher than would be expected given the population and human affinity Kurma has, but the vast tourism industry granted by the rings of Ishvara account for this.