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.

Physical Details1

World Type Standard Ice
Average Orbital Radius 41.12
Atmospheric Mass 1.1
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
Climate Type Frozen
Temperature Range Significantly Lower -20° F
Blackbody Temperature 191 K
Density 0.9
Diameter 4678 miles
Surface Gravity 0.53 G
Mass 0.18
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
Axial Tilt 11°
Volcanic Activity Light
Tectonic Activity Light
Resource Value Modifier +1, Abundant
Human Habitability Score +1
Human Affinity Score +2

Societal Details1

Settlement Type Secondary Outpost
Setting TL 10
Local TL 10 Standard
Carrying Capacity 27.9 million
Current Population 21,523
Population Rating 4
Interstellar Society Empire
Society Type Dictator
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
Per-Capita Ratio 1.1
Typical Wealth Average
Economic Value $1,600,000,000
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.


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