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Ralof world info
Ralof
Hex size 216km     UWP E6876AA-1
Capital None
Population 200,000 humans
7,000,000 Dalazons
Axial tilt 23 °
Mean surface temperature 13 °
Albedo 0.35
Day length 18.73 earth hours
Year length 209.2 local days

Ralof is an agricultural world in the Ralof system of the Hehad subsector. It is nominally self-governing, run by a charismatic dictator Dalazon called Mocaster who (in theory) voluntarily chooses membership of the Liberty Coalition for his people and his planet, and (in practice) is a client king of a client state. The planet either retains its traditional lifestyle and values unspoilt, or else is kept ignorant and stupid in order to depress food prices for the benefit of the Liberty Coalition, depending on your view. The Dalazons live in huts and wear furs. The humans who trade with them keep their technologies concealed. Strictly speaking, the Dalazons have no laws because they have no law enforcement; but the complex web of traditions, privileges, duties and obligations is highly restrictive, and the humans are not permitted to carry any item not made by the Dalazons outside their homes, so it is appropriate that the planet is rated at law level A.

There are no cities as such. The Dalazons live in communities of around 200 individuals, mostly in grassland or woodland areas. There are semi-separate grassland and woodland races of Dalazon, with different coat markings, languages and cultures. The two kinds can interbreed and are identical in game terms.

They are large herd animals that digest their food in fluid-filled pouches that hang from their breasts. They secrete pheromones that humans find moderately attractive, and are able to export perfume, but their main trade goods are root vegetables called parsnatoes which are nutritious, tasty and amazingly cheap.

The Dalazons believe that most of their species rose to become gods, and they are descended from the unworthy ones who remained mortal. Intriguingly, genetic studies reveal that the Dalazons evolved several hundred million years ago and remained in their pre-technological state without further advancement, which some experts think might partially bear out the Dalazons' belief — perhaps their best and brightest did leave the planet somehow? If so, they have left no trace of their existence here or anywhere else.

Dalazons have two sexes but three sex roles: male, egg-female, and nest-female. A female is only capable of laying eggs for about five years after reaching sexual maturity. During this time she lays eggs for others to incubate; after it has elapsed, she incubates others' eggs. Incubating females are thus the more mature ones, and they educate the young they have incubated. Typically, an incubator looks after the eggs of her younger sisters or daughters.

Infamously, the megacorporation Bowen Diversified Biological captured and transported thousands of Dalazons off-world before the species was classified as sapient. It is widely believed that somewhere in the sector these Dalazons are bred for the "pet" trade, i.e. as slaves. Bowen have abandoned the planet, and their "supervisory facility" (with its barbed wire holding pens and their machinegun towers) is now mouldering into ruin, visited only by the occasional historian or xenoanthropologist.

Ralof has no natural satellites of its own, but orbits a gas giant called Racaspel.

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Ralof

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