Palpis VI was discovered around 22000 AD by the Amarr, who appear to have been the first to settle the planet. Though originally seeing a massive influx of settlers, mostly commoners eager to obtain land and improve their standing within Amarr society, the population level on Palpis VI has remained relatively stable since then. Society on Palpis VI is extremely rural, even by Empire standards.
With the discovery of the fedo, the economy of the planet underwent a small boom. This turned out to be short-lived however, as the fedos' reproductive speed soon meant they were easily obtainable elsewhere. A similar fate befell the planets other main export, the blackfowl.
A landmark in the system, an abandoned shipwreck, is a stark reminder of the relative isolation of Palpis VI. With its nineteen moons combined with the thirty moons of its two closest neighbors, space traffic has always remained light around the planet, and no large stations have ever been anchored in its orbit. As it is the only inhabited planet in Palpis, the system has remained largely undeveloped, and not a single station of note has been established, though Palpis VI's third moon does a small scientific base on its dark side.
Orbit and Climate
Palpis VI, the largest planet in the Palpis system, orbits the star at a distance of 4.364 AU, taking 322.4 days to complete a full orbit. Palpis VI is the only temperate planet in its system. It has an average surface temperature of 306.08 K, or 32.93 Celsius. Except for extreme locations (deserts, poles), the temperature range is compatible with human activities, falling between 243.15 K and 323.15 K, or -30 and +50 Celsius.
Despite having a relatively high gravity for a temperate planet, there is very little tectonic activity. The core of the planet is solid, comprised of iron and nickel. The mantle surrounding the core is thick and semi-solid, allowing the hundreds of tectonic plates to migrate slowly across the surface over a period of millions of years.
There are four continents on Palpis VI, Arad, Bahmardor, Pahallal, and Umahel.
This is the main continent on Palpis VI, though not the biggest. Sitting just north of the planets equator, Arad displays a large variety of habitats, from rising mountain chains, the highest on Palpis VI, to sprawling deserts. Much of the continent is home to a sprawling network of caves that play host to many unique forms of life, such as the fedo.
This continent has been heavily colonized by the Amarr, though the settlements here have all remained fairly rural, with the exception of the main city of Kewshhrstan.
Bahmardor is the largest of the continents on Palpis VI, though, due to both the high levels of alkali in the soil, and the surrounding seas high in ammonia, it is also the most lifeless. Situated near the south pole, the average annual temperature hovers at -45 Celcius, or 228.15 Kelvin.
Pahallal, near the northern pole is usually considered to encompass many of the islands around it, though technically it is on its own tectonic plate.
Umahel is the second most populated continent on Palpis VI. It is also the most industrialized, as 90% of the planet's mining industry is located here.
The hydrosphere of Palpis VI is divided into six oceans, with four of them being salt water. Palhapa is the second largest ocean, and is comprised of fresh water. The largest of the oceans, Kemtr, can be found surrounding the southern pole, and is unique in that it is extremely high in ammonia.
Palpis VI, like the other middle planets in the system, is host to numerous orbital bodies, having 19 moons. Most of these are unremarkable, though one is host to a metal tolerant cryophile, a microbe capable of tolerating high levels of metal, while thriving in sub-zero environments. The microbe was discovered living in a large hydro-carbon lake on the third moon, and has been much studied by Amarr scientists.