Lore:Yeddo

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Yeddo is the fourth planet from an orange class K star about 0.8 times the mass of the sun. One of the oldest interstellar worlds ever colonized, the planet was the original capital of the Federation of Stellar Systems. Over the years, it has almost become completely covered in urban development. However, due to negligence on behalf of the former interstellar government along with the megacorporation Virtuoso diverting funds away towards the ringworld Zyphris, sizable portion of these urban establishments have been abandoned into slums and junkyards. Despite this, Yeddo historically been home to the leading innovators on virtual reality technology and faster-than-light communication.

Though slightly smaller in diameter and denser in mass, Yeddo is comparable to the size of Earth, and it has one moon. Though it was found well within the habitable zone, little more than microbes were in the native ecosystem when the planet was first settled. It was terraformed into a world more suitable for humans over thousands of years. To early spacefaring humans, Yeddo was considered a better long term planetary settlement than either Mars or Venus due to its remarkable similarity to Earth, so much so that many modern humans believed that Yeddo was actually humanity's original homeworld tens of thousands of years later.

Yeddo's moon contains numerous servers that serve as communication relays. They aid in the large bandwidths required to transmit virtual reality instances across the galaxy. Their remote location away from human civilization has also allowed for a safe means of a heat sink. More modern servers are deep space satellites, but the ones on Yeddo were among the first interstellar capable VR servers ever created.

Physical Characteristics

The atmosphere was not originally breathable by humans. Because of the slow process of terraforming and the desperation to settle down a habitable world in large droves at the time (due to much of humanity experiencing bone mass loss as a result of time spent in zero gravity environments), Yeddo quickly underwent aggressive urbanization. Nearly the entire planet became covered in sprawling cities. The buildings served as makeshift biodomes until the planet's atmosphere was made to be fully breathable by humans with oxygen levels comprising approximately 22% of the atmosphere. This was done by introducing Earth native plant life, mostly lichens and mosses as they were hardier and more adaptable to the native ecosystem than other types of plants.

Due to the extensive urban development, the atmosphere contains smog that turns the sky a purplish hue. A similar purple hue is observed on the oceans which cover around 70% of the planet. These oceans are mined for salt, but most of Yeddo's oceanic goods are imported from the planet Merin. Despite the pollution, Yeddo has developed a reputation for having beautiful sunsets as the orange sun against the purple sky gives a unique vista that has only been replicated in the virtual worlds.

Some of Yeddo's older structures have become part of the landscape. Old skyscrapers that are abandoned become home to a variety of different species of birds and small mammals.

Points of interest

Oraulan Shores

Oraulan Shores (or Oraulan) is a coastal district where the TVRS Studio resides. It is among the most popular AR locations in the galaxy with multiple VR worlds inspired by it. Oraulan Shores is a paradise resort for VR travelers throughout the galaxy. The coastline is oriented towards the west where Yeddo's signature sunsets are arguably best viewed. Many activities take place here such as parties, concerts and music festivals.

Due to the local pollution, the virtual counterparts to Oraulan tend to be much more popular as the waters are much safer to swim in within virtual reality. However, this does not necessarily deter tourism as Oraulan still receives many visitors.

TVRS Studio

Further inland from the coastline, the TVRS Studio is physically located near a replica of the ancient human structure known as the Tokyo Tower. It was built on top of ancient VR simulations that were discovered by PHIA when she first founded The Virtual Reality Show. These VR simulations were thought to have been created around the time Yeddo was first colonized and helped to serve as an escape from the harshness of deep space exploration at the time. Among the local VR worlds available are an underwater simulation, a simulation of the surface Earth's moon and a colorful lightshow. With the help of some virtuoarchaologists, PHIA helped to make these worlds compatible with the modern Sundew Framework used throughout the rest of the galaxy. The studio itself was also fitted with AR so that copies of it could be explored in virtual reality.

Sector 7

Sector 7 is a slums region that fell into disarray after the fall of the Federation of Stellar Systems. As other buildings in this region have fallen apart, the inhabitants have created makeshift shelters from scrap metal. Former high rise office buildings were converted into apartment complexes while broken elevators were converted into simple lever operated pulley systems. For many in Sector 7, virtual reality is an escape from a difficult life of foraging for scrap.

Virtuoso's neglect to gentrify the area has invited many criminal gangs, making it a dangerous place to live in. The deepest portions of the region do not receive any emergency or law enforcement services, and any citizens in those areas are assumed to be in them at their own risk. Many homes are equipped with automatic defenses scrounged up from old military equipment leftover from the Third Singularity War. Even today, one can still find unexploded ordinances, weapons and decommissioned combat robots decades after the fighting stopped.

It is usually safest to explore Sector 7 with an AR avatar though some nefarious groups and even some automated defense systems may broadcast viruses or other malicious programs that may infect any AR users.

Seraph's

Seraph's is a family-owned pasta restaurant that utilizes AR to allow patrons to visit it in both the real world and in virtual reality simultaneously. The restaurant has been run by the Harrison family for nearly 300 years - its present owner being a man named Joshua Harrison. An accident left him unable to walk on his own, and thus, his daughter Angela helps to run the establishment. Ever since Virtuoso diverted funding from gentrifying older city districts, the restaurant has been frequented by thugs and other personalities that regularly harassed other customers. The biker gang known as the Hellhounds were particularly notorious for causing trouble and have regularly returned despite being repeatedly banned.