Anachronia is one of seven planets orbiting the star Palanx IV, approximately ninety-nine light years from Earth. Relative to Earth, it is younger, slightly larger, and has less seasonal variation. Anachronia serves (or served) as a genetics & technology laboratory for a race of technologically advanced extraterrestrials known as Anunnaki.
The atmosphere of Anachronia is of similar to that of Earth, but denser, containing less N2, more CO2 and O2. This increased air density causes a tropical climate for nearly the entire planet. Snow is virtually unknown, except in the extreme north.
A warm, shallow sea covers 3/5ths of the planet. There are few reliable currents & many large, voracious sea creatures, thus most long distance travel is by air or land.
Anachronia has uniquely adapted native fungi, plants & animals as well as some imported from Earth. Most of the land dwelling animals from Earth are located on Eskura. Terrestrial fish are a sizeable portion of the Eskuran lake & stream wildlife population, but have not spread to the open sea. Anachronia has no native feathered bird species but does have many large pteranodons, whose territorial dominance has forced birds north to the continent of Garnak.
Continents of AnachroniaEdit
There are six large land masses on Anachronia. These land masses are noticeably more tectonically active than the continents of Earth. Each of the continents has distinctly Anachronian animals & plant life coexisting with animals & plants from Earth. Each continent has its own page containing links to unique plants, fungi & animals.
The northernmost continent, Garnak is the coolest & poorly suited for agriculture, making it undesirable to most humanoids. For the same reasons, Garnak is a haven for many imported species that compete poorly with native Anachronian life or humanoid civilization. The shores are generally rocky & sloped gently, running far inland, gradually giving way to rough hillocks surrounding jagged mountains. It is evident that much of Garnak was recently under water, as the rocky shores show little sign of erosion while the higher altitudes show quite a lot of erosion. Many fossilized remains of ancient aquatic lifeforms can be found in the cliffs & highlands. The soil is too sparse to support large scale agriculture, but there are some lichens & grasses that grow here. Recently, goats imported from Eskura have started to proliferate.
By far the largest continent on Anachronia, Eskura has the widest variation in terrain & climate. Eskura has more land area & population than all the other continents combined. Its western half is arid steppe ringed by mountain ranges. A vast, virtually impassable mountain range dominates the center of the continent, making overland travel across the continent quite difficult. South-central Eskura is tectonically active & volcanoes erupt several times a decade. The eastern half of Eskura shows somewhat less variation. There are no marshlands or steppes east of the central mountains, instead there are plains & deciduous forests. There are a few sizable mountain ranges in the far northeast & southeast.
Meklu lies south of the center of Eskura. The north end is volcanically active.
The southernmost & most isolated continent, Kartek is a hot, arid island. Kartek has the dubious distinction of being the least hospitable to humanoids. It has no rivers, lakes, or streams. What little vegetation that exists here is clinging desperately to life on the shore. The interior of Kartek is rocky waste surrounding a central plain of sand & limestone hillocks.
The climate of Kartek is truly forbidding. Indeed, Anachronians have a saying: "There are no tourists in Kartek." That may be, however, there are numerous inhabitants on the island & it is here that the Anunnaki's influence & most recent history is evident.