The Planet of Zekira

Where to find yourself

The World, it's structure, Lands, Areas, Cities

Zekira is the fifth of nine planets circling the yellow star Ragen, a minus-one magnitude class F. Two small gas-based planets orbit just outside of Zekira’s range, visible brightly at night, and occasionally during the day. There is one other inhabitable terrestrial planet in this system, but it is uncontacted by the Zekirans and it’s uncertain if there is any sentient life there (it is at least 30 degrees warmer and has a dramatic orbital tilt which brings it through other planet’s orbits occasionally). Zekira has an orbital tilt of 3 degrees, and an axial tilt of 5 degrees (very slight differences in seasons), an orbit time of three hundred days, and a thirty hour day (split with the same notations of hours, minutes and seconds but each is longer than Earthly equivalents, time is measured slightly differently here). There are three moons: one small and near, two larger and much farther away circling Zekira, at distances which still affects the tides and gravity but only the smallest appears in the sky is as a small hazy blob (albedo is around 56%, but its surface is shattered and largely unformed) while the others are bright but too far to be easily used as phase-based calculations. Zekira’s atmosphere is rich in oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen, slightly more oxygen-rich than Earth, and the surface is mainly (80%) covered in water. Its volcanic days are far behind it, and now the continental plates drift very slowly but rarely there are earthquakes and other phenomenon which change the landscape. The rainfall on the continents is light all year, save for the storm that eternally drifts counter-clockwise around the planet. The oceans on Zekira are largely fresh with a salinity less than 10% of Earthly oceans; truly salty water is unknown except for small lakes situated on mineral beds inland. Temperatures at the equator average 78 degrees (yearly, from 40-100 peaking in late summer), in the temperate zones average is 62 degrees (from -10 to 88 or so depending on the season), the seasonal changes are subtle but this world is fairly cool year round. There is a variety of life in the water but none of it is remotely intelligent. On land, there are two major intelligent species, only one native.

The native population lives exclusively on the southernmost continent called Neres. They are humanoid in appearance, bent and often squat, with much body hair and less in the way of language skills than Earthly humans would have at their point in evolution, they are violent and constantly warring among themselves. They know of the other population and have minimal contact with them, but have never developed the technology needed to cross the oceans — at least today, that is known. They may have been spread across other continents thousands of years before, but at this time there are no other pockets of civilization other than on Neres.

The planet of Zekira is not heavily populated, either by sentients or animal life. There is much vegetation, but unlike most water-rich planets, it has few rain-forests. Much of the plant life is tundra, evergreen, semi-arid grasslands, or otherwise non-tropical woodland. There are many ferns within the forests the nearer to the equator one looks, but nothing more complex. Therefore, also, there is a lack of tropical animal life.

There are no primates other than the two sentient populations (and it’s doubted that the imported ones can call themselves primates as we know them). The rodent population is huge and varied, with the most intelligent animals coming from this family. Next in variety are the grazers, then fliers. Insects abound, both over land and water, though there are no (or remarkably few) arachnids. There are no mammals in the waters of the world, though there are reptiles. Amphibians are rare, but occur on equatorial islands only. Fish run the entire gamut of Earthly styles and natures, grow to huge size, and include some bizarre mythic-seeming kinds.

When the colonists arrived, they brought with them seedlings to breed of wheat and barley, other grains, and fig-like trees that have not adjusted well to this world save for the wettest of areas. Native fruit-bearing trees abound, though, and citrus and banana-like trees being the most common. Other native grains have proven edible and in fact preferable to the bland-tasting older grains, and there is — of course — the equivalent of coffee here, called zpara.

But also brought from the stars were felines and equines. As grazers, the horse-like creatures did well from the beginning, and have situated themselves well in the ecosphere but are extremely prized, so very few of them can be considered ‘wild’, feral would be the only description of those Steeds that have escaped or been set free. The felines have a lot of native competition from the larger of the mustiline and rodent population, though they are mainly sought as personal pets, so they have their own niche within Zekira.

Flags of the Lands

While Zekirans are generally known as "international", in that they are often found on the move and rarely sit in one place for very long (those who are able to, anyway), they do not have what might be known as Countries.
Their City Zones, Areas and such comprise political and financial districts, but not necessarily in a way which would set them up against one another. The Zekirans see these Areas as more ways to count who has what and where it is.

Each Land and Area however still has a sense of identity - and Zones within the Areas as well. Some very proud Zekiran land Holders (those who have just bought their first Hold?) like to wear colors reflecting their Holdings.

Each Area has a specific style of patterning based on the shape and colors of the Land.

Zerin's colors are Green and White - Bohata's pattern is a green vertical rectangle and white in the triangles; Ka and the Kan Islands has a narrow vertical strip on the left of green, with white on the rest; Stetil's pattern is a triangle pointing in from the left; Laiarta's has green on the top and bottom with white in the center; Reimal's flag carries a green vertical strip on the left and on the tips of the triangles; Zuca and the Zucan Islands is white with the inner lines of the triangles green.

Tana's colors are Black and Grey, though the Area flags also contain white - Imaa is grey with a white stripe; Difar's is white with a black stripe.

Curra's flag holds a brilliant blue background with a violet diamond in the center. Pale blue and lighter purple are also used, in Altem's the colors are light blue on the left of the violet diamond, and dark blue on the right; Polaen's flag is dark blue with paler purple diamond; Mi'a's is a simple reverse of the Area flag in purple and blue.

Kiran's flag is orange, red and yellow - Le'ret uses a diamond of yellow on the right, central stripe of red, and upper and lower orange; Wo'ad has the red at the right in a long diamond shape, orange on top, and yellow on the bottom; and Emosah has an orange triangle on the right, yellow stripe, and red on top and bottom.

Neres has no flag. Tresis on the other hand has his own ideas for the continent...

Several clever Steed breeders have actually bred their special racing or show Steeds into the colors of their Homeland. One or two Breeders of people have actually done the same thing. One of those Bred people announces Steed racers. Fancy that.


The World of Zekira has five major land masses, only four of which are populated by "Zekirans". The fifth is Neres, populated by the native humanoids.

Each of the Lands is subdivided into several large portions called Areas. Those Areas are then divided into Zones and Cities. Each city large enough to apply for "Zoning" must meet requirements of the Area, to be included as a separate part on the map. There are hundreds of tiny villages, bergs and outposts, as well as thousands of single Holds set down by individuals.

Land Holding is a complex and wonderful thing on Zekira. Each Land and Area has its own feel and look, so here are maps and descriptions of each Zone and Land/Area. In the Character Creation section are simple lists and charts to aid in locating your Holdings.

The Lands described here include the four Colonized continents, as well as a brief excursion over Neres. It is expected that there are far more small villages and townships which have not become Zoned (the "unincorporated Population"), as well as islands that are used frequently but too small to appear on the maps properly. Only the largest of islands are named, as well as those belonging to a specific person or family.

Roads are common between settlements, however there are myriad trails, pathways and hover-jet-burns as well that are not paved or officially kept up. Trade routes are established around rivers, but not necessarily dependant on water for travel: Zekirans don't like traveling on water, and they have flight capability already, so they have never needed to worry about it. Within a City Zone, depending on the population and general purpose, climate and locale, roads can be anywhere from 'dirt' to 'pressed styrocrete', framed by Steed droppings or fine works of art. It really just depends on where, who, how rich, and the weather.

Each Land is varied, and can be equated vaguely to Earthly equivalents. Not every locale has one, as there are unique settings here. Any further suggestions as to equivalents will be incorporated into future editions of the descriptions. Pictures are a bonus.

The Size Modifier and Value Modifier are two extremely important aspects of Zekiran finance. An example of size and value is listed elsewhere - but check those investment properties. Those with high Size or Value could be a good place to put down a Homestead, office, or just leave it wild as a park or hunting area.


Each of the four Lands has different Areas in it. To view a Land, just click on the image below!