Strange New World

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Makes descriptions of interesting mostly-human-explorable planets, of a detail visible from in-system, balancing the evocative and scientific.

Reference: Earth is 1.0 M⊕, 190-340 K, 287 K avg, 1.0 atm (humans surviving unprotected from 0.4 to 4 atm), with a liquid water hydrosphere and nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere

Strange New Worlds

<sgdisplay iterations="10">[name]
A [planet]
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TODO

1,expand on [descriptor] lists 1,add some whimsical stuff to balance out my tendency toward simulationism 1,"with" is a bad connecting word in many cases, tweak [terrain] wording to make more sense - extract "with" from them, so it can be replaced by "of" etc. when appropriate 1,weight regions, coverages 1,better match descriptor types to terrain/feature types 1,maybe refactor ;quantities and ;coverages 1,integrate the new [coverage_singular] with anything it makes sense for 1,fix "It is primarily covered by a lonely a deep frozen sea"

FUTURE

1,add life features, habitability zone specification? 1,terrain variation among continents on wet planets? 1,beaches and shores for wet planets? 1,maybe change [additional_region_chance] to make more sense on wet planets 1,[oceanic_rocky_planet], [molten_rocky_planet]?

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planet

2,[hot_planet] 3,[temperate_planet] 2,[cold_planet]

hot_planet

1,[hot_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [dense_atmosphere_with_weather]. [dry_rocky_planet] 0,[hot_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [hydrosphere_and_atmosphere]. [oceanic_rocky_planet] 0,[hot_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [atmosphere_with_weather]. [molten_rocky_planet]

temperate_planet

1,[temperate_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [atmosphere]. [dry_rocky_planet] 1,[temperate_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [hydrosphere_and_atmosphere]. [wet_rocky_planet] 0,[temperate_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [hydrosphere_and_atmosphere]. [oceanic_rocky_planet]

cold_planet

1,[cold_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has [atmosphere_slight]. [dry_rocky_planet] 1,[cold_stats] [composition] planet[planetary_feature_chance]. It has a dormant hydrosphere of [liquid] [hydrosphere_frozen], and [atmosphere_slight]. [frozen_rocky_planet]

dry_rocky_planet

1,[regions][additional_region_chance]. The surface material is otherwise [ground_cover].

wet_rocky_planet

1,[regions_wet][additional_region_chance]. The surface material is otherwise [ground_cover_wet].

frozen_rocky_planet

1,[regions_frozen][additional_region_chance]. The surface material is otherwise [ground_cover].

name

3,[Planet Name.formal] 2,[Planet Name.formal], "[Planet Name.named]"

composition

20,[primary_composition] 5,high-carbon [primary_composition] 5,high-[element] [primary_composition] 1,high-[element_uncommon] [primary_composition]

primary_composition

60,rocky silicate 20,solid iron 10,coreless silicate

hot_stats

1,[mass_medium] Earth-mass, [temp_hot] Kelvin

temperate_stats

1,[mass_medium] Earth-mass, [temp_temperate] Kelvin

cold_stats

1,[mass_low] Earth-mass, [temp_cold] Kelvin

mass

1,[mass_low] 1,[mass_medium] 1,[mass_large]

mass_low

1,tiny 0.0[Dice.1d4+5] 2,small 0.[Dice.1D4]

mass_medium

1,0.[Dice.1D4+5] 1,1.0[Dice.Digit] 1,1.[Dice.1d4]

mass_large

1,big 1.[Dice.1d4+5] 2,huge [Dice.2D2].[Dice.Digit] 1,massive [dice.1d4+4].[Dice.Digit]


temp_cold

2,frozen [Dice.2d4]0±[Dice.1d2]0 3,freezing 1[Dice.Digit]0±[Dice.2d4]0

temp_temperate

4,cold 2[Dice.1d4+1]0±[Dice.1d6]0 1,very temperate 2[Dice.1d4+5]0±[Dice.1d4]0 4,warm 3[Dice.1d4]0±[Dice.1d6]0

temp_hot

3,hot 3[Dice.1d4+4]0±[Dice.1d8]0 2,scorching [Dice.4d4][Dice.Digit]0±[Dice.3d6]0

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planetary_feature_chance

1, 4, with [moon] 2, with [planetary_feature] 3, with [planetary_feature] and [moon]

moon

10,a [primary_composition] moon 5,[Dice.1d4+1] small [primary_composition] moons 3,[Dice.2d6] captive satellite asteroids

planetary_feature

3,almost 1.[Dice.1d8+1] times the expected density and gravity 3,only about 0.[Dice.1d6+2] of the expected density and gravity 1,tidal lock to its host 1,a [width]ring of [ring_material] 1,[Dice.1D8+1] rings of [ring_material] and [ring_material] 1,a highly eccentric orbit 1,colorful aurora 3,[anomaly]

anomaly

1,a thick toroidal ring of [ring_material] 1,rapid rotation 1,a retrograde orbit 1,a highly inclined orbit 1,a highly inclined rotational axis 1,magnetic poles highly skewed from its rotational axis 1,a highly radioactive magnetosphere 1,odd radio outbursts at common comm frequencies

ring_material

1,small rocks 1,drifting ice 1,variegated debris 1,fine particles 1,silica dust 1,scintillating [mineral] crystals 1,asteroidal material 1,magnetically trapped hydrogen

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hydrosphere_and_atmosphere

1,a hydrosphere of liquid [liquid], and [atmosphere_with_weather] 1,a hydrosphere of [liquid_composition] actively cycling with [atmosphere_with_weather] with [frequency] [precipitation]

hydrosphere_frozen

1,trapped in a subsurface ocean 1,in vast ice sheets 1,locked in permafrost 1,solidified as polar ice caps 1,in frozen oceans, its waves locked in place 1,blanketing everything in hoary ice crystals

frequency

2,constant 2,frequent 2,intermittent 2,seasonal 1,daily 1,nightly

precipitation

1,[precipitation_quantity]rain 1,[precipitation_quantity]snow 1,[precipitation_quantity]hail 1,[precipitation_quantity]sleet

precipitation_quantity

1, 1,light 1,heavy 1,driving

liquid_composition

2,liquid [liquid] 1,chilled [liquid] slush 1,hot [liquid] 1,boiling and steaming [liquid]

liquid

5,[element_hydrosphere] 3,[element_hydrosphere] and [liquid_impurity] of [element_atmosphere_secondary]

element_hydrosphere

20,water 10,nitrogen 15,ammonia 10,hydrocarbons 5,iron pentacarbonyl 5,sulfuric acid 5,nitric acid 1,bromine 1,mercury 1,francium 1,cesium 1,gallium 1,rubidium 1,sulfur hexafluoride 1,hydrogen cyanide 1,propane 1,methane 1,ethane

liquid_impurity

1,trace amounts 1,high levels 1,[element_hydrosphere] and small amounts 1,dissolved [mineral], and traces

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atmosphere

10,[atmosphere_with_weather] 8,[atmosphere_slight] 5,[dense_atmosphere_with_weather]

atmosphere_slight

3,no atmosphere 3,a [density_low] atmosphere of [atmosphere_composition] 1,a [density_low] but rapidly escaping [atmosphere_composition] atmosphere 1,a sparse pseudo-atmosphere of dust suspended by electrostatic forces

atmosphere_with_weather

3,a [density_medium] atmosphere of [atmosphere_composition][weather] 1,a [density_medium] atmosphere of corrosive gasses[weather] 1,a [density_medium] atmosphere of reactive gasses[weather] 1,a [density_medium] atmosphere actively cycling between [atmosphere_composition], and [atmosphere_composition]

dense_atmosphere_with_weather

3,a [density_high] atmosphere of [atmosphere_composition][weather] 1,a [density_high] atmosphere of corrosive gasses[weather] 1,a [density_high] atmosphere of reactive gasses[weather] 1,a [density_high] atmosphere actively cycling between [atmosphere_composition], and [atmosphere_composition]

weather

3, 2, [cloud_activity] [clouds] and extreme winds 1, [cloud_activity] [clouds] and [frequency] dust storms 1, [cloud_activity] [clouds] and [frequency] cyclonic storms 1, [cloud_activity] [clouds] and [frequency] lightning 1, [cloud_activity] [clouds] and one massive, persistent cyclonic storm

clouds

2, multiple layers of [cloud_color] clouds 2, towering [cloud_color] clouds 4, [cloud_color] clouds 1, low-lying [cloud_color] fog 1, [cloud_color] mist clinging to the surface

cloud_activity

5,with 1,seething with 1,roiling with 1,swirling with 1,coated with 1,spotted with 1,dominated by 1,strewn with

cloud_color

1,[saturation] white 2,[substance]

density

10,[density_medium] 0,[density_high]

density_low

1,tenuous 0.0[Dice.1d8] 2,thin 0.[Dice.1d3]

density_medium

3,0.[Dice.1D6+3] 0,1.0 3,1.[Dice.1D8] 3,dense [Dice.1D3].[Dice.1D8]

density_high

2,very dense [Dice.1D4+3][Dice.Digit] atm 1,crushing 1[Dice.1D8][Dice.Digit] atm

atmosphere_composition

1,[element_atmosphere_primary] 1,a mix of [element_atmosphere_primary] and [element_atmosphere_secondary] 1,[element_atmosphere_primary] and traces of [element_atmosphere_secondary][additional_atmosphere_secondary_chance]

additional_atmosphere_secondary_chance

3, 2, and [element_atmosphere_secondary]

element_atmosphere_primary

3,nitrogen 2,carbon dioxide 1,hydrogen

element_atmosphere_secondary

3,oxygen 3,water vapor 3,sulfur 2,methane 2,ammonia 1,argon 1,neon 1,krypton 1,complex hydrocarbons 1,[mineral] aerosols

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regions

1,It has a surface [terrain] 1,It has a predominant, [shape] region [terrain_flat], with some areas [terrain] 1,It has multiple regions [terrain] separated by [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_linear]s 1,One hemisphere is [terrain] and the other half is [terrain]

regions_wet

1,It has a surface [terrain_wet] 1,It is primarily [coverage_singular] [liquid_descriptor] [depth][shape] [liquid_feature_big], [continent] [terrain] 1,It has multiple [liquid_descriptor] [depth][liquid_feature_big]s separated by [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature]s 1,One hemisphere is [terrain_wet] and the other half is [terrain_wet]

regions_frozen

1,It has a surface [terrain_frozen] 1,It is primarily [coverage_singular] a [depth]frozen [liquid_feature_big], [continent] [terrain] 1,It has multiple [depth]frozen [liquid_feature_big]s separated by [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_linear]s 1,One hemisphere is [terrain_frozen] and the other half is [terrain]

additional_region_chance

0, 3,, and areas [terrain] 3,, and a [shape] region [terrain] 3,, and isolated regions [terrain_convex] 3,, and polar regions [terrain] 2,, with an [width]equatorial band [terrain] 2,, and [width]bands of [substance] [geologic_feature_linear]s radiating outward from [quantity_singular_big] [geologic_feature_convex] 2,, with a [width]band of [substance] [geologic_feature_convex]s running roughly pole-to-pole

width

1,thin 1,narrow 1, 1,wide 1,broad

continent

1,with [Dice.1D6+1] continents 1,and [quantity_singular_big] [shape] supercontinent 1,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] islands

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terrain_wet

1,[terrain] 1,[terrain_liquid]

terrain

2,[terrain_flat] 3,[terrain_convex] 2,[terrain_concave] 3,[terrain_linear]

terrain_flat

2,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_flat]s 1,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [descriptor] [geologic_feature_flat]s, [coverage_with_quantity_flat] [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_convex]s 1,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_flat]s and [coverage_with_quantity_linear] [descriptor] [geologic_feature_linear]s

terrain_convex

2,[coverage_with_quantity_convex] [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_convex]s

terrain_concave

2,[coverage_with_quantity_concave] [descriptor] [geologic_feature_concave]s 1,[coverage_with_quantity_concave] [descriptor] [geologic_feature_concave]s [coverage_concave] [mineral_uncommon]

terrain_linear

2,[coverage_with_quantity_linear] [descriptor] [substance] [geologic_feature_linear]s

terrain_liquid

2,[coverage_singular] [depth][liquid_descriptor] [liquid_feature_big] 2,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [width][liquid_descriptor] [liquid_feature]s 3,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [width][liquid_feature_linear]s flowing from [liquid_feature_source]s and draining into [depth] [liquid_feature]s 3,[coverage_with_quantity_flat] [depth][liquid_descriptor] [liquid_feature]s connected by [liquid_feature_linear]s

terrain_frozen

1,[coverage_with_quantity_convex] [element_hydrosphere] [liquid_feature_frozen]s

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liquid_feature

2,[liquid_feature_big] 3,[liquid_feature_small] 2,[liquid_feature_linear] 2,[liquid_feature_source]

liquid_feature_big

1,sea 1,ocean

liquid_feature_small

1,lake 1,pond 1,delta 1,swamp

liquid_feature_source

1,geothermal spring 1,aquifer 1,geyser 1,glacier runoff

liquid_feature_linear

1,river 1,channel 1,ice floe 1,fall

liquid_feature_frozen

1,glacier 1,ice field 1,snow drift 1,ice spike 1,iceberg

depth

2,tidal 3,shallow 2, 3,deep 2,abyssal

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geologic_feature

3,[geologic_feature_flat] 3,[geologic_feature_convex] 2,[geologic_feature_concave] 1,[geologic_feature_linear] 2,[geologic_feature_linear_concave]

geologic_feature_flat

1,plain 1,lowland 1,flatland 1,expanse

geologic_feature_convex

3,hill 3,mountain 3,highland 3,dune 2,ridge 2,mesa 2,plateau 2,volcano 2,dome 1,tower 1,cliff 1,shield volcano 1,extrusion 1,outcropping

geologic_feature_concave

3,crater 2,basin 2,depression 1,sinkhole 1,cave mouth 1,divot 1,pit

geologic_feature_linear

3,mountain range 2,ridgeline 1,outcropping 1,cliff 1,furrow

geologic_feature_linear_concave

3,valley 2,chasm 2,crevasse 2,canyon 2,rift 2,crack 2,trough 2,fissure 1,rut


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ground_cover

1,undifferentiated [layer_substance] 2,composed of [layer_substance] 5,[layer_substance] [coverage_flat] [layer_substance] 2,[layer_substance] [coverage_flat] [layer_substance] and [layer_substance]

ground_cover_wet

1,undifferentiated [substance] [layer_substance_wet] 2,composed of [substance] [layer_substance_wet] 5,[substance] [layer_substance_wet] [coverage_flat] [layer_substance] 2,[substance] [layer_substance_wet] [coverage_flat] [substance] [layer_substance_wet] and [layer_substance]

layer_substance

4,[substance] regolith 6,[substance] [layer_substance_fine] 6,[substance] [layer_substance_coarse] 1,[layer_substance_unique]

layer_substance_fine

1,tektites 1,gravel 1,granules 1,sand 1,dust 1,powder

layer_substance_coarse

1,boulders 1,stones 1,cobble 1,rocks 1,bricks 1,slabs

layer_substance_wet

1,mud 1,silt 1,clay 1,sludge

layer_substance_unique

3,[shape] crystals 3,[substance] [shape] [layer_substance_coarse] 2,oddly uniform [mineral] pellets 2,coral-like lithic growths 1,[form] stromatolites 1,petrified plant-like matter

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descriptor

4,[texture] 1,[form] 1,[shape] 4,[layout]

texture

1,striated 1,jagged 1,strangely warped 1,glassy 1,matte 1,stippled 1,striped 1,gritty 1,cracked 1,reflective 1,crinkled 1,compressed 1,scaled 1,crusted 1,soft 1,porous 1,fibrous

shape

1,oddly geometric 1,polyhedral 1,pentagonal 1,ovoid 1,angular 1,symmetrical 1,sinuous

form

1,non-euclidean 1,lenticular 1,macro-foam 1,voronoid 1,nodular 1,scalloped 1,ridged

layout

1,interlocking 1,fractal 1,labyrinthine 1,chaotic 1,regularly spaced 1,arabesque 1,rolling 1,enmeshed 1,arrayed 1,concentric 1,cellular 1,curling 1,netlike 1,weblike 1,overlapping

liquid_descriptor

1,placid 1,calm 1,shimmering 1,rippling 1,turbulent 1,churning

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substance

3,[color_weighted_all] 2,[saturation_light] [color_weighted_light] 3,[saturation_dark] [color_weighted_dark]

saturation

2,[saturation_light] 3,[saturation_dark]

saturation_light

5,light 2,pale 2,vivid 2,bright 2,lustrous 1,translucent

saturation_dark

2,dark 2,dull 1,drab

color_weighted_all

1,blue 1,blue-green 2,green 5,orange 1,fuchsia 1,magenta 2,red 5,reddish-orange 5,vermillion 5,ruddy 5,white 5,yellow 5,yellowish-green 5,yellowish-orange 5,black 1,blue-violet 5,brown 2,crimson 2,ebon 5,gray 2,indigo 2,maroon 1,navy blue 1,purple 1,red-violet 1,violet 5,beige 5,taupe

color_weighted_light

1,blue 1,blue-green 2,green 5,orange 1,fuchsia 1,magenta 2,red 5,reddish-orange 5,vermillion 5,white 5,yellow 5,yellowish-green 5,yellowish-orange 1,blue-violet 2,crimson 2,indigo 2,maroon 1,navy blue 1,purple 1,red-violet 1,violet

color_weighted_dark

1,blue 1,blue-green 2,green 5,orange 1,fuchsia 1,magenta 2,red 5,reddish-orange 5,vermillion 5,ruddy 5,yellow 5,yellowish-green 5,yellowish-orange 5,black 1,blue-violet 5,brown 2,crimson 2,ebon 5,gray 2,indigo 2,maroon 1,navy blue 1,purple 1,red-violet 1,violet 5,beige 5,taupe

color

1,blue 1,blue-green 1,green 1,orange 1,fuchsia 1,magenta 1,red 1,reddish-orange 1,vermillion 1,white 1,yellow 1,yellowish-green 1,yellowish-orange 1,black 1,blue-violet 1,brown 1,crimson 1,ebon 1,gray 1,indigo 1,maroon 1,navy blue 1,purple 1,red-violet 1,violet 1,beige 1,drab 1,taupe

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element_common

1,[Utility.EBSA1] 1,[Utility.EBSA0]

element

1,[Utility.EBSA-1] 3,[Utility.EBSA-2] 2,[Utility.EBSA-3]

element_uncommon

2,[Utility.EBSA-4] 1,[Utility.EBSA-5]

element_rare

2,[Utility.EBSA-6] 3,[Utility.EBSA-7] 1,[Utility.EBSA-8]

mineral

0,not exactly scientific 20,crystalline [element] 8,crystalline [element_uncommon] 1,pure [element_rare] 100,[element]-[element_common] 50,[element_uncommon]-[element_common] 50,[element_uncommon]-[element] 10,[element_uncommon]-[element_uncommon] 2,[element_rare]-[element_common]

mineral_uncommon

20,crystalline [element_common] 8,crystalline [element_uncommon] 1,pure [element_rare] 10,[element_uncommon]-[element_uncommon] 2,[element_common]-[element_rare]

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coverage_singular

1,covered by [quantity_singular_big] 1,dominated by [quantity_singular_big]

coverage_with_quantity

1,coated with 1,filled with 1,penetrated by 1,encircled by 1,ringed by 1,encased in 1,with [quantity_low] 1,spotted with [quantity_high] 1,mottled with [quantity_high] 1,packed with [quantity_high] 1,strewn with [quantity_high] 1,stratified with [quantity_high] 1,criss-crossed by [quantity_high]

coverage_with_quantity_flat

4,with 2,dominated by 2,coated with 4,with [quantity_low] 2,spotted with [quantity_high] 2,strewn with [quantity_high] 1,stratified with [quantity_high] 1,criss-crossed by [quantity_high]

coverage_flat

1,coated with 1,spotted with 1,strewn with 1,stratified with 1,interspersed with 1,mixed with

coverage_with_quantity_convex

1,dominated by 1,encased in 1,with [quantity_low] 1,spotted with [quantity_high] 1,mottled with [quantity_high] 1,strewn with [quantity_high]

coverage_with_quantity_concave

1,packed with [quantity_high] 1,filled with [quantity_high] 1,marked by [quantity] 1,etched by [quantity]

coverage_concave

1,packed with 1,filled with 1,penetrated by

coverage_with_quantity_linear

1,dominated by 1,penetrated by 1,encircled by 1,ringed by 1,with [quantity_low] 1,criss-crossed by [quantity_high]

quantity

1,[quantity_high] 1,[quantity_low]

quantity_high

1,dozens of 1,hundreds of 1,countless 1,many

quantity_low

2,sparse 1,some isolated 5,a few large 1,two twin 2,two prominent 2,three huge

quantity_singular_big

1,a single massive 1,a lonely 1,a huge 1,a gigantic 1,a titanic 1,an immense 1,a vast

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