Star Wars: Dawn of Defiance
Almas, planet in the Cularin system
Region: Expansion Region
Climate: Desolate wasteland, temperate kaluthin grasslands (high oxygen)
Moons: 1 (Dorumaa)
Length of Day: 38 standard hours
Length of Year: 5,547 local days
Sapient Species: 66% Human, 14% Tarasin, 20% other species
Capital: Forard (abandoned)
Major Exports: None
Major Imports: None
Knowledge (Social Sciences)
On the opposite side of the planet from the city is a vast wasteland where no kaluthin has grown for two hundred years. This dead zone is cold and lifeless, and full environment suits are
required to survive in it. The area has grown steadily for centuries and now has reached the academy’s doorstep.
In the heart of the wasteland is an ancient Sith fortress, which was abandoned about a thousand years ago. The wasteland has grown at an estimated radius of 1 meter per year, though the
death of kaluthin was further accelerated recently, starting about 13 years ago with sabotage by a dark side cult called the Believers. Since the razing of the Almas Academy, however, a
radical surge in the dead zone has occurred. The wasteland now encompasses a radius of 5,000 kilometers, with a trail that leads straight to the ghost town of Forard.
It is rumored that the Sith Lord who built the fortress around 1,150 to 1,400 years ago also created the kaluthin, combining his knowledge of bioengineering with the power of the Force.
The kaluthin ability to synthesize the atmosphere of an entire planet is still considered an amazing achievement today. Until recently, scientists researched ways of transplanting the glowing grass to other worlds, but met with little success.
Knowledge (Galactic Lore)
Almas is the fourth and outermost planet in the Cularin system. Over a thousand years ago, a plant named kaluthin took root on the icy, lifeless world, nourishing itself from large underground lakes. Over time, the kaluthin synthesized the planet’s poisonous atmosphere (composed in large part of methane and phosphorus) into enough oxygen to sustain carbon-based life. Still, prolonged exposure can be hazardous to one’s health due to trace amounts of toxins, and breath masks or atmospheric regulators are strongly recommended.
The local nights on Almas are not determined by the distant twin suns. Wherever kaluthin grow (everywhere except in the dead zone), their phosphorus-filled leaves absorb the moonlight and make the surface of the planet glow. It takes a while for newcomers to adjust to the dusk to dawn cycles, which are determined by the kaluthin’s leaves being either spread open or closed.
A century and a half ago, the Jedi established a training academy on Almas. The town of Forard was subsequently built, forming a circle around the Jedi academy. Several sadrin farms were found wherever kaluthin grew. All were recently abandoned, however, shortly after the academy was destroyed. Now the academy ruins and the surrounding town buildings are regularly despoiled by salvagers looking for valuable loot.
The academy was attacked at the end of the Clone Wars by three starships, which took the resident Jedi by surprise. One was a Cularin Allied Force ship that was brought down by Jedi starfighters and crashed into the academy grounds. Another was a mercenary vessel destroyed by allies of the Jedi. The third was a black starfighter that fled shortly after the assault, possibly carrying the party responsible for the attack.