THE UNDERGROUND ICE WORLD
Gydunia is the fifth and final planet in the Vlagorix system. It is an unremarkable, pale rock at a glance, hardly worth any extra attention, but as with most things, closer inspection tells another story.
The surface of Gydunia is largely frigid tundra, inhospitable to all but the most hardy, though some would say stubborn, lifeforms. It is easy to become lost in the seemingly endless expanse of white, grey and blue and many a wanderer has disappeared, never to be found.
The vast frozen wastes of Gydunia are scarred by glaciers ranging in length from mere kilometres to spanning entire mountain ranges. Their slow, grinding progress seeming as inevitable as time itself. The glaciers also serve as a time capsule and may hold the answers to the great mysteries of Gydunian pre-history.
As with the majority of planets that support complex life, Gydunia has vast oceans that are home to a myriad of creatures. Thick ice sheets cover bodies of water everywhere but the planet’s equator. Life on the land has rarely interacted with life in the sea, but when it has, myths and legends of foul and aggressive (more aggressive than the land dwellers at any rate) beasts.
Civilisation on Gydunia is concentrated mostly in sprawling cities around the equator, remnants of the great corporate nations of times before Gydunian unification under the modern government known as The Board. Mixtures of low cost housing and industrial concerns litter the surface, but the cities expand further than meets the eye.
Underground is where Gydunia can truly be found. Vast catacombs and deep tunnels lie beneath the cities, artificial refuges from the biting cold. Gydunians born on the planet, known as Pures in the Gydunian class system, have the exclusive privilege of dwelling below the surface. Their wealth enables them to build luxurious homes and those of even greater means tunnel deeper and deeper. On many foreign worlds, wealth and status is demonstrated by towers that pierce the sky. Gydunia is the opposite, with the elite of society competing to burrow deeper than their rivals.
The jewel of Gydunia is its capital, Brutanamor, situated in the southern hemisphere. High walls surrounding the city provide some shelter from icy winds and grand boulevards radiate from the centre point of the surface. The Board resides in the deepest cavern on the planet, some six kilometres underground. Brutanamor is the cultural heart of the world and plays host to its greatest venues, ranging from dive bars to grand stadia.