100th edition, 5002 AD/Federal Year
1011/Serenity Year 2010,
Finis Astra Encyclopedia Corporation
Galactic Standard System
for Classification of Planets
by Dr. Henry Banner,
Professor of Astrophysics, Finis Astra
Worlds are chiefly classified by four criteria: habitability and
composition, mana level position relative to the system's star or stars,
and size, although a variety of other classifications are also often used.
Mana levels are discussed in the article, 'Magic'.
Position relative to the star is usually designated by affixing a number
in 'Roman Numerals' after the system name, such as 'Anatares IV'.
While most inhabited worlds have a more unique name, those who live outside
the system normally use the standard naming designation. Size is
usually designated either by circumference at the equator or by radius.
Habitability and Composition are more complex. The system is roughly
Often, multiple designations can be combined. To give some examples,
the Solar System of Earth in 5002 AD can be classified as follows (Only
the major worlds are listed here, not all the colonized moons):
A: These are tiny worlds, from the size of an asteroid to
a small moon. Usually, they lack any atmosphere.
B: Barren. A world that could be terraformed, but is currently
not appropriate for settlement.
D: Dangerous. A world that could be settled, but possesses
some major problem, such as being overrun with energy-sucking monsters.
F: Fae. A world controlled by the faeries, and often
dangerous for non-Faeries to visit.
G: Gas Giant. A world that is largely semi-coherent
gas, usually around some sort of frozen gas core.
H: Hot. These worlds are too close to their star for
I: Ice. These worlds are frozen over.
L: Legendary. A world, usually high-mana, which seems
to be based on some set of legends of one of the sentient races.
These high mana worlds are usually left alone, as anyone who enters them
tends to be assimilated into the story in progress. Their origins
M: A world that is suitable for settlement immediately, although
it may contain some dangers.
O: A world already occupied by sentient non-faerie life.
S: Sentient. These worlds are alive and self-willed
in some manner, ranging from being a Great Old One to magic, to strangely
evolved telepathically group minds.
T: Toxic. This includes both worlds with a composition
largely poisonous to most sentient species, and also the subclass, T-2,
of worlds whose mana level is so high that it tends to destroy visitors
within a few minutes or days.
W: A water world, with land surface of 10% or less.
Sol 1--Mercury. Type FH
Sol 2--Venus. Type F
Sol 3--Earth. Type MO
Sol 3/1--The Moon. Type MO (Due to heavy terraforming in the early
Sol 4--Mars. Type MO
Sol 5--Jupiter. Type G
Sol 6--Saturn. Type G
Sol 7--Uranus. Type G.
Sol 8--Neptune. Type G.
Sol 9--Pluto. Type IO