Welcome to Sector I-5! The majority of the sector is tropical and/or subtropical with major land masses, islands, and oceans. This looks like a very lush area, with plenty of opportunity for jungle and deep sea exploration. There are also some desert and hill areas on the southwest side of the largest land mass. There is bound to be something interesting in that area as well.
Our initial focus is on Hex 180.73. It is located on the southeast corner of the tear-shaped island to the center-right of the sector map. Most of this hex is a great ocean bay that was identified from orbit as a potential area suitable for coastal settlements and harbor construction.
The bay has been dubbed New Manila Bay due to its oppressive humidity. It has abundant marine life including both armored fish (similar to Placodermi) as well as analogues of Earth’s more modern soft-bodied fish.
There are also numerous bioluminescent Cnidarians (jellyfish-like creatures) which surface and congregate several times per day. Their pulsating nocturnal displays are quite remarkable! The creatures also congregate in patterns that display mathematical progressions, which has been rather unsettling for observers.
Another distinctive feature of the bay – one which has been subsequently observed in other ocean areas – is the appearance of red scum on the ocean surface. This coloration is actually the chum created when pods of huge Rotorfish plough through schools of soft-bodied fish, slicing and dicing them before filter feeding on the blood and meat bits.
The soft bodied fish are also a potential food source. Analysis will reveal that if a few genes are altered, the fish will be an excellent source of nutrition for human settlers.
Humans are not the first intelligent species to explore the bay. Indeed, several large catamarans are hidden in one of the bay’s many lagoons. Diligent explorers will find them on the north shore of Hex 180.73.
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*I hyphenate this because an I (i) looks so much like an l (L)