The Vespera system includes the gas giant planet Vespera, its numerous minor moons, and the five habitable, earthlike moons. The Vespera system orbits an average, sunlike star that has only one other planet, Wanderer.
Vespera is a gas giant slightly larger than Jupiter that is tidally locked to its star. As such, half of the planet is always in sunlight and half is always in dark. The light side appears to burn, and has gold, red, orange, yellow, and white clouds that are always knotted up in hurricane-like storms. The dark side is dominated by indigo, blue, green, and silver clouds illuminated by the strong auroras that dominate its sky. The flow of gas from the hot side to the cold side creates huge lightning storms at the border between the two, and has special properties that create a field of magical energy around the planet.
Vespera’s major moons are Prima, Segundus, Tertia, Quartus, and Quinta, in order of their distance from Vespera. The moons closest to the planet are under the most influence of the magical field exerted by Vespera, and there magic is more powerful and more common. Each moon has developed differently, however, in the distant past, travel between the moons allowed humans and elves to spread to all five.
Vespera has many minor, inhabitable moons. They are smaller than the five earthlike moons and have vastly varying characteristics. There are sixteen minor moons orbiting Vespera.
The only other planet in Vespera’s solar system, Wanderer is a rocky, icy world with a highly erratic orbit. It passes close to Vespera once every approximately 500 Earth years. Wanderer is not known to have any life forms, and has been observed to be almost entirely covered in various ices (not exclusively water). When it approaches the sun, it grows a glittering tail like that of a comet, and its appearance is a significant astronomical event to many denizens of the Vesperan moons.
The Dust is a belt of thick dust, asteroids and comets left over from the formation of Vespera’s solar system. It is denser than the asteroid belt or Kuiper belt because Wanderer’s erratic orbit disrupts objects in The Dust from coalescing and Vespera’s strong gravity has a similar effect. Parts of the sky seem dimmer because of the clouds of dust. on the outside of the system, creating a striped pattern of stars and darkness in the skies of the Vesperan moons