If it's both larger (with a radius 2455 km greater than that of Earth) and presumably denser than Earth, (weighing 1.904x the Earth's mass), then why does it have only .76 of the earth's gravity?
It's core is not particularly dense. Otherwise, this phenomenon could be attritutable to a weak electromagnetic field. There's a lot of things I haven't elaborated on, but this dilemma would be a good place to start.
I'd like to hear more about the sentient (and nonsentient) species though - fauna as well as flora if you've come that far along in it
I'd be very interested to talk about it. Will do soon.
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Saiv Homo Sapiens Beatitas (literally: Feline Wise Man), a psychologically indifferent humanoid species of extraordinary finesse and intelligence, enigmatic to a fault and the primary antagonists of the known universe. This species, having developed on a carbon planet, respire efficiently with carbon monoxide and consume cobalt-based foodstuffs, causing their blood to lose it's lustre and turn red-grey. Their darkly demeanour is reinforced and reassured by an appearance anologous to that of a human missing half his blood capacity, as the efficient metabolism evident in this species throws away the need for dense quantities of blood. Despite their lack of a drive for existance, the Saiv do exhibit survival instincts, and respond to a stressful situation in a way not unlike the 'fight or flight' mechanism of humans, secreting the repressing hormone Quartezol-4 that would overload human metabolism. Relative to humans, their skin is slightly pale, their faces are minutely taller, they are typically taller and they possess defensive features anologous to that of terrestrial cats. An example of their defensive features would be their claws, projecting forward from the carpal bones and extending to the equivelant length of the proximal phalanges bones of the finger it extends over; in females these claws can extend to the length of the associated metacarpal bone (note: this is a comparison of length of claw and bone, not anatomical distance). Another example would be the "scissor molars" that encompass the molar regions on either side of the upper jaw; again females have longer scissor molars that partially overlap the teeth on the lower jaw. Both these musculoskeletal defenses are, due to their almost indestructible molecular structure, sharp enough to cut through diamond silicate with some ease. The way this species has developed reflects the harsh, unforgiving nature of Ravion's ecosphere and plagiosphere.
It's important to understand this species does not look or act entirely like cat-people, they just have a handful of their characteristics. They aren't covered in fur; they have less body hair than us. Nor do they have whiskers or cat faces. ;D
The Rúhga Nama is a partially sentient bird of prey that has become the national emblem of the Saiv Empire. I'll talk more about this creature sometime in the future.
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