Vast Horizon Help Files
Radiation has always been a concern on Kapteynia Beta, but when the Kiohn race bombarded the planet, it sent radiation levels skyrocketing. Even 200 years later, Kapteynia Beta is not entirely safe for Humanity, despite various measures that the Farolds are working on.
During the 2190s, a young aspiring science student by the name of Michelle Faro spent a lot of time exploring the jungle north from Oria. She coincidentally discovered that pebbles found at the bottom of a stream contained an unknown chemical which was later called Glatonite. After some testing in a lab, she sought and gained permission from Dictator LorkaLor Faro to travel to the Caverns in order to study possible radiation solutions for Humanity. In this endeavor, she received help from Human Science Student Amanda Stevens. Years of rigorous testing followed, eventually the medication Riphenol was created.
In the year 2200, the first Humans received several doses of Riphenol and ventured above ground. They had to be carefully monitored, to prevent any unwanted side effects. Michelle Faro also warned that more testing was still necessary to determine how many doses of the medication the Human body would be able to withstand. Riphenol production also proved to be quite slow and tedious, and additional sources of Glatonite could not be located. It soon became evident that those Humans who had come above ground could help with retrieving pebbles from the jungle, and a suitable pebble sifter was invented. There were many risks, as the jungle was not entirely a safe place.
In 2204, in recognition for her hard work and great talent, Dictator Larkra Faro named Michelle Faro the new Chief of Science.
In 2219, new Sifters were released to streamline the retrieval of pebbles containing traces of Glatonite, and quite a few citizens, including civilian pilots are now frequently undertaking this important work. Pilots also help by scanning the atmosphere of Kapteynia Beta for radiation problems.
Riphenol medication, and the pebbles containing Glatonite are still a subject of intense study today. In the early days, Riphenol was injected into the blood stream, but today the medication is handed out in tablet form. Teams of explorers are still working hard to see if other sources of Glatonite can be secured, and faster refining methods for making the medicine are being investigated, but it is slow going. Chief of Science Michelle Faro has recently stated that, although a lot of work has been done, it will still take a considerable amount of years before all of Humanity will be able to vacate the Caverns safely.
Currently, a Human who wishes to leave the Caverns will need to take 30 doses of Riphenol in as many days. Although the stock of Riphenol is more stable these days, even people living above ground may still need to use the medication if they have been at risk. As a result, someone wishing to leave the caverns will have to plan ahead and fill out some paperwork. Health tests are also a part of the procedure, particularly with those people who have higher health risks.
This help file was last modified: 04/21/23 at 9:16 p.m.
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