(Pronunciation: REE-tah-lah)Stellar Primary
: Riitala (Spectral Class K∅)System Planetary Bodies
: 2 terrestrial, 1 asteroid belt, 2 terrestrial, 3 gas giantsHabitation
: Riitala IV, Tä PortPrinciple Export
: Bio-PharmaceuticalsGeneral InformationRiitala IV
is in the outer portion of its primary's habitable zone, and is characterized by harsh, mountainous terrain and freezing temperatures year round except in the equatorial regions.
Its primary value and export is bio-pharmaceuticals based upon its flora, a local moss (Bryophyta) known as Sammal. By itself, Sammal can be synthesized into a variety of drugs of varying potency, and it is farmed in geodesic greenhouses in equatorial and near-equatorial areas.
Sammal gains entirely new and vastly more valuable properties when "processed" through the native food chain. It is the principal food source for native herbivores, Kasvii, and when consumed in sufficient quantity, their tissues become infused with the same elements that are synthesized into pharmaceuticals. Kasvii are consumed by Kausa, known locally as "Terror Cats" due to their intelligence and size, and the Kausa excrete a substance that, after purification, is worth many times its weight in platinum. This substance is why Riitala warrants a gate.