From the view from our planet, a bit past Alpha Centauri and a little to the left, is another yellow sun solar system with six planets, four planetoids, and a handful of asteroids.
Two of these planets in particular are of interest however, for they both support life of varying intelligence.
One planet known as Univah is closer to the sun is 75 percent desert, 10 percent grasslands, 15 percent swamp, home to the galaxy's best golf course, and the galaxy's worst sand traps.
Evolution has been known to be a great catalyst of life, gradually creating the most fit for survival. Yet some would say evolution has made an occasional mistake.
In the swamps of Gloa lives the creatures believed to be such mistakes. While others argue that Gloa is the most alive part of the planet.
With such vast life as waterfowl, large lizards, and some of Univah's only known fish life in their waters. But most feared and disgusting creatures are the Phig.
Underwater the Phig move like jellyfish, while on land they move like slugs. They come in many colors that match the swamp lands, mostly oozing greens, browns, and the occasional deep red.
They lack the ability to speak for they have no larynx or mouth, but communicate through gestures and the occasional gurgle. They have often been described by others to resemble mucus.
It is unknown how they perceive the world around them for they have no eyes, but somehow they do.
Long ago, the other inhabitants realized that the Phig understood the ways of water, and used these creatures to run their water pumps to drain every ounce out of the ground.
Most of Univah gets their water from underground wells and a shrinking ice cap at the southern pole,
but much of the population is dependent on getting water from their neighboring planet supporting life, Apah.
Apah is a temperate planet, and has more water than not. With only one major land mass shaped in a crescent, and many islands scattered around the entire orb.
Much of civilization here travels by boat, and within their many cities, most people travel through canals, not unlike the canals of Italy.
The first forms of civilization began on the crescent continent known as Azai. For Thousands of years, many wars and conflicts were fought until The Great Unification happened.
Sure there are groups of separatists who formed outside floating cities in the ocean, and the various islands scattered about. But True Apahians lived on Azai. Azai had several art renaissances.
All the major scientific discoveries have been made by the best Azain Scientists.
Azai scientists invented space flight, landed men upon both of their moons, and even began the successful colonization of Univah.
The people of Univah may no longer appreciate the Azain sacrifice, but Azain's know it was them who made their civilizations possible.
Settlers came to Univah nearly Nine Hundred and eighty-seven planetary revolutions around their sun. They began as explorers and proud settlers.
Originally They were heros to Apah who had done the impossible, survived an eight month journey through space against all odds.
When they had found the planet it seemed merely a vast desert all around, until the brave captain of their expedition discovered ice caverns and the Phig living in pools of water underneath.
Over time through excavation and terraforming those pools became Gloa. Beyond Gloa grasslands began to form. From Apah animals were brought over, as well as more and more settlers.
Meanwhile Apah grew prosperous from the minerals discovered by the settlers. After three generations the people of Univah sought independence.
They no longer saw themselves as heroes of Apah, but the strong survivors of Univah. Univah was harsh and unyielding, and the people of Univah were truly stronger than their Apah oppressors.
For ten years war broke out and Univah won its independence, and they sought the destiny they believed owed to them. They built great cities and their population grew.
Three hundred years after settling they realized although they were a great nation, they would deplete their water over time,
and arranged trade of strong and malleable metal for water with Apah. Over the next few centuries the Univahians evolved depending on the area they settled.
Those living in Rocky Mountains above the sand, their noses became wide, and the people broad and strong. Their skin now resembles clay like gray.
Those in the sand valleys were taller and slim, their skin a soft bronze.
While those in the grasslands closer resembled their Apah cousins of various skin shades of light beiges to darker browns.
On both planets great unrest has been building.