Esh Purshuur WriteUp

Esh Purshuur ( 2120 D570154-5 S Lo Ni De ) circa 1116

Esh Purshuur had a population of 700 million in the mid 900s. In early
980 cases began to be reported of a disease that caused the skin to
just rot away. Soon identified as an airborne virus attempts were made
to protect the populace but the pervasive nature of the virus meant
that its spread could not be stopped. The world was quarantined but
tests eventually showed that the virus was in a symbiotic relationship
with a native plant, known to the locals as twedreck. The plant had
developed a novel secondary reproduction method of breeding a virus
that carried the twedreck gene pool to a host and then infected the
hosts cells wih twedreck genes. The virus was released with the normal
spore bursts, and expired after infecting every cell it could get to. A
twedreck extermination campaign proved difficult due to the fact that
the small pebble like plants were hard to detect on Esh Purshuur's sand
covered surface. Eventually a combination of vaccination and biological
warfare defeated the virus in 1003, by which time Esh Purshuur's
original population was down to 17. An IISS station is now completing
the scientific work on the planet and imposes strict export and
quarantine controls. The planets population has begun to recover and
Esh Purshuur reverted to Green travel code status in 1010.

Referee: Twedreck mutants still exist on Esh Purshuur. The original
lethal mutation arose due to increased solar radiation as a result of
Esh's binary system being in conjunction. Any radiation increase could
cause a similar mutation to re-occur. Certain unscrupulous
organisations have already carried out feasibility studies on
twedreck's suitability as a biowar weapon.

David Burden (

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