Antos IV (FASA)

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Antos IV
Map of Antos IV (WoF) (Colorized; Original B&W Image)

Map of Antos IV (WoF) (Colorized; Original B&W Image)
Coordinates (18.1, -20.4, -6.1)[1]
Astrometrics Quadrant III (UFP),[2] Socratii[2] IV[3]
Planetary Class M[1]
Satellites 5[2]
Gravity 0.9g[2]
Diameter 8,750km[2]
Equatorial Circumference 14,500km[2]
Surface Area 280 million km²[2]
Land Area 84.06 million km²[2]
Hydrosphere 70%[2]
Rotational Period 18 hours[2]
Notable Species Antosians[3]
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Antos IV was the fourth[3] of five planets orbiting a yellow giant[1] in Quadrant III of the United Federation of Planets.[2] A Class M world, Antos IV, known as Dorfane to its native population,[4] was home to a humanoid race that is considerably older than Humans and had little interest in contact with outside worlds,[1] though they maintained peaceful relations with their interstellar neighbors.[2]

Antosians, like Vendorians,[5] learned the art of cellular metamorphosis, which allowed them to rearrange their cellular structure to imitate any person, creature, or object of similar size and mass. Antosians kept this secret for centuries, but shared it in the late 22nd century with Captain Kelvar Garth of Izar in an effort to save his life when an accident left him mortally wounded. The process quickly rendered Garth mad, and he remained so for several years. Only the introduction of a new drug returned him to sanity, with the resultant loss of his shape-changing ability.[3]

Although it was Class M, Antos IV's climate was lethally frigid at both the upper and lower latitudes, leaving only an equatorial band that supports life. The Antosians established an extremely advanced culture in this region and built city structures that seemed to defy known Federation limits in design and construction. From space, the habitable central region shone like a belt of light around the planet, owing to the strangely luminescent properties of Antosian metals. Federation contact with the Antosians was extremely limited, at the request of the Antosian people, and little was known about their culture, technology, or architecture.[4] Even the size of their population remained a mystery, with estimates ranging from 100,000[1] to 5 billion.[2]

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