On planet B’hu there are many wonderful creatures and anomalous phenomena. Here, it is the ordinary things that stand out.
Take for example, B’hu’s sun called ‘Solis.’ This star possesses ‘polar jets’—beam-like particle emissions at each pole. These structures are generally not visible during the daytime. This is due to the overpowering brilliance of the star’s natural light. However, at sunrise or sunset, the jets can be seen as a thin vertical line near the horizon–the so-called ‘Spear of Solis.’
B’hu has a planetary ring system called the Comet Belt. This astronomical oddity is composed of stardust and comet residues. It ignites the nighttime sky, often resembling a slash of angel’s hair woven with droplets of silver.
B’hu has two moons. This is not especially rare among all the planets of the universe (quite the contrary) however B’hu’s moons are a little peculiar. The giant moon, Mhira, is nearly as large as B’hu herself. Mhira possesses an atmosphere, complete with clouds. On her surface can be seen mountains, canyons, and a lunar river called Luba, along whose banks occur spontaneous gas flares. B’hu’s second moon–Pixa–is a small peanut-shaped object which is more of an asteroid, really.
Both moons exert great influence on B’huen life. For example, solar eclipses wherein Mhira passes in front of Solis are commonplace. Unlike some planets where eclipses turn the daytime to night, Mhira’s size and luminosity makes solar eclipses on B’hu a magical twilight experience. during these events Mhira’s atmosphere glows and her spectacular surface features become starkly visible.
At night, Mhira dominates the sky. During ‘Fool Moons’ (as the phases of Mhira’s fullness are called) night becomes like a silvery day, punctuated by the orange light of river Luba’s flares. These phases are called ‘Fool’ due to the effect on B’huen flora and fauna.
Mhira’s large mass exerts many other influences on B’hu. First and foremost are the outrageous tides and associated hydro-geologic phenomena. Examples include the mid-ocean fountains, water gush hills, cold geyser ponds, reversing waterfalls, blue breath holes, foaming pillars, and the ephemeral lakes. Other examples include the gigantic tidal bore waves which course up the Lesser Oceanic Lead as well as the two oceanic anomalies known as the ‘sink anomaly’ and the ‘bulge anomaly.’
Tidal forces are also responsible for the wide variety of B’hu’s enigmatic pneumo-geologic features. These include the deadly fluidized sands of the Sandlands, the equally deadly sand fountains (found in many lands), the ever-present ground thunder, the snow volcanoes of Arctica, as well as the smoke-ring geysers, mist vents, turbo geysers, and whistlers of the Burnt Lands territory.
There are other weird and wonderful things on B’hu. For example, like many habitable planets, B’hu possesses magnetic poles. Unlike other planets, however, B’hu also has electric poles. These are charged with static electricity—negative in the north, positive in the south.
The planetary electric field is fairly weak–just enough to make your skin tingle. But it has far-reaching implications for B’huen weather, zoostrology, and geology. Due to the electric field, B’hu’s northerly winds often carry negatively charged ions. Contrary to what the name would seem to imply, these can be beneficial for health. They also cause exposed objects–most notably the specialized white branches of the giant Rabora Trees of the Valsibora land–to glow with an eerie, white-blue light.
Perhaps the most famous example of an electric field-related phenomenon is the Levitating Snow of Arctica. On calm days, these large, electrically charged snowflakes can be seen to float gently upward. This surreal sight is, for many, emotionally moving.
It is worth mentioning that B’hu has many other unique forms of snow. In the northerly lands, there occurs Grenade Hail, a dangerous form of exploding hail. In the Great Turquoise Sea are found icebergs of Opalsnow, named after the rainbow iridescence that this snowpack produces in direct sunlight. Some forms of OpalSnow happen to be magnetic and icebergs made of this material migrate northward, following the planetary magnetic field.