From a narrative / developmental standpoint, why is Triaxus in winter mode?


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So, this is just something that occurred to me & it's a very minor thing, but I was wondering why when putting Starfinder together the devs decided to put Triaxus in ice mode instead of summer or a transition season?

I can actually guess a couple reasons; Castrovel kind of covers the jungle planet niche & unless I'm blanking on one of the Gas Giant moons there actually isn't another ice planet in the main Pact Worlds system so they need Triaxus to fill that role, and on top of that, while I personally prefer the look of summerborn ryphorians/triaxians, winterborn are perhaps more distinctive & unique in their appearance.

I just found it curious that Triaxus is in winter mode both in Starfinder & Pathfinder & they didn't take the opportunity to flip it & show the other side of the planet's cycle.


Because starfinder and pathfinder area both occuring simultaneously until something looks and collapses the wave function....

No seriously I think it's because the jungle planet is covered but there's no Hoth analog, like you said.


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Why? Because furry Ryphorian girls are hot.


Like I said, I prefer summerborn. I get that some people are into that kinda thing, and for people who like that kinda thing, that's the kinda thing those people like, bur fur is an instant turn-off for me.


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This is rather a largish assumption, given that "normal physics" in the game don't always follow the real world, but planets with highly eccentric orbits like Triaxus spend most of their "year" far from the sun (i.e., "winter"). Instead of the (mostly) equal time in each of the four seasons experienced by a planet with a less eccentric orbit (caused not by distance from the sun, but rather because the planet's rotational tilt from the plane of orbit causes more or less sunlight in the Northern/Southern hemispheres), Triaxus would have short "summers" when close to the sun (say 1/8th or less of the "year") and long "winters" for most of the orbital path (say 5/8ths or more).


A Triaxian solar year is 317 Golarion/Earth years; each season lasts just shy of 80 Golarion/Earth years. The summer & winter stages, which correspond to distance from the sun, and both have been specified as lasting generations; I've always presumed a clean 79.5 year split between four seasons(winter, summer, and the two transitional), but I don't know off the top of my head if that's been specified; the pathfinder wiki doesn't make it clear if the transitory periods are shorter than the other seasons or if summer is particularly shorter than winter, though even if it is, would still be a minimum of 40 years of summer to qualify as "generations", plural.

Regardless, Triaxus doesn't exist; it's a fiction, and as such could be at any point in it's orbit that the writers wanted it to be. I'd be willing to bet that I hit the nail on the head with the guess that they decided that a summer Triaxus would be redundant with Castrovel & that they didn't have a good ice planet without it in the winter state, so I'm kinda asking a question I've already figured out the answer to.

I guess I'm more curious as to whether in the development process there was any discussion or debate as to whether it should be Winter or Summer on Triaxus.

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Another possible point is that by the time of Starfinder, it's possible for a winterborn to change into a summerborn or vice versa. Summerborn tend to be more adventurous and rebellious, so good PC material. Summerborn who intentionally become summerborn during winter even more so. On the other hand, if all of Triaxus was in summer, winterborn would be the sort of people who voluntarily get turned into conservatives. While some people do decide things like that, they have a tendency to be withdrawing and not take the stage. So you'd rarely run into them as NPCs and they wouldn't make very obvious PCs either.

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Recommendation! Watch the show Amanda did for Twitch Starfinder Wednesday on Triaxus. She talked about this and the designer's choice to stay with winter, just like it was in Pathfinder! It's only half an hour on Youtube.


Ascalaphus wrote:
Another possible point is that by the time of Starfinder, it's possible for a winterborn to change into a summerborn or vice versa. Summerborn tend to be more adventurous and rebellious, so good PC material. Summerborn who intentionally become summerborn during winter even more so. On the other hand, if all of Triaxus was in summer, winterborn would be the sort of people who voluntarily get turned into conservatives. While some people do decide things like that, they have a tendency to be withdrawing and not take the stage. So you'd rarely run into them as NPCs and they wouldn't make very obvious PCs either.

Not just possible: its explicitly canon that this is the case. Ryphorians can swap their season-type via fairly routine medical treatment.

Why is Triaxus in winter? Because it makes for a more striking and distinct image than Triaxus in summer, what with several other hot worlds already present.


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Because Winterborn Ryphorians look more like a Galran.

Seriously though I agree with others on how it gives it a unique role as the winter planet. As opposed to the dark and cold planet that half of Verces is.

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Why? Because furry Ryphorian girls are hot.

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You gotta pick one.


Because furry rhyporians = best rhyphorians.

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...What?


is running out of directions to shuffle in...


In all seriousness, I personally prefer the furry white Rhyphorians because they kind of look like Nebari from Farscape.


I guess because it was winter the last time (in Pathfinder) we visited the planet and so having it have cycled back makes the place more familiar.

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