The next planet out from Bhruusil, Cheerghun (G2/R2/A3/P2/ HI) is the ‘roaming star’ of the bhruu, lighting up the night sky of its sister planet. Cheerghun is a world of brilliant yellow and white deserts shrouded in a thin chlorine haze. Rich in minerals, Cheerghun supports a fragile biosphere of Series III (chlorine-breathing) life. Humans require breathing masks and heated suits to survive in Cheerghun splendid desolation.
While VoidCorp failed to regain the Insight installations on Bhruusil, they still retained the development rights to the rest of the Karnath system. It was a slim wedge, but it was enough. Barred from direct action against Bhruusil (or any Insight territory, for that matter), VoidCorp chose to develop everything else in the Karnath system that seemed worthwhile, and Cheerghun fit their bill perfectly. A mining property of considerable value, it also has the potential to become a Class 1 planet through terraforming—although this would destroy its chlorine-breathing life forms.
Despite this, VoidCorp is proceeding with the initial terraforming efforts. They’re developing a tailored microbe to fix atmospheric chlorine into salt; this will scrub the chlorine from the atmosphere. Next, they intend to process vast amounts of the planet’s crust to release oxygen from the rocks. Finally, they will tow small, icy moons from the outer system into collisions with Cheerghun, restoring water to the desiccated planet. It’s an ambitious plan, and both Insight and the bhruu ambassadors are seeking ways to stop it. So far, the Concord has expressed no official opinion on the case, but those in the know are sure that its sympathies lie with the existing life forms.