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30th Jun '16 4:22:17 AM AgentTaffy
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** The worlds most likely to be exceptions are probably Mars, and some of the outer planets' icy moons. Mars merely has temperatures resembling those of Antarctica, less extreme than some other worlds, and has somewhat of an atmosphere (although still a very thin one; it used to be thicker), and does have ready sources of water and energy if settlement were to occur there. Many of the outer solar system moons (Europa the most sure example, with Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, Triton, and Enceladus also have varying levels of evidence) are expected to have a layer of liquid water under the surface, forming enormous oceans. These are considered some of the more likely locations for life. However, the surfaces of these moons still resemble the "freezing ice ball" death worlds at the surface.

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** The worlds most likely to be exceptions are probably Mars, and some of the outer planets' icy moons. Mars merely has temperatures resembling those of Antarctica, less extreme than some other worlds, and has somewhat of an some atmosphere (although still a very thin one; it used to be thicker), and does have ready sources of water and energy if settlement were to occur there. Many of the outer solar system moons (Europa the most sure example, with Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, Triton, and Enceladus also have varying levels of evidence) are expected to have a layer of liquid water under the surface, forming enormous oceans. These are considered some of the more likely locations for life. However, the surfaces of these moons still resemble the "freezing ice ball" death worlds at the surface.
25th Jun '16 10:43:06 AM DKN117
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** Tatooine is a barren desert home to vicious barbarian aliens, giant desert dragons, and precious little civilization, all of which is run by criminals, although the desert climate is what makes things most difficult.

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** Tatooine is a barren desert home to vicious barbarian aliens, giant desert dragons, and precious little civilization, all of which is run by criminals, although the desert climate is what makes things most difficult. [[spoiler:Background information reveals it used to be a jungle world, until the [[AbusivePrecursors Rakata]] glassed it from orbit, the vitrified soil gradually breaking down into sand.]]



** Mustafar is blisteringly hot and covered in many areas by molten lava. But the Separatists managed to build a base there anyway.

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** Mustafar is blisteringly hot and covered in many areas by molten lava. But the Separatists managed to build a base there anyway. The reason it's so ludicrously volatile? It used to be a pleasant place, but then it got caught in a gravitational tug-of-war between two gas giants, and the tidal forces have turned Mustafar into a volcanic hellhole as it is very slowly torn apart.
11th Jun '16 1:45:18 AM Chabal2
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** Catachan, a [[HungryJungle jungle world]] where nearly every animal there is said to be a carnivore, [[ManEatingPlant and so are the plants]], the majority of the microbes, fungi, and viruses. Wildlife includes the Catachan Barking Toad, a "jumpy" critter that detonates into a cloud of toxins that kills everything within a kilometer radius if you startle it, and the Catachan Devil, a cross between a scorpion and centipede the size of a train, and is thought to be related to the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]]. Also note the needle-shooting plants that [[BodyHorror turn any of their victims into more such plants]]. Every settlement fights a daily battle to keep its structures from being reclaimed by the vegetation, feral [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] breed in the deepest parts of the jungle, and on top of everything else the planet's gravity is slightly higher than normal. Living past the age of ten on such a planet is considered an achievement akin to graduating from boot camp, making the Catachan Jungle Fighters legendary among the regiments of the Imperial Guard.

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** Catachan, a [[HungryJungle jungle world]] where nearly every animal there is said to be a carnivore, [[ManEatingPlant and so are the plants]], the majority of the microbes, fungi, and viruses. Wildlife includes the Catachan Barking Toad, a "jumpy" critter that detonates into a cloud of toxins that kills everything within a kilometer radius if you startle it, and the Catachan Devil, a cross between a scorpion and centipede the size of a train, and is thought to be related to the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]]. Also note the needle-shooting plants that [[BodyHorror turn any of their victims into more such plants]]. Every settlement fights a daily battle to keep its structures from being reclaimed by the vegetation, feral [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] breed in the deepest parts of the jungle, and on top of everything else the planet's gravity is slightly higher than normal. Living past the age of ten on such a planet is considered an achievement akin to graduating from boot camp, making the Catachan Jungle Fighters legendary among the regiments of the Imperial Guard.Guard (that each of them is equal parts {{Film/Rambo}} and the cast of {{Film/Predator}} doesn't hurt). And finally, it's possible the planet is ''sentient'', [[HungryJungle and hates humanity.]]



** [[Literature/HorusHeresy The world of Urisarach]] was a storm-wracked planet covered in dense, hair-like forests, home to a nigh-extinct race of [[GiantSpider huge, armored arachnids]] dumped there because the monsters were just that unpleasant. It earned its nickname after a failed incursion that nearly wiped out an entire expeditionary fleet of Space Marines: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This. World. Is. ]]''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Murder]]''."
** Cadia and Armageddon are not the bad per se, but right now both planets are a constant warzone with 13 Black Crusade and remnants of Third War for Armageddon. Cadia is generally famous for its conscription rate and birth rate being the same thing and that Cadian toddlers learn to wield lasgun before they learn to walk. As of now, roughly 7% of Imperium military [[note]]Imperium is a billion-world empire, that's a lot of forces.[[/note]] is attempting to stop Abaddon's latest and largest incursion so its kind of crowded there.
** Krieg and Tallarn are both post-nuclear wastelands. Tallarns are great at mechanized wafare, because the only way to get anywhere on the surface is by using an armored vehicle and Krieg supplies Imperium with brainwashed clones that are overly zealous and really good at siege warfare.

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** [[Literature/HorusHeresy The world of Urisarach]] was a storm-wracked planet covered in dense, hair-like forests, home to a nigh-extinct race of [[GiantSpider huge, armored arachnids]] dumped there because the monsters were just that unpleasant. It earned its nickname (Murder) after a failed incursion that nearly wiped out an entire expeditionary fleet of Space Marines: Marines who managed to send this transmission: "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This. World. Is. ]]''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Murder]]''."
** Cadia and Armageddon are not the bad per se, but right now both planets are a constant warzone with 13 the 13th Black Crusade and remnants of Third War for Armageddon. Cadia is generally famous for its conscription rate and birth rate being the same thing and that Cadian toddlers learn to wield a lasgun before they learn to walk. As of now, roughly 7% of Imperium military [[note]]Imperium is a billion-world empire, that's a lot of forces.[[/note]] is attempting to stop Abaddon's latest and largest incursion so its it's kind of crowded there.
** Krieg and Tallarn are both post-nuclear wastelands. Tallarns are great at mechanized wafare, because the only way to get anywhere on the surface is by using an armored vehicle and Krieg supplies Imperium with brainwashed clones that are overly zealous and really good at siege warfare.
5th Jun '16 7:09:05 PM Papayaman1000
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**** [[spoiler: [[http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/zendikars-last-stand-2016-02-17 It won.]]]]
4th Jun '16 8:19:43 PM gewunomox
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* Even the geological chemistry of Oz is trying to kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wittenoom,_Western_Australia Proof]]. MidnightOil sang about the workers who had to suffer for it.

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* Even the geological chemistry of Oz is trying to kill you. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wittenoom,_Western_Australia Proof]]. MidnightOil Music/MidnightOil sang about the workers who had to suffer for it.
3rd Jun '16 2:40:06 AM Gravityman
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* Japan, thanks to the luck of being in the middle of not two, nor three, but ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boso_Triple_Junction four]]'' separate continental plates mashing into eachother, causing constant earthquakes and tsunamis. [[SarcasmMode Fun]].

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* Japan, thanks to the luck of being in the middle of not two, nor three, but ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boso_Triple_Junction four]]'' separate continental plates mashing into eachother, causing constant earthquakes and tsunamis. [[SarcasmMode Fun]].



* Planet Earth, present time. Climates varying from scorching dessert to killing cold. Things with claws, things with fangs, things with poison sacs. Techtonically active with murderous weather events ''annually''. And don't forget the deceptively harmless looking intelligent species!
2nd Jun '16 12:46:22 PM Pseudoname
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* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' takes place on Shear, which manages to be extremely dangerous despite being one of the most Earth-like worlds in the galaxy. It has entire lakes of acid and enough active volcanos that building structures nearby them was considered reasonable. For wildlife you get such friendly creatures as giant aggressive beetles, huge carnivores that can accurately mimic boulders, massive crocodile-like creatures, aquatic animals best described as sea monsters, and various types of vicious scavengers that are found nearly everywhere and won't hesitate to attack passerby. And all that was before the monsters came...
30th May '16 10:02:57 PM DarthWalrus
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* Japan, thanks to the luck of being in the middle of not two, nor three, but ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boso_Triple_Junction four]]'' separate continental plates mashing into eachother, causing constant earthquakes and tsunamis. [[SarcasmMode Fun]].


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* Industrial age cities ''in general'' were these before the advent of refrigeration and the sanitary movement. Poor food, filth covered streets, contaminated water, and cramped conditions, smoke-belching factories, combined with nonexistant or downright backwards knowledge of nutrition and medicine made a death from one of the various epidemics that came by every few years. The average death rates in the cities outpaced the birth rate, which was counterbalanced by a constant flow of immigration from the surrounding countryside.
28th May '16 12:46:13 AM SandyGunfox
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** Southern Florida is home to the machineel tree. This tree's sap is so toxic and acidic, simply standing under it after rains causes second- or third-degree burns. Native Arowaks were believed to execute people by ''tying them to the tree'' and letting the tree kill them - they were also known to use its sap on arrowheads. If someone parks their car under one of the trees, runoff from the tree will ''melt paint off of cars.'' Famous explorer Ponce de Leon, by the way, is believed to have died from its poison. And did I mention there's no antidote to its poisonous sap or fruit?
27th May '16 3:38:00 PM Doug86
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* Many of the planets in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' books are {{Death World}}s.

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* Many of the planets in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' books are {{Death World}}s.
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