Chandos was the fifth planet from the Sun in Realmspace. Seen from Toril, it looked like a brown-green smudged orb whose features changed every few nights. It was one of the Five Wanderers, the five superior planets of the Torilian solar system.
Chandos was composed mainly of water, filled with enormous ever-shifting piles of rocks which sometimes grew tall enough to form hundreds of unstable islands. The piles of rock changed randomly every full rotation of the planet, as well as following small disturbances on its surface, forming new islands and sinking old ones with no predictable pattern.
The planet's climate was relatively temperate, considering its distance from the Sun. However, its lack of an ozone layer caused wide variations in temperature during the day-night cycle.
Islands in the polar regions were constantly covered in snow, which however did not prevent the rocks from shifting even in those areas. The planet's equatorial regions were almost constantly under heavy rainfall. Islands in those areas were populated by sentient plants that hunted all other life forms on the planet.
The planet's animal life consisted mostly of peaceful land animals such as rats, rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels, and moles, that subsisted on the planet's plant life. The oceans were populated with extremely aggressive and intelligent fish.
Sometime in the distant past, unknown to later survivors on the planet, two spelljammer ships—a tradesman manned by humans and another crewed by dwarves—sailed toward Selûne carrying stolen goods and orc prisoners intended to be sold as slaves to the neogi. When flying close to Glyth, the ships were attacked by illithid ships and decided to land on Chandos to renew their air supply and to conduct repairs. The combined weight of the ships caused the terrain to shift, destroying both ships and killing the wizards in the crew that were capable of restoring them. After the incident, friendship between the crews unraveled and the three races went their separate ways, seeking to destroy the other two for generations thereafter until no later survivor remembered the reason why.
The three main populations of Chandos focused primarily on surviving the planet's constant convulsions and searching for food. After generations, the dwarves had completely forgotten their heritage as miners and the humans had become primitive and aggressive. Their old and mutual racial hatred prompted them to attack each other (and the orcs) on sight. However, the orcs developed a collaborative society, helping each other in their search for food and mostly keeping to themselves and avoiding contact with the human and dwarf camps.
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- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Dale "slade" Henson, Gary L. Thomas ed. and Karen S. Boomgarden ed. (April 1991). Realmspace. (TSR, Inc), pp. 36–38. ISBN 1-56076-052-4.
- ↑ Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 231. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- ↑ Dale "slade" Henson (April 1991). Realmspace (Monstrous Compendium). Edited by Gary L. Thomas, Karen S. Boomgarden. (TSR, Inc), p. 82. ISBN 1-56076-052-4.
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