Out Of The Silent Planet
Kuzu (Trokh: “Kuzyu”) is the homeworld of the Aslan and capital of the Aslan Hierate. Its name comes from the Trokh word for “motherland” or “home”.
All of the 29 Tlaukhu clans (and about 300 others) have landholds on Kuzu. Aslan consider land on Kuzu especially valuable, and clans gain both power and status from their landholds on Kuzu. Kuzu has no capital, per se. Each clan has its own hyufteirlerye – the word refers to a meeting place and could be translated as “city” – but there is no one city or administrative centre which speaks for the entire planet. Individual cities are identified with specific clans, and each clan large enough to control several such cities generally has one htahyu, a “first place” where judgements are made, challenges accepted, and the records kept. The Tlaukhu (“Council of the Twenty-nine”) meets periodically at agreed-upon sites in rotation. There is a central meeting site known as the Greet Meeting Hall of the Tlaukhu located on neutral land.
Kusyu (often spelled “Kuzu” in Galanglic) lies in the center of what we know as the Dark Nebula Sector (or I’aheako, to those of the Hierate). It is the homeworld of the major race calling itself the Fteirle, which humans know as the Aslan. The world is much like Terra in many respects, with similar mass, density, and gravity. The mean surface temperature is somewhat cooler, but the minimal axial tilt and orbital eccentricity results in a stable, year-round climate with a continuous growing season. Kusyu’s equatorial temperatures are quite comfortable for humans. The slightly larger land surface area has resulted in greater desert and tundra regions than on the Solomani homeworld. Despite the extreme territorial nature of Kusyu’s natives, large tracts of less hospitable land have been kept as wilderness. Kusyu’s temperate regions are characterized by broadleafed plant life, heavily pigmented a blue-green color. This lush flora, rich in color and form, tends to give much of the planet’s surface a jungle-like feel.