Good story, and an interesting power. I can see people of power trying to find ways to divine which apple is the healing apple for their own use. There could be all sorts of apple divinations and such. Good idea! Go to Comment
Eons past, the Karu system was the home of an advanced civilization but little remains apart from a hideously radioactive former homeworld, and a new metal 'planet' further out.
The planet is the accumulated remains of the wreckage of two unimaginally large battlefleets. Through millions of years of bombardments, collisions and the impact of solar wind, the wreckage has collapsed onto itself forming a small, but very dense planet. During it's history sufficent amounts of transuranic metals collected at it's core and became a sustained nuclear reactor. The heat served to melt much of the metal that formed it, as well as creating a thick atmosphere. This atmosphere is rich in many chemicals and is dreadfully toxic.
The planet is 500km in diameter but has a gravitational force of about 1.3G. It has a thick atmosphere with usable amounts of oxygen, but has a pressure of 3 atmospheres at 'sea' level.
The remainder of the atmosphere is a devil's brew of hyrocarbons, radioactive gases, acids, and many other noxious chemicals.
Of course, this planet is considered a treasure trove of raw materials and even with its dangerous atmosphere, high radiation and powerful magnetic field, mining outposts exist. Go to Comment