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Theta VIII

Theta VIII from orbit

Class: K (transjovian)
Type: Planet
Location: Theta 116 system
Methane Plane and The Royale.jpg

The hotel on the frozen methane plane

Theta VIII was the eighth planet of the Theta 116 system with an orbital period of 832 days, and a rotational period of 15.3 hours. A K-class transjovian planet, the atmosphere of Theta 116 VIII was composed of nitrogen (57%), methane (23%), and liquid neon (14%). The average surface temperature was −291°, with wind speeds of up to 320 meters per second. Interesting weather phenomena included ammonia tornadoes. Its age was estimated at 7.2e12×1012 solar years, and during that time it had built up a mass of 4.35e12×1012 kilograms.

In the 21st century, the NASA spacecraft Charybdis was transported here by an unknown intelligence which had inadvertently killed all but one of its crew, Colonel Stephen G. Richey. The intelligence attempted to create an environment for him where he could live, in the form of a small pocket of Earth-like atmosphere on the surface. In it was the entryway to a replica of the namesake hotel from the novel Hotel Royale carried by Richey. Richey lived in room 727 of the hotel until he died in his sleep in 2082.

The hotel was located on a plane of frozen methane with the dimensions of 5.02 × 7.9 kilometers, in the middle of a tremendous storm belt, described as like being in the "eye of a hurricane." The Hotel itself had the following dimensions: 127 × 53 × 244 meters.

Remains of the Charybdis were later detected by a Klingon cruiser in 2365. The USS Enterprise-D subsequently investigated the planet and discovered Richey's fate. (TNG: "The Royale")

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