Planet accidentally terraformed into regular icosahedron

Gygax II, Gygax System, Repsar Empire

The environmental engineering team behind the terraforming of Gygax II has converted the surface of the previously spheroidal planet into a regular icosahedron, known otherwise as a shape with twenty sides.

Most independent observers believe the conversion of Gygax II into the largest example of the fifth Platonic solid was a mistake, not the realization of an intentional design through advanced terraforming techniques. Planetary Mega-Engineering Schemes (PMS) Inc, the engineering firm in charge of the project, has declined to comment on the subject.

 Image: One PMS employee highlighted concerns about PMS' terraforming calculations.

Image: One PMS employee highlighted concerns about PMS' terraforming calculations.

Q'Boid, a reptilian mid-level engineer at PMS who wished to remain anonymous, told Xenonion:

"This whole icosahedron thing was definitely not intentional. Someone, somewhere has got their calculations wrong. Worse still, the planet's current form may not be stable. We could see a whole menagerie of exotic and potentially lethal shapes. An icosahedron is a paradise compared to the horrors of toruses, cyclinders, 3D fractals... and we haven't even got started on shapes that extend into higher spatial dimensions beyond our comprehension." 

At present, Gygax II appear stable. Its new twenty sides seem to be supporting the indigenous flora and fauna, but it is not clear how the planet's inherent gravitational forces have not immediately caused the icosahedron to revert back to a spheroid. The Repsar Empire's current mindset seems to be to make the most of the most of the situation, regardless of how short-lived it might turn out to be. 

  Image:   Currently, a permanent colony is out of question, but several vacation properties and hotels have already been built along the planets edges. 

Image:  Currently, a permanent colony is out of question, but several vacation properties and hotels have already been built along the planets edges. 

At press time, a small group of private colonists have begun the construction of numerous theme-parks and resorts on Gygax II to accommodate for a suddenly booming tourist industry. The planets first tourist centre is already selling miniature models of the planet as souvenirers, and many colonists had begun numbering the sides for entertainment.

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