Taranis II as depicted in the Ark Starmap
Taranis II is the second planet from the sun of the unclaimed Taranis system. Although Taranis II was classified as a poor choice for terraforming after its discovery, geo-developer Ophion Inc. attempted to terraform the planet in 2566 using an experimental process. The company's history of utilizing underpaid and underqualified labor along with substandard parts to cut costs led to numerous accidents, the worst of which scarred the planet's landscape and cracked its moon in half. Matter from the resulting debris field has been striking Taranis II ever since. Much of the terraforming machinery Ophion abandoned has fallen to the planet's surface, where it continues to burn.