Verces, also known as “the Line,” draws its name from the fact that it is tidally locked, with the same hemisphere always facing the sun. With one side of the planet baking in the constant light and radiation, and the other losing its heat to the darkness of space, the thin atmosphere of Verces is unable to fully distribute the energy, resulting in one side that’s blistering hot and another that’s freezing cold. Only along the terminator line, the narrow band where day meets night, are temperatures favourable to conventional animal life, and it is here that Verces’ civilization has flourished, encircling the planet in a bustle of activity. Steamy jungles and tiny tropical seas populate the sunward side of the band, filled with cold-blooded reptilian creatures that bask in the eternal afternoon sun, while farms and fields occupy the majority of the sunset, and warm-blooded predators stalk the twilight of the opposite side, becoming steadily more alien as they pass beyond humanoid-held lands and into the true black of Darkside.
The dominant race on tidally locked Verces, Vercites are surprisingly similar to Golarion’s humanoids. Adults stand 8 feet tall, with slightly overlong limbs and black half-dome eyes that bulge out of their heads like those of a mouse. All Vercites can manipulate the pigments of their exceptionally smooth skin at will and with astonishing precision, creating bright decorative patterns or deceptive camouflage. Mainstream Vercite culture divides its people into three castes: the Augmented, who use advanced technology to manipulate and enhance their bodies; the Pure Ones, who refuse to use any technology beyond a preindustrial revolution level; and the God-Vessels, who act as the mouthpieces of the gods and brand their holy symbols onto their skin. All three castes intermarry and work together seamlessly to create Vercite society.