A planet, ninth in the Tarkas System.
Tarkas IX is a light-gravity world with an axial tilt comparable to Earth’s. It has an unusually thick atmosphere, as well as an overly energetic magnetosphere. This increases the charged-metal content of the air, and thus the water and plant life. Most of the lower life-forms on Tarkas IX can metabolize or safely excrete the metal; mammals usually allow it to build up in their bones, then “shed” it through the skin in a painful moulting process. This typically occurs in the spring.
Native fauna include the Tarkassian Razorbeast.