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Lylat system map by Norsehound Lylat system map by Norsehound
Firstly, DISCLAIMER: This map is made with a HEAVY DOSE OF ARBITRARY INFORMATION. I do not have the Starfox series, nor have I ever played the Starfox series. The Starfox series belongs to Nintendo. I have not done heavy research beyond looking at loading screens and what I can find in Arwingpedia. THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL MAP, AND IS IN NO WAY AS ACCURATE AS MY HOMEWORLD EFFORTS.

Now then, the Lylat system.

I wanted to flex my cartographic muscles so I decided to wip something up for Starfox, since I've been there recently (looking at low-poly model goodness from days long gone). Apparently the Lylat system is notorious not only for not having a definitive map, but befowling attempts to make a logical map out of it. This, plus my inability to explore and map as much as I can the Homeworld universe, puts this map fairly in the land of 'What I think' instead of 'what is.'

If you want to see the system map of someone who ACTUALLY DID THE HOMEWORK, go here: [link]

A pet theory I have (and fanfiction idea) is that Solar is actually Sol, and Venom is what's left of Earth. In an attempt to keep the solar system alive, the civilization of Earth made their solar system mobile. As the sun began to die, it drifted into the Lylat system, where the descendants of humanity (i.e, animals, pets, and the preserved species from Yesterday) were settled on Corneria. Humanity died out, the Cornerians evolved to replace them, and so the scene is set up for Starfox. As I have no sense of the Starfox universe (mostly) I have no idea how hairbraned or stupid that sounds. But... I ever imagine... so...

Starfox (C) 1993 Nintendo.

Edit: Surprised nobody noticed Aquas and Fortuna were in the same orbit. Fixed.
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:iconnin10dohgirl:
Nin10dohgirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
*quotes: "Venom is what's left of Earth......" "Humanity died out......":jawdrop: HUUUUUUUUUUUNH!?!
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AceNos Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what if it is the result of parallel evolution?
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ProtronRazoron Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That a nice map.
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Cool anime style space map.
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bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Writer
how did the humans die out are there bones in musems?
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I think Corneria and Sauria are the same orbit though
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Nicely done! Very nicely done! ^___^ you even got the stuff from the SNES game! ^___^


About Aquas and Fortuna: Assuming I'm correct in what you mean by the "Same Orbit" They're not, Aquas is the fourth planet, Fortuna is the Fifth planet.
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Trollface24 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Nice!

I love your theroy (Even though I dobout that it's canon). Generally, I could completely see Earth ending up like Venom a couple centuries from now, what with all our rampant polution and urban expansion and such.
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mulkuth Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
really good :3
if you look in the background of general peppers message in starfox assaults cutscene just before sauria, youl see a actual see the planets formation
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RyokuKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really like this map. I wish it was cannon. accurate or not it is very well composed and I can understand it better than the other map you linked. I don't play homeworld but i do play SF and I can appreciate a well presented map ^^ I've wondered why Nintendo has taken the "old world" method of defining that star system each map is static but its never the same in any game.

perhaps a coherent cosmic model of a star system is to mature for the audience they where aiming for and didn't want to dilute the game play with any kind of theorist mechanics of interplanetary travel that would distract kids from the game ^^;

:+fav: good work!
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ConkertheGreat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
There's also the matter of a star moving by the orbits of the other planets, that would cause all kinds of gravitational events.
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ConkertheGreat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I don't mean to insult you anything, but here's a bit of astronomy: Black Holes don't work that way. By its very nature, a black hole will be significantly more massive than a red dwarf. So it would be the red dwarf orbiting it, not the other way around, and it would need to be a significant distance away for it not to be absorbed by it.

Some binary star systems are known to have one object transfer its mass due to gravitational forces to the other, eventually resulting in one of the stars being mostly absorbed by the other, leaving behind a disc of gases.

Still from an astronomer's point of view, having that many habitable planets is highly unlikely or the result of massive amounts of terraforming.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I remind you this is a universe-setting with talking animals. Bringing science into this is rather redundant.

The reason Black Hole is there is because there is a location on the Starfox maps called "Black Hole".
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TomDracoRyu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Even then Starfox SNES is retconned by SF64.
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ConkertheGreat Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
hahah yeah I know, I just thought you might find it interesting!
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avenger09 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool and i love the idea behind the backstory for venom
PS i would have though sauria would be in the same gravity routaion as cornaria just on the other side of the sun
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KairuOkami Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This caught my intrest
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LoN3WolF396 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I like your theory on Lylat's origin. Although I don't believe in evolution, (and no offense to you if you do) your idea actually made sense. Hats off to you! Awesome pic by the way lol xD.
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Wisky-08 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Nice job.
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ZS3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Star Fox does NOT get the love it deserves from Nintendo. If Retro Studios got a hold of it, then it would SO win.

STARFOX4EVER
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genredleader Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
It's not too bad a theory or map... Nintendo has never really made it clear whether Lylat exists in the same universe as human Earth or not. Personally, I've always been inclined to believe that Star Fox happens in the same general universe that Metroid and F-Zero happen in but there's no proof of that what-so-ever! Actually, the opposite! In F-Zero, there's a driver named James McCloud who wears the same clothes as Fox's deceased father, except he's human. And he drives a car that looks like an Arwing without wings. And yes, the game confirms that his car IS a retooled fighter. Meanwhile, the most recent Star Fox, Command, has among its myriad endings, one where Fox and Falco pretty much chase off all their friends and love interests and retire from mercenary work to become... G-Zero racers. A sport that looks suspiciously like F-Zero. :p Also, the cars in F-Zero and the Arwings seem to use the same engine system, the G-Diffuser. Aside from that, however, there's no connections at all. XD

BTW, the link you posted is busted.
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Norsehound Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Ok, the link's been fixed.

I know that Starfox command has a lot of random endings, and the next Starfox (maybe) will confirm which one is canon, if it even happened at all! In a way I feel sorry that the Starfox saga has gone down this path, like how the Homeworld series crashed after Homeworld 2, but what was to be done?

I wish I had a large pool of assets for the starfox 'verse, like the models to look at and trace for things. Sometimes I wonder what a HW2 mod with Arwings and Venomian craft would appear like, too. Sadly I was never blessed with a Nintendo system and never got into Starfox anything...sooo...

Here's another F-Zero connection for you- in the ending where Fox's son rebuilds the team, Falco comes back wearing Captain Falcon's boots. Though I don't play the games, picking up on spoilers like that can be interesting.
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genredleader Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
It's almost ironic. Nintendo's games are often criticized for being too similiar to the previous game and so on and Star Fox is the only series they have where the games always seem to be completely different with each release. :p Honestly, I get by, by pretending Star Fox Adventures didn't happen. :p In anycase, the series just need a little bit more love and attention, I say.
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EF-001 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
I share your feelings; I'll never forgive Rare for splicing in Starfox characters into what should have not been a Starfox title.
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genredleader Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Yes, yes. Let's just assume that Krystal is some skank Fox picked up by the side of the road and leave it at that! XD
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EF-001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
haha you know, if I re-wrote the starfox canon that is exactly how I would put it. keep all the characters, just change their backgrounds to exclude anything about the Dinosaur planet and it's inhabitants.
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genredleader Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Well, really, you'd just be altering Krystal, everyone else is fine. Except for Andrew's bizarre voice change between 64 and Assault. XD How do you go from whiny teenager to Don Knotts? REALLY? HOW?! XD
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Iceemblem777 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Yay
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