Terraforming In Razorwing

Introduction

Terraforming can be defined simple as: forcing a planet into a habitable state. As you would have read in the previous section most of the hundred billion billion planets discovered by any race's space exploration programs are completely uninhabitable. Most have a pathetic excuse for an atmosphere or a crust that hasn't settle on the magna flow underneath. There are often geysers of chemical residue that will melt one's face off spewing from the surface and/or storms will super-charged bolts of lightening that could kick-start the warp drive of a Venerable-class battle station. In short 99.999 recurring percent of the discovered Universe is rubbish.

Humanity learned this rather quickly during the early years of their space exploration and instead of (for once in the races long and clumsy existence) leaving these things alone, they decide to built a technology that would chemically and geologically force the planet into a G-Class (Goldilocks Class) planet. Thus terraforming was born…from humanities incessant need to muck about with everything.

Terraforming a New World
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Earth-V in the later stages of terraforming. White clouds in foreground are 'terra-storms'

The Stages of World Building

As mentioned above, terraforming is a chemical and geological process and both parts are often preformed at the same time. Below is a detailed list of each stages, following the model set by ArtifiSky Galactic, the largest terraforming conglomerate in the Local Group.

Stage One: Landing and Surveying - A Solstice-class terraforming vessel is flown on to the planet that is to be terraformed. The ship is landed on the most stable piece of land on the planet and, after the ship and a small sphere of land is encompassed in an energy shield, a small atmospheric generator is fired up, filling the area within in the shield with breathable air. The ship acts as base camp for the operation. Surveying begins after this. Remote probes are launched into the sky giving the terraforming crew (of about 850-1100 people) a 3-D model of the planet and all the read outs they need. The terraforming plan is constructed from here.

Stage Two: Assembly and Deployment - In an effort to save fuel and ship-size the vehicle needed for terraforming is brought to the planet partly disassembled. The next two weeks is spent building the fleet (anywhere from 5-10, depending on world size) of Mk. 7 Atmosphere Generation and Geological Stability Platforms for deployment on the surface of the world. The terraforming plan is distributed amongst all crew members.

Mk. 7 Atmosphere Generation and Geological Stability Platform
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Terraforming in full-swing. Mk. 7 in Background on Earth-V

Stage Three: Terraforming Begins - The massive terraforming platforms are deployed across the surface of the planet. They hover approximately 10 feet from the the ground as they travel around the planet in one long row. These machines, as they're name suggest accomplish two things. First, they pump a gaseous, chemical cocktail into the sky composed of a standard mix of chemicals found in Earths atmosphere, plus anything requested by the planet owner (such as neon for a light show, for example). Secondly, using cutting edge sonic technology, they send pulses of varying level into the planet's core stabilizing the mantle, allowing continents to being to form more rigidly. At base-camp the ship begins to pump carbon dust into the atmosphere to aide in the natural forming of continents. These takes anywhere from 6-months to 5+ years depending on the planet.

Stage Four: Terraforming Finishes - After the planet as stable continents and atmosphere, the Mk. 7s are put away and a second team arrives. The purpose of this team is to plant the flora desired by the client and to mark out ideal locations for cities. This process adds about 6 months to the project time, regardless of planet size. Once this is finished, the terraforming process is complete. Packing up and leaving takes another month and a half.

The Science of Terraforming

As was explained briefly in the the section above terraforming is comprised of two separate processes, pioneered in the early years of human-space exploration and refined by other races at times. This section delves into those two processes in a little more detail. Again, all of this information is courtesy of ArtifiSky Galactic.

Atmospheric Generation

The creation of a planets atmosphere is of course an important part of the terraforming process. Geological stabilization is the more important process, but less complex. Inside Artifisky's Mk. 7 Atmospheric Generation and Geological Stabilization Platform there is a funnel that through the centre of the complex. At the bottom of this, there is a giant vat of what is called an 'Atmosphere Slurry.' It is exceptionally cold and contains the liquified versions of all of the elements found in Earth-1's atmosphere (when it was NOT a polluted mess).

Earth's Atmosphere (c. 2099)
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Still relatively breathable air.

In addition to the standard slurry of elements, the designer of the planet request other elements be added. The most famous example of this is the join Lurk/Human project on Orion-B. The designers had gaseous platinum ejected into the atmosphere so that the atmosphere would sparkle at all times of day. As the Mk. 7's travel across the surface, this slurry is superheated and the resulting vapour is pumped up and out by giant fans. After a certain number of passes, the atmosphere, now loaded with chemicals, begins to develop, resulting in violent storms (called Terra-Storms). These last for anywhere between 7-10 days. After the storms subside, the process is considered complete.

Geological Stabilization

Even more important than the creation of the atmosphere, is the shaping and stabilization of the the mantle of the planet. This allows the continents to be formed to the designers specifications. That being said, it is by no means a way of removing the geological features of the planet. This is currently not possible. What this process does accomplish is twofold; firstly it allows for new landmasses to be formed and second it makes for more solid landmasses. Planets that that are uninhabited have weak and unstable landmass that, without stabilization, would be dangerous to colonists. Luckly, ArtifiSky Galactic has a solution: the Deep-Core Geosonic Inducer.

Deep-Core Geosonic Inducer
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Three of these are install on the underside of each Mk. 7.

The DCGSI system emits rapid pulses of sound based on a 3-D topographical surgery conducted in the early stages of the terraforming that either compress or loosens sections of the mantle, stabilizing the current continents and speeding up the volcanic happens that would create new continents. This process is quiet violent and because of it all Mk. 7's are heavily shielded against magma and rapidly moving landmasses.

These two processes when preformed simultaneously lead to the formation of habitable ecosystems in which flora and fauna as well as different bits of intelligent life can live, thrive, and survive.

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