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Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") of a planet, moon, or other body is the process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, or ecology to be similar to those of Earth in order to make it habitable by humans. This process is complex, lengthy, expensive, and fraught with hazard (as dramatically illustrated by the case of Mars).

Nirvana Terraforming and Stellar Engineering is a small start-up company that seeks to create habitable worlds from worlds inhospitable to life by terraforming. They work with the player on one of the minor mission strings to turn the planet UHP-002 in the Procyon System into a Federation colony called Nirvana.

Side Missions

Escape Velocity Nova: Terraforming Side Missions

Take Terraforming Team to Misfire

Offer
Just as you sit down you see a group made up of two men and a woman, all with the soft, pallid look of scientists, walk into the bar. As soon as one of them spots you they all look in your direction and make their way over.

"Are you <PN>, captain of the <PSN>?" asks one of the men, and when you nod in confirmation they all grin. "Allow me to introduce myself. I'm David Rengel, and these are my associates Fiona Jeffrey and Mike Robbins. We are members of a scientific team in the employ of the Nirvana Terraforming and Stellar Engineering company, perhaps you have heard of it?"

When you shake your head slowly, they look momentarily crestfallen.

"Oh well, it is a new field of endeavor," David continues, recovering. "We are looking to start a new project and need someone to help us set up our base camp and you came highly recommended. Are you interested?"

Briefing
"That's great," he booms, a little too loudly and you wince as many of the patrons look around in interest. "We want to set up our base camp on <RST> in the <RSY> system. Initially it will just be me and the other ten members of the team, plus some of the equipment we need. But it won't be long until we will be requiring your services for more equipment.

"We are prepared to pay you 25000 credits for your services on this trip," he continues quickly, as if suddenly remembering something. "When can we leave?"

You ask him how long it will take him and his team to load up your vessel.

"Around three hours or so," he replies, slightly puzzled. "Why?"

With a slight smile at his naivete you tell him that you can be ready to leave in about three hours.

"Oh!" he exclaims, suddenly understanding. "Then we had better get to work, eh?"

You nod, and head off towards your ship.

Mission Log Entry
Take the Terraforming Team and their equipment to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that they can begin setting up their base camp.
Completion
As soon as you land, David and his team of scientists quickly set about unloading their cargo as speedily as possible. You lend a hand and in just over two hours the job is done.

"Thank you, Captain <PN>," says David seriously as he shakes your hand. "I've already authorized the credit transfer to your account, and if you want more work, just drop by the bar. If I need anything, I'll contact you there."

With that he and his team head off to begin setting up their camp.

Repeatable Equipment Delivery

Offer
As soon as you enter the bar you recognize the pallid skin of David Rengel sitting at a table not far from the door and you decide to make your way over.

"Captain <PN>!" he exclaims happily when he sees you. "Just the person I was looking for. My team and I need some more equipment so that we can continue our research, could you help us out?"

Briefing
"Oh, thank you," he tells you, sighing in relief. "We are basically stuck at a standstill until we can get ahold of some of this stuff.

"The equipment should be waiting for you in the Deliveries Office on <DST> in the <DSY> system," he tells you earnestly, "and should only come in at around <CQ> tons in total. If you could head over there and bring it back here that would be great. I've managed to get the head office to give me an extra 25000 credits to pay for your services, but they are only prepared to transfer the money over to you once you have made the delivery, so it'll be waiting for you when you get back."

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
Upon arrival you are greeted by David and his team and they quickly unload your cargo and begin opening it to inspect the contents for damage. As they pull out device after bewildering device you can't help but shake your head at some of the bizarre looking equipment you have been carrying. After nearly twenty minutes they seem satisfied and begin repacking the equipment back into the crates.

"Everything seems to have survived the trip in one piece," David grins, "and I can tell you that the credit transfer has already been taken care of. Thanks again and keep an eye out in the bar."

Take Team to UHP-1002

Offer
You see a waving hand out of the corner of your eye when you walk in and you turn to see the smiling face of David Rengel beaming at you from a couple of tables away.

"I'm glad you dropped by," he tells you sincerely, "as we need to head out to our operations base to supervise the terraforming first-hand. And since you're about the only freighter captain I trust, I would really appreciate it if you could help us out again, if that's okay with you?"

Briefing
"Okay," he begins seriously, "up until now we have been keeping our target planet a secret because of the possibility of a media circus if we fail. I mean, look at Mars. The scientists who were involved in that are still vilified today. However I have little choice but to reveal to you the planet we have chosen for our experiments, since you're going to be taking us there, but I would ask that you keep the information a secret, okay?"

You shrug and nod.

"Great!" he sighs forcefully. "We need to be relocated to <RST> in the next system. That's the planet that is the target. We will need about four hours to load the necessary equipment onto your ship. We can leave any time after that."

Mission Log Entry
Take David Rengel and his team of terraformers to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that they can continue their work.
Completion
As soon as you land you suit up and help the terraformers to unload their equipment. You can already see the results of their work in the growths of a bluey-green algae that have appeared in occasional patches on the ground.

As soon as you are finished unloading David makes his way over and touches his helmet to yours so that the two of you can talk privately.

"Thanks again, Captain <PN>," he says sincerely as his team begins unravelling some type of thick plastic sheeting which you guess will end up being their home for the next few years. "I have already notified Nirvana's head offices that we have arrived and they will have transferred 25000 credits into your account as usual. If I need anything, I'll get the head office to place it in the Federation Mission BBS' system, so keep an eye out."

With that he breaks contact and heads back over to where his team is working.

Equipment Delivery 1

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

We need some more <CT> to continue our work. It should only add up to around <CQ> tons total and the pay will be the usual 25000 credits. Could you head over to <DST> in the <DSY> system to pick it up?

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
You can see the changes wrought by the terraformers as soon as you land. Much of the landscape is now covered by the blue-green algae that had barely gained a foothold when you were last here, and the thick smog-like atmosphere seems to be significantly clearer to you.

You soon see a group of eight people in suits trekking towards you and when they get closer you recognize several of the members of the team and they smile in greeting. You give them a hand, and in no time you have unloaded everything.

"Thanks again, Captain <PN>," says David after he comes over and touches helmets. "As you can see we have made some progress, but we needed this to take the next step. I've already passed on a message letting the head office know that you have arrived, and the credits should be being transferred into your account as we speak. Keep looking in the Mission BBS', as we may need you again at some stage."

Equipment Delivery 2

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

We need some more <CT> to continue our work. It should only add up to around <CQ> tons total and the pay will be the usual 25000 credits. Could you head over to <DST> in the <DSY> system to pick it up?

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
You are amazed at some of the changes wrought by David and his team as you pilot your way down through the atmosphere. From what you can see there is not only the blue-green algae, but also a significant amount of running water and even small amounts of plant life starting to spread around the equator.

Once again David and some of his team come out to unload the equipment from your holds. When you are finished you head over to David to tell him how impressed you are.

"Why thank you, <PN>," he answers, pleased at your comment. "It is good to hear an outside opinion because it can be hard to notice the effects when you live here day after day after day.

"Anyway, we need to get back to keep an eye on a couple of things we just started growing," he explains seriously. "The head office knows that you've arrived, so the 25000 credits should already be in your account. Keep checking out the Mission BBS' as I don't doubt that we'll need your services again."

Equipment Delivery 3

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

We need some more <CT> to continue our work. It should only add up to around <CQ> tons total and the pay will be the usual 25000 credits. Could you head over to <DST> in the <DSY> system to pick it up?

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
Piloting down through the atmosphere you can see that the planet's surface is nearly half covered by water, and that the predominant life forms are now vegetation which covers most of the rest of the surface and that the oceans are filled with a simple plankton-like organism. Your sensors show that there is no longer any need for the heavy environment suit, but that a breathing mask is still necessary.

Once again after he and his team have finished unloading David comes over and shakes your hand.

"It might interest you to know that if we keep up the accelerated plant and algae growth, we may have a breathable atmosphere in around five more years," he tells you proudly, and you're impressed. "It won't be long until we begin introducing animal life to start balancing the ecosystem a little more. Keep looking in the Mission BBS', as we'll probably need you a few more times before we finish here."

Equipment Delivery 4

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

We need some more <CT> to continue our work. It should only add up to around <CQ> tons total and the pay will be the usual 25000 credits. Could you head over to <DST> in the <DSY> system to pick it up?

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
You are very surprised at the changes in the world you see below you as you fly down to the surface. Your sensors tell you that the air is breathable, but that a breath mask is recommended for extended exposure of longer than 30 minutes. But more than that there are literally thousands of animals running, flying and swimming all over the surface.

As you unload you notice that a lot of your equipment looks like rudimentary weather control equipment and you ask David about it.

"Well we are getting to the stage that our ecosystem is starting to run itself," he explains, happy to share his knowledge, "but by our calculations, unless we manually interfere with the process this world will never be habitable for humans, so we are going to set up atmosphere 'purifiers' to see how effective they are in the hope that they can help us overcome it."

You clap him on the back and tell him that he and his team have done an outstanding job so far, and that you have every confidence they will solve the problem.

Equipment Delivery 5

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

We need some more <CT> to continue our work. It should only add up to around <CQ> tons total and the pay will be the usual 25000 credits. Could you head over to <DST> in the <DSY> system to pick it up?

Mission Log Entry
Pick <CQ> tons of <CT> on <DST> in the <DSY> system and take it back to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that David Rengel and his team can continue their work.
Loading Cargo
You quickly find the consignment of <CQ> tons of <CT> that you are after. The loading staff are very helpful and in under an hour you are ready to begin your return trip.
Completion
As you pilot your way down, you see a paradise of a world, with vast sweeping oceans, archipelagos, mountain ranges and vast forests. According to your sensors the atmosphere is capable of indefinitely supporting humans, but is a little on the thin side.

For the first time you see David and his team without any breathmasks or other apparatus come over to begin the unloading.

"The experiment with the atmosphere purifiers worked even better than we expected it to," David explains as you unload what appear to industrial fabrication machinery. "So now we are going to start manufacturing the necessary equipment right here. Within a few months this planet will be ready to be colonized. Keep an eye out, I'll make sure you get one of the first loads so that you can see the finished product."

Transport Colonists

Offer
To: <PN>

From: David Rengel

Our work is finished, and the first boatload of colonists is ready. Would you like to pick them up and come see the final product? If you do head over to the Deliveries Office and they'll organize everything.

Briefing
You immediately head down to the Deliveries Office and tell them that you are here to pick up the colonists, and after a few minutes wait they inform you that the colonists will meet you outside your ship in one hour.

An hour later you see ten families coming towards your ship, and you greet them all and get them aboard as quickly as possible.

Mission Log Entry
Take the colonists to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that they can begin their new life.
Dropping Cargo
As soon as you land near the main complex the colonists exit to begin the registration process of starting on a new world. You wish them all the best of luck and shake the hand of every one. You cannot help but admire their pioneering spirit.

Once you have finished unloading the colonists you head over to what is left of the buildings where David and his team resided during the years they were terraforming this planet.

"Captain <PN>!" booms David when you walk in. "What do you think of our slice of paradise?"

You reply that you are amazed and stunned at the achievements made by him and his fellow scientists.

Completion
"Oh, well," he tells you sadly, "we must now move on. Now that we have proved that our theories can be successfully applied, Nirvana wants us to head out and do it all again. It would be nice to settle down, but business goes on, and we have another fifteen years on our contracts.

"Still," he brightens considerably, "we get the legal ownership of a large piece of land on any world we terraform, and when my contract is up, I will be living in one of the most beautiful worlds in the galaxy.

"And one final thing," he finishes quietly, "Nirvana has been impressed by your reliability and will be making available missions transporting colonists here from all over the Federation through the Mission BBS'. As for me, after my debrief I will be given another team and sent out again. It has been nice knowing you <PN>. Maybe I'll see you again in fifteen years time. I wish you well..."

Repeatable Transport Colonists

Offer
To: <PN>

From: Nirvana Terraforming <Pty Ltd>

We have another load of colonists awaiting travel to <RST> in the <RSY> system. The pay will be 75000 credits. If you're interested the Deliveries Office will be able to get you in touch with them.

Briefing
You immediately head down to the Deliveries Office and tell them that you are here to pick up the colonists, and after a few minutes wait they inform you that the colonists will meet you outside your ship in one hour.

An hour later you see ten families coming towards your ship, and you greet them all and get them aboard as quickly as possible.

Mission Log Entry
Take the colonists to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that they can begin their new life.
Completion
As soon as you land near the main complex the colonists exit to begin the registration process of starting on a new world. You wish them all the best of luck and shake the hand of every one. You cannot help but admire their pioneering spirit.
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