Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild

Terraforming

" As i stepped down from the passenger hold of the shuttle, i was immediately struck by the cool winds of Mars upon my face. But they felt comfortable, unlike what would have happened half a millenia ago, when just stepping outside without adequate protection would be fatal to us. But after centuries of delicate terraforming, Mats had finally become our first true home outside Terra and Inaria."   Lorann sanguinus meros, talking about his experiences on visiting Mars, by then terraformed by mankind
  Terraforming is the act of transforming a world which is initially hostile to the biology of a sentient species, to a world that is habitable by them. In its most popular usage, terraforming refers to planets, moons and other celestial bodies being transformed from hostile, uninhabitable worlds to worlds that are just as habitable as Terra for humans. It can be undertaken in two forms, scientifically and with the usage of Void energy based terraforming, with the latter being mostly used in present times due to it being far more faster. It has tremendously aided mankind, with almost every world being terraformable, mankind now has the ability to claim practically every last planet and moon that exists out there in the milky way galaxy.
Famous celestial bodies that were terraformed
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Mercury
  • Luna
  • The four galilean moons
  • Rhea
  • Iapetus
  • Tethys
  • Titan
  • Oberon
  • Titania
  • Triton
Discovery
Scientific terraforming has its roots mostly in nineteenth and twentieth century chemistry, physics and biology as well as other scientific subjects. Void based terraforming however, was developed in the late 23rd century by a team which included Hans Jurgen Kürsch, Aiden Tallorann, Soras Valcoran and Augustus Ludwig.

Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild

How terraforming works

Scientifically speaking, terraforming has its roots in mostly 19th and 20th century chemistry, physics and biology. The basic principles are quite easy to understand, as the most basic ideas are rooted in common chemistry, physics and biology. However, there are some other worlds where terraforming quickly becomes a complex and mind boggling subject for even the most gifted of human minds. That, combined with the slowness of scientific terraforming prompted the development of a more efficient system, and that is when void based terraforming comes in.

Void based terraforming

Void based terraforming is different from scientific terraforming in the sense that whilst scientific terraforming has its roots on science and its various subjects, void based terraforming uses the powers and energy of The void to simply alter reality and terraform objects such as gas giants, stars and even black holes. It was discovered around the early twenty third century by a team of people including Aiden Tallorann, Soras Valcoran and Hans Jurgen Kürsch.   As with other void based technology, the main drawback to void based terraforming is that using void based terraforming has a high risk of opening up Void fissures , which then serves as a gateway for demons and demonic creatures and their allies into realspace and gives them a chance to spread their corruption even more. For this reason, void based terraforming takes incredible amounts of planning, and the ones behind the terraforming operation take great care not to use it excessively, since it increases the risk of opening up a void fissure even more and has an extremely high chance of messing up the entire operation.  

Availability of terraforming

The subject of terraforming is widely known to the civilian populace of The Imperial Terran Federation. However, the technology itself is extremely expensive and requires incredible skills by a huge number of skilled individuals to operate. Terraforming is undertaken only by the government itself, corporations sponsored by it or by extremely large public corporations. Even then, it takes a tremendous amount of planning before the greenlight to start the operation is given.  

Complexity and risks

"Terraforming in itself brings a whole lot of risks. From suffocating due to an idiotic mistake by an equally dumbass worker to being clawed to death by demons and a thousand other worse fates, Terraforming sure isn't an easy job."   Attributed to Soras Valcoran.
Terraforming, whilst having its basics rooted in basic chemistry, physics and biology from the nineteenth to twentieth centuries, is an incredibly complex task on the field. It is something that can never be done at once, lest the entire operation goes awry quickly. For this reason, terraforming requires a tremendous amount of planning and is broken up into various stages, with each stage being delicately and meticulously fulfilled and any problems being ironed out before moving onto the next stage.  

A history of terraforming

Ever since the dawn of mankinds arrival on Terra, they have reminisced about exploring the stars and ruling them. Some of mankind had also thought about finding worlds similar to their own and transforming uninhabitable wastelands into lush paradises mirroring those of Earth. Many millions of years passed by without mankind ever achieving its dreams, until around a thousand or so years ago.  

The second space race

"On this day, as i stand upon the red and rusty surface of Mars, i echo in the words of Neil Armstrong, the first man to have stepped on a brave and hostile new world completely alien to our own. One small leap for a man, one massive leap for mankind."   The first words of Augustus Ludwig, upon touching down on the surface of Mars for the first time and becoming the first person on Mars and also the first person on an alien planet
In the 2030s and 2040s, the space industry recieved a massive boom, after the privatisation of space had reached its peak and many private space companies, including AEGIS corporation led by Augustus Ludwig, had begun to achieve enormous amounts of success in space technology and in the industry itself. Many people had started going into space by then and there were already thriving colonies in the inner Sol system, particularly on the moon and Mars. In this period, the first seeds of terraforming were planted on the planet Mars, with it undergoing a major terraforming operation run jointly by the united nations and many other large private space companies including AEGIS corporation. It seemed as if mankind was truly starting to conquer alien worlds and soon, they might spread to the stars too. All of that came to a halt however when the calamity came.  

The calamity

"It all came so suddenly. Like a storm that caught us right in the rear. It left us broken, dead and shattered. And yet we survived. Yet we banished those fucking hellish bitches right back to the hellhole they deserve to be in and lived to tell the tale. And we will do that as many times as need be"   Augustus Ludwig, speaking about mankinds devotion in winning the war against the breaker
The calamity was an event that would be remembered by all of mankind for history. It was a time during which, the very strongest forces of Kerr had attacked mankind and Terra, having finally found their location after billions of years. In the end however, they were defeated after the Ludwig himself, taking on the physical form of the great titan Sanguinus managed to defeat them and banish most of them back to the void, if not permanently destroying them. Despite all the damage mankind suffered, they lived to fight another day.  

Discovery of void based terraforming

"Two and a half centuries or so after the calamity, mankind had largely recovered. With the invention of the The sigma -Ludwig void Drive, humanity had also achieved faster than light travel and were beginning to settle in the stars. Whilst all of humanity were busy in their own ways, a group of researchers and scientists on a desert world were trying their best in having a breakthrough with a new way of terraforming, one that could be done at a faster scale than the science based methods that were being used on some of the colonized worlds. Their efforts had been in vain however, with no breakthrough being achieved till one day.   One normal morning, as most of the researchers and workers on the project woke up, Soras Valcoran roared in frustration. He had been working on this project the most and was in charge of leading it as well, and he had been angered that they had achieved not a single sign of progress in so many months. Enraged, he accidentally unleashed a devastating bout of void energy, being an extremely powerful psychic himself. Some of the energy was infused to the terraforming machines that were outside.   When the project began as usual again, the researchers found to their surprise that the barren area they were in immediately turned into a lush and fertile area. With the new terraforming machines, they had managed to terraform the world in only a year or so. After many other projects, the researchers came to deduce that some sort of energy was powering these terraforming machines that would allow them to work much more faster than science based terraforming. They deduced that it was void energy, the natural energy that makes up much of The void and in the upcoming years, decades and centuries, through many errors and failures, master the art of void based terraforming and transform practically every single world for mankind, thereby truly establishing humanities dominance in the milky way galaxy.    

Public opinion on Terraforming

Whilst most of the people in The Imperial Terran Federation support terraforming, there are also a large number of vocal opponents who believe that terraforming ruins the natural beauty and pristinity of a world. They believe that terraforming might also contaminate any exotic form of life that may exist inside of those worlds. For these reasons, there has been a directive amongst every terraforming operations that at least some parts of the to-be terraformed planet be preserved in the way as it is.

Comments

Author's Notes

Credit for the cover artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/fishytree. Original url is https://www.deviantart.com/fishytree/art/Terraformed-moon-780908270   Credit for the second artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/iljackson   Credit for the third artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/rainbow-colors   Credit for the fourth artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/derbz   Credit for the fifth artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/77mynameislol77   Credit for the sixth artwork goes to https://www.deviantart.com/liangkai


Please Login in order to comment!
5 Jul, 2019 05:20

Hello...it's me...I was wondering if you're ready to get some feedback on your article from your friendly neighbourhood feedback wizard? I'll assume that's a yes.   I enjoy the structure of this article a lot! The pictures and quotes help denote the ends of certain sections and headings, which means that I can take the time to enjoy an image before moving on to the next section of the article. The liberal use of pictures also means that it feels less like a wikipedia article and more like an illustrated encyclopedia. Which is an amazing thing and fairly rare around here!   I have a question about the formatting: how did you get the pictures and text to take up the empty space where the sidebar should be? I'm really jealous of that!   I'd keep an eye on proofreading for your articles. There's enough of them that I don't have time to list them all, but a good proofreading before you send them in is always a good choice. I would also like to marvel at the surface of Mats by the way :) (first quote)   I have a question I'll leave you with before I go: has there ever been a terraforming mission that has gone completely awry? Like "rocks-fall-everyone-dies" levels of failure? What did the humans learn from that experience, if anything?   Anyways, I'm going to get more into space now, so byeeeeeee :)

5 Jul, 2019 06:33

I really enjoyed this article Blood! You did a great job of making all of the information interesting, while providing a whole lot of it. And as I said on Discord, great images to use! A small little thing that might enhance the images more would be to maybe center align them, and then force them to be the same width.   I have to admit, space related writing is not my area of expertise! I've always enjoyed sci fi, but I'm no expert on critiquing sci fi content. I can just let you know what I like though, and offer up questions that have arisen :)   First off, Void Based Terraforming sounds absolutely badass. It's a really interesting way of getting energy for the process; a process which I understand requires INSANE energy! I love how much of the article was put towards the history of discovering this Void Energy source. I'd love maybe an additional article, or maybe a bit of extra info in this one, showing a step by step process of what terraforming via void energy is like.   As for formatting, that IS something I'm pretty competent in! To begin with, you've done a great job with formatting this article at a base level. I like the way you brought in the remaining info below both the side bar, and the main column of info at the top. It's a smart way of doing things! I'd maybe extend the sidebar a bit more if I were you, and put some more secondary info into it, or shift things around, but that might be just my opinion.   I again also think that you might benefit from using BBCode columns! It's a great way to add in more headers, and break up your information. In particular, second last article "Discovery of Void Based Terraforming" -- this section is rather large, and has multiple paragraphs that are similar in length. Why not break it up a bit, and add in a couple more smaller (h2 or h3) headers to it?   And finally, as Charles suggested, a good proofread would benefit this article greatly! It's already a fantastic piece to begin with, and cleaning up any of the little spelling/grammar mistakes will only make it shine brighter.   Great job Blood! It's amazing to see how much you improve with every article. I just now realize I havent yet followed your world; so with that, I'll leave a follow, and look forward to the next piece!

Cathedris, the world of God-Husks and New Magic, welcomes you.
5 Jul, 2019 10:37

You wanted a big chunk of feedback, so here it is. :)   Lots of neat details. Well done.  

" As i stepped down from the passenger hold of the shuttle, i was immediately struck by the cool winds of Mars upon my face.
  Two i's that should be capitalized here. If you really want to get nitpicky, you could shorten the first sentence to "shuttle" or "shuttle landing platform" as what they step off. If you wish to wage war on adverbs, you could remove "immediately" as well. A lot of authors advice against using them unless absolutely necessary.   In general, try to say as much as you can with as few words as possible. In this case, is the fact that he came from the passenger hold relevant? Does the quote lose its meaning if the reader does not have that piece of information?   Adverbs is more about taste, but it comes down to "show, don't tell". In this case, it would likely be reasonable to assume the wind would be immediate if he was in fact struck by them.  
But they felt comfortable, unlike what would have happened half a millenia ago, when just stepping outside without adequate protection would be fatal to us.
  In the same vein, there's some fat you can trim from this one - words that don't really help bring your point across and just add to the count. In this case, much of the middle part.   Additionally, I wouldn't call "immediate fatality" something "uncomfortable".   Consider what you want to say and what is necessary to say it. In this case, it would likely be the contrast between Mars's previous lethality and its current hospitality, I imagine.   Also, are you using US or UK English?  
But after centuries of delicate terraforming, Mats had finally become our first true home outside Terra and Inaria."
  You start two sentences with "But" here. Typically, you want to avoid starting sentences the same as the repetition is very noticeable. The buts in both sentences are also kind of superfluous and you could probably cut them without losing anything. It comes back to the previous point, "does word reinforce the story I am trying to tell? Is it necessary".   As the great William Strunk Jr. said, "Omit needless words."   Also, you've misspelled Mars in that sentence as Mats.  
Terraforming is the act of transforming a world which is initially hostile to the biology of a sentient species, to a world that is habitable by them.
  Same here - "initially" isn't really required and only muddle the water. That it is hostile is enough, initially or otherwise. You also have a comma after species which is not really require and only add an odd pause where there doesn't need to be one.   I also wouldn't call it an "act", as that kind of suggests a certain immediacy. We don't call building a skyscraper an "act", for instance.  
In its most popular usage, terraforming refers to planets, moons and other celestial bodies being transformed from hostile, uninhabitable worlds to worlds that are just as habitable as Terra for humans.
  Is there an unpopular usage of the term?   I would consider rewriting that slightly. "Common" would likely be a better word than popular, though this sentence suggests that there's some other kind of terraforming, but it isn't clear that this would be. I don't see any mention of some other type in the rest of the article. Is there? If not, consider clarifying the part.  
It can be undertaken in two forms, scientifically and with the usage of Void energy based terraforming, with the latter being mostly used in present times due to it being far more faster.
  Again, you can probably trim some excess words here without losing any information. "Terraforming comes in two forms, either technological or through the use of Void energy manipulation." for instance. The second bit about it being faster could be its own sentence, since together they are a bit long.   What makes a sentence long? Well, in this case it is 33 words. My wordcounter program tells me that an average speaker will take 11 seconds to say that, in one breath. Try it: take a sentence you've written and read it out loud to yourself.   Another thing that makes a sentence long or feel complex is the density of ideas. When possible, you want each sentence to convey one or two ideas for maximum clarity. Three in a pinch, but it should not be the standard. When we talk about ideas, we talk about concept and information being relayed. In that case, there are three: that terraforming comes in two forms, what they are, and that one is faster than the other. Personally, I try to keep to around 25-27 as a maximum for a single sentence but preferably shorter.  
It has tremendously aided mankind, with almost every world being terraformable, mankind now has the ability to claim practically every last planet and moon that exists out there in the milky way galaxy.
  This is another example of that. The ideas communicated here are: 1. Terraforming has aided mankind, 2. almost every world can be terraformed, man kind can claim everything in the galaxy.   Many of these are pretty easy to fix though. In this case, just end the sentence after terraformable. Let the rest stand as another sentence.  
Scientifically speaking, terraforming has its roots in mostly 19th and 20th century chemistry, physics and biology. The basic principles are quite easy to understand, as the most basic ideas are rooted in common chemistry, physics and biology.
  I'm not sure I would call planar geo-engineering "basic", unless the 19th century science in your setting is significantly more advanced than ours. You also repeat that sentence in the Discovery part of the article, almost word for world. Is that the case? Is scientific progress much faster in this setting than in our world?   The same principles apply on the rest of the article. Hopefully that will help.


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.   Current challenge article: ...
5 Jul, 2019 17:35

I like the idea, and I think this is a clever way of giving humankind the possibility of transforming worlds into their owns, which I hope would lead to an infinite amount of sci-fi possibilities. There is only one thing I feel like it missing though: How is this actually achieved? Are there huge material-dumbing machines involved or does it all happen from a station orbiting the body? How is he void energy used to power these machines?

6 Jul, 2019 05:02

This article is an immersive experience! Not only do the pictures make it feel like I'm reading a "real" article, but reading with the music playing in the background adds an additional layer (and the theme fits the content too.) I really like how were able to express so much about your world with one article. Not only do I know the history of terraforming (and that this is a sci-fi world that likely has lots of planets), I also know that there are apparently demons! And between that and controversies over terraforming, I can easily imagine where conflicts might arise for characters. Good work!

Reading Circle Temple Because magic isn't just fiction
Lokrow
Lokrow
6 Jul, 2019 13:56

Wow reading this with the music is really the most awesome feeling. I think that particular piece and the pictures were a very nice touch to give the words an extra sense of scale that a topic like this deserves. I only scrunched my nose once when reading that terraforming stems from basic scientific concept he first time round, I wonder if this is because of the perspective they now have on the past? Having now fully developped two approaches to terraforming, one of which being clearly way more magical-feeling compared to the other, it would make some sense if they looked at the idea of sticking CO2 factories on Mars as basic ideas ^^   Also I absolutely love the line "fucking hellish bitches".