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Located in Ymir
's L2 point
, Glieseed Station used to be an interstellar ship. The Gliese Starseed
vessel, nicknamed Glieseed, was built to pioneer Gliese 581c. Mid-development the focus was shifted to Gliese 581g, as Gliese 581c proved extremely unlikely to be habitable. Gliese 581c's unofficial name, Ymir, was still used for the new target.
The Glieseed was designed to transport 250k people, all in cryosleep, alongside livestock, plants, and many needed materials. Passengers also were allotted a limited amount of personal cargo. Its original structure contained multiple modules, all heavily shielded and with extreme redundancy. This way, even catastrophy should not result in failure.
As all Starseed vessels, the Gliese Starseed was constructed in orbit around Earth's moon, loaded up, then sent off to its destination. With help from lasers and propulsion beams, it accelerated to 0.17c on its way to Gliese 581. When it got closed, it used its fusion-powered plasma engines to decelerate. Shielding and defensive measures managed to prevent casualties, causing the Glieseed to only suffer minor damage during its journey.
After arriving at its destination, the Glieseed woke up two thousand scientists from cryosleep, as well as the Defender Marshals. Then it began partial dismantling, to supply construction materials. These materials were sent to Ymir, so drones could build the First City
. When the First City was secured, the Awakening
of the population started.
Starseeds were not designed to be completely dismantled. Like others, the Glieseed was transformed into a space station. The observation areas that were used to oversee the initial construction efforts, remained in use as quarters for a small group of scientists. From its orbit around Gliese 581, tagging along Ymir, the Glieseed serves as vantage point over Ymir and the entire star system. It also still houses large parts of its original AI clusters.