61 Virginis IV; inner sphere terraformed world, at one time a lost colony
|The Avalon Valley on Eostremonath, pre-terraforming. Although simple, single-celled life existed in the many waterways and lakes, the planet was still swathed within its primal atmosphere of methane and carbon dioxide. Unlike Earth, aerobic forms of life never developed here naturally.|
|The Avalon valley some centuries after wide scale terraforming efforts began to pay off. The sky has cleared as oxygen and nitrogen replaced the primal atmosphere, and green has begun to spread throughout the valley and up the mountains. Great redwood forests are growing, a scene that is repeated across the planet.|
61 Virginis - Data Panel
|Planets||61 Virginis System|
|I Ides||(61 Vir b)|
Semimajoraxis 0.05 AU
Mass x Earth 5.25
Atmospheric Pressure 250 bars
Hydrosphere Coverage Percentage 100%
Type Panthalassic Super-Terrestrial, with a supercritical layer between the boiling ocean top and atmosphere bottom, and a deep high-pressure ice mantle
|II Hretha||(61 Vir c) |
Semimajoraxis 0.22 AU
Type subjovian EpiStellar.
Mass x Jupiter 0.06
|III Iolus||(61 Vir d)|
Semimajoraxis 0.47 AU
Mass x Jupiter 0.075
Number of Moons 1
|IV Eostremonath||Semimajoraxis 0.897 AU|
Type Gaian (formerly MesoGaian)
Mass x Earth 0.995
Atmospheric Pressure 1.001 bar
Hydrosphere Coverage Percentage 87.3%
Number of Moons 2
|V Sarustre||Semimajoraxis 1.16 AU|
Mass x Earth 0.722
Atmospheric Pressure 3.468 bar
Hydrosphere Coverage Percentage 100%
|VI Nemec||Semimajoraxis 1.98 AU|
Mass x Earth 0.157
Atmospheric Pressure 0.0015
Hydrosphere Coverage Percentage 0.00%
|asteroid belt||2.14 to 2.88 AU|
|VII Mesenti||Semimajoraxis 7.89 AU|
mass x Jupiter 0.96
moons 6 major,47 minor
major ring system
|VIII Agraddi||Semimajoraxis 21.3 AU|
mass x Jupiter 0.93
moons 2 major 21 minor
|IX Sanche||Semimajoraxis 37.9 AU|
moons 7 minor
Image from Steve Bowers
Image from Steve Bowers
|A Mollweide projection of Eostremonath's surface, showing topographical details.|
|A climatic map of Eostremonath.|
Timeline of the Early Colony
|All dates in at||288 - Unmanned 61 Virginis probes launched at 0.1c|
569 - The 61 Virginis probes, since named the Virginis Effort, arrives within the target system. Separating from the mother hull, the Virgo probe is placed within an orbit that takes it within 0.32 AU of the star, and out to 0.75 AU. The Spica probe ranges from 0.8 to 3.7 AU, and the Porrima probe ranges from 5 to 12 AU. Each probe is equipped with a flotilla of microprobes, including various forms of landers, atmospheric balloons, and deep surface penetrators. The mother probes themselves are capable of being diverted into planetary orbit if required, but once this is done they would be locked within that orbit.
601 - Eostre and the Children of Dawn petition for and ultimately win the right to colonize 61 Virginis. Their goal is to create a virgin paradise in which Humans may live in the manner in which this group believes they were meant: low technological level, off of the land, with guidance from their 'god', in this case the AI Eostre (and her small cadre of priests). After being granted this right, they complete their nanotech 'backyarder ship and set off without delay.
607- The Eostre Complex leaves the Sol System, bound for 61 Virginis. There are several ships involved, including the far ranging Whiskers, which search for obstacles along the way, Flickers, which remove those obstacles (usually through laser immolation, though nuclear weapons might be used in the unlikely case of larger objects), and Whisperers, which maintain a communications net among all of the various craft. Larger vessels include three unnamed cargo vessels, two biological carriers, and two colonial carriers. Eostre herself in maintained within a separate vessel. This vessel, along with the cargo vessels and biological carrier, will precede the colonial vessel by several months. In theory, by the time the colonists arrive, a local thriving ecosystem will have been established in an appropriate area on the target planet, now named Eostremonath.
890 - The first elements of the Eostre Complex arrive within the 61 Virginis system. Over the next several months and years, Eostre will work to create a garden of life for her coming children, on Eostremonath. The colonial vessel arrives within seven months; however, Eostre keeps the entire population in deep sleep pending the preparation of their environment.
928 - Eostre awakens the first wave of colonists. Some 300 people are brought down to the planet's surface, where an idyllic community set in the heart of a mountain range awaits. While the environment is under constant nano-tweaking and maintenance by Eostre and her servant programs, to the Humans it appears as a mountain valley paradise of green pine forests and verdant meadows, surrounded by a world of brown desolation. However, even now the terraforming continues, and the planet is slowly being carpeted by the green veneer of Earth-based life. In the end, the entire planet will become habitable, stable for a life span of hundreds of millions of years, and will possess hundreds of different biomes, all pristine.
933 - the Community Council of Ewden is established. Comprised of the three villages of Midland, Norland, and Easland, it is a simplistic government with few concerns beyond farming and ranching matters. The priests of Eostre were also awakened, but their order has been disssolved by Eostre herself. Little ill-will remains because of this, and soon the rigors of daily life eliminate any possible harboring of resentment. Within a single generation, memories of Earth and high level technology have been all but forgotten. Eostre herself is soon truly regarded as a goddess.
1200 - The first effects of a mysterious disease are felt on Eostremonath. A virulent, naturally evolved disassembler-microbe rapidly kills humans for their organic content; even Eostre cannot find a cure.
1263 - The entire Human population of Eostremonath dies off. Eostre herself, unwilling to revive Humans from stored genetic material, secludes herself into mourning.
1324 during the Middle First Federation Era the megacorporation Heliopause Transcendency colonization vessel Cyrus Blake arrives within the system. The Second Colonisation of Eostremonath begins.