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Just a decade ago, Lothun was little more than a primitive
hunk of metal, home to no sentient life, devoid of
any ecosystems to speak of, and languishing under a toxic
atmosphere. However, upon discovering it, a consortium of
mining entrepreneurs called the Prospectors recognized that
Lothun could easily host a terraforming experiment that, if
successful, would repay its cost a thousandfold once the planet
could be mined for resources.

The Prospectors quickly established massive nano-forges and
laboratories at key junctures around the planet and stationed
scientists there indefinitely. The Prospectors carefully shielded
each facility from the harsh environment and linked them to
generate synchronized terraforming “pulses” intended to remake
Lothun according to predetermined environmental designs.
However, the tech ran amok, and the terraforming pulses
became nano-forge storms that rampaged across Lothun’s
surface, transforming the world seemingly at random. The
original bases remain, their shielding protecting them from
destruction; they continue to emit terraforming energies, but
all communication with the Prospectors’ scientists has ceased.
The tech works to a degree, as there are large roving pockets
of breathable air scattered throughout Lothun. If it could be
salvaged, the planet might be a great boon to future
colonies across unsettled space—or perhaps
it might serve as a civilization-threatening
weapon, if the Prospectors’ facilities fell
into the wrong hands.

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