Colonization Events

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Colonization events are dilemmas players must resolve when they first colonize a planet. Each choice will have a permanent effect on the player's Ideology as well as the planet's characteristics.

Base game

Aggressive Natives

Description Choice Effect
An aggressive species of sentient quadrupeds live in the forests and hills of this planet. They've resisted all attempts to communicate with them, and have relentlessly attacked your colony since you arrived. Although no actual threat to you militarily, they can harass and easily slaughter unguarded civilians, and as is so often the case when the risk of slaughter is non-zero, morale amongst the colonists is low. What are your orders? Ramp up our native outreach efforts. Even if we lose a few people doing it, this effort will make our colony an advertisement to the galaxy of our culture's kind and sympathetic nature. +10 Benevolent, -10% Population Growth, +20% Influence
Keep our colonists behind our defensive fortifications at all times. They might not like it, but with no great outdoors to enjoy, they might at least get more done. +10 Pragmatic, -10% Approval, +10% Productivity
The planet comes with slaves? Excellent! +10 Malevolent, +20% Productivity

Alien Cultural Trash

Description Choice Effect
This planet was once the home of an alien civilization which disappeared a thousand years earlier. Although none of their technology is new to you, many of their entertainment products remain intact, and are of great interest to the colonists. Unfortunately almost all of these shows and programs are incredibly childish and puerile, featuring an unfortunate amount of jokes about orifices, and the colony's workplaces are now filled with practical jokes that sap productivity. What are your orders? Leave them be. They're adults who can make their own decisions, and at least it boosts morale. +10 Benevolent, +10% Approval, -10% Manufacturing
If it's popular here, it might be popular elsewhere. Let's at least try distributing this trash on the open market. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Approval, -10% Manufacturing, +10% Economy
There can be nothing which interferes with productivity. Ban the trash from our screens, then ban all screens entirely. Ban laughter for a short time to teach everyone a lesson. +10 Malevolent, -10% Approval, +10% Manufacturing

Animals to tame

Description Choice Effect
The terrain of this planet has proven very challenging for our conventional ground vehicles to deal with, and some colonists have begun capturing and taming a hardy local species of marsupial to use for hopping around between buildings and colonies. The animals are well suited for the work, and don't seem to be suffering, but there have been a few accidents, and animal rights activists across the galaxy are demanding the practice be banned. What are your orders? This is shockingly primitive, disrespectful of the inherent rights these beasts have, and looks a bit silly. End the practice at once. Any animals too tame to return to the wild can be kept as pets. +10 Benevolent, +10% Approval
If the animals aren't overly suffering, what's the harm? Allow the practice to continue, but at least begin monitoring and regulating it. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Manufacturing
Would the animals work harder if they were suffering? See if we can find a way to make the animals suffer. +10 Malevolent, +15% Manufacturing

Beautiful Sunsets

Description Choice Effect
The atmosphere of this planet, thick with poisonous particulates, does have the side effect of causing beautiful, even spectacular sunsets, and word has spread through the galaxy of their beauty. A burgeoning tourist industry has developed, resulting in many coughing tourists, ignorant of the dangers of this planet. Your colonists are getting tired of stepping over their bodies. What are your orders? Begin heavily regulating this new industry. We can't establish a reputation for killing our guests, even if it does limit the number which ultimately come. +10 Benevolent, +10% Tourism
Ensure that all tourists who arrive are informed of the danger, and provide training courses and safety gear for anyone who needs them. But they're adults who can take their own risks. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Tourism, -5% Approval
If those idiots want to choke on a sunset, why should we stop them? Hell, let's advertise for more of them to come, and also begin charging a coughing tax. +10 Malevolent, +10% Tourism, -10% Approval

Collapsing Ice Bridge

Description Choice Effect
Two continents of this planet are joined by a massive ice bridge, which is beginning to collapse. A number of primitive tribes still make their home on this bridge and are in danger of dying within the next year if they're not relocated. The ice bridge is remote however, and this won't come cheaply. What are your orders? We can't let sentient life perish and do nothing to prevent it. Divert all the necessary resources to assist the natives find safety. +10 Benevolent, -5% Manufacturing, +10% Approval
We have a hard enough time keeping our own people alive here. And interfering with primitive species always leads to complications. +10 Pragmatic
It's time we put these primitives to work for us. Rescue as many as we can, and relocate them to Safety Camps where they can assist with various activities until their debt is paid. +10 Malevolent, +10% Manufacturing


Description Choice Effect
A comet has reentered the solar system after a fifty year absence, throwing a primitive local species into a frenzy. They apparently worship this regularly returning visitor as a god. Your scientists report however that this comet is at least partly artificial, a relic apparently left in the Oort cloud by an advanced species. There may be some salvage potential in it, provided of course that we're willing to kill a God to get it. What are your orders? We're not going to throw these poor people into more confusion than our presence has already caused. Study the comet remotely, but don't do anything to disturb the object. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research
We'll let the comet pass through the system unmolested this time, but once it's no longer visible from the ground, go ahead and salvage it. Then go drag another one out of the Oort cloud and put it in the same orbit. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research, -100 Credits
Kill the god, then tell them we did it. Mount part of the comet on a spike outside of our colony as well. +10 Malevolent, +10% Research, -20% Approval


Description Choice Effect
A strange fungus on this planet has begun infecting our colonists with a mysterious illness that appears to be impossible to vaccinate against. Although our doctors can treat the symptoms easily enough, they have no hope of finding a cure, and the risk of contagion is high. With this disease afflicting us, our colony will never see its full growth potential. What are your orders? We're certainly not going to cull anyone. Keep treating the symptoms and studying the disease. Even if we never find a cure, we won't become monsters ourselves. +10 Benevolent, -10% Population Growth, +10% Research
We'll have to quarantine the people who have the disease, and, sadly, prevent them from reproducing. The rest of the colony can continue on as is. We'll set up a room with a nice thick glass wall for families to briefly reunite. +10 Pragmatic, -5% Population Growth
Hard decisions always look easier after you make them. Our descendants will thank us for having the courage to do this. If it helps, get everyone drunk first. +10 Malevolent


Description Choice Effect
In the last year, this planet has become much more tectonically active, with regular earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. On the plus side, this is bringing a lot of valuable minerals up the surface, where it will be far easier to extract. On the downside, a lot of people are being killed by lava. Your engineers think they can stabilize the crust to stop the earthquakes, but the decision on whether to implement it hasn't been made yet. What are your orders? We can't do anything which affects the safety of our people. Stabilize the crust. Get this place back to normal. +10 Benevolent, -100 Credits for repairs
Don't stabilize anything. Begin moving people to the most secure structures. Once that's done, begin ramping up our mining efforts. +10 Pragmatic, -10% Population Growth, +10% Economy, +10% Manufacturing
Why even ask? Buildings can be rebuilt. People can be bred. This colony is now a mining camp and everyone can just deal with it. +10 Malevolent, -10% Population Growth, +10% Economy, +10% Manufacturing

Funny Tasting Food

Description Choice Effect
Food grown on this planet has to undergo intense treatment to reduce the trace poisons which permeate the world, a process which results in a distinct taste. Locals don't notice anything unusual, but off-world visitors find it exceedingly strange and even exotic tasting. Of late, the outside world has developed a faddish taste for this colony's food, and there has been much demand for the export of it, even to the point of leaving this colony short of food. What are your orders? We need the food more here than elsewhere, though we can at least share the techniques we use to make it so it can be recreated elsewhere. +10 Benevolent, +10% Influence, +10% Approval
Well lets not do anything to endanger this colony's health, but beyond that, there's no harm in selling any excess food. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Influence, +10% Economy
If it's more valuable elsewhere, it shall be sent elsewhere. +10 Malevolent, +10% Economy, -10% Approval, -10% Food Production


Description Choice Effect
Your colonists reports a variety of strange disturbances. Doors which open and close on their own. Strange lights in the night. A mysterious hole in the ground which screams. Your scientists seem to think the colony might be haunted. "Building on the ruins of a previously failed colony may have been a bad idea," they say. "Also, underneath that colony was another failed colony. Which was built on a graveyard." What are your orders? Begin moving the colony somewhere less haunted. This will cost a lot, and hamper production for years to come, but what else can be done? +10 Benevolent, -10% Manufacturing, +10% Approval
Ghosts don't exist. Fix the doors, fix the lights, and put some boards over the hole that screams. Tell everyone to get back to work. +10 Pragmatic, +5% Approval
Let's at least use the ghosts for something. Use them to train our soldiers in the art of managing fear. Or just lock disobedient workers in a room with them to scare them into working harder. +10 Malevolent, +10% Manufacturing, -10% Approval

High-G Animal Racing

Description Choice Effect
The colonists on this planet have taken to breeding and racing a local species of squat four legged animals. The harsh gravity of the world makes the races particularly grueling however, and footage of injured animals has caused animal rights activists around the galaxy to demand this barbaric practice be stopped. But it's become a big part of the local culture, and the colonists won't be happy if we end the races. What are your orders? We must of course stop anything which even suggests cruelty to other forms of life. Put a stop to the races at once. +10 Benevolent, -10% Approval
We can surely find some ways to minimize the risks of the sport, enough to stop from canceling it outright. Padded tracks and moments of silence and the like. +10 Pragmatic
The people of this planet might be on to something. Let's export footage of this racing across our civilization so everyone can enjoy the excitement. It might even provide a boost to the local tourism sector. +10 Malevolent, +30% Tourism

Intelligent Radiation

Description Choice Effect
The intense background radiation of this world occasionally causes strange interference patterns in display screens around your colony, and recently these patterns have shown signs of intelligent thought. Your scientists trace the patterns to crystal outcroppings around your colony. Studying this new form of intelligence could open the door to incredible breakthroughs in the understanding of life. On the other hand, those crystals are pretty valuable looking. What are your orders? We will of course approach something with even the hint of intelligence with the utmost respect. Begin studying the crystals and radiation with an eye towards opening a dialog. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research, +10% Influence
It seems unlikely intelligence could exist within a static crystal, but something interesting is going on here. Begin intensive study of the crystals to find out what's happening. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research
If the crystals are valuable this is an easy decision. Mine them and sell them. If they fetch a higher price, then sure, claim they're intelligent. +10 Malevolent, +10% Economy

Leaking Seals

Description Choice Effect
A sudden increase in storm activity on this planet has dramatically increased the weathering of the seals on your colony buildings. A new generation of self-healing seals will help minimize the damage, but replacing them all could be pretty expensive. What are your orders? Our colonists won't be made to suffer for our cheapness. Install the new seals, whatever the cost. +10 Benevolent, -10% Manufacturing
Let's begin installing the new seals on an attrition basis, as the old ones break down. That should keep everyone safe enough, even if it does make us look cheap. +10 Pragmatic, -5% Approval, -5% Manufacturing
We can't afford that. And even if we could, we don't want to coddle these people. They'll never develop a tolerance for poison that way. +10 Malevolent, -10% Population Growth

Leftover Robots

Description Choice Effect
This planet was once the home of a fairly advanced alien species that created some extremely long lasting sub-sentient AI systems. Something you've done has triggered these systems defensive protocols, and now anyone who ventures outside of the colony is at risk of attack from primitive robotic creatures. What are your orders? So long as we're sure they're subsentient, there's no harm in taking defensive measures to thin out the robots around the colony. Let's just make sure to feel a little guilty about it, and maybe set up a museum to study them. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research, +10% Influence
Let's not be bashful here; they're pests and can be treated as such. Kill all the robots and feast on their innards. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research, +10% Manufacturing
Yes. Yes! Let's not just kill all the robots. Let's make it a sport. Let's make this planet the galaxy's premier destination for trophy robot hunting. +10 Malevolent, +30% Tourism

Mining Accidents

Description Choice Effect
Your geologists have come across an incredibly rich vein of rare minerals which could dramatically increase the economic output of this colony. Unfortunately, accessing them will be incredibly dangerous work, and even with the use of automated tools, the entire colony will ultimately be more exposed to radioactive elements. What are your orders? If it can't be done safely, it can't be done at all. Collect the resources which can be gathered safely, but leave the rest as is. +10 Benevolent, +10% Economy
Do what we can to extract it safely, using as many automated techniques as possible. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Economy, -5% Population Growth
Mine it all. Rare minerals are rare in a way that people aren't. +10 Malevolent, +10% Economy, -50% Population Growth


Description Choice Effect
Despite the equipment and protocols set up to protect against the massive radiation on this planet, mutations are a fact of life for those who live here. The worst and most threatening mutations are dealt with surgically, but cosmetic disfigurements are often left as is, and the colonists simply learn to live with them. But the site of these mutations are pretty upsetting for anyone who visits from off world, and trade is beginning to suffer. What are your orders? Leave the colonists be. The rest of our civilization will simply have to learn to deal with it. +10 Benevolent, +10% Approval, -10% Local Trade Revenue
Begin encouraging the colonists to be more discreet in their dress and demeanor when dealing with people from off world. This won't make anyone happy, but will at least minimize the downsides for everyone. +10 Pragmatic, -5% Approval
This is disgusting, and these freaks will have to learn how to get along with the civilized world. Ban anyone with visible mutations from having an off world facing role. Begin encouraging the development of a hood and cloak economic sector. +10 Malevolent, -10% Approval, +10% Economy

Mysterious Natives

Description Choice Effect
This world has a group of mysterious nomadic natives who carry with them relics far more advanced than the rest of their technology. Their oral history give hints that they arrived here from a long journey some hundreds of years earlier and your scientists get the impression they're a failed colony which has regressed to pre-industrial levels. It's possible some of their relics could be of interest to your researchers, but they're quite valuable to the natives. What are your orders? Leave the natives and their treasures be. Begin documenting their fascinating oral history however, which may be of interest to others in our culture. +10 Benevolent, +10% Influence
Leave the natives and their treasures be. Continue speaking with them however, to learn any other secrets they might have at how to survive on this world. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Population Growth
These fools don't know the power of the trinkets they hold. Take them from them for their own safety, and also, sure, for our benefit. +10 Malevolent, +10% Research


Description Choice Effect
Our scouts report that significant portions of the planet are inhabited by a sentient pod-like creature. These pods bond with other sentient life. Those who are bonded by these pods experience significant physical pain at all times, but have heightened intelligence. What are your orders? Keep our people away from those things. No one should have to live in agony. +10 Benevolent
Encourage our people to make use of the pods, but don't force anyone. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research
Excellent! Require all colonists to be 'introduced' to these pods! +10 Malevolent, +10% Research

Powerful Drug

Description Choice Effect
The flowers of a specific plant on this planet are a powerful intoxicant when ground up or smoked or inserted various places. The drug provides an intense feeling of contentment to all those who consume it, although in a few cases people have been content to walk directly into powerful machinery. What are your orders? We don't want to tread on people's happiness, but walking into machinery isn't good. Establish treatment programs for anyone who wants them. And put up railings everywhere. +10 Benevolent, +10% Approval
There's no sense leaving this opportunity in the hands of amateurs. Make the drug illegal, but begin research efforts to harness it's pharmaceutical effects and find market uses for it. +10 Pragmatic, -5% Approval, +10% Economy, +10% Research
You say they're content with everything? Like more work? Give them the drug to make them work harder. Are the plants plentiful? They are? Fantastic. +10 Malevolent, +10% Productivity


Description Choice Effect
The primitive species that occupy this planet was once far more technologically advanced, and accidentally ruined their civilization in some kind of nuclear war several hundred years ago. Ruined cities dot the planet, and will likely contain valuable resources we could easily recycle. But the natives regard these ruins as sacred, and insist we stay away from them. What are your orders? We're not going to stomp through someone's graveyard. We will of course respect the dead of these people. Declare the cities off limits for development, and set aside one or two for open air museums so we can learn from these people's mistakes. +10 Benevolent, +10% Influence
We will work with the locals to determine the boundaries of the most sacred sites, but will excavate and recycle the rest. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Manufacturing
That's a real shame, and we will promise to feel bad about it when we're throwing everything through the recyclers. +10 Malevolent, +10% Manufacturing


Description Choice Effect
This planet is populated by a species of gigantic subterranean insects that are thankfully normally not hostile to us. Our scientists have identified that the walls of their nests are lined with rare minerals which we could potentially excavate. This will not please the scorpions. What are your orders? Leave the giant scorpions be. For the obvious reasons, and also because they have become almost mascots of this colony, and anything which disturbs them will only make people unhappy. +10 Benevolent, +10% Approval
We won't risk an all out scorpion war but this is worth studying further. Continue with non-invasive research to find out why and how these beasts are gathering or producing these rare minerals. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research
We shall crush the insects like... insects. Take their valuables and order everyone to wear boots if they're leaving the colony. +10 Malevolent, +20% Manufacturing

Sentient Planet

Description Choice Effect
Your scientists tell you that there's something strange about this planet. "It talks to us," they explain. "That's strange. Planets shouldn't do that." Although the planet seems disinterested in your day to day affairs, it may be possible to communicate with it further. What are your orders? You begin communicating with the planet. It turns out that the planet is really boring, and all of its stories are about dirt and take forever to tell. Nevertheless, your researchers manage to learn a lot about dirt. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research
So long as the planet's not bothering anyone, it can do what it wants. In fact, let's see if we can find some way to turn this into a tourist attraction. +10 Pragmatic, +25% Tourist Income
If this thing has been around for billions of years, it must know a lot. Threaten the planet with deep core mining unless it reveals its precious planetary secrets. +10 Malevolent, +20% Research

Smart Plants

Description Choice Effect
There's substantial evidence that much of the plant life on this planet is communicating with each other via pheromones, and that it may in fact be sentient. Unfortunately for us, the most intelligent of the plants seem to prefer the most fertile ground, which we had earmarked for farming. What are your orders? If there's even a hint of sentient intelligence, we won't butcher it for the sake of ourselves. Work around the plants, and begin trying to communicate with them. +10 Benevolent, -10% Food Production, +10% Research
The needs of our colonists have to come first. The plants certainly won't look after them. Still, try to limit the damage, and establish reserves where the plants can live undisturbed by us. +10 Pragmatic
If the soil's good for the plants, it's good for us. Rip them out by the roots, or burn them if needed. Let's see if they're smart enough to stop that. +10 Malevolent, +20% Food Production

Solar Flare

Description Choice Effect
An increased period of solar activity has caused a species of previously dormant insects to suddenly begin swarming, greatly limiting activity in your colony. Your scientists have developed a sonic screen which can kill the insects, but believe there may also be a way to expand the technology to rid the world of the swarm forever. What effects that will have on the ecosystem are as yet unknown. What are your orders? If this technology kills en masse, then we simply won't use it. Put everything behind shutters for awhile. This is simply a part of living on alien planets. In fact, consider advertising this strange event to stir up some increased tourism. +10 Benevolent, -10% Manufacturing, -10% Approval, +10% Tourism
Apply the technology, but only enough for us to continue colony operations unabated. +10 Pragmatic
Murder all the bugs. Murder the big ones and the little ones and especially the medium sized ones. Murder them all and then see how they taste. +10 Malevolent, +20% Food Production

Super Shark

Description Choice Effect
The waters of this planet are patrolled by a monstrously large creature, filled with teeth and ill will. It seems to have taken a particular interest in your colony and has already killed many of your colonists with its aforementioned teeth and ill will. Your scientists have come up with a way of destroying the beast -- it's a really big gun -- but aren't sure what effect removing an alpha predator will have on the ecosystem or the impact to our kelp farms. What are your orders? We can't be reckless here. Tell the scientists to study the creature further, until they can come up with some kind of passive defense. Until then, keep everyone inside. +10 Benevolent, -10% Food, +10% Research
If the beast is threatening our people we can't let it exist. Destroy the creature and get on with our lives. If it messes up the local ecosystem, we'll just have to deal with it. +10 Pragmatic, -10% Food Production
Is there any way to harness the power of this animal? Tell the scientists to invent a cage. Then use that cage to trap the beast and let it loose on anyone that tries to attack us. +10 Malevolent, +10% Resistance Bonus, -10% Food Production


Description Choice Effect
Upon landing on this world, you quickly realize that it has been inhabited before. Beneath the northern ice, explorers have found an ancient starship. They believe they can free the ship from the ice, but the resulting melt will flood much of the arable land on the planet, and the climate change will kill most of the unique native species. Leave the ship buried, gaining an extra tile to use. +10 Benevolent, Gain a Planetary Tile.
Set aside interior land to create refuges for the native species. Leave the ship buried, but study its technology. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research.
There's too much life in the universe as it is, and free ships are hard to come by. +10 Malevolent, -10% Population Cap, Free Precursor Ship, much of the planet is flooded.

Swarm Like Fish

Description Choice Effect
On this planet there is a specific species of fish which seems to possess a form of collective intelligence. The fish seem to become more intelligent the larger the group they're in, and in the largest schools can clearly communicate with us, and even seem to understand advanced concepts like space travel and where we're from. The fish also have several concerns about the way our colony is being built. What are your orders? Do everything we can to accommodate the fish, and ensure all future colony development is run by them first. This is their home, and we will benefit more if we're gracious guests. In the meantime, do what we can to study their collectivized intelligence. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research, -10% Manufacturing
Continue to seek the guidance and counsel of the fish, though let's not forget our place here. We're the ones that can actually do space travel. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Research
Warn the fish that we're not popular in this part of space, and that now they won't be popular either. Enlist them to supplement our defensive perimeter. If anyone invades, get the fish to clog the enemy's guns with their dead. +10 Malevolent, +10% Resistance Bonus


Description Choice Effect
This planet is going through a period of heavy thunderstorm activity. This is affecting some ancient ruins near your colony, energizing what was thought to be inert stone, revealing it to be a powerful alien artifact capable of channeling the tremendous energy. Sometimes this energy is channeled into the bodies of anyone standing nearby, with predictably messy consequences. Studying these ruins could prove incredibly valuable, although also dangerous to anyone who has to do it. What are your orders? We'll not send anyone near that thing. These ruins will be placed off limits to all but automated explorers. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research
So long as the researchers volunteer, there shouldn't be any problem. Ensure that everyone who goes near the thing understands the danger, and provide all the necessary safety equipment, at whatever cost. +10 Pragmatic, +30% Research, -5% Manufacturing
They knew what they were getting into when they were born into this society. Send the science nerds in. Give them all gloves or something. +10 Malevolent, +10% Research, -10% Approval

Water Reclamation

Description Choice Effect
A new source of subterranean water has been discovered which if accessed could dramatically help this colony. The water could be used to boost food production or even just people's quality of life. Baths might be possible again, for example. What are your orders? Divert some of the water to food production, but make as much of it available to the people as possible to ease the burden of our colony's onerous water restrictions. +10 Benevolent, +5% Food Production, +20% Approval
We can't be wasteful with this bounty. Direct all the water to food production. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Food Production
The people will work harder if we can offer extra water as performance incentives. Also, now we can finally afford for people to work up a sweat. +10 Malevolent, +10% Manufacturing


Description Choice Effect
The location of our colony on this planet is apparently the prime hunting grounds for a species of massive, building sized worms. This is by far the most fertile land on the planet, so we don't want to move if we don't have to. But on the other hand, massive building sized worms. What are your orders? The worms were here first. Let's move the colony somewhere a little more accommodating. Thick rock sounds good. In the meantime, study the worms. Mega-Fauna on this scale are rare, and there might be something we can learn from them. +10 Benevolent, -10% Food Production, +10% Research
The worms may have been here first, but we have bigger guns. Move our structures off the most exposed soil, and begin establishing worm defenses and alarm systems to protect ourselves from their attacks. +10 Pragmatic, +10% Food Production
We're going to meet things out in the galaxy a lot more terrifying than worms, so let's not be bashful here. Declare war on the worms and take any of their worm treasure. If they don't have any treasure, sell their skin or something. +10 Malevolent, +20% Food Production, +10% Economy

Precursor Worlds DLC

Study the Durantium Cloud

Description Choice Effect
An ancient Precursor race seems to have once inhabited this place. They left behind a cloud of Durantium Asteroids that are now orbiting the world. We will be able to use these to increase the efficiency of the Mass Drivers on our ships.

However, we may also be able to use this ready source of Durantium for other purposes.

We can use this Durantium to increase the production of this planet and ease the burden on our people. +10 Benevolent, +1 Production to this colony
We should use the excess Durantium to find ways to increase the armor efficiency on all of our ships. +10 Pragmatic, +5% armor rating to all ship
We are already using the Durantium to make better Mass Drivers, let's make sure that we stay focused on what's important: killing things. +10 Malevolent, +5% additional Mass driver attack to all ships.

Study the Precursor Accelerator

Description Choice Effect
An immense Precursor Accelerator is orbiting this world. We have been able to tap this device to create even more powerful Drive systems. All of our ships built here will benefit from a great increase in speed.

Some of our scientists think they can use the accelerator to refine Elerium as well and would like to do some experimentation.

Excellent, we can use the Elerium to create a defense field for the colony. +10 Benevolent, +10% Planetary Defense
Perhaps we can use this Elerium to increase the strength of our shield systems. +10 Pragmatic, +5% to the Shield strength of all our ships
Elerium is great for making beam weapons, right? No question about it, we should put our energy toward making bigger explosions. +10 Malevolent, +5% to the Beam attack of all our ships

Study the Precursor Elevator

Description Choice Effect
The Precursors who lived on this world before us left behind a completely functional Space Elevator. This will greatly increase our ability to put manufactured goods into space and will prove very useful to our shipyard.

Unfortunately, the public sector and several other groups are putting a great deal of pressure on us. They hope to use the elevator to faciliate their own projects.

They can use it as a vacation spot when it's available, as long as they don't block military traffic. +10 Benevolent, +5 Morale, +10% to colonies Tourism income
We can allow some commercial interest time on the Elevator. Any increase in income will be helpful. +10 Pragmatic, +50% to both Colony income and trade route income
The Elevator is too valuable to waste on non-military pursuits. If they have spare time, they can lend it to the war effort. +10 Malevolent, +10% military production to all shipyards

Study the Precursor Experimental World

Description Choice Effect
The giant Precursor Experimental Station orbiting this world has become an amazing resource that is assisting the ability of this planet to research new technologies.

We have also found some interesting experiments that we may be able to complete with some extra work.

Invite our neighbors to study this amazing artifact. It may help us earn some goodwill. +10 Benevolent, +10 Influence per turn to this colony
We should continue working on as many of these experiments as possible. +10 Pragmatic, +10 to Research points per turn
If we can find any way to make this world more productive, we should make it our highest priority. +10 Malevolent, +8 Production points to this colony

Study the Precursor Factory World

Description Choice Effect
Through intense research, we have been able to use the ancient Precursor Factory orbiting this world to increase our manufacturing output.

Several members of the research team responsible for this have come forward with suggestions on how we can utilize this amazing new asset.

We can use the excess manufacturing to improve the quality of life for the citizens of this world. +10 Benevolent, +4 Morale to this colony
We can have the factory focus on building up our infrastructure, which will lower the cost of building all of our improvements. +10 Pragmatic, +10% to all Social Construction on this colony
Using the findings from this research, we can channel our manufacturing efforts to our local shipyard more efficiently. +10 Malevolent, +10% Shipyard Construction.

Study the Precursor Research World

Description Choice Effect
The ancient array of Precursor Research Bases in orbit of this planet are increasing the research capacity for this world. Our researchers would like permission to see if they can find a way to specialize the focus of these new assets. Of course. Let's have them research ways to increase the productivity of our worlds. +10 Benevolent, +3 to Production and Morale
Tell them to study everything! We will benefit more from having a wider variety of technologies in the long run. +10 Pragmatic, +10% to all Research on this colony
Tell our researchers to focus on ways to make our weapons more deadly and efficient. +10 Malevolent, +5% to the range of all weapons

Study the Precursor Prison

Description Choice Effect
Now that we have cleaned the atmosphere, we can use the infrastructure of Precursor Prisons to increase the manufacturing quality of this world.

However, there seem to be many more discoveries that are... darker in nature. Should we take advantage of these assets?

We should avoid stirring up the dark past of this world. Let's focus on building up our colony. +10 Benevolent, +10% to Social Manufacturing
It would be best to use the prison infrastructure to fortify this new world. +10 Pragmatic, +10% to Planetary Defense and Planetary Resistance
It doesn't matter what the nature of the discovery is! Use the more disturbing devices to make our soldiers relentless. +10 Malevolent, +5% to Soldiering Civilization wide

Study the Precursor Quarantine

Description Choice Effect
Cleaning up the atmosphere of this world has shown it to be amazingly productive and resource rich.

Our researchers have been studying the Precursor Containment Device that's orbiting the planet and think they can use it to further enhance this world's potential.

We need to focus on making this planet as comfortable for our colonists as possible. +10 Benevolent, +10% to Population growth on this planet
We should use these technologies to increase the food capacity of the world. +10 Pragmatic, +6 to the population cap on this planet
Let's see if we can increase the amount of usable land. We can always just make more people later. +10 Malevolent, +2 to this planet's class

Study the Precursor Satellites

Description Choice Effect
The former Precursor inhabitants of this would left a large array of very powerful satellites in orbit. We have been able to make use of them to extend both the sensor range of the planet and of the ships that are built here.

Our researchers would like to capture one of these satellites for study and have assured us that it will not have any damaging effects on the array.

Excellent. Have our researchers focus on using the satellites to increase our sensor range even further. +10 Benevolent, +5 Sensor range to all ships, and colonies
Have our researchers find what the secrets to their power source are so that we can use it in our own systems. +10 Pragmatic, +1 Planetary Raw Production
This is a golden opportunity. Make sure our researchers focus what they find into making our weapons systems more accurate. +10 Malevolent, +5% Accuracy to all weapons types on all our ships

Study the Precursor Treasury

Description Choice Effect
This planet is surrounded by an immense Precursor ring. It's full of valuable assets that could be used to generate income.

Further studies on the ring have shown that it was once an ancient weapon. Our researchers would like to do some experimentation to see if they can learn how it worked.

There is so much to be learned from this artifact, but let's focus on things other than destruction. +10 Benevolent, +10% Research to this colony
New weapons technologies are always welcome, but we don't want to risk destroying our "golden goose." +10 Pragmatic, +5 to all weapons on all our ships
Find out these secrets by any means necessary, regardless of the cost. +10 Malevolent, +5 to all weapons on all our ships

Study the Promethion Refinery

Description Choice Effect
Two giant Precursor structures orbit the poles of this world. They seem to have been used to somehow terraform a Promethion Gas giant into a habitable world. We are able to use the Promethion stored in them to increase the range of any ships built by our shipyard.

Our scientists think they can do more with these giant machines and would like your permission to study them further.

See if they can find a way to terraform the surface. More usable land is always welcome. +10 Benevolent, Terraforms two additional tiles instantly
See if there is any way to boost the value of the land we have now. +10 Pragmatic, +1 Level to all improvements on this world
See what you can do to shut the complainers up so that they will get to work. We have a galaxy to conquer. +10 Malevolent, +8 to colony's Morale

Study the Thulium Moon

Description Choice Effect
Long ago, the Precursors captured a small Thulium node and placed it in orbit of this world. We will be able to use this ready source of Thulium to strengthen the hit points of ships made from our shipyard.

Our scientists would also like to study it to see what else we can learn. Technology that can be used to create an artificial moon is not something to be squandered.

This research is definitely important. I encourage them to study the Precursor technologies. +10 Benevolent, , +10% Research
Have them search for a way to use these technologies to strengthen our ships, regardless of where they are built. +10 Pragmatic, +5% Hit Points to all ships
This moon is obviously the perfect weapons platform that we can use to secure this world. They can poke around the technologies later. +10 Malevolent, +10% Planetary Defense

Lost Treasures DLC

Ancient Defense System

Description Choice Effect
Deep in the crust of this colony, we've found a buried defense array with some kind of self-generating missiles system. We think we can adapt it to use as a planetary defense system. But disassembling it to learn and use its secrets elsewhere is tempting. Let's use it as it was intended, and defend one of our planets. +25 Benevolent, Ancient Defense System-B Improvement.
Let's dismantle and study a portion of it, while leaving the rest intact, and size it to fit on a ship. +25 Pragmatic, +10% Planetary defense all colonies, Ancient Defense System Component.
Let's cram it into a ship. With that we can always conquer more planets. +25 Malevolent, More powerful Ancient Defense System Component.

Ancient Kinetic Augmenter

Description Choice Effect
We've found a strange artifact floating in the rings of a nearby gas giant. When powered, it appears to accelerate any object that comes within its radius. This could be a powerful weapon entirely on its own, but we think there's a chance we could adjust it to potentially affect an entire fleet's offensive output. Supporting an allied fleet is clearly the superior choice. Modify the device to work that way. +25 Benevolent, Ancient Kinetic Augmenter, with large fleet wide Kinetic boost.
Can we split the difference? Lets see what fleet support effects we can get without losing the weapon completely. +25 Pragmatic, Ancient Kinetic Augmenter Weapon, with small fleet wide Kinetic boost.
It's a weapon. Let's not wreck that. Let's just get the most possible damage out of it. +25 Malevolent, powerful Ancient Kinetic Weapon Component.

Ancient Promethion Cleanser

Description Choice Effect
We found an abandoned asteroid mining facility that had a strange life support device inside. Although enormously effective, if installed on a ship it would emit levels of radiation which would certainly increase the risk of the crew developing cancer. We might be better off scrapping it to learn its secrets and salvaging the raw Promethion inside. Scrap it and see if we can learn how it works. +25 Benevolent, + 5 Promethion, +10% Ship Range all ships.
Install it on a ship, with enough shielding to protect our crew. +25 Pragmatic, Promethion Cleanser Component.
Install it on a ship. We can always get more crew. +25 Malevolent, More powerful Promethion Cleanser Component.

Ancient Singularity Cannon

Description Choice Effect
Buried in a high mountain peak, we've found a powerful cannon that was most likely used for planetary defense. Or to shoot extremely large birds. It's far more powerful than anything we know how to make, and so massive only one of our largest ships would be able to carry it. Even if we can only put it on a slow ship that's enough to defend our colonies. +25 Benevolent, powerful Ancient Singularity Cannon Component.
Let's try to trim some of the mass from it even if it slightly reduces its effectiveness. +25 Pragmatic, Lower Mass Ancient Singularity Cannon Component.
It more fun to build big ships anyway. I'm sure we can find one big and mean enough for this beast. +25 Malevolent, powerful Ancient Singularity Cannon Component.

Antimatter Weapon

Description Choice Effect
A deep core mining operation has found a powerful artifact: a missile weapon that somehow generates its own anti-matter fuel. We think we can adapt it to work with our existing warheads, but we might also try dismantling it to extract the anti-matter system for civilian purposes. We have enough weapons of war. The anti-matter generator can be used for far more practical purposes. +25 Benevolent, + 5 Anti-matter, +5% Manufacturing to all colonies.
We have more practical ways to get anti-matter. A weapon like this should not be wasted. +25 Pragmatic, Antimatter Weapon Component.
We don't need one weapon. We need lots of them. Dismantle this thing and use its technology to make all our missiles more powerful. +25 Malevolent, +5 Antimatter and 15% Missile Attack to all ships.

Atomic Bonder

Description Choice Effect
While exploring a cave, we've found an artifact that looks like it's been there for millions of years. It seems to be capable of reorganizing materials at an atomic level, making them far more resilient. This has obvious applications in ship armor, but we could also try adapting the technology to make our mass drivers more effective. Let's install this on one of our more important ships to make it protect its crew. +25 Benevolent, More powerful Atomic Bonder Component.
Once we've learned what we can from it - without destroying it - install it on one of our ships. +25 Pragmatic, Atomic Bonder Component, +5% Kinetic Attack on all ships.
One tough ship is ok. But deadlier bullets are better. +25 Malevolent, +15% Kinetic Attack on all ships.

Atomic Polarizer

Description Choice Effect
We found a Precursor wreck in the heart of a nearby Asteroid Field. The ship's unusable, but it contained a device which seems to greatly strengthen the integrity of its armor. This would be obviously useful if installed on one of our ships, but could be even more so if our scientists were allowed to study it. We can't turn down the opportunity to protect all of our ships. Dismantle it and learn its secrets. +25 Benevolent, +20% Armor Rating to all ships.
Study it a bit, but don't completely wreck its potential as a ship component. +25 Pragmatic, Atomic Polarizer Component
Don't touch it, don't mess with it. Just get it ready to be used ASAP. +25 Malevolent, More powerful Atomic Polarizer

Defence Drone Pod

Description Choice Effect
In a cavern underneath this world's south pole, we've found a strange device. It seems to contain thousands of tiny drones. We suspect that it once served as a defense system, but there appears to be multiple possible configurations when deploying it. Of course, we could also just try disassembling it to discover its secrets. Sounds perfect for a point defense system. +25 Benevolent, powerful Point Defense Drone Pod Component.
Let's see if we can find a configuration which provides a varied defense. +25 Pragmatic, Defense Drone Pod, all Defense types.
Better off tearing the little things apart to find out what makes them tick. +25 Malevolent, +15% Missile Attack all ships.

Elemental Extractor

Description Choice Effect
One of our scouts has found a mysterious artifact in the outer solar system. It seems to be a mining tool, capable of quickly locating and extracting precious metals. It requires a lot of power to use, but we could certainly deploy it as a planetary improvement. Alternately, we could take it apart to learn some of its secrets. Take it apart. We need to learn how to boost all of our mining operations, not just those on a single world. +25 Benevolent, +1 Resource to all mining bases.
Study it as it's deployed. Even if tinkering reduces it's efficiency, this should maximize our profit. +25 Pragmatic, Elemental Extractor Improvement with +5% colony wealth.
Turn it on. With this we can squeeze every possible credit out of one of our colonies. +25 Malevolent, More powerful Elemental Extractor Improvement.

Force Bubble

Description Choice Effect
We've found the remains of a Precursor ship. Although it's badly damaged, there's still some sort of advanced shield system operating on it. We think we can salvage it intact, but if we wanted to take it apart we might learn how to boost the strength of all our ships' shields. Let's keep it intact, but tune the field so it can protect an entire fleet. +25 Benevolent, Force Bubble Component, that gives shield to all ships in fleet.
Disassemble and study the system. Improving our shield technology is a far better use for this artifact. +25 Pragmatic, +15% Shield Strength to all ships.
Let's see how effective it is if we focus all of its powers on a single ship. +25 Malevolent, powerful Single ship Force Bubble Component.

Hyper Gate Core

Description Choice Effect
Underneath the ruins of an ancient alien city, we found an advanced Hyper Gate generator. We could deploy it as the core of a very fast hyperdrive, or try to study it further to uncover its secrets. Unfortunately, our efforts at analysis would stand a good chance of rendering the artifact itself unusable. Improving our entire fleet is clearly the superior choice. Disassemble and study the artifact to learn its secrets. +25 Benevolent, +15% to moves to all ships.
Study it as much as possible without destroying it. +25 Pragmatic, +5% to moves to all ships, Hyper Gate Core Component
Convert it into a drive right now and cram it into our biggest warship. +25 Malevolent, Faster Hyper Gate Core Component.

Plasma Arc

Description Choice Effect
One of our traders has stumbled across a derelict vessel that appears to contain a new type of beam weapon. It has obvious military applications, but it also contains a unique power source which could be adapted to power an entire planet. The benefit to one of our worlds is far greater than having yet another way to kill things. +25 Benevolent, Plasma Furnace Improvement.
Study the power source without disassembling it. But we can't ignore the potential this has as a weapon. +25 Pragmatic, Plasma Arc Component.
Are you kidding? Let's get this thing on a ship as soon as possible. No, faster than that. +25 Malevolent, More powerful Plasma Arc Component.

Precursor Bio-Replicator

Description Choice Effect
On the ocean floor of this world, we've found an artifact apparently left behind by the Precursors. It appears to be capable of generating food perfectly suited for whatever lifeform operates it. It's an incredible gift; we only have to decide how best to use it. What's to decide? Give the food to the people. +25 Benevolent, Precursor Bio-Replicator Improvement and +5% food to all colonies.
Let's split the food supply. Give half to our colonists, and half to traders who can turn this gift into profit. +25 Pragmatic, Precursor Bio-Replicator-P Improvement
The people can have whatever food is left after our soldiers get fed. +25 Malevolent, Precursor Bio-Replicator Improvement and +10% Soldering.

Precursor Energy Weapon

Description Choice Effect
Some of our miners have stumbled upon an ancient vessel that got trapped in a nearby asteroid somehow.

It has a strange weapon that appears to function much like a standard beam weapon, yet can apparently be tuned to do a variety of different types of damage.

Leave it as is. Even in its stock form, we can use it to better defend our citizens. +25 Benevolent, Precursor Energy Weapon component with some Kinetic, and missile damage.
Let's try to modify it to even out the damage types a bit. +25 Pragmatic, Precursor Energy Weapon Component, does all types of damage evenly.
It would be deadlier if it specialized on what it's best at. +25 Malevolent, Precursor Energy Weapon, that does very high beam damage.

Precursor Fabricator

Description Choice Effect
While approaching the inner solar system of one of our stars, a comet has recently broken up, revealing a strange Precursor device inside. It appears to be a fabrication device capable of manufacturing just about anything. It's an incredible gift, and there are a number of ways we could take advantage of it to boost this world. Use it to improve our manufacturing and make our workers' lives a bit easier. +25 Benevolent, Precursor Fabricator Improvement that boosts Manufacturing.
Improving our production could free up some of our workers to do other things. +25 Pragmatic, Precursor Fabricator Improvement that also boosts Production.
No, only one way to use it. Put it to work building ships. Big ones. Right now. +25 Malevolent, Precursor Fabricator Improvement, Boost Military Manufacturing.

Precursor Research Node

Description Choice Effect
We've found an unusual artifact that contains the code for a limited form of artificial intelligence. Analysis suggests that it's completely benign, and was designed to passively boost the research efforts of whatever being it remains in the possession of. Let it ponder the mysteries of the galaxy. We'll see what it comes up with. +25 Benevolent, Precursor Research Node, Raw research points.
Build it a home and charge private sector researchers who want to access it. +25 Pragmatic, Precursor Research Node Improvement that also boosts wealth.
Emplace it on one of our primary research worlds to speed their efforts at finding new ways to kill things. +25 Malevolent, powerful Precursor Research Node Improvement.

Subspace Resonator

Description Choice Effect
We found an abandoned sensor platform in orbit, with a strange sensor array in it. It's a sealed unit and we're pretty sure that opening it will render it unusable. But there's nothing stopping us from deploying it on a planet or vessel. We should deploy it to a planet to help protect our citizens. +25 Benevolent, Subspace Resonator Improvement.
Giving powerful sensors to a ship could be useful for a variety of reasons. +25 Pragmatic, Subspace Resonator Component.
Giving powerful sensors to a ship will let it see who to kill a lot faster. +25 Malevolent, Subspace Resonator Component.

Subspace Splinter

Description Choice Effect
We found an ancient spaceship which contained... something strange. It's a crystalline sphere which somehow contains a tear in the fabric of subspace. Applying certain energy fields to it could generate a subspace envelope that could encase an entire fleet and provide various benefits. But what effect do we want to trigger? Modify the envelope to protect our ships and boost their speed. +25 Benevolent, Subspace Splinter with Jamming capabilities.
Modify the envelope to maximize fleet speed. +25 Pragmatic, Faster Subspace Splinter Component.
Modify the envelope to increase beam potential and boost fleet speed. +25 Malevolent, Subspace Splinter with beam weapon augmentation.