Infinispace Glossary: Ecoforge

Images & Words: Building Pressure

Building Pressure, Ecoforge

Neal Ulen

When : Where
551 DE (2861 CE) : Loop I Bubble Perimeter / Hél 13 / Ecoforge #17

Terran standard, 14.7 ± 0.3 psi, surface, ecospec, per contract.

It was a lofty goal, but one that is drummed into us by the Triocracy on every terraforming colony, from Gliese all the way out here to Beta Arae. Never once have we actually hit that target, but we never stop trying. In all truth, none of us have ever breathed Terran standard anyway, so ecospec be damned. Terra had its atmosphere stripped away 320 years ago. The closer we get to 14.7 the bigger the bonus … and the more Infinispace time we can buy. Heart attacks drop dramatically the closer we get to Terran standard atmospheric pressure. Hél 13 is no exception. The Ecoforges were dropped on Hél 13 twenty years ago: melting ice caps, vaporizing subsurface water, spewing dust into the atmosphere, seeding the skies with organic accelerants, cracking the crust with nukes and asteroids to release carbon dioxide, essentially using every trick in the book to warm up this small ball of shit.


14.7 ± 0.3 psi, surface, ecospec, per contract. It was a lofty goal, but one that was drummed into us by corporate on every terraforming colony.

Military ops and expansion of course. Hél 13 is the final stellar bridgehead in a long line of bridgeheads stretching back to the smoldering remains of Terra. The invasion of the D’zarak homeworld waits for no one, or no planet. Five years from now Hél 13’s sulfur-rich atmosphere will be scrubbed free and ready to accept the first ships of the invasion force. I have maybe one more forming operation in me before retirement. Who knows, maybe the war will be over by then and I can retire early. Fat chance.

After hundreds of years of this slow war of attrition, the one thing humans finally learned to be proficient at is … patience. Wars are no longer fought in years, but centuries; they are no longer fought for the control of borders, but for the control of star systems. We’ve adapted and fallen into the tedious doldrums of the long war. It will happen tomorrow, or in a hundred years … but the inevitability of it kept us going.


Humans are very proficient in that as well. Someone once said it’s a dish best served cold. It’s also said to be best served unexpected and without remorse.


Images & Words © 2020-2024, Neal Ulen.
Other images/videos cited © to their respective owner(s).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *