Synedrion Haven events

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Events that can happen when you visit faction Haven for the first time. Havens that you never visited are marked with a blue question mark unvisited Haven on Geoscape.

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A Scanner Brightly

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

When our operatives arrive at [HavenName], the citizens are busy setting up a new, experimental long-range scanner, developed by the eccentric Dr. Jefferson Nkrumah. Some consider Dr. Nkrumah's methods to be odd, but he insists that it's necessary to look at the world without preconceptions.

"Think of my approach as Shklovskian defamiliarization, or as the scientific equivalent of the Brechtian Verfremdungseffekt," he says. "But without proper resources and at the end of the world."

Contribute resources to the experiment (-10 Tech, -25 Materials)

The scanner works, producing an entirely new method of analyzing the world's post-Pandoravirus geography... for a little while, before exploding in a shower of sparks.

"Some data is better than no data," Dr. Jefferson Nkrumah is heard to murmur. He hands our operatives a copy of the information he collected, along with an explanation of his methodology.

Research points Research +100, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7, 2 Scavenging sites revealed, value Nkrumah=1.

Stay out of it

Dr. Nkrumah may be talented, but the Phoenix Project needs to focus on legitimate research.

A Time of Tragedies

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Synedrion's attitude to Phoenix Project is between 0 and 25.

The citizens of [HavenName] are greatly relieved to see our operatives. The last few months have been terrible for them, one tragedy after another; they are glad to see the Phoenix Project trying to figure out the Pandoravirus.

Promise that things will get better

A belief in a better future, everyone agrees, is necessary for humanity to keep going.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7.

Contribute resources to help them recover (-50 Food)

The people of the haven are thankful for our support.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +16.

An Oral History of the Pandoravirus

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

At [HavenName], our operatives are approached by Leyla Shupak, a writer working on an oral history of the Pandoravirus. She would like to interview them about their experiences in the field. She's also interviewed people from New Jericho and various other havens; the intent is to create a complex, multi-layered document that captures something of what it was like to be a human being in this age of the world. Assuming, of course, that there's going to be someone left to read it.

The Disciples of Anu disapprove of her work, as they believe that too much of it legitimizes the idea that the fall of the old world was tragic rather than necessary. They believe that accounts of the fall must focus on humanity's ability to adapt and grow, on the changes we have to make and the opportunities that surround us, instead of nostalgia and self-pity.

Accept

The interview session proves emotionally exhausting, as old wounds are easily reopened, but it also provides our operatives with a rare feeling of recognition. It's always good to remember that human lives have a context, that we're in this mess together.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +9, Stamina Stamina -10, 50 Skill points received.

Decline

The story of the Pandoravirus will have to wait to be told until the Pandoravirus has actually been defeated. Until then, this kind of thing is just a distraction.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4

Bacchanalia

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 25.

We have made contact with [HavenName], a Synedrion haven. A citizens' assembly is supposed to vote on contributing resources to our cause, but a significant chunk of the population appears to be busy enjoying some kind of orgy. Our operatives are invited to participate, should they be interested.

Politely decline and wait for the orgy to end

Perhaps because many of the citizens seem hungry and/or sleepy, the haven votes to donate a significant amount of food to the Phoenix Project.

Food FOOD +360

Make polite excuses and attempt to leave

The citizens of [HavenName] express some disappointment at the prissy attitude of the Phoenix Project, but quickly arrange a vote, as they do wish to contribute.

Food FOOD +70, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5.

Allow our operatives to participate

As per regulation 17.4b, the details of this event are to remain private; there is to be no log of which operatives choose to participate. Later on, the assembly votes to generously support the Phoenix Project.

Food FOOD +150, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10.

Broken Dreams

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

The atmosphere at [HavenName] is subdued. An attack some months ago resulted in two hundred deaths, reminding the citizens that their little utopia is surrounded by an apocalypse that will not simply go away when they stop paying attention. They've never felt quite right since.

Offer our condolences

There is little that can be done for the dead, but perhaps we can help prevent such tragedies in the future.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4.

Castigate them for not taking the enemy seriously enough

Our message is received with expressions of outrage and disappointment, and our operatives are pointedly told to stay away from grieving family members. Still: if Synedrion does not start understanding the threat of the Pandoravirus, tragedies like this one will only multiply.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -12.

Fund a memorial to the deceased (-25 Materials)

A memorial can't change what happened, but it can remind us that we don't just accept the deaths of our loved ones. We remember them and we use our pain and our rage at the injustice of the universe as a source of strength in the fight to build a better world for the next generation.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6.

Building Democracy

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Our operatives have made contact with [HavenName], a haven that only joined Synedrion relatively recently. The citizens of [HavenName] are currently in the process of converting their old council hall into a facility better suited for a full democratic assembly. They could use some building materials and are willing to exchange them for excess equipment.

Agree to the trade (-75 Materials)

The citizens are thankful for the Phoenix Project's support for the political system they have chosen. Finally they will be able to make decisions for themselves - at least as much as anyone can in this world.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, 1 Synedrion Assault rifle, 1 Synedrion Sniper rifle and 4 Sonic grenades received.

Offer building materials for free (-75 Materials)

There is cheering all throughout [HavenName]. "So the Phoenix Project really does stand for freedom and democracy," one of the citizens says to our operatives. "That is very, very encouraging. Didn't know people still tried to do the right thing on this broken planet. Maybe there's hope after all. At least a little sliver of it. But you can go a long way on a little hope, you know?"

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +17.

Tell them they're idiots for joining Synedrion

Our input is not deemed helpful.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -10.

Reject the offer

The haven's representatives are disappointed, but they shrug and go back to their work. There's a lot to prepare before the first official assembly.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5

Cerebral Accelerationism

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

[HavenName] is home to Dr. Lexa Kennedy, a charmingly sinister neurobiologist who believes in pushing the boundaries of human cognitive experience. She has been working on a new method for transferring information into the human brain, hoping it can be used to accelerate learning processes. Unfortunately for her project, the people of [HavenName] find the value of her work questionable, particularly as they are worried it could be used to secretly indoctrinate people.

"That and the incident where I turned Larry into Barry," Dr. Kennedy admits. "But look, I'm working with limited resources here. The world is literally ending and we need every advantage we can get, right? So, if any of you... operatives is the term, yes? If any of you operatives would be interested in helping me run some tests... on your brains..."

Allow our operatives to participate

After minor brain surgery, some mild electric shocks, and a limited amount of shrieking, the experiments are finally successful.

"I've managed to download War and Peace into your brains!" Dr. Kennedy beams. "Although I think it's in Ancient Cappadocian. Sorry. Wrong file." Further experimentation shows that technology has a lot of limitations, but it will allow our soldiers to improve some of their skills.

Stamina Stamina -10, 30 Hit points lost, 10 Skill points received, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3

This sounds like a terrible idea

Dr. Kennedy sighs. "I guess I should give up on this project. There's probably a good reason everyone's against it. Well, maybe I can try making that mist-driven ship prototype work after all..."

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6

Extraction

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is less than -25.

Our operatives have been approached by a Synedrion dissident. The individual in question is willing to exchange valuable information in exchange for a way out of [HavenName] and a modest payment.

Help the dissenter (-15 Tech)

The dissenter hands our operatives a small portable drive full of research data. Clearly, people are starting to doubt Synedrion's vision of the future.

Research points Research +20, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8.

Do not help

The Phoenix Project is a science organization, not a taxi service.

Fungal Crisis

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is less than 0, Food zone is present

When the [AircraftName] arrives at [HavenName], our operatives encounter a crisis situation: an unknown fungus has been found growing inside the haven. The local scientists are extremely alarmed and everyone is doing their best to figure out how bad the situation is.

Offer scientific assistance (-20 Tech)

After a great deal of hard work, the growth is isolated and removed. It turns out to be a highly mutated strain of Eremothecium gossypii, which could have caused severe damage to the haven's crops. How it infiltrated the haven remains unknown, but the inhabitants are deeply thankful for our help.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +9.

Stay out of the way

Many of the haven's fruit trees are drying up and dying, and some of the grain also seems to be affected, despite the genetic resistance to fungi engineered by Synedrion's scientists.

Food zone is damaged.

Fury

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is less than 0, Factory zone is present

[HavenName] recently suffered a breach. Small tick-like parasites invaded the haven, causing extreme rage and confusion in anyone they attached themselves to. Synedrion doctors have already found a cure, but there is still a lot to repair. The exhausted and still somewhat shaky citizens are happy to see our operatives.

Offer assistance with the repairs (-40 Materials)

Citizen Soyinka thanks our operatives on behalf of the community. This will make a real difference.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10.

Offer condolences

A representative thanks the Phoenix Project on behalf of the community.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Factory is damaged.

Argue that this shows coexistence with the new ecosystem is impossible

Perhaps a reasonable argument to make, but not one the people of [HavenName] are particularly interested in hearing right now.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -10.

Argue that this shows human beings need to adapt on a biological level

Perhaps a reasonable argument to make, but not one the people of [HavenName] are particularly interested in hearing right now.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -15.

Matters of Faith

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

At the Synedrion haven of [HavenName], an unusual situation is unfolding: a significant minority of the population has joined a new religion, the Cult of the Distant Voice. Members of the Cult believe that through meditation, a person can make contact with a divine being called Yurgon, and thus receive enlightenment. Furthermore, they believe that the enlightened are immune to the Pandoravirus. This latter belief is causing a security problem.

Synedrion is predicated on full religious freedom, but it is also a society built on principles of scientific rationality. To suppress the Cult would be an assault on freedom, but the Cult's belief put the community in active danger of infection. Frustrated, worried, and unable to find a solution via debate, the people of [HavenName] have turned to us for input.

Cultists should be forced to obey security protocols or be expelled

The followers of the Cult of the Distant Voice are not pleased, and the rest of the population is deeply uncomfortable, but at some point irrational beliefs can no longer be tolerated, particularly when lives are at risk. Some of the cultists decide to leave, risking the long journey across the wasteland to stay true to their visions.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10, Population is decreased by 96. Adds towards terraformers allegiance.

Cultists deserve full freedom, even if their beliefs are dangerous

Without true tolerance, Synedrion can never build a society that is genuinely free of hierarchies. Figuring out how to coexist with the Cult of the Distant Voice will be a challenge for [HavenName], but it's a challenge worth accepting.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10, Adds towards polyphonic tendency allegiance.

We can't get involved

This is not a Phoenix Project matter, and we won't get involved.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Nature's Dominion

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

The Synedrion haven of [HavenName] is in uproar - over a book. "Nature's Dominion" is a new philosophical novel by Yevgenia Liu which depicts humanity's struggle against hierarchies, concluding with the idea that Nature itself is the ultimate hierarchy that must be defeated to guarantee humankind's freedom. Some critics accuse the book of advocating human supremacy, an idea the author herself doesn't find problematic in the slightest, gladly calling herself a human supremacist.

In a democratic society such as Synedrion, such debates can have a real effect on future policy, especially in the current situation. Is the ultimate goal harmony with Nature, or liberation from Nature? The answer to this question determines not only what Synedrion should do about the Pandoravirus, but also what should be done if humanity ever finds itself in control of this planet again.

For now, of course, it's just a discussion about a book, but the citizens of [HavenName] are curious: where does the Phoenix Project stand?

Liberation from Nature is the essence of civilization

Glorifying Nature has always been reactionary. The civilization the Phoenix Project was founded to defend is precisely the opposite of Nature: human beings breaking the natural patterns of conflict and competition, choosing to think for themselves, to cooperate, to transform, to build. Recognizing the essential brutality and stupidity of the natural world, civilization is the project of setting out to create something better for all of us.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +13, Adds towards terraformers allegiance.

A healthy civilization would have a balanced relationship with natural systems

The Phoenix Project understands that humanity's conflict with and destruction of the natural world isn't a matter of original sin, but a consequence of the hierarchies that have skewed human development. When these are dissolved, when people are truly equal, they will be able to coexist with Nature in a way that is healthier and more sustainable.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, Adds towards polyphonic tendency allegiance.

The only solution is changing humanity itself

The Phoenix Project believes that the question of humanity's relationship to Nature is too simplistic if we understand "humanity" to mean a static concept of Homo sapiens in this current stage of development. If we take humanity to be a more fluid concept, then we can understand that the question is not really about Nature, but about ourselves. It is we who have stopped evolving, we who have to start moving again.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4.

No comment

The Phoenix Project does not engage in literary criticism or philosophical speculation.

Our Past and Future

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 25.

Representatives of [HavenName] speak warmly of the importance of the Phoenix Project and the potential advantages of our organizations pursuing a common vision based on science and humanism. An assembly is called to determine the haven's contribution to the Phoenix cause. Wait for the assembly

After much debate, including a critical analysis of the Phoenix Project's origin in state structures and how that might affect its methods, a contribution is decided upon.

Tech TECH +90

Outvoted

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

At [HavenName], a Synedrion scientist by the name of Dr. Aini reaches out to our operatives. He has been working on technology intended to help terraform the planet, but he needs more resources to continue his experiments. Unfortunately, the latest assembly voted against providing his project with further resources, as many in the community feel that terraforming is too aggressive and imperialistic an approach to the planet's ecological crisis.

Dr. Aini would greatly appreciate the support of the Phoenix Project in this matter. The haven may have voted against supporting his work, but that doesn't mean he is forbidden from finding resources elsewhere. As a Synedrion citizen, he is entitled to pursue his interests freely and without state intervention. In return he would be willing to share some of the insights he has already attained.

Support Dr. Aini's research (-10 Tech)

Dr. Aini is thankful for our support, although it does seem to cause some negative reactions with the rest of the population. Synedrion may be democratic to the core, but such situations do cause a lot of friction. Thankfully, the data that Dr. Aini shares with our scientists is quite valuable.

Research points Research +200, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -5, Adds towards terraformers allegiance.

Decline

Perhaps it is better for the Phoenix Project not to get involved in the inner proceedings of [HavenName] at this time. Dr. Aini will have to continue his research on his own.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6

People's Front of Synedrion

Conditions: Synedrion's attitude to Phoenix Project is less than -25.

At the Synedrion haven of [HavenName], a citizen desperately wants out. He's offering to pay our operatives for taking him along.

"Look, I just can't stand it anymore," he says. "I joined Synedrion because they seemed like they really wanted to build a better world, but do you know what they do all day? Argue! Argue about every damn thing, over and over and over. They're just incapable of getting anything done at all. I'd rather join New Jericho and play soldier, or even be one of the Disciples of Anu and grow an arm out of my spleen or something - anything's better than this endless bloody whining."

Help him join the Disciples of Anu

The local citizens aren't happy - they were certain they could have convinced the man to stay. Presumably by talking to him some more.

Tech TECH +60, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -9.

Help him join New Jericho

Tech TECH +50, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Don't help him

"Oh God," the man says with genuine horror in his voice. "It's time for another assembly. Let's see who's going to be a pedantic bore this time."

Phoenix Project: The Game

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 25.

At [HavenName], a group of young people are developing a holographic game based on the history of the Phoenix Project. People need something fun to do when they're not fighting to survive, and even in this dark time, games are still valued. The game is set in the 1960s and 70s and follows the Phoenix Project's operatives as they solve mysteries around the world. Players have to survive tactical missions to various locations while also keeping track of their diplomatic relationships with the nations that provide funding.

The main problem the young developers face, apart from the eternal lack of resources and time, is access to historical information about the Phoenix Project, much of which remained classified even after its existence was revealed to the public. Should we share some of our archive data with them?

It's possible that the other factions will see this as an act of propaganda.

Yes, our history is worth sharing

The developers are amazed. From the struggle between Director of Operations Newton Sumrall and the American government to Administrator Irina Semionova's conflict with the KGB, from the eccentric ideas of Randolph Symes to the tragic story of the Phoenix-2 mission to the Moon, there is a vast wealth of material for them to draw on. Hopefully their game will help spread awareness of how long and how hard the Phoenix Project has fought for Earth.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6,Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +16.

No, they'll have to rely on their imaginations

The developers are disappointed, but understanding. "There's probably all sorts of stuff that's really secret," one of them says. "And if anyone knew about it, it would be a really big problem. Better to keep it all hush-hush until the planet is saved. Hey, maybe we can use it in the sequel!"

Demand they stop developing the game

The developers are deeply disappointed by our attitude. They promise to rename the game to "A-FIG: Alien Fighters" and remove all references to the Phoenix Project, even though copyright is no longer a concept, at least not in Synedrion havens.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Reconstruction

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

At the Synedrion haven of [HavenName], our operatives run into a recently-returned scientific expedition helmed by Professor Maathai, which had set out to explore a complex of limestone caverns in which the Pandoravirus seems to have produced a completely unique category of bioluminescent fungal hybrids. Unfortunately, some kind of large burrowing creature caused a collapse that buried half the team and damaged much of the equipment.

Some of our advanced Phoenix tech might be able to recover the highly valuable data the scientists died collecting. With the equipment in the state that it's in, however, It would be a very expensive and complicated process.

Retrieve the data (-30 Tech)

It takes effort, ingenuity, and a lot of spare parts, but eventually, our operatives manage to retrieve most of the data. Professor Maathai is pleased, although nothing can really make up for the people she lost.

"At least we can hope that what we did will help in some small way," she says with a tired smile.

Research points Research +150, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +25.

We can't spare the resources for this project

Professor Maathai is disappointed, but not angry. "The Phoenix Project clearly has enough to contend with without having to run tech support for Synedrion," she says with a tired smile.

Ask other Synedrion havens to pitch in (-20 Tech)

Why should [HavenName] have to handle this alone? If the Phoenix Project provides some of the rarer tech, and a few other havens help out, we can solve the problem collectively. And so that's what happens: the other havens have to vote on it first, of course, but they trust us.

Professor Maathai is glad. It may be impossible to bring back the people she lost, but at least their deaths will have meant something.

Research points Research +100, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

Ask New Jericho for help

In a rare moment of genuine cooperation, New Jericho shares an old Vanadium prototype data-retrieval device designed for its internal investigations unit. The device works perfectly and the data is saved. Professor Maathai is speechless.

"If only things could always work out this way," she says eventually. "Everyone working together to make the deaths of our friends and loved ones mean something..."

Research points Research +40, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to Synedrion.png Synedrion +4, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to NJ.png New Jericho +4.

Reshaping the World

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Our operatives have made contact with a Synedrion haven called [HavenName]. The citizens are currently engaged in a scheduled debate regarding the ethical dimensions of terraforming, in which an extended presentation by a member of the Polyphonic Tendency faction has caused a minor controversy. Wait for the debate to end

At the end of the day, the argument remains frustratingly unresolved and is set aside for the time being so the citizens can vote on the issue of the Phoenix Project. The overall result is positive, and [HavenName] shares some of its resources with us.

Food FOOD +320

Sharing Knowledge

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Synedrion's attitude to Phoenix Project is more than 25.

Our operatives have made contact with [HavenName], a Synedrion haven. Representatives of the citizenry say they have valuable information to share with us, but of course, this has to be voted upon first. Wait for the assembly

Citizen Selvon, part of the haven's Exploration and Cartography team, hopes that we will find this information regarding the locations of other havens useful. "The world's such a mess these days, it's good to know where things are," he says. "Even if they might be gone soon."

One New Jericho, one Anu and one Synedrion haven are revealed on Geoscape.

Shepherding Evolution

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Scientists at [HavenName] are struggling with a philosophical dilemma. They have discovered one of the few entirely harmless creatures produced by the Pandoravirus: a herd of scaly sheep. The mutation is so simple, in fact, that it could be easily reversed using basic gene-editing technology, recreating the original sheep species, currently most likely extinct.

The question is - should this be done? Normal sheep will be more useful to human beings, but scaly sheep can survive in the new ecosystem without harming us.

It should be done because it's useful for human beings

It's sentience and intelligence that ultimately matter most - the foundations of civilization, of the cosmos becoming self-aware. Human needs are considerably more important than those of animals, and we should be unafraid to alter the environment to our benefit.

Adds towards terraformer allegiance.

It should be done to restore purity

The world has become a sick parody of itself. Anything we can do to take back some of our genetic purity is worth doing.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4

Every possibility of coexistence with the new ecosystem is worth supporting

We can't always try and place ourselves at the top of creation. We must learn to be part of the ecosystem, not its masters. In this case, we have a chance to coexist peacefully with something the Pandoravirus has made. Even if the Pandoravirus is our enemy, this is a tiny step towards coexistence with the world it has made.

Adds towards polyphonic tendency allegiance.

The scaly sheep are sacred

The scaly sheep are better than normal sheep: sleeker, stronger, better able to defend themselves. They have adapted; they have grown. And they have done so without their minds being enslaved by the Pandoravirus. This is what the Exalted calls holiness, and it must be valued and preserved.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3

Skin Off My Back

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

There are dozens of seriously injured people at [HavenName], all of them missing long stretches of skin. "We were drilling," an injured engineer tells our operatives. "We'd detected a confined aquifer down there. Good chance of finding uncontaminated water. Seemed safe enough. But something... something came out. Weird pink tendrils, whipping around... slashing. Like getting whipped with bloody sandpaper. Took your skin right off. The collapse saved us, funnily enough."

The creature that caused this is confined, but the local doctors are having trouble producing enough synthetic skin grafts to cover the damage.

The doctors are overwhelmed; one of them actually hugs one of our operatives. With this additional equipment, it will be possible to heal everyone. Having heard about our generosity, the injured engineer our operatives had talked to insists on gifting them some explosives. "Time to blow some skin off THEIR ugly backsides!" he laughs. The doctors give him a sedative, shrugging as if to say: engineers!

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +25, One spider drone pistol received and one pack of ammo.

The doctors are thankful for our donation. It's not enough to solve all of their problems, but it might be enough to tide them over until help from another Synedrion haven arrives.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, 12 Population lost.

We can't afford to help

The doctors go back to their work, trying to save as many people as they can.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -2, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -6, 163 population lost.

Tentaclisticle

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Coastal site, Training zone present.

The inhabitants of [HavenName] are dealing with a particularly unusual situation. An enormous sea anemone has grown right in the middle of their haven. Two stories high and nearly indestructible, it is thankfully entirely sessile. The problem is not so much the presence of the organism itself, but the fact that at its very top, there is an oversized human mouth, and that mouth, in the words of one citizen, "simply will not shut up."

Incessantly, the mouth babbles absurd sentences in a booming, distorted voice. "TOP TEN CUCUMBERS IN THE EPITAPH. NUMBER FIVE WILL SURPRISE YOU," it moans. "THE SECRET TO SKIN LESIONS REVEALED. WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT BLEEDING HORSES."" The citizens are desperate; they haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks. "THIS NEW SOLIPSISM COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING. CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE BEING SHREDDED."

The running theory is that the organism is part sea anemone, part copy editor. But although the situation is morbidly funny, the exhaustion it is causing could cost lives."

Attempt to pull the organism into the sea using the [AircraftName]

After a great deal of planning, our operatives use the [AircraftName] to dislodge the organism and drag it into the sea. "FIVE CELEBRITY BACHELORS WHO PREFIGURE HEMATOCHROMIA!" it screams, lashing out with its tentacles. The [AircraftName] takes some damage but keeps going until the organism starts to sink. "TWELVE REASONS WHY YOUR BEST FRIEND COULD BE-" it gurgles before finally vanishing beneath the waves.

The people of [HavenName] cheer and shower our operatives with gifts.

Tech TECH +100, Materials MATERIALS +150, Food FOOD +200, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, 40 HP damage to aircraft.

Dynamite it (-25 Tech and -25 Materials)

The first few blasts don't do anything; the organism really is surprisingly solid. "THIRTY-SEVEN VICTIMS WHO LOOK LIKE BLOOD LEECHES" it bellows. Finally, a massive bomb thrown directly into its mouth manages to silence it. "TWENTY-FIVES WAYS TO TELL IF YOU'RE A-" it howls before finally exploding into a shower of pulsating parts.

The people of [HavenName] cheer even though their haven is now covered in Pandoran gore.

Food FOOD +400, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +10, Training zone is damaged.

Don't destroy the organism. Instead, study it

The people of [HavenName] are not enthusiastic about this plan, but it's better than nothing. "ARE THESE THE BEST ANEURISMS IN LOUNGE COUNTRY?" the organism groans. "TEN FIENDS WHO LOOK LIKE LEPIDOPTERISTS! DO YOU KNOW NUMBER SIX?"

The investigation shows that the organism contains a series of embedded organic structures that strongly resemble a human brain, adding another puzzle piece to our understanding of the Pandoravirus.

Research points Research +100, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7. Training zone is severely damaged.

Let them figure it out themselves

"TOP TEN EPIC FAILS IN MOLECULAR DECAY," the organism growls in idiotic triumph. "CAN YOU SMOTHER THE SUBLIME FISH?"

The people of [HavenName] go back to their lives, hoping that one day the problem will be solved - but not by the Phoenix Project.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -9, Training zone is severely damaged.

The A Word

Conditions: Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project is less than 75.

A Synedrion satirist in [HavenName] has been causing diplomatic problems by writing a series of increasingly popular songs about the "Disciples of Anus." The Disciples demand an end to these insults, while Synedrion cite their unwavering dedication to freedom of speech.

Side with the Disciples of Anu; it is their right not to be mocked

After several heated meetings, the satirist agrees to stop performing and distributing new songs, although the previous ones will remain available. While opinion is divided, most Synedrion citizens see this development as deeply troubling.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to Anu.png Disciples of Anu -8.

Side with Synedrion; without freedom of speech, humanity cannot flourish

After several petitions, we receive word that the Synod of Yearning has ruled it a sin to become overly emotional over such a small issue - but at the same time, they have proclaimed the songs blasphemous, and our role in "promoting" them highly questionable.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to Synedrion.png Synedrion -8.

The Accused

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

[HavenName] has recently voted to grant asylum to a high-ranking New Jericho officer who is accused of having killed one of his own men. New Jericho demands he be extradited to face murder charges, but his defenders claim that the charges are merely a pretext to silence a dissenter. The officer has appealed to the Phoenix Project for support.

Demand that he be extradited

The people of [HavenName] are not interested in what the Phoenix Project has to say about this. As far as they are concerned, the sanctity of asylum is a foundational democratic principle and anyone who disregards it is stained for life. New Jericho appreciates our gesture, however.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -7.

Support his right to asylum

The people of [HavenName] are pleased to hear that the Phoenix Project supports the foundational democratic value that is the inviolability of asylum. New Jericho will just have to deal with not getting their pound of flesh.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +13.

Call in a favor with New Jericho to resolve the situation

The last thing this world needs is more conflict between human beings. Our contacts in New Jericho are willing to make this all go away, so long as the people of [HavenName] promise not to use the officer for propaganda purposes. An assembly is called to vote on this proposal, and a clear majority votes yes.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +25.

Recruit him for the Phoenix Project

The officer says he'd be happy to join, especially if it defuses the situation a little. He is grateful to the people of [HavenName] and doesn't want to cause more trouble.

One Sniper soldier received.

The Light of the Phoenix

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 50.

[HavenName] welcomes all Phoenix Project operatives as incarnations of the best parts of the spirit of the Enlightenment. By our actions, we have shown that the Phoenix Project is everything it claimed to be: a force dedicated to protecting humankind as a species, with science as its biggest weapon.

"The Phoenix Project dares to ask the difficult questions and to pursue answers even when there is a cost," one citizen says. "This dedication to scientific truth combined with universal values is what the world was missing for so long."

To back their praise up with material help, the people of [HavenName] decide to contribute directly to our cause. Wait for the assembly

An assembly is called to discuss how high the contribution should be. The discussion is quick, as there is almost no disagreement as to the value of the Phoenix Project.

Tech TECH +120, Materials MATERIALS +440.

The Measure of a Crab

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

Our operatives have made contact with a Synedrion haven called [HavenName]. Unfortunately, the citizens are currently engaged in a scheduled debate entitled Crabmen: Human or Humanoid, which has overrun significantly as various philosophical factions passionately make their points. Wait for the debate to end

It is generally agreed that the faction known as the Terraformers performed best in this debate. Its supporters, buoyed by success, vote to support the Phoenix Project with a contribution to our Tech.

Tech TECH +80

Waiting Game

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0. Value Nkrumah is 1.

When our operatives arrive at [HavenName], they receive an urgent message from Dr. Jefferson Nkrumah. Apparently he left a long-term experiment running in his old lab here in [HavenName], and he'd like our operatives to report the results. A recent assembly voted to quarantine his lab, but he assures our operatives that the experiment is only mildly explosive.

Do as he asks

After a mild explosion that mildly tears the lab in two, our operatives can tell Dr. Nkrumah that he has indeed found a way of making Pandorans explode. The process may take several months to work, but in principle it does function as intended.

Dr. Nkrumah is satisfied, and gladly allows us to access his data.

Research points Research +100, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -8, Soldiers lose 30 HP.

Refuse Dr. Nkrumah's request

The lab was quarantined for a reason, and we don't want to offend the good people of [HavenName], who have undoubtedly suffered at the hands of this mad genius.

Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

Warm Welcome

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 50.

At [HavenName], our operatives are greeted with genuine warmth. The Phoenix Project is very welcome here. An assembly is quickly called to decide on a contribution to our cause, which is seen as almost synonymous with Synedrion's. Wait for the assembly

After a long and surprisingly detailed presentation from one Dr. Valerie Kwan, including top-secret information about the scientific activities of the Phoenix Project in the 1960s, the assembly votes on a considerable contribution.

Materials MATERIALS +340, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6

What Could Have Been

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Synedrion's attitude to Phoenix Project is between 0 and 25, New Jericho's attitude to Phoenix Project is less than 25, Disciples of Anu's attitude to Phoenix Project is less than 25.

The inhabitants of [HavenName] are greatly pleased to see the Phoenix Project back in action after such a long absence. The world, they agree, could have used our help. Who knows how this whole war against the Pandoravirus might have gone if the Phoenix Project had been able to fight back from day one. An international scientific response was exactly what the governments and corporations of the day prevented from happening.

But they don't blame us - as underfunded and understaffed as we were, how were we supposed to deal with a global crisis? It's a miracle any vestige of the Phoenix Project has survived at all. To make up a little bit for just how much we were neglected by the world, they offer to share some of their resources. Accept

An assembly is called and the precise amount of resources to be shared is debated. This takes some time, as some individuals insist on analyzing every single projected statistic first, but in the end, an agreement is reached.

Materials MATERIALS +360, Food FOOD +50.

Who We Were

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0.

The people of [HavenName] largely seem positively inclined towards us, but one individual insists that there's a philosophical question which must be debated before any diplomatic relations can proceed: was the Phoenix Project an arm of the pre-war bourgeoisie?

It was not

The Phoenix Project was an international organization dedicated to science and protecting humanity. As such, it represented a step beyond the concerns of the rich people of this or that country, or even of countries in general. It was a promise of a better world that sadly never materialized.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +12.

It was, but it doesn't matter

Any government-created institution of the pre-war world was technically speaking an arm of bourgeoisie, but so what? Isn't the point of Synedrion's ideology that there were many good things about the old world, and that those good things ought to be seized? Otherwise this accusation sounds suspiciously like being accused of sinfulness.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15.

It was, and we're proud of that

There was a lot wrong with the old order, but that doesn't mean that the Phoenix Project is some kind of utopian project that hates the past. Yes, the Phoenix Project was created by the governments of that time, and it served the interests of those governments - including, at one time, the USSR. There's no shame in that.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -15.

The old world was nothing but sin

It doesn't matter what the Phoenix Project was in the old days. Everything was corrupt then. What matters is what the Phoenix Project is now.

Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +4, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -9.

Winds of Change

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Residential zone is present.

The Synedrion haven of [HavenName] is troubled by a strange growth not far from its borders. The growth appears to be a colony of pink protuberances that emit a fetid gas at regular intervals; the locals have named it the Clusterbutt. The gas is largely methane, and while not dangerous at this distance and in these amounts, the stench is stultifying. Every single attempt to destroy the growth has failed, as it always grows back within a few days.

"I'm afraid that whatever is producing the Clusterbutt is deep underground, like a mushroom, and what we're seeing is just the equivalent of the fruiting body," says a local scientist, Dr. Hendrik. "It may be impossible to eliminate under current conditions. I hope I'm wrong, because this.. well, it stinks."

Keep the growth intact and study it

The growth's name and appearance may be amusing, but its effect on the atmosphere is not: it is slowly terraforming our planet by pumping out large quantities of greenhouse gas. By itself, it's relatively harmless, but a large number of such growths could dramatically speed up the extreme climatic changes we are already experiencing. If the Pandoravirus is not stopped, Earth may become uninhabitable.

Research points Research +50, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -10, Residential zone is severely damaged.

Blow it up, then pour concrete over the hole (-5 Tech, -15 Materials)

The Clusterbutt goes up in a big explosion followed by a rain of small pink blobs. But even with a thick layer of concrete poured over the crater, the problem is most likely not going to be solved permanently. Still, at least the good people of [HavenName] will get a few weeks of clean air. As thanks, Dr. Hendrik shares some of the data collected by the haven's scouts.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, One scavenging site revealed.

Inject a biotoxin into the area below the growth (-20 Tech)

It's not clear whether this will work in the long term, but it's the best idea anyone's come up with so far, and the people of [HavenName] are deeply grateful for the Phoenix Project's assistance. Funny as it all may seem, the truth is that the planet is changing in ways that do not bode well for humanity's future. To help us keep up the good fight, Dr. Hendrik shares some of the data collected by the haven's scouts.

Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +6, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +25, One scavenging site revealed.

Cruelly mock the inhabitants of [HavenName]

Dr. Hendrik is not amused by the puns our operatives come up with.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +5, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -25. Residential zone is damaged.

Yearning to Breathe Free

Conditions: Haven Leader's attitude to the Phoenix Project is more than 0, Haven is in Mist, Factory zone is present.

A large group of refugees is trying to get to [HavenName], desperate and malnourished. Most of the area is covered in Mist and it's clear that without help, many of them will not make it. The haven has already voted to take them in, but this kind of rescue operation is not easy.

Could the Phoenix Project help?

Yes, it's our duty to help (-75 Food)

The rescue operation is a success, and very few people are lost to the Mist. However, while everyone is busy saving the refugees, some kind of acid-spewing slug invades the haven, damaging important machinery.

"It's a low enough price for saving so many lives," one of the citizens says to our operatives.

For the help we provided, [HavenName] rewards us with spare parts from an old EnyoSec laboratory they recently dismantled.

Tech TECH +200, Materials MATERIALS +300, Food FOOD +400, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +15, 40 Damage to aircraft.

Contact the Disciples of Anu for help

The Disciples immediately send a team to help and offer to take in some of the refugees, thus also easing the burden on [HavenName]. Not everyone is comfortable with this solution, but it's better than letting people die.

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project -4, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +7, Anu.png Disciples of Anu's attitude to Synedrion.png Synedrion +4, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to Anu.png Disciples of Anu +4, 562 population change(?),

It's better not to take any risks when the Mist is so close

The people of [HavenName] do not appreciate our philosophical position on this matter, but during the rescue, the haven is nearly infested with acid-spitting slugs, and it's only thanks to our operatives that disaster is averted. Who knows how many people could have died if no-one was paying attention?

NJ.png New Jericho's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Synedrion.png Synedrion's attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +3, Haven Leader’s attitude to 1pp.png Phoenix Project +8, 203 population change(?).