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Fasala IV by ILJackson Fasala IV by ILJackson
Fasala is one of the rare "garden worlds" in the Terran Protectorate's Leo Sector, and an example of the achievements of terraforming. The first explorers, upon seeing the world, thought it was a paradise, but soon discovered that all the life forms there breathed out carbon monoxide, which is deadly to humans. Loathe to abandon an otherwise near perfect world, the Master Shapers introduced a virus into the planet's ecosystem. The virus only attached to proteins unique to life on that planet and nests in the respiratory system, causing carbon molecules to bond into carbon dioxide. After a generation, the planet was perfectly habitable, and because the virus can only affect native species, it was harmless to humans. The planet is now a major food producer, managed by the powerful ComidaTech corporation and supplying food throughout the sector.

cg elements rendered in Carrara 8.5, background created in GIMP 2.8.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
That ship in the foreground isn't a Duende, is it?
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ILJackson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's actually a Messier-class science vessel. Nebula Survey by ILJackson
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Sorry, I was just looking on the actual Riftspace page. I do see it now.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Too big... I think it's a Rama Class...
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Look close, it has wings that only match the Duende, or at least are only close to it.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Still a tough call to make from the distance, honestly, and I'm chasing enough straws with The Naming Game...
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Only I think it'll be a bit before we're on that track again.
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mrc0006 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
The Naming Game? Heh, why do you think Zan hasn't slept in... 6 days?
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space-commander Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great image.

The problem with a CO-rich biosphere is that the CO would interfere with Complex IV of the ETC, both in plant and animal cells unless something other than O2 can be substituted. CO also degrades relatively quickly which means that humans might be able to get away with living on Pacific-style island chains where the CO/O2 balance is more favorable due to phytoplankton blooms as opposed to the 50/50 effect you would see in rain forests, especially at night.
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CrwnPrince Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I had that same idea! Breathing out Carbon Monoxide!!! Beautiful Image!!
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Once again, nicely done!Clap 
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tchalla811 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ALWAYS wonderful images and marvelous stories.
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Gromgorefiend Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Nice looks very kool .
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Writer
This is simply beautiful. An excellent job, good sir. Very inspiring :clap:
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