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In an era of environmental and geopolitical uncertainty, Sequoia Industries International stands as a proud member of the Mars Century Collective. As one of the five largest companies tasked with establishing one hundred colonies on Mars by the year 2050, Sequoia was instrumental in streamlining new gravity assist technology, paving the way for rapid interplanetary travel. Late in the year 2045, Sequoia’s seventh vessel successfully delivered supplies and a robotic set up crew to Mars, before safely returning to Earth orbit. When the colonization transport re-launches in October of 2047, it will mark the third time a vessel successfully brings a live crew to Mars. Although our astronauts are not the first people walking on the planet’s surface, Sequoia’s board of directors is confident that our diverse team of specialists will succeed in establishing the first permanent base on Mars, ready to welcome thousands of other colonists and refugees to their new home.
The Sequoia VII interplanetary transport is the first reusable transport of its class. At the length and width of two American football fields, this massive ship was constructed in Earth orbit by synthesizing building materials from raw asteroid minerals. It can carry up to one hundred and twenty five passengers, with enough supplies and equipment to spend six months on Mars. During that time, our colonists will use raw materials from the Martian surface to create renewable energy systems, ready to support generations of new colonists.
After reaching Martian orbit, the planetary transport will make alignments with the landing site inside the Xanthe Terra region. Once a clear decent path has been mapped, the Habitation quadrant of the ship will detach and land on the surface. On touchdown, colonial grounding systems will take over, linking the Habitation quadrant with the other four permanent structures of the colony. These structures include the Science Wing, Greenhouse and Gardens, Engineering Bay, and the Central Hub. A subterranean fusion reactor generates most of the colony’s power, while solar panels collect additional energy for emergency storage and ground transports.
Nestled against a small hill to the east with the rolling Martian plains to the west, this location is an ideal one within the region. After millennia of terraformation, future Martians will enjoy a pleasant walk through the fertile river deltas, less than one hundred kilometers south of a new ocean to the north. For now, our colonists will make do with wind and sand, but we are all incredibly grateful for the hard work and sacrifice they have put into this mission so we may have a safe home for our species.
Commander Jacki O’Rania grew up in New England, hailing from a small town in Massachusetts. From a young age, she displayed an affinity for both math and art, studying fractal painting techniques to create some of her earliest works. Her mother is one of the few remaining professional cello players in this increasingly technological world, while her father works as a civil rights lawyer. Through their supportive upbringing, Jacki became a fierce leader, quickly solving problems and keeping people in-line. Studying art history and anthropology in the southwestern United States, she has already ventured on several excavations, offering her expert opinion on ancient cave paintings and pottery. An active artist, Jacki met the entrepreneur funding the Sequoia missions after he purchased one of her paintings. Impressed by her unique skill sets and authoritative personality, he quickly hired her to lead the expedition to Mars.
ANDI is an Artificial Narrow Dynamic Intelligence. At only two years old, he is lauded throughout the tech world as one of the most advanced narrow intelligences ever created. The recent installations of both his dynamic functioning, as well as the universally applied coding of the Basic Need, allow ANDI to multi-task and emote so well that you would be forgiven for mistaking him as human. Always the curious mind, ANDI is bound to protect the colonists from any harm, while helping them establish a new home on this harsh frontier.
Charles “Chip” Heddleston hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Coming from parents who failed to make a career out of acting, he was always encouraged to pursue the engineering and mathematical sciences. Forced to take classes against his will, Chip soon dropped out of school, and spent many years traveling the United States picking up odd jobs. After gaining this hands-on technical experience, Chip’s brother Archie paid for his certification in data sciences and machine learning. After several years of working for Sequoia Industries International, Chip was drafted onto the team of specialists designing ANDI. As he has been there since ANDI’s inception, Chip helps oversee the computer’s functions within the colony, when not repairing any technical issues that may occur with colonial equipment.
Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Walker was raised as an Army brat, bouncing from town to town all over the southeastern United States. Following in both of her parent’s footsteps, she signed up for the War on Terror as soon as she could. After proudly serving two tours in the Middle East, Melissa returns to the private sector with her husband and three sons. Together, they run a private security service, and are often employed by the wealthy members of society for additional protection. Having worked with many leaders of the Sequoia team, she and her company were an obvious choice for protecting our colonists. Spending a year working closely with Commander O’Rania, she is prepared to deal with any non-environmental hostilities our colonists may encounter on the Red Planet.
Doctor Keila Levy comes to our colony fresh from medical school. Living in Israel during one of the most turbulent times of its existence, Keila spends two years serving as a field medic in the military when she comes of age. After completing that service and further education, she is very excited to hold her medical residency on Mars. Though she is younger than most of the colonists, she speaks with great wisdom, and often solves health crises using traditional medical practices. Part of a small team of doctors, her primary duties will be serving as a field medic on escort missions, as well as assisting the head doctor with major procedures.
Ani (Brother) Mateo Alvirez traveled a great deal, both physically and spiritually, before joining this expedition. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mateo found a connection to his Catholic faith at an early age. When he was still a teenager at the turn of the twentieth century, he fell in love with a young man, causing him to struggle greatly with the Church’s views on homosexuality. The two of them relocated to the American Southwest, and even though they drifted apart, Mateo found great joy in the spiritually inclined Christians he communed with. Viewing the institution of theology as a collection of conservative viewpoints, Mateo instead turned his studies to hydroponic farming, and eventually met the man who would become his husband. Together, they ran a successful farming business with their young son, while Mateo continued to find new ways to commune with the Universe. Most recently taking a pilgrimage across Japan and spending many months living with Shinto priests, Mateo returned to the U.S. and founded a meeting group for people of all faiths to worship together. Due to his non-partisan views on religion, Ani Mateo serves as a chaplain to all of our colonists, no matter what faith they keep.
Geoff Thomassen, Director of Colonial Finances, was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Pampered by a wealthy family, his parents assured that he received the highest quality of education, and helped him find his first job at Sequoia. Working within the Economics Department, Geoff became a senior VP in only five years. Due to his excellent health and minimal social obligations, Geoff was honored when selected as Director of Colonial Finances for this colony. While each crew member has their own objectives, Geoff knows his position is invaluable, as his work will ensure the financial stability of this expedition and all future exploratory missions on Mars.