>PROSPERO network open/general/secpro: null/xprospero
>SUBJECT: Welcome back
Please remain calm – disorientation and memory loss are common side effects of long-term stasis. My diagnostics show that both you and your c-link implants are fully functional, and you should be fully recovered shortly.
I am Prospero, the artificial intelligence system of the St. Andrew colony ship, launched 2124 from Ganymede. You have been in stasis for the duration of our journey to Serendipity.
Now we are here.
To confirm that you are suffering no serious disorientation or communications problems, please confirm your primary speciality.
What is your speciality?
The St. Andrew has arrived at Serendipity intact after our journey of 247 years, and we shall land on our new home within ten days. Please excuse any eccentricities on the part of the Flight crew – unlike the rest of the colonists, who like yourself slept out the journey in stasis, Flight were required to live on board for the full duration of the voyage, and are unused to so many (or, indeed, any) new faces.
We knew Serendipity was an earth-like and life-supporting world before the journey began, but it was only as we approached the system that I was able to dispatch long-range probes to gather hard data about the world's climate and ecology. Serendipity's axial tilt is higher than that of Earth, but the planet is hotter and wetter as a whole, so the planet's land surface is covered by ice-caps (15%), jungles (32%) and little other terrain (6%).
You have been awoken early because mission protocol dictates that any decisions affecting the well-being of the whole colony be made using c-link consensus. The first decision facing us is the location of our initial base. Long-range probes have identified three candidate sites.
Site #1 is a small island off the coast of the main continent. The advantages of this site are its isolation and ease of access. However, extremes of weather may pose a danger here.
Site #2 is a plateau in the jungles of the primary continent. This location has abundant natural resources and plenty of room for expansion. The downside is that it is thickly overgrown and a great deal of effort would be required to clear it for landing and building.
Site #3 is far to the north of the other two, in the wooded hills on the edge of the tundra. Conditions here are much colder and less pleasant, but it is ideally suited as a landing strip and also has natural resources that will be of use to us.
We must have consensus on this initial site before we begin aerobraking. Giant colony ships are a bitch to park.
Which landing site should we use?