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 Ancient Terran Probes can be extremely dangerous, for a variety of reasons. ​ Ancient Terran Probes can be extremely dangerous, for a variety of reasons. ​
  
- They tend to contain volatile power sources, such as miniaturised fission cores, which are liable to have degraded over time. +  ​* They tend to contain volatile power sources, such as miniaturised fission cores, which are liable to have degraded over time. 
- They often contain strongly radioactive isotopes, whose containment vessels may have been breached or degraded over time. +  ​They often contain strongly radioactive isotopes, whose containment vessels may have been breached or degraded over time. 
- ​Several types contain mutagens, which have often themselves been altered from their original design parameters during exposure to interstellar radiation. Their effects on living organisms are impossible to predict. +  ​Several types contain mutagens, which have often themselves been altered from their original design parameters during exposure to interstellar radiation. Their effects on living organisms are impossible to predict. 
- ​Probes designed to alter the atmosphere of target worlds may generate toxic concentrations of atmospheric gases in an area around the probe. +  ​Probes designed to alter the atmosphere of target worlds may generate toxic concentrations of atmospheric gases in an area around the probe. 
-* Probes designed to affect geological or geothermal activity may be channeling extreme heat from deep within a planet'​s crust, or emit periodic seismic shockwaves. +  * Probes designed to affect geological or geothermal activity may be channeling extreme heat from deep within a planet'​s crust, or emit periodic seismic shockwaves. 
-* Biogenic probes may release hostile creatures in varying stages of development. +  * Biogenic probes may release hostile creatures in varying stages of development. 
-* Malfunctioning probes may be operating outside expected design parameters when encountered.+  * Malfunctioning probes may be operating outside expected design parameters when encountered.
  
 ==== Modern Probes ==== ==== Modern Probes ====
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 Other species have developed their own versions of Terraforming Probes as they took to the stars, but none were deployed on such a large and indiscriminate scale as the Terrans. ​ Other species have developed their own versions of Terraforming Probes as they took to the stars, but none were deployed on such a large and indiscriminate scale as the Terrans. ​
  
-The [[Dominion]] employ fleets of crewed ships to terraform worlds, and have a preference for macro-scale activities such as asteroid or comet redirection,​ orbital solar mirrors, atmospheric particle seeding and tectonic resonators.+The [[Dominion]] employ fleets of crewed ships to terraform worlds, and have a preference for macro-scale activities such as asteroid or comet redirection,​ orbital solar mirrors, atmospheric particle seeding and tectonic resonators. The act of coordinating a major terraforming effort is seen as a powerfully heroic undertaking in Dominion society and religion.
  
 The [[Commonality]] use their facility with biotechnology to terraform worlds. Commonality probes are typically deployed on barren worlds, where they release vast numbers of engineered microorganisms,​ who perform a variety of tasks including heat generation, atmosphere conversion and development of a substrate for more specialised organisms. The Commonality terraforming process is considerably slower, and can take several centuries to complete. Additionally,​ it performs poorly on worlds with established life, and the Commonality tends to avoid terraforming such worlds directly. The [[Commonality]] use their facility with biotechnology to terraform worlds. Commonality probes are typically deployed on barren worlds, where they release vast numbers of engineered microorganisms,​ who perform a variety of tasks including heat generation, atmosphere conversion and development of a substrate for more specialised organisms. The Commonality terraforming process is considerably slower, and can take several centuries to complete. Additionally,​ it performs poorly on worlds with established life, and the Commonality tends to avoid terraforming such worlds directly.
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