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Mr McDillard’s Pad, 8 June 2018.

The player base on what used to be called Marvel occupies a commanding overlook onto the desert floor far below. It is the last base standing after the v1.3 update, completely abandoned and also completely intact. Two generic base units are elsewhere on the planet, marked with communications stations.

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Comm Station No. 4 placed pre-Atlas Rises indicates surprise at there being two bases on one planet.

It remains unclear (at least to me) where the other two bases went, and why Mr McDillard’s Pad was the one to remain. Were the other two bases wiped out by v1.3, or were they disassembled or even migrated to a nearby system. Based on the physical evidence, it is impossible to tell what happened, although we know for sure that these bases were present once upon a time.

Anatomy of Salatzeno-Ozy Arvire

Salatzeno-Ozy Arvire [née Marvel]
Legacy Hub
System: [HUB-K-17C]Reach (AP,GB,Ri,Lush,Bears)
Base Name: Mr McDillard’s Pad
Player: Mr McDillard

Type: “Desolate” planet
Weather: Blasted Atmosphere
Sentinels: Average
Flora: Generous. According to the Discoveries log, 1 common plant specie has been discovered. Most of the planet is carpeted with cacti.
Fauna: Numerous. Also based on the Discoveries log, 9/10 animal species have yet to be recorded. Fauna does exist on Marvel in the form of quadrupeds (some of them predatory) and dinosaur-like birds.

Economy: Mass Production // Sustainable
Dominant Lifeform: Vy’keen
Conflict Level: Testy

Planet Base Coordinates: 0469:0082:0D6D:017O
Portal Coordinates: pie bird bug tent pie dinosaur balloon ship tree tent ship hexagon

Resources (according to the log): Star Bulb, Emeril, Copper, Heridium. I did not observe Star Bulb, Emeril, and Copper.

Exterior Temp: Range between 90.7 F, 0.7 Rad, 11.7 Tox (day) and -86.9 F, 0.7 Rad, 3.8 Tox (night)
Storms: Twice daily with extreme heat (210.6 F).
Length of Day: 1 real-time minute = 45 minutes on Marvel. 32 real-time minutes = 1 day on Marvel.
Sunrise: 0400
Sunset: 2000


The landscape of Marvel is mountainous and sandy with a cracked surface split by deep desert canyons. Blowing sand and dust fill the air and catch the light to create spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Frequent rainbow-like arches squat on mountain slopes the bases of which open onto cave systems.


1 Waypoint discovered by Acadia-Pinecone on February 17, 2017. [The v1.2 Pathfinder update was released three weeks later on March 8, 2017, so this planet is a very old discovery in the Legacy Hub.]

Base Description

Square in plan, Mr McDillard’s Pad is a bi-level structure, the upper floor serving as a wide open space accessible by two landing pads to the east and west, supported by four pillars. The upper story is completely pierced by windows providing spectacular views of the mountainous, desert landscape. A tire rack rests against the eastern wall. A staircase at the middle of the western wall leads up to two holographic doorways opening onto a short widow’s walk. Ladders are placed at each of the room’s four corners leading down to ground-level.

The ground floor is organized in an “I”-plan with a central hallway of six decorative trade terminals running east-west to an active Trade Terminal (“Exchange N7/L12”) flanked by two additional decorative Trade Terminals. The base unit opens to the south and contains the base ID as well as a Vy’keen vendor.

Outside and immediately to the right of the doorway is a message module reading, “Welcome to my home above the HUB! Leave 1.” Three geobays (one for each type of exocraft) are placed at the base’s northern side. Two pairs of decorative warp fuel canisters mark the base’s entry.

The image below shows what the landscape of Marvel used to look like.

Mr McDillard’s Pad in 2017 before Atlas Rises.

Comm Stations

One comm station placed by Syn1334 sits atop a ridge overlooking the base, a 25” walk to the south, and reads: “Documented Legacy Heritage Site.” Other comm balls lie seven hours to the southwest and eight hours to the south-southwest.

The southwestern grouping contains two floating comm balls, one of which was placed by ButterForTheKing. They hover above a generic base unit. The south-southwestern comm ball notes that there are two inhabited bases on the planet, and is suspended above a generic base unit.

—Andrew Reinhard, Archaeogaming

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