Mharin Kharin is a colony event chain that has a very small chance to trigger 2 or 3 years after any colony has been founded. It can only happen once per game. The event chain offers two mutually exclusive conclusion paths.
- 1 Mharin Kharin: Floral Fascination
- 2 Mharin Kharin: Pistil Pondering
- 3 Mharin Kharin: Olfactory Arousal
- 4 Mharin Kharin: Making Time for Petals
- 5 Mharin Kharin: Work Over Flowers
- 6 Mharin Kharin: Rooted in Place
- 7 Mharin Kharin: Transmission Trouble
- 8 Mharin Kharin: Upper Management Betrayal
- 9 Mharin Kharin: Pollen Worship
- 10 Mharin Kharin: With an Iron Fist, From Afar
- 11 Mharin Kharin: Beginning of Pollen's End
- 12 Mharin Kharin: Slash and Burn
- 13 Mharin Kharin: The Pollen's End of Us
- 14 Mharin Kharin: Disaster Averted
- 15 Mharin Kharin: A New Beginning
Mharin Kharin: Floral Fascination
Several plants native to [colony name], where we recently established a colony, exude copious amounts of a pollen with an astounding chemical complexity.
A special research project has been prepared for further study of this flora.
Mharin Kharin: Pistil Pondering
On closer examination, the plants native to [colony name] turn out to be rather dull. Some excrete pollen that have a mild stimulating effect and they are likely to have a propensity for rapid genetic change; hardly impressive enough to warrant adopting as a strategic or luxury resource.
Mharin Kharin: Olfactory Arousal
Long-term exposure to the pollen naturally occurring in [colony name]'s atmosphere acts on the colonists' pheromone receptors with a mild aphrodisiac effect, accompanied by a barely-perceptible "high." The plant that produces the most potent strain is a flower common to all areas of the planet; squirreled away into some obscure taxonomic nook by scientists on [colony name] but known in the local [main species name] dialect as "Mharin Kharin."
Mharin Kharin: Making Time for Petals
Reports from [colony name] indicate that worker productivity has declined recently, becoming stable at levels several percent lower than the [empire name] average.
This may or may not be due to the stimulating effects of the pollen native to the planet.
It probably is.
A special project has been prepared should we wish to make our production pipelines more efficient to make up for the loss.
Mharin Kharin: Work Over Flowers
Far-reaching changes to time management paradigms and the way responsibility is delegated within all fields of production and other duties on [colony name] have produced good results. The populace has an evident desire - outside observers would call it an outright need - to be in close proximity to the native flora.
With clever scheduling and additional checks in place, productivity remains low but has risen above the lower limit of what can be deemed acceptable.
Mharin Kharin: Rooted in Place
A recent survey indicates that residents of [colony name] are much less likely than other denizens of the [empire name] to migrate to other planets.
The survey does not address whether this could be due to a psychological dependency on the low-level sensory arousal caused by Mharin Kharin and its sibling-plants.
Mharin Kharin: Transmission Trouble
While productivity is no longer declining on the planet, communications between the colony on [colony name] and the capital on [capital name] are breaking down. Senior officials on [colony name] are growing increasingly distant, and our clerks are complaining that even relaying simple directives is becoming an exercise in frustration.
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Deploy an administrative task force. Code mauve.
Mharin Kharin: Upper Management Betrayal
It appears that the crack team of administrators we sent to [colony name] in order to set things straight have been turned. Fortunately for us, their plot to do as little work as possible was, unsurprisingly, sloppily executed and easily discovered. Heads will roll - metaphorically speaking of course - as our last recourse is to depose the local government and manage the colony's affairs from the capital.
Mharin Kharin: Pollen Worship
Fringe elements on [colony name] have banded together to form a quasi-religious organization seeking to control all aspects of the Mharin Kharin flower and its cultivation. Their leader, a self-styled "Green Hierophant" of this "Flower Temple" claims to speak for all flora and fauna of [colony name] and demands exclusive trading rights for the plant.
This is of course completely unacceptable and impossible, as the native flora of [colony name] is of little strategic or economic value and thus may not be brought off-world by law.
Unfortunately, they are unlikely to accept this fact gracefully.
Mharin Kharin: With an Iron Fist, From Afar
Our remote-government of [colony name] is now firmly established. It has met with some success in suppressing the proliferation of the pollen-bearing plant Mharin Kharin as well as in eroding the community's acceptance of "using" it - no small feat considering the act is as innocent as smelling a flower.
Mharin Kharin: Beginning of Pollen's End
The Flower Temple and its followers now make up a sizable minority of the population on [colony name], and reports indicate a disturbing change in the movement. Their futile attempts to smuggle Mharin Kharin specimen off-world have been growing less enthusiastic by the day, as the Flower Temple seems to be transitioning into a doomsday cult. There is likely a correlation with the recent changes in the Mharin Kharin pollen's chemical makeup, detected by atmospheric sensors.
A special project has been prepared to assess the risks associated with this, and it is recommended to complete it before something goes horribly wrong.
Mharin Kharin: Slash and Burn
Our remote-governance of [colony name] continues to be a somewhat awkward but effective arrangement. The council in charge has allegedly secured the loyalty of a faction of our armed forces on the planet - apparently they prefer staying indoors to breathing in the Mharin Kharin pollen. The remote-government wishes to use these troops to mount an offensive on the flower, having them erect atmospheric purifiers and wiping the plant from all urban areas entirely.
Mharin Kharin: The Pollen's End of Us
Something went horribly wrong.
Vast swaths of Mharin Kharin flowers spontaneously mutated in unison, spreading like wildfire and turning their pollen poisonous, and we were too late.
Both our evacuation efforts and our attempts to neutralize the pollen fell short of the mark and the inhabitants of [colony name] paid the price.
The plant life of [colony name] achieved only a pyrrhic victory, though this fact is scant consolation. The whole genus that Mharin Kharin belonged to burned in the fire of its own unnaturally rapid proliferation. The soil is starved of the specific nutrients the pollinating plants need - once the currently living specimens die, which will be soon, it will be a long time before that flora can again establish a foothold in the ecosystem, if it ever will.
The inhabitants of [colony name] are dead, and the planet's atmosphere is temporarily noxious with plant emissions.
Mharin Kharin: Disaster Averted
Quick and decisive action allowed us to identify the risks associated with the rapid changes in the pollen native to [colony name] and take the necessary steps.
The necessary steps were a complete planetary evacuation and a planet-wide tactical pesticide bombing run, targeting the Mharin Kharin flower and its ilk.
The plants were rapidly mutating and their unique pollen would, had they not been destroyed, soon have begun delivering a potent neurotoxin to the olfactory organs of all sapient life on [colony name].
The scientists on the colonization council theorize that this is part of a natural cycle on [colony name] and that the pollen's adverse effects on us, in the form of a crumbling local administration, the rise of the Flower Temple cult, and eventual pollen toxicity, were chance side-effects rather than the product of a plant's sinister self-defense mechanism.
Regardless, any and all traces of the flower have been wiped from the planet's surface, and our colonists are safe and free of the pollen's influence.
Mharin Kharin: A New Beginning
A planetary surveillance team reports that the toxic miasma that enveloped a planet two years ago and led to the destruction of our colony has lifted. The planet is different now, changed into a desert world after the violent blooming of Mharin Kharin and the atmosphere becoming saturated with pollen.
It will take more than these two years for the [empire name] to forget the tragic fate of those who lived there, but the planet itself is no longer actively hostile to sapient life.