This article is for the PC version of Stellaris only.
Unsteady Ground is a colony event chain that has a very small chance to trigger 2 years after any colony has been founded. It can only happen once per game.
Our colony on [colony name] has encountered an odd situation: we have apparently settled on the back of a gargantuan amphibian reptile, whose bony shell is formed of various exotic minerals. Most of what we thought were local islands have turned out to be these creatures; our colonists have begun to refer to them as Nemmas.
They seem harmless enough, and as long as we don't dig too deep into their shell, they should barely notice us.
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A Daring Discovery
As our colony at [colony name] has been flourishing, the adolescents of this new world have sought to create entertainment for themselves - as youths are wont to do. Some groups have made a game of sneaking up as close as they dare to their local Nemma's head.
Unfortunately, this daring activity has led to tragedy: after startling the beast, several young [main species plural] fell off the neck of the massive creature, resulting in injuries and one fatality.
Distraught colonists are now asking for something to be done about these "brutish behemoths."
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Something must be done.
Allow the youths their fun.
Having tasked our best biologists and engineers with devising potential solutions for the Nemma dilemma on [colony name], several proposals are now ready to be presented.
We've considered everything from the most rational to the most extreme of ideas. The urgency of this situation demands we must skip straight to live field tests.
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Finishing the Study the Nemma special project
Breed more Nemmas and safeguard them for more living space.
Enslave the Nemmas so that they become deferential and compliant.
Enough! Sedate the Nemmas, and start drilling their shells.
Expand the Archipelago
After initial trials with the adult specimen, our zoologists have set up a Nemma breeding system on [colony name] in the hopes of introducing more giant Nemmas to our oceans. The breeders warn that this cannot continue indefinitely, and that the planet can only support three, perhaps four more Nemmas. The estimated time until we have our next Nemma should be about ten years.
Exploiting the Shells
Our engineers and biochemists have outdone themselves. Newly developed drugs and extremely precise drills will allow us to harvest the minerals by drilling into the hard crystalline shell of these Nemmas, as well as allowing us to collect biomatter from beneath without jeopardizing our infrastructure. If only all our colonies could yield such bounties.
Our xeno-bioengineering scientists have curtailed the Nemma menace! Thanks to our superb efforts, the creatures are now subservient to us.
The Miracle of Life
Our breeding program on [colony name] bears fruit as we add another Nemma to our ranks! This juvenile has quickly acclimated to our presence, and we have found it a stable habitat. The Nemma should now be ready to bear our industry.
Today riots broke out on [colony name] as parts of the population have risen in protest against our treatment of the Nemmas. The protestors formed a picket line around the head of the Nemma on which the colony's capital lies. The protestors demanded that we immediately set all the Nemmas free, working to conserve their species rather than enslave them.