Martian Fauna

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Living creatures on Mars are few and far between, largely coming in the form of livestock transplanted from Terra during the Martian Colonial Era. This has led to a cultural appeal that is decidedly archaic by modern standard hearkening back to centuries old times when farms and ranches were the norm.

Common Fauna

  • Brahman Cattle
  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
  • Alpaca
  • Bees
  • Iguanas

Notes on Alpaca

One of the first Martian families was headed by an eccentric man from what was once known as the state of Texas who had a particular love for this animal. It's said that he paid a hefty ransom to allow the transplanting of his farm during the days of the first settlers. Nobody knows how his farm managed in the first days of the dark times, but it still stands to this day.

Crops

Martian farming has managed to produce some of the galaxy's only source of organic food crops, hearkening back to an attempt at self sustainability with the first colonists. These crops are as follows:

  • Soybeans
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Tobacco
  • Marijuana

Notes on Tobacco and Marijuana

The colonization program almost went bankrupt in its fledgling days only to find subsistence in the most unlikely of places. The CEO of Altria and Phillip Morris USA was convinced by the then marketing team of the effort that they needed to be on the ground floor of what would supposedly one day become rich farmland. The company went subsequently bankrupt when Mars went dark and much of its stock plummeted from the failed investment.

The Great Martian Sandworm

The creature is both Mars' greatest terror and its salvation. Scientists in the early days of Mars sought out a way to make the soil more fertile for crops. They did so through the genetic modification of earthworms. The attempt went terribly wrong, spawning the first and only indigenous species to the planet. The average martian sandworm spans multiple stories tall, diving in and out of the martian soil with burrowing speeds quick enough to catch slower hovervehicles off guard. Their hide is tough enough to deflect anything but the highest caliber weapons.

Common stories involve livestock devoured by the beasts. Fortunately for the martian settlers, the Sandworms leave behind incredibly fertile ground in their wake. Common practice among some specialist farming teams involves herding brahman through open landscape to draw the Sandworms from their habitats, creating swaths of fields capable of sustaining grazing seasonal plant life and farmland.