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This article is about the term. For the related occupation, see Catastrophe Messenger.

The typical tell-tale sign of a Catastrophe; dark skies, violent weather, and grim atmosphere.

Catastrophe is an umbrella term for natural disasters in the Arknights universe.

Description

The general name for a variety of frequent natural calamities, including but not limited to storms, blizzards, floods and even meteor showers.[1]

The general name for a variety of frequent natural calamities, including but not limited to storms, blizzards, floods and even meteor showers. Catastrophes occur frequently, but also at unpredictable intervals. Therefore, most civilizations can only hide from Catastrophes by moving the entire cities. A mineral called Originium can usually be found in the area after a Catastrophe is over. Studies indicate that Catastrophes may be actually serve as vectors for the spread of Originium.[2]

Overview

Natural disasters of many types, from earthquakes to meteor impacts, occur much more frequently on Terra than on Earth and are referred to as "Catastrophes" since such occurrences are cataclysmic in scale under the Terrans' perspective — often far worse than the natural disasters on Earth. Despite its many forms, all Catastrophe leaves behind dangerous active Originium crystals, polluting the area. Due to the threat of Catastrophes, most modern cities on Terra are Nomadic cities - capable of moving its structures and inhabitants safely away from Catastrophe when necessary.

Terra's technology and Catastrophe Messengers at least allow a more-or-less accurate prediction of when and where a Catastrophe will occur, giving the nomadic settlements an opportunity to relocate before the Catastrophe strikes, lessening the damage it causes. Errors do occur from time to time, however, which could have devastating consequences as seen with Chernobog in Episode 01 and Wolumonde during the events of Twilight of Wolumonde.

Even if the predictions are accurate, evacuating a nomadic city away from the coming Catastrophe is no easy feat. Most activities would have to be put on hold, evacuation routes need to be planned, power needs to be redistributed to essential systems such as those that ensure safe separation and re-connection of the city plates. If all the preparations are complete but the Catastrophe does not arrive as forecasted, none other than the Catastrophe Messengers themselves would be blamed for the costly disruptions.

Although the Originium fragments left behind by Catastrophe can be collected and processed into useful materials, such fragments are very dangerous, likely to infect anyone who made contact with them unprotected.

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