First Landing is the first settlement on Ilus IV, named after the original landing site of the Barbapiccola. The settlement was founded by settlers of the Barbapiccola after the planet had already been assigned by the United Nations to the Royal Charter Energy corporation. This led to a conflict that was mediated by James Holden.

The original First Landing was completely destroyed by violent storms that were provoked by Protomolecule technology on Ilus being reactivated. In the aftermath of the disaster, the survivors rebuilt the settlement, ultimately leading to the reconciliation of the settlers and Royal Charter Energy.



First Landing was established by a community of Belter refugees that had fled the Ganymede incident aboard the freighter Barbapiccola. Denied access to ports in the Sol system, after the Ring network was opened, out of desperation the refugees agreed to attempt settling one of the 1,373 habitable systems. Exiting Sol gate and traversing the Slow Zone faster than the Outer Planets Alliance could intercept it, the Barbapiccola entered the Ilus system.

First Landing was established on a site where rich veins of lithium ore were close ot the surface to enable future exploitation. The settlement was also in sight of the ruins of a Ring Builder city. The settlers established a number of one-storey buildings and elected Carol Chiwewe as their coordinator.

Conflict with Royal Charter EnergyEdit

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The United Nations had already granted exploitation rights of Ilus, which it referred to as New Terra, to the Royal Charter Energy corporation.

The initial landing site was eventually destroyed during the meltdown of an alien reactor on the planet, causing an explosion comparable to that of a large meteor strike.

The settlement was eventually rebuilt following its destruction.