|"In 2027, Panchaea was humanity's titanic plan to save the world, a 1.5 kilometer deep installation plunging to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. Built by a 100% augmented workforce, it was our hopeful answer to climate change."|
|— Panchaea: at the bottom of the deep blue secrecy|
Panchaea is a vast installation constructed within the arctic ocean. It is a geo-engineering project located in the arctic with the goal of curbing global warming. Panchaea is a location featured in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Designed and funded by the eccentric billionaire and inventor of modern mechanical augmentations, Hugh Darrow, Panchaea is designed to stem the advance of global warming. The installation, which Adam Jensen eventually visits, is almost operational.
Darrow only hires augmented workers to construct these massive installations and states to Adam Jensen that the installation would not have been possible without them. In an interview with Picus News, Darrow explains that the installation uses iron seeding and geothermal management to regulate the ocean's temperature.
Several people are vocally skeptical, however. A common perception quoted by Darrow and several random bystanders, is that Panchaea and its ambitious potential might kill all of humanity. Lazarus believes that the installation is simply a scheme to make money, as Darrow Industries profits from global warming (though everything Lazarus says must be taken with a grain of salt).
Panchaea is a large, deep pit of over 300 meters in diameter. It features two docks that accommodate freighters powered by solar Turbosail from XNG Shipping Company and two tall towers surrounded by cranes and pylons with radar protected by radomes.
The officially stated purpose of Panchaea is to counter the effects of the global warming. In order to do so, the facility promotes growth of phytoplankton by dispersing iron into the ocean. The underlying expectation is that more carbon will be trapped in biomass and then deposited on the ocean floor as sediment. The specifics of the implementation, however, are more vague and little is known about the exact function of the device located inside Panchaea. It contains a ring section like large particle accelerators (especially synchrotons) have. In said subsection of the station superconducting cryodipole magnets confine and accelerate what can be assumed to be iron particles for the experiment. They can be seen in-game flying through the evacuated beam pipes. The large cavity facing the server room is probably the place where they are being used in a way to influence the atmosphere.
In 2027, Hugh Darrow broadcasts a signal from Panchaea that causes augmented people to lose control of their functions and wildly attack those around them, causing the Aug Incident. Jensen arrives and shuts down the signal, after a confrontation with Zhao Yun Ru that results in the deactivation of Panchaea's Hyron core.
Jensen is then given the choice between deactivating and also replacing Darrow's signal with another broadcast, or instead deactivating Panchaea's pressure regulation controls, which would directly cause the entire structure to cave in due to the weight of the Ocean. However, Panchaea was so heavily damaged that it would collapse into the ocean regardless of Jensen's actions at this point.
According to one description of the collapse, Panchaea's flood controls went offline and its structural protection system failed. However, the exact causes for the system failures, whether and to what extent it was due to damage caused by the Aug Incident, the deactivation of the Hyron core due to Jensen's confrontation with Zhao, or Jensen's possible deactivation of the pressure regulation control, remains a mystery. When Jensen wakes up in Facility 451 two years after Panchaea's collapse, Jenna Thorne tries to interrogate Jensen as to what happened while he was in Panchaea's core. However, Jensen is unable to recall or perhaps unwilling to divulge the information.
Locations within Panchaea
- Hyron Core
- Ring Section
- Tower Section
- Port of Entry
- A hologram in The Missing Link indicates that multiple Panchaea installations (labeled "PCH 1" through "PCH 5" in the hologram) were being built around the world, including one in the Indian Ocean, another in the south Pacific, and two more in the Atlantic Ocean. However, these additional installations are not mentioned elsewhere. Apart from this hologram, the term "Panchaea" refers to the arctic installation.
- In Greek legends, Panchaea (Παγχαΐα, Panchaia, classical transliteration: Panchaea) is an island, first mentioned by ancient Greek philosopher Euhemerus in the late 4th century BC. It was described as a rational island paradise located in the Indian Ocean. Inside the island's temple of Zeus is a register proving that the gods were actually mortals, but were worshipped because of their accomplishments or merits.
- Iron fertilization or "iron seeding" is a real, potentially viable geo-engineering technique. The full spectrum of its ecological impact is uncertain at this time.
- It is revealed in the trailer and developer Q&A for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided that Panchaea was canonically destroyed at the end of Human Revolution, regardless of what ending the player chooses. At this point, only Jensen and David Sarif are revealed to have survived the base's destruction.
- Lazarus' radio segments discussing Panchaea: 1, 2
- According to Human Revolution writer Mary DeMarle. "Deus Ex writer: each ending in Human Revolution was the 'correct' ending" (PC Gamer, November 1, 2015)
- According to Jenna Thorne, in Deus Ex: Black Light
- Deus Ex: Black Light
- "Panchaea: At the Bottom of the Deep Blue Secrecy" (Samizdat article)
- Britannica entry for "Euhemerus" (https://www.britannica.com/)