“Mars was probably the second most exciting planet to design. We knew it would have human architecture, and we wanted to capture the realistic feel of drill site on the red planet, excavating Prothean secrets of the Mars archive. We kept base quite low to the ground to help it survive sandstorms and other harsh Martian weather, and went with a circular design that supported a large drilling shaft down the middle. The Large spokes coming off the chicle serve as a docking station for shuttles and rovers.” The Art of Mass Effect 3