Eclipse Phase - Firewall
With a population of 13 million, Noctis-Qianjiao is the major metroplex in the west of the Valles Marineris region of Mars, and area known as Noctis Labyrinthus. Although not as hospitable as the Eos region in which Valles-New Shanghai leis, Noctis Labyrinthus is considered prime real estate for its gorgeous scenery and well-developed river systems. The metroplex boasts two major domes: Qianjiao, on the northern bank of the River Noctis, and Noctis City (normally just called “Noctis”) to the south. Connecting the two domes and spanning the river is a sprawling network of lesser domes and souks, although these have been pushed north and south over the year as the planet warms and the river grows wider.
Noctis-Qianjiao is the centre of the Martian design and fashion industries, which in the abundant Martian economy arguably makes the city as important as much larger Valles-New Shanghai. The settlement’s proximity to the Zone sometimes alarms visitors, but there have been no public incidents to cause concern so far.