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Running the Campaign
Thesenotesareaconglomerationofideasandplothooksthatarebothoriginalandstolenfrom
manyofthedifferentstorytropes.Someofthesectionsareincrediblydetailed,whilstsomeonly
areashortoutline.Soyouareeitherrequiredtobecreativeintellingthestory,fillinginthegaps
wheremissing.Oryoucanchoosetoignorespecificdetailsespeciallyiftheplayersgofull
Hendersonorbringan11footpole.Sobasically,feelfreetousetheinformationinthesenotes
asmuchoraslittleasdesired.OtherresourcesyoullneedaretheEclipsePhaseCore
RulebookandtheGatecrashingSourcebookcouldalsobeusedforadditionalsetting
information.
Amendments
Ihavekepttheentireoriginalcampaigninthisdocument,howeverduetoplayerfeedback,there
areacoupleofamendmentsandtheyarenotedassuch.Theseshouldimprovethecampaign
asawholeandwhiletheyare'tackedon'persay,theyshouldbeusedtoimprovethegame.
The Setup
TerraGenesishasputthewordoutforaspecialmissionofplanetaryexplorationthatispaying
10timestheregularamountsinfindersfees.TheplanetinquestionisAlphaCentauriBd,an
EarthsizedplanetexistinginthegoldilockszoneofAlphaCentauriB.Firewallflaggedthe
unusualactivityofthismissionthroughautomatedsweepsandsecuredthemissionspotsfor
yourteam.Bothentitiessupplyyouwithfewdetailsofthemission.TerraGenesisoffersthe
directiveofstandardexplorationprotocolswithfullmissionbriefingtobegivenbeforegateentry.
FirewallsuspectsXrisksinthismissionandadvisescautionaswellasthreatneutralization.
YoutraveltotheVulcanoidGateonV2011/Caldwell.
V-2011/Caldwell
Thegateitselfanditsfacilitiesarelocatedinthepolarregionofthisasteroid.TerraGenesiss
ownershipisquestionablebuthardtodisputeaftermanyyearsofoperation.Theyspecializein
extrasolarterraformingoperationsandgeoscienceresearchmissionsthoughexplorationisstill
highontheirprioritylist.AnotablechunkofgatetimeisleasedtoTerraGensnumerous
partners.
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Player Insertion
Rollinitiativetodeterminearrivalorder(8hourarrivaltime).1weektomissionstart.Players
surrenderallequipmentaspartofnewsecuritymeasures,TerraGenesiswillprovidesuitable
equipmentforallmissionops.
Directplayerstobriefingroom.
Brief
Darkroomwitharchaicprojectionscreenatoneend.Onceallplayersareassembleda,
projectedAIwalksintotheroom.Flowinglinesofcodeintheshapeofahumanoid.
AGISomnal6providesthebriefingtotheplayers.
GreetingsIamSomnal6,andnoIdontneedtoknowyournames,Ijustneedtoknowthatyou
candoyourJobs
TerraGenesishasrecruitedyoubecauseyouseemtobethebestatthejob,nowasforthejob
inquestion
ApreviouslydeadLibraryentryhassuddenlybecomeanavailableactivegate.Itappearstolead
toournearbyneighbourAlphaCentauriBd.ProbeexplorationhasrevealedEarthlikegravity
andanhighlytoxicatmosphereof81%CarbonDioxide.ThereisevidenceoflocalFlorasoIm
sureIdonthavetotellyouthatVacSuitsareMandatory.Theredontappeartobeanyvaluable
resourcesontheplanetbutwehavepickeduponsomethingthatrequiresfurtherinvestigation.
Therewillbethreesiteswhichyouarerequiredtoexplore.
Siteoneshowsahighamountofnonlocalorganicmatter.Yes,therehasbeenalienvisitorsto
theplanet.Youaretodeterminefurtherdetailsofthesourceandpurpose.
Thesecondsiteofinterestappearstobeacollectionofartificialbuildings.Ourprobedetected
nomovementorenergysources.Butwedidnothavetimeforathoroughlook.Youareto
investigatethearea,enterthebuildingsanddeterminetheirpurpose.
Thefinalsiteisthefurthestawayfromthegatebutofmostpotentialusetous.Thereisa
massiveshipwreckapproximately3.4kmlong.Therearesporadicenergyreadingsfrominside
theship.Youaretoexplorethisshipanddetermineitsstateandcondition.Ouranalystshave
determinedthatthisappearstobeahumanshipandislikelyaPreFallcolonialship.Thereis
likelymuchvaluabledataandprefallrelics.Bonusfindersfeeswillbeprovidedforany
interestingartifacts.Thisshipisthehighpriorityofthismissionandthemajorityofyourtime
shouldbespenthere.
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Duetothelargeamountofworkrequired,youwillbegiven48hourstoreturntothegatefor
Rendezvousconnection.OurnexttimeslotforAlphaCentauriconnectionwillbenextmonthso
youbetterbebackintime.
Asyouhavealreadybeentold,youwillbeprovidedwithalltheneededequipment,tobereturned
atmissionclose.Hereisacompleteequipmentlistforyoutochoosefrom.Highlysuggested
articlesarestandardVacSuitsandgravcyclesfortravel.Asidefromthat,theonlylimitonwhat
youcanbringiswhatyoucancomfortablycarry,onpersonandstorageonyourcycle.
Thecontracttermsaresimpleandverbalconfirmationisrequired.
The Contract
Allequipmentwillbeprovidedforexplorationpurposes
Fullhealthcareandbackupswillbeprovidedintheeventofinjuryormorphdestruction
Yousalarywillbescaleddependingonyourmissionreportandinformationgathered.
Bonuseswillbeprovidedasperfindersfeebasis.
Onceallplayersconfirm
Verygood,Yourprogrammedmissiontimestartsat0800hours,4daysfromnow,inthe
meantimeyoucanprepare.Hereisanequipmentlistofavailableresources,makesureyouare
readyforanyscenario.
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Equipment List
AlltheequipmentavailableintherulesetisavailablefromTerraGenesis.(Playersbasicallyclone
theirgear).Hereisalistofsuggestedadditionals,providedtheplayersdontalreadyhavethem.
Vacsuit
GoCycle
Robomule
CrasherSuit
RecentlydevelopedbyOmnicor,thisisahighendversionofastandardvacsuit
customizedforagatecrashersneeds.Ithasallofthefeaturesofastandard
smartfabricvacsuit(p.333,EP)exceptthatitprovides10/10armorandis
equippedwithwristmountedtools(p.309,EP)andaLifeSupportPack(p.159).
Thesuitsgauntletsandbootsareallhardenedandprovideanextra+1d10DVon
meleeattacks.
PortableSolarchive(providesmeshnetinformationoutsideofthemesh)
DefenseBeacons
ShelterDome
MissionRecorder
HealingPod(HealatthesamerateasaHealingVat)
SurvivalBelt
BasicToolKit(p.326,EP)
BreadcrumbPositioningSystem(p.332,EP)
ElectronicRope(10meters)(p.332,EP)
EmergencyRations(p.158)
FilterStraws(3)(p.159)
Flashlight(p.333,EP)
FlexCutter(p.334,EP)
2Nanobandages(p.333,EP)
SolarRecharger(p.155)
RadioBooster(p.314,EP)
ReconHopper(p.161)orReconFlyer(p.161)
RepairSpray(p.333,EP)
Utilitool(p.326,EP)
Viewers(p.326,EP)
Spindle+Climber
PatchKit(RepairVacSuits)
PlasmaCutter
ScoutMissile(Mapping)
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The Gate
Theplayersandtheirgearassembleinthereadyroomforthegateat0750.Gateoperation
beginsat0755.
Inthegateroom.
Beforeyouisarampleadinguptoaroughsphereofinterlockingangledarms,likearound
patternedcage.Thematerialitselfappearsalien.Asthemissionclocktickspast0755thearms
starttomoveandchangeshape,reforming.Overthegateroomspeakersyouheara
technician.
Technician
SablewormholeconnectionestablishedtoAlphaCentauriBd,standbyforfullassessment
Ablackholesuddenlyappearsinthecircle.Toallthosepoetswhiningaboutthedeepestblack,
theyhaveseennothinglikethis.Thisholeisthedefinitionofblack.Itabsorbsallfrequenciesof
theEMspectrum.WILx3orsuffer1D10/21SV.
Technician
Assessmentcomplete,connectionstatusnominal,Gatepassthroughallowed...seeyouin48
hours
Asyoupassthrough,thereisaslighttugpullingyouin.Butthetransitionitselfisseamless,
steppingfromabrightlylitroomononesidetoaalienplanetonthenext.
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Alpha Centauri B-d
Firstlook
AlphaCentauriisabinarystarsystemandplanetdiscurrentlyinthecyclewithbothsunsbeing
inthesky.BprovidesthemajorityofthelightwhileAissomewhatlikeathesameluminosityof
theMoon.ThereisenoughlightprovidedfromBtoreadabookwithnoartificiallight.Theplanet
itselfistidallylockedthereforealwaysremainingdayonthisside.Temperaturestaysata
constant282Kelvinduetoalackofweatherandlowatmosphere.
Theplanetitselfisrockyandquitebarrenthoughthereissomeevidenceofflora.Thereisalso
evidenceofTerraforming,thoughthereisnovisiblewaterinthearea,Humidityishigherthan
previousprobereadings,alsoindicatingadropinCO2.
Further(appropriate)investigationwillrevealseveralicecometsinaslowdecayingorbitofthe
planet.Slowlyintroducingwatertotheplanet.
+1repforacquiringthisinformation.
Fullatmospherecompositioncanbedeterminedwithgear.81%CarbonDioxide,11%Oxygen,
7%Nitrogen,1%Argon.
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Flora
Onfurtherinvestigationoftheflora,itappearsthatitisamixofbothlocalspeciesandgenetically
modifiedearthstrains.
Playerscaninvestigatethelocalareafurther,startmapping(withthescoutrocketsthey
hopefullybrought),ormaketheirwaytothefirstsite.
Oncycles,thefirstsiteisapproximatelysixhoursaway.(keeptrackoftimetoseeifplayerswill
maketherendezvousintime).
Site 1
Investigationoftheareawillrevealbothalienandhumanorganicmaterial.scatteredalloverthe
area.Bonesmostly.Sometechisstillaroundbutdoesntwork.Humanshaveprefalltechthat
maybevaluable.Alienshavetheirownbrandoftechthatalsomightbeofinteresting.Bothare
incomprehensibletotheplayers.
Aliens
Analysisofthebonestructurerevealsaverysmallbodyandsuggestaracoonlikeappearance.
TheirequipmentalsosuggeststhattheyareExoplanetexplorers.
Humans
Appeartobenonmorphhumans.Asidefromafewimplantsandslightgeneticmodification,
thesearenonmorphs.Veryunusual,andsomethingthePCshaveprobablyneverencountered
before.
Dependingoninvestigationrolls,canrevealthattherewasafightbetweenthesetwogroupsand
judgingbytheamountandpatternoftheremains,theHumanswon.Nofurtherinformationcan
beacquired.
Halfanhourtoinvestigatesite1.
+1repfortechnologyrecovered,+1repfordiscerningthenatureofthefight.
Amendment
MyplayersseemedtohaveanunusualobsessionwiththeseracooncreaturessoIwillbuild
upontheirstoryaftertheencounterwiththebotsduringtherestperiod.
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Traveling to site 2
Thejourneyitselfwilltake4hoursthroughsomeroughterrain.Rollsomeskillchecksto
determineiftheleadingcyclewilltakeanydamage(canadd+20forgocyclesifthePChasonly
baseskill).Itcanrepairedbutwilltakeataskactionofonehourandtheappropriateskill.Ifthe
cycleisinoperable,playercandoubleupwithsomeoneelse.Reducecarryingcapacityby1.
Ifthetasktakesalongtime,playerscanberemindedthatthepriorityisintheshipexploration,
whichis8hoursawayandmaybeencouragedtoskipsite2iftheydontwanttoriskthings.
Howevertherecouldbevaluableinformationatsite2.Leaveuptotheplayerstodecide.
Site 2
Site2ismadeofasingleconcretetyperoadwithsquarebuildingsoneitherside.Thebuildings
themselvesaremadeoutofatypeofmetalalloyandappeartobeatmosphericallysealed.
Thereisoneslightlylargersquarebuildingattheendoftheroad.
Thebuildingsoneithersidehavenopowerbutcanbecutintowithplasmacuttersorsimilar..
Theyaresimpleresidentialbuildings,Designedforhumans.Simplesleepingquarterswith
Hygienefacilities.ThelocalcomputershavenopowerandifthePCsdomanagetoprovide
power,willfindthememorycorrupted.
Thebuildingattheendofthestreetismoreinteresting.Thedoorisbashedopenbysomething
thatseemsreallylarge.Insidetheyfindoneskeletonwhoseribcagehasbeencrushedinward.
Theroomitselfisameetinghallandthereisalargescreenatoneendconnectedtoa
computer.Thiscomputerissolarpoweredandsomehacking/interfacingrollswillgiveaccess.
Canprovidemoreinformationaboutthecolonyifsuccessful.
Site2Colony
Isanadvancedoutpostsentaheadofthemaincolonialtransport.Theboxeswoulddeploy
fromorbittohouseEngineersandscientiststoprepareasuitablesiteoflandingand
colonization.
Amendment
Candeducethattheremustbeanothershipinsystemasidefromthecolonyship,itmay
stillbeinorbitorcrashedsomewhereelseontheplanet.
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Ark
TheshipisnamedArk,andisacolonialslowshipthatdepartedearth30yearsbeforethe
fall.Thecrewwasputincryogenicsleepwithaskeletoncrewavailableformaintenance.
Thejourneyfromearthtothisplanetwouldtake40yearsandlogsseemnominalforthefirst
30.Howeverduringthefallperiod,thelogsfragment.Andthereappearstobenorecord
keeping.YoufindoutthattheylostcommunicationwithEartharoundthistime,butwere
forcedtocontinuetheirmissionduetoinabilitytoturnaround.Anyotherlogrecordsaretoo
fragmentedtobeofanyuse.
+1repforrecoveringthisdata
Alsointhecomputerbanksisanaudiofile.Thelastrecordedmessageonfile.
Theyreeverywhere,whateveryoudo,dontwakeupthecrew.Somethinginfectedthem,gotin
theirmind,gotintomymind.Iacceptmyfate,takemetooblivion,ahhhhhh.
https://www.mediafire.com/?uq7bk09yy6g75xe
ThereisnothingelseofvalueatSite2.PCsshouldbeencouragedtomoveontoSite3to
investigatedespitethedisturbinginformationtheymayhavegathered.Incentivescouldbethe
factthattheywontgetpaidiftheydont.Firewallmissiontopreventxthreats.Possiblelossof
repandhavingnothingelsetodoinwhatevertimetheyhaveremaining.
Explorationofsite2takes1hour.Thetraveltimefromsite2tosite3is8hours.
Notethatif20hourshavepassed,PCshavetorestforatleast4hoursorsuffer10toall
actions.
Rest period
AtthispointthePCsmaybeitchingforsomecombatsothisisanentirelyoptionalscenario.
Sentrybotscouldattackthecampneartheendoftheirrestperiod.Iftheyhavealookoutor
defencebeaconstheywillbepreparedfortheencounter,ifnot,thebotswillhavesurprise
advantage.Thisshouldbeaneasyfighttointroducethedangerofexoplanetsandappeasethe
playerscombatteeth.Iassureyou,harderfightswillcome.
24(scaledependingonamountofplayers)identicalsentrybots
DUR30,INIT8,FRAY60
LaserPulserx2(60),2D10(canfirebothlasersinSAatthesametime)
Speed1
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Hacking
Beingalienbots,anyoneattemptingtohackthemsuffersa60modifier.Thebestmethodfor
dealingwiththesemachinesistoshootituntilitfallsapart.
Investigationofthebotsshowthemtobealieninnature,likelyremnantsoftheraccoonracethat
theyencounteredearlier.TheeaseofcombatshouldleavefewinjuriesandallowthePCsto
continuetothenextsite.
Amendment
Investigationofthebotsalsorevealthemtobehunterkillerdronesthatspecificallytarget
humans,(won'tattackupliftsandlikewiseunlessprovoked).Appropriatecheckscanrevealtight
beamsignalsfromanearbyoutpost.Uptotheplayerstodecidewhethertheyhavetimeto
investigate.
Bot Outpost
Arelativelysmallbuilding,rollinfiltrate/perceptioncheckstoseeiftheautomatedbotsdetectthe
PCs.Whenandiftheplayersmakeitinsidethebuildingtheywillfindapproximately30bots
chargingwithabout10emptyslots.PCscantrytointerfaceat60togainmoreinformation,or
useCogcheckstodeterminethatthebotspatroltheareahuntinginfectedhumans(orany
humans),theprocessisautomatedandthealienswhodesignediflonggone.ThePCsmaytry
tohackabot(at60modifier)torecruiton.Ifsuccessful,theycangaincontrolof1botbutinthe
processtriggeredasecurityprotocolshuttingdowntherestofthebots.ThebotthePCscontrol
has16hoursofactiveusebeforerequiringrecharging,atwhichpointitwillshutdownasthe
PCshavenowaytopowerthebot.
+1reprecoveryofbot
Noteontheracoonrace
Locatingalienlifeisobviouslyamomentousachievementeveniffirstcontacthasnotbeen
made,sodontunderplaythatevent.Havingsaidthat,theraccoonraceisofsimilartechnological
achievementastranshumanityandsonothingnewcanbelearnedfromthetechrecovered.All
thatwillbegainedistheknowledgethatthereisanotheralienraceouttherewithandalready
likelynegativepredispositiontowardstranshumanity.(GMThesealiensalsohavenotgone
throughtheirsingularityeventandsohavenotencounteredTheETIyet,unlikeTheFactors.The
infectedexsurgentsmaybetheonlyviewoftranshumanitytheyhaveseen)
12hourstoinvestigatetheBotOutpost
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Site 3
ThisisthelocationoftheshipnamedArk.Itisatrulymassiveconstructionover3kmlong.
Despitethefactthattheshiphasclearlycrasheditlargelyhasremainedinonepiece.Scanning
theshipwouldrevealsporadicenergyreadingsandfaintbiosigns.Apossibleexplanationbeing
thecryogenicallyfrozenhumans.Theplayerscanchoosetoapproachtheshipfromthesideor
atthefront.
Theshipitselfhasitsownatmosphere(ifslightlystale).Allentranceswillrequireplayerstogo
throughanairlock.
Frontoftheship
TheobviouspointofentryherewouldbethebrokenglassofNavigation.Providedtheycanreach
it,beingover100mabovetheground.Aspindleandclimber,orsmartropemightbeableto
snakethewayupbutmayrequiresomeluckyrolls(MOXx10).InsideNavigationtheywillfind
exitslockedtokeeptheatmosphereoftheshipin.Ahack/interfacingsuccesswillopentheexits
forashortperiodoftime,lessthan10seconds.
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Sideoftheship
Whiletravelinguptothesideoftheship,theplayerscanseeseveralaccesshatches.A
successfulhackorsimplycuttingthroughthehatchwithplasmacutterswouldfindtheplayers
wayintotheship.GMsdiscretionastowheretheplayerswillthenendup.
Halfanhourtomakeitintotheship.
Inside the ship
TheatmosphereinsidetheshipisastandardearthmixandthePCshavetheopportunityto
breathitwithnodetrimentaleffects.ForsomereasonalotofSciFishavethecharactersbreath
alienairassoonaspossible.NeverunderstoodthisbutthePCsmaybejustasdisillusionedas
everyoneelse.
Hereisalistoflocationsinsidetheshipandwhattheplayerswillencounter.GMsarefreeto
choosewhichareastheplayersencounterandinwhateverordertheywant.Themainstorywill
belistedafterthepossibleencounterareas.Theareasarealsonumbered,ifyouwanttorollto
seewheretheplayersendup.
20minutestoexploreeacharea.Ifjustpassingthrough,negligible.
Amendment
Feedbackfromplayerssaythattherandomdicerollingisarbitrarysointheinterestofincluding
moreplayerdecision,Ihavedesignedarudimentarymapoftheship.Ihighlyrecommendyou
usethis.Youstillusetheroomdescriptionsbuttriggerthegreaterstoryatyourdiscretionor
whiletheplayersaremakingtheirwaytotheengineroom.
Thereisobviouslyagreateramountofcomplexityinashipofthissize,butthemappedsections
leadtopointsofinterestintheship,assumeotherpathsleadtosubsystemorareasofno
interesttoexplore.Themainpathwaysareillustratedandprovideafasttravelrailsystem.A
mappingsystemwillshowthebasiclayoutoftheship(theplayerscanseetheareas)butthey
wontknowthepurposeofeachsectionuntiltheytravelinsidethem.
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1.Navigation
Alsoknownasforwardbridge,thisareaalsousedtofeatureasensingsuiteatthefrontofthe
shipforadvancednavigationandsensing.Mostofthesystemshavebeencompletelydestroyed
duringthecrash.Thoughtheremaybeoneworkingconsoletogivetheplayerssometrajectory
logsoftheshipandcrashstatistics.Iftheplayersaccessnavigationfrominsidetheship,they
willseeatmospherecompromisedwarningsontheentrance.
Navigationsexits/entrancescanbehacked/interfacedtobeopenforshortperiodsoftime,>10
Seconds.Therelativelysimilaratmosphericpressuresinsideandoutwillleadtoverylittle
convection.
+1repforrecoveringthisdata.
2.CryoChamber
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Thestorageroomforcrewincryogenicsleep.Alongthesideofthewallsareaseriesofupright
pods.Butonlyhalfofthepodsareoccupied.Theunoccupiedpodsareindifferentstatesof
disrepairfrombrokenglasstocompletelysmashed.
Investigationofthepodsshowthattheyhavebeenhookeduptoarudimentarynetwork,similar
toawiredmeshnetwork.Whetherthisisforsimulspaceorjustmonitoringhealthisunknown.
InsidetheoccupiedpodsareinfectedandwillattackplayersiftheyattempttorevivetheNPC.
Theinfectedareunmutatedbuthavethesamestatsasbasicinfected(seebelowforstats).
3.MessHall
Themesshallisalargeroomoftablesandchairs,obviouslymeanttobeadiningareaforthe
skeletoncrewthatmaintainstheship.Unlikeotherareasthereislittleofinterestinthisroom,but
feelfreetowastetheplayerstimeasmuchaspossible.
4.MedCare
Medcareisactuallyaseriesofroomsthatmakeupasmallhospital.Onthebedsarelongdead
patients,thoughdecompositionisslowduetothesterileenvironment.Canshowfirstsignofa
restrainedinfectedherefortheplayerstoencounter.Theplayerswillfindthattheycant
communicatewiththeinfectedandiftheywaittoolong,itwillbreakfreeoftherestraintsand
attackthenearestplayer.
Athoroughsearchoftheareawillfindsomemedicinesupplies(heals1D10ofdamage,canonly
beusedonceoneachplayer)andalargestoreofstimulants,StimX.Apparentlyusedbythe
crewindangeroussituationstoimprovereflexesanddangerresponsetime.Treatassame
statsasMRDR(+1Speed,+10SOM,+10DUR),addictionrulesapplytoStimX.
5.ForwardEngineering
Thisroomcontrolspowerroutingtolargesectionsoftheship.Thereisalargeconsolehere,
thinkthesizeofabout50computerscreensanditisactive.Interfacing/Hackcheckwillreveal
thatalargeamountofpowerisbeingwastedonalreadydamagedsections.Theplayerscan
passanotherskillchecktoreroutethispowertolifesupportandlightinggaininga+10modifier
onperception/surprisechecks.Alternatively,theplayerscanroutemorepowertothefastrail
systemallowingthemtotravelbetweenareasmorequickly(uptodiscretionofGMastohow
muchtimeissaved).
Safetyprotocolspreventoverloadingofthepowergrid.
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6.Crew
Housingfortheskeletoncrew.Aseriesofroomswithmostofthedoorbeingjammed
mechanicallyshut,butsomehaveopendoors.Theplayerscancutthroughatthecostofatask
action(10minutes).Buttherewontbeanythinginthereseenfromtheotherroomswithopen
doors.
Thereisobvioussignofhabitation,fromclothesonthefloortooneroomwithanoldearthsports
gamestuckonloop.
Hearingperceptionchecktoseeifplayersnoticeclangingsoundsfromdistantareasoftheship.
Nothingofvaluehereasidefromthefactthattheyarealmostcertainlynotalone.
7.Hanger
Storageandlaunchbayfortheshuttlestotheship,bothfortransportandexternalmaintenance.
Thehangardoorshavebeenjammedshutandthereitnotenoughpowertoopenthem.Tryingto
cutthroughwillrevealthatthedoorsareasthickastheshipshullandunabletopierceinany
reasonableamountoftime.
Thetworoomsshownontheshipareactuallystorage(thinkaircraftcarrier)forthevarious
shuttles.Thesecondleveliswheretheshuttlesactuallylaunchfromabovethehangarbays.But
theupperbaydoorstothemcantbeopenedeitherduetodamageorlackofpower.
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Iftheplayersattempttoactivateanyoftheshuttles,theywillfindthattheirpowersourceshave
longsincediedandanypowersourcestheplayershavebroughtwiththemareeither
incompatibleorinsufficienttopoweranyshuttle.
Maintenance
Situatedinthehangerismaintenance.Here,therearevariousdisassembledvehiclesand
shuttles.Athoroughsearchoftheareawillrevealaworkingintactprefalltechrepairkit(+20
repair).Theplayerscankeepitforthemselves,orturnitinforthefindersfee.
+1repforacquiringthistechnology
8.Hydroponics
Thegreeneryinhereisrampant.ApproachingHydroponics,theplayerswillseeevidenceof
plantgrowththatseemstogrowrightintothemetal.Asidefromthisnearimpossibility,theplant
lifeoverflowstheroom.Theflickeringlightscouldnotpossiblyprovidetheamountofenergy
necessarytogrowtheseplants.WILLx4orsuffer1SV.
TheplantsthemselveshavebeeninfectedwiththeExsurgentvirusandtheirrapidgrowthisa
symptomofthisinfection,forwhatpurposeisbeyondtranshumanitiesscope.IfthePCs
attempttotakeasampleoftheplanttheywillencounterTheBotanist.
TheBotanistsmotivationsaresimplytoprotecttheplantsthataregrowing.Hehasbeen
infectedbutinadifferentway.Heisstillinsanebutcanbetalkedtoandstillpossessessomeof
hisreasoningskills.Hehasbecomesoclosetothemthattheyformasymbioticrelationship.
Theplantspartbeforehimandashestrokesthem,theyvibrateinresponse.Iftheplayerstry
andharvesttheplantwithouthispermission,hewillattackthem.
TheBotaniststats
DUR30,INIT7,FRAY70,ExoticRangedWeapon70
Thebotanistwillhidehimselfamongtheplantsandusethemforcover.anyplayerattemptingto
targethimwillreceivetheappropriatepenalty.Theplantsthemselvesgivehimanarmorof9/9
Heattacksusingthemovingvineswhichhavearangeofabout10m.2D10+3.Hetargets
whicheverplayerwastryingtotakeasample.
Iftheplayersdosomethingassillyasmanagetostartafire,thentheroombecomesfilledwith
darksmokeandthePCsmaybecaughtinthefireiftheydontgetoutfastenough.SinceThe
Botanistissomewhatlucid,hecanbereasonedwith.ThePCsmaybeabletoconvincehim
thattheyarespreadingtheplantseedorwhatevertheycanimaginewouldconvincehim.
+1repiftheplayersretrieveasample.
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9.Storage
Thereisnotmuchhereasidefromalargeroomfullofprefalltech.Mostofitisfartoolargeand
heavytoeasilyplunder.Relevantskillscheckswillrevealthatthisiscolonizationtechincluding
fabbers,lifesupport,construction,andeventerraformingequipment.Doingafullsearch(task
action)willfindsomesmalldevicesofunknownpurposebutstillprefalltechandmaybeof
value.
+1repforrecoveringthistech.
10.LifeSupport
Thesystemsappeartobeworkingatminimalcapacity,itsawonderthattheshiphas
maintainedatmosphericintegrity.Iftheplayershavediscoveredtherampantgrowthofthe
Hydroponicsfarm,thiswouldexplainthemystery.Else,appropriateskillcheckswillrevealthat
theremustbeahugesourceofOxygenproductionoutsideoflifesupport.
Addhalfanhourfortravelbetweenareas.
The Greater Story
TheplayerswillgettimetoexploreacoupleoftheseareasanduptotheGMsdiscretioncan
triggerthenextpartofthestory.Keepinmindthattheplayerswillstillhavetimetomovethrough
otherareasoftheshipafterthefirstencounter.
Duringtravelbetweenareasoreveninsideoneoftheareas,thePCswillbeattackedbyagang
ofExsurgentinfectedhumans.
InfectedHumans
Thesescreaturesareclearlyhumanbutsomethinghaschangedthem,theirskinhasbecome
roughandgainedahintofgrey.Weirdgrowthsareattachedtovariouspartsofthebodythat
servenoobviouspurpose.Asidefromheavylookinggrowthsgrowingdirectlyfromtheinfected
hands.Whichareclearlyusedforhittingthings.Theinfectedwhodonthavethesegrowthsuse
makeshiftclubsoutofwrenchesormetalpiping.WILLx3orsuffer1D10/2SV
SomeinfectedcanbecarryingmediumpistolsdependingonGMsdiscretion.Meleeinfectedwill
chargeopponentsandproceedtoknocktheshitoutoftheclosestPC.
Thefirstencounterwithinfectedshouldbefairlysimplebutsomewhatharrowing,PCsshould
takeatleastsomedamage.Wouldadvisetheinfectedtoarriveinwavestolengtheningthe
encounterandmakeitasclaustrophobicaspossible.Advisebetween610ofbothtypesof
infected.
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Infected(basicmelee)stats
DUR30,INIT7,FRAY70,MeleeWeapons70,SOM25
Theyhitwithmakeshiftclubsorgrowthsthatseemtogrowfromtheirhands,1D10+2+3
Infected(rangedpistol)stats
DUR30,SOM25,INIT7,FRAY70,MeleeWeapons50,RangedWeapons(70)
StandardMediumPistolwithregularammunition,2D10+4,SABFFA
Aftertheencounter,rollperceptiontodetermineiftheplayershearthehordesofInfected
headingtowardsthem.Volumeincreaseanddopplereffectanalysisrevealsthattheyare10
minutesaway.MusesorcogcheckscouldrevealtheInfectedgroupnumbersinthehundreds.
Therearetwooptionshere
Playersmaydecidetomakealaststand:
Justastheinfectedhordecomesintoviewandasyoustartliningupshots,thedoorsslamshut
lockingtheinfectedontheotherside,theplayershearavoiceoverthespeaker
Playersdecidetotryandrun,foranexitormore:
HavethemperformmultiplefreerunningchecksandencountertheloneInfectedtoquicklybarrel
pastordealwithasquicklyaspossible.Withtheinevitablefailure(orattemptedheroismbya
player)theinfectedhordecomesintoviewbehindyouandjustastheyareabouttochargethe
playersabulkheaddoorslamsshutbetweenthemlockingtheinfectedontheotherside,the
playershearavoiceoverthespeaker
Theresnotimetoexplain,ifyouwanttosurvivefollowmyinstructionscompletely.Icanthear
youbytheway,butIhavesomewheresafeforyoutobe
Asidehatchopensinthewall,previouslyundetectable.Investigationwillrevealittobe
maintenancecorridors.Thereisalightsystemguidingtheplayers.Iftheydecidetogoadifferent
wayfromthelightshavethespeakervoiceslamsomebulkheadsdown.
Itoldyou,theonlywayyouregettingoffthisshipiswithmyhelp,nowfollowthedamnlights
Theplayersshouldprobablyfollowthelights.
30minutestomakeittothesaferoom.
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The Safe Room
Theplayerswilleventuallyfindtheirwaytoabrightlylitroomwithonlytwoexits.Itsexact
locationissomewherebetween4and3,ifyoureusingthemap.Theonetheyjustcamethrough
andalockeddooraheadofthem.Abovethedoorisacomputerscreenthatturnsononceallthe
playersareinthesaferoom.Aflashofimagesrapidlyflickeronthescreenalongwithahigh
pitchedwhiningsoundwhichabruptlycutsoff.(GM:ThisisaYouGottaBelieveMeHack,which
willcomeintoplayduringthefinalfight,canhavetheplayersrollCOG+INT+SAVnowifyou
wantthemtosuspectsomethingnoworlateronatthefinalfight).
Whenthescreencomesonagainthereisaroughlookinghumanwearingadirtytatteredlab
coat.Despitethesefeatures,heatleastlooksnormalandhuman.Hishairiscuttomilitarystyle
andhasacleanshavenlook.Hespeakswithconfidenceanddirection,thoughwithslightinsane
ticksthatisuptotheGMonwhethertoreveal.Heispacingaroundabrightlylitwhiteroomwith
someconsolesvisibleinthebackground.
Ah,Iseeyoureallheresafelygood.Iwasworriedyouwouldntmakeithereforasecond
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Myname?oh,myname.ImafraidIlosttheoriginalyearsago.ButIgavemyselfanewone.I
amthefatherofthisship,itsdesignerandcreatorbutmychildrentookherfromme.Iam
named...Chronos.
TryandpronounceChronosarbitrarilyalmostlikeCronus.Iftheplayersknowanythingabout
greekculture,theywillsuspectthetitanasopposedtotheGodoftime(willbecomerelevant
whenhefightstheplayerslater).
Ineed...Ineedyou...todestroytheship.Wehavebeeninfected,Earthfailedus.Shewasmeant
tosupportus,insteadshesentthisthingheretokillus.Arkisbetterlostatseathangivenover
topirates.
Ihaveanoverridecode.hmminterestingnetworkyouhavethere
ChonoswilldirectlybeamthecodeintothePCsheads(GM:usedPSIfeatstotransferthedata)
Amapalso,here,findyourwaytoengineeringIwillmakesurethewayisclear,thoughIthink
theremightalreadybesomethinglivingdownthereitenjoysthewarmth...Anyway,inputthe
code,itwillsendtheengineintomeltdown.Shouldbeabout2hoursbeforetheshipgoesdown.
AsIsaid,yourenotgettingoutwithoutmyhelp,ifyoudothisforme,Illtellyouwherethelast
fewoperablelifeboatsare.ItisasmalltaskandyouareclearlymuchbetterequippedthanIam,
shouldbenoproblem.
Therearesomeusefulsuppliesintheseroomsthatareonthewaytotheengineroom,you
wouldbegoodnottomissthem
AtGMsdiscretionprovideasmanyroomsastheplayersmissedavailablefortravelontheway
totheengineroom.Add20minutestomissionclockforeachroomvisited.
Theplayersmaycontinuetodohisbiddinginwhichcasemoveontotheengineroom(afterfinal
exploration).Iftheplayerdecidestotrytogetintothelockedroom,triggerthePath1ending
scenario.Iftheplayersjustdecidestotrytofighttheirwayoutwithoutcomplyingwithhis
demandstriggerthePath2endingscenario.Keepinmindthatitisintheplayersbestinterestto
destroytheshipgiventhexriskitposes.AIcanremindplayersofthisfact.
1hourfordiscussionandtraveltotheengineroom.
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The Engine Room
Theengineroomisahugespacethatisalsouncomfortablywarm.Itisamassiveroom.A
circularcolumnisinthemiddlewhichrunsfromthebottomtothetopoftheship.Various
walkwayleadfromtheedgesoftheroomtothecentercolumn,thereactor.Theengines
themselvesautomaticallyrunonnuclearfusionthatisunlikelytorunoutforatleastanother10
years.Itwilltaketheplayers(atwalkingandcarefulplace)20minutestoreachthemainengine
controltoinputtheprogram.Iftheplayersarebeingcareful,theymayspottheInfectedasit
headstowardsthem.Ifnottheysufferasurprisetest.
Infected(Jelly)statsanddescription
Thisinfectedhassomehowmanagedtobecometheconglomerateofseveralhumans,whether
duetotheunusualheatoftheenvironmentorafreakmutationofthevirus.Butthehumansthat
arepartofthishavebecometranslucentandjellylike,limbsandbodiesdissolvingintothemass.
Thoughstrayheadsandlegsstickout.TheJellycanmorphintodifferentshapesatwillbut
maintainsanamorphousblobatrest.Italsohasanumberoflimbsortongueswithfleshy
spikesthathavegreatgrippingability.Itcanapplytoxineitherthroughitstonguesorwithan
AOE(5mdiameter)spitattack.TheplayerswilleitherspottheJellyclimbingabovethemorthey
willbesurprisedwhentheJellydropsintothemiddleoftheirteam.
WILLx3orsuffer1D10/2SV
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COG30,COO10,INT30,REF15,SAV15,SOM20,WIL30,INIT9,SPD2,DUR70,WT14,
MovementRate:4/16
Skills:ExoticRangedAttack(Spit)50,FreeFall50,Perception60,UnarmedCombat60
Notes:Armor(12/12),EnhancedSmell,SpitAttack(areaeffect),Tongue(DV1d10+3,AP0),
Toxin(Application:D,OOnsetTime:1ActionTurn,Duration:5ActionTurns,Effect:1d102
(roundup)DVperActionTurn).Duetotheirphysicalform,jelliessuffertheminimumamountof
damagefromstandardkineticweaponandbladeattacks.Witheachofitsspeedturnsitwill
attempttospitandthenattackwithatongue.
Canrollamedicine(orrelevant)skillchecktoremovethetoxin,aftercombathasendedtoavoid
anyfurthereffectsofpoisoning.Thistoxinwillcompromisevacsuitsandifitisntrepairedbythe
timetheplayersmakeitbackoutside,theplayerwillsufferCO2poisoninganddeathwithin
seconds.
Uponsuccessfullydispatchingtheinfected,theplayerscancontinueontotheenginecontrol
console.Interface/hackwillallowinsertionoftheoverloadcodeandstartthetwohourtimer.
Immediatelyuponcompletingthistasktheplayershearavoiceoverthespeaker
Thankyou,fantasticwork.Icouldneverhavedonethatwithoutyouguys.NowImsureyoure
thinkingwherearethoselifeboats,right?Well,Imafraidthatsecretwillbekeptbyme,theriskof
infectionistoohigh,youregoingtohavetogodownwiththeship.However,Itwasapleasure
knowingyou,haveanicedeath.
Therearetwoendingpathstheplayerscanchoose(Ipreferpath1).Cogtestsorthecommon
sensetraitwillhelpthemcometothedecision.
Path1
TheydecidetobacktracktheirwaytothesaferoomandgainentrytomeetwithChronosand
forcethelifeboatlocationsoutofhim
Path2
Theplayerstryandfindtheirownwayoutoftheship,makingtheirwaytothehullorsomething
oftheirownimagining.Theytravelthroughanyremainingunexploredsectionsandhaveatleast
2encountersofatleast615infected.CanalsointroducetheTankinfectedifanotherminiboss
iswanted.Dissuadethispath,cannotcutthroughthehulltoothick,likelyhundredsofinfected
betweenthemandanypotentiallifeboatsorhatches,relativelyclearpassagebacktoChronos.
30minutestocompleteengineroom.
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Path 1
Theplayersjourneybacktothesaferoomisuneventfulandpresumablytheywontwantto
exploregiventhelimitedtimeframetheyhave.Inthesaferoom,theycanattempttohack
throughthedoororblastitopen.Duringthisprocess,thescreenwillturnontoanemptyroom
withChronosnowhereinsight.Butthespeakersturnon
Infidels,youdonotknowwhoyouaredealingwith,youshouldjustacceptyourfate,ifyoucome
inhereyouwillfindanendbeyondsuffering
Chronosistrulyinsanenow.
Whentheplayersmaketheirwayinside,theywillfindanemptyroom(atleastuntiltheygivethe
allclear).Investigationoftheconsoleswillrevealthatalltheprocessingpowerisgoinginto
poweringsomethingsimilartoasimulspace,andsomethingthatseemslikeaprimitiveAGI.It
wouldentirelybethewrongconclusionoftheplayerstoassumethatthiswasallasimulated
personalityandcontrol.
Theycanuploadthemselvestothesimulspacetofindthemselvesinareplicaoftheship.The
simulatedshipisinprimeconditionbuthashighlighteddamagedsectionsinredwithtext
readoutsdetailingdamage.Theplayerscanusethistotryandfindawayouti.esomeworking
lifeboats.Totravelfasterinthesimulspace,playerscanhacktheprogramtogainGODmode
powers.Howeverjustastheyfindawayout,thesimulspacewillstartcollapsingandsomething
thatlookslikeacomputerglitchwilltryandattackthem.WILLx3orsuffer1D10/2SV.
Alternatively,theycanhacktheconsoletofindthelocationofthelifeboats.
Justastheymaketheirwaytotheexit,apreviouslyunseenbulkheadwillslamshutandaloud
thumpingcanbeheardthroughthefloor.Afteracoupleofsecondsofplayerdread,thefloorwill
burstupwardandupwillclimbabattlesuitpilotedbynoneotherthanChronos.Queueboss
battlemusic.
Chronosstatsanddescription
Thebattlesuititselfisalargemetalliccreationmuchlikethesuitinalien,butmodifiedfor
combat.Chronossitsinsidethebattlesuitandexpertlypilotsit.Hehasamanicgrinonhisface
andhelooksalotmoredisheveledthatwhatwasonthescreen.Hiswhitelabcoatisactually
stainedadarkbrownandhishairhasgrownintoalongmess.
ChronoshimselfhasbeeninfectedwithanadvancedstrainoftheExsurgentvirusthatgiveshim
(slightlyOP)PSItraits.ChronoswillusePSItricks,Moxyandalltheskillsathisdisposalto
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defeattheplayers.Itisentirelypossiblethathemightkilloneorsendoneinsane,butthatsjust
partofthegame.Hesdesignedtobetankyandhurt,dontbeafraidtogoalloutonthePCs.
AtthebeginningofthefighteveryplayerrollsCOG+INT+SAVtest.Iftheyfailtheysuffered
fromabasiliskhackinthesaferoomearlier.ThisisaYouGottaBelieveMe(YGBM)hack
implantingasubliminalcommand.EveryfailedPCtakesoneshotattheirnearestallybefore
regainingtheirsenses,thisoccursbeforeactionturns.
Universalstats
SpeedAverageallplayersspeedthenadd0.8androunddowntothenearestwholenumber
COG30,COO25,INT30,REF25,SAV20,SOM30,WIL30,INIT12,MOX4
ThefirststageofbattlewillsimplyhaveChonoschargethenearestPCandstartpounding
down.Hewillswitchaggrotowhoeverdealsthemostdamageinthatactionturn.
BattleSuit
Armor18/18,DUR60,WT12,UnarmedCombat90(4D10AP2),Fray65
Thebattlesuitwilleventuallybedestroyedshuttingdownseeminglyofferinganeasykillshotto
Chronos.ThefirstshotthePCsmakeatChronoswillblowupthesuitinacloudofdebrisand
smoke.SOMX3orsuffer2DV.
WhenthesmokeclearsChronoswillbefloatingabovethegroundsurroundedbyapalegreen
light.ThisistheultimateformofPSImastery,theabilitytochangetheveryfabricoftheuniverse
itself.Thehardpartstarts.WILLx3orsuffer1D10/2SV
Chronos
Armor,DUR55(Ignoreswounds),UnarmedCombat90(3D10+3),PSIAssault90,Fray80
Inaddition,ChronosgainsanumberofPSItraits.
Onslaught
PSITYPE:Active
ACTION:Complex
RANGE:Touch
DURATION:Temp(ActionTurns)
STRAINMOD:Chronostakesnodamage
SKILL:PsiAssault
Thisoffensivesleightfloodsthetargetsmindwithsensoryinputandthoughtprocessesthat
aresoalienanddisturbingthattheyinflict1d10+(WIL10,roundup)mentalstress.
AnytimeChronosmakesameleeattackautomaticallyrollOnslaughtonthetarget
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CasimirForceRepulsion
ThissleightexploitstheCasimireffect(aninteractionbetweentheelectromagneticfieldsof
differentobjects)onamacroscale,allowingtheexsurgenttolevitatehimselforother
objectsbycreatingrepulsingfields.Thiscouldalsoallowtheexsurgenttopushtargets
away,pinthemagainstwalls,etc.(GMuselimitedlyanddontallowpowertobe
overpowered)
Diffusion
Thissleightdiffuseslight,laser,andparticlebeams,effectivelymakingthemuselessas
weapons,HalvingtheirDV
KineticFriction
Theexsurgentusesthissleighttoincreasethefrictionappliedtokineticactivities.Thishasa
negligibleeffectonmostactivities,buthighvelocityprojectileslikefirearmsandrailgunswill
besignificantlyslowed,decreasingtheirDVbyhalf.
Canaddthesetauntswhenappropriate.
Youthinkthatgateopenedbyaccident?
Iamagodhere,timemeansnothingtothosewhoareaboveit.
Yourmindisbutatoyformetoplaywith
Youweaponsareuselessagainstmypower
Afterahopefullylong,difficultandrewardingfight,Chronoswillbedefeatedandtheplayerswill
befreetoescapetheshipinwhatremainingtimetheyhaveleft.Tomaketheescapemore
exciting,Infectedcouldbecatchinguptothemjustasthelifeboatslaunch.Remindplayersof
themissionclockandhowlongtheyhavetomakeittothegate.
1hourtocompletepath1
Path 2
Theplayerstrytofindtheirownwayofftheship.Theareastheytravelthroughwillbethe
remainingunexploredsectionsorjustregularhallwaysifthatisallthatareleft.Alongtheway
theywillbehoundedbyaminimumof2encountersof615infected.Asmanyasyouthinkwould
weardowntheparty.Duringoneoftheseencounters,introducetheTankinfected.
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Infected(Tank)statsanddescription
Thetankinfectedusedtobereallylargehumans.Amutatedstraininfectedhimandturnedhim
intoahulkingmassofmuscle.Hisotherfeaturesaremuchlikeotherinfected,weirdgrowths,
andgreyishroughskin.
COG15,COO20,INT15,REF25,SAV20,SOM35,WIL10,INIT7,MOX1
DUR80,FRAY60,UnarmedCombat90
Thetankhitswithhisbarehandsandduetoitsexcessivestrengthgetbonusdamage.2D10+4.
AllsuccessfulattackscauseknockbackregardlessofDV.
Theplayerswilleventuallyfindtheirwaytoahatchthatcanbecutintoorhacked.Orlifeboats,
canhavethemrollluckchecktoseeiftheycomeacrossahatchorworkinglifeboats.Treatitas
acinematiceventasopposedtocombat,occasionalinfectedtohoundthemastheyrun
betweenareas.HoweverduringthisprocessChronoswillappeartoconfronttheteam.Treatthe
fightasthesamepartasthenonbattlesuitChronosdetailedinpart1,howeverheonlyuses
PSIabilitiesathalfhealth(TriggerduringdamageifhewouldsufferDVpastthethreshold).The
hatchwillbeconvenientlylocatednearthecyclesforthejourneybacktothegate.
YouthinkIwouldletyouleavesoeasily?
1hourtocompletepath2
Back to the gate
Thejourneyfromthecrashedshipbacktothegatewilltake10hours.Iftheplayersusedthe
lifeboats,theycanusethemtomakeitbacktothegatein5hours,butabandoningthecycles
andanysalvagedtechleftonthem.Iftheplayersdonthavethelifeboats,toughluckonthem.
Switchtomonologuemodetoseeiftheysurvivedthemonth.Iftheymakeitbacktothegatein
time,havethempassthroughandswitchtoepilogue.
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Epilogue
ThePCswillbefullysuccessfuliftheygatherallthedataandtechavailableontheplanet,find
outwhathappenedtothecrewofArk,anddestroytheshipwithtimetomakeitbacktothegate.
Maxrewardsis+8CRepforfindersfees,+4IRepfordealingwithXThreat.Canexchangefor
creditsiftheplayerswant.ScaleasappropriatetothePCsaccomplishments.
ThePCsfindoutthatTerraGenesisplanstocontinueonwithterraformingactivitiesandinitial
colonizationonplanetdgiventheplayerssterilizationeffortsandalreadyinplaceinfrastructure
forterraforming.Plusthereisstilllikelyalargeamountofvaluabletechthatsurvivedthe
meltdown.
Howeverthereisstillthelikelypresenceofaresearch/earlyarrivalshipinsystemsomewhere.Is
thisshipalsoinfected,thePCsdonotknow,butfirewallmaysendanothermissionto
investigate.(Plotseed)
Theraccoonracethattheyfoundisobviouslyanexcitingfind,howeverduetothenatureofthe
gatestheywillprobablyneverencounterthem.Plusitisaworryingideathatthefirstcontactthis
alienracehadwithtranshumanitywaswithinfectedhumansthatkilledmanyofthem.Chalkitup
toyetonemoreexistentialthreattotranshumanityaswhilethethePCshavenoideawherethe
Raccoonraceisfrom,theRacoonsundoubtedlyknowthesourceofthecolonyship.
ThePCsthemselvesescapedwiththeirlives(maybe)andhavemanagedtomakeitthrough
quarantineontheotherside.Butinthebackoftheirmindwillbetheideathattheymighthave
beeninfectedbythissupervirus,thatmightbechangingthemandinfluencingthematthisvery
moment.Andmaybe,iftheythinkhardenough,thespeckofanalienentitypassesthroughtheir
thoughts.Theirimagination?Orarealthreattotheirveryexistence.
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