STA Mission Report 15 – Tug of War

Adventure Source: Living Campaign Adventure 05 (slightly modified)

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Game Date: January 10 2021

Session Post: No Session Post

Teaser: Extended stellar and planetary survey missions to a remote part of the Shackleton Expanse near Sigma Librae and the Romulan Star Empire find an interesting planetary system that contains two Class-M planets that orbit each other, that show signs of a sublight spacefaring civilization that has recently destroyed itself.

Active Characters:

  • Cmd. O’Nnyah (Raven)
  • Lt. Cmd. Reittan Andreas (Jon)
  • Lt Cmd. Taemin Rahn (Garrett)
  • Lt. Cmd Asha (Jaime)
  • Lt. Jr. Wolfgang Ratzel (Terry)
  • Dok – Ferengi arms designer/dealer (Kelly)

Important NPCs:

  • Captain Georj Brandt – New Captain of the U.S.S. Kimura

Notable Information: The solar system surrounding the star HIP 73513 is the location of a very rare Trojan pair of Class-M planets that both developed their own native sentient life. The first species to develop was on the smaller of the Class-M planets, a humanoid species that had developed in the tidal areas of their oceans and sharing many traits with Terran canines.

The other, larger world was named ‘Five Turns’ or more literally ‘Everything’ by its non-humanoid, radially symmetrical sentient species. The ‘Us’ didn’t evolve flexible manipulative digits equivalent to human thumbs and fingers, thus they were never able to develop any technologies besides fire.

Scientists and astronomers on Rl’lowo had always been interested in their twin world and early on determined that ‘Five Turns’ had native life, and it drove development of a space program with a focus on making the journey to Five Turns.

With the Rl’lowo Shal having nearly no sense of xenophobia, they attempted to embrace the Us as equals that only looked different and spoke a different language. The Us, on the other hand, were extremely varied in their appearances, with different color shades, shapes of their torsos and lengths of their six arms. They had developed an extreme form of tribalism, deep xenophobia, and cultural paranoia. They saw the Rl’lowo Shal as another invading tribe there to only destroy them, but they had the power of metal and technology.

The trusting Rl’lowo Shal began a program of ‘uplifting’ the Us by gifting their tribe’s technology and helping them develop their civilization, but the paranoid and xenophobic Us tribes began to cull the tribes that were more accepting of the Rl’lowo, banding together against the Rl’lowo, gathering weapons and technology over nearly a century until the combined tribes of Us felt they were on an equal par as the ‘invaders’.

The first and final war between the two worlds devastated both planets, each being bombarded by asteroids and leading into dual mass extinction events and the total loss of both species. Remnants of the civilizations are still strewn across the inner system and evidence shows there were survivors of both species, but they quickly died of lack of oxygen on space stations, or the collapse of the ecosystem on the two worlds.

Mission Recap: The Crew of the Kimura arrived in system and took up position between the two planets. Two abandoned space stations were detected at the L4 and L5 locations between the planets. They decided to send an away team to the station on the L4 location.

There they discovered some of the information that was described in the Notable Information section above.

Close up scans of the planets revealed that both planets had been devastated by asteroid strikes and most higher levels of life on both planets had been wiped out. Some faint energy readings were detected at one location on the larger planet and they decided to investigate that. They also sent teams to the other planet and the other space station.

The Away Team took the Waverider shuttle down to the planet. The power readings came from an underground facility. The top level was collapsed, but they were able to carefully climb down and gain access to the second level, which had a monitoring area and a research and medical area. They discovered that an automated system had detected the Kimura arriving and had started powering up a weapons system that used tractor beams. They also determined that this facility was networked to several others on the planet and they were also powering up.

Contacting the Kimura, they were able to determine that a similar thing was happening on the other planet. They suggested that the Kimura move further out of the system, beaming up the other landing parties.

They felt they could shut down the system from deeper within this facility and proceeded to work their way down into the facility.

They made it down to a horticultural level, which had been overrun with plants and were making their way through it when they got attacked by several multi legged creatures with long tails that attempted to suffocate them by clinging to their faces and wrapping their tails around the crews throats.

After a short but intense battle, they managed to fend off the creatures and make it to the entrance to the next level.

Horticulture Level
Power Generator

Once they got to the Power Generator, they were able to successfully stand down the network and turn off the tractor beam weapons. They then made it back out the the Waverider and successfully returned to the Kimura.

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