The crew began the session on the surface of the planet inside of The GTFO. With Capt Slug being gravely injured, they decided to run him back up to the ship where the Autodoc could get him patched up. Unfortunately, the irregular orbit that Daphne parked their ship in earlier proved to be quite a challenge to achieve a second time. After several aborted passes, she was able to match the orbit and land, albeit after taking some hull damage while landing in the shuttle bay.
After Slug is patched back up, the crew debates the method on which they can descend the shaft that was discovered on the planets surface. They decide to bring a few G/Bikes, a G/Floater, and a lot of rope. Since most of the crew is not proficient in the use of Grav vehicles, Slug and Tomi head down and do some scouting. Finding 'the coast clear' down at the bottom – some 100m down, a rope is lowered and the others start making their way down. Fenton led the way down the rope, sliding down with ease in his battle armor. The others followed him down the line – unforuntately, Ashley didn't hook up her safety harness properly and started to fall. In a flash of inspiration, Fenton was able to drop Vera and catch Ashley as she plummetted to her death. While he was able to catch her, the bone jarring impact of her limp helpless body on an armored exoskeleton cause her some vary serious injuries. The crew is able to stablize her, and leaves her to rest in the G/Floater while they explore the bottom of the shaft.
The shaft opens to a cavernous room with a door on the far side. Fenton uses his suits optics to zoom and and scan the vicinity. He makes note of a weapon emplacement – with no weapon. It looks like it was removed by someone who didn't know what they were doing. He also notes that the door was forced open and is sitting ajar. The crew stages around the door, just as Fenton is about to walk into the room, the cavern becomes illuminated by hidden lighting for a few moments, then returns to darkness. When the lights come on, a message waiting indicator lights up from Ein to Ashley. Only part of the communication is able to make it thru: "Flares"
Fenton turns back to enter the room after the lights go out and notices bodies scattered in one portion of the room. Making note of a weapon on the far end of the room, he stealthily slips between banks of equipment and works his way to a point behind the weapon. The others slowly try to make there way into the room as Fenton tries to clip some wiring at the base of the weapons platform. He receives a tremendous shock, and the unit immediately spins about opening fire on the party. A second foray into the wiring leaves some of the gearing on the weapon disabled and unable to access it's full range of motion. Several other members of the crew exchange fire with the sentry gun before Fenton is able to finish disabling the thing. Tomi, clearly aggravated by the sentry, grabs the lower body of one of the BCP scientists whos remains are scattered about the room. She yanks a mummified leg free of the pants, breaks off the foot and pelvis from femur over her knee, and then proceeds to start beating the sentry with it. She looses a primal scream as the femur snaps in two over the barrel of the sentry gun.
Now free to open examine the area, they start with a more thorough examination of the bodies. They are indeed BVP uniforms. The mummified remains are consistant with those crewing the lab ship in found in orbit. Among the remains the are able to locate 4 credit sticks, which are quickly pocketed by Fenton as well as the following:
- software wafers:
- 1 x slug thrower 2,
- 2 x energy weapon 2,
- 1 x blade melee 2,
- 2 x science computer 2,
- 1 x science cybernetics 2,
- 1 x science archeology 2.
- Universal Translator/3
- 4 x cred sticks, each with 1d6 thousand on them.
- Computer /4:
- Intelligent Interface (1)
- Universal Translator (3)
- Security (3)
- Archeology (3)
- Arc Field Knife – 5d6+2, AP30 (requires blade 1)
- 1 gauss pistol (requires slug 1)
- 2 personal defense laser, 25 charge cartridge (requires energy 1)
The crew locates a lift that drops them deep below the planets surface - Many many kilometers. The shaft gives way and reveals a monstrous docking bay and a factory floor below. They are able to establish that this facility is tens of thousands of years old, maybe even more so. It is a factory, that was churning out ships used to dissect and rebuild the planet – presumably from this large planet into the two smaller planets in orbit around the remaining fragment. The civilization that decided just to build a few new planets was clearly far in advance of anything but the most fanciful holostories. What became of this civilization? Where did they go? Why? Perhaps Humans from Terra will have answers to these questions.
The crew resolves to return to Barnett and provide a full report to the Scout service. They will secure additional provisions and then head out following the course followed by the Terran vessel.