Star Frontiers – Episode 1 – Part 1
Rodrick- Dakeen: Mentalist; Humanrask
Melissa- Venessa Wulf: Military; Human
Jeff- Udo Trask: Planetolagist; Human
Chris- Dranchal: Healer; Dralasite - - Chris- Mickey: Healer; Dralasite
Damian- Davin Deveron: Military; Human
Nate- Carmine: Military; Yazirian - - Nate- unkown: Biosocial; Yazirian
Rebecca- Scarii: Biosocial; Vrusk
Anna- Ivy Spry: Technician/Demolitions; Human
Nick- Ka'an'eroth: Military; Yazirians
We find our heroes idling their time on a planet (name undisclosed). They are unknowingly pulled together when they each see a poster, which has been placed all around the main city. The poster reads, “Help Wanted: Search and rescue; All skills required. 300 credit reward for completion of mission. Report to nearest Star Law Station for further instruction and transport.”
Star Law is the officially reigning authority in this particular solar system.
As they each in turn enter the station, they are greeted by the Commander, Nevlon.
“Greetings. I assume you are all here about the posters, yes?” The group nods their heads, glancing at one another curiously. “Excellent. Quite an interesting problem we have. Two days ago we picked up a distress beacon transmitting from a nearby planet. It registered as a cargo ship that has been making shipments in this sector. We need a group to go down to the planet, locate the beacon, rescue any of the surviving crew members you can find, and discover why the ship went down in the first place. The maintenance records state the ship was in prime working condition before its departure.
You will be paid 300 credits each if the mission is completed. Do to the current political situation between the nearby planets of the crash area, we can only give you 20 hours to complete the objectives stated, or you will be left behind. We will guarantee safe journey there, but once on the planet, you are on your own. You will be provided a Laser Pistol and some Energy Packs as soon as you've landed.”
Again the party nods, showing their approval.
“Everyone's agreed then? You'll do it?”
“Agreed!” They say, almost in unison.
It is a six hour flight to the planet via the ship, Star Runner, and the small party is given time to introduce themselves and gain a little information about their specialties.
As they near the planet, they can clearly see a group of trees that seems barren and crushed, and before they land, they've already decided that is the direction they will take.
After landing, the Star Runner crew passes out the Pistols and Energy Packs,making sure the adventurers understand the time limit they have. Before they take off, the captain, Meshra, hands the group a small black box-like device. “This will help you track the beacon. Good luck.” And with that they were left alone.
Venessa, Dranchal, Davin, and Scarii, each notice the downed trees they had seen from the ship. The locator box points in that direction (due south) so the group heads directly for it. As they approach, even from this distance they can see the tree tops seem to be burnt, and crisp, yet from the ship they could see the ground remained green and damp. “Something must have come in. And hot, too,” Davin states.
The locator box continues to point south and the group keeps moving. Dakeen notices a strange cloud-like formation over the trees a little ways ahead. They assumed it to be smoke. Shortly, they enter a cleared area. The locator points south, then north. Confused Venessa says, “It should be right here.” The entire group looks up. There, hanging tightly from a giant, old tree, swings a parachute, with a small black box firmly attached to it. “Aha!” Shouts Ivy, as she needlessly points towards it.
The group splits up to explore, and search the area. Udo searches for any tracks in the are but does not find anything. Carmine, feeling rather daring and sure of himself, decides to climb the tree and retrieve the parachute and box himself. After making it about 17ft up, he loses his grip on a branch and falls flat on his back, receiving 10 points of painful damage. Laughing, Dakeen says, “Smooth, man.”
Carmine grumbles as he brushes off the dust and leaves, his pride hurt more than anything.
“Here's an idea, lets chop the blasted thing down!” Dranchal cries with an enthusiastic grin.
“Yeah, I'm all for that one,” Venessa agrees.
“Hey, how bout one of you give me one of your axes. I bet I can do it by myself!” Dakeen says.
Venessa hands Dakeen her ax and lets him have a go. He fails miserably. Now its Carmine's turn to laugh.
“Nice,” Venessa glares, taking her ax back. “Comon Dranchal, we got this.”
Together the two have no problem making progress on the ancient tree. However, delighted on the headway they were making, the two were too focused to notice as the billowing cloud they had seen before slowly descended on them. Pinkish-Green tentacles laced their way through the branches quietly reaching the unsuspecting choppers. Venessa and Dranchal are grabbed by the slimy appendages and held fast as the creature unleashes a powerful sting, inflecting 3 points of damage to each of the fighters. It seems to have had a greater effect on Venessa, though, as she suddenly slumps into a pile, still entangled by the creatures arms.
Seeing the horrific events, Davin races towards the scene, in a daring attempt to save the poor, stunned Venessa. Just as he reaches her and almost has her in his arms, the creature swiftly grasps him and holds him fast. Again, it releases its deadly sting, and Davin's body is overcome by the massive amount of voltage, and he, too, goes numb and falls to the ground.
Dakeen and Udo look at the full creature and notice it looks quite similar to a jellyfish...accept much larger and floating in the air, of course. They also see four or more of the same creature in the nearby distance, though they seem much less interested and moving in the opposite direction; almost floating with the wind it appears.
Quickly snapping back to the matter at hand, the determined men reach for their Laser Pistols and release an array of wild shots, adrenaline filling their systems. Sadly only one hit for only 3 damage to the enormous creature.
Dranchal, still within the monsters grasp, attempts to chop away at the tentacles that surround him. However, this angers the creature and it promptly delivers a massive jolt through the small blobs ax, stinging him for 10 damage and throwing him entirely clear of the area.
Carmine and Scarii grasp their Pistols as well, and take aim. Carmine misses as the creature sways its massive body back and forth, distracting the marksman with his disabled friends. Scarii, however, undaunted by the creatures attempt to draw away her attention, stays focused on her target and hits two well-aimed shots causing the jellyfish 18 more damage. A clear pink liquid seeps from the wound.
Ivy, who seems entirely taken back by the entire situation, slowly raises her pistol to make an unsteady shot causing only 9 damage.
The jellyfish charges for another sting and it jolts the body’s of its trapped victims. It appears to be attempting to digest the small party in its grasp.
Dakeen, still apparently boggled by the current events, misses two more shots as Udo, standing firmly by his side, hits with two more shots, doing 7 damage total. Ivy, following their example, takes aim again, and misses twice. Carmine, also misses twice (Lord only knows why they were all so distracted).
Scarii, though confident on her skill, misses two shots.
The creature again releases another sting, causing Dranchal to cry out in pain.
Carmine misses twice more, but Scarii seems to have regained her skill and hits one shot for 8 damage.
Concerned about the four other creatures he had seen earlier, Udo takes another look at the sky and is relieved to see the jellyfish at quite a distance from their current location. Letting a small sigh of relief escape his lips, he takes aim again, and hits the creature again, for 4 damage. Dakeen.....well, he misses again.
Seeing how little the Pistols seem to be effecting the gigantic creature, Ivy decides to try a new tactic. Running to the opposite side of the tree from her friends, she removes some “kaboomite” from her pack. She successfully sets a charge to 100g of it and throws it onto the jellyfish's sticky exterior. Hitting her target, the explosion causes the creature 75 points of damage and creates a gaping hole in the middle of the beasts large body.
Another charge moves down the long tentacles, though less powerful than before. The monster was weakening. In her excitement to see the jellyfish dying, Scarii misses two shots, but Udo, hits for a strong 23 damage. Dakeen, FINALLY hitting his target, completely destroys the remaining life-force of the beast and it falls from the sky with a “splat!”
After pulling Venessa, Davin, and Dranchal from the dead monsters tentacles, the group revives their stunned bodies.
Venessa looks around, completely confused by the scene around her. “What was that thing? I've never seen anything like it!”
Dranchal gives a sarcastic smirk and says, “I don't know, but whatever it was, it was shocking!”
Venessa rolls her eyes at the blobs dry humor (strange for such a damp creature). Dranchal, seems not to notice Venessa's annoyed gesture, and proceeds to heal her and Davin helping them recover from the large amount of damage they took from the creatures electrical shock.
Meanwhile, Udo, Dakeen, and Carmine form a group and discuss possibilities.
“If the wind was able to move those giant jellyfish, then I'm sure it could move a small parachute,” Udo says, looking at the other two. Dakeen immediately agrees.
“Well then, it's only logical we head against the wind to find the ship.” Carmine looks up as he talks, possibly searching for more monsters. Luckily the sky is clear of all the beasts.
Scarii searches for any tracks (other than their own of course) that may be around the present area. Perhaps one of the crew came this way after the box? Unfortunately, they have no such luck. The area seems to be free from any sign of recent passage.
The locator device, now useless, is pocketed and they really only on their own skills. They head in the direction they remember seeing the burnt clearing. They soon come across a stream, and Udo notices a large amount of oil flowing down it. “I suggest we follow this stream,” he says pointing at the evidence. They agree and continue on their way.
“Is anyone keeping track of time? I mean, I for one don't plan on getting left on this dreadful planet!” Dakeen cries. No one seems to pay him much heed, however.
Following the stream, they come across some boggy terrain. Several large mounds are located sporadically all around the swamp, most easily large enough to climb onto. They continue on their way, and notice what appears to be a large flock of birds circling their destination.
Suddenly, as they are cautiously moving through the bog, a mound of what they had previously thought was just dirt and grass, raises up and gigantic tentacles emerge from under the muddy water. Huge eyes appear on its assumed “face” and it gazes over the group. It is massive, terrifying, and extremely angry.
End Episode 1 – Part 1