Star Bright

"Someone has been Here before!" (17th March 2158)

17th March 2158

Well this one should be done by the end of the day" thought Katrina. Jonas seemed to be getting more used to the Drone, and she was reviewing the footage.

A glint of yellow caught her eye, and she asked Jonas to fly the little machine over. Her eyes widened as she called over the comms.

“There is Rover buried in sand,” she said, relaying the co ordinates. “It looks like uncovered by dust storm. Maybe very recent.”

While the others continued with the survey, Marcus and Jake drove over. They soon started to get pings on the short range sensors, and after about fifteen minutes they had located it.

The rover was about half buried, and was painted a bright yellow. The model was a standard one by Shanghai GM, and of a type still in current use. There were no unusual company markings, though much of the superstructure was still buried.

Jake lit up a cigarette as they stared out of the cab.

“Bloody odd way out here. What do you think?” commented Marcus.

Jake squinted at the Rover for another couple of beats, then stubbed out the cigarette in the ashtray.

“Odd or not, there will be something inside that Rover that we can make good use of. Spares, medical supplies, ammo, gear to sell. I ain’t just leavin’ it there for someone else to strip.”

He checked his belt – revolver to the left; knife to the right. then slung the AFL-16 over his head. He headed around to the back of their own Rover, rummaged around in the locker and emerged with a shovel.

They spent half an hour dismounting and fitting the bucket, and then started to dig out the vehicle. After scooping the dirt in a rough crater around the Rover they suited up and opened the airlock. Jake handed Marcus a spade.

“Make yerself bleedin’ useful, will you? Grab this and lend a bleedin’ ’and.”

“Gimme a sec.” replied Marcus, walking up to Jake and checking his Mars Suit. He made a quick adjustment to the heating unit. “There, now your suit will compensate better for the rise in body temperature from all the digging.” pausing, he laughed. “I’ll take that shovel now.”

Comments

Anything you will do will take time, though Jake and Marcus have little do do during the survey (three periods of daylight).

The general purpose WTV has an arm and bucket attachment. Obviously you also have tools.

You are also now apporaching the area of shadow. This will give an extra -1 on driving rolls.

From now on I give the option of an alternative driving mode to ‘NORMAL’.

This is ‘CAREFUL’. The effect of this will be to add +2 to roll. However an 8 success will only give 5 km of movement, while each effect boost will only add another +5.

Generally this is better if you roll total 8,9,10, but slower with rolls above this.

 

Another 4 weeks of Gambling will also have passed Spyder and Jake. You need to determine Stake amount. We will roll on Sunday.

 

AH yes: as you chose to ‘pick up’ Remote Ops Jonas your roll is now only at -2 rather than -3, giving you a net roll of 0.

 

Jake squints at the Rover for another couple of beats, then stubs out the cigarette in the sand

“Odd or not, there will be something inside that Rover that we can make good use of. Spares, medical supplies, ammo, gear to sell. I ain’t just leavin’ it there for someone else to strip.”

He checks his belt – revolver to the left; knife to the right. then slings the AFL-16 over his head. He heads around to the back of their own Rover, rummages around in the locker and emerges with a shovel.

He then advances purposely on the stranded Rover.

Halfway there, he looks around at Marcus.

“Make yerself bleedin’ useful, will you? Either cover me or grab another shovel and lend a bleedin’ ’and.”

 

“Gimme a sec.” replied Marcus, walking up to Jake and checking his Mars Suit. He made a quick adjustment to the heating unit. “There, now your suit will compensate better for the rise in body temperature from all the digging.” pausing, he laughed. “I’ll take that shovel now.”

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