Note: This game is hopefully going to be a lot less linear than my usual games, so you needn't always travel straight from A to B. Exploration is encouraged, as it may yield rewards; it may also kill you, but that's your choice to make.
After escaping the Time Lord prison in a stolen TARDIS, you are travelling through the Time Vortex when the TARDIS' systems suddenly shut down. You are thrown out of the Time Vortex into an unknown region of space, where the gravity of a nearby planet pulls you down to the surface. There is a large crash but your extrapolator shielding ensures the TARDIS remains intact. None of your equipment appears damaged, but the Laser Screwdriver is also non-functional.
You step outside, and discover the TARDIS has crashed on its side, fortunately with the doors facing upwards. It would have been awkward if they faced the floor. Once outside you look around. You are in what appears to a scrapyard, surrounded by the broken remains of spaceships belonging to all sorts of species. There are also bubbling pools of a red liquid that you assume is some form of acid. Lying above your TARDIS, with one end embedded in the ground is a Dalek Saucer, a section of the hull torn open. Because of the acid pools, this appears to be the only way to progress.
I climb out of the TARDIS, and look around.
"Not exactly what you want to see, first day out of prison. I was aiming for a casino planet."
Seeing no other way out, I cautiously creep into the Dalek ship, hoping this isn't leading up to my next regeneration. (What form did my TARDIS take, BTW?)
Your TARDIS took the form of a 51st Century human spaceship.
You creep into the Saucer through the tear, and find yourself in a long corridor. To the left, it bends and you cannot see very far, but to the right it is straight, and you can see quite a long way. There is no sign of anything moving.
After trying to make my screwdriver work, I move a little bit to the left trying to see what's around the bend. (still mutterng in irritation--"No, this won't crash the first spatial anomaly it runs across. It works just fine, he said. Hope that bloody guard has a nice chat with a Dalek, the fat pig.")
Round the corner, the corridor continues in a straight line. There's still no sight or sound of movement. Another corridor branches off this one to the right.
I move a little forward and turn to the right. "I remember Dalek ships being less dull. A lot more exterminatey in my day."
This corridor is shorter, and opens up into a large chamber. The majority of the chamber is round the corner, though, so you can't see anything.
I turn around the corner and have a look at this here chamber.
The walls are lined with Daleks, facing towards the centre of the chamber. None of them move as you enter.
I stop near one, and wave my hand in front of its eyestalk. "Hello. Time Lady here. Won't you even say hello?"
There is no movement or sign of recognition.
"Fine, suit yourself." I move forwards towards the center of the chamber.
None of the Daleks react. The chamber itself is a large open space, empty save for the Daleks lining the walls. The only corridor leading away from the chamber is the one you entered from.
I backtrack my steps to the first branching corridor, and move right.
You soon pass another corridor leading to an identical chamber. All the daleks there are inactive too. The corridor continues round the Saucer without any further branches, until you reach what you estimate to be the opposite side of the spaceship to the one you entered through. Here, another corridor branches inwards, and leads to a staircase going up. The staircase is presumably used for the convenience of humanoid prisoners.
Having climbed the stairs, you arrive in a corridor leading off to the left and right.
I head right.
The corridor branches left and right again. You can see both corridors lead to larger chambers. There are still no signs of active Daleks.
I walk into the left chamber.
The chamber is large and rectangular. To your right is another corridor, and you can just make out one on the opposite side of the chamber. There is a door in the middle of the chamber's back wall, though it is open.
I head towards the door on the back wall. Sticking my head through, I yell out: "Hello? I demand some kind of reception!"
The room is small and has no other exits. The walls are also lined with Daleks, but as before, they are inactive.
(BTW, these are Imperial Daleks)
I turn back into the large chamber, and take the right corridor. "I feel like a test dolosid in a maze."
The corridor turns to the right, and then on the left you see another staircase going up. To save you time wandering around, I'll just tell you there's nothing else to find on this floor, so you take the staircase up. At the top, you are faced with yet another corridor branching left and right.
I take the right corridor.
After a while, the corridor turns to the left, and soon after, a short corridor branches off on the left. You can see that from there it again branches to the left and right.
I turn right, as I'm pretty sure another left turn would put me back at the beginning of the corridor. :P
You take the right path, and the corridor bends to the left again. You then arrive at an intersection. The corridor continues in front of you, and a second one branches off to the left.
I take the left corridor.
A short way down the corridor, guess what happens! In case you can't, it branches to the left and right.
I'm beginning to think this game is a metaphor for left-wing and right-wing political philosophy. :P
Flipping a coin, I go right.
It's not, I can assure you. It makes perfect sense with the map in front of you, which you don't have. The corridor turns left again, and then a corridor branches off to the left, while the main one continues on. (I feel like I've written this before).
I continue on forwards.
The corridor takes a left turn, and then branches off to the right roughly opposite the corridor you entered from.
I move onwards to the right.
The corridor branches left and right again... this is kind of getting repetitive, and for that reason, I'll tell you, you've already walked straight past the way out. You were trying to make your way to the centre of this floor, but you're heading towards the edge again. It probably doesn't help I'm not very good at describing these sorts of places.
I make my way back to the center of the floor, uttering choice Gallifreyan swear words that mercifully cannot be translated.
The centre is a small chamber, the walls lined with Daleks, this time including two Special Weapons Daleks. They are all inactive. There is an open hatch in the ceiling through which you can see daylight. If you leapt, you could probably just about reach the edge and haul yourself out onto the top of the Saucer.
I leap up as high as I can, clamber up on top of the saucer, and survey my surroundings. "This is more like it."
From here, you can see two main ways to progress. To the north-east, you can see the broken remains of a Sycorax warship, and further in the distance a Judoon tower ship, laying on its side. Beyond that, you can see another spaceship, but it is too far away for you to identify the species. This whole area is dotted and surrounded with pools of the red acid you saw earlier.
To the west you can see a human travel craft. A bridge attached to the side, used normally for docking, now forms a bridge from the Dalek Saucer to the human spaceship, over pools of acid. Lying alongside the travel craft is another human ship, and alongside that a crashed Vinvocci salvage ship, lying on its side, with its fin creating a bridge over another pool of acid. In the distance is the top half of a Sontaran warship, and behind that you can see a forest.
A huge mountain range rises behind the forest, and stretches around the north and south sides of the scrapyard, where huge acid lakes are found at the base.
I hop off the Saucer and onto the bridge that connects it to the human craft. Rapping on the ship's hull, I yell "Oy! Anyone home?"
There is no reply or sound from within.
Shrugging, I enter the human vessel if I can.
The only entrance you can see is an airlock, which is rusted to the extent it is unopenable.
I climb down to the ground, where I closely examine one of the red acid pools.
It's red, and bubbles a lot. It's not like anything you've seen before.
A worm-like creature suddenly jumps at you, spitting acid. It is about thirty centimetres long, and has a mouth like these things. The acid just misses you, but the worm prepares to attack again.
Rolling a 6 for accuracy, I kick it into one of the acid pools.
Well, it lives in the acid, so... However, you have twenty strength and it has twenty health, so that works out anyway.
I squat down besides the pool. "Fascinating... but I can't really steal you, so my interest is kind of fading."
I hop up and walk to the other human vessel, and try to gain entry.
Unfortunately, the airlock on this vessel is also rusted.
I head far to the north-east, hoping to identify the ship I saw earlier (that I couldn't identify).
You cross back to the Dalek Saucer and then begin to make your way through the wreckage of the Sycorax warship, when you slip on something you didn't notice, almost hitting your head on a rock fragment. You get back up to have a look, and discover it is a Sycorax longsword. As you pick it up, you hear a growl behind you, and turn to see a silver-furred animal resembling an earth wolf regarding you with caution. As you turn, it leaps towards you.
I swing my new longsword into a leg, rolling a 4. (Resisting the urge to yell "bad wolf!" as I do so.)
It does fifty damage, and the wolf is crippled. It swings its undamaged paw at you, but its other leg fails to support its weight, and it misses.
A little sorrowful, I plunge the sword through one of its eyes and into the brain, killing it instantly. I then continue on as before.
The next fifty damage kills it anyway. You arrive at the Judoon tower ship; the airlock is blown wide open, though you could probably climb over the ship if you wanted to. It is surrounded at either end by more acid pools.
I enter through the airlock.
You enter at one end of the spaceship. There is a long, narrow hallway heading towards the opposite end, which you follow. From there, it opens into a large control room. There are several screens and control banks, but none appear to be operational. Three corridors lead off from the control room; two at either side of the craft (including the one you entered by) and one that leads straight down the centre. There is also a half-open airlock in the opposite wall, which leads outside close to the craft you couldn't identify earlier.
I use the half-open airlock to get to the other craft.
It turns out to be a small Raxacoricofallapatorian spaceship. There is a large, perfectly square hole in the side that looks as though someone has burnt their way out.
"HELLO!", I yell at the top of my voice. "ANYONE HERE?"
Your voice echoes within the spaceship, but there is no reply.
Of course there isn't. I enter the Raxacoricofallapatorian ship, and see if its controls are still in working order.
You follow a corridor leading to the front of the ship, into the control room. None of the controls are working. Another corridor leads to the opposite side of the ship, and there is a door stuck half-open on the opposite wall.
I head over to the half-open door and pop through.
Very good idea. In the room you find a collection of rare and valuable equipment scattered across the floor; this is presumably a Slitheen ship. You acquire a Slitheen Compressor Cannon, Bastic Rifle, Particle Gun, Plasma Cannon, Laser Supreme and Nanogene Armour. Unfortunately, the Particle Gun, Plasma Cannon and Laser Supreme do not appear to be functioning at the moment. You take it all anyway, in case you find a way of fixing them.
"I'll just take this, if nobody minds."
I head back to the Judoon ship and try to diagnose it's technical difficulties.
As far as you can tell, the ship itself is in working condition, but there's just no power.
Annoyed, I head towards the forest outside of the scrapyard.
You cross the scrapyard and pass the Sontaran ship, which you also cannot gain entry to. There is a muddy path leading from the scrapyard into the forest. Before long, you find yourself in a small village. Glancing around, you see houses, shops and hospital, as well as several different species, including Humans, Vinvocci, Ice Warriors and Judoon.
A Judoon approaches you. "Hello, traveller. This settlement is where all who have crashed on this planet may live together in piece. Ships always lose power above the planet, and none of us know why, nor have we ever been able to repair them. No communication devices work here either, so we cannot contact outside and they cannot contact us. Scanners don't work from the inside or the outside, and no energy weapons function here."
I scowl. "And you never thought that having someone in that junk heap to check for new arrivals would be a good idea? I almost got eaten by wolves in there. Also, did nobody think it was a good idea, to, I don't know, clean up some of that bloody acid?"
The Judoon looks puzzled. "Spaceships crash all over the general area of the graveyard. Posting people to look for new arrivals would be too difficult," he concludes at last. "We were not aware creatures inhabited the area; it has been a while since a ship crashed here. And the acid is too dangerous to remove."
I wave my hand in irritation. "Rah bah bah, excuses excuses. I want compensation for what your lack of foresight put me through."
"We have weapons, armour, Medkits," the Judoon replies. "You may have one weapon, one piece of armour and five Medkits as compensation, if you wish."
"Show me what you have. I don't want to get ripped off by you lot."
"I'll take the Selachian Stealth Armor and the Sonic Blaster. And don't you forget my medkits."
You obtain all these items, and the Judoon walks off. There are exits to the east (where you came from) and the north and west. Standing around the village you can see Humans, Hath, Vinvocci, Judoon, Raxacoricofallapatorians, Catkind, Sontarans and a lone Ice Warrior.
I walk over to the Ice Warrior, leaning against a wall. "Do you know what I hate about little colonies like this?" I make a vague gesture around me. "Not much to steal. Give me a big city or a big starship any time."
The Ice Warrior looks at you curiously. "No-one knows how to get off this planet," he says. "The spaceships are just completely drained off power. There are legends of a race of Ancients who used to inhabit this planet, and who still exist deep in the forest... but those who have gone looking have never come back, and it's possible they wouldn't be able to help anyway.
"I'd best stay away from the deep forest, then." I look around. "So, how have you survived here so long? Do you have farm plots, or have you been eating preserved food from your ships?"
"There are farm plots to the north. We grow food, and have tamed some of the local wildlife."
"Do you have a restaraunt or something? Somewhere I can get a bite to eat?"
"There is no restaurant, but those who do not yet have a home here can find food and accomodation in the hospital."
"Will you take me there?"
It's a fairly small village but he leads you there anyway. The hospital is run mainly by Catkind.
I turn to the Ice Warrior. "You never told me your name."
"Mirluc, eh? A good stout Ice Warrior name. So, what do you do around here? Are you a farmer now?"
"I help around where I can. Not exactly a farmer, but there's hunting work. The forests are dangerous, though, so I don't stray far from the village."
"It's not often your kind admits something to be too dangerous. I wonder, what makes one of the Flood-freezers scared of a little forest?"
He chuckles. "The animals aren't too deadly on their own, if I could be properly armed, but the place is riddled with traps. A few have tried going deeper into the forest, and they've never returned."
My interest is piqued (traps generally guard something... often something valieble. "What kind of traps are we talking about?"
Mirluc frowns. "No-one really knows, actually. But those that don't come back must have been caught by something..."
"Hmmmm." I find a good step to sit on. "Have you ever heard of the Krynoid plant, Mirluc?"
Without waiting for a response, I continue. "Young Krynoids wait in one place and snare things that get too close. Of course, this means that they're limited to whatever's dumb enough to come close. The most efficient possible Krnoid would be one that could ensure that prey would continue to arrive, and better yet, was completely incapable of getting away once things started to get ugly. Do you know what I'm getting at, Mirluc?"
"No, I'm not sure I do."
"Something's drained the energy from counless ships, including mine, which by all accounts should be impervious to such things. And now you tell me the whole 'people are mysteriously disappearing' story. I somehow doubt it's a coincidence."
"True, but what would we do about it? There's no way off the planet, so we just try and stay safe."
"But I think there is a way off the planet. Anyone who goes into the center of the forest disappears, right? And what about those traps you mentioned. It seems clear to me that something is very deliberately keeping you from escape. And if a good, competent somebody walked right into the middle of it... well, she might just rescue eberynody."
"You'd want to try? I suppose I could come with you... it's not very interesting round here, nor is being a hunter particularly honourable."
I jump back to my feet. "Excellent! I really am quite glad to hear it." I look around anxiously. "OK... which way is the center of the forest?"
"I'm not sure about the centre, but the western gate leads deeper into the forest. We should probably head that way."
Before leaving, he picks up another ten medkits after explaining your plan to the Catkind. (There's a chance you might need them).
As we head through the western gate, I ask if they've done any scientific studies on the planet.
"Because of the power drain, we don't have the technology to."
The trail leads deeper into the forest and eventually branches in three directions.
"Bah. You don't need power to do science. You just need a pair of keen eyes."
I stop as the trail branches. "Do you know where all of these lead?"
"Continuing west leads to a lake where we get our water from. To the north or south, I don't know."
"Water supply... anything interesting there, besides the water?"
"Not that we're aware of, no."
"Hmm. Well, let's try north then." I begin to head north.
Eventually, the path turns to the left, heading west again. The path then splits; one path continues on and another heads south. To the south, you can see some sort of nest built low in the trees.
I head south out of curiosity, looking at the nest in greater detail.
It is a large, complex structure built of twigs and leaves, and set low in the thicker branches of the tree. A cluster of six eggs are piled against each other in the centre, and shattered eggshell remnants lay around the outside of the nest. A small creature resembling a Pterosaur suddenly drops from the higher branches and attacks you. It rolls a 3, a failure.
I run away, back to the path.
The Pterosaur chases you, clearly believing you have broken one of the eggs. This time it rolls a 10 (9 after modifiers), dealing 4 damage to you after armour. Mirluc swings his Ice Sword, rolling an 8 (8 after modifiers). The Pterosaur takes 52 damage, and dies.
"That is perhaps the least deadly of the creatures we will find here," Mirluc observes.
I feel the minor scratch I have suffered. "Good to know. Any ideas about where to get to next? Any particular places where people turn up missing the most?"
"I don't think someone can turn up missing," he replies. "They just vanish."
"Yes, but where do they say they're going before they vanish?"
"In search of the Ancients, deeper into the forest. I suppose we keep heading west for now."
"Well," I say cheerfully, "Let's go vanish, shall we?"
I start heading west.
Soon you find a ditch crossing the trail. The sides of the ditch are damp and slimy, and muddy water and twigs are collected in the bottom. It is about two metres deep, and it is impossible to tell through the trees how far it extends in either direction. A fallen tree trunk forms a bridge leading over the ditch.
Fortunately, my years as a thief have trained me in moving quickly yet with good balance. I head across the log bridge.
As you step on it, the bridge flickers and the hologram disappears, dropping you into the ditch. Almost straight after, a group of three
Arbotiles creatures resembling scaled monkeys drop from the trees, one landing in the ditch with you and the other two surrounding Mirluc.
The one with you rolls a 5 after modifiers, a miss. The two surrounding Mirluc roll a 5 and a 6 after modifiers, scoring one hit and dealing 14 damage after armour. Mirluc rolls a 9 after modifiers, dealing 48 damage after armour with his Ice Sword to one.
I scramble to my feet, pointing my Compressor Cannon at it and rolling a 5. That does 100 (k) damage!
90 (k.) after natural armour. (BTW, these are not sapient even though they look just like Arbotiles)
The creature you just shot attacks again, rolling an 11 (10 after modifiers) and dealing 10 damage to you after armour. The two with Mirluc attack, rolling a 7 and an 8 (6 and 7 after modifiers). He takes another 28 damage.
Mirluc rolls a 3 after modifiers, missing his assailants. I've just realised he can actually dual-wield his sword and rifle, so he fires, scoring two hits, dealing 102 damage after armour, killing the injured creature.
(Mirluc is on 70HP, you are on 86HP)
These things have alarmingly high health. :O What are their exact stats, anyway?
I shoot the same one with my Compressor Cannon, rolling. 5. "What are these things?", I yell, preparing to strike again.
(120 Health, 20 Strength, 4 Agility. I don't want the game to be too easy, do I? :P)
The one in the ditch with you dies from your shot. The one remaining attacks Mirluc again, rolling a 5 after modifiers, a miss. Mirluc rolls a 9 after modifiers with his sword and a 6 with his rifle, killing it.
"Sylvapithecus," Mirluc says. "Vicious creatures that usually live in family groups. They certainly don't have holographic technology, though," he continues as he helps you out of the ditch. "I'll make my own bridges from now on."
He then hacks down a tree with his Ice Sword and makes a bridge across the ditch, which you both use. The path continues, though very shortly it splits, one path heading north and the other continuing west.
"The northern path should lead into the mountains," Mirluc observes. "I don't know if there's anything to find there, though."
"I don't have much in the way of climbing gear gearanyway. Let's go west."
The path turns north and you arrive in a small clearing. At its northern edge is a huge stone building with no windows. In the side facing you there are a pair of giant steel doors.
You could break them open with 6 Tech Skill, or else they have 200HP and 20% armour vs conventional, heat and elec. (Or you could ignore them :P)
"Wow... did you lot make these?"
Mirluc frowns. "No. I had no idea these were here. I suppose they'll be important in getting out - I don't suppose you can open them?"
"Silly lizard. Of course I can open them." With a Tech Skill of 14, the doors are child's play. I open them.
(Yes, I hadn't realised quite how high your Tech Skill was :P)
Behind the doors is a wide stone staircase. Heading down it, you arrive in a fairly large, open room, with corridors leading away to the left and straight ahead. As you step onto the floor of the room, a series of lights in the roof turn on, bathing the area in a harsh white glow.
"Well, clearly some of the power is going here," Mirluc observes, a hint of anger in his voice. He draws his gun again, pointing it ahead of him.
"I thought as much." I take the left corridor.
You head towards the left, and suddenly two mounted warriors, made entirely out of earth and stone, appear from the corridor and attack you. They charge into melee, swinging their swords. They roll a 5 and a 9, scoring one hit and dealing 10 damage to you.
Mirluc attacks back, swinging his sword and rolling an 6, while shooting his rifle and rolling an 8 and a 9, dealing 86 damage after armour to one.
I fire my Compressor Cannon at one, dealing 100 damage before armor. "You recognize these things?" I yell through the combat.
50 damage after armour, killing the one Mirluc had damaged. The other attacks again, rolling an 8 and hitting you for another 10 damage. Mirluc rolls an 8 with his sword and a 7 and 9 with his Rifle, dealing another 86 damage.
"No," Mirluc replies.
I roll another 4, for another fifty damage I suppose. "Well, at least this means we're probably getting warmer."
It attacks you again, rolling a 4 and missing. Mirluc then finishes it off.
"Yes, I guess so," he says. You take the left corridor, and find it leads to another identical room. Halfway along the corridor another branches to the right, and you can see it leads to a central room with a staircase heading down.
I head into the central chamber, then take the stairs.
At the bottom of the stairs, corridors lead off in all four directions, and they all seem to lead to identical, bare rooms. Suddenly, another of the stone warriors charges at you from the side, swinging a club at you and rolling a 12, which is modified to 11 by your agility. You take 50 damage after armour, leaving you on 16HP.
"Krag! Krag krag!"
I scramble into a corner snd apply two medkits.
Mirluc attacks, rolling a 7. The warrior takes 26 damage after armour, and is destroyed.
"Are you alright?" Mirluc asks, applying a Medkit to himself to heal over earlier wounds.
(You have 86HP, Mirluc has 105HP)
(As you might have noticed, the stone warriors come in different types. As a general rule, the higher the strength, the lower the HP, and vice versa)
"Yeah. Thanks." I walk into one of the bare rooms and check carefully for anything of interest.
You cannot see anything, but corridors lead off to the left and right into what look like smaller rooms.
I take the right corridor.
You are in a small room. A stone staircase spirals down.
I head down the staircase, Compressor Cannon at the ready.
(We might want to think about splitting this if it goes on much longer.)
The game? I'm not sure how much longer this will last. I may split it soon anyway.
You end up on the next floor, and are in another corridor leading to a central room, where another staircase leads down. You can see a giant-like creature wielding a club guarding the staircase. Mirluc frowns.
"That's a Cave Ogre... they sometimes come down from the mountains to our settlement. They're barely sapient, and vicious and brutal. They have 160HP, 35STR, 0AGI and 15% reduction vs. conventional damage. We could take it out, or we could throw a stone or something as a distraction, and then roll a die. If the total when added to your Stealth is 10 or more, we should be able to sneak past."
"Curious figures you use to describe our chances. It'll be best if we take it out. If we sneak past it but need to get out in a hurry... it could be difficult."
I fire my Compressor Cannon at it, rolling a 4.
85 damage. It charges into melee range, swinging its club and rolling a 6, 5 after your agility. Mirluc rolls an 8 with his sword, and a 3 and a 7 with his rifle, dealing 95 damage and killing it.
"Well," Mirluc says, "The other staircase wasn't guarded, so... this is it, I guess."
"Then let's head down there."
You enter a wide, open room with a solid steel door in the back wall. Between you and it is a towering armoured knight, easily eight feet tall, who is wielding a sword almost as tall and wide as he is.
"Ignorant trespassers!" he roars. "I will crush you!"
He smashes the giant sword into the ground, ripping it apart, to prove a point. Fortunately, this uses a turn he could have attacked you with, and so he lumbers into melee range.
"Not exactly a brilliant strategist, is he?", I mumble, getting far back from him and drawing my Compressor Cannon. I roll a 2... better think fast.
"I missed on purpose!" I shout at it. "As a demonstration of my power. You will let us by at once or we will reduce you to smoking rubble!"
"Hm hm hm," he chuckles, swinging his sword at Mirluc. He rolls a 7, dealing 63 damage after armour. Mirluc retaliates, rolling a 12 with his sword (+10 damage) and two hits with his rifle. 91 damage after armour, and reduces the knight's STR by 5.
(Mirluc is on 42HP)
I fire again, rolling a 3. :r
Cursing slightly, I move a little further back from the knight, and toss Mirluc a medkit. "Quick! Use that!"
Mirluc uses it (77HP) and then attacks. 86 (177) damage after armour. The knight attacks again, rolling a 6 and dealing another 60 damage to Mirluc.
Mirluc falls back, on 17HP. The Knight will have to spend a turn to reach you again.
I fire my Compressor Cannon at the knight, rolling a 6. I hurriedly drag Mirluc out of the way. I apply a medkit to myself, and dump the rest of my medkits on his lap. "Use these. Don't get up again till you're healed."
I get up to face the knight again.
The knight takes 50 (227) damage after armour. Mirluc uses two more Medkits, restoring his Health to 112. The knight swings his sword at you, rolling an 8 and dealing 43 damage after armour.
(You have 57HP, Mirluc has 112, you have 9 Medkits)