Starforged: Rubble and Foo, Exploring Neoma (E03)

Previous: Juro “Rubble” Keelan used to be an archaeologist at the Covenant Archive; he was expelled for his heretical views. He travels the outlands on his ship the Hecate with his bot Foo. Rubble receives a message from another unorthodox scientist: his connection Arnora on planet Sagan. When he reaches the planet, he finds that Arnora has been struck by an alien disease. Fixer, a rigger, can heal her, but he needs an Essential Micro-Deflector, a sophisticated device that can probably be found on the rogue settlement Neoma. Rubble swears an iron vow to find an EMD and save Arnora. When he reaches Neoma, Rubble finds that there is a fight going on between the people of the settlement and the acolytes of the mystic Mantis, who is hiding somewhere inside the orbital station. He swears an iron vow to help find and defeat Mantis.

Extended summary

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Current Situation:

STATS: Edge:2 Heart:1 Iron:1 Shadow:2 Wits:3

Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:3 Momentum:3

Assets: Archivist, Shade

Utility Bot – Foo’s Health: 4 (max 4)

Starship – Hecate Integrity: 4 (max 5)

Background Epic Vow: Find out what happened to the Nimrod, the mythical flagship of the Exodus fleet. Progress: 0

Dangerous Vow: Find an Essential Micro-Deflector so that Arnora can be saved. Progress: 4

Dangerous Expedition through Neoma in search of Mantis. Progress: 0

Quests Progress:0 (XP:0/0)

Bonds Progress:0 (XP:0/0)

Discoveries Progress:0.25 (XP:0/0)

Dangerous Connection: Arnora (progress 2)

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Exploring Neoma in search for Mantis: Formidable Expedition

Array:

1-3 Settlement 181 (55)

4-5 Inhabited 206 (80)

6 Vault Interior 196 (70)

He starts from the docking area (A)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:5,5 A:5+3Wits STRONG HIT AND MATCH

Expedition Progress: 1

Rubble sees the Mantis acolyte who was exchanging fire with Grudge.

Access: Corridor

Rubble can use his Shade Asset to follow the man, hoping that he will take him to Mantis (match benefit).

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:5,3 A:5[Shade]+2Shadow STRONG HIT

Expedition Progress: 2

Waypoint (Settlement): Computer Core – The computers that control the operations of the adjacent docking area. (B)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:6,8 A:5[Shade]+ 2Shadow WEAK HIT

Expedition Progress: 3

Waypoint (Settlement): Bridge or command center – The control room for the docking area (C)

Peril: Failing power – Lights suddenly go off. Rubble fumbles for his torch, but he hesitates to light it and attract the attention of the man he is following. After half a minute, light comes back, but the acolyte has disappeared.

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:3,6 A:6+3Wits STRONG HIT

Expedition Progress: 4

Waypoint (Vault): Ornate markings or symbols (D)

A long gallery covered with alien markings: clearly the making of the Precursors who originally built Neoma.

EXPLORE A WAYPOINT C:4,6 A:3+3WITS WEAK HIT

+1 momentum (now 4)

As a complication, I roll on VAULT INTERIOR PERIL: mechanical trap

Rubble walks next to the walls, observing the symbols. A metal arrow springs out of a hole!

FACE DANGER C:4,7 A:1+2Edge MISS

ENDURE -2 HARM (Health:3)

RESIST C:2,7 A:5+3 Health (Health:4)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:6,8 A:5+3Wits WEAK HIT

Expedition Progress: 5

Waypoint (Settlement): Entertainment (a cinema room) (E)

Peril: someone shoots at Rubble

FACE DANGER C:1,10 A:6+2Edge WEAK HIT

-1 momentum (now 3)

Rubble shouts: “Hey don’t shoot! We are both fighting against Mantis, right?”

COMPEL C:5,6 A:3+1Heart MISS

The guy replies: “Die, infidel!” and the shooting goes on.

Acolyte – Troublesome Enemy

BATTLE C:4,9 A:6+2Edge WEAK HIT

Rubble kills the Acolyte, but he is hit, -1 Harm (now Health:3)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:6,10 A:1+3Wits MISS

Waypoint (Inhabited): Crews at work, (Settlement:) Sleeping pods (F)

Half a dozen people are working at sealing a door. They explain that the Mantis raiders have caused a leak in the next room and that area is now inaccessible. Rubble will have to go back and try a different route (-1 momentum, now 2)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:2,10 A:6+3Wits WEAK HIT

Waypoint (Inhabited): Fight breaks out

Expedition Progress: 6

A corridor (G) where Grudge and two other Neomans are exchanging fire with three acolytes. Rubble joins the fight.

BATTLE C:4,5 A:2+2Edge MISS

One of the Neomans is killed and the others must retreat to the spaceport area (-1 momentum, now 1).

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:3,10 A:1+3Wits WEAK HIT

Waypoint (Settlement): Cargo Bay (H)

Expedition Progress: 7

Peril: Extreme temperatures (a food stocking area with freezing temperature)

FACE DANGER C:7,8 A:2+1Iron MISS (-1 Health, now 2)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:7,7 A:1+3Wits MISS

Waypoint (Settlement): Ill-fated workers

A storage area were the was an explosion (I). Several dead bodies. -2 Spirit (now 3)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:3,5 A:3+3Wits STRONG HIT

Expedition Progress: 8

Waypoint (Settlement): Hydroponics or agriculture (J)

UNDERTAKE AND EXPEDITION C:7,7 A:5+3Wits STRONG HIT and MATCH

Expedition Progress: 10 (I mark double progress for the Match)

Waypoint (Settlement): Lab(K)

FINISH AN EXPEDITION C:9,2 vs 10 STRONG HIT

+1 Discoveries Progress (Now: 1.25)

Mantis and her last two acolytes have been trapped inside a lab: the Neomans outnumber the zealots.

Rubble uses his SHADE ability to sneak at the back of Mantis and attacks her:

BATTLE (Dangerous Foe) C:2,5 A:5+2 Edge STRONG HIT

(+2 Momentum, now 3)

Mantis is out of combat and the acolytes surrender.

I mark progress on the Dangerous Vow to Find an Essential Micro-Deflector so that Arnora can be saved (now 6).

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Rubble introduces himself to the leader of the Neoman fighters:

First Look: Tattooed, Wounded

Disposition: Cooperative

Male / Female: M

Callsign: Watchdog

SOJOURN C:4,10 A:4+1Heart WEAK HIT

Rubble is treated for his wounds together with Watchdog and other Neoman fighters. (+1 Health, now 3)

MAKE A FORMIDABLE CONNECTION with Watchdog

C: 1,9 A:4+1 Heart WEAK HIT

Complication: Rubble is asked to sneak a Neoman to Sagan: all their ships are banned from all Covenant planets, while the Hecate is clear.

Is it Grudge or Watchdog [50/50]: Grudge

Rubble searches an Essential Micro Deflector among the goods assembled by Mantis

GATHER INFORMATION C:7,6 A:4+3Wits+1Archivist STRONG HIT

He finds one in perfect conditions and he is granted permission to take it.

(+1 momentum, now 4)

Progress on the Dangerous Vow to Find an Essential Micro-Deflector so that Arnora can be saved (now 8).

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Current Situation:

STATS: Edge:2 Heart:1 Iron:1 Shadow:2 Wits:3

Health:3 Spirit:3 Supply:3 Momentum:4

Assets: Archivist, Shade

Utility Bot – Foo’s Health: 4 (max 4)

Starship – Hecate Integrity: 4 (max 5)

Background Epic Vow: Find out what happened to the Nimrod, the mythical flagship of the Exodus fleet. Progress: 0

Dangerous Vow: Find an Essential Micro-Deflector so that Arnora can be saved. Progress: 8

Quests Progress:0 (XP:0/0)

Bonds Progress:0 (XP:0/0)

Discoveries Progress:1.25 (XP:2/0)

Dangerous Connection: Arnora (progress 2)

Formidable Connection: Watchdog from Neoma (progress 0)

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