Starforged: Rubble and Foo, Fungi from Sagan (E04)

Previous: Juro Rubble Keelan used to be an archaeologist at the Covenant Archive; he was expelled for his heretical views. Rubble receives part of a message from another unorthodox scientist: his connection Arnora on the Jungle World 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 orbital settlement Neoma. Rubble travels to Neoma and helps the settlers defeat the prophetess Mantis and her acolytes; he finds an EMD but he will have to give passage to Sagan to the Neoman Grudge who is on a mysterious mission there.

Extend Summary HERE


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 1)

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In retrospect, I added 1 progress to the Watchdog connection, since Rubble stood with them against the hardship of the fight against Mantis.

Rubble tries to extract from Grudge some more information about her mission on Sagan.

GATHER INFORMATION C:3,5 A:4+3 STRONG HIT
(+2 momentum, now 6)
I decide that Grudge’s mission is related with the Mantis’ religion. They call themselves the Homelanders and believe in a promised planet where the elected will dwell in the greatest beatitude; all the means to acquire the resources to get there are allowed.


ACTION+THEME Oracle: Suppress Fame
Among the exploited labourers on Sagan there are several Homelanders. The Neomans are worried that the idea of the supposed riches stored on their settlement might trigger more attacks towards the artificial satellite. Grudge will try to infiltrate the cult and divert their attention from Neoma.

SET A COURSE to Sagan C:1,5 A:6+3Supply STRONG HIT
(+1 momentum, now 7)
I mark progress on the Dangerous Vow to find and Essential Micro-Deflector to save Arnora (now 10).
Grudge says goodbye and leaves for her mission.
I decide to add Grudge as a Dangerous Connection and grant +2 progress for the passage to Sagan.

FULFILL YOUR VOW C:5,7 vs 10 STRONG HIT
(quests legacy progress 2 ticks)

With the EMD, Fixer can heal Arnora. He assures Rubble that she will be OK in a few days.
He can also help Rubble with the wounds he received fighting Mantis’ acolytes (+1 Health, now 4)

I spend 2 XP from the Discoveries track to upgrade Foo so that Rubble will have +1 on Repair.
The Hecate needs repairs after the damage it received because of the gravitational field of Fulgor.

REPAIR C:4,9 A:5+3Wits+1Foo STRONG HIT
The Hecate is fully repaired!

While most of Sagan Station is a heap of barracks, the Covenant elite can benefit from advanced medics and resources. Rubble tries to get access to these in order to recover from the damage he received on Neoma.
SOJOURN C:7,9 A:4+1Heart MISS
The spaceport clerk he speaks with tells him that he will be helped, but in exchange he will have to perform a task for the Convenant authorities.

DESCRIPTOR+FOCUS Oracle: Misleading Rendezvous

A drone has failed while delivering important equipment to an exploration team in a remote part of the planet. Rubble will have to find the crate (using a proximity detector and data from the drone’s logs) and deliver it to the exploration team. He will be resupplied before and after the mission.

This will be a Dangerous Exploration on Planet Sagan. Array 1-4 Jungle World (p.25); 5-6 Infested (p.79)

Rubble accepts. He can Resupply (+2 Supply, now 5) and Healed (+1 Health, now 5)

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:3,8 A:1+3Wits WEAK HIT

Jungle World Feature: Bioluminescent Flora

While the Hecate approaches the coordinates from the drone’s log, the detector gives an isolated beep. Rubble thinks he can see something in a clearing of the forest and he decides to check. He finds out that what he had seen was not the reflection of a metal case but the glitter of the luminescent moss that cover the dead trees in this area.

(-2 momentum, now 5)
(Dangerous Expedition Progress, now 2)

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:1,7 A:1+3Wits WEAK HIT

Jungle World Feature: Torrential rainstorm

They are caught in a sudden storm. These are frequent on Jungle Worlds and typically do not last long. Since the detector appears to be affected by the lightning, Rubble decides to land on the top of a hill and wait for the storm to end.
Both the terrain and the weather make landing quite tricky, but staying in the air would be even more dangerous.

FACE DANGER C:3,5 A:6+3Wits STRONG HIT (+1 momentum, now 6)

The manoeuvre is a total success and the storm ends in half a hour.
(Dangerous Expedition Progress, now 4)

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:6,7A:1+3Wits MISS

Rubble has been too optimistic about the storm: as the Hecate rises in the air, it is struck by lightning!
Hecate’s Integrity -2, now 3

WITHSTAND DAMAGE: C:1,9 A:3+3Integrity WEAK HIT
Exchange -1 Momentum (now 5) for +1 Integrity (now 4)

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:4,10A:5+3Wits WEAK HIT
Feature: Low-lying fog
(Dangerous Expedition Progress, now 6)
According to the log, they have now reached the place where the crate should be, but the detector does not give any clear signal. The area is covered in a thick fog, so searching around takes time.
(-2 momentum, now 3)

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:5,9 A:2+3Wits MISS

While Rubble and Foo are searching through the fog, they are attacked by alien fauna.

BASIC FORM: ROLL TWICE Plant/Fungus Fish/Torpedo

What appears to be a giant fungus extends a limb covered in thick scales and tries to take hold of Rubble.
(Dangerous Foe)

The dangerous giant Fungi from Sagan

FACE DANGER C:6,10 A:2+2Edge MISS
Harm -2 (Heath now 3)

ENDURE HARM C:5,6 A:3+3Health WEAK HIT
(-1 Momentum, now 2; +1 Health, now 4)

BATTLE C:2,5 A:1+1Iron MISS
-2 Harm, now Heath:2

Rubble cannot free himself from the scaled limb of the alien fungus. He calls Foo who cuts the thing’s limb with its built-in chainsaw.

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:2,9 A:1+3Wits WEAK HIT
(Dangerous Expedition Progress, now 8)

The fog partly rises and they finally see the crate, but it is surrounded by several more of the scaled fungi.

Rubble tries to find a weak spot in the aliens.
GATHER INFORMATION C:7,9 A:1+3Wits MISS

He cannot find anything. He sends Foo to recover the crate, hoping that the fungi will not be attracted by a bot.

Do the fungi attack Foo? [50/50] NO

Foo gets the crate, but, in their search, they had ventured far from the Hecate and now it’s dusk.

UNDERTAKE AN EXPEDITION C:3,5 A:2+3Wits WEAK HIT
(Dangerous Expedition Progress, now 10)
(-1 momentum, now 1; -1 Spirit, now 2)

When they reach the Hecate, the night has fallen.
Rubble is tired and demoralized; he regrets he accepted to perform this task for the Covenant.

They spend the night on the Hecate.
Early next morning they leave to deliver the crate to the research expedition.

FINISH AN EXPEDITION C:7,4 vs 10 STRONG HIT
(2 ticks discoveries, now 1.75)

They easily find the research team and deliver the crate.

The expedition is led by:
MALE / FEMALE [50/50]: Female
First Look: Threatened, Uncanny
Disposition: Cooperative
Name: Dr. Talia Quon

Rubble tries to understand more of the nature of their research:

GATHER INFORMATION C:5,9 A:6+3Wits+1Archivist STRONG HIT

They are searching for new veins of Kyrite, the valuable substance that is mined near Sagan Station: the mines there are almost totally exhausted.

ACTION+THEME of DESCRIPTION+FOCUS [Oracle]
Eliminate Hate of Chaotic Vault

They have found the entrance of an immense precursor vault which appear to contain large quantities of Kyrite. The whole team is intimidated by the chaotic nature of that place. Talia is doing her best to lead the reluctant team inside the vault, but it seems clear that she is scared herself. They are still making preliminary measurements in the area, and they will not venture inside the vault before a few days.

Rubble wishes them good luck and returns to Sagan Station.

Does Rubble receive the resupply he was promised? [likely] YES
(+3 Heath, now 5; +2 Spirit, now 4)

Rubble and Foo repair the slight damage to the Hecate

REPAIR C:6,6 A:4+3Wits+1Foo STRONG HIT and MATCH

Foo’s upgrade works wonderfully. The Hecate is fully restored (Integrity:5) and Rubble is so happy with the results (MATCH) that he takes +1 Spirit (now 5) and +1 Momentum (now 2).

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Current Situation:

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

Health:5 Spirit:5 Supply:5 Momentum:2
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:0.5/0)
Bonds Progress:0 (XP:0/0)
Discoveries Progress:1.75 (XP:2/2)

Dangerous Connection: Arnora Bridger (progress 2)
Formidable Connection: Watchdog from Neoma (progress 1)
Dangerous Connection: Grudge from Neoma (progress 2)

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