The Thing in the Telescope
an adventure for Travellerand contest entry in the Zhodani Base 76 Patrons adventure writing contest.
|Chang-Xi's best resolution image of the Thing.|
Patron: Jedric Chang-Xi
Location: Apinanto (Foreven/Fessor 0604)
Required: starship skills, Vacc Suit skill
Chang-Xi contacts the PC group, offering to hire them as ship crew for an in-system exploration mission. If the PCs have a ship, they can use it, but if not then Chang-Xi has chartered a Slow Pinnace. He is an amateur astonomer, and recently he detected something in the L4 cluster of the second planet in the Apinanto system. The cluster is a mass of small asteroid bodies and ice clouds, which are in motion, making identification of the Thing difficult. Apinanto Prime is the fourth planet, a low population poor world that gets little interstellar traffic. If the object is a ship, Chang-Xi can sell it to the government which would pay handsomely for it. He offers the PCs either one month standard salary by position, or a total of 15% of the salvage price of whatever he finds.
Travel to the L4 cluster will take several hours to around a day, the inner planet orbits the sun much faster than Apinanto.
You can read the rest of the adventure, and leave a comment at the Zhodani Base.
Image credit: NASA photo archive http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap951010.html