Monday, 28 December 2015

Mundos de los Cataclismos

They get called Sleepers, mostly. Sometimes postapocs or just apocs. Formally they're supposed to be referred to as failed colonies, but even the government calls them Cataclysm Worlds when they're feeling sensationalist.

There are lots of them. The empire is big and space is full of surprises. Plenty of worlds have a colony ship, or ten, launched at them before the probes turn up any real data. Usually it's the air. Too much nitrogen, not enough CO2, unexpected clouds of acid, something like that. Other times it's the topsoil, or oceans full of some horrible poison cooked up by a brief flare of single-cell xenos a million years ago.

But then there are more interesting ones. Sometimes it's not even the world that's the problem. There's an issue with cryosleep, a problem in the reactors, a captain that just sort of snaps. The worst, of course, is when the world is too hospitable to life. The ship settles down, folds out into a city and fucked-up alien biology starts pouring in through the windows, through the walls.

All of them are worth huge amounts of money. They're the collected remnants of entire asteroid belts, pre-manufactured into everything that's needed to support life on hostile worlds. Power cells, atmo machines, medical supplies, seed stores, gene banks. One salvaged AI core or gravity compensator can set an explorer up for life, especially if the rest of the expedition is too dead to split the profits. The governments offer rewards, though they're not quite enough, and you can always find buyers on the black market. Though what a crime syndicate wants with a tailored strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria is perhaps best left unexplored.

What's Wrong With This Cityship?

  1. FOG
  2. PLANTS
  3. EVERYONE IS HATE
  4. BUGS
  5. ROBOTS
  6. DINOSAURS
  7. CRYSTALS THAT ARE BAD SOMEHOW
  8. SHIP IS ALIVE
  9. GHOSTS
  10. PORTAL TO HELL
  11. HIPPIE LOVE PLAGUE
  12. COMPUTER WORSHIP
  13. TIME IS BROKEN
  14. PIRATES
  15. BRAIN FUNGUS
  16. SQUIDS
  17. FISH MANS
  18. ACCELERATED EVOLUTION
  19. MUTANTS
  20. FLOOD
  21. PSYCHICS
  22. ICE
  23. MORLOCKS
  24. PUNKS
  25. ALL MEDIEVAL FOR SOME REASON
  26. SHADOWS THAT ARE ALIVE AND KILL YOU
  27. BIRDS I GUESS
  28. FACE CRABS
  29. APES
  30. VIRUSES
  31. MEMES
  32. SHAMANS
  33. ENERGY VAMPIRES
  34. OOZE
  35. THE SUN
  36. JELLYFISH
  37. CANNIBALS
  38. SAND
  39. CYBORGS
  40. SHAPESHIFTERS
  41. RADIATION
  42. RATS
  43. MAD SCIENTISTS
  44. MOST DANGEROUS GAME
  45. LEOPARDS
  46. METAL HATES FLESH
  47. MUTAGENIC PLAGUE
  48. LUDDITES
  49. GLADIATORIAL COMBAT
  50. AMNESIA
If you have some way of choosing a famous historical personality at random this list also doubles as a Doctor Who episode generator.

we make thank for picture famous artist Kilian Eng

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