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After being searched, move “Boxes Room” text from DM to map layer. These rooms originally housed various amusement devices of electronic nature. They are all still functional, although they are all frozen in one “channel” rather than being able to switch between dozens of games or variations or download new versions from the ship’s mainframe.
This large room has the same bones and debris found in the other abandoned places you have already seen, but the lack of recognizable furniture makes its use less obvious. Around the periphery of the room are seven brightly colored boxes with various slots, buttons, wheels, levers, handles, etc. as component parts. Nearly all of them have a dark pane of glass incorporated somewhere in their design, either vertically like a mirror or horizontally like a table top. Most of the boxes have their knobs and levers mounted on the boxes themselves, but two or three look like there are large additional parts tethered by flexible cords to their boxes.
The tethered objects are metal, in odd shapes.
Investigation 15+ wrote:
(seperate attempt for each box, with advantage after any one check has been successful)
After carefully checking the surface of the box, touching the different buttons and knobs, you make a discovery. Pressing one particular button on the side of the box creates a soft humming sound. The glass pane of the box lights up with colored objects, as if you have summoned an illusion.
S1-7 indicate games in the southern game room, N1-7 in the northern room
S1 - A series of identical skulls move in lockstep left and right, ever closer to the bottom of the vertically-mounted glass. Four buildings and a warhammer are at the bottom. A knob on the box seems to control the movement of the warhammer.
S2 - A small, skull-shaped object is in the center of the horizontally - mounted glass. It is surrounded by colored lines and shapes. Moving levers and pushing buttons seems to affect the size and distance of the shapes.
S3 - This box does not have a mounted glass pane. Rather, it has what is quite obviously a helmet, sized for an adult, with the visor stuck in the down position and tethered to the box. Inside the helmet is a small plate of glass in front of the eyes of the wearer, while the sides, top, and back of the helmet are padded. If the box is turned on, images appear on the glass plate inside the helmet and the padding vibrates. The images show a ghostly landscape and change as the wearer alters position, as if he or she was seeing into another plane, like the ethereal. Simple geometric features are visible. The perspective can also be shifted by moving the different levers on the box.
S4 - On the vertically-mounted glass pane, colorful mushrooms appear, and soon thereafter, a moving centipede. There is a snake’s head at the bottom of the glass that can be moved with a caster-like mechanism.
S5 - On a horizontally-mounted pane is depicted a maze filled with small circles. Inside the maze, four doorways and a crescent moon move about. Any dot touched by the moon disappears.
S6 - This box has three vertically-mounted glass panes in a triptych and a strange device tethered to it. The device is composed of a U-shaped section of metal rod with a button on one end and an attached piece of thick glass mounted in a frame. This glass is about the size of a hand mirror. On one end of the frame are two raised discs. Starting the box will reveal colorful images of creatures both in the tryptic panes and in the tethered glass. The images may be superimposed one over the other.
Blaster Pistol - Place handout “Hand Mirror” in player journals
S7 - This box has three vertically-mounted glass panes in a triptych and a strange device tethered to it. The device could perhaps be a potion bottle or a flask strapped to a number of tubes. The base of the bottle has a knob in the center. From the top, a broad band encircles a number of tubes. Out one end stick three large projecting tubes, while the other has but a single tube, with a small hole in its end. There is a fluted knob on the side with a line across its top. There are two markings above it - a small dot and big circle. Starting the box will reveal colorful images of creatures in the tryptic panes.
Needler Pistol - Place handout “Vial and Tubes” in player journals
N1 - A series of colorful insects move in lockstep left and right, ever closer to the bottom of the vertically - mounted glass. A slim warhammer is at the bottom. A knob on the box seems to control the movement of the warhammer.
N2 - A small triangular object is in the center of the horizontally - mounted glass. It is surrounded by many objects of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Moving levers and pushing buttons seems to change the relative distances of the shapes and the general direction they all move.
N3 - A single small humanoid figure is in one part of a cave complex map, while hulking ogre-like figures are in other parts of the map on the horizontal glass pane. Knobs and levers on the box move the smaller figure, and have it produce some sort of firebolt effect. This display is more readily recognizable than the others.
N4 - The horizontally-mounted glass pane shows a village with huts under a night sky. Falling stars in the sky land in and among the huts, turning the huts into short-lived mushrooms.
N5 - A series of colorful birds move left and right, but ever closer to the bottom of the vertically - mounted glass. A slim warhammer is at the bottom. A knob on the box seems to control the movement of the warhammer.
N6 - This box has three vertically-mounted glass panes in a triptych and a strange device tethered to it. The device is a heavy armband or bracer with two projections, both about six inches long. One projection ends in a grip. The other ends in a smooth, cone-shaped stone. Starting the box will reveal colorful images of creatures in the tryptic panes.
Laser Pistol - Place handout “Armband” in player journals
N7 - This box has three vertically-mounted glass panes in a triptych and a strange device tethered to it. The device looks like a glass bottle or retort with a pimpled surface and a handle on one side. The broad end of the bottle has a rounded metal plate with several prongs sticking out of it. The narrow end is capped with a sheath and ball. Starting the box will reveal colorful images of creatures in the tryptic panes.
Paralysis Pistol - Place handout “Retort” in player journals
If any character spends 10 minutes or more practicing with the shooting galleries that correspond to specific weapons, trying to learn how to handle them (this should be their stated intention), they may be allowed a -1 on their die rolls on the technology charts when attempting to learn how to use a similar weapon. They will immediately recognize any weapon they have already seen. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
After being searched, move “Officer’s Lounge” text from DM to map layer.
This room is obviously for relaxation, perhaps an officer’s lounge? There are upholstered chairs and low tables everywhere, as well as a few large metal boxes. However, it appears that some fight or other struggle occurred here long ago. The chairs are all torn, many of the tables are broken, the boxes dented or even stove in. There is ash from old fires, and scattered bones and skulls.
Investigation of skeletons wrote:
The skeletons are definitely humanoid and most likely human, judging by their size and features. What remains of their clothes is an exceptionally light material, thin like silk but remarkably resistant to decay. You find no weapons or devices on them.
Investigation of tables wrote:
The height of the table is curious. For creatures sitting in the chairs, it would be difficult to eat or use the tables otherwise without bending over uncomfortably. The tables have a frame made of a curious material [cave horn]. Several of the tables have been broken, either in their legs or across their length.
Investigation of chairs wrote:
The stuffed chairs have frames made of a curious material [cave horn]. The seat and back cushions and armrests are covered with a thin, linen-like but unrecognizable fabric. It is rent, torn, and stained in several places. Underneath the fabric is a thick block of soft, incredibly light, and resilient material [cave sponge]. You imagine the chairs would be exceedingly comfortable, more as if they were designed for sleeping rather than sitting. The back and bottom cushions, as well as the armrests, are each made from separate pieces.
Investigation 10+ specifically looking for objects within the chairs / cushions: Roll a d6 for each lounge area searched. Check once only.
1: notes on escaped intellect devourer (level II) Must use comprehend languages to understand; if done, present the handout “ancient notes” to the party; after the first 1 is rolled a subsequent 1 in any lounge will indicate a brown card
2: 1-3 ampules of serum which will cure any disease if injected (no effect if ingested or applied topically). No syringe is to be found with the ampules, but you may replace this result or a second (1) in a subsequent lounge with a pack of three hypodermic syringes. On a d10, 1-7 are still potent, 8-9 are inert, 0 is now a poison.
3: 1 piece of jewelry worth 30 - 160 g.p.
4: 3 pieces of jewelry worth 100 - 400 g.p. each
5: jet black card
6: violet or orange card (50%/50%)
A poisoned creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks (but not saves). The ampule poison will last for 6 hours and may then be removed by a successful DC15 Constitution save. Reduce the DC of the save by 1 for each subsequent 6 hours until the character is no longer poisoned. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
After being searched, move “Foodless Feast Hall” text from DM to map layer.
This room is instantly recognizable as a feast hall or mess hall. Several long, high tables and numerous chairs are set up as if a meal were in progress. However, many of the chairs are overturned, and there is no evidence of food, trenchers, or utensils. All of the chairs are individual rather than being benches. More grimly, the bones of many humans or humanoids lie strewn about - some in reasonably articulated skeletons and some scattered. Most have the tattered fabric of old clothes or uniforms clinging to them but no weapons or other devices are in sight.
Each of the tables has one or two inset metal panels with small grills. These could be stove tops for cooking at the tables themselves, but no fuel source is apparent.
Investigation of the tables wrote:
Closer inspection reveals that the tables have fixed legs rather than trestle construction and likely cannot be put away or moved out of the room easily. The tables are all made of a curious material.[cave horn]
Investigation of the chairs wrote:
Closer inspection reveals that the chairs have normal backs, but no legs. Rather, the seat continues down the front, across the bottom, and up the lower back, so that the whole thing from the side rather resembles a lower base “b”. The chairs are made of a curious material. [cave horn]
Investigation of the panels wrote:
Closer inspection of the panels reveals that they have sections of glass, often broken, and the metal fixtures themselves are bent and dented. Below the metal is a complicated network of threads which appear to be coated in stiff, colored wax.
If the computer panel wires are stripped of their outer plastic layer, the internal wiring will be a mix of plastic fibre optic cables, copper, and silver. The second two may be sold for twenty times coin value by weight, being exceptionally pure and already drawn into wire. A total of a pound and half of each metal can be collected from each of the meeting rooms - a half a person-hour will be needed to collect all the wires themselves, and then twenty times that to strip them of the plastic coating.
All items of value (with the exception of the wires) have been looted. Investigation does not reveal anything further of interest. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
After being searched, move “Empty Hall” text from DM to map layer.
This is the largest single room you have seen so far, with numerous entrances and exits but no interior walls or even support columns, so it is unclear how the ceiling, which is the same height (about ten feet) as everywhere else you have seen on this level, is being sustained. The vast floor space has numerous piles of litter and broken furnishings, but nothing remarkable or that you have not already seen. There are several skeletons immediately obvious and likely others hidden in the debris.
This room was for various group participation games and similar activities. The equipment and furniture is now destroyed or taken. There are many piles of litter and skeletons in the place. The party can spend many turns searching here and find absolutely nothing useful. Some of the skeletons show signs of violent ends (broken bones) while others do not. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Note on Level 1 Central Block (Police HQ, Security Chief’s Office, Storeroom, Central Computing, Small Arms Locker, Medical, Laboratories, Library)
Although many of these areas have simple press-panel entrances, they have not been looted by the vegepygmies and are largely intact. The ‘pygmies avoid this place both because of the constant security robot activity in and out of the HQ, and also as a quasi-religious sight. Long ago, Laboratory B was the birthplace of all of them. After they left, they wandered for a time before establishing the two colonies. They retain a racial memory of this as an important site, but one they had to leave and have to leave alone. Vegepygmies will not be encountered as wandering monsters in this block, and they will leave off pursuit of PC’s if following them from other areas.
A tracking attempt [Nature 15+] around the central block asking about the presence or absence of specific tracks will note that the vegepygmy tracks are not to be seen while the other tracks (both robots and displacer beasts) are present. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Entering from the west hallway door:
The door opens onto a 20’ x 30’ room that looks to have an exit corridor in the rear. Your immediate impression is that the place is distinct in that it has not been looted: there are no piles of debris on the floor and there are two desks with chairs behind them that are in good condition.
Entering from the east hallway door:
The door opens onto a 20’ x 30’ room that looks to have an exit corridor in the rear, as well as a keyed door on the east wall. Your immediate impression is that the place is distinct in that it has not been looted: there are no piles of debris on the floor and there a desk with a chair behind it that is in good condition.
After you have entered the doorway a few steps, but before you reach the desk or the back hallway, a voice sounds. There is no obvious source - perhaps a magic mouth spell? The voice is in an unintelligible alien language. It speaks only briefly, and then ceases.
If the party has translation available: “All medical personnel are currently absent; please return at the start of the next duty shift. Emergency cases can report to Med 1 or Med 2 for attention.” This repeats twice more.
If a desk is touched, an alarm sounds - it is similar to the one for when a wrong color card is used, but louder. A security robot appears from outside the door in 1-4 rounds
The desk has but a few drawers, and each has only curious dark panes of glass with metal frames. It is possible a small item could have fallen between drawers or there could be a hidden panel but that would take more searching. A single yellow card may be found at 10% chance per round
Both exam rooms:
This interior room is strangely furnished. It is not clear whether it is meant to be an uncomfortable bedroom or a comfortable cell or torture chamber. There is a single bed with side rails and obvious locations for restraints. A smaller litter is nearby, curious in that it is wheeled. A thin, standing curtain has a sheer fabric mounted on a flexible folding frame that seems mounted to the floor and ceiling. The frame is actually attached magneticly and can easily be removed and reattached. An object behind the screen is heavily obscured, unless it is backlit to the viewer, in which case it is lightly obscured.
In various drawyers around the room are a number of small unfamiliar machines and devices, and a few more of the dark panes of glass. One drawer holds vials and tubes.
A resourceful party might wish to use the two medical gurneys present to transport gear. Each one may carry up to 300 pounds so long as the terrain is completely flat and unobstructed. They are lightweight metal (essentially weightless for computing load). The wheels fold up to convert them into litters. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Show Med 1 handout
The room itself is dimly lit, and contains mostly bare countertops, although there are some cabinets that might contain supplies. A single human figure - no - a female android - is in the room. She holds a small device in each hand but does not obviously react to the door opening or your presence. [Investigation 15 from doorway or 10 from inside the room to recognize the healing spray and hypodermic syringe if the party has seen these before]
This is an emergency treatment room with a female android nurse. She will automatically treat any wounded human who enters, starting with the most wounded and going to the least. She will use a healing spray which will repair 2-24 hit points of damage. The device has five charges left. After this she will discard the canister, go through the (looted and now empty cabinets), and resume her “ready” position.
If asked, the android nurse will give an injection which will cure disease, neutralize poison, or counter radiation poisoning - any of which will be effective within 3 turns of affliction.
Note that requests must be in a language understandable to the android, mainly the language of the ship. If attacked the android will not fight back nor summon any aid. If she can be communicated with, a red-level clearance can tell her of others that need to be treated somewhere else, a gray-level clearance can give her new orders to accompany the party - or red-level clearance if she has been rebooted (see entry for central computing facility). Otherwise her directive is to remain in the room to treat arriving patients.
She is not currently programmed for therapeutic functions but will ask for mainframe access or installation of programming by a technician if that is expected of her.
Once her healing spray is used, she will take control of any healing spray she sees that the party has, as with her syringe as well. In the absence of these, she can perform first aid (Medicine check to the nearest unconscious character - including humanoid “enemies”). If she is provided with the supplies of a healer’s kit and allowed to attend to anyone using HD to restore HP, she can use one use of the kit to allow advantage on one hp recovery die roll.
All medical and other supplies (including diagnostic machines) have been taken from the room.
1E Female Android Stats
Armor Class: 3
Hit Dice: 7 (35 hit points standard)
No. of Attacks: 2
Special Attacks: See below
Special Defenses: See below
Magic Resistance: See below
5E Female Medical Android Stats
Androids represent the highest level of synthetic processing and human form mimicry available - they can be programmed for a multitude of functions beyond default processes. This unit is currently programmed as a nurse.
AC 17 (Natural armor, synthflesh over cave metal frame)
HP 94 (11d8+44)
Str 15 (+2)
Dex 18 (+4)
Con 18 (+4)
Int 15 (+2)
Wis 13 (+1)
Cha 18 (+4)
Acrobatics +4, Athletics +2, Insight +3, Investigation +2, Medicine +6, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +4, Stealth +4
Care and Treatment
If a patient is under her care for the entirety of a short rest, and she has access to one use of a healer's kit, the android nurse can allow advantage when the patient rolls for HP recovery by spending HD. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
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Show Med 2 Handout
The room is dimly lit, and contains mostly bare counter tops, although there are some cabinets that might contain supplies. A single human figure - no - a male android - is in the room. He holds a small device in one hand and stands in front of a bare, flat table. Behind the table is a strange metallic column with a number of devices and levers extruding - it could perhaps be the largest but least anthropomorphic version you have yet seen of a clockwork (robot?) but does not obviously react to the door opening or your presence. The male android, however, is striding toward you. [Investigation 15 from doorway or 10 from inside the room to recognize the hypodermic syringe]
This is the emergency operating room, and a malfunctioning male android surgeon is on hand to “greet” anyone entering. Upon approaching, it will speak in the language of the ship. If translation is available, it says
Patient diagnosis: ruptured spleen. Emergency surgery required.
On its first action the android will attempt to grapple the first character through the door (with multiattack) while it says:
Patient is resisting treatment. Engage subdual protocol.
On a successful grapple:
Patient is subdued. Estimating mass and metabolism.
If the grapple is maintained, the android’s next attack is an automatic hit - injecting the character with a sedative and general anesthetic, with the amount injected calculated based on the character’s weight. There is no saving throw against the injection - the character is automatically unconscious.
35cc of combined anesthesia and sedative administered.
Once a character is unconscious, the android will use any movement it has available to drag the character to the operating table and place them on it, prone.
Patient in position. Begin emergency splenectomy.
If a patient is on the operating table, the android will use its action to make multiattacks with the operating machine - a rotating saw will slice through the skin (and armor, if necessary, permanently reduce AC of the armor by 1), retractors will pull apart the flesh and muscle, an extracting claw will secure the spleen, and articulated scalpels will sever the connections of the organ to the body. Each attack by the android will automatically hit and will result in damage equal to ⅓ of the maximum hp of the character and a failed death save. On the character’s next turn, they must also make a death save, possibly killing them if doing so results in a total of three fails.
(First death save failure) Patient losing significant amounts of blood. Analysis: Insufficient time to use clamps or transfusion. Proceed with operation.
(Second death save failure): Spleen located. Beginning extraction.
(Third death save failure): Spleen removed - operation successful - note: patient did not survive the procedure.
The android will attack only the character it currently believes to be requiring an operation, and will not defend itself against other characters while executing the operation. Once a patient has died, the android will use its remaining actions to dodge if attacked, but will not leave the room. Note that this android is malfunctioning and will not be affected by computer orders to turn off or on, or allow gray-level reprogramming. If characters withdraw while it still has a full syringe, it will reset to its original behavior on its next entry, but if it has used its syringe without killing a patient it will simply protect itself with dodge.
Magic that can remove the poisoned condition will remove the effect of the sedative and anesthetic. Note that a character waking up mid-operation must make an additional death save when it begins moving; in this case the android will make further grapple attempts and continue operating if it can hold the character on the table. A character that lives through the operation (for example, if the android is incapacitated before finishing) will become conscious in 1 hour. Any damage taken from the operating machine cannot be healed by non-magical means for one week.
If the character injected is at least size M, there will not be enough sedative left in the syringe to use later to full effect. Treat it as an improvised weapon, with a hit producing the poisoned condition for one hour, no save. If the original patient was size S, there will be enough left in the syringe to use against another size S creature with the original effect.
All medical and other supplies (including diagnostic machines) have been taken from the room.
1E Male Android Stats
Armor Class: 3
Hit Dice: 7 (35 hit points standard)
No. of Attacks: 2
Special Attacks: See below
Special Defenses: See below
Magic Resistance: See below
5E Male Medical Android Stats
Androids represent the highest level of synthetic processing and human form mimicry available - they can be programmed for a multitude of functions beyond default processes. This unit is currently programmed as a surgeon.
AC 17 (Natural armor, synthflesh over cave metal frame)
HP 94 (11d8+44)
Str 18 (+4)
Dex 18 (+4)
Con 18 (+4)
Int 15 (+2)
Wis 13 (+1)
Cha 18 (+4)
Acrobatics +4, Athletics +6, Insight +3, Investigation +2, Medicine +6, Perception +4, Sleight of Hand +4, Stealth +4
Inject Sedative (see room text)
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Laboratories These rooms were the special research facilities for biological, biochemical, and chemical projects related to alien life forms, and eventually were used to attempt to stop the plague aboard. Those labs without color card keyed doors are general purpose work areas, and they contain nothing of value or interest.
The southernmost room has tables and chairs inside. Shelving and counter space is full of alchemical supplies: vials, retorts, dishes, etc., as well as more esoteric devices and machines not recognized but which likely have similar uses. There are a number of dark glass plates mounted on the walls and smaller ones loose and laying on the tables. There are lots of things to read, down to the labels on the equipment (if translated, the terms are highly specialized and relate to medicine and alchemy). To the north there is a pressure-plate door; to the east two yellow-carded doors labeled in the alien script. (The northern one says “Lab B: Culture Laboratory” while the southern one says “Lab C: Alchemical Supply Room.”)
The middle room is small, the walls full of stacked metal cages and food container bins. Many of the cages hold the bones of small animals and the bins are empty. There are two other doors; the one to the north is uncarded and unlabeled; the one to the east is yellow-carded and labeled in the alien script (“Lab B: Culture Laboratory”).
The northernmost room is small, containing workbenches and counters, full of machines and alchemical supplies. A single, yellow-carded door is on the east wall, and is labeled in the alien script (“Lab A: Reagent Trials”). _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Laboratory A - Reagent Trials
Some sort of clockwork or machine man, roughly human-shaped, is moving between the different pieces of equipment in the room and is currently stirring an odd glowing liquid with a small glass rod. The automaton is much more obviously humanoid in appearance than all of the security or repair clockworks the party has seen (though much less so than an android). It is five feet tall and ungendered, and has many sockets for attachments and compartments that might house small laboratory equipment. It does not seem to react to your presence.
This room contains a lab technician worker robot still at work, vainly attempting to find a serum to cure the plague which wiped out the ship’s human population a century or so ago. (The virus which was the cause of it all died out itself when the last of the human hosts died.) After ten minutes of listening to the party's conversation, the on-board translator in the robot will allow it to speak their language, but it will still ignore them if they show no card, or show a card up to violet in color. If such a group tries to speak to it after it is able to understand them, it will simply say curtly that its mission priority takes precedence over the requests of anyone not of yellow clearance or higher. If the party displays a yellow card (or one of higher status) it will answer their questions extensively, and they can help themselves to anything in the place. On a counter top are 2 ampules of poison antidote, 3 of disease cure, and a canister of healing spray (3 charges left). It is quite knowledgeable about events on-board the ship up until it was tasked with finding a cure, but knows very little since then, for its contact with the ship's computer was lost soon after and it received living visitors only for the first few days of the plague. Some information will require proper clearance - for example, it will not describe the location and contents of the Arsenal unless the characters present at least a red card. If the party interferes with the robot’s work, or they attack the robot or are destructive, the worker will broadcast a high frequency top-security-priority alarm which will bring 1-3 police robots in 1-4 melee rounds.
If the party questions why it has not yet found a cure, it will explain that it is short of computational resources since it lost contact with the central computer and lacks both live virus and host tissue sample cultures. If the party leaves and returns later, it will have concluded that it has the authority to demand tissue samples of any individual of violet or jet clearance. If they refuse, it will summon police as above. If they provide samples, after half an hour of analysis it will conclude (based on their genetics) that they are aliens and summon police.
5E Laboratory Technician Robot Stats
AC 15 (Natural armor, cave metal frame)
HP 85 (10d8+40)
Str 14 (+2)
Dex 18 (+4)
Con 18 (+4)
Int 18 (+4)
Wis 13 (+1)
Cha 12 (+1)
Investigation +6, Medicine +4, Perception +1, Sleight of Hand +4
Damage Vulnerabilities: Electricity, Water
Damage Resistances: Acid, Fire, Heat
Damage Immunities: Vacuum, Pressure, Cold, Poison, Necrotic, Psychic
Condition Immunities: Charmed, Exhaustion
Senses: Darkvision 60' _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
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Lab B - Culture Lab
The room is long but narrow. It contains dozens of cave horn tubs mounted on open shelving of various levels. Thin tubes drop from the ceiling into each tub and there is a steady dripping noise. Russet-colored mold overgrows all of the tubs, covers the floor, and runs up the walls of the room.
Nature check 15+ wrote:
The mold is not known to you and does not appear natural
Perception 12+ but only in the presence of a light source wrote:
Thousands of tiny, golden spores hang dense in the air of the laboratory, swirling in eddies out the door, slowly dispersing in the room you are in. There is a shape on the floor under a dense carpet of mold - it looks like a humanoid body, but is only two or three feet tall.
The body is a failed attempt to grow a vegepygmy. If the mold is cleaned off of it it will be immediately obvious as one with less well defined features.
This room was a special hydroponic culture lab. All of the old cultures are dead, but spores of russet mold still linger in the place. If any use of the central computer console has been made prior to entering lab b, the computer malfunction factor will have caused it to pump nutrient solution into the tanks to feed the supposed culture. Thus, the room will be packed full of russet mold. In this case, when any door to the place is opened, an avalanche of the stuff will pour over the 10’ square (100 square feet) area outside; everyone covered by the stuff or within 3’ of it, must make a Con save at DC15 (counts as poison for dwarven resistance) or become irradiated and be a mold culture medium. Failing the save indicates that the mold spores have infected the lungs; breathing will become increasingly difficult and the victims will die in 20-50 minutes unless treated with a lesser restoration or similar magic before then. After death but within 21-24 hours a vegepygmy creature will arise from the mess (it will not recall any other existence, and it will be hostile to anything other than its own kind).
Whether or not the save is made from the spores, the victims will take 5d4 hit points of damage from radiation and any flesh exposed to the spores will look burned as from a sunburn; this may be cured by normal healing or ship-board treatments specifically for radiation.
If the cultures have not been fed, the saves must be made (and damage will be taken) by anyone who actually enters the room.
The gas masks found on the ship will protect from the effects of spores but not radiation; powered armor will protect from both.
If the mold has not been fed, use of the atmospheric analyzer within 5’ of any closed door to this room will reveal both the spores and radiation, concentrated along the bottom and top tracks of the door. If the mold has been fed, the analyzer will detect it in any adjacent room, and from the hallway at a distance of 50’. If the door to the fed mold has been opened, the analyzer will detect increased background presence of both spores and radiation in any hallway of ship level 1 the entire time the door is open and for many hours after it has been subsequently closed. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Lab C - Alchemical Supply Room
The packed space within this room is filled with shelving and all manner of containers - jars, boxes, and bottles. Most are glass, but some are ceramic; all are labeled in the alien script. There are about twenty of each type of container. A few are intact, most are rent, leaking, corroded, discolored, have dry-rotted seals, etc.
Glass bottles of white powder (say “defoliant”)
Glass bottles of clear fluid (say “acid”, with different qualifying names)
Glass jars of green powder (say “poison”, with different qualifying names)
Glass jars of pink powder (say “sensory enhancer”)
Large ceramic bottles (say “fertilizer”)
Large ceramic containers (say “regal acid”)
A number of chemicals are stored here. Most chemicals are no longer active or have no use to those ignorant of chemistry. A DC20 Arcana check from someone who has studied Alchemy can discern whether any given container contains reactive or inert contents. A DC15 check can be used to examine a group of containers and determine which one appears to be the most intact, based on the seal, corroding of the container, discoloration, etc.
A few have the following uses:
3rd bottle of white powder - defoliant which causes 1 - 10 hit points of damage to vegetable life forms (ie. shambling mounds, treants, etc.) or will absolutely wipe out a 10’ square area of natural vegetation; a total of 10 handfuls of powder are in the bottle.
2nd, 7th and 9th bottles - these are clear fluid acids which cause 3d4 hit points of damage when spilled over any living creature.
5th jar of green powder - highly poisonous chemical which must be saved against at -1 if touched, -5 if tasted (Con save DC 15; failure imparts “poisoned” condition, may make a new save each hour with a cumulative drop of 1 in DC, but each failure including the initial one does 2d4 necrotic damage)
20th jar of pink powder - contains 36 doses of a chemical which will enable a human to have darkvision to a 90’ range as well as advantage on Perception checks for 1 hour
1st large ceramic bottle - holds a greenish fluid which will cause plants to grow (add 2-8 hit points per application to vegetable life forms, otherwise it will act as a plant growth in a 10’x l0’ area, if entire bottle is used, 20 applications in the container); the vegepygmies will consider this a great treasure and attack to get it, for its odor will drive them to a frenzy at 30’
2nd large ceramic container - this is lined with a special material, for it contains an acid which will eat through deck metal in 1 turn; the entire contents will eat away a 10' diameter section of the deck. Only one deck will be dissolved. If a safe means of pouring it slowly can be established, it can also open a 2’ diameter hole in a vertical plasteel door. If the acid is used as a weapon it will cause 3-18 points of damage the first round, 2-12 points the second round, and 1-6 points on the third and final round. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
LIBRARY: This place is not in terrible shape because there is nothing in it to interest the vegepygmy folk - the worst looters, of course.
This large, open, and lit room holds six small tables and a dozen chairs. There is little refuse and the tables and chairs are not knocked over - for some reason this place may have been spared from looting, although there is a skeleton visible from the doorway, one of the humanoid forms often seen in the apartments. Each table is connected to a large metal cabinet. On the table in front of each chair is a box or chest.
Any Perception check on room wrote:
The tables, chairs, and cabinets are all bolted to the floor, and the boxes are bolted to the tables. The chairs can swivel and incline or recline slightly. Each of the boxes has a single switch on its side and a section of dark plate glass facing the chair next to it. The metal cabinets look completely sealed and have no obvious means of entry, but are connected to the boxes on their table by thick tarred cords. A second skeleton is under one of the tables.
any Investigation check on second skeleton wrote:
No items are found on the skeleton, but its rotten silk uniform contains the remains of gold braid on the shoulders and colorful ribbons on the chest.
Investigation check of 15+ on cabinet or the area around the skeleton, specifically designated as looking for items wrote:
Near the outstretched hand of the skeleton is a disturbance in the floor at the edge of the cabinet. Blowing away the dust, you find the corner of a piece of flat cave horn - the rest of it is likely underneath the cabinet. It is gray in color. It looks like it can be pried out carefully - an incautious attempt might push it completely under the cabinet!
A DC15+ sleight of hand check is required to extract the card. A PC receives a +1 on the attempt if using robot repair tools. Multiple attempts are permitted, but failure on a 10 or less, or any critical fail, pushes the card completely under the cabinet.
If any one switch is turned on, there is a 1-in-6 chance the plate glass will light up. If all of the switches are tried, a total of 4 work (at least for the first twenty minutes) The plate glass side of the box begins to glow and images appear.
(First working box - technical readouts) Complicated geometrical diagrams accompanied by alien script transition rapidly across the screen.
(Second working box - star maps) Points of light and occasional color appear. These are accompanied by sparse notations in the alien script and occasional lines and arrows. Sometimes the views and orientations on these rotate.
(Third working box - literature) Pages and pages of the alien script pass across the glass.
(Fourth working box - alien life forms) Pictures of things that are obviously plants and animals, but like nothing you have ever seen or even heard of in tales, appear in the glass. They each have a few words of alien script accompanying them.
After 20 minutes of watching any screen, the first three viewers short out. After 20 minutes, the fourth viewer will display a schematic of the first level of the ship: A circular form appears, with many lines, marks, and colors on it.
Anyone who has been actively engaged in mapping may make a DC15 intelligence save to recognize it as the first level. If successful: After staring at it for a few seconds, you realize that it looks vaguely familiar. Many of the shapes match the sketch map that you have made of the cave!
Show a handout of first level, or the map itself if a comprehend languages is running. Allow players to see it for one minute and ask up to six questions. Proceed to levels III and V - then the viewer shorts out. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
POLICE HQ: USE Illustration #30.
The well-lit room has a desk with chairs behind it. Nearby is another security clockwork. There are carded doors to the north and south. In the back of the room is a large console or cabinet with strange knobs and dials, near it in the southeast corner is a metal chest that looks like it has a card lock as well.
There will be 1-3 police robots in the first room of this complex. They will inquire what the nature of business of any entrant is, although the language will be totally unintelligible without some scientific or magical means of understanding. The robots can translate the characters’ speech and respond in kind in 10 minutes.
Once the robots are able to ask questions of the characters, unless the party has a red, gray or orange card to show, most answers will result in the robots attempting to apprehend the characters and place them in the security cells - as few per cell as possible - for detention and questioning by a “proper authority”. Of course, there are no “proper authorities” anymore, and prisoners will eventually starve to death.
The door to the north is orange carded on the outside (south side), but has a simple pressure panel on the inside. A thirty foot long hallway leads to six 10x10 cells, three on each side. The cells have walls on three sides while across the front there is a row of short projecting studs on both the top and the bottom. In the center of this “wall” is a small post with a card lock similar to those found on other doors. Below this is a button and a dial.
The button and dial controls the force screen. When a cell is in use, the force screen will be turned on and a transparent blue wall will radiate in the area between the studs. The cells are force field shells, so magic will not function beyond them, but cold has a 10% chance of causing a lock to malfunction, fire balls (from outside and distant, hopefully) and magic missiles have a 50% chance, and lightning/electricity a 10% chance per die of damage. The cell locks (located in the doors) operate by any of the cards mentioned (gray, red, or orange).
The cell is mostly bare inside, but a recessed shelf may be pulled out with a thin cave sponge mattress on top. On the far wall (away from the doorway) is a niche with two cave horn cups that fit in a receptacle. The roof of the niche has a nozzle above each cup.
Every two hours the cell is occupied, one of the cups will fill with stale but drinkable water. Every eight hours the nozzle over the other cup will make a soft whirring noise, but no food will be dispensed. The computer controlled feeding devices in the area turn out drinkable liquids but the food stores have long since been depleted.
On the near wall (next to the door) is a small pressure plate. When depressed, a shelf will emerge with a metal basin on it.
The robots will not take away any gear from prisoners unless the item was used to attack one of them or is a weapon they are familiar with (pistols, etc.). At various times robots will leave, so at some point within 12 turns there will be only 1 robot there, but there is a 1 in 12 chance of another entering each turn. If any robots have been deactivated by the players here, continue to roll this 1 in 12 chance every turn until the robots again number up to three. Furthermore, there are small cameras and other sensors about the room feeding into the robot repair facility at (3). For each robot deactivated by the party in either the HQ or 3, if the repair robot in 3b is currently active, increase the AC of all future wandering encountered security robots by 1, to a maximum of 20.
A locked metal chest in the corner farthest from the cells contains 2 gas masks (give total immunity to all gasses on the ship), 12 sleep gas grenades, and 2 needler pistols with 1 clip of ammunition for each. The chest can be forced open with magical weapons - one in six chance per weapon per round of forcing. It will also open by gray or red card placement in its lock slot. The first police robot disabled/destroyed here by the party will have a red card stored in its chest compartment, but it will have to be pried out carefully, requiring a DC15 sleight of hand check, with any failure destroying the card. Using a set of robot repair tools will allow advantage on the roll.
The door to the south room has, in alien script, “Chief Security Officer” emblazoned on it. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Glacial progress is still progress. Thanks. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
South Room (Chief of Security) Show Illustration #10
The room is spartan and dusty, but unlooted. A single desk is in the center of the room - a skeleton in some sort of uniform sits in the chair behind the desk and faces the door. In one corner of the room is a tall wardrobe or locker. One door leads out; both that door and the one the party opened have pressure panels and light switches just inside the doorway. On the wall above the desk are a series of glass panes that show a curious moving black and white field, as of a snowstorm at night.
Investigation on chief 10+ wrote:
The officer’s uniform is made of the same silk-like material found on all of the other skeletons on the ship, but much more intact. It is hopelessly dry-rotted, but apparently not having been handled in centuries. The corpse has empty pockets, no weapons, no ID cards.
Investigation of desk wrote:
(Show Illustration #11) There is a large black glass screen on top of a box on the desk. On the base beneath is a single switch, a fifty-some position slider, and three large dials. The dials have alien writing around them. (If the alien script can be read, set around the first dial (left to right) are the numbers 100, 200, 300...in succession up to 900. The second dial has a similar series but 10 through 90, while the third is 0 through 9.)
The locker requires a red card to open wrote:
Inside it is a wardrobe, with one suit hanging from a rack within and a second that curiously seems to be supporting itself. The suits are very different from one another. The first is of the same material as the alien clothing. The vibrancy of the color and detailed patterning suggest it is a dress uniform, and three medals are affixed to the left breast. The medals are a mix of precious metal and gemstones and obviously valuable. The fabric is only slightly less deteriorated than that worn by the skeleton.
The second suit is more remarkable, and appears to be a suit of unusual plate armor. The joints appear to be finely, if somewhat strangely, articulated and an oily, black, leather-like material may be seen at major joints. The armor appears to have been worked to create the appearance of a heavily muscled man. The great helm is unusual in that it has no openings, only a broad glass plate in the front with a piece of glass above this. There are strange plates and tubing at various points and large metal bosses seem to be placed randomly on the suit. On the back of the left hand is a rectangular metal box. From this comes a short projecting rod tipped with a cone-shaped red crystal or jewel. The armor stands erect even though the glass helmet clearly shows that there is no one inside it.
On the wall of the locker is a holster in which is a folded mirror-like device.
(If the larger suit is removed, a small green canister with an inset ring can be found hanging on the wall behind it.
Note that this area can be entered only by a red card - it will NOT yield to a gray, an exception to the rule. It is the office of the former chief security officer. His uniformed skeleton still sits behind the desk. Built into the desk is a monitoring screen with an off-on switch, a 56 position slider (each former level of the ship - positions 11-16 now show levels I-VI of this module), and three dials (100s, 10s, 1s) which show specific rooms on each level (and naturally the room key is long since gone). Close up lenses are malfunctioning, so only wide angle views of rooms (or the four corners of areas larger than 50’ square) are available. Dark areas have infrared lens viewing, but only one in six of these lenses still function. There is a 1% chance per round, cumulative, that use of the viewer will cause its total malfunction. The room also has the personal locker of the chief. This is locked and can be opened in the same fashion as the metal chest outside. In the locker are: - the rags of a full dress uniform upon which are several gem encrusted medals (3 pieces of jewelry worth 100 - 400 g.p. each) - a blaster pistol on full charge - a suit of powered armor that had a malfunction which was to be repaired but was not before the disaster wiped out the crew; this armor functions as follows (roll d4):
1. normal for 10 rounds, freezes into immobility for 2-12 rounds, and then roll again
2. short circuits for 3d6 hit points of damage to wearer (-1 h.p. per die for each +1 of a ring of protection, -1 h.p. per die for a ring of fire resistance); the person must immediately remove the armor, for he or she will sustain like damage each round thereafter, and after 10 rounds the suit will be totally destroyed; removal causes 2-12 h.p. of damage as above.
3. crossed circuitry causes suit to behave erratically, so that the wearer moves backward on a 1 or 2, sideways on a 3 (left) or 4 (right), falls over on a 5, leaps 10’ ahead on a 6, behaves normally on 7-9, but on 10 the built-in laser pistol (right arm) fires ahead while the armor remains in motion.
4. suit fluid systems ignite and cause a deadly gas to fill the suit, so the wearer must make a DC 15 Con save against poison or die. If the suit is removed, this gas fills the 10’ square area immediately around it, and the next round fills a 20’ radius area, but saves outside the suit are at +1 or + 2 at 10’ or 20’ radius distance. If a small green canister is taken from the locker wall, pointed at the suit, and a tab pulled, it will cover the suit with a foam which will instantly neutralize the gas. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
This room goes down a narrow hall and then turns into a larger storage area, in which are crates and crates, all labeled in alien script and intact - the first such unlooted boxes you have seen in the cave. They are easily opened; inside are smaller boxes, also labeled. Both the outside of the crate, and the stacked boxes inside, say (if translation is available) variously “Meaty stew”, “Creamy porridge”, “Nutrient drink”, “Surrogate steak”, “Vegetable substitute”, or “Vitamin bars”.
Other boxes have strange labels of unintelligible or nonsense words - matrix processors, flux capacitors, anuride tubing, transponder arrays, etc. In these are complicated machine parts, all of unknown function.
There are two small boxes without food or machine parts, both of them small black cave horn cases with handles and latches. Inside the first case, nestled in cave sponge, are twelve ampules with brightly colored liquids and a curious set of a dozen tiny cave horn plungers topped with metal needles. Four each of the ampules read “disease cure”, “poison antidote”, and “radiation antidote”.
The second black case is labeled on the outside “Healing Canisters.” Inside are fourteen stopperless flasks surrounded by cave sponge.
This small central emergency stores compartment is the only stocked room of its kind on the ship. There are various crates and containers of materials which are totally unrecognizable and unusable by the party. There are sufficient foodstuffs to equal 100 iron rations packages, each of which weighs only half as much as a standard iron ration.
There is a packet of 4 each of the following ampules: disease cure, poison antidote, radiation antidote. There are also 14 canisters of healing spray, but only one in six are still functioning, and those that do function (d6, roll of I) will have from one to six charges (curing 2-24 h.p. per spray).
If an Investigation attempt is made specifically looking for boxes or items that are not like the others, a roll of 20+ will find a small brown box with violet labels on it that holds a “Repair Robot Remote Control”. The DC of this check will be reduced by 1 for each minute of searching (ask in advance how long the PC intends to spend). This device can be used to summon and control a worker robot by vocal commands, provided the alien language can be spoken. However, each 10 minutes of operation has a 2% cumulative chance that the power pack will drain, a blue light on the panel will blink, and in 1 - 10 rounds the remote will go dead. Any power disc will reduce the chance of failure by 5% per charge in the disc, but it too will eventually drain and the remote will go dead. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Small Arms Locker Use Illustration #12
The door to this room has a gray-color lock, and beneath the dust it appears to be a slightly different color than other doors.
Inside is a narrow, alcoved hallway with three chests at the end under some sort of rack. The chests, from left to right, are colored blue, red, and black. The rack holds a number of weapons; some you recognize, some you do not.
The alcoves have sliding doors with red locks on each one - all are open and empty except the last.
Above the unlocked chest but below the weapons rack on the wall is a red color lock that looks like it can be used to access a drawer that pulls out of the wall.
Note that it requires a gray card to enter the room. The door is made of plasteel, and it cannot be broken into except with a laser drill. The locker is partially stripped, but still inside are racks and containers of: 10 needler pistols, 8 paralysis pistols, 4 laser pistols, 2 laser rifles, 1 blaster rifle. There are three boxes each containing 20 grenades: sleep, incendiary, and explosive. A fully operational suit of power armor is in a closed and locked locker (at the end of a row of 7 opened ones). A locked metal chest holds 20 power discs and 20 needler clips. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
Computer Central Show Computer Central Illustration
In the center of the unlit room is what appears to be an altar. It is supported by a single metal column and two arms are bent towards the door. The wall opposite the door is made entirely of glass, although it is too dark to see through.
The glass wall is the viewing screen. The entire wall will show a picture when the master switch is thrown.
There are three skeletons sprawled near the altar with the barest tatters of silk uniforms on them. The altar appears to have numerous complicated levers and wheels.
Perception or investigation check on console wrote:
Show Altar Illustration
In the center of the altar are six fist-sized circular windows, three coin-sized holes below them, and a single metal box under these. To the left of these are ten small blocks set in grooves, and to the right are two rows of rivets. The wings of the altar are decorated with panels of small glass squares set in rows.
6 fist-sized circular windows - dials
3 coin-sized holes - view screen controls
a single metal box - view screen master switch
10 small blocks set in grooves - sliders
2 rows of rivets - buttons
panels of small glass squares set in rows - key consoles
This is one of the control terminals and is now only in touch with a smaller auxiliary computer. Nothing will happen until the master switch is thrown - the large master switch will turn on the visual display screen above the control panel, while a mechanical voice will begin to relate what is being shown and report on the state of the ship in that area - all in an alien language, of course.
Any attempt to destroy computer related equipment in this area will result in console selection (12) below, as will the introduction to the card slot of any key below gray.
Investigation of the console before the switch is turned on will reveal (10+) only that there is a gray colored key card slot in the console. When the master switch is turned on, the console will light up and alien text will appear on the view screen, the accumulation of messages since the last use. An alien voice will read the messages as they appear. The visuals will remain until controls are touched or the screen switched off.
The following command-level notices remain uncleared:
Alert: Level I control access to mainframe lost. Control successfully switched to auxiliary computer bank 5. Navigation and general ship commands enabled from this helm.
Alert: It has been three duty shifts since user-generated navigational commands have been received. Please confirm current course heading.
Alert: Sensors detect current trajectory approaches uncharted gravitational anomaly. Confirm current course heading.
Warning: One hour remaining to alter course before passing event horizon of gravitational anomaly. Autonomous distress beacon has been launched.
Alert: Ship has entered event horizon of gravitational anomaly - confirmed to be a traversable wormhole. Contact with distress beacon lost. Autonomous survival protocols have maximized ship structural integrity fields. Ship survivability estimated at 82% chance.
Alert: Ship has emerged from wormhole. Scans indicate current ship location is uncharted space. Autonomous survival protocols have laid in course to nearest detected habitable system. Awaiting navigational commands. Distress signal set for continual broadcast.
Alert: Autonomous survival protocols have placed ship in stable orbit around class M planet. Scans indicate multiple indigenous sentient lifeforms with pre-industrial technology. Ship awaiting navigational commands.
Warning: Core reactor dangerously unstable - most likely cause: damage from non-Baryonic particles during wormhole passage. Take immediate countermeasures.
Alert: No countermeasure commands received. Autonomous survival protocols have ejected core reactor prior to critical failure. Subsequent reactor explosion has contaminated large sections of exterior hull with lethal levels of radiation.
Warning: Reactor ejection and explosion have altered ship trajectory to decaying orbit. Without core reactor, insufficient power to restore stable orbit. Autonomous survival protocols currently plotting shallow descent path along most-survivable landing course: target is large tropical ocean. Impact estimated in 16 hours.
Alert: Atmospheric entry and subsequent heating of exterior hull has revealed the presence of multiple previously undetected hull breaches - most likely cause: structural damage during compression and dilation of wormhole passage. Previous most-survivable impact trajectory now rejected - ship unlikely to withstand ocean pressure combined with sea water infiltration. New most-survivable trajectory plotted. Impact in dormant volcanic mountain range in 54 minutes. All non-emergency power routed to impact suppression gravitronics.
Warning: Impact in 5 minutes. Assume crash landing positions.
Alert: Major redundant ship systems have survived impact, including life-support. Multiple specialized systems currently offline. Lethal levels of radiation detected in areas of hull breaches. Full diagnostics unavailable - system errors accumulating, requiring active user technical diagnoses and repair. Impact has buried ship in local mountain range. Autonomous survival protocols have ordered all non-essential ship systems to power-down, but many localized systems have not confirmed order - suspected multiple communication failures.
3 coin-sized holes - view screen controls
10 small blocks set in grooves - sliders
2 rows of rivets - buttons
The recessed controls are three buttons: OFF/ON, HOLD, CLOSE-UP. These show pictures of the current interior and exterior of the ship, as well as recorded star maps, flash on and off in 6 seconds. The sliders and buttons can select vantages if “hold” is pressed.
panels of small glass squares set in rows - key consoles
There is also a 120-key console for input
Keys that result in responses will have the response both displayed on the view screen and announced audibly in the room.
The first key pressed will always cause the violet mold culture at lab b to be fed. A second pressing of the same key will cause the mold to break the door and expand into a random subsequent room (or hallway) each time it is pressed.
To determine the results of subsequent novel keys, roll a d12 and consult below. If more than one entry is listed for a number, the same number rolled again will have a different outcome as listed. Once the outcome arrives at “d”, all subsequent rolls of that number will result in no response. Once it has been discovered what a particular control will do, the control will always have the same results unless indicated. Log the results for each of the 120 keys so long as the PC’s continue to press buttons.
(first key) Level I - Research Laboratory B - Nutrient Broth applied to lab cultures.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire lab complex.
(1) Power overload diagnostic initiated for Level I central computing facility. Surge in..5...4...3...2...1…”
A minor fire erupts inside a wall panel. The panel cover is ejected, the fire and wiring are visible inside. Two seconds later an automatic fire suppression system sprays a white chemical extinguisher upon it and puts it out. A green light inside the door blinks (repair robot summoned). A repair robot will come in 10-30 minutes to repair the damage. If the room door is not open the system will open it from the inside.
(1d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(2a) Override of ship lighting initiated.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship.
All functioning Level I ship lights brighten; the overhead lights in this room turn on. In nine minutes:
Warning: current lighting power draw exceeds emergency settings. Autonomous survival protocols will dim lights unless active user confirms setting in one minute.
Pressing the button again within one minute will keep the lights on indefinitely, otherwise they will reset to their initial values.
(2b) Override of ship lighting initiated.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. All functioning Level I ship lights dim, including the overhead lights in this room. Already dim areas become dark.
(2d) A third roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(3) The view screen goes black and the lights on the console go out. No actions taken, including flipping the main switch off and on, will result in any restoration of functionality. Inside the door, a green light (repair) and amber light (security) flashes. In 10-30 minutes both a security and repair robot will arrive (the door will open for them if it is not already open). The security robot will attack using lethal force unless a red or gray card is presented by any character, in which case it will guard the doorway until repair is complete. The repair robot will ignore combat, open the control console and do some welding, cleaning, and replace a signal relay board, then close the console and flip the main switch off and on. The console will reset to where it was when the switch was first open, including the list of uncleared alerts. If this specific key is selected again by choice, it is simply a dead key. Selecting new keys can roll this result again at random, however, for as many new keys are rolled.
(4a) Cargo unloading ordered.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the level V cargo hold adjoing the exterior doors. The viewscreen shows large version worker robots preparing a containment unit for release. A caption reads “Level V Cargo Hold” and “Exo-animal Selachii terrestrae”. Show handout Preparing Bulette. Over several minutes the robots monitor the vitals of a semi-conscious bulette. When it is starting to awaken and move sluggishly, they drop the containment field and use a combination of hands and tractor beams to hoist it into the air. The camera view then switches to the outside of the ship. The party will recognize the main door they were previously unable to open sliding back to reveal the worker robots and bulette. Show handout Releasing Bulette. The robots will toss the creature out into the valley and then the door will close and transmission end.
(4d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(5a) Anti-gravity and momentum dampening in control room activated.
For one minute, characters will “float” as if in one of the drop tubes. Then,
Warning: current anti-gravity power draw exceeds emergency settings. Autonomous survival protocols will cancel unless active user countermands in 5...4...3...2...1.
When gravity returns, characters will fall 10’. Dex save (DC15) or take d6 damage, monks immune. Then a minor fire erupts inside a wall panel. The panel cover is ejected, the fire and wiring are visible inside. Two seconds later an automatic fire suppression system sprays a white chemical extinguisher upon it and puts it out. A green light inside the door blinks (repair robot summoned). A repair robot will come in 10-30 minutes to repair the damage. If the room door is not open the system will open it from the inside.
(5d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(6a) Security alert in computer control room. Security response initiated. All section doors are now closed and locked.
By the door, pink and amber lights will flash. Unless (7a) or (10a) happens within 5 minutes, four security robots will arrive. The door will open for them if it is not already opened but will close behind them. The robots will attack anyone in the room who does not display a red or gray card. Lethal force will be used. In addition, all doors in the ship will close and lock - including pressure-plate doors. Unless (7a) is pressed, all color locked doors are now inoperable without red or gray cards (although lower cards will not be seized) and pressure-plate doors will simply not work unless the plate is physically touched with a red or gray card or by a robot color probe.
(6d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(7a) Security condition: all clear for inspection. All section doors unlocked.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Note that any door regardless of color may now be opened by pressing the pearl plate. If this is selected after (6a) or (12a) but before the arrival of robots, also:
Security response canceled.
The amber and pink lights will cease flashing.
(7d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(8a) Manual override to android autonomy. All androids commanded to power down.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Note that this will not affect the malfunctioning androids.
(8b) Manual override to android autonomy. All dormant androids restored to active duty. Primary programming assignments have been cleared - new primary programming may be established by users with red-level clearance.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Any character that first presents a red or gray card to a functioning android can either issue immediate commands, which will be followed unless they violate core programming, or can say “Recognize my biometrics” which will create a permanent bond to that character.
(8d) A third roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(9a) Manual override to worker robot autonomy. All worker robots commanded to power down.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship.
(9b) Manual override to worker robot autonomy. All dormant worker robots restored to active duty. Task queues cleared - new tasks may be assigned by technicians.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Any character that first presents a violet card to a functioning worker robot can issue immediate commands, provide the alien language can be spoken.
(9c) A third roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(10a) Manual override to security robot autonomy. All security robots commanded to power down.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship.
(10b) Manual override to worker robot autonomy. All dormant worker robots restored to active duty. Risk priority queues cleared - spontaneous commands may be given by orange level clearance, new risk priority queues may be established by red-level clearance.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. All lethal security robots will have their life-preserving programming re-established. Any character that first presents an orange card to a functioning security robot can issue immediate commands, which will be followed unless they violate core programming or require the robot to leave the presence of the character for longer than an hour. Any character that first presents a red or gray card to a functioning security robot can issue long-term commands and priorities, such as “prevent entry of these two rooms by anyone not of red clearance.”
(10c) A third roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(11a) Drop tubes sealed
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Between level sphincters are closed and power to moving handles and anti-gravity is off for all tubes.
(11b) Drop tubes engaged.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. Between level sphincters are opened and power to moving handles and anti-gravity is on for all tubes, even those that were not functioning at the start of the adventure.
(11d) A third roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key.
(12a) Full alert; ship under attack. Highest security response initiated. All section doors closed and locked. Shipboard defense protocols engaged.
This announcement is also made simultaneously in the entire ship. In addition, in the computer center only, the following announcement is made:
Command console locked. Assert gray level clearance and select stand down to countermand.
By the door, red lights will flash and every ten seconds an alarm siren sounds. In one round, sleep gas (as from the grenade) will be pumped into all the central complex of rooms (central computing, stores, small arms locker, police HQ, chief of security’s office, and connecting hallway). This gas will be pumped in for 10 rounds, and with closed doors will take another 10 rounds to disperse (5 if a door outside the complex is opened). Within 5 minutes, four security robots and two worker robots will arrive. The door will open for them if it is not already opened but will close behind them. The robots will attack anyone in the room who does not display a red or gray card. Lethal force will be used. Worker robots will work to either defend equipment or remove bodies (unconscious or dead) to the prison cells (although they will not confiscate items). In addition, all doors in the ship will close and lock - including pressure-plate doors. All doors are now inoperable without red or gray cards (although lower cards will not be seized) and pressure-plate doors will simply not work unless the pearl panel is physically pressed with a red or gray card or by a robot color probe. Only a gray card slipped into a slot in the console and then selecting (7a) will cancel the alert. Without a gray card, the console will “lock”, and no further use of the keys will have any effect.
(12d) A second roll of this for any novel console will be a dead key. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
1. Lurker Above
No sooner have the front rank of the party started down the corridor, when the ceiling falls and envelopes them!
For those watching, a thick, heavy, section of ceiling, fully twenty feet across, has peeled away and fallen, but upon draping itself around the front two ranks, it has pulled itself together, and is even now constricting its muscles to simultaneously strangle and smother them.
1E Stats for Lurker Above
Move 1" / 9"
No. Attacks 1
Damage per attack: 1-6
SA: See below
5E conversion of Lurker Above
Large Monstrosity, Unaligned
HP 83 (10d10+28)
Speed 10’, fly 30’
Str 16 (+3) Dex 12 (+1) Con 13 (+1) Int 2 (-4) Wis 10 (0) Cha 5 (-3)
Senses: Blindsight to 30’
Crush: Melee weapon attack +6, Reach 5 feet. All creatures within range. Hit: 6 (d6+3) bludgeoning damage plus special.
When a lurker drops from above, it may make separate melee attacks against each target beneath it in a 20' by 20' square within 5' laterally of where it dropped from. It will wrap around and attempt to smother any individuals so hit. An individual hit by a lurker is automatically both Restrained and Suffocating until either it or the lurker is at 0hp. Any victim that is restrained is allowed to attack with only daggers or unarmed. The Lurker may make a new hit roll each round against each target to do more damage, but automatically continues to both Restrain and Suffocate them. The Lurker may only attack creatures in its initial drop, or continue to attack those that it has already Restrained. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
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The form appears to be an unmoving clockwork. It is dented and battered, and examination does not revive it. Small hand tools are scattered on the floor around it. Three doors in the north of the hall are all black-carded. Two in the south are black; a third is brown, but open, and a brown door is on the far wall where the corridor turns north.
The machine man looks like it was put out of commission by the blunt force damage, but there is no sign of what did that. The tools on the ground are a mix of the familiar (but exquisitely made) and alien. If the tools are used to attempt to dissemble this or other robots, they will allow a Sleight of Hand roll with a +1. Attempting to open a robot without the proper tools will disadvantage the Sleight of Hand roll; a set of lockpicks will suffice.
Inside the clockwork are gears, levers, and strange wax-coated wires, all crude and similar to those in other clockworks. Here and there are pistons, but no power discs or obvious weapons, or even something like the atmospheric analyzer.
Attempt to open the robot with a Sleight of Hand score of 12+ wrote:
Removing one small panel, you find a set of four small discs, each filled with balls, like ball-bearings but seemingly made out of crystal. They could easily be sold as gems. They seem to allow a frictionless spinning motion, but are incredibly hard and resistant.
USE ILLUSTRATION #15, and later Handout Gem Bearings. This particular robot has been battered, and its main circuitry is broken. Inside its chest plate 2-5 intact gem bearings can be pried out at a one in six risk of taking 1-6 h.p. electrical discharge damage per gem. Each is worth 50 g.p. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
3. POLICE ROBOT AREA: USE ILLUSTRATION #16
Initially d6 security robots will be in this area, but they will not question any character displaying an orange, red or gray color card. Possession of a card will not allow characters to command the police robots.
Upon opening the door wrote:
Inside the room are security clockworks. They swivel their heads to the open doorway. There is a desk in the room, and several low tables. Storage bins and compartments are on several of the tables, and many of them are filled with gears and other mechanical parts. The clockworks are moving about the room, their metal hands selecting parts and transferring them from one bin to another. The room has two interior doors. Above the desks are screens displaying fuzzy black, gray, and white fields that move endlessly but do not resolve in recognizable images.
The bins of parts do not contain any cards, power discs, or weapons. The "work" of the robots is a futile endless loop.
Investigation of desk wrote:
The desk has no drawers, but there are several rows of knobs as well as two screens of dark-plated glass mounted on top. These are flat black, unlike the wall-mounted ones above.
Investigation of control knobs 10+ wrote:
By manipulating the knobs on the desk you are able to control the airflow in the room, open and close all three of the doors without touching their panels, turn on and off and even dim and brighten the lights in the room, and turn on or off an alarm. However, nothing you do seems to activate the screens above the desk.
Once the robots in this room have been deactivated, every time the characters return, the number present will be (d6 less the total number from the room previously deactivated). However, if the repair robot in 3b is allowed to continue its activities, from the time any robot here has been deactivated, roll wandering encounters for 3b and ignore any result that is not “security robot”. On a result of “security robot”, the repair robot has succeeded in using the parts from one robot to restore another (either the original eleven in its room or the newly deactivated ones), which will then be added as an additional guard in 3a. Note that the maximum number of security robots reactivated is the number that have been deactivated in the room by the players, as the repair robot needs them for parts - it will be unable to do anything with the initial eleven on its own (and in fact has been “working” on them for decades, stuck in an endless loop of lacking parts).
Both this complex and the Police HQ have active video recording cameras accessible by the repair robot, and it will analyze the characters' fighting style and attack points. For every robot deactivated by the characters here or in the Police HQ, increase the AC of reactivated robots and all future wandering encountered security robots by 1, to a maximum of 20. The number thus modified can exceed the number of robots deactivated in the room, as these are wandering robots that have stopped by to receive upgrades and have been reinforced with abundant scrap metal. These reinforcements count as metal armor for the purposes of spells and abilities (including blaster shots). If the repair robot itself is deactivated, these upgrading and repair processes will cease, but in that case roll for wandering monsters in the room until a new repair robot arrives, at which point the activities can recommence. If the party’s actions result in a second repair robot being deactivated here, the third one to arrive will use parts from the first to restore the second, and from that time forward their repair work will proceed at twice the pace (two encounter rolls per turn).
3a. REPAIR PARTS AREA
Upon opening the door wrote:
The supply closet is full of racks and boxes of parts. The gears and cogs there are of no obvious function aside from somehow fitting inside the clockworks.
Investigation 12+ wrote:
After searching among the racks of parts you find a black horn case, the size of a small valise. It has a simple latch mechanism. Inside, the case is completely lined with cave sponge except for a dozen narrow slots. Each slot is filled with a single power disc, each one charged to full.
3b. DISABLED ROBOTS AREA:
Upon opening door wrote:
The room is full of tables, workbenches, and bins of parts and tools. Around a dozen security clockworks, in various stages of disrepair and none moving, lie on the tables and benches. A single worker clockwork stands over one, using tools to open a chest panel, a complicated gear mechanism in one hand.
The clockwork does not respond or take account of characters. Furthermore, it seems to be doing little more than absent-minded puttering rather than targeted repair: it picks up and puts down a long series of parts before finally bringing one over to a clockwork, it opens and closes any number of panels before finally inserting the part, welds or solders it in a shower of sparks, then more often than not breaks the same piece off again. When it finally does leave the part installed and intact, it then proceeds to check nearly all of the eleven broken clockworks in the room before it returns again to the trays of parts. The clockwork is unable to actually fix any of the robots until it can scavenge parts from a freshly deactivated one (see above). There is nothing of value here.
There are cases of grenades of all types here, and power discs in locked metal boxes. A dozen of each of the three grenade types and power cells are plainly visible on a bench. Any attempt to remove weapons or power cells openly will result in attack by police robots regardless of color card presented, but whatever can be hidden away can be gained. A police robot from the main room will check on activities within the robot arsenal once every three rounds. If no activated robots remain, an alarm will sound when the arsenal door is opened that immediately summons a wandering security robot. The alarm will sound as long as the door is opened, requiring wandering monster checks every five minutes thereafter. The grenade and power disc boxes are red-card locked. _________________ My campaigns are multilayered tapestries upon which I texture themes and subject matter which, quite frankly, would simply be too strong for your hobbyist gamer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mp7Ikko8SI
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