P R A Y F O R
T H E P R E Y
A ROLE PLAYING CAMPAIGN
CHAPTER ONE: “SECRETS
01 -- “ H A L L O W E D
G R O U N D”
An ice world. No
snow…just overlapped glaciers and chunks of ice for as far as the eye could
see. Virtually no wind. A modified Daihotai with huge cleats
and spikes rides over the sheets of sheer ice. It stops at an incline
rising up to a dropoff…
Both guys who exit wear
cold-weather environment suits…One carries a backup full of stuff.
Both wear heavy cleats boots
One guy sets up the machine while
the other climbs the peak. He reaches it…and stops dead…
The whole planet flash froze within a span of maybe 6 months. This
is—watch your step—A time-machine. Everything is exactly how it was
more than 5 000 years ago.”
is over 4000 kilometers south of us. The oddest weather patterns I
have ever seen…Set the sonar over there…”
The other guy stops and climbs to meet his comrade…
They both gape…
“McCready…Forget the sonar…”
Pulling away…we see the dropoff is not a cliff…but
one side of a massive scar in the ice. Huge black strips line the
circular crevice carved into the glacier…
“Call Palmer…tell him we earned
A huge crash trail….carved right into
the solid ice…stretches for all the way till the horizon…
THEME MUSIC …
Aftermath of last episode. The
crew recovers from the loss of their Captain…
A scene with Maller getting drunk in his
The PCs receive two transmissions:
>RECEIVED STATUS REPORT.
>-MY EYES ONLY-
>REPLACEMENT COMMANDER UNAVAILABLE.
>A. CROWE ASSIGNED AS REPLACEMENT.
>STUDIED SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY REPORT
>SENDING CLEARED OFFICER FOR
RENDEZVOUS AT ANCHORPOINT
>ADDITIONAL -- R. ZAGADKA NOT
CLEARED FOR MISSION PARAMETERS.
>CONTACT UPP MILITARY AUTHORITY
>R. ZAGADKA NOT AUTHORIZED FOR
ANY COMPARTMENTALIZED INFORMATION.
>ADDITIONAL, ADDITIONAL – SMUGGLER
>REPORTED DESTROYED 32AU FROM
>REASON… DESTROYED BY ENEMY
>”MALLER HAD A GUN. I
Achorpoint is obviously fairly
close…only a few days from their last position. Of course, the didn't
so this. They decided to rendezvous with a UPP ship to drop of Zag.
What started as a simple mission turned deadly. Crowe noticed the UPP
Black Ops troops across the docking tunnel wearing USCM weaponry. Crowe
immediately draws as the UPP train their weapons on Zag ducks. Gunfire
erupts. The UPP flees, Zag is pulled back into the vessel. What
happened? Many theories exist. The most popular theory is that
UPP troops were going to kill Zag and blame the marines for it. Perhaps
Zag knows too much. Now the Deterrent crew is stuck with him.
Somerville confines him to quarters until they can figure out what to do
with him. More for Zag’s protection than anything else.
They then journey
to Anchorpoint and pick up Adrian Brian Ocdugal, their new Doctor/Xenobiologist.
He is on loan from the Anchorpoint USCMC Biological lab.
Burns is the
smuggler from the Supertrain...obviously a last transmission. Zefiro
300 is a dead world. No mining, no colony. It sits around a White
Star between Thedus and Frontier 18 ly away. Approaching Zefiro 300,
long range scanners detect a single ship. A big Dolomite, casually drifting
from one of Zefiro’s 16 asteroid moons. As the Deterrent approaches
within 400 000 km, the Dolomite takes off. At 12 AU/H, the Dolomite
is much faster and outrun the Deterrent…but not the dropships.
The crew splits
up between the two craft. The majority of the PCs are one craft.
Melinda Sutton pilots the PCs craft. The other ship take severe damage
and is forced to retreat. The chase begins. The Dolomite can been
seen clearly…it is loaded with weapons. Its called the WASP.
The other Drop continues the attack, attempting to disable the vessel.
The Wasp retreats into Zefiro’s atmosphere, damaged. A missile it
fired off returns and slams the rear of the dropship. Melinda Sutton
is severely injured. The Dropship goes down. Crowe makes an admirable
attempt to set the craft down gently...meaning it crashes. The dropships
falls quickly out of control. It eventually slams into snow really
fast, hydroplanes across a lake, and nose dives into an ice wall.
Melinda Sutton needs immediate medical attention. She has about 12
hours or so to live.
All they get
from the sketchy radio from the Deterrent is that the planet is almost impossible
to scan and it will be at least a day before they can get the dropship back
to working order. The Wasp was under its own power and may have soft
landed. They may have a medical facility. The crew is relatively
good shape otherwise and their new Doctor sees to the few injuries other
than Melinda. Maller, apparently a master of Survival, helps the group
prepare for the trek across the ice.
The ice world
moves from solid glacier ice to hard packed snow. No life, very cold…but
occasionally…there are some water patches. Oxygen levels are stale but
OK. A marine discovers tread marks on the ground from a vehicle.
of the Force Recon discovers the blur of a vehicle up ahead. It’s a
Battle 8X8 with five smuggler on board. They don't know about the PCs
yet. They are on a survey run. They will be here in five minutes…
sets up an ambush. A short battle ensues. When the battle reduced
to two enemies, one attempts to throw a grenade but is taken down. The
grenade explodes behind. The ground shakes and the man falls through
the snow. The other soldier stops dead. Then he drops in the snow
to his knees…then his waist…He grabs for dear life. Suddenly the ice
gives away. A huge canyon reveals itself…150 feet across…miles in every
direction…to the Horizon. The smuggler falls to his death.
The vehicle is intact, on the
PC side. However, what’s in the cavern gets their attention…
There is a
spacecraft sticking half way from the ice, 50 feet down…on the other side.
In the 8X8,
they can find maps and a radio inside. One map is of consequence.
It shows the location of the Wasp and various patrols away from the vessel.
But far away...meaning they were down here BEFORE the Wasp landed...meanding
landing here was no coincidence. The Wasp had a base here. Not
only that but they were here looking for something...something...like the
Alien ship sticking from the ice wall. The Wasp was the vessel that
bought something from the Smugglers in the previous episode but we don't know
what it was but obviously it led them here.
has completely encircled the group. The Force Recon shoots grappling
hooks over to the other side.
The radio comes
on…A voice from the Dolomite….
If the PCs had given a good response
like “sideburns” or “The king”, then they would have received and order
to return to base right away. They didn't. The comm went out…and
company is enourte.
traverse the cavern with relative ease. As Ocdugal works his way
across the cavern, three more vehicles with five smugglers each arrives.
However the real danger is the low model dropship coming behind them.
One of the 8x8s has a sniper rifle and takes out a Emil's rifle. A
rocket launcher blows Crowe off his feet, forcing him to fall back over the
edge, hanging onto the cable Ocdugal tries to traverse. Crowe falls
down to the alien ship. A fight ensues. The dropship will go ever
the edge and shoot cables onto the vessel. Then soldiers attempt to
rappel down to the alien ship. Crowe fires several grenades into the
dropship, crippling the vessel, forcing it down. The cables go taut
and and the dropship is left hanging underneath the alien craft. When
one of the cables snaps loose, it cuts one of the smugglers in half.
To avoid the cable, Crowe falling into the alien ship.
the craft is a very Giger-like storage room with four large organic cylinder…One
has dislodged. They can retrieve that. Ocdugal's cable snaps and
he also fall into the vessel below. A failed attempt to blow the Dropship's
moorings almost takes the whole cavern down. The dropships eventually
falls on its own. Tara Montgomery rappels down to save Crowe and Ocdugal.
Above, the USCMC show their stuff. Almost all but one of the 8X8s are
destroyed. One 8X8 flies off the edge of the cliff...down to the spacecraft
below. This sparked a funny conversation between Montgomery and Crowe.
They are inside the alien ship...
The crash fractures the ice and
the alien ship is about to fall. Crowe attempts to retrieve another
cylinder and almost is killed acquiring it, when the ship finally breaks
free and plummets into the darkness.
" Tara, I want you on Motion, tell me anything that moves."
At that point, the 8X8
drives off the cliff and plummets down towards them...
Crowe looks up...he sighs...
hate my life..."
map indicates the Dolomite is only a few hours away. However, it is
at a base. A large one. The 8x8 hardly carries everybody.
They bury the alien cylinders a kilometer away from the base.
PCs can sneak up and stage an attack. There are four battle towers and
four bunkers...more than 100 opponents. Suffice to say, a hard fight.
A fight the Marines are unwilling to partake in. Because of some great
rolls from the engineer on the Deterrent and the Doctor on planet, Melinda
might be able to make a pickup. The Dolomite however, is still a threat
as it has Surface air abilities. Crowe fashions an odd plan.
Someone will laser target the Dolomite base, allowing an aerial strike from
the Deterrent to find and hit the base. However, the laser is cobbled
together and will only work within 100 meters. Emil Lang volunteers
but with the winter conditions, can't leave the laser position.
the other Dropship from the Deterrent gets ready. Sommerville asks Zag
to join the attack. William Sutton, Melinda's husband joins as well.
The missile launches...the dropship soon after.
missiles takes out half the base but upon returning Emil is shot in the leg.
Force Recon run to assist and find themselves chased down by fifty armed troops.
The remaining marines run to rescue in the sole 8X8 in their possession.
The group run for their lives away from approaching army. This whole
sequence was put with classical music. The battle is intense.
The 8X8 is hit and tumbles down a hill. The marines exit and stand
ground. Melinda Sutton hurts but wants to fight. The Dropship
enters the atmosphere…
Maller, virtually indestructible, falls. Wounded, and out of ammunition
(and in a moody slow-mo), he drops to his knees and tries to pull his backup
Deterrent Dropship flies overhead and lays down suppressing fire. Smugglers
duck and fall. The dropship lands and help arrives. The marines
help the wounded on. Ocdugal, Crowe, and Melinda carry each other, hampered
by Crowe getting shot in the knee at the last moment. They try to reach
up the dropship ramp...
Melinda is shot eight
times in the back. She falls inside the dropship. William completely
freaks out. Crowe drags him back into the ship and the Dropship escapes.
Upon escape, the Deterrent fires a Space to ground nuclear missile now that
they have the ground coordinates of the Wasp...the Smuggler's legacy is
no more. Wounded, physically and emotionally, the dropship returns...
Characteristics: INT: 3 WILL: 3 PRE: 4
REF: 3 DEX: 3 CON: 4 STR: 3
BODY: 3 MOVE: 4
TO HIT: GUN: 8 Combat Move: 4
Dodge: 8 DRIVING: 7 FLYING: 7
RANGE DC ROF
Falcon Street 12mm
Ventral Heavy Rifle
Body WT Armor
MV Move Mach
20 45 000
Crew: 3-- support
for up to 500.
Additions: Fire Retardant,
Flares, Raft, Emergency Rations, Sleeping Bags.
Atmosphere: Unlimited. Orbital: Unlimited
FTL Speed: 0.8
9 Base skill
1 Particle Beams, 2 30 mm Railcannon turrets (each turret has two linked
6 infrared lasers
on turrets, 20 decoys, 2 maneuvering drones
BATTLE 8X8 ATV
MAIN BODY: 150 SDP 50SDP
SPIKED WHEELS: 50 SDP 30 SDP
MAX SPEED: 125
WA RANGE DC
Ventral “Maniac” Rotary
Body Armor MV Move Mach Orbit SR
150 2.5 8.5
UD-4B: 1x25 mm "Gargoyle"
Gattling, 8x120 mm rockets
WA RANGE DC
0 13000 8(.7k)
BASE SKILL: 8
2 - - “ P U R G E ”
Montgomery, Lynn Logan, Sarah Shusset and Griffon Westlake land on Zefiro
to retrieve the alien modules. They pull the cylinders out…
cracks open. Electrical energy shoots out, stunning the group.
The other cylinder unlocks and opens. Inside, a leathery, egg-shaped
object cracks open…
Everyone still recovers from the battle planetside from the previous episode.
in the medical bay, Crowe and Maller receive word that contact was lost with
the other dropship. Unable to go down and check on them
to rescue them as their other dropship crashed previously, they prep a supply
pod with sensors—Magnetic, Heat, and Video. The video feed was sketchy
but the heat sensor picks up five targets…not four. One small heat source
moves away from one of the still heated targets. After a few hours,
they all wake up, with little memory of what happened. They notice
the open cylinder and find a what the PLAYERs know to be a dead facehugger.
The PCs, unsure of what it is, retrieve it and the dropship returns.
OcDugal immediately places the four NPCs in quarantine and the facehugger
is placed in a sealed stasis tube.
infected body is Tara Montgomery. The alien has almost full Hybridization.
WILL: 10 REF:
10 TECH: 6
STR: 8 BODY:
Comp. Programming: +2
Security Systems: +1
1 m +2
Piercing (halves KD)
1 m +1
12 m -2
burn (see above)
2 m -3
The Alien will run away from Crowe initially. It is experiencing emotions
it was not designed to handle. It recognized him but not sure
when. Crowe receives one free reprieve from the alien.
medical attention turns to Griffon initially as being the one infected…but
it is a red herring. He isn’t. He has a dark spot on the outside
of his lungs but it is, in fact, a hemmoraging blood vessel in his right lung
which does require minor surgery…probably caused by his shock on the planet.
Doctor discovers this and may even be in surgery as the other three marines
are released. As an additional red herring, Lynn will choke on a cornbread
in the mess bay…someone saves her. She thanks them. Tara loses
her appetite after that.
talking to Crowe in a hallway, alone, she will stop and moan.
She screams and starts
slamming into the wall.
chest will pop, spraying Crowe with blood. The chestburster will emerge
from her chest. Crowe must beat a 15 Presence Roll or be totally stunned.
By the time help arrives, the alien will dart and run. It will escape
into a air duct and vanish…
everyone recuperates…they can try to find it. Of course, the PCs don’t
know how big its going to get.
alien is waiting. It moves down one deck then below the Fridge…it then
moved up to the Fridge to hide. The cat will get caught by the marines
and escape. Someone can go get it.
the blast doors will not work…the alien will hack every individual door…The
PCS are unaware….
meat in the Fridge will be another red Herring. This however, sparks
an alien attack. Unaware of the side effects, Maller fires up to the
alien as it grabs Dekker. Acid spray reduces Maller to one point and
Decker is kidnapped.
after Maller recuperates slightly, the radio comes on…the Decker's voice groans…no
way to get a location. Maller suggests using the PDT…they will find
Decker in #44…weapon control…
alien now moves down to the bottom deck in engineering and hides in
#44, weapon control. There, the alien reprograms the Ion Cannon to feed
back on its capacitor and then the alien shuts off the hazard monitors and
computer screens. The crew only have a few minutes. The alien
sets up another trap there. Motion detects something moving extremily
slightly in the External Weapons control bay. The object is one of those
bobbing ball-bearings sitting on top of the computer screen. The screen
shouldn’t be blank…there is just a flashing cursor. There is
a bloodied PDT on the table…
radio comes on…the kidnapped NPCs voice groans…no way to get a location.
must have hacked the system. It wouldn’t be hard to get the system up
and running. The warning hazards go off!! Ion Capacitor overloading!!!
A massive EM charge electrifies the hull. The charge remains and any
attempt to turn on an electrical circuit results in a short circuit.
All electrical devices go offline. This includes Pulse Rifles, Smart
Guns, radios, and Motion trackers. All lights go out as well.
This is a big charge and may take hours to dissapate.
alien is using the air ducts to move around. It should be obvious that
Tara’s knowledge is in the alien and it is using that knowledge against the
crew. There are many solutions to kill the alien but sweeping the ship
is not a good one. One possible solution is to close off as many air
lock manually and force the creature using the flame units or pistols into
the large airlock on deck 2. Crowe and one of this Force Recon men,
Terry, decide to go ino the duct to force the creature into the airlock
while the remaining marines sweep deck 2, the level they think they have the
alien trapped in.
this time, Maller and OcDugal find Decker…he is about 15% converted into an
egg but with the doctors help…they may be able to save him. He will
loose one of his legs though. Crowe loses Terry when they split up.
When Crowe searches for him, he finds the alien and is chased back tothe air
lock. There, the Marines blow the lock and the alien is swept into space.
Maller saves Crowe...recuperation and repair can begin...
3 - - “ R E Q U I E M F O R
A S Y N T H ”
A TF Cargo Crawler floats in deep space.
A beared man sits at a desk in an office.
door opens and an aid walks in.
“Dr Keitel…We received a transmission from the Wasp. They claim they
won’t be able to make the rendenvouos.
The claim marines are pursuing them. They were forced back down.
They’ll still search the planet but wanted us to have the photograph.
They just transmitted it.”
“Is it here…” The aid hands him a poster-sized paper, rolled up.
Keitel unfurls it…He sees the massive Giger lithograph.
Marines recuperate. Terry stares at Tara’s coffin. They ship needs
work badly and Anchorpoint is the only good place.
is in serious bad shape. He must be placed in stasis else he will die.
OcDugal can study and can stop the transformation but doesn’t know how to
reverse it. This procedure takes a whopping 32 hours to complete after
major exhausting work.
they arrive at Anchorpoint, they meet up with Edgington, who just received
the report. He also adds that a new dropship is currently unavailable
because if the Deterrent costs too much radar, it will pop up on radar.
They have got to be more casual about this. The same goes with replacement
personnel. They can maybe get another pilot soon when they can squeeze
in a dropship. A fighter is out of the question. Plus the fact
the the Marines' budget is fluctuating and in danger of being caught
also adds that Zag’s face popped up on UPP propaganda television…that he’d
been killed by a USCMC Marine Force that attacked an UPP space lab without
can either be taken into custody or placed in penal colony or cooperate with
the USCMC and have a nice life…as a civilian. Zag doesn’t like either
option. Crowe offers a third option under tolerance by Edgington:
Be promoted to "Private" and join the Force Recon team as Tara's replacement.
The Marines now have access to Zag’s skills. He takes Crowe's offer,
since he’s technically dead and the Deterrent doesn’t exist, the Marines
can do pretty much what they want with him.
takes Decker to the Biospacelap at Anchorpoint. He successfully remove
the rest of the alien conversion from him but he will be missing most of one
leg and all of the other. Some reconstructive surgery will be needed
on his chest and a clone leg will need to be grown. He is out for a
few weeks at least. Decker is not going back with them.
is unclear how the Marines should proceed.
the Marines get any smart ideas, a vessel arrives in a side scene. A
small TF-Cargo Crawler. It arrives with a lone passenger. An “Ash”
Synthetic…same actor…same everything.
insists on seeing the Marines and mentions the Deterrent vessel by name.
Edgington is obviously suspicious and asks where the Marines have been where
someone could identify them.
can meet. Ash knows everything the Group has been doing because he was
the medical synth assigned to a scientific expedition vessel that has been
tracking them. Weyland Yutani commissioned the vessel more than fifteen
years ago to investigate the Nostromo and since then, the group of men and
women have turned fanatical. Ash is unsure of the motives of his operators
but was programmed to follow Dr Keitel’s orders but his higher programming
is hardwired from Weyland-Yutani.
orders were to observe Keitel and assess the alien’s threat. WY’s opinion
now is that if the alien destroyed the Nostromo, they need to examine whether
or not they can contain it themselves.
Keitel believes the alien is more important than any corporation and went
missing more than five years ago. Ash waited for a moment to escape.
He realized it had gone too far when Keitel ordered a hit on a corporate
vessel…the same corporate vessel that struck down the UPP station and crashed
(after Keitel attacked it) on Sunvale. That vessel was corporate but
Ash knows it wasn’t WY.
escaped and has been floating in space ever since. Ash would prefer
this information go to Weyland-Yutani but Keitel must be stopped before he
unleashes the alien upon mankind. Keitel is unraveling the conundrum
of the creature. He believes it to be the key to unlocking the
mysteries of an alien species that pre-dates mankind by millions of years.
Keitel volunteered for the mission…which is unusual for him because he was
always stationed on Earth as a biologist / botanist / paleontologist.
He loves studying animals that had been extinct for millions of years…obviously;
he views these ancient aliens as the greatest discovery in history.
must stop Keitel because he believes the Alien was released on this alien
race as a form of evolutionary catapult and should be released into mankind…He
is heading for a planet out of the fringe. Keitel received a communication
from the Wasp…the Wasp was going to sell Keitel a file they purchased from
Morpheus. They sent it when they realized they were not going to make
it. That file contains a picture taken from the inside of an alien
spacecraft…Ash doesn’t know where the Morpheus got them…but putting two and
two together, it is obviously connected to the alien.
Marines should be obviously suspicious and may even decline. If they
ever get volatile about it, then Ash will offer something in return…the location
of the Ripley report…
Ripley file is sealed off in a safe on Weyland-Yutani controlled world and
would offer access codes for the Marines to breach security and steal the
offers this because most of the information in the disc the Marines know anyways
but there is additional information the Marines might want. Plus the
Marines may encounter questions on this mission to stop Keitel the disc may
answer. Weyland-Yutani is still on the fence on this one.
truth is Ash is lying the group. He has been re-programmed by Keitel
to lure the Marines to another corporate vessel. The second Black WY
Trader. They have one of the two last crates from the Morpheus.
The Trader is chasing Keitel. What follows is a cat a mouse game as
the Marines are led further and further away from the known space.
first tells them to go to GC 987. That’s where he was last spotted.
It is a two-week cryo trip.
it is a dead world. Like Titan. A hugely thick atmosphere.
Carbon Dioxide and Methane is the primary atmosphere. Oceans of Ethane
lap a few continents. Scanning the surface is difficult.
of space shows some debris. There was a battle but no casualties.
a spec on the surface. A small space-to-surface transport parked at
the base of a mountain, near a shore.
fly though heavy red fog. They finally see the mountain…it is a perfect
pyramid, 500 meters tall. The craft is parked from a Terran air lock
fitted over an opening in the side of the mountain. The craft is open
and exposed. The low red fog sits so low; most of the mountain is concealed.
The shore is only visible for about 100 meters. It moves more like oil...
occasionally strikes the side of the mountain.
craft did not have an airlock. The atmosphere has rushed in. A
dead man in a spacesuit, ripped to shreds on the pilot’s chair. The
ship has taken no damage and still has fuel. It is a short-range craft
and must have had a mother ship. Everyone operates it. There is
no log to speak of. The black box records the audio of the last thirty
minutes before the vessel went offline.
“You’re transmission is breaking up.”
“<garbled> Something was removed here. My god…this is enormous.
“I got no video on my board, sir.”
“<garbled> Marking’s scraped off in places. They were here.”
“<garbled> This is creeping me out…let’s get the hell out of here…”
“<garbled> Something this important, we must go on…we have to go on…”
“<garbled> Found something…transmitting amplified video, send
up to Masse.”
“What the hell is that?”
“Masse here, tell them to get back now. Transmission received.
“Russ….return to ship…return to ship….
“Masse, this is Clarke, I got no video from the ET. Audio is going.”
“Get them back…”
“Masse, I think I see someone emerging. Not sure who…only one…not sure
where the other three are…”
“About time….what….MOTHER FUCK!!!--…….”
is one stock alien outside and three inside the mountain. Checking the
creature reveals human DNA. Ash knows none of this…honestly…He left
before all of this happened.
airlock works but it is unsure what the atmosphere is like inside.
the inner air lock door is opened, they see Atmosphere processors that have
stopped working. The atmosphere is dead and helmets should be kept on…however,
breaches are not life threatening. The temp is normal…the O2 is dangerously
see a perfectly smooth circular tunnel. It leads them into an
alien bone corridor.
whole place used to be a Jockey Race navigation center. The communication
array has since broken away.
branches off in a T Intersection that circumnavigates the whole mountain.
There are more branches…seemingly going nowhere.
The area opens up there is a large area of hieroglyphics. One is the
One alien attacks them. It runs down the corridor and can be taken out
with relative ease.
The biggest area is closed off by a door…When touched, the door spreads open
like a Vagina. It leads them into a huge domed room. It reaches
more than 100 meters high. There are some pictograms on the walls.
One shows the Jockey Alien.
A room looks like it has been excavated. Something large has been gouged
from the wall and removed.
The room has some equipment on the walls. There are fingers sticking
from the walls. If anyone plays with them, it will activate a holographic
star map that will rise from the floor. It starts to advance the stars’
movements from 100 000 years ago and advances through to the present in a
span of 30 seconds. Stars die, some explode, some flicker on and flicker
off. Stars move around. A nebula envelops the group.
spots the stars of Orion’s belt flickering like flashbulbs. There
are several stars highlighted by targeting reticules. A good twenty
can be seen.
16 Astrogation roll will determine one is this world.
Astrogation roll will determine one is Earth.
Astrogation roll will determine one is a surveyed world LV-989.
others flashed on too fast for the Marines to spot…
alien will attacks upon leaving the room.
is nothing else here…the material on the walls is organic but not nearly as
tough as alien skin. However, an alien specimen can be retrieved.
reveals the alien had a human host.
is three weeks deeper into space.
they find a Black WY Trader entering orbit.
989 is like Venus. Volatile and dangerous. Super hot.
Trader is immune to EMP weaponry…
Marines fire first...
Armor MV Move
Mach Orbit SR
25 58 000
Crew: 1 Navigator,
2 Engineer, Capsules for 60 crew, 500 more capable in Cargo
+8 to guided missiles.
4 EEVs, 300 Space Suits, 30 Drop Pods.
10 Smart Guns, 100 Pulse Rifles 30 Flame-throwers,
200 Pistols, 50 Shotguns, May be replaced with higher TL weapons.
Up to 30 other weapons.
FTL Speed: 0.9 ly/day
2 with a third for the TSAPC.
Base 12 skill
12 XIM-28A missiles, 3 800 particle beams,
6 30mm Railcannon turrets (each turret has two linked guns), 9 infrared
lasers on turrets, 80 orbital mines, and 40 decoys
vessel can be severely crippled to destroyed. The wreckage will detonate
and / or enter the atmosphere in less than 20 minutes.
the vessel is a mess. The Marines find a dying survivor. He reveals
that this ship IS NOT Keitel but a corporate vessel sent to find an eliminate
him. The exact corporation is not revealed.
Ash has been leading them on. He tells Crowe that it is not one corporation
that operates these vessels…its all of them. Each one has a Black Trader
doing their dirty work…kind of a coincidence. The first vessel was CSC,
this one was Weyland Yutani..
doesn’t apologize, nor does he deny any of it. Its was the lesser of
the evils. Let them catch Keitel and the alien threat would be released
when they lost control of it. He will fulfill his part of the bargain.
The planet, what’s left of it…is theirs. It is useless to Keitel now.
1 hour, 45min for coordinates.
memory will completely wipe in three seconds, leaving the file necessary to
the location of the Ripley file… Someone will have to hack into his
brain to get it. The file is located in the Weyland Yutani HQ tower
4, Floor 80, in the clean room. The file is a secured, sealed hard drive
planet is hostile.
marines find an egg silo. In it is the same as the inside of the alien
ship…However, it is completely empty…there might have been hundreds, maybe
even a thousand eggs.
side scene later…A planet…a colony…a city street…an alley…A gang of kids walk
down, smoking up and drinking…around a dumpster…
-- “ S H A D O W T I M E”
opening shows a large clean room. White walls. Hard drives stick
out at every space on the wall.
scientist pushes one into a place. It is labeled (E-1101-Betaden)--the
scientist walks away…he leaves the rectangular room
fencing activates on the floor and roof.
tunnel stretches away.
machine guns on laser sensors move back and forth.
fence activates over the whole corridor.
glass door slams down hard behind him.
scientist exits the safe. The door to the safe is a massive wedge, twelve
feet at it’s thickest. Lock holes scatter over the surface.
door slowly closes behind.
either side are two guards. The hallway continues. The Scientist
vanishes down one corridor.
more armed guards at the intersection.
glass…outside the building…the safe is 80 floors up on a 150-floor building…
Yutani Headquarters on the Hyperdine.
The Marines receive a transmission. Contact with Gimeno last week is
lost. They have teams investigating…but it was near UPP and Pandora
and you can’t help feel suspicious.
Marine connections reveal
the deck plans and the obstacles awaiting the Marine if they decide to go
for the Ripley File.
was funny here was that the obstacle of breaking into this corporation seemed
daunting...if impossible. This safe holds the Ripley File.
The adventure depends on what the PCs do to crack open the safe. Their
strategy is vital. The PCs thought it would be impossible. Often,
Crowe would just say, "No, we're not doing this. We are not trained
for it. Its a job for spooks." Unfortunately, as Maller said,
"We also have no choice..." So the plans we written up...
strategy involves getting into the monstrous city with ten kilometer starscrapers
and approach the 200 floor WY HW and break into the 100th floor. Easier
said than done. Beyond the safe which is daunting alone, there are guard
outposts every fifty floors. There is one just above the safe.
Forty guards each with a watch commander. Three thousand more troops
sit on the fiftieth on top of the 50 floor archology below. They cannot
be alerted or its all over. Like many skyscrapers. There are
four express elevators that move the entire distance and each 50 floors is
a new set of smaller elevators. Every fifty floors is a new building.
However, using the security system against itself maybe the solution.
It can arm itself against any attack and can seal itself off from anything.
Trapping the guards in their areas may work. However, that is not
all. The Watch Commander's hand is required to open main safe door
with the additional hand print from a guard AT the safe. They can open
the outer door but only a WY engineer with access can walk by the guns and
scan his retina which will disarm the laser and open the inner transparent
door. Not done yet...There is a WY Gunship parked on the roof which
often patrols the building. Beyond that, six more are parked around
the perimeter of the city. They can be at the Tower in 20 minutes upon
alerting. Suffice to say, the Marines figures this was impossible.
the key to succeeding in this was to use the skills the Marines did NOT learn
from being Marines. Many theories arose. One possible solution
was to hijack one of the perimeter Gunships and use ti act crippled, take
out the tower gunship and drop through the upper levels in force. This
does not overcome the problem of the safeguards themselves. Luckily,
months earlier, the marines helped a defecting WY engineer to Hyperdine.
The engineer, Dr. Walter Emmerich has since defected to the Marines.
The PCs believe a turncoat is still a turncoat but have no choice to to receive
help from this Engineer that take control of the security system and can get
past the second security wall by re-entering himself into the WY roster to
recognize his retina. Everything else, the PCs have to do...
Two sessions were involved
in planning the mission. The idea of faking a crippled gunship was dropped,
leaving a hole in the plan. However, not all was lost. Maller
used his hidden contacts to not only get the deck plans of the WY HQ but
also a Skymaster. The Skymaster is a "space-limo" reserved only for
corporate heads. Obviously, the suspiscious past of Maller emerges again.
No one asked questions... Not even when Maller also presented the Marines
with temporary weapon replacements that cannot be traced.
the plan is: The Skymaster with Marines not wearing marine armor and
brandishing untraceable non-cmc weapons will land at one of the perimeter
bases and hijack one of the gunships. Imitating an escort and its high-ranking
official, the two ships would approach the tower. Emmerich would claim
themselves to be a high ranking engineer (recently passed away). The
building would go in security lock down until the Engineer arrived.
When arriving, the Marines wearing the WY uniforms and weapons from the Gunship
crew, would infiltrate the Security Office, take out the control crew
(with stun pistols), lock out the barracks, and use the security system to
lock down the building. After that, the Marines would then drop to the
floor below with the Watch Commander as a hostage. They would incapacitate
the safe guards, use one and the Watch Commander to open the door, and Emmerich
can open the inner door. Then grab the files and get the hell out of
there and hope no one sets the alarm which brings the Gunships.
first stage goes without a hitch. The Gunship is taken and the Marines
approach the tower with ease. They dock, file into the building and
even take out the Security office. However, something is different...there
is a weapon detector at the entrance. Not in the plans... However,
the office was still taken...A breeze. However, on the roof, the Gunship
commander realizes the Engineer that has arrived is already dead.
Down below, the Marines take out the guards at the safe. This was fun
since the Force Recon know this material and did their job but the Marines
often were problematic. They missed a couple shots but luckily nor
problems. Then the Gunship on the roof takes off and starts to fly
safe shocked everyone when another door appeared. However, it seemed
recently built and with a key lock, was easily opened. It seems apparent
that the Marines were expected. Then the Gunship from the roof arrives.
Demanding the two vessel identify themselves. The Skymaster is still
moored to the building.
the safe lock downs are overridden and the doors open. The computer
room revel's itself. The truth is that the room is fake…and pulling
out the file activates an elevator taking the people in the safe (Maller,
Emmerich, and OcDugal) down 500 meters into the ground level. The Elevator
takes them outside a computer lock in a darkened hallway. No cameras…no
sensors. A biohazard warning sign rests outside. The door
has a title...E-1101.
above. Unable to identify itself, the CMC Gunship flees. The WY
vessel turns on the Skymaster. It fires on it and the Skymaster begins to
break free. Before another missile hits, the CMC Gunship takes the blast,
fires back, and destroys the Gunship. Holland grabs the pilot from
the Skymaster before it breaks off and falls to is destruction a mile below.
The CMC Gunship, also severly damages, will soon crash as well. Knowing
that would spell doom for everyone, Sarah Shusset collides the craft INTO
the building. The alarms go off. The 3000 troops below work their
way up. The Gunships take off....and Maller, Emmerich and OcDugal are
still below out of communication range. With the CMC Gunship needing
repairs, Crowe prepares for a fight...
below, this is where Weyland Yutani keeps their information and data on the
alien. A completely sealed computer area here (independent from the
rest of the building) has the Ripley file that can be removed. This
area is like a massive level on its own. Machinery runs automated…the
whole place is computer controlled. OcDugal finds a lab labeled BL3
where he finds a dead facehugger here as well dissected egg. There is
another room...BL4. Maller, meanwhile find the Ripley files and begins to
transfer it to a disk they can remove. Maller sees the alert and realizes
they have to go. OcDugal doesn't have time to examine BL4. He
takes a peek anyway...and sees someone has attached organic technology from
a synthetic to an alien egg. OcDugal doesn't want to go.
Crowe removes a missile from the Gunship and places against the entrance where
the soldiers below will come. Tension increases. Gunships close,
Corporate Military climb. Maller and OcDugal are nowhere to be seen.
Crowe is afraid he might have to leave them. They finally arrive and
they all jump into the repair Gunship. The craft takes off but not
before Crowe detonates the missile, destroying the entire floor. The
Gunship escapes...they have the file. A success...
The denouement here happened
at Gateway at Earth, later. Edgington adds that no one knows where
Adm Frost is. Upon hearing that the WY expected them, it seems apparent
they've a spy. Edgington tells the Marines to check their
files. Examine their people and see who is lying. The problem
is so many of the crew had sorted pasts. Back on the vessel, Maller
reveals to Crowe in private his past...he is, in fact, the son of Daniel
Grant, head of Grant Corps. The two stare at each other across the
room. Crowe tells Maller to keep it quiet. Maller is not a spy...but
someone else is...
THE RIPLEY FILE
The Commercial Towing
Vehicle- NOSTROMO, carting an ore-processing refinery of huge proportions,
awaits their return to Earth. On June 6th of that year, a transmission of
unknown origin was received by Transtar 1104Alpha Relay by Weyland Yutani.
Aware that BioNational could reach the transmission before they could as they
had a survey team on Pandora, WY sends a direct override command to the Nostromo.
It stops nearby at Thedus to take on Ash, a prototype synthetic organism
from Hyperdyne, and continues on its mission to retrieve the ore processor
around WY-221. On the return course, the path is altered. The
crew is awakened, and their on-board master computer informed them of the
transmission of "unknown" origin. The crew left the refinery in orbit
and took the "tug" down to the unknown planet- LV-426 as it is officially
designated. A landing malfunction keeps the Engineering Staff- PARKER and
BRETT, busy with repairs, as Captain DALLAS selects Navigator LAMBERT, to
join him and Executive Officer KANE, don Environment-Suits and walk through
the atmosphere to find the source of the transmission. Meanwhile, Science
officer ASH monitors their progress, and Warrant Officer RIPLEY, attempts
to unscramble the contents of the mysterious beacon's message. DALLAS,
LAMBERT and KANE, discover, to their amazement, what appears to be a derelict
spacecraft, of alien origin. The structure and interior of the
derelict seems "bio-mechanical". KANE climbs a wall to find the fossilized
remains of a giant-sized alien crewmember, from an obviously intelligent species.
Meanwhile, RIPLEY discovers, quickly, to her astonishment, that the transmission
is NOT an SOS as first deduced, but a WARNING beacon.
The trio in the
derelict finds what appears to be a ragged, "melted" opening in the deck.
KANE quickly volunteers to be lowered into the darkness, hoping to find something
of value. KANE, still attached to the winch-cable, finds a place full of leathery
objects. A spidery alien leaps from the egg and emanates a fine acid-spray
to melt through Exo.KANE's helmet, pries open his mouth, wrap it's "fingers"
around his skull, it's tail around his neck, and proceeds to plunge a tube
down his throat. KANE quickly succumbs to a coma, and the limpet-like
body of the ALIEN covers his face completely. Having hauled KANE back up
with the winch, DALLAS and LAMBERT carry the hapless KANE back into the outer-lock.
So.ASH opens the
inner-hatch, over-riding Wo.RIPLEY's authority. Presented with a "fait
accomplis", RIPLEY and ASH help DALLAS and LAMBERT rush KANE into the medi-lab.
Eng.PARKER, Wo.RIPLEY, Tech.BRETT and Novo.LAMBERT watch on, as Cpt.DALLAS
and So.ASH examine Exo.KANE's condition. DALLAS is keen to free KANE from
the "face-hugger's" grip, So.ASH endorses allowing the ALIEN to continue feeding
him oxygen. After attempting to "pry" the "face-hugger" from KANE's
head, the tail coiled tightly, around KANE's neck, threatening to strangle
its victim. ASH attempts to remove the "face-hugger" by laser (on DALLAS'
orders), which reveals, for the first time, that it has concentrated "molecular
acid" for blood. Just one drop of ALIEN blood melts through two decks.
Later Exo.KANE awakens.
With no warning, during dinner, KANE begins to hack and cough. Convulsing,
KANE collapses onto the table, while the rest of the crew hold him down, believing
him to be choking on food. Instead, the unimaginable happens. Blood
seeps through Exo.KANE's tunic, and in a matter of seconds, a creature literally
"punches" it's way through KANE's chest, killing him. The "chest-burster",
small enough to be contained within a human body, but bearing razor-sharp
teeth and impossible strength to break bones, emerges from the gaping hole
in KANE's chest. The creature leaps from KANE's prostrate body, across the
table, and with great speed, vanishes down the nearest gangway.
this point is sketchy. BRETT is the first to fall victim to a now fully-grown
creature. DALLAS later also falls victim. Wo.RIPLEY has
been suspicious of ASH for some time. RIPLEY accesses MOTHER herself.
Wo.RIPLEY types in the question; "Request answer for Science Division's inability
to neutralize ALIEN?" MOTHER replies; "Special Order 937 ... Science Officer's
eye's only. She manages to over-ride the security system, and discovers
the contents of "Special Order 937":
"NOSTROMO REROUTED TO
GATHER SPECIMEN, RETURN
ORGANISM FOR FULL ANANYSIS IN COMPANY LABS. CREW EXPENDABLE."
ASH, a Class one Synthetic
from Hyperdyne and programmed by WY, was ordered to retrieve a specimen no
matter the cost. The 3 survivors at last converse with ASH, discovered
and disabled. It is at this point, they decide to destroy the ship.
However, the alien eliminates all but RIPLEY. RIPLEY sets the NOSTROMO
to self-destruct herself. The vessel is destroyed. RIPLEY escapes
in the Narcsissis Shuttle. Wo.RIPLEY places Jones in a cryo-tube, and
casually readies the shuttle for auto-cruise ... However the alien traveled
with her. RIPLEY blows out the one air lock on the shuttle, and the
creature is swept into space. Ripley enter hibernation, in hope the
Network will pick her up. It is unusual to report that the transmission
on Acheron has since gone quiet…
Weyland Yutani commissioned
a vessel more than fifteen years ago to investigate the Nostromo and since
then, the group of men and women have turned fanatical. Dr Keitel was
ordered to investigate what happened to the Nostromo and locate the transmission
source. Also to retrieve a specimen. Keitel believes the alien
is more important than any corporation and went missing more than five years
ago. Keitel is unraveling the conundrum of the creature.
He believes it to be the key to unlocking the mysteries of an alien species
that pre-dates mankind by millions of years. Keitel volunteered for
the mission…which is unusual for him because he was always stationed on
Earth as a biologist / botanist / paleontologist. He loves studying
animals that had been extinct for millions of years…obviously; he views these
ancient aliens as the greatest discovery in history. Since his disappearance,
WY has come to the conclusion that the risk of one corporation gaining absolute
control was too much and made an information alliance with Hyperdyne.
Soon the CSC and BioNat came onboard. Grant Corp was the last to join
up. They commissions one vessel each funded to share crew and information.
It is unlikely this alliance will last upon the eventual capture of one of
these creatures alive… But who will make the first move…
NARCISCUSS drifted slowly through dark space for 57 years. A deep-salvage
crew, on the far-rim of known space, rescues Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley.
Weyland-Yutani Rep. CARTER BURKE preps RIPLEY aboard Gateway Station, orbiting
Earth. Ripley debriefs representative from the Interstellar Commerce
Commission. The Narcissis shuttle did not contain a log of the Nostromo
other than itself recorded. It confirmed the landing and confirmed the
take-off and eventual destruction of the master vessel. But beyond that,
nothing could be confirmed. Of course, Weyland Yutani knew of the transmission
but decided not to release this information to the ICC. The ICC has
been kept out of the loop, not even being informed of the Archanosis Project
(the alliance between the master corporations). The ICC seats too many
members from smaller groups, companies, and governments…the risk is far too
great. Unfoundedly, all the specific information from the Nostromo
was also lost. The exact coordinates of the transmission had to be
relayed from Ripley herself.
Ripley report is
not endorsed. Without additional evidence, the ICC cannot recommend
a course of action to WY other than Lt Ripley’s dishonored discharge from
corporate service. WY, unconvinced Ripley holds any additional use,
relives her. However, C. BURKE, still with the Ripley information, decides
to take action. He enlists the help of the Bioweapon’s division.
LV-426, now christened
Acheron is now home of HADLEY's HOPE, the terra-forming Colony.
Base Coordinate Hollister retrieves a transmission from BURKE to investigate
the coordinates Ripley relayed. Hollister assigns Mr. and Mrs. Rooker
to investigate the coordinate (45N, 45W, barely 175 miles from the Atmosphere
Processor but well away from any core sample surveys)
All further information regarding the Hadley Hope colony past this is missing.
A team of UPP officers invaded Stage 3 security at the Hilo Colonial Administration
HQ and stole the optical disc containing the colony log. The Acheron log
was kept out of the loop…there were no duplicates. From what memory
serves, not much was on that file anyway. Ripley did not retrieve the
log from Hadley’s hope and it was destroyed with the colony (see below).
Hadley’s Hope is cut. BURKE informs RIPLEY that a mission to ACHERON
is planned, but that "only" a "downed-transmitter", may be responsible for
HADLEY's silence. The Marines will be going as a "precaution". Wy.BURKE and
Lt.GORMAN both want RIPLEY to accompany them as a "consultant". RIPLEY
refuses, citing her unfair punishment as her last involvement with official
WY business. BURKE and GORMAN assure her of the capability of the Colonial
Marines, and BURKE plays upon her psychological fears, and offers the "carrot"
of re-instatement as a Flight-Officer with WY, "If she takes the mission".
RIPLEY relents later
The reason for using
the USCMC for the mission instead of Corporate Military was simple, but twofold.
First the mission was expensive the field such a force so far away.
Also, it starved off suspicion since it might have been a downed transmitter.
The crew of the USS Sulaco consisted of: GORMAN, APONE, HICKS, FERRO,
HUDSON, DIETRICH, SPUNKMEYER, DRAKE, WIERZBOWSKI, FROST, VASQUEZ, CROWE,
BISHOP, BURKE and RIPLEY.
Although WY would
have liked to assign its own Synthetic, Admiral Frost was insisting on only
two staff from WY. Since Ripley was needed, and Burke a necessity, the
CMC were allowed to use their own. An attempt to break in a re-program
the Bishop android met in failure. It is assumed that the marines met
with the creature in question and suffered numerous losses. No log entries
were made by any crewmembers. The computer was re-programmed my WY
staff to relay ship status to Network instead of the CMC command to maintain
- The team
leave for the planet surface leaving no one on board.
- The Sulaco
loses contact with both ground APC and Dropship.
sensors detect a energy buildup in the Atmosphere Processor. This information
is confirmed by ICC relays.
- The Sulaco
is given remote instructions from the CMC Synth Bishop. The Synth remote
pilots the remaining dropship.
- Said dropship
flies into the Processors for unknown reason.
- Said Dropship
returns to Sulaco port. Sulaco recognizes only four survivors.
- The main
air lock suffers a massive decompression. Dropship radar acknowledges
a five life form of significant size. Five life form is forced through
the airlock. The video feed available.
only entry in the Sulaco log: Survivors: Cp Hicks, So Bishop (severely
damaged), herself, and Rebecca Jordan (sole colony survivor) enter Hibernation
for return to Earth. Ripley adds no other information as to the fate
of the colony or of C. BURKE. Sadly, considering the radius of destruction,
the transmission source was vaporized.
The USS. SULACO
cruised through deep space, upon its return voyage to Earth. WY reprogrammed
the computer to jump out at Weyland Yutani instead. Sulaco encountered
moderate damage to the launch bay. This damage fractures a computer
conduit, sending the Sulaco off course. Network has confirmed the presence
of at least three other life forms on board the ship at this time using
data collected from the few sensors inside the Sulaco. One of these,
the biosensor on the hibernation bed, detects major damage. Another
short in ConFlap 234 Alpha causes an electrical fire. Automatic fire
suppression is not successful. The computer initiates a rapid crew
egress on an EEV-1 escape module. The fire breaks out of control.
...FIRE IN CRYOGENIC COMPARTMENT ... ALL PERSONNEL TO BOARD EMERGENCY EVACUATION
detect a fourth lifeform in one of the Hibernation modules. The EEV
is detached over FIORINA FURY-161. INNER-VEIN ORE REFINERY. DOUBLE-Y CHROMOSOME
CORRECTIONAL FACILITY. MAXIMUM SECURITY."
on the EEV relay that Ripley is the only survivor from the EEV, retrieved
by base personnel. Approximately 48 hours later, the Sulaco goes quiet.
Continues searching has proved unsuccessful.
The facility’s computers
transmit a message to GATEWAY STATION, and Weyland-Yutani's Communications
Dept. receives; "FIORINA CLASS-C PRISON UNIT. REPORT CRASH OF EEV-UNIT 2650.
- SURVIVOR ...
- DEAD ...
- DEAD ...
HUMANOID 341/B - NEGATIVE CAPABILITY.
Obviously the suspicious
nature of the crash forces a quick rescue. Dr. Walter Bishop, creator
of the Bishop synth, and a WY operative, is sent with a full compliment medical
team and corporate military to Fury 161
The next transmission
arrived more than 72 hours later. Again from the medical scanner on
FOREIGN TISSUE FOUND
UNKOWN ORGANISM – RIPLEY, ELLEN.
The WY team went
into full alert. Now they have a change to get a live specimen.
WY quickly asks base personnel to quarantine Ripley and await their arrival.
However, they never respond.
hours later, the WY team arrives. They discover another creature has
overrun the base but that is had recently been destroyed. Bishop quickly
attempts to secure the facility and find Ripley. They find her in the
lead refinery. Bishop attempts a diplomatic course, and pleads with
Ripley to come with them and retrieve the creature safely.
Ripley refuses and
plunges herself into the firepits of the refinery, destroying the only known
alien specimen with her. The only base survivor, Prisoner Franklin Morse,
injured, refuses debriefing. Hoping he may reveal more later, he is
remanded into Federal Custody after debriefing and deposited on the Medium
Security Facility on Faust 232.
FURY-161 CLOSED AND SEALED. CUSTODIAL PRESENCE TERMINATED. REMAINING REFINERY
EQUIPMENT TO BE SOLD AS SCRAP.
The facility of
Fury 161 is closed. Considering the base’s massive size, only the refinery
and the surrounding crew decks were salvaged.
It is unclear how
WY and the Arachanosis project can retrieve information or specimens further.
Admiral Frost of the CMC, upon the completion of this report, is starting
an underground project to reveal the actions of the corporations in these
incidents. It is imperative an operative be placed in this group to
REPORT FILED BY.
MASSE, PATRICK M.
REPORT < TO BE UPDATED>
BY: Dr Patrick Masse, Dr Wainslaw Orona, Dr. Adrian OcDugal
The creature that
has commonly become known as 'the alien' – the xenomorph that was first encountered
on LV-426 - has presented a great number of questions to Weyland Yutani. The
mystery surrounding these creatures has hardly been helped by the sole sources
of data coming from unreliable and unscientific eye-witness reports.
Dissection of the
creatures has proved problematic, since not only are they impossible to subdue
or tranquilize, but any breach of the exoskeleton invariably releases potent
acidic compounds at high pressure.
Reports have previously
been filed on the life cycle stage manifesting as the parasitic creature commonly
known as the facehugger. We are now able to fill in some details relating
to the xenomorph's life cycle beyond this stage.
Once the embryonic Alien (commonly known as a chestburster) has been implanted
within the host organism, a remarkable system of chemical restructuring takes
The gestating Alien absorbs organic material from the host organism host,
breaking it down at a molecular level and forming new compounds. All
organic molecules are based on long-chain hydrocarbons bearing different activating
groups. The carbon units are disassociated from their existing compounds
and are then recombined into crystal lattices that are used in the formation
of the creature's hard bodily structures. The freed H+ ions are
combined with surplus sulphate (SO42-) and nitrate (NO3-) groups to form
the powerful acidic compounds that have been previously regarded as the Alien's
"blood", although our research has proved this term to be unhelpful.
Much has been made of the Alien's apparent ability to operate with neither
respiratory nor digestive functions: there is no real evidence of the creature
actually eating, and we have yet to discover any form of digestive system;
its evident imperviousness to the effects of vacuum would preclude any form
of respiration in the sense that we understand it. Essentially, the Alien
is able to operate without otherwise essential functions because it does not
possess them, deriving its energy instead from a powerful bio- electrical
charge generated within its body by means of acidic reaction. The Alien's
"blood" is, in fact, a component of a powerful biological "battery".
Since the aliens have a hard body casing full of furiously reacting chemicals
(hence the reason they tend to explode), it is probable that some of the reactions
give rise to gaseous products which would require venting in order to keep
their internal pressure and temperature stable. There is no reason why the
creatures could not then use this by-product as a form of audible threat
when squaring off against an opponent.
There have also been many queries raised as to the creatures' sensory apparatus.
As far as the Alien's means of perception is concerned, dissection have again
offered us new insights.
The ornate structures of the Alien's cranial exoskeleton appear to be designed
to capture and amplify atmospheric vibrations: sound. The extended lateral
rows of these structures along either side of the skull allow the Alien a
wide field of "hearing" and acute sensitivity. This would, of course, be of
no use to the creature in the context of a vacuum, and we were thus forced
to consider further possibilities.
Spectroscopic analysis of the material composing the "blind" frontal plate
of the skull has shown that it is composed of the unusual C60 carbon-lattice,
which is known to demonstrate exceptional conductive properties. Behind the
frontal plate, a series of highly sensitive thermoreactive organs are found.
We can infer from this that the creatures are also able to register thermal
signals and perceive radiated heat images, an ability which would be of obvious
benefit in environments lacking atmosphere. These sensory facilities are
obviously of great benefit to a creature as aggressive as the Alien.
Closer examination has also revealed vestigial photosensitive organs flanking
the skull's frontal plate. With the range of sensory information available
to the xenomorph, "eyes" that see in visible light wavelengths would seem
surplus to requirements. However, the purpose of a rudimentary "sight" seems
to be twofold: Firstly, the Aliens themselves have little or no body
heat, other than that produced by their internal chemical reactions (which
is almost non-existent when the creatures are inactive). The Aliens' "eyes"
enable them to perceive each other. Secondly, in order for the Alien
to operate effectively as a hostile organism, an accurate means of depth perception
is required. Stereoscopic sight serves this function admirably.
However, since the vast majority of these creatures are asexual and (as has
already been noted) do not need to kill for food, there would appear to be
no need for their remarkable killing ability unless expressly bred for that
Observation of the Aliens in a simulated hive environment has shown us that
they operate in a manner not dissimilar to that of worker ants, with their
belligerence limited only to organisms not native to the hive. Thus, the creatures
generally operate in a manner benefiting the hive community, with any creature
straying therein being met with swift and aggressive retaliation.
In short, this life form appears to be the ideal basis for a hive community,
demanding none of the standard conditions (such as food or a breathable atmosphere)
most need to support them. It is a life form able to meet the needs of the
community whilst requiring nothing in return, and one capable of meeting any
threat to that community with a lethal response, for which this creature is
Ovomorph / Facehugger Dissection
The WY research team's preliminary studies of the xenomorph popularly known
as the 'Alien' have, by necessity, concentrated on the fully developed specimen,
since this has offered the greatest potential for the BioWeaponry division
to make inroads into the established market. However, in an effort to better
understand the propagation of these creatures, we have lately turned our full
attention to the first life cycle phase, the 'egg' and 'facehugger' manifestations.
At first, it appeared obvious that the facehugger was a semi-independent lifeform
whose only purpose was to implant the embryonic Alien within its host organism.
The facehugger's relation to the Alien was self-evident by the fact that
it possessed acidic 'blood' and operated upon the same bioelectrical chemistry
as the Alien itself. This gave rise to a serious problem: if dating attempts
on the ancient starcraft (the 'derelict') discovered by the crew of the Nostromo
on LV-426 were to be believed, the facehuggers could not possibly have survived
the length of time between the original crash and the subsequent discovery.
It was at this stage that we first began to look at the egg/facehugger as
a single united organism and were presented with a scientific breakthrough.
We knew that no life signs for the facehugger itself could be detected within
the egg prior to release upon a victim. And through observation and deep scans
of the facehugger's release upon a live subject, we further concluded that,
whereas the egg had previously been considered only as a vessel for containing
the embryo-delivering facehugger, dissection and deep level scans revealed
it to be an organism in its own right.
This previously unknown organism - christened the ovomorph - proves to be
exceptionally resilient. Although its carbon lattice based composition
and life functions powered by process of acidic reaction are similar to the
already known phases, the ovomorph locks its reactive acids into relatively
stable salts or trace metals. These decay slowly, releasing the acids and
generating the bio-electrical charge at a much reduced rate, in keeping with
the ovomorph's sedentary and essentially passive nature.
At the base of the egg-structure, dissection revealed a cluster of conductive
matrices similar to that which we believe to be the full-fledged alien's central
nervous system. This rudimentary CNS is linked to thermo/pressure-sensitive
veins running over the exterior of the ovomorph's 'shell,' enabling it to
'perceive' the proximity of a suitable host.
(It is worth observing at this point that the ovomorph's sensory apparatus
are only likely to be triggered by the proximity of an organic and ambulatory
life form and that the arrangement of the facehugger's gripping appendages
and ovipositor are specifically tailored to a certain body mass range and
configuration of respiratory and digestive organs. It is therefore our conjecture
that implantation is unlikely to take place within an unsuitable host: an
invertebrate, for example.)
Upon detection of a prospective host for the embryonic Alien, the ovomorph
releases a catalyst that unlocks the acids bonded into the chemical salts.
These are then transferred to the facehugger organism that becomes 'live'
only at that point. Essentially, the ovomorph transfers its remaining bio-electrical
potential to the facehugger, sacrificing itself so that the facehugger can
then become sufficiently active to attack the host upon the opening of the
ovomorph's casing. Once released, the facehugger uses a similar
set of thermoauditory responses to those used by both the ovomorph and the
adult Alien to attack its prey. Utilizing a secretion of its acidic compounds
to penetrate exceptionally resilient hides (or armor), it then uses a DMSO-delivered
cyanide based toxin in concentrations relative to the optimum size of the
host in order to render a case of deep toxic shock. (Thus, should the facehugger
be unfortunate enough to attach itself to a host that does not fall within
the mass range of its prescribed target form, the cyanide dose is either ineffective
or fatal.) This state reduces the victim's vital signs to an absolute minimum
and thereby optimizes the chances of survival.
It's most remarkable feature, however, is the facehugger's ability to sample
the contents of the
victim's respiratory system
to ascertain the appropriate composition of preferred breathing atmosphere.
It then alters the balance of reactive compounds within its metabolism to
form by-products resembling the host's required atmospheric mix. Thus the
state of hibernative shock is prolonged by simulation of the victim's natural
environment by the facehugger.
We have also determined that even the most rudimentary fetal Alien implanted
within the host
organism over an extended
time scale would be impossible, and is this circumvented. The facehugger attaches
what we can only describe as a knot of specifically tailored 'cancers' that
bring about the previously described chemogenetic restructuring. This gives
rise to the infant stage of the fully-formed Alien, commonly known as the
Thus, the first stage of the life cycle is actually the ovomorph - a creature
symbiotic with the facehugger, whose only function is to facilitate the implantation/impregnation
within the host of the specific tumors that later form the Alien.
Appearance of the Adult Alien
Much has been made of the Alien's ability to determine their adult form based
upon the host organism. We assume that the development of the chesburster
and the subsequent adult is directed by the host in which it gestates. Presumably,
it has to adapt to the environment in which it will be hunting, and the best
way to do this is by learning things like the type of atmosphere, gravity
and available nutrients from the host via metabolic contact. Therefore,
the form of the chesburster and the adult will be determined in part by the
host, but there can not be any genetic transfer.
If an egg is laid in an optimal host, it is adapted to its environment and
takes a full term to develop. If it is in a non-optimal host, it risks detection
because of its alien metabolism and must therefore develop rapidly. In such
a case, the chestburster may appear immature.
This theory suggests that the embryo implanted in the crewman Kane aboard
the Nostromo was a transitional form between Aliens optimized for humans and
those optimized for the beings aboard the derelict spacecraft found on LV-426.
The chestburster therefore emerged quickly and immature to avoid detection.
The creature encountered on Fury-161 was implanted in a dog.
This embryo was non-optimized, and hatched quickly. It was a transitional
form between dogs and humans, just as the creature aboard the Nostromo was
a transitional form. This theory could account for the varied appearance
of the creatures encountered.
Alien Genetic Makeup
The xenomorph's ability to alter its appearance based upon its host organism
has raised questions about the genetic makeup of the creatures. Although evidence
of the actual genetic code of the Alien species is sketchy at best, there
are a number of theories on the subject.
If the Alien species
uses DNA, it is not likely that their DNA looks anything like ours. This is
primarily because of the 'acid for blood' phenomenon we are familiar with.
At low pH, DNA tends to 'melt'; the two strands separate and lose most of
the chemical properties of DNA that make it useful as an information storage
molecule. At even lower pH, DNA will become degraded and literally will fall
to pieces. This suggests that the acid contained in the Alien bloodstream
would not be using DNA as an information storage molecule.
It is also unlikely that the xenomorph would be able to make use of terrestrial
DNA. The issue of randomness in evolution suggests that the species could
not use the exact genetic code as humans.
Additionally, our DNA is used to encode the amino acid sequences of our proteins,
most of which are designed to function around pH 7. The xenomorph proteins
probably function somewhere below pH 0. Human proteins will fall apart and
become degraded in that pH range. The Aliens have to be using an entirely
different set of amino acids to make sure that their proteins are not destroyed
by the internal pH (assuming they use amino acids at all). If, by some miracle,
the Aliens do use DNA, it would have to be as different from human DNA as
their amino acids and proteins would have to be from ours in order to survive
their internal pH. This suggests that human DNA would be completely incomprehensible
to them. If the number of amino acids they use is greater than 64 or less
than 16, they would be using different sized codons than humans do, creating
an additional barrier to compatibility. The latter assumes that they only
use four bases in their DNA as we do, which is unlikely, since they must be
using modified bases to begin with.
Finally, there is also the possibility that they may be working with single
or triple stranded DNA
instead of the terrestrial
double stranded form.
Discussion of observed
The alien life cycle is divided into two distinct stages which are reminiscent
of the alternating sporophyte and gametophyte generational stages of plants
and fungi. Plants produce distinct types of reproductive cells (spores or
gametes) which give rise to genetically distinct types of organisms.
Spores grow into gametophytes, which produce gametes, while gametes fuse to
form sporophytes which produce spores. In the alien species, the sporophyte
stage could be represented by the juvenile stages. These would create the
embryoembryo. The gametophyte stage could be represented by the adult stages.
These would create eggs after gamete fusion. Such a strategy in might be indicative
of an chaotic and dangerous natural environment (see discussion of hypothetical
ancestors). We have zero knowledge of the genetics of these creatures, and
further speculation on the existence or nature of alien reproductive cells
would be unfounded.
The alien morphology seems to be a mélange of arthropod and vertebrate
characteristics. The segmented exoskeletal carapace and variable numbers of
limbs are reminiscent of terrestrial arthropods (as well as armored fishes
and reptiles to a lesser extent), while the adult body plan seems more vertebrate
in nature; the presence of a jaw, spine terminating in a tail and limbs ending
in grasping hands and feet as opposed to the mouthparts, legs and body plan
of an arthropod suggest a vertebrate morphology. The larval legs are articulated
via an endoskeleton, which appears to be covered in a sheath of muscle and
a pliable external layer of protein and silicon. This seems to indicate that
the oldest ancestors of these creatures possessed endoskeletons, and that
exoskeletons evolved later. As is the case with vertebrate evolution in the
Silurian and Devonian periods, the endoskeleton may have evolved first as
a means to protect the CNS, and the exoskeleton could have evolved secondarily;
in response to environmental challenges.
Interior carapace pressure might indicate a higher average planetary pressure
than 14 psi. This could be a defense mechanism, or it could simply be circulatory
pressure. The internal physiology of the organism has yet to be revealed to
any great extent, but pulsing "artery-like" structures have been observed
in emergent nymphs, implying some sort of pumping "heart" organ. Possibly
the homeworld is larger or the atmosphere is heavier than on earth. The larval
air sacs/bellows might be a historical adaptation to living beyond the aqueous
environment, but it is possible that these are a parasitic adaptation, and
are not required by the organism. The degree to which they function is probably
dictated by the atmospheric requirements of the host, but we have no knowledge
of the organism's atmospheric requirements. If such sacs are required, the
larva will not survive in vacuum. The adults appear to function as well
underwater as out of it, implying that the do not use air sacs. It is possible
that inert gasses irritate the adults. Possibly, they breathe using modified
gill structures located in the dorsal vanes.
Body temperature is ambient, perhaps indicating a generally warm planetary
surface temperature, or geothermal habitat requirement. It remains to be seen
how long the imagoinstago can survive in a vacuum or sub-freezing temperatures.
The low pH of the blood would seem to indicate a drastically reduced freezing
point. The various adult forms demonstrate aversion to open flames, but unlike
the eggs and nymphs, are not flammable. This suggests temperature boundaries
within the upper limits of terrestrial environments.
The lack of obvious eyes in any observed stages indicates that the aliens
either live entirely in
enclosed or subterranean
areas, or that there is no visible light incident on the surface of the homeworld.
If the organisms lived entirely underground, their size and potential for
well populated nests implies a well developed and robust subterranean ecosystem.
If they lived the entirety of their lives in their nests, they would be dependent
upon the movement of prey and hosts into the nest for survival. It is possible
that they lure these into the nest, but the aliens seem quite capable and
adept at retrieving them as well. If they dwelled on an illuminated surface
for any amount of time, eyes would be a distinct advantage.
The aliens display significant ability to cling to and move on vertical and
inverted surfaces, supporting the idea that a significant portion of time
is spent underground or in enclosed spaces. Nests fit this description, and
it may be that castes which venture outside of the nest posses eyes. In this
case, these castes have not yet been observed. The nests might be constructed
above or below ground or water, but seem to be designed so that the resinous
construction material covers all surfaces near their cores. Partially submerged
nests would require air chambers for hosts and larvae.
Copious amounts of a viscous substance are constantly being secreted from
the mouthparts and neighboring regions. This substance appears to be used
in constructing nests, hardening to form a resin. Thick strands may also be
produced, although the mechanism for this is unclear. Prior to hardening,
the resin does not display caustic properties, and may act to neutralize acids.
This would be useful, both in offering protection from an acidic environment,
and in protecting the nest from being accidentally dissolved.
Since the creatures do not posses any eyes by terrestrial standards, they
must have some other means of sensing their environment. If the body plan
is conserved between juvenile and adult stages, it is reasonable to assume
that the same types of sensors are used in each case. The eggs appear to be
able to detect motion and proximity, and to be able to distinguish between
hosts and nestmates. The sensation of heat may not be important to this
process, as the natural host may have had a similar ambient body temperature.
The larvae are capable of locating and determining the distance to the host
implantation orifice, and of leaping through space to that orifice. The adults
are capable of distinguishing between nestmates and potential hosts, and are
capable of detecting movement. They are probably also possessed of pattern
recognition systems, and spatial arrangement recognition systems. Adults have
been observed to fixate on objects using their heads, suggesting that their
primary sensory organs are located in the anterior portions of their heads.
All adult stages are capable of producing a variety of sounds, and it is probably
the case that they can hear and communicate via sound. Communication with
"stripped down" eggs is probably better facilitated via chemical means than
sound. It is likely that recognition of nestmates is achieved via a combination
of chemical and sonic communication. Eggs might communicate with each other
via chemical signals. Some degree of communication between eggs is likely,
as only one egg ever responds when presented with a viable host, even if
there are numerous eggs in proximity to the host.
The detection of motion and proximity may be facilitated via sonic systems.
In terrestrial nocturnal, subterranean and aquatic environments, these have
proven quite successful, and accordingly, the shape of the head is reminiscent
of cetacean crania. However, the large curving structure of the head might
serve as some other sort of sensor as well. It could be used to detect EM
wavelengths other than visible light, although it is not obvious how useful
such a structure would be in detecting longer or shorter wavelengths. Possibly,
the creatures posses a sensory system similar to the "motion tracking" technology
developed by humans.
05 – “MUSIC OF THE
A white hallway in a hospital. Half the lights
are off. A doctor approaches the desk where a receptionist sits.
“Any word on the power”
A man screams. Two orderlies carry a man in a straight
jacket from down a hallway, past the desk, to an open doorway. He kicks
one of the orderlies in the testicles…the orderly is not pleased.
“That the new guy?” The receptionist asks.
“Yeah…boy does this guy a have story to tell. Brought
him in the other day. Found him alone on a cargo ship.”
“I heard…you think he’s telling the truth?”
“Come on, Lara. Think about it…first, there were
ogres and trolls, then bogeymen under the bed…then that stupid gray alien
myth that lasted a century…there will always be monsters in dark places just
as long as we don’t see the light.”
“I heard the transport that brought him is missing.”
A long pause…Doctor shrugs…
“That I didn’t hear.”
“I saw it in the Paper.”
“Yeah…the one I read every week”
“Okay, Lara, I wouldn’t consider The Argus Global Enquirer
as the Paper.”
“Still…kind of odd…”
“This guy is simply disturbed. If I get close the
Hobbes murder case, I think I can bring this guy back to reality… ”
The doctor walks away to the mans cell as he is thrown in. He looks
back to the receptionist, “Plus I think we have got a bigger problem finding
those three escapees…”
The doctor enters. The man looks a little word
and unshaven. His eyes dart everywhere.
“Well, Mr. Horvath. How do you feel?”
Horvath darts his eyes to the Doctor as the door closes
behind them. The walls are yellow painted metal. A blue sun shines
through a small plexi window. There are two restrainment chairs in the
room facing each other. Horvath sits on one…The Doc sits on the other.
“This area is not secure…the air vents are too big.”
“Why…do you not want to escape? Cause if you tried,
I don’t believe it would be too hard. Three did it yesterday.”
“I heard…sure they escaped?!”
“Its not a wise maneuver here…This is the only built
structure on the planet. Escapees get found fast. But if you
insist on the air vents…they are twelve feet above you…”
“Its not about keeping me in…its about keeping them out!”
“What…. keeping what out…cause I don’t think they search
wanted adds looking for mates. Its not how they work?”
“Who…what are they…”
“The Nameless…God never intended them to exist in our
universe …not animals….nameless…”
The lights flicker…both look up.
“Boogeymen?” The doctor asks
“Implies men…No…More…worse…Boogeything…doesn’t quite
roll off the tongue though does it?”
A pause…The doctor speaks up…
“Tell me about the transport…the cargo vessel you were
“What’s to tell…I was the engineer…”
“Do I tell you how to do your job?!”
“You’re gonna die to Doc…”
The Doctor looks up from his notes and locks eyes with
Horvath…A small bang outside…the lights out in the hall go out…the light cell
light stays illuminated. The doctor stands and walks to the door.
“Stay here! Don’t go out there!” Horvath snaps.
The doctor cracks the door open. He slowly creak
it ajar. He pears out. Outside…the hallway is empty. The
doctor looks right and left. He steps out, letting to door swing wide…
Horvath kicks the other chair, sliding out into the hallway
in to the shaft of light emenating from the cell.
“Don’t you see…they’re here!”
The hallway is empty…The receptionist’s desk is empty…
The Doctor turns and looks back into the cell.
“There must be crisis on another floor. I’m sure
Horvath grumbles, “You’re wrong…”
Huge monstrous claws grab onto the Doctor’s face and
drag up through the ceiling…”
A long pause…
“I told you…” Horvath whispers…
A shadow rises into view…
PCs have this BIG gigantic file from the previous episode to look through.
There are many leads but the most promising should be finding the Prisoner
Morse. Technically, he should still be alive.
232 is sizable prison colony floating in the middle of deep space, half a
light year from any star. Only people heading there knows where it is.
Escape is impossible. Like all WY Prison facilities, it is a work camp,
building gravity plates for internal corridors in space vessels. Getting
a prison roster from the computer will reveal he is not there…. obviously,
they changed his name. He is still there.
PCs can also study the crew dossiers diligently, trying to find the hole the
crew profiles trying to locate the mole. But nobody is lying.
If they push NPC, they will reveal some of their secrets but nothing damming.
This will result in a dead end…
is between Scorcher and Twilight.
if the Marines go there, they will be sidetracked. “Nam” will awaken
them after only a few weeks and inform then inform command staff only
(NOTE) that they have gone off course…
PRIORITY OVERIDE ALPHA.
AE-35 ANTENAE CONFIRM BURST TRANS.
RE-ROUTED TO NEW COORDINATES.
AUTHORIZATION: FROST, ADMIRAL, J.
COORDINATES S12, 123.60.128.
PLANET: DANVERS 231
COMMUNICATION LOST WITH COLONY.
PRIORITY ONE FROM FROST, ADMIRAL, J
IF NOT IN THE DETERRANT MISSION CHARTER
IF WHITHIN CHARTER, EXPEDIATE PROBLEM.
COLONY MUST BE PURGED BY 10/11…(THREE DAYS FROM ENTERING ORBIT)
ARRIVAL OF WY INSPECTION/REASEARCH TEAM EMINENT.
END OF LINE.
FANCHISED TO WEYLAND YUTANI FROM THE INTERSTELLER COMMERCE COMMISION
SHUTTLE FREQUENCY: 6 MONTHS
DISTANCE FROM NEAREST COLONY: 6 LY
CAPACITY: MAXIMUM LOAD -- 100 PERSONNEL
CURRENT LOAD – 65 PERSONNEL
DEPENDANTS: ADMINISTRATION LEVEL 8 ABOVE
PURPOSE: CLASS – 1 MENTAL INSTITUTION
Command staff can share the info…but this is obviously serious. They
have 72 hours from entering orbit to leaving. If there is an alien presence…it
must be eliminated at the PCs leave by the time the WY crew arrive.
Nuking the facility from orbit is doable but only if there are no survivors.
These guys are civilians down there after all.
They will arrive in orbit in under 6 hours…not giving
much time to prepare unfortunately…
Anyone doing research cannot find much info on the Danver
Mental Institution. Only that it consists of one structure that branches
off to several, and that it is located in a plateau in the middle of a mountain
range surrounded by major gulf streams from a poisonous ocean.
Upon arriving, there is no activity
from the station.
Power only is supplied to the center building and its
There is no airlock, just very large doors covered by
an awning. It is raining.
The Dropship can land outside and the crew can move via
APC to the door.
There is an human strung up like a crucifix, disembowled,
hanging above the awning.
THE TRUTH IS: An Alien Queen has developed
here but the psychotic tendancy of the hosts forces the a Queen to lose control
of her minions when they get to far. She has full control when they
are in her domain, in the lower levels. While inside the main complex
and the “patient wings”, the aliens start to wig –out.
1: They first see a patient dead with his chest
ripped open…but not by an alien…by a knife. An alien chestburster lies
dead with a acid burned knife inside of it.
2: They find a room filled with alien skins…lots
of multed alien skins…
3: They find a restraint chair in a shaft of light…
The patient room, called “seclusions” is empty…
4: Hydrotherapy…The room is empty. Fungus
is starting to grow in the pools.
5: Shock Therapy. The room has been completely
destroyed by alien hands…
6: Then they pick up movement…two targets…moving
perpendicular to the group. One man runs, followed by another man with
a knife. He tackles the man and stabs him repeatedly. The man
is killed before the PCs can intervene.
The man is Walter Hill. He has major acid burns
to his arms, chest, and face. He is partially psychotic and feels absolutely
no fear and virtually no pain and he has commited himself to kill all the
A chesburster will them emerge from the killed man and
try to make a run for it.
Hill believes the PCs to be innocent but is weary.
He warns that when you kill one, more come.
At that point, Motion will appear less than 20 feet away
and an alien will drop right by Hill. Hill screams at the alien and
the alien withdraws, almost like it was hit…but it wasn’t. The alien
can then be killed.
The PCs can then be curious about Hill. This is
something that will come up again later.
Hill says he can sniff those spawn easily now and has
passed judgement on six traitors to the devil already…but he is running out
of knives. He adds that in the sub-basement, the monstors act very differently.
Very busy…like angry ants…but very orderly.
But while in the complex…they act like …weirdos… They
spend hours in some of the seclusions. One destroyed the shock therapy
Hill is always angry and if anyone tries anything, he
will punch them. He is almost completely immune to stun and is really
tough (STR 7).
Hill then shows them a seclusion. An alien is there…it
has clawed off its legs and is working on its arms. Hill hasn’t killed
it yet. He thinks its humerous.
Hill has said he has killed 6 bursters and has seen about
ten patients killed in the fighting. Not including the body out front.
He says there were 85 patients in the complex and last count last week.
Hill want to kill some aliens. He cares not for
survivors but they are all taken down below, to the kingdom of ants.
Then movement…aliens are coming. From every direction
A first ten…then fifteen…. Hill gets his knife
ready. He hears them and runs off down a hallway.
Twenty aliens total are coming from every direction.
The is a heavy fight. They drop from the roof and floor about 50 feet
away. Ten more pop up ten feet away. Dekker completely looses
it and fires like a madman.
OcDugal is attacked, grabbed, and pulled down into the
From ahead, the motion picks up twenty more aliens.
The PCs should pull back to the APC.
If they don’t…send twenty more.
Dekker won’t leave unless someone forced him.
The PCS must withdraw. The APC will give them covering
fire and the aliens will reatreat. In all, almost 40 – 50 aliens should
The numbers to make sense. The aliens should have
less numbers than this…
The PCs quickly remount a counter attack to face against
the aliens and rescue OcDugal. Meenwhile OcDugal sees something while
being cocooned…a first for the group. An alien queen. The aliens
have another form of reproduction other than what they knew previous.
The Marines break back into the complex and enter the
There they find an alien hive. The whole area has
been converted into an alien hive.
They find OcDugal and free him. They also see the
Queen. Maller and Crowe offload everything and finally toss in OcDugal
Demolition pack, taking out not only the Queen, but the entire friggin bulding
as well. The crew escape just in time before the bulding collapses.
The crew return to the world with a nuke and vaporize
the colony off the planet.
Please note that Walter Hill is successfully rescued
– “BROTHERHOOD OF THE DRAGON”
Opening…A jail guard walks down some stairs from an open jail
cell. The main hall is enourmous. Five levels high, and a quarter
of a mile long. Thousands of cells. The guard approaches
a computer terminal an inserts a key into the port.
guard looks our and sees other guards with weapon manning
posts every 20 meters.
“Lockdown!” he screams. He turns the
key and all the cells close at once…
The guard enters an office where a base coordinator sits
at a desk. He wears a military uniform.
“Lockdown successful…Stage 3 complete. Night
“Just a couple contraband
found in a few cells…nothing to write about sir.”
“Excellent…Dismissed…” The guard turns and walks
VO: “I know you can see me my lord…I know that
you can read my heart. I pray that you will someday forgive my sins…for
I have sinned many. I have done terrible things….Terrible things…”
A knock on the door…”Yes…” The warden
says. The door opens and the guard staggers back in…
“Is there something else
Ja--…” The Warden trails off as the Guard falls forward with sharpened
shovel through his back… The door opens…The Warden sees shapes entering..
VO: “But what they
did was worse…But that was your doing, wasn’t it, my lord…Part of your plan…to
test my faith. I see it all now. I survived the first test…and
that night, by your blessing, I slept without dreaming. At first light,
I gave thanks…”
A bloody key is inserted
into the computer console…the jail cells all open and thousands of men rush
for the guards. The guards fight back but none make it to the sirens.
Helmets fall to the floor. Some guards fall from stun weapons but the
guards are quickly overwhelmed..
VO: “The backworlds
were lonely…but at least there, the stars in heaven were reminders of distant
humanity. Here, I was pressed in on me from every side with only my
sould to give me direction."
Prisoners run from every
cell into the main hall. Explosions echoe. Guns fire. Screams
overpower them. One cell seems quiet…no one ever left that one.
“In a brief moment, I saw salvation…I understand now.
You gave me a chance at redemption. I prayed for strength. I
had come so far…survived so much. All my brothers laid slain."
The prisoner of the cell still sits in it. He
writes at a journal. We are hearing his words…
“True eveil has yet to be seen or encountered by the
man of my current home. When I say ‘they did muc worss’…I don’t speak
of the prisoners. The true evil came from a forde that bought and sold
life. It didn’t care of any one person. It was the true evil…Men
called it the company. “
There are several large drawing across the wall…a
couple of bald people…characticurtes.
“ I couldn’t stop it…but maybe…I could hurt it…”
“Here…I wait…Hear my confession lord…And in your mercy,
deliver me from evil. Grant me eternal salvation…if not…then let me
strike down at evil…just once…”
One drawing is of an alien…
PCs need to get this man from prison. He is Franklin Morse, the only
survivor from Florina 161. Unfortunetly, its in the middle of a prison
remaining armed guards are in siege in a warrant office by the entry dock.
500 Prisoners have secured the facility. Ten guards and the warden
are held prisoner on the other side of the main facility in the Warden tower.
Obviously the Marines can make a deal with the guards
to help secure the facility. Release the prisoner they want for help.
The Marines won’t need to take out more than 50 or so prisoners before they
give up. There is a leader. His name is Crax…a huge mover of
Characteristics: INT: 1
WILL: 3 PRE: 2
DEX: 4 CON:
6 STR: 6
Notable Skills: Autofire/Firearms:
+3 Surveillance: +3
HITS: 35 No Armour
the fight to push the prisoners back. One PC notices ONE prisoner still
in his open cell. A bald man. The PC notices the alien drawing
on his wall. There are others. Bald people…one is a woman.
It looks like Ripley…with no hair. They have found Franklin Morse.
The Riot and can quelled and the facility secured.
PCs secure Morse .
is quiet and very polite. Upon interviewing him…
“You know…I never thought
there was a god. For almost my whole life. Not even when I meant
Dillon and the few he had already convinced. You now why I started
to believe…it was because I was caught. However among my brothers,
my faith strained the most…until I saw the Devil himself. When I dream
of the past, often, it has eyes…How dark would they be? But there
were no eyes. My soul had been like a settlement, damp with fear and
guilt, dark and empty. I saw it…nothing reassures your faith in God
then seeing the devil itself. It came down from the heavens…along with
the angel I know of Ripley. It tested us. It’s why we were there
in the first place. Sometimes I think Dillon knew that in some small
degree. It killed 26 of us…27 when you include me. But we cleansed
it. The creature was killed…but it wasn’t over. Ripley had been
possessed by the beast. Golic called it a Dragon…a beast from the depths,
a soldier of the Morning Star. Ripley could have walked into the waiting
hands of the servants of Satan…You know them as Weyland Yutani. She
chose not to. Ripley sacrificed herself—falling into an ocean of fire.
Fury is safe now. Evil will no longer return there. When you
record history, note that Ripley’s sacrifice allowed mankind a chance of
redemption. As a martyr, she cast her soul into the fire so that man
may emerge into the light when the apocalypse arrives. You see, the
Company rules…rules everything…and they sold their soul to the devil many
years ago. We now must pay for that. The devil is coming to take
our souls. If that angel hadn’t hurled herself to the flame,
you wouldn’t stand chance. As Ripley said, this creature was a mother
to the creatures…capable of spawning armies herself.
“When I say my prayers and thank the saints of the past,
Ellen Ripley is first name I speak. I understand now why the devil
came to Fury. It was a message…. A message that Dillon understood and
explained to us. We were warriors against darkness…The Brotherhood
of the Dragon. But it showed that upon the greatest sacrifice, man
will prevail. Know that more of these sacrifices will be necessary.
I know that one of you will give themselves to save everyone when the time
comes. I ask you then…return me Fury. Its where I below.
I have started an new order. They know where I will be and they will
find me. Its there where we will wait. I thought Fury was a place
where the holy go to die…now I believe it’s where the Holy go to remember.
When civilization falls, Fury will remember. So its where I must go.”
Morse wants them to take him back to Fury…
“The Company scavenged
the whole place…but they didn’t check the garbage. There are many treasures
you can find in trash. You just have know what to look for…People throw
away so many treasures…art…poetry…and occasionally…even people…”
The PCs go to Florina 161.
short journey. Morse is very religious and keeps to himself.
He avoids women like the plague.
requests being locked in his room when not needed.
is abandoned and dead…and virtually untouched since the movie. Oxygen
level is fine but the temperature is 25 degrees below zero. No snow…just
cold. It will be like this and in perpetual darkness for at least another
72 hours until the sun comes back up.
The main entrance is intact. A simple ramp leads
to the main doors.
Everything electrical has been removed. All doors need
to be opened manually.
Morse leads them on a tour of the facility…
1: Long dark oval hallways.
Huge. Damp. Burnt candles lie everywhere.
2: Medical. The supplies have all been cleared out.
The room is empty.
3: Then to the work room…where they lowered the EEV when it crashed.
It has been removed. Every single piece from the Sulaco is gone.
4: The Mess Hall. The tables and chairs are all gone.
There are blood stains on the floor.
5: The Refinery is optional…it has been totally stripped clean.
Morse explains how the creature was killed there.
Garbage area is full of junk. The PCs have to dig. They eventually
find a hand connected the quarter torso and head of Bishop.
There is nothing else here.
requires a lot of work to get running again. He first words are “Ripley?”
knows everything from Aliens and Alien 3 until Ripley deactivated him.
had access to the Colony Log and to Ripley’s confidential report.
explains how a Queen had made nest at the Atmosphere Processor and the Marines
were ambushed. Only Hicks survived with Ripley and Newt. Now
they are all dead.
when the PCs inform him of the facts they have, he tell them that not all
the info the PCs have is correct. In fact, there is a correction.
They report that said the Rooker Family were sent to Ripley’s coordinates…but
according to the Colony log, it was the Jordan family that came back with
the discovery…that they had found an alien spacecraft. The Father had
been impregnated and that eventually led to the destruction of the Colony.
Rooker family found nothing…Ripley’s report, when she made it to the company,
was incorrect. She never trusted them…She lied. Problem is, the
Colony families were heavy explorers and were surveying every inch of the
planet because of the massive mineral deposits there. When rumors spread
that something unusual was there, the surveys increased. It was only
a matter of time before someone would find it.
the Jordan family did. Ripley deleted the log about the Jordans and
forwarded log minus that information when they survivors returned the Sulaco—the
colony log that the Marines stole at the beginning of the game. The
coordinates that Ripley gave was within the blast radius. She figured
it was best the Company thought the ship was destroyed.
has the original colony log…with the Jordan coordinates. It points
at a grid reference 75 kilometers outside of the blast radius. Within
the massive EMP pulse but well away from the lethal radiation. It could
still be there…
is a two and a half month Journey back in the opposite direction.
can be re-worked and rewired and maybe fixed to close to %90 of his original.
He will agree only because he is needed. But it’s not something he
is patrolled by Welyand Yutani for people’s safety. More like they
don’t want anyone landing on their planet unless it is one of them.
It is not hard to avoid detection. However, this planet has reverted
back to its primordial soup quickly after the Processor nuked. Plus
the massive radiation and magnetic burst screwed the planet even more, resulting
in a volotile atmosphere.
cold and a hazardous atmosphere is constant throughout. Heavy Environment
suits are mandatory.
still, the atmosphere is so volotile, the Dropship is best to land and take
off. Hovering is not recommended. The coordinates fairly exact
but the ground it so rocky and jagged, footwork will be needed to reach the
area, which sits in a mountain plateau.
everyone should go btw. Scanner don’t work much.
trip can last only a few minutes. Bishop regales stories from Ripley
about what she said about the ship…that the fact that is must have been over
a kilometer from end to end and as tall as the Seattle Space Needle at its
when they reach the peak…its gone. A note to OcDugal indicates that
there are impressions the craft made when it crashed…but there is no blast
scoring from Terran reactors…This thing took off under its own power.
someone brings up Keitel…simply put…He is good…but there is no way he is
not human controlled this craft.
to a dark office where Dr Walter Emmerich flips a light on. He reaches
into his mouth and pulls out a small disc the size of a dime. He retrieves
a small machine from his pocket and slips the disc in. He plugs the
assembly into the computer. The Ripley files comes up. He smirks.
door breaks open and Marines train their weapons…
is dropped on a chair. Edgington orbits around his office. The
marines leave the two alone…
“You are either really
good, Emmerich, or really dumb.”
“I can explain.”
“Crowe was right. He told me to watch you.
Figured it was to easy for you to simply make a full sized copy of the disc
so they would find it. This…this is good though…I like this.
Spy Shit is cool…”
“Colonel…If you give me…”
“You couldn’t have been alone on this… I hate to
say this but… No one man could have planned this. I fear you probably
have a contact still…either here or on the ship. If you come clean…where’s,
when’s and why’s….we can make a deal.”
“Well…whom do you work
“Listen Colonel. Admiral Frost believes there is
a Mole…that’s why I was sent. Truth is…I always worked for the CMC.
The first defection was only a ploy to extract some information from the
rival before coming back...Frost wanted me to send him a copy of the file
to make sure the information wasn’t modified when it left the Deterrent.”
“I mean come on, Colonel,
if I wanted to smuggle out info, they would send somebody a little less suspicious
then a two-time turncoat. He didn’t inform you because he was afraid
you would tell OcDugal and then the mole could very well know. I am
no mole, Edgington…”
I knew this was going to be too easy…” He orbits back around his
“Then, I have no idea where
“That group is very well connected. Everyone is
friends with everyone on that ship. Finding a mole would be difficult,
loyalties will be shattered when it’s discovered.”
“So…I guess you knew everything from the start…"
“Yeah…I do know why the secrecy?”
“So you know about Frost and his little…Agenda.”
“With Alexandria…yeah…Corporations found out…all hell
would break loose…”
Edgington rubs his head…
“Who else knows…did you
tell ANYONE on the Deterrent?”
“No…Just you, Frost, and myself…”
shoots Emmerich square in the chest. Emmerich looks up in shock and
looks back down at the bullet hole.
Edgington orbits back around to face the Doctor.
“Actually Doc…I didn’t
Edgington cracks a smile.
He stares at Emmerich’s fading breath.
END CHAPTER ONE…