Monday, January 16, 2012

Scenario Seeds: Green Star Whales in Rogue Space

12 Scenario Seeds for Green Star Whales in Rogue Space
  1. A rival genesect of the Green Star Whales is setting out from Sphere III to establish a new Dyson Cloud surrounding a new star. They have determined that there are already some squatters occupying one of the inner planets. They have hired your group to go in and ascertain just who these claim-jumpers are and to report back as to options and opportunities. You have two weeks to get results, after which the Green Star Whales must make a decision one way or another whether to begin dismantling this system, or to move on, again.
  2. Some unknown agent has infiltrated the outer layers of Sphere III and begun to wage a covert campaign of sabotage. Three Hexes have been infected, sterilized or ruptured in the last week. The Green Star Whales have engaged the services of your group as a team of counter-terrestrial anti-terrorism experts. Your team's task is to stop the damage, determine who is responsible, and give the Green Star Whales a lead on who is behind all the destruction and mayhem. This could lead to just about anywhere...
  3. A Green Star Whale has crashed on the fifth moon of a gas giant in an obscure solar system. Your group has been optioned to go in and recover the Green Star Whale before scavengers or worse get their claws and hooks into the creature.
  4. The ruins on Midraka IV are said to have a buried and fortified dome-shrine that might or might not contain the preserved remains of a Green Star Whale that was very likely vivisected to reveal its technological secrets by the Iridium-masked teratological-priesthood who rule over this moon with nickle-iron fists. It might be possible to barter with these cold-blooded beings in order to learn more about the nature of the cyber-cetaceans. Some vaguely legitimate academic wants to hire you to go see what you can find out from these notoriously decadent creatures. You're not doing anything else, are you? The academics' money is good. At least that part seems on the up-and-up.
  5. There really is a 'collective entity' based at Alpha Ceti and it is calling to you for help.
  6. A pod of Green Star Whales has recently discovered a strange remnant of some previous civilizations' attempt to erect a Toroidal Macro-Habitat around an undisclosed star. The cyber-cetaceans want to hire a discrete bunch of humanoids to go into the place and survey it for them. This structure was definitely built by some sort of vaguely humanoid species, but it has lain fallow and abandoned for thousands of years...if it is truly abandoned. That's one of the things they want your group to find out for them...
  7. A rag-tag group of seemingly harmless pacifist-agrarians with some odd-ball beliefs want to engage your group's help on their behalf in petitioning the Green Star Whales to allow them to go colonize some small section of Sphere III. But why do these 'farmers' have crates of antique firearms and obsolete tactical armor?
  8. A Green Star Whale has offered to help your group acquire and upgrade a small-scale cargo-ship for an errand it has in mind. You need to sign an NDA before it'll discuss any of the particulars and/or  details. It might be legit...
  9. Agents from the Military Authority of Graxus II have been making discrete inquiries concerning the availability of live specimens of Green Star Whales. Very large sums of money are often mentioned in connection to these inquiries. The whole thing is something of an open secret, thanks to the ineptitude of the 'agents' working for the Graxusians. It might be possible to get one of these agents to back an expedition to Midraka IV as mentioned in entry 4 above. No one really knows just what the Graxusians are up to, but it can't be good for the Green Star Whales.
  10. A dishevelled and heavily bleeding ship-captain steps up to your group, drops a hastily-wrapped parcel on the table-top and promptly dies uttering the immortal words; "I hate sea food..." Inside the parcel are the partly disassembled components of a Green Star Whale fluke-drive. You have the distinct impression that more than one person is watching your table...
  11. A forty-two pound lump of heavily skrimshawed tooth from what might have been a Lithusian Megashark that has been expertly carved into the semblance of a Green Star Whale is going for 12 credits in the local spaceport flea market. It has a false bottom...
  12. There is an ancient Green Star Whale that slowly orbits the super-Jovian gas giant in the Sigurd system. It is said that if your ship draws within las-comm range, you can ask questions of the great old cyber-cetacean who orbits this place as a sort of oracle...

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