Day 1 – While exploring the Futhark system, a private exploration ship called New Moon Rising, owned by one Galaxinet Corporation, begins receiving strange signals from the planet Othalan, a cold rock world with a few toxic seas. The signals make no sense, but when a team is deployed to the world, they discover herds of large, almost immobile slug-like creatures and strange crystal spikes dotting its surface. The spikes seem to be emitting the signals. Upon further exploration, a crystal cave network is discovered beneath the surface, the walls of which are covered in strange writing.
Day 20 – Galaxinet begins construction of New Moon Station, a research outpost from which to study their strange discoveries. The leader of the project is Dr. Edwin Rigel.
Day 32 – After Galaxinet makes its discovery public, CONON rules that although the lifeforms and cave systems were discovered by a private company, the planet itself was discovered first by Xarkon (who had located and named it years earlier but never landed there), so CONON has full rights to build a research post on the surface as well.
Day 60 – Construction of COR3 Base, the CONON outpost, is completed on planet Othalan. The crew celebrates. Dr. White, current head of Galaxinet's New Moon Station, decidedly does not.
Day 68 – The CONON research team arrives, consisting of many soldiers and workers, led by four main scientists: Dr. Gryzbowski, physicist (Xarkon), Dr. Masters, biologist (Victory), Dr. Sailan, historian and cultural analyst (Yavakaro), Dr. Rahman, engineer and architect (Zygbar). They enter into negotiations with Dr. White, but things turn sour and the two outposts draw up borders outlining their territory on the planet. They agree not to interfere with each other.
Day 69 – A border dispute between the two outposts, New Rising and COR3, takes place when a herd of Protoform 1’s (the slug-like creatures) leaves CONON territory during the night and gathers around New Moon, and then the Galaxinet workers there fence off the creatures. There are no casualties, but CONON considers taking measures against Galaxinet if the trespasses continue.
Day 72 – After they reach an agreement with CONON on the matter, an Achmer scientist by the name of Solu mo-Giloth arrives from the High Council of Harmony, with a small group of Sarran and Achmer guards. He lands his research ship between COR3 and New Moon, saying he does not want to be disturbed by either side.
Day 77 – At this time, distress calls received from the planet indicate that the tunnels beneath both COR3 and New Moon were overrun by a swarm of Skrakki that had been living unknown on the far side of the planet. The inhabitants seal off the tunnels and request evacuation by New Moon Rising, which is still stationed nearby. New Moon Rising sends a distress buoy containing all of the previous information back to Terra Nova.
Day 83 – The buoy does not reach Terra Nova. The Odyssey, a Victorian starcruiser and the best of exploration vessels that Humanity has to offer, picks up the buoy first. With a worsening situation in CONON, the Odyssey receives explicit orders from Victorian High Command to fly back to Othalan and get things under control again - without contacting CONON. Galaxinet, concerned for the safety of their people, has since hired Grimm's Army to go to Othalan and protect their interests.
Day 85 – The Odyssey sets out for Othalan, though some of the crew feel they are not doing the right thing by keeping it from CONON. Their course is intercepted by the Devil Dog, a Grimm's Army spacecraft. Reluctantly, the teams agree that, ultimately, their missions are the same, and they will work together to regain control of the planet... But tensions are running high.
YOU are a member of one of these teams. Good luck.
Welcome to Nova Refuge: Awakening! This is going to be a RPG with lots of different choices and consequences and ways for players to totally muck up my outline and throw me off.
Check out the following for more info about how the RP will work and what all you can sign up as.
To sign-up for this RP, head on over to the sign-up thread and create your character using that. Copy-paste the sign-up sheet found at the bottom of the sign-up thread, fill it out, and post your character here in this thread.
Or, if you have already posted a sign-up in the general sign-up thread and want to just use that character for this campaign, just post and link to the sign-up you already posted.
Character Creation Criteria
The factions available in this RP are as follows:
- Yavakaro (you are serving on board the Odyssey)
- Grimm's Army
As for species: generally speaking, Victory and Yavakaro should be almost entirely Humans. However, there might be a stray Sarran in Yavakaro, or a few other species, such as Slashrim, Wrognoth, or even Achmer who broke away from their own factions; the Odyssey isn't unfamiliar with making new allies and taking in strays, but they would never send someone not entirely trustworthy on a mission of this importance, so if that's the case, you should have been with the Odyssey for quite some time and sufficiently proven your loyalty to the crew.
Grimm's Army can house most any species, although not Mahlok (but I suppose I'll make an exception for Burgs, since he already went there, and he's Burgs ).
Posting Schedule: Don't worry, this is a section intended to inform me about my own posting schedule, not dictate yours to you. This is going to be pretty slow-moving, so you should be able to keep up.
Big DM posts that advance the plot (and/or advance the current sidequest) will generally be posted once a week, but sometimes that might not happen, depending on my schedule.
If I can't get a DM post up one week, I'll do my best to let everyone know. If I choose not to advance the plot because there are too many interesting character interactions going on, I'll also let everyone know. But, generally speaking, the RP should update about once a week, and/or whenever all players have replied to a big DM post.
However, keep in mind that I'm really crazy busy and I probably shouldn't even be running this RP, anyway, but I really really want to so here I am. I'm in the middle of a crazy-busy semester, my final semester as a graduate student, and I'm taking classes, teaching two classes and grading assignments therein, and I'm also writing my thesis and going to committee meetings about it.
I'm supposed to have the rough draft of my entire thesis written by the end of February, so chances are I won't be starting this RP until sometime shortly after that, when my rough draft is completely done; therefore, you all have plenty of time to sign up.
I'll be posting smaller posts much more frequently as necessary for character/NPC interactions, however, as I want to heavily encourage that sort of thing. I'll be posting your NPC companions for this campaign in the NPC Companions thread very soon.